Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro's remix project continues with this monstrous take on 'Tweeter Box' by Sub-Division artist Sinexia. The original (released last year) is a pretty stripped-back affair with a high voltage bassline and generous levels of sub. In true Agro form, the bigger the rig, the better it sounds. Meanwhile the remix from young Belgian Sinexia throws in a whole new layer of steamroller bass textures and pummelling drums for more of a straight up dancefloor dnb style. Box fresh.
Review: Pipe down, zip it, shut-up-a-your-face: whichever way you want to say it, Alex SLK is right behind you with 'No More Talking' - A six-track vibe attack strong enough to glue your lips together. A gruff, ruff, collection of rollers and bumpers, highlights include the trippy, elasticated 'Trust Issues', the wonderfully weird and warped 'Zerg' and the mischievous murkery of 'Bombaclaat'. And that's the tip of the iceberg. No talk, all action.
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: Enei's evolution over the last year or two has immense and the Russian producer has combined the techy side of things with the jumpier bits better than anyone else, a stylistic blend that he puts to perfect use in this five-tracker. Regular partner in crime Jakes steps up for 'Master Key', and his typically menacing vocal work adds edge to an already jagged instrumental, one which rattles through double bass notes and withering, stabbing percussive touches. It's a proper dancefloor cut constructed for the reopening of gigs, and this attitude spreads across the entire release; from the moody steps of 'Ignit', to the bouncing shards of 'Dirty' and the jump-up infused murderation of 'Lucid' The master is back.
Review: Last spotted learning to fly, Hugh Hardie touches down once again with more new material: 'Dream In Green', another four track delight on Hospital. 'No Compromise' takes the lead and hits with a vibe that's reminiscent of early Nu:Tone. It's in good company as three more double-H nuggets bounce our way... 'Dream In Green' is stunning sunset soul with filters and strings in all the right places, 'Overture' brings a little jazz into the mix while d.e.o.n lays down introspective lyrical gold while 'Repeater' closes the show on steppy, switchy juke vibe that's not dissimilar to Sinistarr or Thys. Dream big.
Review: One of drum & bass' hardest working servants is back in the Dispatch kitchen with this EP, as M-Zine takes his penchant for dirtiness and cooks up a storm across four delightful cuts. This particular incarnation of his sound is rough, with an old-school tonality that leans into the sounds of dBridge and others. 'Devise' is possibly the most unique, with a repetitive structure that bores a hole into your brain and lays the most gorgeous of eggs, a soulful yet devastatingly sharp concoction that is simply the definition of cross-genre goodness. 'Permeate' does just that, with a devilish, gruff bassline that spreads its tentacles throughout the whole track in super fashion. What an EP.