Review: This latest offering from Breakage is a depth charge of a different style; burning deep and slow with haunting vocals from the stunning Detour City aka Tabitha Benjamin it's a bit of a departure from the usual floor filler. Fill floors it will though, thanks to the anthemic, hypnotic rise of each verse, perfectly suited for off-the-cuff hard-dropping experimentations, the obvious isn't explored here. Instead we hear the chilled VIP or Jakwob's perfect two step-inspired remix, leaving all the tantilising possibilities of that vocal to the imagination. The original is a siren call for the end of the night and if you haven't heard it already, expect it to become the soundtrack to your New Year. Dark enough to hold its own, renew your respect for this producer right here.
Review: Brighton-based Dismantle is very much a man on the rise, following a string of much-played releases on Wheel & Deal, Black Gold and Shy FX and T-Power's Digital Soundboy imprint. Here he returns to the latter with another three-track onslaught of carnival-friendly bass bangers. Predictably, there's much to enjoy, from the bustling UK funky rhythms, delay-laden vocals and undulating melodies of "Round & Round", to the screaming electro riffs and bass rave shuffle of "D Riddim". Best of all, though, is the siren-clad, handclap-propelled techno-meets-slowed-down-juke onslaught of the rather large "Bad Guy".
Review: Brighton's Dismantle has gotten the attention of big dubstep DJ's and producers over the last few years, and he continues his impressive line of form with a new EP for T-Power's Digital Soundboy. He's brought four tracks fo pure bass aling with him; "If Not" is a tune without genre but it's certainly one which crosses the wires and mashes up house, bashment and more; "Minnion" breaks the tempo down and comes out with a stumbled groove and one hell of a percussive hook; title track "Stranded" is an unexpected carnival monster, a hybrid tune with a heavy low-end, bumpy percussion and racket and those inimitable Brazilian melodies.
Review: Wow, rewinds don't get more special than this! Released in 2005, "Feelings" was one of the lead tracks on the duo's massive album Diary Of A Digital Soundboy and united DJs from the lightest and darkest sides of D&B with such lavish splashy beats, seductive vocals and stunning organ magic it still sounds big today. Strictly vinyl, the remix from jazz/funk legends Incognito never saw a digital release until now. And it's so well executed you could be convinced it was the original and Shy FX and T Power's version was the remix. Rich in organic soul, lush vocal harmonies and peppered with myriad party chants, it's a timeless reversion that will still sound incredible in 50 or 100 years time.
Review: Zed Bias on Digital Soundboy: Hook-ups don't carry much more weight than this. "Heavy Water Riddim" is a tight weave of rain stick magic and layers of mesmerising percussion. Loaded with sudden riddim switches, it's both minimal and full bodied and builds to a deadly breakdown by way of ominous synths. "Hurting Me" engages Zed's more soulful mode thanks to its emphatic synths and insistent Kerri Chandler-style hook. Once again representing himself as a true player in all groove fields, Zed Bias has delivered something very special here.