Review: Spicy scenes at Flexout this week as Amoss drops his piquant three tracker - 'Pico De Gallo'. The title track is pure Amoss with its purring layers and simplistic stripped back design. Elsewhere the cheekily titled 'WHSniff' gets cranky over a series of snarling bass textures and cosmic funk-up 'Sagan' takes us off beyond the pale blue dots of space to a whole other dimension. No one does it like Amoss.
Review: Sealed with an X: Flexout Audio continue to celebrate 10 years of deep underground dynamics with label founder Bassi's curated X collection. Featuring cuts from all previous X instalments, plus the extras that all landed in the last few weeks, the 27-track strong set is a great snapshot of where both the label and underground drum & bass is at right now. If you're into that deep dark rumbling minimal futurist vibe then every track is a highlight but essentials include Visages immense 'Polarity Code', Sili's precision springer 'Gallop', the cosmic twisted synths of Wingz's 'Broken Path' and Wreckless's tense and sobering 'Don't Want To Forget How Your Voice Sounds'. X marks the spot.
Review: Felix Raymon and Invadhertz link up for an absolute peach of a release on Flexout. 'Heartless' is pure fast lane bliss as it paces along with a simple back/forth bass squelch, sweeping pads and processed vocal. It's backed up by two deliciously contrasting collabs with Jamal Dilmen; 'Too Late' is an obscene halftime / space funk punch up while 'Too Much' is a gentle jazzy heartbreaker along the lines of SpectraSoul and dBridge's 'Glimpse'. In case that's not enough, the deal is further sealed with a Wingz remix of 'Too Much'. Hearty.
Review: Following up a great release by Manchester's Data 3, Flexout Audio returns this week with the X4 compilation. Arkaik gets seriously subterranean on the neurofunk of "Boxed In", Creatures takes you directly to the darkside on their techstep jam "Audio Poetry" and GROUND go out all guns blazing on the stern steppa "Blueprints". Flexout Audio is an independent, underground drum and bass record label established in 2011 by Tom Bassi who still runs things to this day.
Review: Fresh from appearing on Flexout's recent 'X' first parter, Trail returns to Bassi's imprint with four of his best tunes to date. Kicking off in soulful earnest, both 'Act Like That' and 'Shojo Bookshop' hum with velvet finesse and nod at a sound we all loved and knew from Soulr. Deeper into the EP we glide to find some of Trail's more signature tense sounds as 'RIC9' pickles us all with its heavy layers of tension and big bassline sweeps of doom before 'Obey' shuts the shop with some severe 140 teachings. Trust us, by the end of the track you most definitely obey.