Review: Peter Van Hoesen has been making forward-facing techno for the best part of two decades, and Westbrook Bay is the latest. worthy addition to his catalogue. From the glitchy, moody soundscapes on the title track, Van Hoesen moves into the more familiar warehouse sound he is known for on the lithe "Allocators". "Leaning" is of a similar nature, with snappy percussion and sub-aquatic sound effects underpinned by deft drum programming, while "Consider The Source" sees him move towards a more peak-time approach, led by steely rhythms. However, the experimental approach continues on "Waving Not Drowning", with Van Hoesen dropping a dark, dense break beat track.
Review: Having navigated the scene since 2014 thanks to records through Correspondent, Obscura and Ellum Audio to Afterlife and Kompakt, Italian trio Agents Of Time follow up their Midnight Drive In Santiago EP with Prince Of The Stars. It sees the group welcomed onto Guy Gerber's Rumors label that so far counts Seth Troxler, Dixon, Miss Kitten and Puff Daddy as some of its crew. For a slow burning balearic number look to the acidish basslines of "Jimmy The Jester" to get you started with some more uplifting tones to match in the uptempo feels of "Mud Battles". There's some broken beat and melodic trance to be found in the lead track next to a garage-like framework in "The King Of Our Days" and a sublime house number, "Rise To The Power".
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.