Review: Still hot from having "For You" voted as Resident Advisor's Best Track of 2020 (next to Crack Magazine's #2 and Pitchfork's #21), India Jordan breaks through to Ninja Tune following a formative run of EPs and singles via Local Action. Watch Out! sees the London-based artist add a hyped up new burst of uplifting club music to the mix by colliding R&B with house in "And Groove" to jungle and rave cut ups in "Only Said Enough" and the title track. Pumping club beats come from faster tempos in "Feierabend" and the rough and ready, percussion heavy, "You Can't Expect The Cars To Stop If You Haven't Pressed The Button". A hotly tipped artist bursting with euphoria!
Review: A true artist with the ability to go from strength to strength - Leon Vynehall presents the follow up to the lauded 2018 album, Rare, Forever. Still serving up some of the most original hybrid-form house music there is, Vynehall's sound here is as deep, abstract and mysterious as it is colourful, gritty and polished. Flirting with downbeat and drone activities across the album in numbers like "All I See Is You, Velvet Brown", "Ecce! Ego!" and "Farewell! Magnus Gabbro" - to ambient rave in "Worm (& Closer & Closer)" - there's atmospheric jazz to catch in "Alichea Vella Amor" next to the lonely horns and cascading strings of "Mothra". Beatwise, Vynehall's perplexity for dance music goes all the way in "Snakeskin - Has-Been" & "Dumbo" - with "An Exhale" a melodic, breathing wall of synth-tuned noise.
Review: As if spiralling into a new world of sound design Leon Vynehall remains an artist impossible to define. Since falling in love with his earlier records on labels like 3024, Royal Oak and Rush Hour, Leon Vynehall's major output since 2018 has come through Ninja Tune, including the release of his third studio LP, Nothing Is Still. Verging his sound toward something more dramatic, urban and theatrical these days, "Mothra" is perhaps this single's best example of that, breaking down into some kind of warped, percussive reprise. Broken beat at best, "Ecce! Ego!" dove tails in sound like the tragedy of a bird harpooned through the chest, falling through an ensemble of wood winds, field recordings and acoustic instrumentation. Mothra wins!
Review: Easily the most anticipated album of 2021 so far, legendary UK duo Bicep are lighting it up right now with a second full length album for Ninja Tune. It follows their self-titled debut from 2017 and it sees the pair filling the UK and its neighbouring Europe with hopes, dreams and premonitions of the day we get to go clubbing again. Weaving a new age sound of synths and trance through futuristic beats and drum sequences that take in everything from two-step and house to drum and bass, jungle and techno, Bicep bring the experimentations of eras past to the minds of a mainstream audience to deliver an album that will set fire to the underground as much as it will the dance charts of the new year. Our pick: Sundial.
Review: Bringing a progressive, melodic and breakbeat sound back out of the Australian hinterland is three-piece Broson, still reeling from their breakout self-titled album released this year on Ninja Tune. Blending R&B infused vocals sung in breathy Junior Boys-like textures, the group's housey flavours, trance and new age rave elements are brought out in a new set of colours by the likes of Skream's deep club mix to "Know Me" alongside the modular twinkles and UK sub bass of Blip Discs debutat, O'Flynn ("Vaults). Heavy and subbed-out kicks bring a dubbed out groove to Tunnelvisions' remix of "Dawn" (feat Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) with Defected act Offaiah bringing a creamy smooth mix to "Heart Attack" (feat Lau.ra). Progressive trance heads: look to Cassian for his remix of the album's original hit number "Know Me".
Review: Machinedrum is back with his first album in four years! A View Of U sees the arrival of the LA-based producer's ninth LP overall putting him back on the map after teaming up with Holly to release the Berry Patch EP on Visions Recordings, and his J-E-T-S collaboration with Jimmy Edgar. Out of the 11 tracks on show here, eight are collaborations, featuring the likes of Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs ("Kain Train"), Canadian R&B singer Rochelle Jordan ("The Relic") to Awful Records boss Father ("Spin Blocks"). Find other dope collabs in Mono/Poly & Taner?lle's trip hop and steppy "Star" alongside something deep, cosmic and new age with Chrome Sparks in "Idea 36". A View Of U provides the follow up to Machinedrums last full-length, Human Energy (2016), which this time around is said to center around the idea of having an out-of-body experience. Double Vision.