Review: Lobster Theremin welcomes the return of emerging producer Amy Dabbs who follows up her Girl Like Me debut on Distant Horizons by splashing out on its parent label, Lobster Theremin. Throwing down a gauntlet of dub inspired UKG, house and R&B tracks, Amy Dabbs hits the spot with "Allure". Flirting with rave aesthetics all the more in "Second Thoughts", Dabbs keeps it instrumental, bassline heavy and close to the London broken beat scene in 'Take It" - hi-pitched vocals included - with a murky, lo-fi and computer music version of the title-track by Steel City Discs debutante Yazzus.
Review: On a real hot streak at the moment is the Breaks 'N' Pieces label which gives rise to a new artist in Bartholomew Kind! Turning in a six track EP bookend by the filmic messages embedded within "Would You Do That To Me?" and "Get Well Soon" - Breaks 'N' Pieces Vol 7 takes in a liquid sound mixed up by mellow house rhythms, R&B vocals and sustained strings, to Autonomic basslines and the static, crackle n pop of Burial-esque atmospheres. With the heart and soul of this record coming through "Sweetheart", "Sapien Beat", "Memento" and "Feelz" - thanks to that fine film HER - this is an EP that will appeal to those thirsting for a perfect middle ground between Burial and Bicep.
Review: Next up from Breaka's own: Breaka Recordings imprint, we see something very special as he unveils four collaborations of the highest quality with the likes of both Frazer Ray and Bakey. We begin with Frazer's two contributions, kicking off with the charming moogy subs and scattered drum rhythms of 'The Loudest Woiioii Ever', combining funky rhythms and futuristic compositional designs. Next, 'Phone's Ringin' gives us a much more minimal yet euphoric style of experimental dance music, before we take the pace up a tad on Bakey's first collaborative input on 'Club Dynamics'. This track sees us explore the delicacies of new school breaks, before 'Pro Perc' unleashes choppy 2-step-style rhythms atop a heavily laden percussive field to give us the perfect send off.