Review: Project Allout Records drops another filthy bunch of quasi-garage cuts from none other than The Colonel himself. Ranging from psychotic UK bass nastiness to dubby four-to-the-floor fare, this EP is strictly built for the dancefloor. Each tune has something to say about this man's qualities behind the desk, but our top pick has to be the title track; a refreshing twist of shuffling percussion and weighty low-end make it simply irresistible to shake your stuff to. Big!
Review: Lucian O'Neill aka The Colonel lands firmly upright on the excellent In:Flux Audio with a bunch of hybrid tracks spanning pretty much every UK genre to date. "Bad To The Bone", for instance, is a break-ridden, trombone-led piece of two-step magic, while "Where Are We going?" is a wobbly slice of UK garage surrounded by sci-fi melodies, and "Confused Face" takes grime and spins it around its neck to create a veritable slice of electronic fusion. A similar in-out through dubstep, grim and garage is reserved for "No We Don't" and the excellent "Dem Ah Holla" featuring JPoet on the ones and twos. This stuff's red hot, check it!
Review: Given Opolopo's impressive track record over the last decade check his releases on Especial Records, Local Talk, Swedish Brandy and Sick Trumpet for proof. You'd expect this outing on Z Records to be rather tasty and of course it is, with Colonel Red collaboration "The Best" delivering a killer chunk of house-tinged contemporary electrofunk. Full of vintage-sounding synths, classic percussion touches, clipped guitars and wonderful vocals, it's a soulful delight. "Get On Up" is almost as good, offering up a breezy blend of piano house, undulating synth bass and late '80s US garage flourishes. It's the sound of summer - for those enjoy their music warm, positive, synth-heavy and soulful, at least.
Review: Ever since the early days of the West London broken beat scene, vocalist and producer Colonel Red has been delivering killer chunks of distinctively British dancefloor soul. Wireless Soldiers, his fourth album and first since 2011, continues this impressive track record, delivering a set of songs rich in electrofunk synths, jazz-funk flourishes, modern soul sassiness and beats reminiscent of the Halcyon days of IG Culture, Mark De Clive-Lowe and Bugz in the Attic. Whether targeting the dancefloor or rolling out more considered, sofa-friendly moments, the good Colonel's productions consistently hit the spot, with his incredibly emotion-rich vocals providing a constant source of inspiration.
Right Stuff (feat Need For Mirrors) - (5:00) 174 BPM
Let It Rain (feat DRS) - (4:53) 174 BPM
Feel The Need (feat Colonel Red) - (5:01) 66 BPM
Lazybones (feat Lenzman) - (5:15) 174 BPM
Tears (instrumental) - (5:18) 174 BPM
Let It Rain (instrumental) - (4:52) 174 BPM
Review: For this one, drum and bass revelations Zero T and Unitsouled join forces on a smooth, liquified composition entitled 'Baby Grand'. The guys at The North Quarter have struck gold with this one as luscious chords are dual wielded with precisely layered subs to form a perfect high energy harmony.