Review: Conrad Subs has been teasing his next album over the last few weeks and finally it's here, courtesy of Nuusic, and boy what an LP it has turned out to be. Conrad Subs is very confident when it comes to constructing break beats and so it should come as no suprise that they make up a large part of Tides, to excellent effect. 'On a 90s Tip' is an especially potent track, with that classic rave piano sound driving an inch-perfect set of drums and a rolling reece bass. 'Obese' is yet more spectacular stepping sonics, whilst 'Little Vibey Thing' blends R&B vocal infuences with juddering drums and punchy, unforgetablly catchy bass stabs. It's a raw, gritty album and not one to be missed.
Review: Deep in the Jungle have emerged as arguably the biggest standout new jungle label in recent times and, off the back of their growing family of artists, they've decided to try and represent both where the label and the genre are in 2020. With artists from DJ Hybrid, to Conrad Subs and beyond, it's a statement of intent from the imprint. The music reflects that intention as well, with jungle sounds throughout but punctuated with that modern, sharper edge that we've come to expect from our newly revitalised scene. DJ Hybrid's 'On A Riddim' is the best example, as a punchy bass note streams out of a bedrock of clattering breaks, whilst we're seriously digging the rolling reece's of 'The Rhythm' by Conrad Subs. All of these are proper percys.
Review: The ever prolific Conrad Subs has an album coming on Nuusic and this sampler is the first glimpse we're seeing of what is certain to be a wicked longer player, especially when bearing in mind the diversity of style on this single. 'Little Vibey Thing' is seriously unique, with a beautifully soulful, modern hip-hop vocal sample that sits above a stabbing bassline and a funky, infectious drum line. This tune is certainly a vibey thing. 'Superior', on the other hand, is a straight jungle banger that doesn't let up from its rollicking amen breaks. Big.
Review: Rightly so, Paul Woolford sees his Special Request project stamped and approved by R&S with this fully sick Spectral Frequency EP. Lifting the title-track from the Zero Fucks compilation Woolford released last year, this insane banger of experimental jungle comes backed by a sidewinding beatless version in "Inverse Frequency". The EP sees two new numbers in the bassline driven bliss of "No Other Way To Say It" and the uplifting arpeggios of "Family Doggo" that offers some respite in techno from the bonafide mad breaks of "Spectral Frequency". Undeniably good. Tip!
Review: On this extensive compilation, Luke Standing's Blue Hour project gets the remix treatment from some of electronic music's most respected names. There's a booming bass take on "Axis Motive" by Answer Code Request, while Marcelus turns "Reference 97" into a dense rhythm track and Mark Broom serves up a big-room tribal take of "Common Ground". VC-118a drops an expansive electro version of "Introspective II", replete with a brooding bass and eerie synths, while on a deeper tip, there's Steffi's sublime remix of "Moments". Meanwhile, Substance's version of "Untitled", which fuses a nagging groove with razor-sharp percussion and eerie chords, is the collection's undisputed highlight.
Review: You heard it from Hud Mo himself: "Back at start of lockdown I decided I was gona release some music of mine that I'd just rediscovered, after thinking it was lost, n some that had appeared in radio rips / reddit / youtube etc that I continually get asked for but has never been available officially." Thanks to Warp, Big Booty Hiking Exhibition (B.B.H.E.) - a collection of Hudson Mohawke fan favourites - finds its way out of the ether and into an official 14-track release. Hud Mo's ever present hypercolour synths and twinkles remain with dusty beats, booming bass bins and distorted shards of redlining jazz, funk and hip hop sharp as ever. Our tips: "Spruce Illest Bumper" & "Tar".