Still Trippin (Object Blue's What Are You Doing remix) - (4:02) 128 BPM
Review: Clearly, thirteen is not an unlucky number in the Steel City world, as they deliver the debut release on the label from Jasper James. Known for his work on Left Room and Optimo Trax, Jasper doesn't disappoint here; "Still Trippin" is a playful house track, centred on a 2-step style rhythm and populated by infectious vocal samples. By contrast, "The Savoy" is a darker affair as James fuses insistent thunder claps with detuned synth riffs to create a jacking affair. Mall Grab's take on "Still Trippin" moves into peak-time, rave-fuelled abandon, while Object Blue's version of the same track is radically different, thanks to its dubbed out sound effects and rolling break beats.
Review: Steel City Dance Discs bills itself as a 'working class' dance label, and in Jordon Saxton aka Viers, it has identified a like-minded purveyor of gritty electronic music. "Megabyte of Rave Juice" is a raucous and effective update of the hardcore /rave axis, with Saxton laying down wild synth stabs over high-paced breaks. "Bless" is less frenetic but resounds to steely breaks, while Viers changes direction on "Four" to deliver a pounding, somewhat menacing techno track that's powered by dense kicks and cheese wire percussion. Changing tact again, "What Is it" is a glitchy, stop-start experimental piece.