Review: Continuing to take bold strides in exploring a cinematic side of dance music Ruckspin makes, this Rushing EP delivers something grounded in rhythmicity next to a wild display of sounds and tempos. Taking in another collaboration with Quark & Lylli who featured on the recent Songs For The Time Being album - the trio deliver an uptempo and footwork-inspired work that twists and turns from acoustic guitar and ambient passages to cut up vocals and banging breakbeats. "Raw" then features drum and bass legend MC Stamina to deliver a menacing, half-tempo groove of distorted bass, rock-tinged ride cymbals and trippy synthlines that lead an EP cutting a course through the uncharted territories of Future Bass.
Review: Breaking through on to DJ Die's Gutterfunk label are the hyper-fresh sounds of Yung.Raj, a beatboxing synth chemist to emerge from the sub rosa of India's beat scene. Based out of Hyderabad, Yung.Raj's music had made it onto a few hyped mixtapes (including DJ Die) which now lends itself to a full release on the Bristol label (following Addison Groove and Nuff Pedals). Arriving at five-tracks large, Yung.Raj pays homage to the woozy, lo-fi and crackley sounds that his home city might share with the neighbourhoods of LA. Sultry rhodes and summery vibes shine through in "Stormy Monday" and the title track, with more euphoric, beat centric and experimental funk gettin' down in "Reality Sandwich" and "Cant U C". With an additional downtempo jamsto boot in "Oofie", Yung.Raj's soundworld ain't dead but kickin'.