Review: Grid Recordings have been on an absolute tear the past year or so, with everything that comes through their doors sounding slick and firmly on the pulse of D&B in 2019. This time around it's a compilation featuring some of their most reliable producers, who, characteristically, have come through in a big way. Jayline & Macpherson's 'Look & Listen' is a spacious, atmospheric creeper than packs a serious punch, one that emerges through a soundscape of celestial tones. Nick The Lot definitely has one of the standout tunes with 'This Planet', keeping up the space theme and also keeping up the trend of twisting, expansive basslines that ripple with energy - proper roller this. KY's 'Dreams' is in the same vein and even more futuristic and techy, which shows that Grid can do things in all styles. Head Nodders indeed.
Review: If you're in the mood for some muscular sweatiness laden with mind-altering electronics, jacking drums and trippy effects, this EP of "Acid Tools" from Leeds lads PBR Streetgang should be right up your alley. They begin by wrapping Syclops style acid riffs and echoing vocal snippets under a titanium-tough beat on "Ron (Full Fat)", before stripping the track back to its TB-303 driven skeleton on "Ron (Half Fat)". Deeper and even more trippy thrills are provided via the squidgy acid bass, effects-laden spoken word samples and heady late night vibes of "Ron (Longhair Remix)", while "Ron (Semi-Skimmed)" is an excitement and energy filled drum machine jack-track for DJs who like to get inventive in the mix.
Review: Nick The Lot is definitely one of the most promising producers over on the jump-up side of the scene, with a load of releases on Grid that have been blowing people's socks off. This time though he's on Zombie Recordings with a deadly six-tracker, and if you love a good foghorn as much as we do, then this release will definitely tick your boxes. Final track 'Origin' is wicked just for its rhythmic diversity, with stuttering drum breaks all over the shop and grating, satisfying basses filling in the gaps. The title track is another highlight, as is 'Manners'. Overall, very sick stuff from Nick here.
Review: Wow, what a combination of artists this is. The grime tones of D Double E and the production credentials of Watch The Ride, featuring the additional production skills of - take a deep breath - DJ Die, Dismantle and DJ Randall. The latter of these is news in itself, as Randall rarely jumps on the production train anymore. What a tune they've all made as well, as D Double E sits perfectly above a rattling, rolling 170bpm percussive line, a funky double bass provides thee energy and the whole package ticks along very nicely. It's wicked to see Diemantle making rollers as well, yet another rarity in this unique single. Pick it up.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are. 'Binary Codes' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. All the other tunes on this release are in the same vein, and 'Vendetta' smacks of old school Sub Zero with its stabby approach to crafting basses. This is a solid release from two producers who have been on the up recently, with a special shoutout to Jeopardize for killing it once more, and to the G13 crew.
Review: The fifth Future Primitive release, Babylon Paralysis, sees the label work with an all-time favourite UK techno artist Steve O'Sullivan. A reissue of a classic slab of late '90s Bluetrain material from Steve in the shape of "Congo Shuffle", which originally surfaced as an untitled track on the timeless Echo Freaks 12". Newly extended and edited by O'Sullivan, "Congo Shuffle" has been lavishly cut at the Exchange giving new life to this bottom feeding monster.
Elsewhere on the EP, Steve blesses us with two brand new productions continuing the sub-heavy theme. "Invisible Guest" steps away from the straight up 4/4 productions nailed in recent years in favour of a stealthy broken dub approach that wouldn't be out of place on go-to Bristol label Idle Hands. "Paralyzed Dub" is both the inspiration for the release title and another classic demonstration of Steve's ability to stun listeners with very few elements. Play loud.