It seems SpectraSoul have parted ways, but before you run for your black veil and handkerchief, please find some solace in the news that (at the moment) it’s a temporary situation — and it's even more joyous to hear that music is still coming. Jack is exploring his solo style and we are feeling it. So much so that while on a packed train, lost in the private bubble of our headphones, we embarrassingly shout ‘Oh yeah!’ the first time we heard the juttering, echoing, disgustingly fat drop.
'Bashy feat. Troublesome (Jungle Mix)'
Our adolescent drum & bass-discovering selves once sat listening to the now defunct but completely legendary DJ Hype Kiss FM show. Here we were first introduced to forever favourite ‘You’re Mine’, and from that point we were Badboy 4lyf. Dub sirens, jungle drums and a syncopated swing compliment Troublesome’s vocals to give ‘Bashy’ a ragga vibe, but for us it’s the modern addition of the earsplitting high-pitched drills and dark drops which make this track.
Gerra & Stone
With releases on Shogun, RAM and their debut album put out by Dispatch, it’s safe to say this versatile duo know how to do quality. Their first release on SGN sees soft, rolling drums and warming pads peppered with perfect little droplets of electro bleeps. It's a gorgeous, heady mix of fast-passed liquid, and snippets of soulful vocal just set the track off beautifully. Check out their diversity with the dirtiness of ‘Arashi’ on the flip.
The is one for the party massive. Come on, who doesn’t want to messily shout ‘suck out’ at the top of their voice while excessively bouncing about like a maniacal Mexican bean, because we certainly do. Pure vibes and big room jump-up is the order of the day here, with crashing pneumatic drums and the sub-genres go-to, almost uncomfortably high-pitched drilling synths. The breakdowns make way for a slightly more accessible toned down style. There’s fun to be had here.
'Hidden Traits VIP'
The duo hailing from Leeds, by way of Ancient Greece, are sure to awaken some souls by summoning an old track and giving it a moody, hypnotising, steppy VIP treatment. It’s a stripped back, brooding, halftime beast which slithers and pulsates as if it were living. The continuous hum of the low-end cloaks the track in a continuous veil of suspense, which is occasionally lifted by the beguiling echoed vocal.
Blu Mar Ten Music
The first of two reviews from these boys in this month's page, it’s safe to say Nausika are really hitting our sweet-spot right now. After the duo made their debut on BMTM back in 2015 with ‘Domination’, the lads are back with a VIP and another mesmerising beast on the flip. At the heart of ‘Stay’ lies a pulsating bass with its continuous layer of malice which ebbs and flows below a layer of repeating vocals and expertly segregated electronic bleeps, alluring flutes and sharp cutting swathes leaving the perfect amount of what Japanese culture would bestow the term Ma.
Ulterior Movtive & Judda
The latest EP from the label owners sees the much-loved duo team up with Judda and Jubei for a continuously weighty but nicely varied effect. Tiny electrical fuzzes line the background which is also drenched in a collection of classic jungle samples, but blazing at the forefront of the track is a heady onslaught of deeply dark paranoid sonics which quickly switch or scuttle through the soundscape like shimmering black scorpions running for cover beneath huge lumps of fat, distorted sub.
'Untitled Pattern 66'
Here we have the final instalment of the micro-funk master’s 'Untitled Patterns' series comprised of three of his favourite previously released patterns and some unreleased ones. True to the previous compositions this pattern draws influence from tech-drenched glitchy footwork, subtley pounding techno, and immersively mellow dub creating an ambient soundscape which is both effortlessly uplifting and undeniably soothing. Although packed full of snappy clicks and a warping sub, the track still holds its welcome sense of space.