Review: We are absolutely loving the way that the Articulate imprint are making their start to 2019 as they hear unveil another bag of heaters right here right now. We are sure they are thrilled to be bringing Rukus to the forefront, who kick starts the project with the 'Binary' project with 'Dust', a phenomenal piece of musical composition, combining percussive rolls and subtly expansive scoring to create one of the most unique tracks we've heard in a long while. Following this, Magugu gets lively and joins the party with an exciting vocal on 'Flow', before the volcanic rhythmic structures of 'Haze' are set loose'. On remix duty, Cardinal Sound, Daze Prism, Ali McK & IYZ all put forward a tonne of creativity, rounding this one off perfectly.
Review: As far as labels go, we were super impressed with the standard of content that the team behind Articulate were able to mass across 2018, and therefore were super excited to see their latest release appear on our shelves. This project boils down to four futuristic funky bangers, with Ali McK & IYZ leading the way on their industrial masterpiece 'Trenches'. Next, we take a look at Nuaura's patois infused thrill ride entitled 'Lost', which fuses electronic leads with potent sub pressure perfectly. Following this, Doc Zee strips the arrangements right back on 'Kick Back', before Ali McK, IYZ and Retrospect join forces on the fierce designs of 'Quentin'. An excellent way to kick off the year!
Review: For us, Articulate is a label that really needs no introduction. Known for their experimental take on UK funky, bass and dubstep, the team behind the project are constantly looking at expanding their sound into new areas, which is exactly what this shimmering new project from Retrospect achieves. The title track 'Jewel' is a perfect bassline & funky hybrid, driven by elegant grooves and grizzly bass sounds, alongside the high energy drum and chord movements across 'Hoko Dub' and the super dippy bass instrument flows of 'Huntsman'. It doesn't stop there however as Kotei and Fork & Knife get to work with uptempo grimey reworks of 'Jewel', with Limita working his UKG magic into his overhaul of 'Hoko Dub'.
Review: As one of our favourite newer labels, Articulate have gone out and impressed again here as they bring forward this fantastic 6 track project from Nuaura. We kick off with the frankly incredible breakbeat soundscaping and melodic layerings of the title track 'Champion' before landing comfortably on the super experimental 'Enter The Room', packed with mysterious vocal slices and spacey pads. Next up, the sharp electronic leads and smooth subs of 'Eternity', followed closely by the final original 'Tension', which displays some masterful uses of breakbeats and bass texture. On remix duty, Ricin is on call for a lethal breaks refurbishment of 'Champion', whilst Pharaoh K gets busy with 'Enter The Room', spinning into a funky anthem with expressive percussion and sharp leads.
Review: Man of the moment Daze Prism returns to the steadily smouldering breaks / UKG champions Articulate with a spacebound stepper that's not dissimilar to the world of Koma & Bones or Ils 13 years ago. Poignant vocals, an elastic bassline and a cool sense of comiscity; this kicks with serious emotion. Remix highlights include Nixon's grittier switch-fest and Nuaura's monster riff twist. Take us back...
Review: Bristol's own IVO teams up with Articulate Records, one of our standout labels of 2017 for a top draw project. We kick off with a truly original piece of breaks production on 'West 12'. IVO is known for his uniquely emotional sound design, which is deployed to great effect on the title track 'Pink Gun' which stacks haunting melodies with unpredictable industrial percussion and spacey synth work. We move back to the breaksy vibe for the final track, as '30003' leaps around intuitive sampling and rolling subs. On remix duty FutureStyle and Katch step forward for two very different takes on 'Pink Gun', FutureStyle's being a junglish rework and Katch taking a more dubstep route.
Review: Luxury soulful, stripped back UK funky from the fast-rising Doc Zee; "Feel Free" sits somewhere between Roska and Masters At Work with its stunning sense of space and slowly-unfolding melodic twists that build to an incredible vocal breakdown. Further into this bountiful beat-package we hit soothing chords a wobbled-out bassline that nods neatly at the Zinc school of thought and "Oblivion" that takes us straight back to 94 on a blissful rave breaks tip. Throw in impeccable remixes such as Midnight Phulin's spiral bass freak out and breezy jazz-tinged drum & bass from Rho and you've got yourself a prize winning package.
Review: Big moves from one of the most consistent curator channels in modern broken and bass music, Articulate level up once again with their own label. And they couldn't have launched with a sharper artist. Daze Prism has been dazzling us with fractured science on the likes of Punks, Broken Syndicate, U Wot and Project Allout; his murked magic is the ideal opening salvo to Articulate's new venture. "Taktonix" takes us down the deeper channels of mind with a Bassbin Twins-style low slung slo-mo jungle vibe while "Temptations" buses up with shifty 4/4 switch and an urgent rave vocal. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice; Affiliate gets the roughage out, Doctor Nick adds cavernous doses of space while Sammy Virji lays down a mind-rattling UKG subversion that blows minds at 20 paces. This is a proper label launch and a half; articulate couldn't be clearer right now.