Review: The idea that music should stay away from politics is flawed, and Break The Silence is one of the most convincing counter-arguments against this notion. Featuring unreleased tracks donated by a stellar cast of underground electronic music artists, the compilation seeks to raise funds for Campaign Zero, an initiative that campaigns against police violence in the US. With artists like Rob Hood, 4 Hero and Luke Slater all contributing to Break The Silence, the listener really is spoilt for choice while also supporting a great cause. However, the standouts come from Eddie Fowlkes and Jon Dixon, who both drop superb jazz-influenced house tracks.
Review: The days of deep dubstep ruling the 140bpm bracket are back again and boy are we glad. LSN is on Vantage UK for this superbly put-together four-tracker and its one certain to make your jimmies rumble and your pennies tumble, coming as it does form into broad archways of stunningly deep, loping tech. The title is appropriate, and the title tune is the standout, with stabbing 808s offering a sense of lift to its gorgeously lethargic yet stepping percussive overlay. There's torn and ripped low frequencies on 'Twin Dub', eerie textures on 'Rebirth' and wobbly creativity on 'Fun Guy Funk'. Wicked stuff.
Review: Cardini & Co. glance over the last few years of their discography over at Correspondant, serving up a finely curated selection of their trademark brand of dark disco on 'Collection Vol 1'. It features all the modern classics you could possibly need compiled in one package: from Gerd Janson's low slung remix of Yovav's "Caribbean Zen Mode", Julian Stetter's utterly mesmerising epic "Bushwick" and the neon-lit glory of Krystal Clear's reinterpretation of Terr's "Neuromancer" to more recent additions to the catalogue like Fideles' balearic tinged nu-disco groove "Brain Machine". Elsewhere, there are some proper anthems that couldn't possibly have been overlooked, such as Damon Jee's awe-inspiring "Charmaniac", Maceo Plex with the moody "Mutant Disco" (feat. Maars) and eclosing it out are label staples Red Axes with the very track which set them on course for success seven years ago - "Caminho De Dreyfus".
Review: Liondub International have a very important release out this week, as they pay tribute to Sugar Minott, who died exactly ten years ago this week. Tribute does exactly what its name would suggest, as a Liondub come out with eight remastered and remixed cuts from the singer himself. It's a touching piece of music that's matched by Minott's wonderfully smooth vocal talent, from the remastered version of legendary reggae cut 'Praise His Name' to the hard-hitting jungle VIP of 'Borderline' by Minott and Marcus Visionary. There's dub, reggae, jungle and drum & bass all wrapped up into one. Superb.
Review: Earlier in the year, San Francisco artist Computer Data made the leap to Lost Palms with what we believe is his strongest and most impactful EP to date. Happily, we can report that this speedy sequel is every bit as alluring, offering a slightly more spacey and far-sighted blend of tracks. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the ghostly and melancholic hypnotism of techno opener "Seele", and the revivalist deep acid house dreaminess of "Verloren", to the hazy lo-fi techno trip that is "Verlust". Redlined ambient cut "Gleis Veir" is a picturesque delight, too, while "Broken" is a breezy slab of melodic techno positivity.
Review: On this extensive compilation, Luke Standing's Blue Hour project gets the remix treatment from some of electronic music's most respected names. There's a booming bass take on "Axis Motive" by Answer Code Request, while Marcelus turns "Reference 97" into a dense rhythm track and Mark Broom serves up a big-room tribal take of "Common Ground". VC-118a drops an expansive electro version of "Introspective II", replete with a brooding bass and eerie synths, while on a deeper tip, there's Steffi's sublime remix of "Moments". Meanwhile, Substance's version of "Untitled", which fuses a nagging groove with razor-sharp percussion and eerie chords, is the collection's undisputed highlight.
Review: Good Street have landed somewhat of a gem with this one as they invite the collaborative forces of Jonny Megabyte and RT1MC inside for a six track bonanza, kicking off with the haunted, unpredictable flavours of the title track 'Rolled Notes & Anecdotes'. Next, 'SmokeOnItMon' sees Megabyte roll out solo for a melancholic piece of harmonic design, with 'Freestyle Heat' seeing the RT1MC returning for more rave-ready vocal work. Next, 'QVC Is My HBO' takes us down a somewhat euphoric road, before 'Hunstanton Warriors' takes us back down a gloomy alley of sound. Finally, Megabyte's solo outro on 'Falling In Love' sees out the project in style, glistening in colourful vibes from start to finish, lovely!
Review: Next up from Al Wootton, we see him unveil his latest LP, showcasing his eccentric yet delicate approach to bass music down to an absolute t. We kick off with a look at 'Come Close', which gives the classic dancehall triplet rhythm an electronic update, before the warbling synthesizer throws and minimal drum clicks of the title track 'Witness' arrive in style. Next, 'Gloamer' combines bouncy drum patterns with reverberated atmospheric pressure to deliver a spacey experience, followed by the sub-busting basslines and nostalgic chord flexes of 'Over' alongside the high tempo drum expressions of 'Sema'. From here we then take in the meditative delays and pounding rhythms of 'A Clean Heart' followed by the darkened breakbeat rolls of 'Starlite Xpress' before finishing up with the groovy rhythmic twists of 'Cephas'. What a project this is!
Review: Channelling the futuristic, retroactive and electro inspirations of a neon lit, sci-fi movie score, Philthtrax turns in a fresh batch of electro numbers to soundtrack your next apocalyptic escape from New York. Championed most by the sounds of Iteration Corporation's "Nonconvex Isohedral Polyhedron" Drexciya and Dopplereffekt influences grace this compilation through the likes of Dpcld's "Monorail", Cherriep's "Da Bass (feat Letryp)" to the tougher, contemporary sounds of Cryogenetic's "Feel Da Groove". Harder still can be found in "People Enter Music" with its wormholing phaser effects alongside the rough distortion of Ghostwhip's "Boom & Dust". Get Stripped backed with Go Nuclear's "Bass Frontier" and year 3000 funk with Buen Clima "AAO". Quality controlled!
Review: Bomb Strikes are back at it again with more explosive behaviour here as they continue their thoroughly enjoyable run of releases, welcoming two original smashes from Lack Jemmon. We kick off our look into this release with 'Don't Stop', which takes its place as title track for a reason as we are engulfed in a wash of sumptuous eastern melodic plucks and big room drum snaps, giving us a worldly level of production. On the flip side we take in 'I'm A Boss', another eastern inspired piece when it comes to melodic structure, this time using tooting saxophone lines over blippy drum expressions and well placed vocal samples to round the project off with a bang.
Review: Krafty Kuts & Bomb Strikes, two names that when combined leave us with potentially incredible results. They join forces here to curate and design the fifth edition of 'Bass Funk', showcasing some of the most prominent faces across the entire breadth of breaks. The tracklisting for this one looks pretty monstrous, featuring the likes of A Skillz, Dubra, Arteo, Fort Knox Five, K+Lab & more. There are a couple of immediate stand outs however, with the latin horn melodies and vibrant rhythms of Ninjula's 'Spanish Princess' and the pure rawcus devilry of 'AI' from the legendary Delta Heavy both standing out!