Review: It's been a solid year for the team at Sneaker Social Club so far, with their stock set to continue rising with the release of this vibrant new four track display from Dog Patrol. We begin this dive with 'Non PGR', a euphoria-driven dreamwalk through distant delays and shimmering synthetics, with the Nasty King Kurl remix providing an even more spacey overhaul. From here, we flow into 'Sassafras', another bubbling crunch off, combining abstractly arranged breaks-style drums, topped with angry moogy sub stabs, with the snare heavy percussive chops of 'Creepin' then providing the outro soundtrack, forming a post-grime funk out as a wicked final closer..
Review: Next up from the Sneaker Social Club team, a touch of old school grimey flavour, welcoming the wonderful sounds of D3U5E to the table for five sizzling original creations. First up, 'Quaser' arrives with a pulsating feel from the jump, unloading powerful bass drones and classic 140 drumlines, with the breaksy switches of 'Dust Particles' and moody basslines of 'HAL9000' following up in close pursuit, again channelling that original grime energy. From here, 'Deckman' then switches up the flavour of the whole EP with a much more 4x4-driven feel, focussing on fluttering drum stutters and shimmering synth lines, before Gav arrives on 'The Abyss' for one final thump of glitchy abandon, closing off the EP in tidy style.
Review: Once again it is our pleasure to welcome the wonderful Sneaker Social Club to the JunoDownload store, a label collective that continues to impress and shock the UK with their diligently designed release catalogue. This time around, Danny Scrilla arrives with a dash of acidic attitude, firstly unloading a moogy barrage of bassy goodness in 'Dupes' to kick start this forward-thinking three-tracker in style. Following this, the alarm-like tones and sweeping subs of 'Disorganize' give us another steady bop through unorthodox sonic wizardry, with 'Real' then providing warm chord progressions and a slower set of drum designs for a smooth, yet crunchy cooldown. Once again, both Scrilla and The Sneaker Social Club deliver.
Review: Once again the Sneaker Social Club team has sent us a vibrant care package of sonic goodies, with Yorobi being the mastermind in charge this time around. We open up with the stuttering percussive pulses and high energy drum jitters of 'Motherless Child', an unorthodox thumper that amps up the dance to the mucky level, with 'Stabs' then giving us a more unpredictable, swampy approach to drum design. From here, shimmering 2-steppy rhythms combine with acidic bass licks on 'Model Patient', before the euphoric bliss of 'Rhode To Nowhere' and glitchy soundscaping beauty of 'Eden' then bring the EP to a tidy close. This is another big winner for the SSC, who continue to impress with near enough every release we see them pull together.
Review: Breakbeat will never die, and we know this for a fact, so long as EPs like 'Breakbeater' continue to be released. Homing on the style's audiophilic edges, producer Paradox produces something squarely in the middle of classic breakbeat hardcore, drum n' bass and breakstep here, with the title track needing little but womping kicks, ultra-designed breaks and the occasional whispery vocal sample and bass lick to satiate our cravings for the sound. 'Detronic', deconstructs the trope even further, dubbifying the break's metallic 2-stepping edge by plunging it into Basic Channel-esque ricochets.
Review: It's always good to see Low End Activist back in action, with this latest batch arriving via the certified skills of the Sneaker Social Club, a platform dripping in originality, with one hell of a catalogue on display. This 'Remixes & Instrumentals' project is a perfect dive into what Low End has to offer, with 15 alternate versions being made available, featuring vocal features from the likes of Kila P, Emz, Mez, alongside production overalls from 140 heavyweights such as Grandmixxer, Trends, Logos and more. It's a masterful showcase of sonic repurposing, with our favourites including the heavyweight bass stabs of Blazer SoundSystem's 'DFRNT STYLE' remix alongside the aforementioned Killa P, next to the throwback tunnel club energy of the 'Superhighway' instrumental mix and dreamy soundscapes of SKRSINT's Sunshower version of 'Mercenary alongside Mez. Very tasty!
Review: Whenever we see the Sneaker Social Club banner arrive in the store we know to get the red carpet ready to be rolled out, with this latest catalogue addition seeing them welcome the dizzying production mastery of Hooverian Blur to the table. We begin with a tapdance into the madness of 'Delusion', a blippy jitter fest, stacked with glitchy synth drives and scattered breaksy drum implosions, before the dread-inducing horn stabs and big room drum processing of 'Panic' gives us a more rhythm-based arrangement. Next, the junglist roots of 'Techlash' allow us to up the pace significantly with a vibrant skip through more glitchy arpeggio madness, before the relatively calmer bass springs and high energy breaks of 'Kill Chain' gives us a crunchy landing to enjoy. Excellent work!
Review: As always, the Sneaker Social Club have dived right into the depths of abstractivity with this new release, welcoming the futuristic production combinations of Alan Johnson inside for a truly breathtaking body of work. We open up with the unpredictable drum rhythms and slower tempo arrangements of 'Stillness', which knocks your block off right out the gate, leaving us guessing what's next around every turn. From here, the industrial rhythmic sizzles and metallic percussion of 'Compactor' are ushered forth, with 'Pleasure Principle' then pulling together more weird and wonderful drum sounds for a truly unique sonic outing. Finally, the post-rave chords and dread-inspiring backdrops of 'Duppy Season' give us a final dash of delightful mischief, rounding off a spectacular collection from Alan Johnson and the Sneaker Social Club team.
Review: Whenever we see the Sneaker Social Club come down with a new box of treats we find ourselves filled with excitement, with this latest 6-part thriller from Patrick Brian ticking all the boxes. We open up with the drive with a tension-fueled masterclass across the 808 drum slides and eerie melody on 'Flooring It', with the higher tempo, club-style drum switches of 'Cry-Baby' giving us a futuristic take on grimey drum themes. From here, the glacial synth jitters and hard hitting subs of 'Nothing No1' wade into view, followed by both the harsh violin runs of 'Giant' and constantly shifting soundscapes of 'Big Trouble', which both pack a real punch. Finally, we land right in the middle of the grimiest avenue out as 'Ill Wishes' delivers a throwback roll through tense strings and warbling bass notation, giving the project a final lap of excitement.
Review: Sneaker Social Club are back in business, and they continue their pretty outstanding run of delivering outside the box gems as Low End Activist makes a return with this thumping new 'Hostile Utopia' album. This is a pretty wild collection of swampy originals, giving Low End the opportunity to explore the full spectrum of 140 influenced sounds, from the gnarly synthetic grit and skippy percussion of 'Amphibious Centurions', to the electro-dancehall drum swings of 'Bodysnatchers' and on to the vibrant soundscapes of 'Wild Roses'. This album holds such a sense of depth and direction, that to experience it in its full majesty it's a must listen on long play scenario, but despite that there are a couple of very fun highlights, first up, Mez, Killa P & Emz all make storming appearances with some rave-ready vocal maneuvers, perfectly navigating the dungeon-esc production styles, alongside the icey eeriness of 'Cold' and metallic bass notation of 'Sprint'. Excellent stuff!
Review: Following releases on Ramp, Unknown To The Unknown, Fresh 86 and No Corner, Filter Dread returns to Sneaker Social Club for the first time since "Ice Rave" back in 2019. The Space Beams EP sees the Londoner glide between styles, displaying a 'virtuoso affinity' for grime, jungle, dancehall and plenty more. There's UK bass music tropes aplenty on the booming opener "Talk All Low", robot funk elements of electro work their way into "Underwave", while bit-tune aesthetics play a central role on off-kilter steppa "Asid 888" and there's a nod to deep dubstep on "Ghost Square".
Review: The team at Sneaker Social Club have been doing a fantastic job of pushing exciting new producers out there, with this new four track showcase from Mars89 being a great example of that. We open up with the fiery drum bumps and dark string sounds of 'Night Call', which is an immediately gnarly way to kick off proceedings, followed by the unpredictable grimey switch ups of 'Vigilante' which dives down a much more grizzly road. Next up, the subtle distortion and pulsating LFO pulses of 'North Shibuya Local Service', which again ups the sub-pressure and turns the whole EP up a notch, with the breaks-laced rhythms and popping bleeps of 'Aeropolis' giving us a killer outro to also enjoy. A very unique but also well thought out sonic adventure!
Review: Rhyming slang for 'here comes trouble', Tim Reaper is here with the brilliantly titled 'Hardcore & Rubble'. Released on the evergreen Sneaker Social Club, you already know the levels at play here... Jungle authenticity but executed with total contemporary clarity. Highlights include the big euphoric finale on the title track, the sweet lovers rock feels on 'Agony Tonight' and the fantastically crisp and swinging drums and the rushy champion sound style roughness on 'Bulletproof'. Grab this on the double.
Review: Sneaker Social Club have a fantastic record of delivering unique yet accessible sounding creations, with this latest selection from Neil Landstrumm being the perfect balance once again. We begin with a bubbling display of synthetic brilliance as Legacy & Tina P get involved for 'Spice', which through bulbous synth glides and glitchy melodies gives us a very wavy introduction. Next, 'Alt Rocker' combines Clanger-like soundscapes with 808-style drum rolls for another groovy number, followed by the nostalgic breaksy drives of 'SOWAHH' and jungle-inspired euphoria of 'Dog Falls'. From here with move back into a more lofi realm with 'Milano', again utilizing some fabulous drum production, before 'MUMbai' fuses classic grimey drum samples with breaksy slices for another interesting percussive assortment. We then jump into the final two creations with 'The Truth' alongside Lisa Lohan giving us a sub-busting bassline we won't forget in a hurry, before ''PIAOWW' gives us an industrial exploration into grizzly 140 themes. An excellent selection to say the least.
Review: The Sneaker Social Club crew have been doing a fantastic job of showcasing the latest new experimental electronic flavours in recent months. This latest drop sees them move into album mode as Minder delivers an explosive 19 track display of breaks-influenced flavour. We see such a fantastic range of styles with this project despite the fact they all move in from one point of influence, from the murky, almost soundscape-driven arrangements of 'Twenty', to the more classic sounding moog slides of 'Jessie' and almost junglist-sounding drum arrangements of 'Space'. The whole project runs with a seriously organic feel, especially on tracks such as 'Game Maker' & 'Yacht Skank' which combine the more hardcore side of breaks with some smoothened production techniques. Our highlights have to include the dancefloor ready rolls and smooth subs of 'Here 4 U', along with the more experimental melodic bubbles of 'Wasp'. Top work!
Review: A straight up legend to the core is Appleblim - a producer who's output has become a touch enigmatic over the years but never too far off. Following up his Life In A Laser LP for Sneaker Social Club back in 2018, Appleblim returns to the label in what sounds like a hugely inspired fresh batch of new wave tracks. "Beelike" for example sails high and low through different streams of dub, stepping rhythms, glitch and weirdo house while holding down a dope experimental groove. "Illusory Universe" touches of Detroit electro sentimentalities while also exploring the bleepy, melodic and tonal madness of up tempo arpeggios and modular mechanics. With rave, hardcore and UK club cultural a continual theme throughout the music, tracks like "Fallen" flirt with jungle and liquid drum and bass progressions, while other like "Madman's Nod" throw down something you could describe as future electronic percussion trax. With plenty of dub thrown in, colourful highlights of chords and melodic sounds next to hardcore drum programming - Appleblim enters Infinite Hieroglyphics.
Review: A most exciting artist to emerge from the undergrowth of labels like Nous, Car Crash Set and now Sneaker Social Club is left-of-field club tracks producer J-Shadow. Taking in a deep R&B approach to emotive bass music in "Fade", get your more deconstructed sessions out of "Kugelblitz (The Inescapable Rewarp)" next to the ambient synth and percussion moves of "Hibernation (Lumina Falls)". With some epic filter work applied to "Atlantis", J-Shadow hits all the right notes when it comes to '90s inspired ambient and jungle, with more overt dance tracks coming straight out of "Particle Horizon". Super fresh wares from an unearthly producer whose label debut will stand out for years to come.
Review: From a listener's perspective, the most exciting thing about Sneaker Social Club's constantly evolving catalogue is that you genuinely don't know what's likely to arrive next. This latest four tracker from Mani Festo is another prime example of that, with the first track 'Close Proximity' being a booming fusion of housey drumwork and breaksy percussion. Next, the excellent sample work of 'Shunt' sees us engage with sharpened breaksy drum sounds and eerie pad textures above, before the catchy melodic plucks and bouncing rhythms of 'Eraser' takes us down a different direction. FInally, the jungle-inspired arrangements and beatskips of 'Hyperion' gives us possibly the most relatable creation on the project, tying things up nicely!
Review: As always with Etch, we are in for somewhat of a wild ride with this next selection as he lands a weighty new four-track experience on Sneaker Social Club, one of the most experimental imprints out right now. Kicking off with the sounds of 'Shadows Passed By', we are immediately dunked into the deep end of Etch's ethereal atmospheric designs, later followed by chunky breakbeat rolls and powerful basslines, before Luo gets involved on the much more downtempo harmonic structures of 'Amygdala'. Next, 'Tyrant' gives us a post-breaksy take on Etch's sound with a heavily reverbated rhythmic experience, rounding off on 'Loose In The Asylum', a junglist experiment in drum sampling and filtration. Overall, this is another solid addition to the Sneaker Social Club discography.
Review: Tongue in cheek humourist / future beats and bass producer DogPatrol gets his debut on Sneaker Social Club with a garage, jungle and drum and bass indebted EP. Pulling it off with some mad timewarping effects and exploding synths of colour in "Small Apple Flex", get your minimal drums and horror thematic samples in "Sepia Story". For the wub wub bottom end look to "Temperature Is Rising" with a straight up, deep and loopy bassline groove coming outta "Shit Hits The Fan". Heads down deep party vibes. Tip!
Review: Undeniable dub techno vibes from the outset of Paradox's Octa4 debut on Sneaker Social Club which could well be a defining release for the storied drum and bassline artist. Challenging the likes of Calibre and Mark Ernestus for that dub crossover crown, Paradox plays with meta-themes of simulation in "Proceed" with the title-track delving into pure dub for soundsystem cultures the world over. Massive.
Review: Making a name for himself outta Leicester is UK producer 8Ball who to date has almost exclusively released with his Grade 10 label. Giving Sneaker Social Club the rights to release his debut long player, Eleusis explores a dusty and distorted terrain punctuated by subby 808 kicks, crazy drummer percussion, amen breaks and weirdo sound design wrapped in the textural ghost of rave, dubstep and rhythmic noise's past. Get your kicks from tracks like "The Moon", "Many Shapes" and "Only Time Will Tell" with other curios to be found in the arpeggios of "Trail" and the Actress-like discombobulation of "Tiger's Eye".
Review: As always with the Sneaker Social Club schedule, we knew we were in for a treat the second we opened up on the folder with this one as Sonic delivers an explosive ten track LP, exploring the more experimental end of the drum and bass spectrum from top to bottom. There is so much variety involved with this one that it's difficult to know where to start, from the sweeping junglist drum inflections of 'Prince Of Cambridge' to the distant hardcore rhythms of '20 Yr Riddim' or chunky sub pressures of 'Stranded' which takes a much more lofi approach. The project overall makes for perfect long play listening, with the bouncing rhythmic designs and retro synthesizer action of 'The Bells 2018' proving to be an initial highlight, alongside the more tribal-inspired rhythms of 'Rolling Hills' and fluttering arpeggio action of '357'.
Review: Social Sneaker Club are an essential label for those who enjoy a cross section of dance music that straddles the productive borders of dubstep, techno, jungle and more, a borderlands which X-Altera has mastered the art of navigating. This release is experimental and not designed for general dancefloor consumption, but that doesn't take away from its frantic club appeal in the right setting. 'Ribbon On a Bomb' has all-encompassing set of synths on the intro, which regulate your mind and ease you in to its stabbing, Detroit influenced 303 bassline and rapid fire breaks. 'Maximum' is more downtempo in flavour, an introspective tip with spacey, celestial vibes, whilst 'New Harbinger' is a growling, dub-fuelled affair with a pulsating sub bass and percussion that ricochets through space. Big.
Review: In its almost 10 year history Sneaker Social Club has brought us records from the likes of Horsepower Productions, Basic Rhythm, Filter Dredd, Appleblim to Bassclef, 2 Bad Mice and Seekersinternational. In 2020 Sneaker Social Club do their bit to add to the perpetual motion of what's sometimes known as the hardcore continuum via Evident Ware Pt 02. With the likes of Dead Man's Chest & Sonic's dusty and dubbed out "Sneaker Rhythm" included alongside find some future-bassline driven euphoria in Konx-Om-Pax's starry, vocal-laced "Shibuya Sunset (Hardcore mix)" it Anz's closing number that really takes us back to the early-'90s. More atmospheric, jungle vibes coming out of Horsepower Productions' "DREAMWITHINADREAM Pt 2", with some rough and tumble beats in SHD & Shed's "Drop", undeniable breaks and subbass from Soundbwoy Killah, with some touches of dub techno by Appleblim in "Limbic Riddim". New school, old school, always 'ardcore.
Review: The Denham Audio team have been in incredible form of late, dropping a tonne of heavyweight releases with the latest in that run being this potent three track selection on the fabulous Sneaker Social Club. Their unique approach to future-breaks is made very clear right from the off as 'Top Buzz' delivers a vibrant shake up of percussive precision and overpowering sub pressure, before the more choppy slicing of 'Rubadub' gives us a more heads down, subs up experiment. Finally, to finish off we see Borai get involved with the party on 'Pocari Sweat', a euphoric breakbeat masterclass, sampling heavily reverberated chord lines for that dash of nostalgia we all love.
Review: As always, Sneaker Social Club have packed something special for us to enjoy as they welcome Foul Play inside for a 10 track LP, showcasing the full breadth of his production arsenal. From the junglist-inspired moog bass licks of 'Ricochet' to the experimental systematic reverberations of 'Dubbing You', we see a real grasp of the hardcore sound and it's inner workings. Highlight wise, we have to look at the computerized nostalgic sub switches of 'Feel The Vibe' alongside the system-busting bass pulses of 'Survival' which combines old school vocal slices with catchy melodic grooves to create something extremely pleasing indeed!
Review: Sneaker Social Club's run has been pretty magnificent over the year, with a near flawless run of releases in that time. They here welcome the break-heavy production vibes of Hooverian Blur for three tracks of rhythmic bliss, kicking off with the stuttered bleeps and steadily evolving drum chops of 'Old Gold'. Next up, we dive into the bouncy oldschool jives and distant reese work of 'Eyes Closed', before finally finishing up the EP with a look at 'Laluviah'. This one sits in between the two previous tracks, combining moogy arpeggios and organic drum sounds for a perfect sign out.
Review: As ever when we come to view a Sneaker Social Club release, we are filled with excitement as we see them employ the notable talents of Filter Dread for a tidy eight track selection, showcasing the future of breaks and bass as we know. From the swooping synths of 'Ice B8ss' and choppy drum snaps of 'Time 2 Let Go' to the shimmering 8 bit manoeuvres of 'Crush Sphere' and spacey moog stabs of 'Tekker Wave', this EP showcases real depth from start to finish. Our highlight would have to be 'Ice Rave' which combines warbling breaks tones with unpredictable drum breaks with real impact from the off!
Review: It's funny, the Sneaker Social Club always seem to be able to find a way to deliver something fresh, exciting and new in their releases, with this brand new box from Dogpatrol being no exception to that rule. We kick off with the laid back garage flavours and subtle sub expanses of 'Clownery', before moving swiftly into the unpredictable shuffles and wonky synthesizer tones of 'Don't Follow Us'. Following this, the EP takes a funky turn, as the lively percussive shuffles and rhythmic expanses of 'The Return Of The Gorgons' ride into view, before the authentic drumlines and cowbell goodness of 'Serena' put the cherry on the cake. Excellent work!
Review: UK label Sneaker Social Club - still reeling in 2019 from releases by Horsepower Productions, Basic Rhythm and Soundbwoy Killah (to name a few) - introduces Low End Activist to its roster. Source material for the record is said to come from a VHS recording of Muzikon Sound System documentation made in Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford in 1988, with the record drawing heavily on soundsystem culture and in particular its social function in the Afro-Caribbean communities. Futuristic drums and subtle bleep generation references can also be found in amongst the distorted boom and dub of a retro-active yet wholly futuristic and contemporary approach to bass music.
Review: The Sneaker Social Club imprint seemingly have a knack for unearthing real gems, as we can see here with the tasty tonality from Dream Cycle, who arrives with a dash of flavour across four wicked originals. We kick off with the super skippy sunshine delights of 'Told You' before everything takes a more laid back twist on the warm, fuzzy designs of 'Long Time', which lays doused in gorgeous piano melodies. Next, the bubbly percussive thwacks and affected vocal slaps of 'Sensa' arrive on the scene before 'Untitled Dream' finishes us up with some incredible soundscape action.
Review: As ever, when we see a new Sneaker Social Club project land on our shelves, we were super excited to take a trip into the unknown and unexplored, as Soundbwoy Killah touches down for his feature length album 'Halycon Daze'. The album is an excellent showcase of vibrant drum designs and rhythmic exploration, as we hear most potently on the lively percussive curls of 'Under The Influence', along with the more subtle sub pushes of 'Pang'. For us, the stand outs have to include the super crunchy UKG flavours of 'Wanna Hold U', along with stunning percussive expanses of 'Loiner Dub'.
Review: Right about now we are witnessing the return of the legends, as the immortal production outfit of Horsepower Productions return to us via the Sneaker Social Club for a very weighty two-track come back EP, laced with breaksy influences from start to finish. We kick off with a look at the track named 'Stranger', a super moody roller backed with old school flavour, from the rough cut drum slices to the moogy bass patterns that stay lurking below. On the flip side we are given a wash of more hardcore inspired breakbeat drumwork, with shimmering vocal layers dancing in the frequencies above, and gnarly sub structures encircling below. Amazing stuff, and who would've guessed otherwise?
Review: As ever, we were super excited to dive into this latest helping from the Sneaker Social Club, who have championed the breaks sound to the maximum across this latest offering from Interplanetary Criminal. We kick off with the subtle drum slices and potent sub explosions of 'Tension', followed by the super original 4x4 breaks hybrid sound that is featured within the title track 'Sleepwalker'. Next, the pace slows dramatically as we enter the fluctuations and grizzly bass tones of 'Unfair', before the EP is finished up with a listen to the super clean 'Give', packed with weighty underlying sub flavours and incredibly well processed drum samples.
Review: Now here we are greeted by two artists who really refuse to be placed into brackets as Brighton's ETCH teams up with the fascinating vocal displays of Nico Lindsay for three tracks of pure fire. We kick off with the carnival inspired drum rolls and poetic lyrical designs of 'Don't Wanna Know', followed by a dive into 'Predator Vs. Prey (Toxin)', a slowly bubbling exploration into bass tones and crunchy reverberations. Finally, we take a look at 'Photosynthesis', a more grime-inspired creation which features 'Tranq Sinatra', showcasing just how creative things can get when you work truly outside the box. Awesome stuff.
Review: Now it is time to into the nostalgic and unexpected as we welcome back Sneaker Social Club to unveil their brand new four track project, in which Dead Man's Chest takes the lead alongside a host of names with fantastic results. The first track we touch on is entitled 'We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes' alongside Response and is a truly hypnotic experience, working together beeping tones with breakbeats and circular melodies. Next, Coco Bryce gets involved with the more bubbly breaksy sounds of 'The Dead Will Dance' before Dead Man's Chest steps out on solo duty for 'Exorcisms'. We finish up this one with a dive into 'Pum Flex', an almost juke inspired drum creation alongside Sonic, stacked with rhythmic energy from start to finish.