Review: One of the biggest D&B debut albums this summer lands not a moment too soon... Mollie Collins rise up the ranks has been nothing short of phenomenal. First as a DJ, then as a broadcaster, then label owner and now we're about to feel her full scope as a producer. 'Musicality' by name, musical by nature, over the course of 12 tracks Mollie writes a heartfelt love letter to drum & bass from its lighted, most euphoric ("Friends") to its grottiest and most powerful ("Right Behind You") and all shades in between... The sewer sound bassline of "Got You", the big wheel drama of "Sound Boy", the introspection of "Wondering", the list goes on. A highly accomplished debut.
African Head Charge - "Hold Some Version" - (3:33) 51 BPM
Dub Syndicate - "Early Mafia" - (4:41) 68 BPM
Review: This second instalment of Adrian Sherwood At The Controls is as highly anticipated as the first chapter, and perhaps boasting even more quality across its 16 masterful re-edits of 80s and 90s dub-infused classics. The texture is Sherwood through and through, with the producer bringing that inimitable On-U Sound flair to each and every production he touches. Here, we have mainly material from the 1980s, a fine blend of post-punk and dub that makes total sense together; the highlights and must-haves include Pankow's "Boys & Girls" from 1987, "Music & Science Madness" by the great Lee Scratch Perry from the same year, and 1990's "Hold Some Version" originally from African Head Charge. To be fair, though, you should just hit the old ALL button when opting for download.