Review: Woi and indeed oi, Wembley-smashing Ram Raider Andy C returns with his first tune in almost two years... And it's a bit of a sizzler. Going right back to his Nightlife 1 / 2 roots, at the peak of his tenure at The End, "Til Dawn" is a funky rough-house roll-out loaded with a few cult samples, some pristine slap bass work and a proper fuzzy sense of grit. Heads down business all the way, there's a strong case to say this is his best tune in over a decade.
Review: Back in the building! BCUK warned us they were packing heat.... And here it is. Most should be familiar with their agenda-setting comeback track "Equilibrium" from earlier this year with its cinematic strings, second drop and gutter-scraping bass. If you've caught one of their rare shows this year you'll also be aware of "Nomad". Soaring, electrifying, soulful and textured with just a smidgeon of air-guitar magic, it's an immaculate composition that shows the foursome aren't back for cashback nostalgic whimsy - they have their eyes on the future. Immense.
Review: The BCUK machines are still just warming up. Having catapulted their project back into the game last year with "Equilibrium", they've casually dropped a modest handful of face-melting one-trackers; "Nomad", "Tetris" and now "Primal Fire". Igniting with more evocative orchestral motifs, we're suddenly dropped into a tense vocal section with the powerful dulcets of Sitka before a bassline sweeps us off our feet in an absolute electrified frenzy. Gnarly, rasping and dark to its core, the fire here is very much real.
Review: After being catapulted into the big league stratosphere with a full album as a debut release, Bensley returns with his first new material since last year's "Outsider" and "One Last Chance". Creepy, evocative and coded with that dreamy, filmic narrative he's made his own, "Slither" comprises layers of melody and atmosphere over one of the darkest underbellies he's constructed to date. Album number two soon come...
Review: The mighty Calyx & Teebee return with their first new Ram tracks since their album 1x1 last year. Taking a step back from the heavier, full-frontal sounds they're famed for, "Ruffian" takes us back to their time on Moving Shadow with twisted, heavily-sprung jungle fire - all spaced out drums and textural trippiness that's not dissimilar to Dub Phizix or Skeppy-style track. Just one track for now... We're excited to see where the premiership duo is taking us this year.
Review: Holy moly! Calyx & Teebee aren't messing around this year are they? Demolishing everything in their wake with firing one-track scuds since February, "Ruffian" "Scaramanga" and "Conquest" have seen the duo going back to their underground, roughhouse roots in three rowdy different ways. Now comes "Blown", a rampant electrified sandpaper jam that sounds similar to early BSE or Stakka & Skynet but with C&T-level production flexing. Techy heads-down body-slamming bliss... Prepare to be blown away (not sorry)