Review: Demand's "Selects" series continues with stark, dark, creative abandon: label newcomer and impressive up-and-comer Grey Code appears twice as he sets the scene with a brilliantly loose drum roll and tripped out spacious bass textures on the Noisia-supported "Making Marks" and returns with Skylark for a darker trip into sound design where the bass groan with animal-like feels. Elsewhere Wingz carries a deep funk in its punctuating kicks that cut through the alien tones on "Echelon" while Owneath returns with an expertly freaky arrangement that sits somewhere between Fre4knc and Tobin. On point.
Review: Lifestyle Music is arguably one of the strongest small labels out there in D&B at the moment. They release a wicked blend of the very heavy and the very deep, their latest from Volatile Cycle and friends landing firmly on the side of the former. The duo are back with episode two of their collaborative EP series in which they team up with another producer and the results are fantastic. 'Time's Up' featuring Wingz is deliciously minimal, with space in all the right places and bass in all the others; 'Nowhere' featuring Philth is also sensational, an Alix Perez-esque blend of vocal sampling and energetic depth. A top notch EP.
Review: This varied artists compilation on Deep Within is a four-tracker that's more than the sum of its parts, and the curational team behind the label have outdone themselves. Wingz, DOT, Koax & Azrah and Solace represent some of the hottest young talent around on the minimal side of the scene. Wingz particularly has been killing it on Overview, and you c an hear his talent in the sweeping destruction of the sub bass on 'Artificial Killa'. Solace is a Belgian talent and his contribution, 'Realisation', is superbly steppy in the drums, which underpin a moody, gritty bassline that has us desperately wanting to go to a club. This compilation isn't one to miss.