Review: Subverted breakbeat/130 jungle business from Seoul/Sydney operators Victoria Kim... "Kiko Kicks" sees them teaming up with spitfire vocal waxer Divoli whose lyrical charges fit the breakbeat perfectly. Remix-wise super-hyped Air Max '97 maintains his do-no-wrong reputation with a subdued, steppier, heads-down blend. Finally we're treated to "It My Woman", a bashy banger loaded with coded chops and slams. Kick it!
Review: Car Crash Set present another fresh producer in the form of Mentalcut, delivering four tracks of contemporary bass heavy trap instrumentals, fused with the luxurious analogue boogie styles. "Burswood" kicks things off with buttery bass and diamond pads stitched together with spindly snare rolls, while "Maylands" combines a triumphant horn solo, elastic chords and glistening hi-hats. "Ardath" switches things up with its shimmering key stabs and water droplet synths, while "Love Child" rounds things off placing threadbare percussion against a 70s lounge-soul backdrop, but without compromising on the rhythmic prowess. If you've ever wondered what a collaboration between Lunice and Dam Funk would sound like, look no further.
Review: Defining all the correct moves in the current bass music climate, Lindo Man comes correct with an emotive flurry of stepping business that leans heavy on lush synths and intricate drum programming. There's a whiff of juke about the looping sample tricks, but realised through a smoother pallete of sounds on the quick fire "M6". As a fitting counterpart, "Shackle" continues the same theme but in a marginally slower template, with a touch more space afforded for dubby swathes of chord to echo out into a healthy bed of feedback while the beats remain slick and slender to the last.
Review: Australian producer Galtier debuts on Car Crash Set with an impressive pair of contemporary techno tracks with nods to the UK end of the bass spectrum and Detroit styles. "Ring Twice" is a no-nonsense slice of 4/4 with dry stabs, granite rhythms and simmering bass with the arid atmosphere of a Terrence Dixon production and recomposes it with a big-room sensibility. "Shaped" is a different beast, taking sparse, swung 133bpm drums, abstract whistles and subdued chords and wrapping them up into a package that is part ghetto house, part dub techno. Fans of Blawan, Bambounou and Tessela take note.
Review: Nphonix and Car Crash Set go together like beats and bass, a perfect unison that forms a mutual bond with one another. The label has done well to pick him up for this four-tracker because these might just be the artist's best tunes yet, and a real testament to the level of creativity that is still taking place within UK dance music. "Hijack" is neither house nor dubstep, but manages to merge the two into seamless groove, and "Ijustdontunderstand" takes the same equation but adds a little garage sensitivity to into the formula. "IceVII" is a swinging, wall-to-wall house bomb with a heavy UK element at its core, leaving Gillepsy's remix of "Hijack" to offer a more traditional house approach. Mighty fine.
Review: GRRL returns to Car Crash Set with an extended EP of multi-faceted bass flavours that we're honestly quite into. The producer wastes no time in introductions or small talk and gets straight to the point with the machinegun percussion track that is "Warmup", followed by the comparatively housier 'Hands", and back then back to the violence again through "Do It". 'Whoa" is the killer in the mix, the tune bound for the rewind, and "Drop Ha" will satisfy fans of DJ Funk and the like. "Workouts itself" is loose but extremely effective at making you dance, and "Cooldown" feels like its natural continuation.
Review: The sparse and multi-faceted sounds of Computer Graphics return to Car Crash Set after three years away from the label. Best categorised under the wider house umbrella, these two tunes are best described as playful and experimental dance tracks. "Prospekt", is wobbly and off-kilter, but the sounds are fresh and summery enough to be enjoyed by passive listeners other than the house heads. "Experiment" is more of a broken groove, and although there is a 4/4 beat to push the track ahead, the sounds and quirkiness of the percussion render this a delight not just for dancing but also for listening and vibing out. Tip!
Review: Space trap meets cosmic juke by way of DJ Beeso updates his slim-but-satisfying repertoire with four more out-of-this-world cuts. "Hypnotic" lives up to its name with its woozy sample play and shuffling beats, "Searching" is a fizzy acid juke workout while "In Love2" takes us on a bumpy trip to a new universe with wavy, grainy synths. Finally "Zajj Lid2" brings the EP to a house-tinged close with dreamy vocal textures floppy softly to a hazy 4/4. Trippy yisting!
Review: Cos BV's Sunset EP boasts four tracks that seem to be culled from the soundtrack to a long lost 80s movie. Opener "Rock To The Rhythm" is a pumped up sun-kissed synth disco argument between an over distorted kick drum and super cheery keyboard riffs, "Palms Sway In The Evening Breeze" is indeed a breezy mellow jam with shimmering Fender Rhodes ripples, swimming pool synths and atmospherics galore. "Sundown" is an edgier cut full of 808s and an air of mistrust (the drug deal scene basically) and "Speed Dial" is a menagerie of twisted and broken old soul loops. Badass!
Review: Mysterious Japanese newcomer Doppio revs up to pole position with the militant, mechanical mastery of "Crash". All race-car traces, twisted engines and militant kicks, it should come with its own reinforced seatbelts. "Caxis" continues the rifle-like kicks with added industrial strength sheet-metal slaps. Finally "Carnival" takes elements of both (the kicks of "Crash" and metal clangs and bashes of "Caxis") and ties them together with ice-cold 22nd century bridges. Racy.