Review: Already much-fancied and feted by those in the know, Brighton producer Guy Andrews drops this debut EP for Discobelle and it's a feast of slow acid-meets-UKF treats. Title tune "Your Notion" is a confident opener, mixing slowly shifting acid gurgles with precise and sharp UKF/future-garage drums, while "Klikkr" breaks out with the 808 hats and adds some tribal percussion that nestles perfectly up against rounded bass hits. "Unita" notches up the BPMs slightly and feeds warped pianos through a phalanx of reverbs and delays over a driving bassline, while closing tune "Exit" plays with Balearic textures whilst all the while keeping a distinctly vital, funky crunch to the beats.
Review: A duo with a growing army of DJ fans - with recent name drops from Fake Blood, Etienne De Crecy, Annie Mac, Douster and Bart Bmore among many more - Disco Of Doom follow up a recent release on Turbo with the Invader EP on Discobelle. Dirty, amped-up techno is the order of the day with "Invader" featuring some mean and minimal sub-boosted synth lines, while "Space 2.0" goes off on a warped, Zombie Nation-style tangent of its own. Best of all is the chaotic and enormous "Alice Cooper", which blends synths running in all manner of signatures into one constantly building destroyer. With further mixes from Arveene & Misk, Bowski and Mason, this is one EP tech fans won't want to sleep on.
Review: The electro duo who met and maintain their relationship via the internet are back with a self-titled EP from blog-cum-label Discobelle. Their warped and wonderful tropical-electro skills are here in force - on the blunt arpeggios of "Blockz" for example, or the grimey, barren spank of "Intuition", However, following on from their multi-tempoed April Fools mini-mix of few weeks ago, they've also been experimenting with slower moods. Check out the bustling stomp of "Runaways" for example, or the excellent reggaeton/moombahton glitch of "Aisle Seat" - our pick of the bunch here.
Review: Expectations has got 'Ibiza anthem' stamped all over it! Based on a rolling, filtered house groove, its spiralling trance riffs and vocal intoning "it's the future" is sure to make an appearance in big rooms throughout the summer. The dub version strips out the vocals and focuses on a booming bassline. Meanwhile "Calligraphy" returns to familiar ground, with a sensuous female vocal and an evocative trance riff building like a fever until the inevitable breakdown. Once again, the dub version is more stripped back. Finally, Mvsevm signal that they have a darker side and on "Pori Jazz" they drop a buzz-saw bass and insistent techno bleeps.
Review: On this release, blog darlings Discobelle present the latest release on their label, from mysterious US producer Myrryrs. His style explores the darker corners of R&B, utilising pitched vocal samples to great effect. "Feel U" comes across as a more neon version of Tri Angle Records artist Holy Other, taking the same stuttering hip-hop snares and cavernous space but adding a touch of commercial R&B to the mix. "C?U?M" meanwhile dips into a sleazier late night vibe as elastic synths elongate themselves across breathier snatches of vocal, whilst "Without U" is the most sumptuous of his productions, with a slick sidechained melody and jittery percussion. On the remix side, three producers offer reworks of "Without U"; Samo Sound Boy creates a tropical bass remix which accentuates the fluorescent synths of the original, whilst Teki Latex and Bambounou create a similarly bass-focused effort with pounding tribal rhythms. Finally, Clicks & Whistles fill in the original's gaps with shimmering 8-bit melodies.
Review: Following on from his "Big Perm" single for Discobelle, San Francisco's Worthy returns to the label with mighty skeletal banger "Lost Dog". A jacking tech-bass classic in the making, "Lost Dog" mixes wild vocal samples with an insanely tight bass beat and some renegade snares. Lucid push the tempos into a juke/crunk zone with some almost industrial strings shots while the ever excellent LOL Boys get even more low-slung with a ghetto-tech overhaul that's half Egyptian Lover and half Gucci Mane.