Review: Having spent 14 years building up his reputation via releases on an impressive list of underground house and techno labels, Leeds lad Darius Syrossian has earned his shot at the big time. That chance comes via the mighty Hot Creations crew, who has decided to make this two tracker their first vinyl release of 2018. The real killer is A-side "Moxy", a bustling beast built around the kind of booming sub-bass pulses that were once a big feature of house and techno tracks created in the producer's home city. Combine these with Syrossian's rolling beats, foreboding stabs and a breakdown full of sharp beat edits and weird noises, and you have a proper peak-time beast on your hands.
Review: Wake up and bake up, Jungle Cakes are back in the kitchen with their prize dish range 'Welcome To The Jungle'. This time the guest chefs are none other than Dub Pistols who've been flexing all styles and sizes of breakbeat since the very beginning. Currently coming correct with 50 tracks, they cover the full range of D&B through their dubwise, reggae-roasted selection. From the steam engine skank-ups like Isaac Maya and Daddy Freddy's thundering 'Bring Dem' to Deekline & Ed Solo's instant sing-along smash-out 'Bam Bam' to the dancehall bashment of Selecta J Man's 'My Style', this isn't so much of a jungle welcoming but more of a full jungle takeover... And you'll never want to leave.
Review: Introducing some fresh, softly spoken and beat down sounds from new entity Kyyhky and the Made It To Friday label. Someone Will Love You Tonight sees a string of instrumental vignettes weaved together through a collage of summery, baerlic guitars and dusty MPC beats that pay homage to sweet, warm and melancholic hip hop blues. As if inspired by Flying Lotus' "Tea Leaf Dreaming", Someone Will Love You Tonight comes across the listener like a autumnal dream turned blue and blurry, with hazy highlights in the manga theme music of "80S Anime Gif", inspired piano melodies of "Final Quest" and the woozy waltz of "Nightwalking". Find more stringed and acoustic numbers in "Drawn In Snow", "Looking At The Night Sky Gives Me Hope" and "Sunset Type Beat". Kyyhky have arrived.