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.
Review: It's time to get groovy as the Sneaker Social Club invite Hornsey Hardcore into the blend for a storming two track pairing, If you are looking for a real hardcore taste testing, looking no further than the title track 'Don't Get Strange', which combines unpredictable organ riffs with glitchy electric chord patterns for a real nostalgic effect. On the flip, we unveil the mega gritty movements of 'The Wiz', which uses clean breakbeat drums as its lead source of energy. Both of these ones are perfect for sending the ravers into another dimension.
Review: Soundbwoy Killah excels with this release and making the older amongst remember old-school raves, and the younger wish you could've been there. 'Yours' glides into the start of the release with bass shakes and soulful vocal samples, before a refreshing bout of 2-step tumbles out of the swirl and cuts in with a naughty, diving sine bass. 'Come My Selector' takes you back to 2005, in a good way - one for the rude boys and the ravers. 'Abra Cadabra' is packed with eclectic percussion, bumping you along before taking a dive down into the deep, the dark and the dirty, blackish atmospherics providing the backdrop for a non-stop sink into the bass below. You might recognise the sample in 'Turn Off The Lights' from Mak & Pasteman's 'Oh Baby', but this is a different beast altogether. More punchy kick drums and tight, spinny back ends evoke even clearer notions of the rave. Top stuff.
Review: A debut album from Etch on Sneaker Social Club isn't something to be sniffed at. The producer has proven time and time again he can make some of the most creative breaks music around, this time his skills being shown off in a nasty 12-track format. The diversity on this release is just mad, from the soulful sampling yet gully undercuts of 'Groove Control' to the penetratingly deep ambience of 'Outsider' featuring Farrah. This is dance music diversity at its finest and Etch is the purveyor. Don't miss 'Snell's Law', where bass notes underpin crisp drums that constantly switch and keep you on toes, as well as 'Swirls and Spirals', a hip-hop leaning number that bring some gawpingly good funk influences into the mix. All twelve are interesting including some wicked interludes, so be sure to grab this one.
Review: Following on from his debut form last year, Dream Cycle returns to Sneaker Social Club with three supplementary doses of bass-centric tech-stomping. Thanks to strong elements of dub techno, Chicago house and UK dubstep, Dream Cycle has crafted his own sound, his own way, and he now belongs to the realm of what we like to call 'legends'. The opening "Influence" is a weighty, rolling slice of broken beat, minus the jazz, while "Afters (3am mix)" takes a look at UK garage for inspiration, and "DCYX 5" rolls on through with a badness and intent that we always saw in peeps like Derrick Carter or Glenn Underground. BAAAD!
Review: Appleblim, one of the figures who we can associate with the birth and rise of dubstep, has been releasing since 2005. That's now 13 years of experimenting with bass and dance equations. However, Life In A Laser is his debut album, having only ever released singles or remixes up until. His big release comes via Sneaker Social Club, and it takes his sound somewhere it hadn't been before - the doorways of Berlin. That is not meant to imply that this is straight-up techno - not at all! It's the style and aesthetics used by Appleblim which give a much more polished and rounded approach to the way he makes music now. These 9 tracks are, in one way or another, dance-oriented, but there is a story to tell and a clear thread running throughout. One thing is always evident, however, and that's his extensive use of percussion and quality production work, championed from the infamous hardcore dynasty. LUSH.
Review: Jamie Russell's Sneaker Social Club is one of those labels that just don't give a damn. We love them for that. Across its catalogue, you'll find an array of releases spanning from Bass Clef to Neil Landstrumm, and all sorts of continuous newcomers, such as this latest EP from the unknown Dream Cycle. It ain't really house and it ain't really tech, but somewhere in between, peppered and smoked with just the right amount of UK bass sensitivity. To give you a taster, "Dream 93" is a resurrection of the jungle and breakcore movement, stripped-back and repurposed for the 2017 mentality, while "Start Like It's Hot" takes some lessons from peeps like Leo Anibaldi - pure deep house magic! "Paradise State" is another magnetic jungle reinterpretation, and Them & Us' remix of "Absolutely" floats the waves drone and ambient with a touch of class rarely heard these days. Most importantly, Dream Cycle seems to be all about movement and progression. Two winning tactics.
Review: Etch gets chemical on this epic return to Sneaker Social Club with four unique broken grooves; "Chemotaxis" rolls with Zed Bias-style breaks before switching into a hazy steppy halftime arrangement, "What Lies Beyond" is a love letter to Reinforced at 130 BPM, "Green Park" slides and glides with a warm warped funk before mutating into a savage rave stepper, before "Prismatic" slides down the shutters on a dreamy jazz breaks finale. Reactions guaranteed.
Review: Up next on Bristol's Sneaker Social Club is Up on Sneaker Social Club, West Norwood's finest...the one and only cassette librarian - keeping it hardcore! Following up great releases by legends 2 Bad Mice, Bass Clef and The Brothers Grimm. Starting off with the very Shut Up And Dance sounding tribute that is "Everytime You Touch Me (I Get Hype)" they then get stuck into the savage junglist roller "Theme To Street Knowledge". The aforementioned Brothers Grimm make an appearance with The Brothers Grimm appear with "Exodus (The Lion Awakes) - WNCL VIP". Closing out the EP is the back to '93 trip that is "Feeling Too Big To Dance". Retroverts rejoice!