The Kazakhstani liquid funk king, Command Strange, steps up for the 19th release on Integral for a couple of sterling bassline rollers that will light up dancefloors across Europe and beyond. First up "Bingo" pairs ticking breaks with disarming chirrups with a punchy, growling b-line. A slick breakdown adds some atmospheric magic to the proceedings before the rolling riddim returns. Accompanying this, "Mr Lonely" adds some melodic mystique with sweeping SFX and yearning, pattering drums that have a touch of High Contrast circa "Tough Guys Don't Dance" about them. A lovely release for the liquid man dem.
A powerhouse in D&B circles, with key releases and mixes on Renegade Hardwarde, Metalheadz and Virus, Prolix gets seriously busy on these two new tunes, exclusive to Juno Download. "Visualize" makes great use of off-kilter auto-tuned vocal samples in amongst the techy backing, with hi-hats every bit as epic as you'd expect from Prolix, while "Lounge Lizard" goes for a more raw feel to the beats, as it juggles cut-up drum samples over a sea of dense and murky bass pads.