Review: These days it's honestly quite rare we find an Infernal Sounds drop we aren't crazy for, with this latest helping from the on-form Fiend being another corker of a four tracker. We kick off our look through this one with a dive into the little track 'Emeralds', a moody roller, driven by sweeping chords and a fantastic use of reverberated space. Next, the more industrial drum sounds and unpredictable bass movements of 'Solar' pack a real punch before Bukkha does the business on a very well thought out rework of 'Emeralds'. Finally, the fluttering woodwind lines and pulsating LFO designs of 'Omen' put a final gloss of class across the whole project!
Review: Hailing from Brooklyn, My Best Fiend aren't the first New York band to sig to esteemed label Warp - their friends The Hundred In The Hands are the most recent - but they do inhabit a hazy, dreamlike world of their own. "Higher Palms" serves as a taster for their forthcoming album. The track has echoes of US folk and country, but set in the kind of twilight gothic space the Cocteau Twins inhabit, with the scale of classic shoegaze. A remix is provided by highly touted beatsmith Young Montana, who transforms the track into a spiralling combination of Boards of Canada style melodies and beats that wouldn't be out of place on a Brainfeeder record.
Review: Ruffneck Ting has been a prominent name in jungle for the over 20 years, starting life as a night in Bristol in 1993 before morphing into a label in recent years. So it's fair to say these guys know good jungle and, if they put out an extra large EP, we should be listening. Standing out as one of the highlights is 'Buju' with it's slow, low sub. We're also feeling 'Bad Boys' which blends tight, rolling amens with weird sci-fi synths and shorts shots of dirty bass, perfect for the dance. The title track 'Untouchable' combines classic claps, and lasers, with more modern effects and a killer bouncing base.
Review: Thou shalt covet thine mysterious Fiend as he steps up to Dubtribu with his debut album Seven Deadly Dubs. Digging deep into the roots of dubstep and what the dynamics truly mean, each track takes us back to the earliest incarnations of the genre with pensive, meditative weight, flow and arrangements. Highlights include the soft-but-firm doubled kick pummels of "Chernobyl", the organic drum rattles and weaves of "Devil's Lettuce", the pneumatic mechanical drum funk of "Wrath" and the deep space soul of "Venus". Thou shalt not sleep on this.