Bugzy Malone’s brand of distinct spitting has earned him a hallowed spot within grime’s cognoscenti, and ‘December’ is another cold example of his laid-bare storytelling centred around his ex-gang lifestyle. As the King of the North nears his 29th birthday, he looks back on his past while surveying the present and looking to the future.
'Flow Sensei ft. PK / R9’s Haircut ft. Mez'
Spooky’s ‘Haunted Joyride’ and ‘General Riddim’ get soundtracked by two of the most hype MCs in the game right now. Mez attacks the beat in typically fast-tongued fashion while PK opts for an equally fercious style.
'Lost and Found'
Kyote World Records
Though once thought to be lost forever, grime production legend Treble Clef (responsible for ‘Ghetto Kyote’) has found these stems from productions he made between 2014-17. Some real gems in here.
A screamer (the melodic aspects literally sound like tortured cries) of a tough-nut technoid rollout from Aire on Glacial Industries.
Here’s Lack doing the restrained but super well produced, uber percussive ‘Livity style techno’ thing in a very accomplished manner.
Nazar calls his music "rough kuduro", but man… whatever it is I wanna hear more of this kind of bold, baffling expression.
'Sunstill (Cosmonaut Remix)'
Lovely floaty euphoria here as a tough, deep progressive bassline gently meets the ethereal melodies that are laid over the top by O’Rion with his remix, really getting trancey at the break.
'Perfect Motion (Patrice Bäumel Renaissance Remix)'
It appears Renaissance plans to keep the epic reworks coming at a steady pace, and Patrice Bäumel is the perfect candidate to next take up the baton. He’s not afraid to go ‘big’ as he tackles this 1992 vocal classic, working cleverly with analogue drums that he places right at the forefront.
Total piano madness from Monologues' Ben Gomori via Club Bad. 'Red E' is joyously old school, while on the flip 'Picante' is an acidic Latin bombshell.
'Little Bit More (Elliot Adamson Remix)'
Man of Swindon Chaney's original mix of 'Little Bit More' is stacks of fun, but Elliot Adamson's mix takes the whole endeavour up a notch or two. It's a wild, urgent ride.
'Litmus Test Part 1'
Longtime cohort of the Whiskey Pickle label out of Austin, Texas, Blue Soul, aka Scott Boutin, drops three glistening cuts here, with thumbs ups already coming from the likes of Axel Boman and Space Dimension Controller.
D*Minds & InsideInfo
Brooding with misty angst and hordes of moody atmospherics the is a dark stepper laden with a collection embellishments collected from both tech and jump ups realms of the spectrum.
OaT is not a producer we were familiar with before, but after hearing this undeniably smooth and intriguingly quirky cut it’s a name we’ll be looking out for in the future! Ghoslty undertones and a wavy sub. Check
Lion & Lamb Records
The debut release on the Hackney bar/club’s new imprint is as good as you’d expect, considering its pedigree. Check the trippy swung groove of Andre Young’s ‘Floating Sensation’ and V3000’s weird funk especially.
'Self No-Self I – Path Of Deviation'
After a brilliant EP on Ilian Tape, Galaxian lands on DMX Krew’s Breakin’. ‘Path Of Deviation’ is a truly oddball, 11-minute deep dive into brisk beats and spiralling synth.
Some serious tribal, Afro disco oddness from London-based party/DJ collective, Kolago Kult. Includes a remix from Duro’s TYU and one from Colossio. Twilight ritual music.
Ronski Speed & Abrupt Gear
Full disclosure: ‘play’ was initially clicked to see if this was a Pointer Sisters cover. It’s not, but with plenty to commend (especially the boost around its midsection), it’s probably better for it. Should we be expecting ‘Billie Jean’ as their follow-up though!?
Steve Dekay Pres. Skender
Steve Dekay tries his hand at darker hearted material for Coldharbour’s Black division, and comes up trumps. With its ominous synths, ‘Case’ skulks low and moody, while the pacier ‘Neutrino’ periodically belches acid and has stormier floor-intent.
Darren Tate & Neptune Project
'The Cosmos In You'
A pairing with much promise, borne out almost entirely by the release itself. For max effect, ‘Cosmos’s galactic elements are cannily held back. When delivered though, that ether gathers fast, and its top-of-the-drop moment is as strong as any this month.
Digital Base & Andy Vibes
With nicely tweaked Amens, garagey bass and a lively feel-good house vocal, this summery jam will blow out those winter cobwebs.
'I Got '
A crusty Amen break sets the scene for a bank of lofty synth lines, bleepy melodies, and wistful sub bass. Deep, cinematic bliss.
Fonzo & Riko Dan
An un-remorseful Afrobeats riddim that’ll kick a hole in your sub, with grimey get-hype bars from Riko Dan. This tune bangs.
Disco-noir from Occam, drafting in the likes of Man Power, CSK and bosses Secret Factory for added industrial-strength, EBM muscle.
'Hi & Low (Remixes)'
Get Physical Music
Argentine producer Santiago Garcia, along with Spanish duo Animal Picnic, turn the waltzing synthpop of Whomadewho’s original into a euphoric, big room, festival-friendly anthem.
Mata Jones & Massi Isx
'Da Funk EP'
Under No Illusion
The prolific rising talents Mata Jones and Massi ISX combine for a very infectious four-track EP that seriously delivers.
Olivier Romero delivers an astute deep tech package of three cuts that offer atmosphere, heavy, grooved bass and tight percussion.
The Smiley Fingers label head offers an unrelenting hard tech roller to see you kick off 2020 right. Naughty.
'Suck My Puzzy'
The 250BPM kicks, half time rap samples and general silliness sum up why the Greasy gang have become alternate stars in this weird and wonderful world of hard dance music.
A new talent from Holland makes his debut release on the raw powerhouse label Nightbreed. Rough beats and emotional melodies make this an artist to keep a close eye on this year.
Dany BPM & Lutez
A light-hearted party track, featuring an awesome vocal that sits somewhere between the EDM and hardstyle scenes. This track has been a firm fixture at the start of my sets.
Wreckit x Striker x TWap x S2L
No Label/Self Released
It was 'Be The One' that first alerted me to Wreckit & Striker — keep your eyes on these guys in 2020, because they're making some of the most addictively bleak drill I'm hearing right now.
The second single from 1520's limited edition project 'Mosquito Fly & Starships' sees Nomadic Poet dropping typically thought-provoking rhymes over a tight, tense reggae-touched track from Drematic XL. Wonderful, and the album might just be one of 2020's highlights.
Featuring (deep breath) Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ty, Karl Hinds, Ragga Twins, Navigator, Serocee, Ricky Rankin and MC Creed. Among others. That's all you need to know! GO GET.
'Bavarian Stallion Remix Series 1'
Fine split remix release, which sees Redshape turn Jelly3000’s ‘Wave A Wand’ into a booming, bass-led banger. Meanwhile, XDB re-works Konrad Wehrmeister’s ‘148Ohm’ into a deep, dubbed-out house groove.
Santiago Salazar is in fine form, with the driving groove and piano keys of 'Piano Adjacent' making for a fine piece of deep but forceful techno. ‘Cosmic Powwow’ is more visceral, resounding to a growling, nocturnal bass.
'Light From The Dark EP'
Beautiful downtempo tracks from B12 member Steven Rutter. Both ‘In The Darkness’ and ‘Sands Of Time’ resound to understated beats and fragile electronic melodies that swirl and shimmer in seductive fashion.
Invigorating noises continue to emerge from Poland’s electronic underground. Industrial thuds and some trippier timbres inform a mix-friendly gothic techno banger.
'everyone has a low.'
Strategic Tape Reserve
This miniature coda is hard to argue with. A mean drum loop, woozy piano chords, and distant strings that could go on forever.
Denver’s Ryan McRyhew takes busy acid techno tropes and adds a distinct dab of beauty to every hook and melody.
'Mayhem (MADGRRL Remix) '
I’m a big fan of MADGRRL’s fusion hard dubstep and hardstyle, this remix of Riot Ten is high energy form start to finish with the first drop favouring dubstep and the second bring the four-four kicks!!