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: 2020 has been a busy production year for Mall Grab aka Jordon Alexander and he has unleashed a series of Eps on his own Looking For Trouble imprint. Rounding off what has been an eventful 12 months is this release for Steel City. The title track is an insistent club track: featuring sweeping chords and looped vocal snippets, it plays out over a rolling, robust house groove. There's also an edit version, where the beats are tighter and more DJ friendly, but like the seminal visual artist that this release is named after, you'll keep on coming back to the original.
Review: Surprisingly, this predictably action-packed and mind-altering EP marks Mall Grab's first appearance on his Steel City Dance Discs label since 2016. Fans of his particular brand of energetic, techno-tempo, rave-igniting dancefloor fusion will find plenty to set the pulse racing, from the relentlessly cheery piano stabs, dreamy chords and surging beats of the Head High-esque 'Room Full of Rothko', to the sleazy analogue bass, revivalist hardcore breakbeats and punishing riffs of 'III (Part 2)'. Sandwiched in between you'll find the trance and hard dance inspired techno stomp of 'Nonstop Feeling' and the blistering breakbeat techno filthiness of 'III (Part 1)'.
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.