Review: It's a refreshing change to hear a bootleg mash-up that eschews the familiar in favour of something a little different. That's certainly the case with "Trouble In The Streets", which sidesteps the familiar funk breaks staples - obvious rap acapellas, overused breaks, well-worn party records - in favour of a dextrous, loose-limbed combo of classic jazz-dance (the groove from St Germain's "Rose Rouge"), dancehall vocal stabs, subtle breaks and elastic bass. "Ya Playin", meanwhile, gives an authentically old skool rub to a familiar hip-hop staple, re-casting it as a boom-bap mix of head-nodding beats and lazy horns.
Review: Despite being renowned as a heady bass label, Slime have a softer side too and here they have taken a chance on serial guest vocalist Lauren Neko. Now with a solo platform of her own, Neko gets the chance to fully shine. "Moments Like This" is a beguiling slice of hazy garage pop with lashings of soft and shimmering instrumentation that allows her silky vocals come to the fore. However the real fun to be had is on Bad Habits' remix which transports us to Ayia Napa circa 2000 for some B-15 Project-style 2-step action.
Review: Having originally got everyone's attention some years back with his Pink Floyd mash-up LP Orange Side Of the Moon, Neko Neko has taken a relaxed approach to releases ever since. We've not heard much from him in the last few years, but that's all going to change with the arrival of new long player, Between Two Cities. This release only hints at what to expect, but judging from the dreamy, harp-laden, jazz-hop vibes of "Where", it's gonna be a belter. Also we get a snappier, electro-hop version by Fulgeance and a piano-led melancholic disco interpretation by Claude too!
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.