Review: Yes, yes, it's Djrum back with the second of three planned releases for 2nd Drop, and the travelling bass man bursts through the place with two absolutely scorching pieces of dancefloor meditation. "LA" is a bouncy, broken bass track with a shattering percussion that spews drums and hi-hats from all angles, barely held together by its morphing bass moving in the undergrowth. "Abandom Me" is still choc-a-bloc with fuzzy, hazardous drumming, but the tune is more stripped-back and less reliant on the low frequencies to power it forwards. There's even some 4/4 action going on amid the myriad of semi breaks and jungle infusions. True hybrids.
Review: We often forget that the 2nd Drop imprint has been as important to dubstep and contemporary bass music as other more above-radar labels like Tempa or Hessle Audio. They've been going string since the noughties, and plenty of well-respects artists have passed through with their own low frequencies. London's DJRUM has been a mascot of some sort for the label, choosing to release all of his work though 2nd Drop. He's back with another four slices of daring, cutting-edge bass experimentation, and "Forgetting" is suitably broken-down and off the beaten track; "Projection" steers completely clear of beats or bass and instead delivers a fine, piano-led ambient sketch. "Induction" is a minimalistic sort of jungle with plenty of cosmic sonic flair, while "Forgetting Coda" once again steps into the realm of piano solos and acoustic improvisation. A different, refreshing take on their bass heritage.
Review: Aside from one recent appearance for Germany's techno-minded Ilian Tape, Djrum has been an integral member of the UK's 2nd Drop label since 2011, where he's been producing mind-bending bass infusions for the post-dubstep era. He's back with "Space Race (Part 1 & 2)" this week, a broken cascade of slithering percussion and sliding pools of low frequencies all fighting against one another for space and movement; it's a sublime bass track that pushes the limits of dance music to its very edges. "Sometime I Share (Space Race Part 3)" reminds us of DBridge's recent material for his own Exit label, and that means a hybrid form of drum and bass that takes inspiration from genres like juke, jungle, and a little bit of r&b. Impressive stuff.
Review: 2nd Drop is a label that exclusively trades in quality; from the peerless 21st century Afro-bass sounds it promotes, to its darkly captivating artwork by Jimmy Turrell. This latest release from Pedestrian and Jasperdrum is no different, with "Origins" being nearly eight minutes of eerie, minimal, shuffle-house punctuated with all kinds of creepy jungle-at-night noises lunging in from all directions. Their hugely popular anthem, "Kalakuta" also reappears here, this time full of suspended tension in a sparse slo-mo trap style remix by Alix Perez.