Review: A rowdy hook up between Swiss producer Bashboomb and Italian Balkan band Radiozastava results in this lovely new release from Young NRG, which sees clarinet hooks go toe-to-toe with acapella loops of Rakim on "Anastasia", billowing brass resting over sampled funk breaks on "Good Elevators" and jacking deep house getting a dubby klezmer treatment on the excellent "Minkien".
Review: Winner of Best New DJ at Breakspoll this year, Chamber's clearly on his way to a pretty outstanding 2011. "XXL" only confirms that - an enormous tune that not only packs the mix with winding, distorted synths that'll get your blood pumping immediately, it also has one of the most effortless tempo drops we've heard for a long while. Bumping down to 100bpm makes it a stand out, and the inevitable climb back up to full speed is an equally genius moment too. Combined with the electroid stomper "Snake Style" on the flipside, this single on Young NRG comes highly rated indeed.
Review: Is this breakbeat? Is this psy-trance? Both... It's a flipping great record that will resonate with DJs from all corners of the dance. "Antartik" is all about the acid: layers and layers of the stuff, interweaving over a steady series of swaying, splashing beats and deep bulbous bass. Rolling with heady depths, it's one of those tunes that envelop you for its entirety and, as it ends, you wonder where you've been for the last five minutes. Bona fide journey business.
Review: While the lion's share of Young NRG Productions' output tastes of fruity-funk and primed party pieces, there's a darker side to the Italian label's output. And, nine times out of ten, it comes directly from the twisted minds of Damage Breaks. Their version of "AVP" is like a slowed down Concorde Dawn record, or Ils meets Ed 209 down a dark alley. Meanwhile, Stex's version is rounder, chubbier affair but, thanks to farting filter on the bass melody it still creates major screwfaces whenever dropped. Big.