Review: Inspected boot up the genetic life form machine for some artificial funk and fury courtesy of a rollcall that should have any self-respecting tech-bass head salivating. First up is Bristol free-thinker Culprate who flips his successful "Diablo" into a crafty halftime stamper. Skope dons his Mallux cap for a BSE-level neuro romp that's home to around ten different bass textures that all work in harmony. Deeper again we hit the real leftfield sages: Billain's "Specialist" tips a nod to the rave foundations before dropping into a raffish groove that gets subtly weirder and weirder as we progress while Posij gets animated with a zoo of rising tones and textures that seem to run out control before being reigned in again. 23rd century funk.
Review: Sorrow makes a long-overdue return to Inspected with his first EP of the year and he's not left anything to chance. Taking every soul-arresting aspect of his work we've fallen in love with over the years - from the breath-taking ambience to more pumped clubbier beats - he's laid his whole soul to bare...Both "Reverie" and "Want U Back" shuffle and switch on pensive sci-fi UKG twists, "Frumoasa" touches on the Balearic with its shimmering guitar, "Sheol" reminds us of Sorrow's darker side with its tubular ruffage bass textures while "The Twelve" points us in the direction of triphop's most sumptuous mezzanine. Twelve out of ten.
Review: Vellum's here and if you don't like it you'll be advised to swivel. Don't worry, with vibes these strong, raw and gully as these, you're guaranteed to like them. We kick off with the speed garage jammer "Swivel" featuring the classic MC tones of UKG OG Vapour before we're plunged into Vellum's twisted barbed bass world; "Landslide" is a gang-riding grime burner, "Vancouver Bass" flips the UKG bird while "Avenue" and "Fizzt" are all about soft-focus sultry two-step skips and "Braggard" just straight up decapitates. Swivellingly cheeky.