Review: There are few things in this life as satisfying as a raucous jungle single. Perhaps when the hoover fits into a space perfectly, or that first sip of cold water when you're hungover in the morning, but aside from those two things this one from Opius and Skru is right up there at number three. 'Tell It Like It Is' sits in that age-old jungle tradition of blending soulful sampling with ragged drum work and it works a charm in this case, the fruitful tones of a singer-we-don't-know rolling out nicely into Opius' bombastic percussive construction. The Skru VIP takes things a bit darker with some almost Hardware type vibes, all blackish and dark and generally quite scary. Top work.
Review: Ballpark have proven that their more than capable of releasing tunes which don't mess about but which carry an air of respectability as well, music that's for the dancefloor but that doesn't sacrifice itself for that purpose. Opius x Apollo fit in with that trend. Called Up Series Five is a release full of stripped back, industrial sounds but that still actually sounds really nice, a T>I esque two-tracker that's weighted in all the right places. 'New Jak Swing' is definitely the highlight, with a groaning, wobbling bassline that will 100% sound great through a system.
Review: The eighth instalment in Ballpark Recordings' Called Up series is here and it's spooky as all hell, with a real attempt by Opius & Skru to scare the hell out of you with eerie sampling, torn sound design and fast, furious breaks that know no sense of restraint. Skru's VIP of 'Insane World' by Opius is exactly this, with a foreboding sense of ambience akin to the start of a horror movie, which descends down the stairway into the cellar to find a wall of drum hits and siren-like screeches. Opius is back on the original in the next one with 'Notice Served' and it's an even more devilish display of haunting production. Unbelivable.
Review: On this release are two artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and after a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, they're back on Seven Ballpark Recordings with a fierce EP that shows off some serious production finesse. 'Ya Ere Me is our favourite off the release, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. It's very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top-level cut. Yes mate!