Review: It may be early days for Air Max 97, but already he's making his mark after emerging on Liminal Sounds last year. He's back in action on the same label with his slick, grime-inflected productions, sounding just as essential for the dancefloor without losing that esoteric bite that characterizes his distinctive cuts. The bass on "Fruit Crush" is wielded with flair, while the delirious vocal samples nudge the track into pleasantly surreal territory, and "Shape Cut" displays even more inherent skill for handling complex percussive tones and experimental sonic matter in a dense but dexterous arrangement.
Review: After stepping out with the choice remixes of "Pulse X" last year, Liminal Sounds is back with some fresh talent in the shape of Air Max '97, whose fusionist styles are bolstered by a serious handle on sound design and production skills. The title track is a sci-fi vision that takes the fragmented groove of juke and infects it with celestial synth work, before Neana remixes it into a stop-start slammer with equally non-conformist rhythms and sounds. "Sleeveless" on the flip comes on a little more measured with its discernible kick-and-clap beat and hooky off-key stabs, before "Peak Flow" sets things adrift once more with a complex throwdown of polyrhythmic drums and alien samples.
Review: This release by Birmingham-born and Melbourne-based producer Arctic (aka James Black) is Liminal Sounds' first foray into releasing original material. They're off to a good start as Black's star is on the rise, and he's delivered four cuts of prime future bass. "Off Peak" is top notch 4 x 4 with a smidgeon of moombahton for good measure (his VIP mix dubs these vibes out), "Three Stripes" is killer half-time 8-bit moodiness, while "Seeps" is sinister post-dubstep with flashes of UKF. Breen also steps in the ring with a punchy staccato-hop punisher, rounding off things with a TKO.
Review: Copout stomps his way through the bass works with a follow up EP after his debut on Freshmore, this time for the neo-grime outlet Liminal Sounds. There's four sweltering bass hoppers on here, starting with the gutter-friendly "Further", then bringing forth the percussive beat muscle on "Slate", going across pacman sounds on "Timecode", and ending on a moodier reprise mix of "Further", a serious piece of pensive bass weight for the corner dwellers. Bash 'em!
Review: Liminal Sounds come correct with their first multi-artist collection. Each contributor representing the blistering future of instrumental grime and bass music, each cut is a refreshing take on one of the dance's most exciting creative pastures... Copout gets Amazonian with a be-fluted presentation of pressure, Shining Force takes us on a late night graveyard tour being sure to throw us through the thickest of sonic cobwebs, Archer strips the vibe back with a sturdy steppy brew, Bushido takes us on a one-way trip into an intergalactic warzone while JGYB does a fine Proxima impression as he lays down the wriggliest, tech-heavy sermon of the session.
Review: Liminal Sounds is a label based around the solid ethos of pushing music forward. Starting life as a blog, London based Liminal Sounds has focused on providing a platform for near unknown, underground artists from around the world; enter label debut from Grizzle. Doing what they do best the imprint has picked up a rough diamond on the cusp of widespread adoration. With a somewhat modest soundcloud following of just over 700 we believe this release will see that number rapidly rise. 'Consort' starts the EP with an emotive nod to to vocal r'n'b, a jittery trap like drum pattern and overly inorganic, Eski-type samples. 'Sermon' is dark and moody, the bass booms below a cold blanket of brooding atmospherics, while Tottenham man 'ShagyDread' brings an angry breath of fire to the beat, with his delivery which switches between grime, trap and dancehall throughout. 'Eleusis' pours in nostalgic memories of the days when grime was finding it's voice and beginning to split from UKG, cue plunking music box melodies and emotive pitched up vocals. 'Unmoor' finishes the EP with touch of melancholy, a mixture of seductive clicks and ticking snares make up the beat under rich string melody.
Review: Berlin-based She's Drunk is making his full EP debut with this snappy three-tracker for Liminal Sounds, drawing upon the legacy of soundsystem culture and modern low-end permutations to deliver distinctive club smashers. "Talk To Them" leads the charge with a wealth of jungle reference points rubbing up against whip-crack beats heavy on the stop-start dynamics, flying breaks and mammoth bass notes around the mix with gleeful abandon. "The Wild Yard" takes things even freakier with a dancehall undercurrent and an irreverent line in helium vocal licks before "Mariah Believes" slows things right down to a low-riding jam peppered with sliced and spliced vocals.
Review: In the wake of a healthy resurgence in grime instrumental appreciation, Youngstar's classic dance-wrecker "Pulse X" gets a hefty remix package from a sturdy cast of equally chunky producers. Visionist gets busy with some classic string stabs and a sleeker version of the inimitable bassline, replete with some subtle touches of weirdness around the edges. Blackwax gets truly unforgiving with his jungle-infused workout, stripping the track back to bare bones with nothing more than a pristine lift of the "Think" break to guide you through. Slackk gets into a tribal flavoured fervour with his take, while Pedro 123 has a whole lot of fun with found sound madness to shape the beat.