Review: As far as legends go in grime, there really aren't many producer/DJ's that have given as much as Spooky over the years. This second edition of his 'Ghost Mode' series is a perfect example of why, as he unleashes a heavyweight array of 16 potent grime missiles. The energy levels are high regardless of style, as we can hear between the more melodic structures of both 'Coral Reef' and 'Digital Pirate', alongside the more classic grimey chops of 'Rotten Salsa' and 'Parasite'. There are a couple of clear standouts, including the high energy rhythmic switches of 'Gully Skank' and thick harmonies of 'Coral Reef'. Sumptuous work from the Spartan as per!
Review: So, in short, this is Spooky doing what Spooky does best, as he supplies four of the UK's most exciting grime MC's with the perfect through ball as he unleashes the riddim pack for the 'Haunted Joyride Version Excursion', courtesy of Oil Gang. We first hear the London city warlord: Riko Dan who touches down with tight patois flows on 'High Power', before the skippy flows and untouchable energy of Mez is let loose on 'R9's Haircut'. The veteran vocal tones of Nasty Jack then arrive on 'S.U.N', before we round up with the party ready flows of PK's 'Flow Sensei'.
Mad Man (This Is Anger remix instrumental) - (4:17) 140 BPM
Morse Code - (4:22) 140 BPM
Pandora's Box - (5:34) 140 BPM
Punch & Judy - (4:39) 140 BPM
Red Eye Dub - (3:49) 140 BPM
Roadsweeper Remix - (4:13) 140 BPM
Shallow Minds - (3:00) 140 BPM
Sour Cream & Onion - (3:15) 140 BPM
Shepherds Bush - (4:39) 93 BPM
Review: As one of grime's true active veterans, it's always good to see The Spartan back in action. He returns to his home label of Ghost House here to deliver us twenty tracks of pure flavour, all direct from the archives, under the 'Lost Dubz' title. There are some certified classics in here for sure, showcasing Spooky's longevity and ability to move so seamlessly around the grime scene. Our standouts from this one have to include the timeless melodies of 'Liquid Nitrogen', featuring Nu Klear, alongside the high energy drum work of 'Darkside'.
Review: As one of the most keenly awaited grime releases in recent times, Spooky makes a welcome return to the heavyweight Oil Gang imprint for a colossal dual single. The title track 'Snow Forest' runs as a square wave wash, catapulting the eskimo sound into 2018 alongside subtle haunting woodwind melodies and 4/4 drum patterns. On the flip we hear the more energetic, percussion based stylings of 'Funky Dub'. This one combines eskimo flavours with UK Funky, creating uniquely designed rhythms and harmonies. This is a great release for Spooky and Oil Gang to kick off 2018 with for certain.
Review: UK bass scientists, Spooky, is coming out of all corners at the moment, and he's up on our charts with two EPs this week, the present Fiesta EP, and also a double-header featuring Boylan, both out on the new and rampant Oil Gang label. "Fiesta" is nothing short of a total feeding frenzy, a broken, snare-heavy stepper with dub sirens and Caribbean influences; the sort of tune that would no doubt destroy a club in half, whereas "Cherry" takes a completely different approach; its docile ska bounce trips over hard-hitting snares, yet more dub sirens, and just a general feeling of total curbside swagger. Both excellent tunes that go way beyond the normal confinements of grime and two-step. Bangin'.
Review: It has been a brief minute since we last heard from the Ghost House imprint, but we couldn't be happier to see Spooky Bizzle back at the reigns as he lands here with four potent grimey originals, kicking off with the skippy drum work and colourful melodic synth structures of the title track 'Gorgon'. This is then followed up with some serious energy as we land inside the rapid-fire rhythms and glitchy bass tones of 'Body Count' before the unpredictable basslines of 'Asylum Seeker' wade into view. Finally, Spooky takes it old school as the UKG drum-styles are laid out for a wavy adventure in 'Critterz', tying up proceedings for the Spartan nicely.
Review: Spooky & Boylan are back after an exciting debut on the Boxed imprint earlier this year, and the dup pack a mean little punch with this incorrigible two-tracker from the murkiest depths of the dubstep realm. "Low Rider", as the name implies, is a woozy, low-pitched monster with a devilish little juke percussion swinging from side to side, and off every wall. "All Black Winter" speeds up the tempo and unleashes its wonky artillery or sub-bass in the tight spaces between the tune's gunshot-snares and ice-cold hi-hats. A good look for the fast-growing Oil Gang label. Ya dun-know