Review: Still reeling from the release of Burial & Blackdown's Shock Power Of Love EP, Keysound Recordings shifts this attention to some lesser known talent, in this case Spd. For the uninitiated, Spd's been skirting the nether regions of UK bass music for some five years now, hooking up with labels like Sustained Audio, Cut and Estranged to Roska Kicks & Snares. For Keysound, Spd turns in three rhythmically fluid cuts full of jittery percussion, tightly woven basslines and sporadic displays of percussion, dub and melody. "East" subtly threads a Italo-esque bassline into a dank cut of piano atmospherics and lost flutes, with "Computerised Images" substituting anything Italo for something more overtly dubstep. With "Pfhin" a good crossbreed between the EP's two other tracks only with an extra touch of eerie urban rave, London style.
Review: It's clear to see that after a string of very well received compilations towards the tail end of 2018 that the LW Recordings camp are back on the road meaning business. They therefore kick off the new year in like minded fashion, presenting us with this treasure trove of beauties as the 15th edition of their celebrated 'Sublime Bass' series. We here a range of styles involved, from the rolling post dubstep vibes of DGGZ's remix of 'Silked', to the more big room flavours of 'Fumble' by SP3CTRUM. Our highlights are without are the masterful future garage processings of Disperto Certain's 'Sudden Flames', along with the super groovy 'Archiva' from Soxx.
Review: For this full length LP project, we see SPD pull out all the stocks as he puts together 'Orange Yellow' for the Serene City imprint, a collection of tracks showcasing some serious cool themes. We begin in a great zone with 'Every Day', a blissfully sunny joyride through light chord progressions and fluffy pads over 4x4 drum designs. Next up the more UKG inspired rhythms of '877' before landing on the stunning soundscaping works of 'Need You'. To follow, we hear 'Always Hear', a glitchy futuristic techno piece, along with the lounge like composition of 'Lago Di Garda'. Finally we finish up tidily with 'Pages', a subtle spacious roller, perfectly designed to see this beautiful EP over the finish line.
Review: Rough and ready old school techno jams on offer here from Rene Pawlovitz aka Shed/Head High on The Final Experiment. Straight out of the galaxy called 'Hardwax Berlin', all these tracks are under different aliases of Pawlovitz. Craft's - "T/FD/WI/E" is reminiscent of Waveform Transmissions era Jeff Mills in all its dry and rusty aesthetic, Operation Amplified's "#32500432" takes a nod to Regis' early experiments on Downwards; in all their grinding and cyclical glory. There's really no comparisons at all: this is Pawlovitz through and through under the alias Seelow - "Wave#16" and this nostalgic warehouse rave anthem has bombastic breaks and cavernous chords throughout.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
Review: Slime regular SPD (aka Will Dunbar-Sheppard) has teamed up with much-revered future garage & bass institution L2S for "Insular", a sparse, paranoid production wrestling with scattershot beats for a real introverted headnodder. Elsewhere "Paved With Gold" livens up proceedings with totally tropical rhythms, crystalline synth pads and a downright lovely hint of 2-step. Finally "Sunday Morning" wraps things up nicely with some typically chilled out vibes and slo-mo, half time dubbiness.