Review: The creative genius that is Joker is at it again and ever, it's weird, wonderful and completely unpredictable. This two tracker comes to us courtesy of kapsize and kicks off with the incredible sound design and rhythmic presence of 'Boat'. We hear evil reese-like leads shimmering away amidst sharp percussive stabs and subtle melodies. On the flip side we hear 'Deploy' which is a throwback to early Dub Police styles with it's gritty leads oscillating alongside intense pitch bends and emotive chord progressions. Joker has shown once again why he is rated so very highly!
Review: Sophomore session heaviness: Joker returns with his long-awaited second album The Mainframe, and it's clear his purple shades are still hooked on tight. Developing his distinctive brew of bass and rich synth funk, Joker's unique signature is scribbled across the whole piece of work; from the epic, orchestral dubstep drama of "Boss Mode" to the gritty, widescreen R&B of "Wise Enough" via the Swindle-style jazz of "An Intervening Episode" and the concept-style three-piece "Scene" narrative where the real tale of album unfolds. Second album cliches are ten a penny... The Mainframe sees Joker shoving his purple-gloved finger up at them all. Essential.
Review: Bristol's Joker is without a doubt one of the most respected 140 based producers in UK dance music, constantly bringing fresh flavours to the forefront of the scene with his unique ability to sniff out a quirky melody. Here we see him team up with Newham Generals' own: Footsie for a dubstep driven tearout with beefy lead synths and super crunchy drums topped with trapstyle lyricism. We are also treated to 'Polka Dot', a shuffling gem of melodic genius, made up of experimental chord progressions and skylined synthesis.