Review: White Peach continue putting out this quality AND QUANTITY of great music, then there's no telling where this imprint might land in the coming year. Most importantly, they're recruiting a selection of artists who really stand out from the crowd, and who have managed to solidify their own variation of bass music. Bristol's Sorrow is one such artist, and "Brawler" is precisely the sort of gnarly beat attack that we're always on the lookout for her at Juno HQ, which is proudly followed by the equally destructive wobbles of "Saw Manz Nan". "Skengman Tantrum" is a rolling, itchy sort of bass mutant, and "Fruitella" makes a little nod to the London grime scene, circa '03. Heavy.
Review: Sorrow makes a long-overdue return to Inspected with his first EP of the year and he's not left anything to chance. Taking every soul-arresting aspect of his work we've fallen in love with over the years - from the breath-taking ambience to more pumped clubbier beats - he's laid his whole soul to bare...Both "Reverie" and "Want U Back" shuffle and switch on pensive sci-fi UKG twists, "Frumoasa" touches on the Balearic with its shimmering guitar, "Sheol" reminds us of Sorrow's darker side with its tubular ruffage bass textures while "The Twelve" points us in the direction of triphop's most sumptuous mezzanine. Twelve out of ten.
Review: Back on L2S for his second EP, Sorrow goes on an all-out garage assault with these four new tunes, aimed somewhere between Todd Edwards, Burial and Rooflight. The beautiful swirling textures of "Reminiscence", the ambient 2-step jack of "False Sunrise" and the loose and floating samples that flow in and out of "Darth Sharenghis Parkrace" strongly mark Sorrow out as a producer with a fondness both for future garage beats but also deep and dubby arrangements that are utterly irresistible.
Review: Another excellent debut EP sourced by the future-garage heads at L2S, this time showcasing UK producer Sorrow who delivers four highly unique and absorbing tunes on the Existence EP. Dreamy textures and deep atmospheres collide with smartly-sequenced beats on both "Dante's Journey" and "Existence", while "Aesthetics" works up a slinky minimal half-step that's anchored to some brilliantly gliding bass notes. "Jacob's Ladder" rounds things off well with the deepest and most soul-touching tune in the set - a tune that's confident enough to leave long, beatless sections that really hypnotise you after the briefest of listens.
Review: Moody electronic outsider Sorrow returns on his own Shinigrim label with two new nuggets, a pair of masterfully executed garage twisters for the deeper sets. "Qualm" contains that glitchy drum pattern we all love so much, surrounded by mystical chords and a whole load of strangled bass, of course. "Iscariot" is deeper, dubbier, and reminiscent of early Hotflush Recordings material. Flashy.
Review: We're unsure what Sorrow is sad about but he could do with cheering up - he's responsible for launching his own grime label Shinigrim and it's six tracks of undiluted angular aggression. Solid, sordid sonics throughout; from the subverted breakbeat insanity of "Farce Riddim" to the more dramatic spliced-string shock-out of "Rate That Tune" via the ADD affected bubble bass on "Coffee Riddim", each cut is rough, ready and waiting for MCs to do their damage. Shinigrim couldn't have asked for a better launch release.
Review: Bristol-based bass enthusiast Sorrow has a reputation as a "moody electronic outsider", at least musically speaking. While this latest EP on his Shinigrim imprint is, predictably, more than a little on the baked side, the young producer mostly steers clear of pitch-black paranoia. Opener "Stockyards" boasts clean, punchy percussion and throbbing sub-bass, but feels breezy rather than stiflingly humid. The same could be said about the swinging, dub-wise "Projekts", while "Pirate Banter" makes great use of ricocheting dub samples and a booming, pitched-down soundsystem "riddim". Even "Arisen", with its' manipulated R&B vocal samples and foreboding bass drops, is relatively cheery.