Review: Latch Recordings have really smashed this one out of the park, and it's courtesy of Tribal. If you like your music dark and rolling, this is the release for you, especially if you like your drums crisp, pointed and full of force. The percussion on this release might be the highlight and that's evident on 'Sparkle', which has such a wickedly driving collection of hits and knocks that we're getting a bit hot and sweaty under the collar. 'The Call' is similar and takes you on a rough and tumble journey through sonics that are unpolished in the best way possible. Banging.
Review: Strut's archival remit remains as international as ever, with their latest compilation squaring the focus on late '70s Hawaii on the delightful Aloha Got Soul: Soul AOR & Disco In Hawai'i 1979-1985. Across the backdrop of societal change on the island (statehood into America in '59 and the Vietnam War) Hawaiian youth found inspiration in the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and later Earth Wind & Fire leading to a truly vibrant scene by the mid-'70s. It's after this where Strut pick up the story, bringing together a glorious 16 track collection that spans the genres and suggests Hawaii to be a most fertile location for music during this era. Do take some time to check the detailed sleeve notes from Aloha Got Soul's Roger Bong which offer further context for the music!
Sunburnt In Malaysia (feat LYFLYK) - (4:13) 57 BPM
Review: Aussie drum & bass prince Royalston has been reigning supreme for more than a hot minute now. Promoted from casual banger-slinger to premiership pro with his accomplished debut album OCD in 2013, he's developed his unique fusion once again with this equally spotless sophomore. Ranging from out-and-out stompers such as the wily intro "Ask Me" to the spiky, iced out Beta-style electro jungle-juke of "Black Mamba", teeth-baring/star-gazing cosmic jungle such as "XOR" and the blissed out halftime pop of "Undone", People On The Ground is the sound of an artist both flexing and refining his sound. Smelting sounds and styles in a way that few artist are right now (the closest comparison would be Rockwell), Royalston will soon be promoted from prince to king... Bow down while you chow down.
Review: The third instalment of Hotflush's compilation series drops and it's a seven year flashback to the label's most fractured, far-minded roots as Scuba's label explores their foundations on the fringes of bass and left sided echelons of dubstep. Cuts like Jamie Vex'd's almost p-funk level of bullishness on "Twitch", the loose jazz drums of Elemental's "Sparkle", even looser jazz horns of Jazzsteppa's still-filthy "Two" and Si Begg's baggy, bulbous rhythm on "Angel" represent Hotflush's consistent surges past the very forefront of the once-burgeoning genre, joining the dots and helping make sense of the stern techno cityscapes the label constructs today.