Review: The currently unstoppable Harley D flips the switch and goes super deep for this exceptional EP on Classified. Usually throwing around mad energy and big riff dynamics, 'In The Darkness' shows the other side of the UK south coast talent as he strips things right back to a place of tension throughout the EP. The title track is all about those big deep rumbling subs, 'Tracers' gets a purring contemporary neuro growl on while 'Questions' plays good cop/ bad cop with your soul, brain and dancing feet. Other highlights include the skippy momentum and tension of 'Believe' and the unabashed glacial grizzles of 'Ice'. In the badness.
Review: Following his link-up with Dunk last year, young New Zealand artist Simple Conclusion returns to Classified with his debut EP. 'Louda' by name, louder in message, each of the four cuts establish Simple Conclusion's weight and skills. 'Louda' is all about the curmudgeonly bass grunts and sledgehammer kick drums, 'More Rum' splashes out the party flavours while 'Independent Chick' goes ham on the drop with some absurd bass textures and lovely lithe drum work. Finally the Daddy Long Legs-fronted 'Let Me Tell Ya' concludes the EP on with some forthright bass trills and cosmic dancehall vibes. A very accomplished EP - there's nothing Simple about this fella whatsoever.
Review: Previously spotted on Classified back when it was a free download imprint, Dreadnaught returns to Classified with man-of-the-hour Dunk with this diverse range of D&B blaze-ups. 'One Touch' brings a little R&B soul into the mix while the brilliantly titled 'Throw A Dog A Bone' maintains the vocal pressure but with a much grittier harmonic bassline. Elsewhere 'Cult Following' gets all grizzly and low-slung before 'Weekend VIP' finishes the EP with an epic dramatic twist. What a touch.