Review: The latest release on Thrasher's label is a debut outing from Strange Arrival. "Calabi-Yau Manifold" is a stepping, broken beat affair that features frazzled bass and eerie, haunting textures, while on "Chasmfiend" this emerging producer opts for a straighter approach, as pounding drums unravel over growling, feedback-led bass tones. "Apprehension" sees Strange Arrival integrate the human voice into his murky arrangements, with a tortured howl added to the slamming hard dance backing track. A similarly intense style prevails on "The Lighthouse Keeper", where Strange Arrival drops a stop-start rhythm shot through with relentless gabba kicks, splintered percussive elements and spooky bell chimes.
Review: The man of the jungle moment, Coco Bryce. One of the best producers at the forefront of jungle's ascendent wave, Coco Bryce has been on an absolute tear for some time now, and his production prowess is matched by a voracious output. On PRSPCT this time around, Coco blends frenetic junglist strikes with a keen ear for samples, hooks, and moments of dancefloor serendipity. It's track four, 'Bait Hoven', that really draws you in, courtesy of a energetic hook that's tastefully marinaded in rave nostalgia, before grilled thoroughly under percussive heat and scorching 303 punches. For sheer drum magic, 'Sound Dimensions' is a masterpiece of jumped up kick slaps and tough snare snaps, a truly rhythmic number that is jungle at its best. Another EP for the breaks heads out there.
Review: All you need to know about Rogue is that he makes bangers. Good ones, too, and his new Reincarnation EP is an exemplification of how he manages to combine the intensity and furiousness of Neurofunk with the roughness and urban-edge of jump-up. Landing on PRSPCT, we're definitely digging the darkness of these sounds. Take 'Unknown', for example. Featuring MC Dart, it has an introduction that wouldn't be out of place in a Noisia tune but it also has the drop and the attitude of a Bou or Kumarachu tune. Proper sick crossover stuff definitely tunes for the club. Big.