Review: A real joy for bass heads and fans as Bristol's Admin & Mahni combine to mix the sonics of Julio Bashmore with Om Unit beats and detuned hip-hop acapellas on the excellent "Formattin'". On an even more minimal yet deliciously tuneful vibe, "Next Universe" reminds of early Morgan Geist and his brilliantly twee electronic weirdness, while remixes from Kon, Magnum, Slick Shoota and Konga Konga add to a hugely impressive and forward-thinking release.
Review: UK bass producer Artek turns in a blinder on this new EP from B.YRSELF, crafting a cocksure rhythm from subs and dry percussion on the spacey "Out of Touch" and laying down icy stabs and UKF-influenced beats on "Earth One". "Grief" however is the speaker-buster - a cosmic trip around top-end filter pads and and thick enveloping bass that also gets some great remixes from Umba, Keiska and Bombe.
Review: As co-owner of the Disktopia label and associate of Starkey's esteemed Seclusiasis imprint, BD1982 has been impressing with his colourful brand of bass for a few years now, but this release for B.YRSLF Division is one of the producer's tightest efforts to date. Combining melodies with a particularly African flavour the EP recalls the more interesting end of the current UK bass/house zeitgeist with the kind of intricate yet hard-hitting drum patterns of Roska's productions. Standout tracks include "Iron Trees" with its eski melody and deep bass stabs, the frenetic footwork rhythms of "Zero Hours" and confrontational stomp of "This Much". The superb originals are rounded out with two remixes: Greeen Linez turns in a surprisingly funk driven rework of "Outside The Tunnel" and "Qoso" turns "Zero Hours" into a slowly percolating warehouse techno stormer.
Review: B.YRSLF Division presents yet another unknown artist in the form of Changez, a producer sharing the same enthusiasm for ghetto bass and footwork as his labelmates. Across the seven tracks offered here he shows himself to be a dab hand at all manner of futuristic house styles; "Body Form" is built around a snarling bass riff and soft key hits, "Switched" offers a shimmering piece of driving 80s influenced house, and "Holding On" even touches ballroom with its stripped back drums and vocal repetition. However, our pick is the snarling acid jam "Foamed", which sounds like it's been made with a decaying 303 that was found in the gutter.
Review: French label B.YRSELF Division like to spoil its listeners rotten; you rarely get less than about six tracks per release. "...So Below" is the second release by the seriously shady Changez and it actually forms the second half of a debut album (the first half being last year's "As Above..."). With another seven quality ventures into a variety of styles - highlights being the tragic and weary RnB/trap of "Gone", the moody skip beats and chipmunk vocals of "Utopz" and the deep retro house of "Every Way"- it all adds up to an impressive long player.
Review: A very tasty treat from French label B Yrself, who bring together the combined talents of the Distal-supported Mite and new jack producer E Walk for the Body Tap EP. The pair of Atlanta residents tear things up with a seamless blend of tropical 808 rhythms and winding Detroit pads on lead tune "Body Tap", while "Iron Gaiden" steps in with a mean lean and some sinister bass stabs. Mite's awesomely-titled "Hypersex" may just be the pick of this release though, thanks to its no-holds-barred tech kicks and rushing pads.
Review: A young producer from Brooklyn, Obey City makes a confident debut for the B.Yrself label with this set of five new tunes, which mine a Scuba-ish, glacial house sound perfectly on "Who Buggin", a more ghostly ghetto lilt on "Percalatin" and a chaotic crunk on the icy 808 tricks of "My RVM".
Review: Montreal's Seapoint is back with long time associates B.YRSELF Division for two sizzling future-house gems. "Vapour Hymns" is drenched in crystalline synth chords and features perky 90s bass organ melodies and high-street-house vocals. The sour to the former's sweet, "Successors" is hard-hitting acidic-techno banger that manages to incorporate R&B vocal samples, sawn- off electro hacks and space-jazz synths, and shimmies rather than falls on its face. Elsewhere cool remixes by TSVI and Drums Of Death are usurped by the sheer magnitude of the Yello meets DJ Hell in a dark alley jam by Grandivaa.
Review: Seapoint is a shady producer from Montreal, who has seen his profile rise quite considerably over the last 12 months. Not one for holding back on his love of all things oceanic, he now drops his Nautical Day EP which should see him ahem, reel in even more attention with his cut up, retro sound. The title track sees stop-start beats carry a looped 80s/90s R&B sample. "Row Land" follows a similar approach but with extra synth stabs and more up front club vibes. "Cyanotype Cities" features a vintage New York house sound, with 4/4 beats, a ravey organ, killer snare rolls and a wailing diva sample. "Shadow Encoder" is all broken hip-hop beats and sci-fi R&B keyboards. The last track "Unknown Ruins", mines the 90s soul vibes even more, sounding rather like Boys II Men stuck in a K hole.