Review: Our favourite Welsh label is back with its next outing, this time a distinctly sleek single from the veteran that is Adzzy, who is blending belligerent and beautiful beats in a brash but belated way here. The first side, with Cardiff based MC P.A.B is a big, dancefloor piece of work with a menacing vocal line and low frequency construction to match, the synergy between the two is tangible and the results are wicked. The flip is our favourite, an absurdly deep number featuring Kaitlin Bissett on vocals and a luxuriously wallowing wall of sub bass which envelops the whole tune with forward movement and fluidity. Awesome stuff.
Review: Level up. Hexa follows the likes of Skantia, Nectax and Scudd, young Hexa adds another layer to the north east's thriving drum & bass scene. And he's doing it across the board with styles ranging from groaning elasticated rollers ("Level 1") to skank-packed halftime wobblers ("Lebanon") via trippy farty little steppers like "Narcos" and the gritty revved up number with Incurzion's Caaza "Feelin'". A sharp combination of new talent and future-focused sounds, both Newcastle and Cardiff are denting the map right here.
Review: Incurzion Audio are without a doubt one of the most underrated labels in the game and they absolutely deserve more recognition than they do for supporting smaller acts on the minimal end of the spectrum. Based out in Wales, the boys have impeccable taste and it's been proven again by the likes of Kin:etic, who takes you on a journey deep into the unrelenting world of stripped back, underground sonics. 'Vastu' is the pacier of the pair, with a flurry of hi-hats and a swarming bassline that brings some seriously moody vibes to the table. 'Can't Let Go' is slower and even more barebones, its proper industrial stuff that makes you want to a punch an bare pipe in an abandoned factory. Lovely.
Review: Incurzion Audio aren't a label we're overly familiar with, but they've come in with a stonkingly good single from No Patterns, who has rolled out the punches here and delivered a minimal yet forceful bit of 170 construction. 'Signals' is definitely our favourite, with a haunting introduction which flips into a spacious, graceful but still damaging set of basses and wrapped up tones. The flip is wicked as well, stepping up the heaviness just a tad. Tunes!
Review: Incurzion are a supremely underrated Welsh label who release utterly sublime minimal drum & bass, their output is in a similar vein to Flexout or Overview's and it's the work they do supporting smaller acts is seriously commendable. This time it's the turn of French producer Oxius, and he's pulled something special out of the bad with Defective, a five-part exploration of minimal sonics which is delectable in its precision and ambitious in its scope. The title track is unreal, with inch perfect sound design and a gravelling, throaty approach to stringing low frequencies together into a cohesive whole - fantastic work.
Review: Incurzion Audio have rapidly established themselves as the home of minimal drum & bass in South Wales and, whilst that doesn't initially sound like an impressive achievement given the region isn't exactly a hotspot, their music is bloody top notch. Septon is the latest to come through their doors and Sonar is unbelievably precise, a sub-heavy motion of movements that sways in the sound and sings in the sonics. It's such a pretty piece of music, not an accolade ordinarily attributed to minimal drum & bass but there's a quality here which makes it feel delicate, it's not just dancefloor-facing but 170 educating. 'Sonar' is our favourite, we love the drum pattern and just about everything else - proper tune this. Sick release.
Review: Incurzion Audio is the Cardiff-based label that dish out seriously saucy underground sonics that tend to err on the side of fluid, minimalistic naughtiness. A wicked combination, I know, and their latest is courtesy of Xolyx, who's four-tracker Emporium EP is a dastardly dark construction, a night-time infused, futuristic work that reminds us of 1985 or Flexout. Xolyx has smashed it out the park on this one, with a level of complexity that's demonstrated best on 'Dystopian Dreams', which packs an interlocking set of basses, tentacle-like in their bending, warping nature. Furious synth notes abound, just as they do on title track 'Emporium', and it's generally just a properly cool release. Well done boys.