Review: From Russia to America: Senpai makes his debut on the ever consistent Warm Comms with four remarkable star-gazers. Deep, icy and inherently futuristic, highlights abound across the EP ranging from the trippy harmonics and glitches on the fittingly titled "Hypersleep", the stripped back simplicity and breaks on the oceanic "Moondance", the jitterbug floatation feels of "Rave Era" and the raw emotion of the EP title track "Atlantis 2046". A stronger hat tip to the influence of Bukem this month will be hard to find.
Review: Young Belgian Phase makes his Warm Comms debut with three tracks that belie his 20 years on the planet... "A Different Space" takes you back to early Critical cuts thanks to its uptempo step arrangement, two note drone bass and timestretched amens on the fills. "Sunrise Technology" takes a Klute-strength telescope to see further into the cosmos while "Eternal Truth" brings us back to planet earth with a dreamier melodic structure, cymbal-splashing jungle breaks and a sub that bounces harder than a politician's promises. Serious heat for a new producer.
Review: These two have been sharing their bass-driven selves around the scene for a few years now and have made their way into the darkest corners of the drum and bass world. Now, working together, the pair have joined forces to create what's potentially the beginning of some serious world dominating heat. "Ain't No Way" is as raw as they come, stepping hard into big, wobbling bass, setting the tone for an hair raising ride. "Make Tomorrow" provides delicate piano and lushious rolling vibes, cutting the cord to the harsh stuff and forcing through something lighter. "Saved You" is less of a shock as it comes with a bruiser of a bassline and intricately designed percussion. Warm Comms are on to a winner here.
Review: Former Need For Mirrors member and crazed drum and bass production maestro HLZ has been striking out alone for a little while now and this tasty little two-track shows how his sound is progressing into the darker world of twisted rollers. "Dying Memories" melts down hot brass sounds that lightens up an otherwise heavyweight dancefloor burner. "Duel" dims things darker again with hard and fast percussion and eerie synths straight from a sci fi nightmare. This is definitely your sort of thing. Definitely.
Review: The first track on this EP will smack you about a bit. You have been warned. Beginning all sweetness and light with soulful diva vocals and grand piano sound, when that bass drops, it means it. A big part of the scene over in Cali for nearly a decade, Chorux may well have sounded his own starting shot to take over the UK with "Don't Even Know". "Polaris" is similarly unforgiving, this time pushing futuristic visions over weighty bass. Taking it a little easier in "It's All Happening", a touch of jazz crops up here and there in-between electro bass rips and a minimal anti-drop chorus. "Away From The Light" ramps up the menace again for a swansong of dark electric and lightning-bright flashes of warped synths.
Review: "Do You Feel The Same" rampages onto the scene with an intense blast of syncopation and darkness, before moving into a more impressionistic sound - and then back again with a militant onslaught. "All We Can Do" offers up less of a rampage and provides a relentless push instead, taking apocalyptic sound-bites and minimal tones that creates something only nightmares are made of. "Too Broke To Get It" is the release's lighter touch, still tinted with danger through hints of a howling basslines, however brighter musicality shines through in an old school fashion. It's a shapeshifter. Do not miss this release. You need it.
Review: Some things go together - Salt & Pepper, Fish & Chips, and so do long term collaborators Lyn & Kemo, whose sounds complement each other so much that they almost complete one another. Well, luckily for us, the pair have teamed up again on the first track of this release on Warm Communications; "Dive Deep In" is a moody, meditative piece with oriental sitar adding a dash of exoticism to the dubbed out soundscape, replete with Kemo's eerie, ominous vocals. It's a crazy, experimental piece of brilliance. Accompanying this is "Shadowlands" which sees Lynx partner with Hellrazor for another deep cut with rolling bass, punchy breaks and dribbling melodies a-plenty.