Review: Oh Lord, it's been a while but the one like Chunky is back on Loefah's mighty Swamp 81 with a trio of house-tinged bass bangers tailor-made for some festival lap-ups! "Pash" opens with a glitchy, minimal garage rhythm that clearly sits somewhere along the hardcore continuum...but we just can't say where, exactly. "Imminent Threat" has grime all up in its DNA, the majority of the tune made up from curb-side lyricism and some of that cracked beat-making that used to represent the whole Fruity Loops trend; "Verudela Squad" bleeps and hums like a Boddika tune except that Chunky has a little more funk to his production style, adding in killer vocal chops and even a little bit of a soulful sway to boot. Lush.
Review: Mickey Pearce is back on Swamp81 with this highly anticipated new LP, the selfishly named Michael. However, we know that this is for good reason, because big dog MP is simply trying to say that he has a sound of his own; it's not one which necessarily does anything revolutionary, but it's certainly an individualistic stance within the bass-house spectrum. Surprisingly - for a Swamp release, that is - there are plenty of beatless shreds of ambient here, an introspective collection of sounds that develop into the more concrete pseudo house sound that we've come to associate with Mickey Pearce. Tunes like "Polyester" are the ones for the floor, but there are other beat-led moments such as "Cakes" which contain enough movement to be considered dance, but that still maintain a firmly leftfield stance. Whatever your tastes, Pearce is here to satisfy your needs.
Review: When we look at influential electronic music labels within the UK, there are few who can boast as unique a sound as Swamp 81, who continue to delve into the ground between techno and 140BPM with an incredibly vibrant set of releases. This latest project sees Nah Eeto team up with the sweeping production flavours of Sumgii for a spicy new collaborative single. 'Wanawake' is a post-grime masterpiece, using slower tempos with big room synth patterns, allowing the perfect amount of room for Nah Eeto to express her unique approach to lyrics and flows, concocting a certified belter!
Review: This a collaboration we were super excited to see, as Manchester legend Pete Cannon teams up with the rapidly rising sounds of Patrice and rapidfire vocal slaps of Snowy for a top quality new single via Loefah's legendary Swamp 81.imprint. In typical Swamp style, this one delves into the dark and dingy realms of bass music, combining gnarly low end drones with colorful percussive rolls and eerie synth melodies, giving the whole track a real sense of finesse. This one also comes complete with a Snowy Dub version for good measure!