Review: Enei's evolution over the last year or two has immense and the Russian producer has combined the techy side of things with the jumpier bits better than anyone else, a stylistic blend that he puts to perfect use in this five-tracker. Regular partner in crime Jakes steps up for 'Master Key', and his typically menacing vocal work adds edge to an already jagged instrumental, one which rattles through double bass notes and withering, stabbing percussive touches. It's a proper dancefloor cut constructed for the reopening of gigs, and this attitude spreads across the entire release; from the moody steps of 'Ignit', to the bouncing shards of 'Dirty' and the jump-up infused murderation of 'Lucid' The master is back.
Review: Who's this zooming round the corner? It's Manchester's Niterider, here to cruise upside your selections and collections with a range of ridiculously addictive work-outs. 'Henry's Finest' starts the journey with a fun and sludgy bassline that's kinda reminiscent of Moving Fusion when they could no wrong. Elsewhere 'My Deliveries' is a game of quirky, riffy harmonics, 'Kracken' roars with trippy bass textures, while 'Family Ties' is so disgusting it will have you ringing up all your siblings and telling them to wheel up the bloodclart. Last but not least 'You Asked' closes the EP with a big old burp of a foghorn damage. Top gear.
Review: Bunkers are so last year. Right now it's all about the cellar... Wine cellar to be precise. And tonight your sommelier will be Oram. Fresh from his cameo on Deep In The Jungle, here comes his first tasting session on Audio Addict. 'Baddest Sound' is a Chilean Merlot; spicy and heady with its rough bassline grit. The stripped-back Lynx-like 'Double A' is more like a Australian Chardonnay; fruity and full of zest. The junglised groaner 'Fine Wine' is more comparable to an Italian Rioja - heavy, jammy and like rocket fuel for the senses. Finally we have 'Hide & Seek' which is the soundtrack to you running down offy because you've run out of wine. Bottoms up!
Review: This two-track single from Stillz is packed full of twisted sounds for you wrap your noggins around, and there's a sick blend of aesthetics and styles amongst all the filth. 'Outside' is wobbly and rolling, it packs all of its energy into the sub-bass and just flows out with style. 'Dubplate Beater' is a monstrosity of energy, with a superb drum section that packs more character into the arrangement than you can wag a finger at, whilst Grafta MC edges in over the top with all the menace that a good MC can bring to the beat. Big.
Response & Pliskin - "The Pusher" - (7:02) 175 BPM
Review: This debut EP from Response goes back to the classic Headz formula; honest drums, basslines that won't quit and stripped back sense of purity. It's more barebones and relaxed than the label's recent work and it's a flip that works extremely well, as Response rolls things out with a feeling of careless abandon. That's not to say there isn't toughness on here, however, as 'Manhunter' pushes growling bass barks underneath an outer layer of crisp hi-hats and back alley snare hits. 'Betrayal' is space-age, Bukem-style luxury, a panoramic journey through celestial tones that makes you feel lighter than air; this is proper liquid. An all-round masterclass from a new kid on the block.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro's remix project continues with this monstrous take on 'Tweeter Box' by Sub-Division artist Sinexia. The original (released last year) is a pretty stripped-back affair with a high voltage bassline and generous levels of sub. In true Agro form, the bigger the rig, the better it sounds. Meanwhile the remix from young Belgian Sinexia throws in a whole new layer of steamroller bass textures and pummelling drums for more of a straight up dancefloor dnb style. Box fresh.
Could Have Been Us (Winslow remix) - (5:08) 174 BPM
BCee & Charlotte Haining & Etherwood - "Little Bit Lighter" (Pola & Bryson remix) - (3:54) 58 BPM
Walking On Water - (4:13) 58 BPM
Almost There (Deadline remix) - (3:50) 172 BPM
The Hills (Krakota remix) - (4:26) 174 BPM
Remind Me (S.P.Y remix) - (4:36) 172 BPM
Give Me A Break (Emba remix) - (5:04) 174 BPM
BCee & Charlotte Haining & DRS - "Love For The Fallen" (Satl remix) - (5:17) 174 BPM
BCee & Charlotte Haining & Tempza - "In The Moment" (Monrroe remix) - (6:01) 174 BPM
Endlessly Unlimited (LSB remix) - (5:03) 172 BPM
BCee & Charlotte Haining & Emba - "Home For Good" (Villem remix) - (5:12) 174 BPM
Review: Last year Bcee and Charlotte Haining released a superbly soulful vocal album, and the time has come for it to get the remix treatment. The lineup for this album is immense, as LSB, Technimatic, S.P.Y, Mitekiss and loads more step up to put their own spin on things. The Shogun duo Technimatic kick of proceedings by shoving a rocket inside 'History', with one of their trademark euphoric buildups, a lead that moves delightfully into an explosively rolling exercise in soulfulness. Deadline nail their remix of 'Almost There', and S.P.Y's flips 'Remind Me' into a growling dancefloor number. There are too many corkers to list here - check em out.
Review: Last spotted learning to fly, Hugh Hardie touches down once again with more new material: 'Dream In Green', another four track delight on Hospital. 'No Compromise' takes the lead and hits with a vibe that's reminiscent of early Nu:Tone. It's in good company as three more double-H nuggets bounce our way... 'Dream In Green' is stunning sunset soul with filters and strings in all the right places, 'Overture' brings a little jazz into the mix while d.e.o.n lays down introspective lyrical gold while 'Repeater' closes the show on steppy, switchy juke vibe that's not dissimilar to Sinistarr or Thys. Dream big.
Review: One of drum & bass' hardest working servants is back in the Dispatch kitchen with this EP, as M-Zine takes his penchant for dirtiness and cooks up a storm across four delightful cuts. This particular incarnation of his sound is rough, with an old-school tonality that leans into the sounds of dBridge and others. 'Devise' is possibly the most unique, with a repetitive structure that bores a hole into your brain and lays the most gorgeous of eggs, a soulful yet devastatingly sharp concoction that is simply the definition of cross-genre goodness. 'Permeate' does just that, with a devilish, gruff bassline that spreads its tentacles throughout the whole track in super fashion. What an EP.
Review: Pipe down, zip it, shut-up-a-your-face: whichever way you want to say it, Alex SLK is right behind you with 'No More Talking' - A six-track vibe attack strong enough to glue your lips together. A gruff, ruff, collection of rollers and bumpers, highlights include the trippy, elasticated 'Trust Issues', the wonderfully weird and warped 'Zerg' and the mischievous murkery of 'Bombaclaat'. And that's the tip of the iceberg. No talk, all action.
Review: Liquid Lab are coming into your ears once again with more lovely music, this time it's with Motiv, who has been in the game to know how to craft a proper liquid number. All five tracks on this EP rest comfortably within the funkier, more atmospheric end of the liquid spectrum, and they make ideal late night or early morning listening. The title tune is quintessential, with bubbling celestial synth lines that rest gingerly alongside a wonderfully subtle, rolling bassline that strolls along with the serious grace and decorum. 'On the Verge' features up and comer Charla Green on vocals and it has a main piano riff that's just superb in its soulfulness, a common and tangible theme throughout this release. Lovely stuff.
Review: St Petersburg's Alexander Chebankov, better known as Sunner Soul, returns with an EP on his own Vintage Music label that packs in five lively, authentically late 70s-sounding disco jams. 'I Can Feel It' gets the ball rolling, centring around a funk bass loop that's augmented by crowd noise and snatches of sampled dialogue. The title track is a more smooth-rollin' affair with warm, lounge-y keys front and centre and 'Secret Agent' has a kitschy, almost Deee-Lite-ish feel, before we're played out by a brace of near-instrumental summer groovers, 'Got 2 B U' and 'Super Ice Cream'.
Review: Some serious precious gems from Natural Error right here as he digs deep into early 2010 vibe; high frequency textures (but not silly ringtone high), large helpings of grot (but not so grotty we lose the groove) and high levels of riff addictiveness (but not so addictive we have to go to rehab) are all in play as the Hi Def mainstay runs the gamut across four tracks. 'Sapphire' blasts with big rave feels before jumping into a Supreme Being style bassline circa 2009, 'Power' hits with a scatty and sweet Q&A while 'Let's Fly' packs some serious bounce. Finally 'How Does It Feel' brings out the shiniest pots and pans and flattens them before your very eyes and ears. Feel good.
Review: Javi Frias's Madrid-based house and disco label Night Shift bring us a re-edits EP from San Diego's Alberto de Santiago, AKA Never Dull - and it has to be said he's dug admirably deep for inspiration, because we can only identify the source material for two of the four tracks on offer. The vocoder-sporting 'Whatever U Want' draws on Lace's 'Can't Play Around', a Paradise Garage staple from 1982, while 'Give A Little' is a rework of Peaches & Herb's 1980 roller disco anthem 'Funtime'. 'Cool Love' and 'Want My Love' have us beat, but expect similarly lavish, soulful disco/boogie stylings
Review: A stylistically varied disco four-tracker here from Spanish scene stalwart Rayko, coming once again on his own Rare Wiri label. The title track is the standout, capturing that early 80s Paradise Garage vibe perfectly - think Glenn Guthrie's 'Padlock' or Whitney's 'Love Will Save The Day' - and is served up in sultry, soulful Cosmic Love Boat Re-Edit and more dubbed-out Magic Boogie Warrior Edit forms. Elsewhere, 'In Love With Love' is a more Euro-sounding affair with an Italo-ish bassline, almost folky fem vox and ear-piercing synths, while 'Need Luv' channels mid-80s boogie, but 'Your Door' is the one.
Review: The Strictly House & Garage movement has been on absolute fire over the past few months, with the quality levels never seeming to dip or waver. This latest selection from SubAtomic is another perfect example of that, kicking off with the groovy drum twists and metallic bass pulses of 'Quantum Force', which packs one hell of a punch. Next, the more grimey rhythmic skips and retro synths of 'Kelvin' give us a much more old school feel, followed by 'Microbes', a quirky fusion of pitched vocal lines and sliced up drum designs. Finally, we finish up with the rampant 4x4 mix of 'Quantum Force', putting the finishing touches on yet another top quality addition to the ever expanding Strictly House & Garage catalogue.
Review: Chewy Rubs is one nu-disco producer who's never afraid to throw in the odd curveball, and seldom has this been more evident than on 'Pluckers Luck', which sounds like a crazed disco producer jamming with an entire Russian orchestra - pretty sure we actually heard a bassoon in there at point! And there's DEFINITELY a kazoo... The EP's other three cuts are all perfectly serviceable nu-disco jams, by turns eyes-down ('Feel The Groove'), uplifting ('Boogie 1Nite') and lo-slung and funky ('Get A Lift'), but it's 'Pluckers Luck' that'll have 'em running up to the booth demanding track IDs.
Review: One of Ten Ton Beats' most consistent and long-standing artists MQ returns with another broad-armed celebration of all things jumpy and bumpy. As you might expect from Mr Quality, the energy levels are through the roof and shoes are out of the window as he goes in bassline after bassline after bassline. Highlights include 'No Sweat' thanks to its soulful intro and old D Minds style punchy one-hit bass riff and 'Street Knowledge', thanks to its epic sample and savage scattergun hook. And that's only half the EP. Invest some time in MQ right now.