Review: Man of the moment Sl8r returns to Bryan Gee's mighty Chronic with two more precision slabs of pure groove gold. "Heaven" lands just in time for the summer with its funk stabs, sensual vocal shot, slide guitar and sleazy bass while "Everything" turns up the sexy factor even more with classic house chords, full R&B style vocal and more snazzy ripples of slippery guitar business. Vibes.
Review: An enjoyable class of associated names and potential aliases make their way to the Dresden labels wholesome 50th release and brings with it a first sign of music from Break SL since 2014! Known for releases on Philpot before his time at UV, he delivers an uplifting number of pulsating arpeggios and ballroom synths. Credit 00 is on point as always throwing down a Detroit inspired number of laser synths, starry atmospheres and subby, acidic basslines. Qnete, still reeling from his 2018 LP on 777 Recordings, supplies a tripier, deep and subtle house number via "In Transit" while the still unknown Gnista and AGB serve up some traditional Deutsch EBM and dark electro between them both.
Review: Let us see your war face!! Just in case the "Ravey Misbehavey" collection on his Audio Addict imprint wasn't enough this week, DJ Hybrid has also blessed us with this killer "Jungle Wars" series edition. As always the vibes are high with each track rolling like a 10-strong trip to Holland. Highlights include the dancehall damage of Euphonique & Kelvin 373's sticky icky "Hot Spliff", Veak's rusty break gut-puncher "Nuff Respect" and the classic rave stabs and thundering drum work on DJ Hybrid's "Stand Up".
Review: It's time, once again, for Deep In The Jungle to cordially invite you to their cosy Murderation station. Home to four brutal killers, you might not leave alive.... But they promise the last thing you'll hear before you croak your last puff are the gulliest sounds imaginable. SL8R chops off our gun fingers and switches them to rifle fingers with his gut-melting groan bass and venomous breaks, Kid Mix-A-Lot gives us bless by 1000 skanks on the hip-slinking dubwise "Original Selectah" while Fokus takes us up to the highest of levels with the classic reggae vocal... Only to let us plummet back to earth with a ravished bump. Finally Jahnglist Bwoy picks up your broken pieces and puts you back together in the form of the rudeboy you actually wish you were. Dead good.
Review: SL8R aka Connor is one of Manchester's fastest rising 170 talents, a man with an eye for not funny posts on Facebook but also some seriously serious beats. Previously residing over on the darker, more neuro influenced side of the spectrum, he's recently been showing off a penchant for diversity and this single on V sub-label Chronic is a perfect exemplification of that. 'Digbeth Warehouse' is a classic set of Manny vibes and Manny attitudes, a no-nonsense roller that wobbles more than a groom on his wedding day and a track which seems certain to get heads nodding up and down the nation. The flip is of a similar yet slightly more restrained nature and, whilst unlikely to get pulses racing quite as fast, compliments the A-side well and shows off the evolution of SL8R's production prowess. Yes mate!
Review: Sl8r continues to dent the game from every angle with his debut EP on Chronic. Four tracks deep, it's an invasive trip into Roller County with all the jazzy touches, latent funk and warmth and grainy grit you'd expect from Bryan Gee's long-standing imprint. "Ruff Neck Cru" takes the lead (with RMS on side) as juicy subs ooze out of the speakers and drip all over the skippy breaks. Elsewhere "Astute" takes us on a rising escape above the cloud before the drop plunges us back down into earth so hard we'll be lucky to see next Christmas. "Immune" leaves all diplomacy at the door too thanks to its savage sandpaper funk bassline while "Alumni" closes the show on a proper creeper vibe. Think Need For Mirrors but with elements of Zapp & Rodgers and shed loads of bongos. Sci fi sleaze!
Review: Up and at 'em: SL8R makes his label debut on Vienna label Delta9 with four jittering drum jams. "No Fuss" lights the fire molten skitterish drums and a sinewy high voltage bass texture while "This Way Up" follows a similar rhythmic route but with added dramatic growls. Elsewhere we're stampeded with elephantine kicks and heaving Culture Shock-level bass groans before being brought to life by the finger-clicking, machine funk of "Elastik", a track that pings so hard you can feel the tremors from here to Groningen. Don't look down.