Review: At a time when so many of its early contemporaries are rarely seen releasing these days, Planet Mu's 20th anniversary is even more of a cause de celebre. The powerhouse of uncompromising leftfield electronic music has pulled no punches when it comes to commemorating the time, drawing on the staggering roster including Kuedo, Remarc, Traxman, Falty DL, Machinedrum, Milanese, Vex'd, Neil Landstrumm and so very many more besides, bringing together tracks from the vaults, from forgotten times, some of which have never previously seen the light of day. With 50 tracks to delve into, this is enough of an education to school even the most learned mind.
Review: We've been waiting for this since Doc Scott fired up his old ThirtyOne machine just over a year ago. A 24-track collection of stone cold exclusives, this bucks any expectations of the label and its remit and celebrates the very best creativity in all shades of drum & bass. Littered with the best names in the game (Calibre, Nucleus & Paradox, Bungle, Loxy & Resound, Scar, Marcus Intalex and many many more), each cut pushes the bass and riddim envelope with stark, uncompromised creativity and production muscle. The ultimate document of where the best D&B is at, this is nothing short of essential.
Review: Ital Tek joins the likes of Reso and Starkey and jumps to Civil with four brand new flavours - each one as sparkling, uplifting and rhythmically complex as his ace body of work on Planet Mu. Sonically smelting the best aspects of juke, dubstep, techno and good old fashioned electronica, each moment on "Hyper Real" is an urgent call to the dancefloor while giving your mind plenty to chew on: "Hyper Real" reaches for the sun without any protective clothing whatsoever, "Re Entry" is more somnambulant shuffle that gets interrupted by a massive classic electro bass riff. "The Flood" looks to Detroit for inspiration while "Froze Up" takes a techno tablet. Let's get real now people; hyper real!
131Mb of 24 bit samples including 18 multi sampled bass instruments, 5 bass single shot samples, 30 bass stab shots and 8 bass stabber multi sampled instruments. With ready to play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFZ and Kontakt.
Review: Focusing resolutely on underground sounds, don't expect this compilation to deliver flavour of the month tunnel techno or tasteful drones. Instead, Substance have recruited Neil Landstrumm and Stick 430 to drop mental rave basslines over yelping analogue techno and drill'n'bass, and have persuaded Automatic Tasty to forgo his usual Drexciya-focused electro-bass for the warbling acid and Minnie Mouse on helium hardcore vocals of "Free All Parties Now!" If there is a common theme here, it is a love of rave and raving, and both Subhead and Smees bring this aesthetic to their wonky techno contributions. Ten Tracks is the ideal release for the outdoor party person.