Review: Paleblue and Kray link-up over on Cardiff's PullUp imprint with four cosmic D&B tear-ups. Each cut rippling with soulful prowess but armed with sheer production muscle, this is an exciting snapshot of where dnb is at in 2022 when it's in the right new-gen hands. Highlights include the ultra sexy and slinky halftime flavours on 'Edge', the dreamy breezes and sunny side vibes of 'Summerhus' and the big vocals from Bluey himself on 'Same Mistakes'. Throw in a super soulful collab with Coltham and you've got yourself a very very sick EP.
Review: Young BSEARL returns to Cardiff label PullUp for this huge release that's already caused quite the stir on Tik-Tok with over a million views on the title track and Dom Whiting playing 'Radio' as his opening track on a recent cycle around Berlin. With hype like that behind it, you know the quality of this is going to be high as BSEARL's musicality ripples throughout every corner of the EP. Highlights include the tension, urgency and deep bass plunges of 'Together' (with Kippo), the late night sultriness and emotion of 'Signs' and the strange halftime vibes of 'Echo'. Massive
Review: So you forgot about Dre once or twice in your life. It's okay. We've all been there. But you best not forget about rising Welsh talent Arkala Dre or there's going to be real trouble. Here are two reminders to help you not forget... 'On The Mark' is a stealthy creeper with a Critical style purr to the bassline and bags of room amid the dark elements leaving plenty of room for Fraser's stern bars to ripple in and out of the mix. Elsewhere we find him VIP-ing the dickens out of his free download from earlier this year 'Gucci'. Chronically good.
Review: Following his free download on the label earlier this year newcomer SMG returns to PullUp with a full EP release. Six tracks in total: the tone and pace is set by the bendy, futurist synths of the title track as we slink, slide and writhe to the greasy minimal funk. Highlights include the strange springy funk and croaks of 'Gravitation', the full-bodied swagger of 'Ha' and the sterner lyrical focus with Fraser on 'Movements'. SMG: Stinking. Murky. Great.
Review: Experimentalist by drum and bass persuasion Bennie enters the nether regions of contemporary rave core with the No Better EP. Flanked by Jam Thieves and Bookey, the former keeps it inside with a liquid-esque jungle rhythm amid industrial sound design and fractions of twisted hip hop ("Gyaldem Sugar"). The latter, (Bookey), turns in a melodic and horn-blessed ephemeral banger next to Beanie's own "VVS DIamonds" that sees euphoric crescendos fall into melodically constructed drum and bass workouts. With two EJ Kitto collaborations in-tow all the more - "Toffee" and "No Better" see both artists push at the limits of EDM, experimentalism and cut up drum and bass. Tip: "No Better".