Review: It's been a little while since we last heard the most talked about duo in UK bass music unleash something new, which is why we were so excited to see My Nu Leng unveil their brand new 'Champion Sound' project. The title track takes influences from all across dance music, but primarily acidic techno flavours as moogy synthesizer runs and pumping 4x4 beats take the lead on this one, followed by the euphoric pad work and glittering soundscapes of the breaks-heavy 'D.A.S', which sends the EP in a completely new direction. Finally, we finish with a nostalgic twist as the throwback synth rattles and hardcore breakbeat action of '1 More Tune' take us back to the centre of rave culture. A fabulous return indeed!
Review: With a burgeoning discography to his name Big Miz producer Chris Mcfarlene is best known most recently for his work with Dixon Ave Basement Jams. His 2018 album Build/Destroy saw the artist's housey and deeply electronic sound revealed to a wider audience now allowing Big Miz to commit a second release to the upstart Soft Computing label. With synths reminiscent of early Space Dimension Controller music, Big Miz uploads some cosmic electro, snapping with crispy snares and busy acid melodies in "Opia". On the flip is the slower BPMs, time signatures and sweet double kick drums of "Sonder", a track pumping with bass, outer space disco pings and huge, siren squealing synths. Upgrade to Soft Computing now!
Review: Known primarily for his releases on Kompakt, Rex The Dog branches out with an EP on Soft Computing. The title track represents a more measured style than is usual for this project, but the same underlying aesthetic still applies as throbbing bass, crisp drums and subtle builds prevail. On "Mine Raiders", he picks up the pace, thanks to some urgent drum programming, a wiry rhythm and atmospheric whooshes, but it doesn't quite hit the same heady climax as earlier material like "Frequency" and "Prototype". Ejeca's remix of "Housing" marks a significant shift in style, with dub chords and a frenetic techno groove prevailing.
Review: Ejeca - real name Garry McCartney - is a Belfast-based DJ and producer. He returns after releases on Yom Tum, PETS Recordings and Unknown To The Unknown with two trance-infused deep house cuts for label Soft Computing. Be prepared for a throwback to the mid '90s on the evocative "Hours" - this slinky and hypnotic cut is so mesmerizing that it could have been on Sasha and Digweed's Northern Exposure series of mix CDs back in the day. This is followed by "Shatter" - another melodic and intoxicating cut full of shimmering sequences, brooding pads and restrained rhythms all together perfect for drama and mystique on the dancefloor.