Review: Nero takes on an absolute classic in "Be Sincere" but has taken it to the next step, opening it up to a new generation in a completely new style. They have managed to add their superb dubstep twist, turning up the bass to epic proportions to keep meet moving to this famous track one more. With lighter moments in there too, this is a dancefloor destroyer!
Review: Surely one of the hardest working and in-demand producers at present, MJ Cole follows up recent mixes for Wiley, Shy FX and Chase & Status with this unexpectedly different set of tunes out on his own Prolific imprint. With experimentation being the order of the day, Cole tries out a variety of new sounds and makes them work for him perfectly - whether it be the cosmic, creepy post-dubstep of "Mantra", the arpeggio 'n' strings brilliance of "Bordeaux", the fast, spacey, almost Juke-tempo'd "Hawaii" or the truly futuristic and wide-eyed garage of "TGV". Highly recommended stuff.
Review: 2-step uberlord MJ Cole still towers mightily over today's young generation of producers. This is because his talent far exceeds an ability to just mimic a currently fashionable sound. In fact it's the young pretenders who are aping the sound of his classic Crazy Love days. Cole, meanwhile has moved on to more adventurous ground: "Panoramic" features four tracks, three of which displays a stunning beauty and sophistication - all gentle electronic trickles, widescreen orchestration, shimmering vocal snippets and piano tinkles, and "Blood" acting as counterpoint by introducing some seriously dirty fuzz-bass and slammin UKF beats. Ahead of the game, always.
Review: Simply one of the coolest, freshest and down right fastest MC's on the grime scene right now, Scrufizzer gets a well-deserved bump with this new hook up with UK bass all-star MJ Cole. With a styled yet simple 130bpm beat consisting of dry snares and a long fat sub kick underneath him, Fizzy lets his flow dominate - dropping complex and wordy verses that never stop being anything but thrilling. As a radical counterpoint, Cole reworks the beat into a tropical bass thrasher with some serious distortion added onto a dynamic kick. Highly recommended stuff.
Review: Released on MJ Cole's Prolific label, London producer Roof Light really excels on this EP, and shows a love and mastery of a variety of different sounds, styles and skills. The MJ Cole connection shines through on the title track, with a multicoloured palette of funky sounds and samples all mixed together perfectly to create a fresh and soulful garage stepper. But while "Harlem Power" is bright and summery, "Two Cities" is an intense, Burial-esque moodscape, while "Touch Down" is a real event - the beat slowly subsides, leaving a sea of gorgeous reversed pads, only to slowly build itself up again in a variety of ways. An unexpected, random, yet riveting and affecting EP from start to finish.