Review: With 30 tracks to choose, there's no faulting the value for money on offer with this latest Salsoul collection, but a note of caution should perhaps be sounded: if you've only just discovered Salsoul and are doing some exploring, then this isn't the best collection to start with, because most of the label's best-loved tunes already featured on Volume 1, back in 2017. That potential commercial weakness is also, however, the album's greatest strength, because it's the more obscure cuts that will be of most interest to long-term fans... and there are plenty of both! With a mixture of ACTUAL original mixes plus a few contemporary rerubs from the likes of Dave Lee and Danny Krivit, this is a worthwhile and rewarding addition to the ever-growing roster of Salsoul comps.
Review: Trailblazing a pathway into new fields of experimental jazz, Afro-futurism and dub to broken beats, rhythmic noise and exotic, leftfield techno, the Miles Davis referencing label (On The Corner) celebrates its tenth various artist compilation with Door To The Cosmos. As the label explains, its sound references the source; be it Detroit, UK bass culture, New Orleans or the Niger delta. Inspired furthermore by Sun Ra's infamous chant 'dare to knock at the door to the cosmos' you'll find the likes of Afrikan Sciences remixing the Collocutor ensemble to some super dubby UKG house tracks from Uffe. Jose Marquez throws down his funky strides in the rhode-laden "La Negra Lorenza" with JD Twitch slowing down the space time continuum in his warped ragtime experimental number "Agyapong". Find your percussive future techno in Babani Soundsystem's glitched "Touni Minwi" to some psychoacoustic dub outta Khalab with his track "Sorry". Here's the door, you just gotta walk through it!
Beware Of The Dragon (original mix) - (4:45) 58 BPM
Bad Girls (original mix) - (5:29) 175 BPM
Class Of 98 (remix) - (4:01) 175 BPM
Heaven (original mix) - (4:45) 175 BPM
The Bass Brother (original mix) - (5:07) 175 BPM
To Me (original mix) - (4:46) 175 BPM
Review: Kevlar Beats is named after the famous body armour and it's an apt label title for this EP from DJ Uniques, which to a track is tough, strong and built to withstand a night of battering. The breaks are furious, the basses and heavy and there's a strand of UK urban culture through reggae sampling and the like, it's a proper UK club release and we're loving it. 'The Bass Brother' is the highlight, a gorgeously heavy number with a perfect set of clattering drums that tumble over one another in their haste to hit you in the face. It exemplifies why this is such a sick EP - big ups to DJ Uniques.
Incidents & CoCo Fly & Pressure & Tati & JR The Hustler & Thee Official Fire & Sweet Nana Rose & Crystal Davis & Jammin James Carter & Brennan Lowe & Euro Barbie - "Community Freestyle Beat" - (2:30) 97 BPM
TATi - "What's My Name T-a-T-I" - (2:47) 69 BPM
Incidents - "What You Mean Im A Dog" (feat Dave's Dog) - (2:43) 82 BPM
Incidents - "This Is What They Call G-Funk" - (3:43) 120 BPM