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: It's time for the second helping of Elastica's Dubstep & Future Bass instalments, and it was about time seeing as we were pretty damn pleased with their last efforts. Instead of simply chucking in already known artists from around the globe, Elastica has once again chosen to represent the streets and give fledgling artists their time to shine - we support this 100%. If you're looking for a below-radar compilation of UK music that doesn't quite fit under one category, then this stuff is for you. Be it house, techno, dubstep, this is pure hybridism at its finest.
Review: Think two-step garage is a UK thing? Start thinking bigger: As proved last year with Elastica's inaugural We Play Garage volume, two-step garage is very much global right now. Currently enjoying its 54th renaissance since the late 90s, it seems Italy is a proper hotbed for it. And they're fusing it with the solid sonic steez their homeland is known for; big filters, lavish chords and warm grooves. From Bodwan's jacking Chicago homage "Ivory" to the lean sub/step and detuned keys of Mother Inc & Kiu D's "Drop The Bass" by way of Captcha Bless's minimal wriggler "Loyalty" and Bist's MAW-style chugger "Crumble", this whole collection showcases Italy's penchant for the sexier side of garage - both the London two-step vibe and the original Paradise sounds. Play it.