British Columbia's deepest export Abstrakt Sonance has enjoyed spins and support from the likes of Mala and Cotti, Seven and J:Kenzo over the years. And it's really not hard to hear why with stark designs like these. "Open Heart" plays with space as AS throws down an array of unique designs and laces them together with off-beat funk, "Soldier" lives up to its name as its percussion militantly charges a rhythm with no relent, "Sometimes" is a warped skanker with a woozy bass purring beneath scant bouncy elements while "Harder Than AMF" hurls us into the fires of bass Hades with its uncompromised saw tooth savagery. No dubstep stone left unturned, there's something for everyone right here.
Beautifully brutal German wonk: the unstoppable Bukez and Deskem collide once again for three aggressive swagger jams. "Heads Off" hits like you've returned to your house and it's been turned over by secret agents; everything you need is right there, but it's all just a touch out of place and slightly disturbing. "War Drones" is a little more rigid in its arrangement but retains the weirdness thanks to some very creepy, paranoid sound design. Finally "Brain Damage" shuts up shop with the nastiest, strangest bassline of the set. Imagine being kidnapped by aliens. Now imagine being kidnapped by aliens who'd like to play you some Bukez Finezt and Deskem.
The vowel-less RVRSL label's second release comes courtesy of Hench Music man Jakes and he delivers four club-ready cuts of bass-weighted darkness, and the acid flecks in "One Day" are deadly when paired next to track's the slashing snares. It's all rave, spooky sound effects and a 'yah' vocal in "Tru Thought" while "Realm", and it's spiralling loop, is as punk rocky in attitude as it is heavy in bass modulation. For some supercharged beats check out "Tuning Dub" for one last slab of rhythm and drums.
Rising London fusionists RVRSL invite Brighton-based bubbler Max Mudie to the fray... And he's brought along a well known friend; Hatcha. The result ("Scrabble") is a techy, aggy, loopy slab of future-proof bass with a bite much harder than its bark. Elsewhere we hit minimal steppy gnarliness a la Icicle ("Attic"), techno-minded loopiness ("Outlier") and industrial strength gravel bass a la Moody Good ("Cold"). The super-spatial dynamics and head-bending deep sea carnival breakdown on "Island" is also an enlightening listen. Genuinely forward-thinking and exciting material.
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