Review: DJ Fox was last seen alive around these parts when he was working with the likes of Fade and Kai on a collaborative project. Now, here we are, being blasted to pieces by his blistering nightmare patchwork of 1993 amens and good old rave sensibilities. If you're a stickler for the old skool, you could go a lot worse than "Underground", which switches up and glitches out more times than Aphex Twin's dial-up. "Joy & Pain" offers up a more soothing taste of the wonder years, with washed out 'tape deck' production and the swell and release of sub and pads rocking you into the early hours of your long luxurious return to reality. A stunning piece of work, or something massive to dance to? This manages to be both.
Review: Nice one track release here from the Criminal Digital label, with the Cabin Fever remix of Madcap's "Everyday" ripe for the tail end of an epic D&B set. The bass line hums like a swarm of distant insects, the percussion is frantic but measured, and the vocal adds a coat of melodic gloss to proceedings - nice work all round.
Review: Expect some serious, straight up dancefloor-driven D&B from this compilation on Criminal. Kicking off with the sounds of Lighterman in "History", this one is full of yearning strings, winding bass and crashing drums. Slowly we move through "Da Lion" and "Innervisions" with its jungle influence and punchy breaks, to Ricky Force's "Konono Riddim" which is an uneasy little number with quirky SFX. Tactical Aspect's "Grey Skies" is another highlight before the fun and funky "Hear Dis" and finally, concluding cut, "Light Speed". All in all, a fun selection.