Review: Big bad and very very heavy! Ten Ton hit the big tonne with this overweight menu of murkery. Featuring some of the label's oldest sparring partners and freshest fighters, across the album we're navigated through some of the darkest, dirtiest and dankest corners of Project Lando's imprint. Stars of the show include Project Lando himself, who delivers a whole string of sick remixes and originals (including an immense hair-raising twist on MQ's 'Roll Out' and an insane VIP of 'Suck Out'), Shodan, who presents a whole brace of releases (including the super-charged euphoria of 'Soulfire') and the rising styles of Skuff who tags up with Iffy for the lush vocal track 'Illusions' and the trembling dark liquid bumper 'New Tones'. And that's just the tip of this centennial iceberg. 100 thumbs up.
Review: Shodan & Cosmology on Soul Deep Exclusives is a combination and a half, a blend of creativity and curation which was always certain to produce some pretty spectacular results. Well, the results a three-tracker of sultry progression and gentle textures, a selection of tunes that tickle both the heart and the head. 'The Hardest Times' is the collaborative track and probably the best, with a low-key but always present percussive section and a gorgeously written double-bass bassline that's subtle in all the right ways. 'First Light' is more featherweight magic, with an expansive but restrained back end and lovely, vibrant drums. 'Lucky Strike' is the outgoing of the bunch and ties off what is absolutely top selection of liquid cuts.
Review: Ten Ton Beats deeper sister imprint turns it focus to label regular Shodan for this very special piece of space age 170 soul. First up is a pacey, sci fi twist on Skruff's May 2018 single "Illusions" which flips the original from a steppy vocal bomb to a heads down 23rd century roller while "Don't Look Away" is a stripped back emotional, string and piano laced deep liquid piece laced with a lilting introspective vocal. Perfect for those long cosy nights inside in the club.
Review: Named after the fictional AI protagonist of "System Shock 2", Shodan presents an appropriately glitchy, chaotic soundscape filled with stuttering sentences, bleepy melodies and varying rhythms and melodies. The title track "Soulfire" blends harmonious piano keys with pumping, Euro-influenced dancefloor panache; "The Hills Have Eyes" is rather reminiscent of late 90s Ram-meets-Bad Company at times with acerbic percussion and driving bass, "Namless" blends sci-fi with whirring modern day SFX and final track "Jazzcat" combines the smoky and sultry with gently rolling breaks, drawing us to the end of the EP.