Review: Boom! The first BIG drum & bass album of the decade has landed... Ray Keith's long, long, long-awaited album. His first since 2012's I Am Renegade, he's making up for lost time with 31 tracks that cover his entire style and comprise collaborations with likes of DRS and Reprise. As always, Keith covers the board and showcases the true breadth and range of the genre. From the absolute slaughter jams such as "Darth Dred", "Master Assassin" and "I'm A Souljah" to classy sample-based ultrafunkular sweetness ("Don't Look Any Further") and proper songwriting and real heartfelt vibes and sentiments from the bottom of his pioneer's heart such "You're My Angel". The full range, the full flavour, the wait has been worth it.
Review: With a midwest sound of punk guitars, indie rhythms and post rock taking precedence over the experimental and leftfield nature of Yves Tumor's 2016 Serpent album, tracks on Heaven To A Tortured Mind have been described by the New Yorker as "sonically defiant as they are destructive." It presents the artist with a second album for Warp following 2018's Safe In The Hands Of Love LP and brings to mind music from the Mars Volta and The Neptunes across its first half. Come to tracks like "Folie Imposee", "Strawberry Privilege" and "Asteroid Blues" you'll find classic strands of new wave guitars and acoustic drum graced by contemporary touches of emo pop and R&B that culminate in the sensualistic album closer "A Greater Love".
Review: 'Freaks and Beaks' is the fourth album from Dirtybird head honcho Claude VonStroke. Taking inspiration from the sense of humor shared between him and label partner Justin Martin, a love of experimentation with everything from hardware and modular synthesis to iPhone apps, and embracing genres as wide as ghetto tech, drum 'n' bass, hip-hop and breaks - together with his idiosyncratic style of minimal tech house. This is VonStroke's love letter to vibrancy and genre diversity. From the bass-driven acid jack of "Freaks Don't Fail Me Now", the trippy afterhours reductions of "Flubblebuddy" or "Youngblood (ft. Wyatt Marshall) to the influence of Bristol's similarly low-end driven sound as heard on "These Notes In Order" or for something different there's even a bit of blissed-out electronica - as heard on the evocative closer "Alpine Arpline".
Review: First released on vinyl in 2017 as "Bonus Blurps", this tidy EP offers up a range of Gnork tracks, plus the Hungarian producer's wonderfully warm and melodious retro-futurist deep house remix of Schmidt Trigger's "Bethesda Bison" and two spacey ambient revisions of his work by Luv Jam. Highlights are plentiful, from the bass-heavy bounce of hybrid electro/deep house number "Sexxx In Space" and the bleeping bliss of "Planet EE 1 4 (Gnork's Secret Unreleased Mix)", to the hazy, dubbed-out hypnotism of early morning treat "Wat (Gnork's Secret Unreleased 4 Mix)".