Review: With a title like "Evil Drums", you'd expect this latest missive from the Elastica label to be formidably tough, and possibly boast the sort of bassline that leads to an inadvertent loosening of the bowels. It's certainly a dancefloor smasher, coming on like a UK take on the anything-goes party antics of Buraka Som Sistema. Lapa Nuna Crew deliver the first remix, layering rave synths and vocal hits over a sweaty, UK Funky-influenced groove. Tuzzy drops a dubstep-inspired rework, while Funsui closes to proceedings with a curious blend of UK funky rhythms and warm Hammond licks.
Review: Antiballistic has pretty much made the Elastica catalogue as of late, and this time the bass-head is joined by the Ackeejuice Rockers for a session entitled "Booka". The original cut fades sleazy dancehall vocals in and out of a rumbling bass groove loaded with a heavy dose of low frequencies for the club; remixes come from: Sonny Denja who strips everything down to form a mechanical drum rhythm, Aquadrop and their hard-house reinterpretation, and Smoothies' rave-stabbing, slo-mo 4/4 version.
Review: Lee Jaffe is something of a legend in dub circles. Having chanced upon Marley in a hotel he soon became an integral part of The Wailers and his powerful harmonica hums can be heard on the seminal Natty Dread album. Quite how live dub start-up DeDuBros have managed to grab a collab so early in their career we don't know, but we know each of these jams are rich in warm organic dub fusion. With the harmonica adding a far-away spacey blues flavour to the mix, there's a unique feel to each session.
Review: There ain't no party like a "Funeral Party"... A cinematic synth hook, beehive bass, swaggering beats and ghetto feels ensure this will fit in well with trap, dubstep and beats DJs sets with clarity and colour. On the hunt for something colder and drum heavy? Get busy on Bangalore's tribal-wise remix. Rest in pieces.