Review: Earlier in the year, Roska's "Kicks and Snares" record label kicked off its tenth birthday celebrations with an EP of new cuts showcasing "different strains of UK funky". You'll find more of the same on this scintillating sequel. Veteran producer Boy 8-Bit kicks things off with the swinging, layered tribal drums, fuzzy bass and lilting synthesizer melodies of "Back 2 Back", before Lobby stacks up heavy percussion hits on the formidable drum workout that is "Jet 2". Majora's "Sway" is a sweet, melodious and effortlessly soulful UK funky vocal number, while Ramzee's standout "Nobody Cares" is a boisterous but surprisingly deep, rap-fired peak-time workout. Finally, Tickles smothers a typically rubbery UKF groove with lashings of ultra-deep chords, heavy bass and a sprinkle of '90s style US garage organs.
Review: Mutant Youth Tickles stretches his long arms into both the UKG and classic acid house for a refreshing take on current sounds. Reducing the tempo and softening the genre's ubiquitous grunty bass tones for something deeper, "Code Red" flexes in both directions in a way that will appeal to DJs on all sides. Remix-wise Pavv brings us back into the 130 territory with a nagging bass hook and a lush, floaty cavalcade of mid-'90s synths while Spookz takes the synth factor back even further to early 90s hardcore vibes, wrapping it around a hollow, echo chamber bass and smashed glass breakbeats.
Review: UK operation Saucy Record return with a swiftly compiled second volume of Saucy Selections featuring a healthy 17 cuts of Tech, Bass, House and Garage from the international community. Label regulars like Libra (UK), Melod!k, and Spekktrum brush up against Saucy newcomers and there's a pleasant array of styles and sounds to be found within this selection, moving from sultry cuts such as opener "Had Enough" by Chris Skapetis to tougher and rougher bassline movers. Grande's "NOS" playfully toys around the Club Constructions approach to dancefloor tools, whilst Spekktrum is on aggro form with compilation highlight "The Game".