Review: Canadian bass producer out of Toronto Stranjah has built up a solid discography over the last 20 years that;s seen his music appear on labels like Flex, Mindrush and BBA among many others. Arriving on Worst Behaviour for his first time, the producer here pulls together a collaborative EP that touches on drum and bass, dubstep, hip hop, footwork and dancehall amid hook ups with Manchester's MC Fox and Baltimore's club queen TT THE ARTIST. With remixes furthermore coming from DJ MADD and OAKK, get your bloated club tracks in "Tonedeaf" to the darkly, skittering footwork of "Monkfruit" alongside bigger vocal numbers "Inya". Best boy, Worst Behavior.
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: Guangzhou Underground is a collective of DJs, promoters and a record label all based in Guangdong province, China. If you didn't' know about the rising bass scene in the East, you'd better keep up because there are some serious sounds being created there. The East West Bass Test compilation features 11 exclusive tracks from producers representing US, UK, Canada, China and Macau. Highlights include the scattershot electro beats and plucked melodies of "verity" by Merouac, the moody percussive roller "Vagabond" by KOROSTYLE and the woofer busting DnB of "Freq U" by Stranjah.
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.