Review: Bomb Strikes continue their quite frankly untouchable run with this latest release as they unveil the fourth edition of their 'Bass Funk' compilation series, showcasing some of the most forward thinking bass music about right now. As a compilation, it covers a lot of ground, from the tearout D&B stylings of Featurecast's 'Trigger Finger', to the futuristic post dubstep designs of 'Flexx' from Stylust. Other highlights for us include Kenny Beeper with his groove-infused scratch masterpiece 'Crown Jewels', the long awaited 'Back To The Flow VIP' from Krafty Kuts and of course, Champion's high profile appearance alongside the unmistakable vocal presence of Dread MC on 'One Time'.
Review: To date, Dekmantel's Anniversary Series of singles has proved to be something of a hit, delivering high quality deep house, acid and techno from such formidable talents as Hunee, Juju & Jordash, Skudge and Lone. Predictably, this fifth instalment is just as impressive as its predecessors, offering wildly contrasting fare from Redshape and Fudge Fingas. While the latter's fluid, loose, jazz-flecked "Light In My Life" impresses greatly, it's Redshape who wins the day. His "Flexx" is unashamedly powerful - a sweaty, percussive roller full of shuffling military drums, stargazing techno melodies, foreboding strings and booming bassline pressure. It's arguably his best for sometime.
Review: Jeals comes from 'Poland via the USA' according to Lobster Theremin, but as Flux demonstrates, his sound encompasses many strands. Opening track "W Scape" is a dreamy ambient affair, while "What It's All About" sees him deliver a delightful oddball house affair, combing the London label's in-house jerkiness with some early Dan Curtin-style jazz influences. On "Gentle Chain", Jeals moves into warm, downtempo electro, but picks up the pace again for the US house of "Flexx". Rounding off what is a deeply impressive debut release is "Up There", where the newcomer combines blips and frequency tones with crashing claps and a jerky rhythm.