Review: Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo celebrate five years of prize fighting with this superb 14-track newness of an opus. With cuts from some of the label's most distinctive members and new faces alike, the collection seeps freshness from every twist and turn... Bondax's silky two-step twist of Mak & Pasteman's "Heat", Somepoe's super-sharp-stepper "Late Night Bootie", the deep dubby tech squiggles of Tony Goods' "2 Scoops", Tee Circus's dangerously overweight warp session "Plus 8". The list goes on. Versatile, creative and overwhelmingly funky, here's to another five years.
Review: This guy has been involved in the UK underground scene since his first release (aged 17!) and just loves the very early days of pirate radio and UK garage. Lately he's back on top form with new inspiration and a new underground house sound and this tune proves it. "Playground Swing" is an immense slice of tough-but-fair UKF: all fly-by-the -seat-of-your pants beats, chopped up vocals and of course fat, doomy bass. Boom!
Review: Tee Circus returns to Sounds Of Sumo with an even ruder pair of tracks than those on his previous EP on the label; "MBH" is a tough piece of with a steely bassline and clipped 808 drums, while "The Wanderer" ups the squelch factor on the bassline to deliver a demented piece of UK funky with tweaked out vocals and incessant snare rushes. The release is completed with a pair of tasty remixes; Kry Wolf offers a tough tech-bass roller with fat bass stabs, tumbling percussion and cosmic synths, while Piri Piri turns in a sparse juke-inspired refix of "The Wanderer", whose crazed 808 cowbell and abstract sounds sound like Addison Groove on acid - worth the price of admission alone.
Review: London producer and DJ Tee Circus has already been receiving heavy support from Redlight and Monki on Rinse FM for "Plus 8" - a sleek yet effective bass winner that mixes rude acid swing with straight-ahead snares and hats - and for the more robust garage shuffle of "Flying Gangsta". As well as excellent mixes from Hidden Cat and Viers, incredible funky mentalists Jook 10 give "Plus 8" a filled-out UKF groove that simply shines.