Review: We all know by now what to expect when we see a brand new Om Unit release hit the shelves, and that is the unexpected. The Bristol based compositional guru is back at it here with a bag of new tricks as we begin our enjoyable trek through 'Violet' with the post junglistic drum flips and switches of 'Sleeping Dragon'. Next, we look at the expansive harmonic structures of 'City Lights' and the smooth sub pressures and sparse melodic landscapes of 'Shackup'. Finally, we take a turn down a more abstract route to finish the EP as 'Righteousness' appears, armed with a tonne of unusual synth energy and shimmering drum processing. A very concise project indeed.
Review: One of drum & bass's most influential artists, Photek's very much trod his own path musically and never been afraid to venture into new sonic territories. The last few years have seen a significant shift in his style and a defiant drop of tempo. Ku Palm is the fruit of his explorations as we writhe and wriggle through naked, stripped back rhythms that nod dutifully at trance, electro, dubstep and techno. There's still the sparse, fearless edge he's always been known for, it's just presented at the polar opposite of his scale. A deep, engrossing listen. Facepalm if you don't check out Ku Palm.
Review: After previously releasing 2016's OTR EP on Houndstooth, Manchester IDM producer Vester Koza will debut his first album titled Loader Mither. Rooted in British rave and club culture, the man behind Maslo Records surprises with his abstract and melodic style of electronica here - all mixed with a cheeky yet endearing northern colloqialisms ("mither", "mardy", "backsies"). Unlike his previous EPs where he first found his voice, this was conceived of and completed as a single project, and its coherence adds to its emotional kick.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Review: The horizontally-inclined duo Jim Breese and Chris Coco return with a second Balearic compilation to further expresses the indefinable spirit behind the movement. Some thirteen tracks and the DJ mix across the generous compilation that is beautifully hazy. From A Vision Of Panorama's Bergerac-style Jersey jaunt "Seaside Tune" to the slack Paqua bass twangs of Simon Peter's "Arc Of Lark" by way of the dreamy cloud funk of Horsebeach's "Midnight" and nylon string introspection of Dream Lovers' "Brasil", this lives up to its name in every possible way. Perfect timing.