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.
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.