Review: It's always an enjoyable experience to see labels expanding further into their potential, which is exactly what Matt Jamm Lamont and Echelon's 'Undagrnd Freqz' is up to here with this fabulous three track thrill ride from Artifact entitled 'From Russia With Dubs'. We kick off our journey with the super groovy vocal chops and colourful drum skips of 'Won't Cry', which conjures up memories of JME's 'Tropical' instrumental album with it's unique pitching and bass tonality. The chunky kick punches of 'Touch Me' then follow with some proper nostalgic feelings, again manipulating a cool vocal line at every available opportunity, before 'Home Alone' moves in for a fantastic outro, switching up the rhythms into a more 2-step style shakedown.
Review: Having already marked himself out as a producer to keep an eye on with his EP for Deadplate early this year, Artifact moves to Local Action for another EP of swung UKG influenced techno. Two of these tracks are refined versions of tracks that have been in Local Action sets for the past few years; "Worn" combines a strong but lean rhythm with a wonky acid-tinged bassline, building up the drama with its rising strings to create a unique hybrid of techno and UKG, in the vein of Mosca's killer cuts for 3024, while "Turtle Fight" takes the acid theme full throttle with its combination of fierce squelch and rapidfire vocals. Finally, new track "Drain" combines the atmospherics and vocal trickery of early Joy Orbison with metallic, industrial percussion and warbling sub-bass.
Review: Having already delivered some attention-grabbing techy UKF bombs on Deadplate and Rebirth, Bristol's Ryan Bronfield now finds himself on esteemed imprint Some Think Sounds. In keeping with the label's style, "The Way It Do" is housier: deep and sensual without being boring, and full of quirky, off kilter percussive elements and effects. "We Trapped" is deeper and weirder: sounding like the wheels could fall off this disco bus at anytime, and all the more fun because of it. Damu also remixes the title track in a dark techno fashion that wouldn't be out of place in a vintage DJ Hell set.