Review: Once again, the team behind the ever-ready Scuffed Recordings catalogue have dug deep and unleashed a monstrous collection from Mutable Mercury, giving us three scintillating, percussion-driven originals to enjoy. First up, delicacy to the maximum level as 'Lost In Chaos' unloads one of the most perfectly crafted rhythmic sections of the year, focussed on numerous layers of organic percussion with awesome results. Next, '8Bit Nasty' slows the pace with another shimmering roller, focussing this time on more grizzly sub action, before 'Take Blue In' takes us now a much more electronic route to close the EP off with a cool combo of affected vocal chops and clunky percussion.
Review: The Scuffed Recordings crew have a great habit of delivering unprecedented sonic gems, which this latest collection from Farsight most certainly is as we hear a robotic extension of UK funky brought to life. First up, 'El Mago' fuses catchy South American melodies with glitchy, transformer-like synth crunches atop groovy drums and silky basslines for a truly unique roller, before the breaksy rumbles and groovy subs of 'Limbo District' add a whole new direction to the project. Finally, 'Sorted' takes us down a more distorted, jungle-inspired avenue, slapping together metallic bumps and high tempo drums for a swanky closer.
Review: The Scuffed Recordings crew really do know how to hold a vibe, with their catalogue being stuffed to the brim with vibrant DJ tools. This latest offering sees Danny Goliger enter pole position with three original slappers, opening up with the super choppy percussive pings of 'Really Like To', an old school groover that holds some real weight. Next, we explore a much more drum-driven approach as the wavy breaks samples and dizzying vocal delays of 'Archos Gmini' are then wheeled out amidst squelching synths and bubbling melodic incursions. Finally, 'I Told Y'all' gives us a final dip into skippy percussion and groove-inspiring synths, closing off this very unique collection with a smash.
Review: The Scuffed Recordings team have been on somewhat of a role of late, utilising their wide genre boundaries to deliver some of the most well thought out releases in recent years. This time around they welcome Gesture inside for a combination of acidic and the abstract, touched off with a tap of techno-fueled tastiness. We begin with 'Beth & John', a bulbous breath of matrix-fueled energy, constantly shifting and tweaking its way forward, before the title track 'INTO' takes a combination of choppy jungle drums and vibrant chord progressions to give us a real crunchy combo. Finally, the low-ended rumblethon of 'Skylag' gives us another unusual setting, but boy does it pack a punch, proceeding to close the project with a high energy thump.
Review: Scuffed Recordings are a label that have gone from strength to strength over the last few years, often finding themselves nominated among the best at numerous award ceremonies. This latest collection is pretty damn spicy, opening up with a vibrant collaboration from Danny Goliger & Justin Jay entitled 'Sticky Rice', a potent title track dripping in original breaksy energy. We dive into a popping display of unique percussive manoeuvres and system-busting subs next as Danny rolls out solo for 'Policy Limits', a gorgeous combination of jittering acidic synths and bouncy drum sounds. We return to collaborative duty next as 'Steonardo D'Vibcu' delivers a much more hardcore influenced punch, driven mostly by hard hitting low ends and gritty bass action, before Justin Jay then rounds off the project with a wonderful solo display across the constantly expanding soundscapes of 'Snooze', again utilizing a dash of acidic spice to close the EP in style.
Review: Going strong since 2017 Scuffed Recordings welcomes back the percussive and bass-laden grooves of Chungo. With the Bristol dweller making his debut in 2018, this LX EP sees Chungo take another step in the right direction with his sounds already supported by the likes of rRoxymore and Ben UFO! A track that's equally dark as it is bright and colourful is "Foreshadow" that goes far in exemplifying Chungo's burgeoning sound. Backing that up is the more atmospheric and percussive number "Evade", with "LX" diving further into bass culture without hitting the darker endzones. Chungo lights it up!
Review: As always with Scuffed Recordings, it's time to prepare for a journey into the unpredictable as they this time unleash Ayesha onto our eardrums with a fabulous four track display. We begin with the speaker-pounding sub-grinds and lively drum arrangements of 'Potential Energy', which sees a combination of breaksy flavours, carnival rhythms and acidic bleeps or form a harmonious composition. Next, the hardcore-inspired arrangements of 'Ecstatic Descent' combine more sweeping soundscapes with groovy drum stutters for a truly euphoric experience before 'We Be Bubblin' unleashes a much more harder-hitting display of breakbeat-inspired drum action, pushing the raveometer up a few notches. Finally, 'Dark Matter' explores the more acidic side of Ayesha's production range as more organic-sounding synth inputs are let loose atop a super-rhythmic drum display for a perfect sign off.
Review: It's always an absolute pleasure to see a new Scuffed Recordings release land in the store, with this new entry being the fifth edition of their 'Scuffed Presents' compilation project, welcoming some of the most exciting and original names in electronic music through their doors. We begin with this acidic progression and metallic drum slaps of Awo Ojiji's 'Woozy', a super colourful creation, chased up by the instantly-recognizable synthesizer slides of 'Squelch', a rave-ready anthem from Doctor Nick. Next, Maya Q delivers a hardcore throwback with the powerful drum designs of 'Belief', seeing Dawn Razor's 'Dreamproof' put the final touches on the compilation with an impressive display of percussive stacking and subtle melodic juice.