Review: Riddim Punks is dropping an album on Nice Up and the results are distinctly impressive. The features they've managed to bring in particular, as Rider Shafique, the Ragga Twins, Eva Lazarus, Chronixx and P Money all get in on the fun. There's a moody intro track from Rider Shafique which sets the tone, before a wickedly wobbling number - 'London Is Burning feat. King Ali Baba - gets things underway. For those who love things heavy, 'Calypso' feat. Navigator and Scorpio MC is a stepping jump up number, whilst the dream duo of Chronixx and P Money lay down the fire on 'Sell My Gun'. This album is tight, fuelled by the sounds of the U.K. underground and totally unmissable.
Review: The fifth installment on the only underground label to make facial hair cool comes from its owner. Working with Gucci, another doyen of basement parties, David Vunk drops "Cold As Ice". Clocking in at nearly ten minutes, this tearing, bass-led track moves from icy synths into abrasive acid as a ponderous vocal interrupts occasionally. The other two tracks aren't quite as grandiose, but they are just as effective. "Medication Time" sees snares crash and drums flail relentlessly, while "Dikke Pep" involves the pair taking the listener on a journey through The Hague's sewers, accompanied by chilling rave stabs and percussion so sharp it could take your ears off.
Review: There are a few certainties in life, with a recent addition being that Strictly House And Garage will always find a way to keep their UKG pumping as Jay Ward lands for a top notch four track display. We begin with the throwback vocal sampling and groovy chord plucks of 'Won't Give You Up', which sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the EP, followed by the lofi drum processing and sweeping organ textures of 'It Would Be'. From here, the intensity of the groove is raised as 'Music Is Moving' unleashes some heavily syncopated drum expressions, alongside more nostalgic vocal slicing, before the more intricate percussive expressions of 'Need You So' signs us out with a bang. Exceptional work as per!
Review: Latch Recordings return with their first release this side of the rona and they're making up for lost time with two absolute bruisers from new duo Neman. Hot on the heels of their Pick N Mix release last month they bring two more sledgehammers: 'Exist' is a robust battering ram of a track with three different basslines all tightly woven to tease with Q&A charm over the wide load kick drums while 'Music' hits with a little more symphonic drama on the build before diving headfirst into another cascade of bass textures and a whole barrel of details. More of this please chaps.
Review: Amotik rose to prominence with a series of Eps and an album on his own imprint, and it wasn't long before his linear, hypnotic tracks caught Ellen Allien's attention. Daya, his debut release on Bpitch Control, sees him serve up more of the same crafty dance floor music. There's the title track's dense, tribal drums, while on "Aage", a similar approach is audible, as the Berlin artist drops a linear dance rhythm. On "Peeche", Amotik adds some chilling chords to his heads-down sound, while he changes tact on "Baya", where atmospheric synths swirl over a more gentle but still dance floor focused track.