Review: When we are discussing the modern greats of electronic music production, there's no way we can have that conversation without Calibre's name coming into the mix and blend. This brand new album via the team at Signature takes the title 'Feeling Normal' and is a straight up masterclass, from the stunning breakbeat-driven soundscapes of 'Barren' and 'Man Got Sandwich' to the colourful post-garage designs of 'Feeling Normal' and 'Time To Breathe' alongside Cimone. It has a touch of everything and the quality levels just don't seem to dip, regardless of whatever genre or style we are hearing. There are also some serious highlights, with 'Badman' alongside DRS being a somber, post-dubstep homage, 'Has To Happen' being a sumptuous, emotive roller and 'Predictable' being a futuristic steppers delight. Incredible work as expected!
Review: Impressing out of Australia is DJ Sunroof, a producer that before this has been spotted on Nerang, 3 Feet Deep plus a recent contribution Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol.3. Offered a full debt here, DJ Sunroof lifts the lid on seven piping hot new tracks, all skipping with fresh and danked out UK sounds - be it the deep acid bass of "Regrowth" or something more spiretly and UKG in "Fresh & Low" - get your nastier alternative in "Intercom" . With something dubby, dusty and percussion heavy in "Boxed In" there's touches of busy breakbeat techno in "Roller" next to the gnarly wub-wub of "Let It Roll". DJ Sunroof cruisin' the UK.
Review: It's been a short while since we last took in a project if this magnitude from the Big Fat Mama Beats crew, who unveil a fabulous full length album drop from The Criminal Minds, who really do go all out to explore the full breadth of the breakbeat sound. From the more experimental, junglist sounds of 'Analog Dog' and 'Bomb Drops', to the throwback, nostalgic energies of 'Rocksteady' and electro-inspired flavours of 'Twin Sunset', this album covers some serious ground moderately quickly! For us, the title track 'Dirty Little Boxes' alongside Nathan Green is the clear standout, adding a dash of class to the tracklisting with it's heist-like bass grooves and percussive influxes. We also enjoyed the high energy bass sweeps and drum energies of 'Cracked' which again takes us to the complete other end of the spectrum. Awesome work!
Review: This is the third album in as many years from the Bristolian hip-hop/funk duo, who are also festival favourites, so there's a good chance you already have a pretty good idea what they sound like. For the uninitiated, then old school block-party hip-hop would be one obvious point of reference, Stereo MCs another - but The Allergies throw far more than just rap into the pot, with soul, funk, jazz, R&B, breakbeat and rock elements weaving in and out of Steal The Show's 13 tracks. Guests on the album include Andy Cooper, Izo FitzRoy, Skunkadelic, ASM, Uncle Frank and Dr Syntax.
Review: It's been raining Luke Vibert in 2020 with the legendary producer teaming up with Hypercolour for a trilogy of LPs, bringing with it new and neo genres like Modern Rave, and now Rave Hop. restoring some credibility to the lost art of breakbeat and sample culture, Vibert's productions are on point here while exploring different eras of dance music history in the process. Crafted with unique, original and refreshed vintage samples, each track, depending on its element, will transport you across a classic timeline; be it straight up old school hip hop, 90s drum and bass and early chicago house, to soul, disco and jazz before that; all cut up and repackaged in a contemporary and referential approach to rave and its continued legacy.
Review: The Silver Bear team have absolutely outdone themselves with this next project, which sees Wayward unleash the full range of his production capabilities over the course of forty-three minutes with his brand new album 'Waiting For The World'. This is a phenomenal display in delicacy and precision, whilst also sounding immeasurably organic in its design, from the classic breakbeat elements of 'Back To The Old Days' and 'Ridge Road', to the more futuristic tech-influenced adventures of 'Canvey Island' and the stunning soundscaping displays of 'Thirty Three'. It's a masterful display of confident sonic creation, with our particular highlights being the truly breathtaking harmonic layerings of 'Jill', the dancefloor ready melodic flicks of 'Casper (Part 2)' and of course the untouchable twists and turns of the title track 'Waiting For The World'. Awesome stuff!
Review: From the funk 'n' breaks label Boogie Boutique comes this third selection of 10 winning nuggets, featuring Hayz' Shaggy tribute "Bathroom Banger", Freddy Fresh's excellently trippy mix of Cuban piano and Latin exotica "Pinata", and the Ludacris-sampling "Boogie Shuffle". For a more head-nodding flavour though, head straight for DJ Wood's "No Ice Cream On The Road" or Nine Lives The Cat's "LaLaLa".
Review: Under the Ejeca alias, Gerry McCartney has regularly delivered retro-futurist singles that draw inspiration from vintage UK house and techno. This album, his full-length debut, takes this approach even further, delivering a non-stop, sweat-soaked journey through brand new rave and UK hardcore-inspired productions recorded in Southend-on-Sea last December. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the almost overwhelmingly loved-up opener, 'Rainfall', and the skittish, US garage-influenced breakbeat hardcore haziness of 'Need You', to the piano-powered happy hardcore hedonism of 'My Love', mind-melting 'Variant' and rushing 'Tell Me'. Also superb is closing cut 'Sunrise', a fittingly titled conclusion tailor made for sound-tracking sun-up moments at remote mountain raves.