Review: Throwing down an assortment is skating house, garage and two-stepping references, housier and hip hop sentimentalities dance in crescendo with the footworking brilliance of G Panic's cross-pollination of style. Find all of this for example in "Subsonic" and "SummerTimeAnthem" to the skitworthy, R&B sampling "SNAX" - a slightly obscure left field dance track to cap off the EP. For something dubbier and Burial-esque check out "Be On My Side" with "The Eyes Of India" throwing together another stylistic concoction of genres all made to fit a frenetic grooves of 160bpm. Don't Panic!
Review: So it would appear that Zip Sound Recordings have landed on a slab of gold with this one as they unveil a chunky two track steppers selection from Royal Panic. Firstly, we dive headfirst into the grizzly bass synthesizers and ticking melodies of the title track 'God Shot', which kicks the EP off with a high dosage of energy. On the flipside, we then dive into the gnarly overtones and warbling bass designs of 'Shadow People', a crunchy, dungeon ready roller, perfectly summarizing the deep dubstep sound of 2019. What a way to round the year off for the Zip Sound team!
Review: A supremely cool sampler from nu-soul label Bitches Brew that features a wealth of different talents coming together to make some sweet and smooth treats. Opener Jam features MC Chickaboo (Soul 2 Soul, Goldie, Timo Maas) on the vocals and Attica Blues' Charlie Dark on the remix, turning it into a lowdown "dubstrumental" complete with rollicking drums and some seriously squelchy bass. Jinadu's Natural Thing gets remixed by broken beat hero Domu and it's a typically enthralling workout of crisp jazzy drums and beautiful floating melodies placed delicately on top. Label founder Cosmo weighs in with the gorgeous Mistaken, done under her Ch'i alias and with vocalist Billie Godfrey up front on the mic, turning in a deliciously melancholy yet powerful vocal, backed up with some Roy Ayres-style vibes action for good measure. The Broken mix of Jinadu's Turning The Tide is another revelation, mixing up Rhodes stabs and some precision beats along with a vocal that bores it's way into your memory bank after a couple of listens.
Two standout cover versions round off this excellent compilation - Bamba take on Linda Williams' jazz-funk classic Elevate Your Mind and also turn in a Latin-flavoured version of Stevie Wonder's The Real Thing. Both of them are faithful and clearly done with a lot of reverence to the originals - a testament to a label that has soul running through it's veins as this collection shows.