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.
Dead Man's Chest/Sonic - "Pum Flex" - (6:53) 145 BPM
Dead Man's Chest & Response - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" - (7:06) 150 BPM
Dead Man's Chest & Coco Bryce - "The Dead Will Dance" - (6:23) 150 BPM
Dead Man's Chest - "Exorcisms" - (5:36) 145 BPM
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 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: 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: 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: 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.