Review: London based DJ Alexis Raphael has released on Madtech, Hot Creations, Moda Black, Jackathon Get Physical, Nervous, Lower East and Leftroom: if these aren't proper credentials then we don't know what is! This time he appears on Of Unsound Mind with some groovy, funky deep house aimed squarely at the dance floor. "Wickedness" has a seriously funky bassline no doubt honed by his experience on Hot Creations with the bump and shuffle of a fierce rhythm section and house key stabs. Secondly "Spinach & Lamb" is more tech house with some exotic percussion being introduced alongside some druggy vocal snippets; this is more for the after-hours perhaps?
Review: Skream's Of Unsound Mind returns with Bristolian newcomer Eli Brown who on "Way Of The Underground" creates a surefire dancefloor bomb mixing modern and retro elements alike, then serves up a rolling, peak time tech house groove with diva vocals that will appeal to fans of labels like Lost or Guuv on "Can You Feel It". Final offering "Play Rough" really goes for the jugular on this stomping, hi-octane techno thriller with furious drums and nefarious elements that could appeal to even Berlin's underground.
Eli Brown - "Tech This Out" (Melody's Enemy remix) - (8:16) 126 BPM
Melodyas Enemy - "Dead 2nite" (Eli Brown remix) - (5:44) 126 BPM
Review: Next up on Skream's imprint Of Unsound Mind is this stomping split release. The Melody's Enemy remix of Eli Brown's "Tech This Out" straddles a fine line between tough techno and dubstep, but it also makes nod to the brashness of original hard house. Combined with a rave riff-led build up, it makes for an unusual dance floor track. Meanwhile, Brown returns the favour by delivering a version of Melody's Enemy's "Dead 2nite". Like "Tech", it also features a repetitive, looped vocal at the centre of a building, stomping techno track that is peppered with cheeky rave samples. It's exactly the type of track you could imagine the label owner playing.
Review: Darlington's finest James Burton returns following up some great releases on W&O Street Tracks and FOUR THIRTYTWO with this new thriller for Of Unsound Mind. The soulful Motor City inspired vocal house anthem "Keys, Notes & Scales" has already received heavy support on BBC Radio 1 from Annie Mac and label boss Skream, who then went on to sign the track off the back of him premiering the track on Pete Tong's show back in December. Also featured is the rolling and heady DJ tool "Everybody's Talkin'" (Original Mix) and the stabby old school bounce of "No Longer" featuring some roaring diva vocals reminiscent of the legendary Ann Nesby.