What better treat for the most romantic day of the year than two spacious, hazy grime dubs (with a ‘f*ck my ex’ dub on the flip)?
'Boxes of Bush'
Making his acting debut recently, Bugzy starred in Guy Ritchie film The Gentlemen, while also contributing to the movie’s soundtrack, rapping about HMRC and dollar bills.
'Day Of Light'
Lost & Found
Lost & Found boss and all-round progressive legend Guy J kicks off 2020 in particularly luxurious style. ‘Day Of Light’ fires into deep, hypnotic territory — initially a low-key progressive roller, before it unveils its incredible arpeggio hook and escalates into the legit peak-time zone.
'Air (Dylhen Remix)'
Yet another rework to roll off the production line, this time a low-key '90s classic from the iconic Platipus imprint. Dyhlan perfectly captures the essence of the original, taking the tempo down a notch while filtering its core musical ideas through seductively icy, progressive melodies.
A low-key effort to sneak out of the Anjuna empire, ‘Blazing Sun’ is a dark horse that deserves a bit of attention. Elevated by an incredible vocal feature from Gaby Feldman, it weaves tightly with the rolling bassline melody, that simmers in the breakdown prior to exploding after the drop.
When We Dip XYZ
As seen on All Day I Dream, Greek producer DSF stumps up this epic chuggery for When We Dip's XYZ label. 'Pouf' is trippy and trancey, while 'Fraoula' is tropical and spooky.
Pete Moss & Onur Özman
'I Can't Even'
Philly veteran Pete Moss tips up with Onur Özman for Vancouver's Nordic Trax, turning out three beautifully crafted cuts of late night house music. Real nice.
Flumo Recordings boss Nicson hits up Pets with a generous five-tracker, the gorgeous 'No Way Dream' and 'Warehousing' being particular, soaring highlights.
An 11-track fundraising mixtape project from Bristol’s NOODS radio team, featuring a track from Bruce (working under the name Narrow Farley).
Sounding like a merger between soundtrack mode Trent Reznor at his most jagged and El-P, Hannibal Rex arrives on Kikuji with a taut slice of WTF music.
Prescribe Da Vibe
'I'm Here EP'
Five cuts of classic era UKG from Prescribe Da Vibe, complete with chopped vocals, crunched up snares and the requisite flex and swing.
Tripeo & Cadans
'Non Perfect Drone Replication EP'
Darko Esser dons his Tripeo guise, along with Cadans (also known for his drum & bass as Icicle) for a techno EP. Head for electro cut ‘Perfect Replication’, with its robo voices and immaculate drum programming.
'Radiant Process EP'
Sleep at your peril — Cignol is back with more acidic goodness. The pick here is ‘Boston Dynamics’, a suitably spooky cut dedicated to the pioneering/terrifying robotics company.
A lovely new single from Derailleur. ‘Formula 14’ goes deep with its spacious dub techno feel, while Carl Finlow (yup him again) adds a generous dab of funk to his remix. Elsewhere, Adam Reid swings the arrangement for a more garage vibe.
'City On Lock feat. Rider Shafique '
Rib-rattling business from the Critical camp. Dark and deadly sub pulsates like a heavy breathing animal, jazzy little clicks indicate space and bring room to step, while Rider Shafique has the bad boy bars.
'Never Let You Down '
If you revel in raves, you may have attended one of SINE’s club nights, but this London-based promotion house has tried its hand at releasing music — and with great effect. Here we find classic liquid tones, with a wide, warm bassline and soft synths.
The first cut to be released from Annix's forthcoming album ‘Headshot’ brings the gritty angst and deceptively simple, swinging step we’re used to from the duo. Loud, abrasive, and sure to fire some gun fingers.
Harks & Mudd
Champion of the Balearic groove and affable chap Mudd (aka Paul Murphy) gets together with producer David Harks on this well-paced, nu disco/boogie stepper.
Vintage Warriors re-rub of one of this year's biggest house jams. You just can’t mess with a good beat.
'Float feat. Sam Klassik'
Completely bonkers trip down a seriously funky, mid-tempo rabbit hole. Break glass to kickstart a right old knees-up in any festival tent.
Wheeto x NLMT
Imagine if Rusko sacked off dubstep and jumped on a mad-gully UKG vibe. This sounds like that, and it’s awesome.
The Emperor Machine
Andy Meecham’s Emperor Machine is about to release a new album, but not before this: ‘Dance Blanc’ finds the seasoned producer dipping into some electro boogie vibes, while doing his best Bobby O impression on the remix.
'Blind Faith (Art Of Tones Remix)'
Local Talk regular Art Of Tones adds some spring into Izo FitzRoy’s gospel-tinged, disco funk stepper. Inventive jocks will get the dub and extended versions working together nicely.
Bizarre, twisted shit from Manchester. BROOMMAN's latest is no less strange than his previous releases, but just as addictively oddball and heavy and wayward and freewheeling. See him as our MIKE, or our Lojii. He's that good.
Quelle Chris & Chris Keys
'Sudden Death '
Mello Music Group
Regular readers of this page will know that ANYTHING from Quelle Chris is gonna be essential, and this weird, woozy collabo with Chris Keys is no exception. Check out the MMG 'Sounds Beautiful Like The Truth' mixtape for more of this kind of wonder.
'Eat The Evidence EP'
Hill brings a unique perspective to the well-worn acid sound; ‘Lunacy Module’ resounds to electro drums and hip-hop scratching, while ‘Mob Rule’ and ‘The Wist’ draw on '90s hardcore for inspiration.
Following his fine EP on Inner Shift last year, Jacksonville drops this luscious three-tracker. Focusing on stepping rhythms and dubbed-out bass, ‘Varadi’ shimmers effortlessly, while the electro-influenced 'Orienne' also impresses.
'Spatial Relationships '
Dan Curtin's label delivers three tracks of his vintage '90s material: ‘Crazy Life’ and ‘She Thinks..” see complex rhythms cascading over vocal snippets and out-there synth lines, while 'An Up The Wall Drive' is an atmospheric deep house cut.
Calum Percival & Jerome Withers
'Kp It Tgthr EP'
Jamie Jones locks in the Manny pairing for a triple dose of deep and vibey tech-house. ‘Sip N Dip' is a certified banger.
George Smeddles & LondonGround
'Dopamine Games EP'
A split EP from George Smeddles and duo LondonGround on Neverdogs’ rising tech imprint, offering four bubbling, deep cuts.
'Soul Fire EP'
Syrossian delivers a playfully bouncy single in 'Soul Fire' and Dimmish touches down for his Moxy debut, with a swing, key chopping remix.
Saying it again, Miroslav’s the most overlooked/underrated producer in trancedom. ‘Resurrection’s yet another faultless elevator, pairing authenticity with absolute conviction of riff, and stuffing its sides with neat touches and FX nuance. (See also his Amon Vision release this month.)
Daniel Seven & Hartshorn
'All Of My Love'
A male vocal happy hardcore track from two artists rising in the scene at the moment. The catchy hook, great melody and energetic bouncy beats will make dancefloors smile for sure.
Plucked from ‘Dream’, Roman’s third album, broadly speaking, ‘Sweet Desire’ has uplift at its core. To get there, though, it uses some admirably unusual, original and innovative production techniques — not least in its drum programming and vocal effects. Fine release.
'The Ride (feat. MastaChief)'
A super interesting track, sitting somewhere between hip-hop and hardstyle. A contrasting combination for sure, but Phase pulls this all together in a seamless mix that sounds like it was just meant to be.
Starpicker & Nikolauss
Tyas’ Regenerate stable had a dream start last year, and early 2020 is showing equal promise. If you think you’re coming out of Starpicker & Nikolauss’ ‘Schiphol’, without a significant amount of tinny Tannoy, think again. Aside from all the HQ uplift, it’ll probably evoke some of your best-ever Euro mornings-after too.
I love Painbringer's approach to music, reviving the '90s Dutch hardcore sound of my childhood. 'Sidious' is a well-produced, old skool hardcore track that will fit perfectly into a classic set and add some originality.
'Cry Of The Catacombs'
A mysterious upload of ominous bass distortion and reverb-soaked viola. Short form doom-laden instrumentals aren’t done much better than this.
'Haunted On The Uptake'
Mike Patton’s latest quartet are on typically raw and eclectic form with this multifaceted ritual wandering far in under 4 minutes.
Loke Rahbek & Frederik Valentin
Two stalwarts of Danish noise step out further into the light with this heavenly daydream of an instrumental.