Review: Rinse FM regular Brackles takes his relationship with the station a step further with this, his first release for Rinse's own label, following releases on Planet Mu and Apple Pips over the years. Both tracks showcase Brackles' ear for brittle yet driving rhythmic shapes; "Spider" is a stripped back slice of rolling garage-infused funky. Utilising bright yet minimal melodies it skips through a myriad of African inspired melodies and rhythms, whilst a strained pad sound gives the whole thing an alien mood. "Take Me Home" meanwhile takes a soulful female vocal and puts it over a backdrop of deep, searching pitch-bent chords and deep spongy bassline, before breaking out into a rhythmic jam of snares and kwaito-inspired melody.
Review: Considering he's been releasing records for the likes of Planet Mu and Apple Pips since 2009, it would be something of an understatement to say that Brackles' debut album has been a long time coming - but it couldn't have been better timed. Although his sound - a rough hybrid of UK garage and funky styles with echoes of dubstep - is very much of the now, there's an obvious love for the classic sounds of 90s UKG which many of his more inexperienced contemporaries lack - assisted by the inspired vocal contributions from Lily McKenzie and Terri Walker. But it's not just a throwback record - be it the slightly offbeat bass and calypso vibe of "Walkin' Out", or the churning subs of "Squarehead", Brackles nevertheless manages to twist the template into weird and unique shapes. That this album has been released on Rinse isn't a surprise - he's encapsulated nearly twenty years of the station's sound into one record.
Review: Canadian techy house maestro HRDVSION (pronounced 'Hardvision', obviously) has always been interested in the experimental side of dance music. Not content with simply learning the tricks of the trade, he admits often that he prefers to constantly try for more difficult, more intriguing ways to approach his sound. This four tracker opens up the listener to his way of thinking in much more detail than a single track could. Sure he aims for the dancefloor, but can't electronic music be a bit deeper, more artistic than that? The acid-trip synths on "Apocalypse6" and the hard techy influences on "Feel You're Fading" make this a buy on sight.
Review: A snapshot of Steve Goodman's current club sets and selections for his Hyperdub show on Rinse, Kode 9's Rinse:22 mix converges on trap-inspired/hip-hop beats and Chicago footwork. Scottish born Goodman explains "hip-hop and footwork has all got that double time thing - a slow bass underpinning, with those double time drums and percussion on top - that I used to love in jungle," He goes on to elaborate on how perplexed he is with the younger audience's obsession with hip-hop and footwork's 'functionality' these days - when it's clearly more interesting and rhythmically sophisticated compared with most club music at present. That's a fair call - and it's these studies of urban music, merging with cross-Atlantic electronic beats and UK bass that are explored on Rinse:22. Three brand new Kode9 tracks appear, such as accompanying single "Uh", backed with a brand new exclusive entitled "OK".
Review: Almost mystically unable to do no wrong at the moment, Roska delivers four more stone-cold classic beats on this second volume of Rinse rarities, further enhancing his title as king of UK underground house. "Squark" is undoubtedly the big tune here, a tune which has been bubbling under the surface for months now. Its cheeky use of siren squeals that drop solo every four bars is grimy and funky to the max. Elsewhere though, "Tomorrow Is Today" is impressively urgent while "Hey Cutie" is a bubbly and irresistible soca-house jam. After an appearance on the first EP, Jamie George is back in the vocal booth on "I Like You" which sparkles with string-stabs interweaving with George's tones. Yet another essential purchase from the man of the moment.
Review: Big release here from Roska! The UK F don drops the six track Jackpot EP on the one and only Rinse. It's hard to look past the tough percussive riddims and killer "go!" vocal on the title track, but there's much to explore here, from the abrasive synths of "Roskallion" to the screeching mayhem of the brilliantly titled "Blame The Speakers". The Mujava-esque melodies of "Leapfrog" and "4th Blind Mouse" lead into the 8bit textures and heaving arpeggios of closer "Wie Alt Bist Du". More essential jams from the king of funky.
Review: Can it have only been in 2010 that Rinse dropped the debut album of UKF's imperial don? Of course, the man known from his aural signature as "R-R-R-Roska" hasn't been work-shy, with a huge weight of releases for his own Roska Kicks and Snares label constantly impressing. Here though, Roska deliberately spices up his methodology - going in less for beat-driven loops of endurance, more for a developing and lyrical sound. One listen the sloping funk of "OnRinseSinceYearZeroEight", the bleeped-out "Metric", or the crunch-step of "Eleven 45" will make you agree with us that he's pretty much nailed it. Like most things from the man, this comes highly recommended.