Review: We are rarely disappointed when it comes to the pretty untouchable discography of White Peach Records, a label that continues to defy boundaries whilst upholding inhuman levels of consistency. This latest four track treat from 207 explores a bag of different musical themes, from the subtle, eastern-inspired pluck melodies of the title track 'Koto', to the unpredictable melodic sweeps of 'Mrtav', which give us two entirely different moods right from the jump. Ourman joins the party next on 'Clochard', with through it's urgent string manoeuvres and nasty low end design gives off an instantaneously classic feel, with the EP then closing out on on 'Ziv', a breathy crunch through gnarly instrumentation and clicky percussion to see the EP out in blistering style. Lovely work!
Review: As one of the true pioneers of the original dubstep sound, it's always a real pleasure to see Distance make his way back onto his home label of Chestplate, especially when he comes bearing gifts such as this one. Making its way out onto the release schedule we see him unveil this brand new weapon by the name 'Oneness', which despite its singularity in release style, is sure to knock the block off numerous ravers once it boots the club. Packing a seriously fizzy punch, the almost hypnotic nature of the heartbeat-like rhythm pulls you in and spits you back out again, with emotive, sweeping pad textures above and a dizzying, electrified bassline below causing an absolute ruckus in its wake. This is a serious creation, make no mistake about that.
Review: It's always exciting to see new Infernal Sounds material landing in the store, with today's helping coming to us from the moody production book of Hella, who impresses with three powerful creations. We open up with the devilish vocal displays and busy percussive sweeps of 'Back Up', a crunchy overall design that kick starts the intensity of the EP perfectly, before the super clicky drum design and percussion inclusion of 'Dare I Say' gives us something a little more subtle, focussing on shimmering melodic stutters and a more calm sense of rhythm. Finally, 'Foul Play' deploys a warping bassline across the lower end of it's arrangement, topped with colourful drum chops and a moody backdrop to match, rounding off the EP in wicked fashion.
Purification (feat The Gaslamp Killer - original mix) - (3:54) 72 BPM
Deceitful Ways (original mix) - (3:46) 80 BPM
Immortals (feat MC GQ - original mix) - (2:24) 74 BPM
Into Stone (original mix) - (4:56) 70 BPM
Dark Wing (original mix) - (3:37) 79 BPM
Against The Sun (original mix) - (4:35) 71 BPM
As Wax By Seal (original mix) - (3:49) 67 BPM
Exultia (original mix) - (4:15) 60 BPM
Sub Noctem (original mix) - (3:09) 87 BPM
Seek The Throat (original mix) - (2:40) 66 BPM
Bleed (original mix) - (3:20) 74 BPM
Arachne (original mix) - (3:30) 75 BPM
Silent Image (original mix) - (2:27) 78 BPM
Review: When it comes to underground dance music, there are few outposts of creativity that are boasting as high a rate of success as Alix Perez's '1985'. We are blessed to take a look into a window of that creativity with this monstrous new collection of sonic sizzlers as Shades, Alix himself and Eprom join forces for the explosive 'From A Vein' album project. This is a true showcase of mastery in our eyes, from the sub-rattling drones of 'Into Stone' to the super electronic syncopation of 'As Wax By Seal' and acidic arpeggios of 'Deceitful Ways'. We are thrown in about 1000 different directions over the course of this 14 track masterclass, with our favourite creations having to include the remarkably chirpy 'Purification' alongside Gaslamp killer, exploring organic drum breaks and super digitised basslines, next to satanic melodic sweeps of 'Sub Noctem' and unpredictable metallic soundscapes of 'Immortals', welcoming MC GQ into the fold at the same time. Outstanding!