Review: Shoot Recordings comes through with a new pair of artists on its roster, after having put out a series of killers by the likes of Chrissy Murderbot and Pawn. There's more juke-driven house music on this latest outing by Calculon and Austin Speed, backed with by a serious team of remixers. The original is a raved-out footwork monster with some of the nastiest piano stabs and break samples we've heard in a long time. Lewis James transforms the original into a full-blown monster, where the beats are totally screwed up along with everything else, while Deft adds another wild and trippy dubstep remix.
Review: Following the juke/footwork-isms of his recent Greatest Hits album, Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot teamed up with pawn for the more dancehall inspired Original EP. It went down so well that they've now commissioned remixes of the EP's tracks to keep the booties shakin'. Calculon & Austin Speed distort the kick for a punishing electro-bass meets D&B version of the title track. Meanwhile it's all about the minimal doom-bounce vibes on Moresounds' rejig of "Your Words". Werk!
Review: Chrissy Murderbot & Pawn's title track from The Original EP is one of 2013's ultimate showstoppers, equalling Kahn & Neek's "Percy" from last year. Where K&N had the 'shut up' vocal, CM&P's dancehall vibes come from an 'original-original' sample, with soundsystem bass combos of brute force barking loudly like Felix da Housecat's "Kickdrum". On the digital flip is the more frenetic "Your Words", combining looming dubstep rhythms with out-of-control footwork sequences and skittering percussion. TIP!
Review: Seattle's Kelly Demo charges up his Root The Villain machine once again with another powerful breakbeat jamboree. Flexing on a strong jungle/footwork feel and stacked with collaborations with the likes of Calculon, Austin Speed and a killer remix from A.Fruit, the entire "Meazels" EP is as deadly as its namesake. Highlights include the swinging percussion and hype-heaved backing sirens of "Flippin'" the woozy dub horns of "Dark To Light" and the haunting vocal textures of the title track. Get inoculated, this one's going viral.