Review: With a smattering of releases since 2016 emerging on Rua Sound and Astrophonica, Hackney-based artist outta London Touchy Subject presents his debut album Phonetic Fanatic. An exploration of UK and US beat making and musical expressions, this album blends drum and bass with dubstep and bleep to electronica and footwork in a way that's reminiscent of Mark Pritchard and Equinox on Warp all the way to Flying Lotus via Brainfeeder and the crazier future music on Planet Mu. Find epic shades of breaks, dub and bass across an LP that shines brightly in the dark.
Review: Not to generalise or anything, but Touchy Subject is an absolute badman! With an extensive smorgasbord discog going back a few years now on labels as disparate as Astrophonica and Twizted Movements, here we find him returning to Rua with four more beguiling system-shaking hybrids. 'The General' is proper sci-fi dance hall with the flabbiest of basslines you'll see this side of the pastie factory. It's followed by the purring rootsical rolling dub workout "Seek & Find", an ultra sinewy and venomous "Shudder" and, finally, the head-scratchingly beautiful shuffles of and skitters of "Turnt Up". Unique.
Review: As always with Astrophonica, we are in for a treat with this one, as they get busy with a top quality compilation selection, unveiling twenty pulsating originals under the name '20'. Whilst examining the vibes on this one, we noticed that it really does cover all the basis when it comes to high tempo bass music, from the grizzly roller arrangements of 'Hull Breach' from Fracture & Neptune to the bouncy footwork flavours of Dawn Day Night's 'Voodoo Vibe'. There are most certainly some clear standouts, with Fracture, Rider Shafique & Sam Binga pulling together for a spicy original on 'Back It Up', alongside Sully's super colourful junglist roller 'Flock' and the eerie flute work of 'Flocon' from Moresounds. A very interesting listen!