Fucking fantastic, and to be honest it's about time that hip-hop addressed the important issue of toast and exactly how fucking ace it is. Now, I'm not gonna make some bold claim like 'Toast Jazz' is the greatest song ever about toast, cos we all know that Streetband's hit from '78 'Toast' is thee ultimate toast jam but mygod, Verb T comes damn close here, running down the options, repping for Marmite like a good 'un, a track that glories in both the simplicity and diversity that makes toast the common manna-from-Breville for early-morning kids, poverty-struck families and red-eyed late night stoners alike. No marg, butter please, triangles, not squares. Cheers.
London badman Deekline showed us his knack for deep, euphoric breakbeats on the radio-friendly club banger 'Deepa' six months back. Now he's dipped into his studio hard drive for more of the same with 'Got to Believe', which lands with an electrifying female vocal refrain, lilting arpeggios, ravey pads and warm Reese sub, before dropping into a bass-fuelled Hannah Wants-style groove. It's the pick of his new five-track 'Heartbreak EP', which also offers up a quartet of tasty house/bass outings for the four-to-the-floor brigade.
Various Disciple Alliance Vol. 1 3 Despite being created in the bedrooms of London’s suburbs and tested in the bowels of dark, smoke-infused clubs, a large faction of the dubstep sound and scene is now very much US dominated, and with that it brings less savoury trappings. Eschewing the dungeon sound for a fluoro-hyper clownish version of EDM with a sour penchant for naff vocals and identikit wobble, if that’s your bag, look no further.
Prolific London duo Radiokillaz ramp up the old skool flavours once again here, throwing junglistic breakbeats, dystopian synthwork, hardcore stabs and snatches of pitched-up ragga vocal over heavy kicks and snares for a track that's full of dubwise rave energy. On the remix, Pressa adds clipped keys and heavily-delayed brass stabs, while Galvatron grabs an Amen and furiously freewheels for a reworking that heads into full-on 170bpm d&b territory.