Review: Lynx is the definition of experienced, both as a solo producer and as an artist & label founder on his own Detail Recordings. Those talents shine through on this single on Aaron Jay's Influence label, and this single shows the two sides to his personality; the A-side, 'Phukalupe', hits hard but in a subtle manner, as a huge groaning bassline plods along with a combination of weight and nonchalance. The flip is old-school liquid vibes and it reminds us a tad of DJ Marky, especially as the earlier funk stabs give way to a bouncing basslines that are tailor made for the club - proper tune this.
Review: Aaron Jay's Influence label is back with more contemplative, sophisticated dance music, sonics that make you want to dance but that also bring an air of production finesse. Hobzee and Zyon Base are responsible, and the pair have crafted a single packed to the rafters with sheer quality. 'Human Response' is lucid and bouncy, a two-step exercise in synthetic funk that has a superb hook and an even better bassline. 'A Little While' is pure lounging liquid, with a piano riff that slowly arises from the mist and gently shimmers into its accompanying wave of lusciously deep low frequencies. Oh yes.
Review: Wagz is an artist with majorly diverse talents, so it's not especially surprising that at least this EP is straight up incredible, and the blend of his respective light-dark specialities makes itself constantly apparent. This is his first full EP on Influence, an imprint perfectly suited to what they've come out with here: five cuts of wispy, intelligent and emotive drum & bass that's dripping with maturity in its melodic construction. 'Dark Star' sticks out, with a growling bass that slowly creeps in just builds and builds, with devil in the detail and an unflappable tendency to keep things stripped back and simple, just the way they're supposed to be. Lovely stuff.
Review: Conrad Subs has merged as a true player within jungle corners, his talent for purveying high quality breakbeats encompassed within this EP on. He doesn't mess around on this and if you like your music packed with breaks and basses, this one is for you. 'Fury' epitomises his approach, with a huge groaning bass stab and luscious reece bass providing the backdrop to what is an absolutely banging jungle cut. 'Run it Pon Dem' is just as good, with oodles of space to play in and a delicate yet heavyweight sub. Conrad is back.