Review: The commercially acclaimed Bill & Will finally drop their "Control The Night" monster on a tight three-tracker for the Stripes label. The main tune is a wobbled-out house number sitting somewhere between tech-house, breaks and dubstep. "Lighter" is a little smoother around the edges but nonetheless abrasive on the dancefloor, but it's "Whoa" which makes the limelight thanks to it bumpy basslines, broken arrangement and absolutely hummable rhythm. Cop 'em!
Review: Stormzy and Skepta may have come away empty handed from the Brit Awards, but their appearance finally acknowledged the existence of grime in the eyes of the British TV viewing public. Here is another example of further UK grime talent in the form of London's Jammin. As the name suggests "Its Not Long" is a short, sharp shocker with Jammin's ferocious flow leading the charge over a stop start hip hop march. Also included is a lean and clean instrumental if mixing things up is more your style.
Review: Mystery men Monkey Wrench lock a tight grip around four bass swelters with this return EP to the busy Stripes label. "No Signals" is an intricate cross between pure bass, dubstep, jungle and possibly techno - we don't know, its hard to make any sense of it but we love it - whereas "Phenomenon" is more grounded in grime circa 2004. "The Sound" is a pseudo UK garage cut with a dastardly bass fuzz, and "The Tunnel" provide the deepness, the murkiness within a rather pumping EP of bass bruisers.
Review: Stripes is busy this week, having already released an excellent comeback from Monkey Wrench and now another with this moody seven-tracker by the one like Mystry. Don't get it twisted, though, this is solid dance floor gear with absolutely no problem in messing up your 4/4 movements for something more broken and jagged. "Rage", for instance, is squealing monster of a tune, and "Graveyard Shift" sounds like nuclear missile going off in a not-too-distant future. "Defeat" is another biggie on here, all low frequencies percolating around the arrangement, but "7" is perhaps the most spectral out of them all, a tune that literally verges on the insane. Tough mothers!