Review: Hospital have ramped up their "Future Sound" series in a major way this year... America, Holland, Brazil, now Canada. It's a decidedly deep and techy cross-section of flavours, too: Gremlinz brings the ice with the angular fury of "Tactical Rail", Schematic delivers some mountainous vocal soul on "Learn From The Past". Those looking for a more contemporary / Manchester style halftime drum arrangement should jump on Levrige's "The Legend" while Stranjah closes the show with a timeless Commixian heads-down roller "Gideon". Powerful.
Review: The "Final Chapter LP" brings together a collection of tracks from the likes of Stranjah, Overlook, Relapse, Parallel & Coincide, Heavy Stereo and My Foul. With upcoming D&B talent in abundance across the album, this is well worth listening to if you like unearthing new music and discovering new names. From the rolling percussion of "Prominence" through such moments as Fade's experimental "Ruff Tactics" and Champa B's old skool "Darkness Through Light", there is plenty for everyone here. Also watch out for Double O's "Concrete Jungle" and Verb & Devastate's "The Killzone". Awesome.
Review: DJ Hybrid looks back over another successful and hugely prolific year with this massive 31 track compendium of Audio Addict slammers, bangers and a few cheeky exclusives. A great opportunity to get up to speed on the 170BPM clarity DJ Hybrid operates the label at, every single track guarantees heat. Notable shouts go out to Kumurachi's various inclusions (especially Octo-Pi's brand new remix of "Phatty"), RMS & Dcision's low-riding bumper "One Ting", Epicentre's slinky soul-touched roller "infamous", Agro's skank-slapped "Bust Dis Ting" and Swerve's maximum-boosting twist of Hybrid's "What Else". But that really is the tip of the double-A iceberg. It's been an exceptional year for the label, and this is proof.