Review: With a plethora of artists to choose from, Volume 6 takes a look at the more experimental beings on Hype's roster, to interesting effect. Mob Tactics set the whole show in motion with Elephant Man in a dancehall-inspired club banger cut with insane bass and high-stress sound effects. Total Recall makes an appearance in the Eastern-influenced "Ethnic Origins", taking jump-up to new heights. Playaz favourite Survival adds a trademark neuro touch to fastmoving breaks and eerie atmospherics, and Jaydan show's a sensitive side with the crisp, rolling "She's Heaven". A mature sound from the Playaz crew.
Review: Another compilation arrives this week from underground heroes, Horizons. This is the first comp that saw the label shift from the head music vibes of their earlier days to the nascent dark-step sounds of D&B's edgier side. Key standouts here include the properly apocalyptic "The End" by Insight & Volytek, the electro-house-ish "Alone" by Inknown Error, the serial-killer doom-beats of "The Jackal" by Dose & Teknik and the cinematic "The Yearning VIP" by Apex. End of the world stuff!
Review: This is the original compilation from cult label Horizons and collects 13 killer cuts from a range of rising talent within the D&B community including Saburuku, Naibu, Mutt and Sinistarr. They've been known to describe the mood of their releases as "hoods-up and heads-down" but there's quite a lot of variety on here too: opener "In Control" is restrained and soulful, "Open Wide" features sumptuous female vocals, "The Beautiful Life" is shimmering poolside stuff, while "Rain Maker" is hauntingly raw, "Lynx Is Playing At My House" boasts the 80s soul influences suggested in the title and "Revolution" even boasts guitars!
Review: Horizons are on a roll at the moment, with release after release of top notch D+B from familiar faces old and new. The next installment comes as a various artist compilation featuring works from Spirit, Unknown Error, Sabre, Seba and more. Kicking off with Skitty's monumental "10 Steps", it's off to a tearing start with pounding drums, raucous SFX and a Hardware-meets-Ram vibe. Elsewhere, things are a little more pared down - check the uplifting, sonorous sounds of "Midnight Special" or the quirky experimentalism of "Cellar Dweller". A great collection of tracks here, which covers a range of styles.