Review: The first time D Dots appeared we got the impression that he'd be delivering computerised digi roots by the dubful. We weren't totally correct, if this new single for Hot Mama is anything to go by. "War Child" features the vocals of Rider Shafique, and the tune is basically bassline house with a hint of something gloriously tribal, less constrained to traditional electronic sounds. "Lightning & Thunder" is more of the same, another blistering punch of cascading beats, supremely hummable bass rhythms, and and Caribbean vibe that perfectly distinguishes these tunes from the heap of other bass material.
Review: Hot Mom heaviness: Distal's massive summer EP gets ripped for winter as an equally massive remix EP. Rosko applies the breaks in a typically spacious fashion Vjaun Allure really works the detuned synths and skippy drums of "Wave Runner" while Carpainter takes a Detroit sentimentality and turbo charges it with future vibrancy on "Flowers". Distal himself and Scottie B dismantle and rebuild "Tokyo Nail Salon" into the ultimate gated hype raiser to end all gated hype raisers while GRRL close the show with a ghetto-ravaged D&B riot piece. Rave on.
Review: Distro's momentum continues to increase as he follows the launch of SOBAD's label and a string of killer jams on RKS with two deeper, mystical workouts on Hot Mom. "Lust" rides his signature funky afrobeat with rising harmonic chords and downpitched vocals adding hypnotic effect while "Liquor" switches between sense-tingling wave textures and a hide-tanning ghetto-bouncing riddim that will have you on your knees. This ain't lust... It's love.
Review: Hot Mom's ever-steaming cauldron of US/UK styles is bubbling so hard that even their US artists sound like they grew up in Hackney. Case in point: Cakes Da Killa's wry humour and scattergun delivery over Shiftee's angular stampy rhythm. Funkier than grime, aggier than trap, 100 per cent original, this will kill it on both sides of every pond.
Review: Remix time: Shiftee's space-funk feel-good future hip-hop affair gets the treatment from Hot Mom friends old and new, Bianca Oblivion & Akira Akira add a little favela magic to the tempo, Sha Sha Kimbo mash up the moombah while Bounge completely strips out the big riff of the original and switches it for a much darker, creeped out texture. Finally Ellie Herring whips up a storm with a nod to late 90s German tech trance. Preemium.
Review: Spooky's riot-inducing 2012 shock-out gets a mean and moody VIP treatment from the big man himself. That immense, back-hunching bassline remains the same but the beats have switched with swaggering, trap-like grizzles and grunts. Doctor Jeep, meanwhile, flips the UK funky bird with wall-smashing drums and a relentless fizzy groove. Further on we hit another VIP as Jeep tears apart 2013's "Ghost Dance" and completely rewrites the bassline over the jugular-tickling eski beats. A little too riotous? Check Spooky's subversion for a more deep-space-minded remix; all twisted sirens and waspy bass, it's yet another dark scud from Spooky's spotless weapon armoury. Handle with care.