Review: Skuff has an enviable history of producing deep, rolling beats and this EP on Ten Ton Beats is no different, with the producer perfectly blending rolling basslines with subtle sampling under the beautiful soft vocals of Iffy guiding you through the track. 'Sounds Out There' is simple in its elegance and yet rough in all the right places, with a catchy drum hook that stretches out on the intro before rollling through into a barebones main body of punchy low frequencies. 'Stories To Tell' is the softest with its funky guitar flicks, a soulfulness mirrored by the luxurious synth touches of 'Sunflowers'. It's the title track that steals the show, as a hard-hitting but melancholic arrangement perfectly summarises the beauty of this release. Yes Skuff!
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: Five years, 50 releases, Ten Ton Beats imprint have contributed to underground D&B with a steady, gradual confidence. Not flooding the game but never falling off the radar, the label has been a consistent source of uncompromised heaviness. Here we celebrate this with a raffish cross-section of dancefloor styles that really do live up to the label's weighty title: the metallic bass rasps of "Missing In Action", the snare perfection and silky sub warps of "Deadly Force", the tongue-in-cheek Voltage-style mischief of "Funk Inspectors", the Twisted Individual barks of "Chapter". Technically some of these bangers weigh more like 12 or 13 tons. But that's our little secret.