Review: A celebration of sound system culture is the prevailing theme throughout London duo Overmono's new EP on XL - their seventh release thus far for the esteemed UK label. Inspired by the nostalgic feelings conjured up by old mix tapes recorded in their youth, Cash Romantic sees the Russell brothers (aka Tessela & Truss) combine elements of breakbeat, dub, garage and ambient. "After listening to some of these old tapes, we wrote this record and realised our heads are still pretty much in the same space as when we were kids."
Review: Joy Orbison returns to XL Recordings for the first time since the release of his critically acclaimed, and deliciously difficult to describe, debut album Still Slipping. Whereas that was constructed as a mixtape and showcased his influences and inspirations as much as his signature style (in other words, it wasn't a set of straight-up peak-time bangers), this two-tracker sees the long-serving UK producer refocus on the dancefloor. First up is 'Pinky Ring', an atmospheric and quietly dreamy chunk of post-two-step UK garage rich in gnarly, mutilated bass, cut-up vocal snippets, punchy drums and woozy chords. 'Red Valve7' meanwhile, opens with intergalactic ambient sounds before warping into a far0sighted, dubstep-influenced UK techno number peppered with minor-key electronics, moody chords and warped electronic bass.