Review: St Louis' finest Andrew Rasse aka Butane is a veteran of the minimal techno scene, who should require no introduction. Having released on some top labels over the last decade not limited to Crosstown Rebels, DeePerfect and Hottrax in addition to running the alphahouse and Little Helpers imprints, he returns to ever reliable Aussie imprint Balance Music. This one is with Extrasketch alumnus Italian Riko Forinson again, on the La Natura EP. From the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Status Quo", to the pumping euphoria of "Rain Dance" which shows off their penchant for well executed melodic techno, and the lean afterhours bounce of "Repair" - here's a surefire set of summertime grooves for any occasion.
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Akuma by Teej and featuring Jappa, Disrupta and Riko Dan continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Akuma' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. 'War Cry' takes things more rolling with a wicked, snapping snare and a wobbling wall of sine basses to back it up, bringing a lovely clean feeling that's also on '16 Speakers'. Wicked.
Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: Across multiple genres of UK underground music, Riko Dan is already solidified as one of the vocal legends. He is also known to step outside the 140 box and work alongside unusual production to create some truly phenomenal work. His brand new EP has been released through Tectonic and is a homage to his vocal versatility, be it the rapid fire patois voicings upon 'Vibration', the slower more dancehall inspired lyrics on 'Slap It Up' or even the uber grimey flows on the title track 'Hard Food'. Along with these we are also blessed with the techy arrangement of 'Hungry', the 8bit melodies of 'Alright Then' and a fantastic remix of 'Big Slug' from the ever creative production fingers of Walton.
Review: Lifted from his debut album Signals, Wen's fearsome collaboration with Riko Dan gets the remix treatment on Keysound by two heavy-hitting factions. Walton steps up first and brings the gutsy crossover rhythms, touching on taut 4/4 drum lines without forgetting about the importance of low-end presence and some deadly half step drops. Kahn & Neek meanwhile knock the track into a whole new ballpark, weaving a mysterious line in fluttering melodies that contrast with grimy string hooks, once again placing the pair far outside the rest of the pack. It's a track that manages to be sweet and deadly in equal measure, bolstered by some additional MC flex to truly make the track their own.
Review: Well this one has definitely been worth the wait as we see grime heavyweights Trends and Boylan team up with the London City Warlord himself: Riko Dan. Together they combine for an absolute monster by the name of 'Freddie Krueger'. Everyone involved plays their part perfectly, with Trends & Boyland supplying the electronic grit that Riko is able to layer fierce lyricism upon. As if this combo couldn't create something utterly explosive? This one also comes complete with a full radio edit and the instrumental to boot.