'Two One Six'
‘Two One Six’ is another extremely welcome exploration in brutal bass assaults from Alix Perez and EPROM operating as SHADES.
'Bridging the Gap'
UK duo Kolonie continue to work hard to inject their productions with real personality, with this Enhanced offering building nicely toward a colourful explosion of melody and electro energy.
Turbo-powered emotive fun. Boosted by a capable rendition of your standard grindy electro-trance bassline, there’s a particularly pleasing melody that unfolds in several stages during the breakdown before being utilised in full after the drop. You can feel the joy here.
'Sudbeat Showcrates 5'
A particularly impressive collection of Sudbeat tools that stand out from your standard faceless label showcase by virtue of each individual selection just being so damn good. Each of its offerings indulges its own variation on proper progressive storytelling.
Over a laid-back, guitar-laced beat, Zuu gets more serious on this one, showcasing his half-sung, half-rapped flow — but he’s at his best when he’s more energetic.
'Flying Nimbus EP'
Sector 7 Sounds
Don’t let the Harry Potter-referencing name put you off: these are deep, dark and dangerous stylings here from Jook — dubstep meets grime sounds.
'Fucking Sick Of Myself Since Day One (Hot Desk Mix)'
Within this track’s soul is some classic dark and dirty halftime filled with robotic early rave vibes, but there’s a layer of twisted, uncomfortable melancholy about it. Interesting music from Berghain’s in-house label, our favourite of the EP is ‘Hats Off To Herr F’.
Wonky, off-kilter delights from Sheffield's Shadeleaf, via G.A.M.M. and Home Taping alumnus Simba. 'Melanoid' is deep, freaky disco, while 'Lessons' is rasping hypno-jazz.
'Rok The Hall '
Me Me Me
Fine work, as ever, from Bristol's Christophe, this time for Man Power's Me Me Me. 'Like That' is a surging '90s house workout, while the Johnny Aux mix of 'Rok The Hall' channels Mr Fingers.
'Born To Live EP'
Berlin Bass Collective
A generous five-tracker from so. mind. 'Elevating Mind' couples dreamy pads with spoken word and carefully executed acid. 'Moonshine Shuffle' brings the dust, a lo-fi, broken beat houser for late-night motorway journeys.
KOVE ft Ben Duffy
Drum & Bass Arena
A dreamy, romantic slice of liquid warming pads, delicate drums and a soft vocal, with the whole track giving the same soul-cleansing glow as watching golden sun glistening off a clean turquoise ocean.
Icy cold, deadpan new wave material from emerging artist KIncaid. Includes a driving EBM version from Moscoman and Trikk under the guise of Nucat.
The Isley Brothers
'Footsteps In The Dark/Between The Sheets'
A reissue of these classic soul joints from the legendary Isley Bros. It's the first time these two have been coupled together on the same release.
Hanging Moon Records
A fascinating record from Hot Chip's Rob Smoughton, which explores the world of pop-tinged, beat-driven worldwide exotica.
Vanessa Wagner x Bryce Dessner
The latest instalment in the Wagner vs series. This time, the pianist interprets the work of composer Dessner, and a composition originally written for the harp. Beautiful.
Greg Downey & Alex Di Stefano
If you’ve yet to happen upon Mr Downey’s Skullduggery label, ‘Among Us’ is a decent jump-in point. He and the rarely (if ever) disappointing Alex Di Stefano fry up a lean, floor-blistering number, rippling with energy and smartly developed note arrangements.
Brandenburg Techno Orchestra
While the artist name might sound a touch engineered, you can’t fault Brandenburg Techno Orchestra’s product. ‘Mindset’ has the trancier bias, but, with an almost Kraftwerkian intro, the wonderfully bleak bleeps and technotic rhythmic march of ‘Mondfinsternis’ make it the EP’s pick.
Top Drawer Digital
No doubt that Gav Ley has it going on in the studio. Deep, dark, industrial bass with an edge of psy.
What’s the squeakiest thing in the world? Probably this monstrous dancefloor throbber from Born Dirty, that’s what.
'Brain Cells EP'
On-form UK producer, AJ Christou, drops yet another four-track bomb EP on Canada’s Rawthentic. Jeez!
'Rain (Tobi Neumann Remix)'
Following Francesca’s highly-rated debut LP 'Life Of Leaf' earlier this year, Tobi Neumann, among others, gives her single ‘Rain’ a classily bouncy remix.
An astute debut trio of minimalist house from double act and label owners Self Self, who draft in Justin Drake for a gutsy, deep and bubbling roller.
'Roxbury feat Ed OG & Nubya Garcia '
'Home Cooking', Yoda's latest, dives into his deep love for soul, jazz and '90s hip-hop (and yes, his scratching is still delicious), and this lead single, replete with sax from UK jazz rising star Nubya Garcia and a fab cameo from Ed OG brings summer early to any street, backyard or party you bring it to. Lovely jubbly.
Datkid & Leaf Dog
'Crud Addict '
High Focus Recordings
Cute as fuck hooligan rap, the first single from Datkid & Leaf Dog’s forthcoming collaborative album ‘Confessions Of A Crudlord’. Love Leaf Dog's chaotic collage and DK's one-take-style rhyming, great as you'd expect from this pair of reprobates.
Fresh heat from Bristol's finest — there's only limited vinyl available for the about-to-drop full-length 'The Forecast', so get your pre-orders in. And in the meantime, enjoy this natty banger, featuring snarling, superb verbals from Datkid and Upfront MC and a diamond-tight boombap production from Bad Habitz.
Not On Label
A beautiful, soft wispy vocal carries this track through the first break, before the double time melody picks up the pace and drops into an energetic kick section. The second break comes back around with the vocal, and a more traditional hardstyle melodic drop. I love all Distrix's production, and am glad to see this underrated artist slowly getting the push he deserves.
Bass Chaserz feat. Evelien van Buren
'Dusk Till Dawn'
An epic rawstyle/hardstyle crossover, with a beautiful and emotional vocal, followed by a Braveheart-inspired melody. The drop is hard, but not as brutal as some of the previous Bass Chaserz tracks, which makes this an enjoyable tune that will no doubt pick up plays from a plethora of DJs.
Neophyte & Scott Brown
'This One Is For You (Restrained Remix)'
These two Dutch and Scottish hardcore legends have been causing carnage on the scene for over 50 years combined, and with a new twist on the remix, fast rising star Restrained keeps the classic gabber vibe in sections, while also bringing this bang up to date with the 2019 sound.
'Where Do We Go From Here?'
Manchester’s excellent No Moon is back. ‘Breakpoints’ does what it says on the tin, adding ‘Think’ breakbeat snippets to astral synth and raw analogue bass grunt, while ‘aoe_advancing’ is a similar, though more dreamy, jungle influenced affair.
'The Progressive View EP'
Jamie Blanco has put out tracks on some great labels, including Tone Dropout and Futureboogie, and on this EP for Kilsha, the Australia-based Brit skews to electro. The minimalist synth growls and beats of ‘The Progressive View’ are cooler than a cucumber on ice.
Memphis, Tennessee has a rising underground electronic scene, and this mini compilation from a local label showcases its up-and-coming producers. For this page, Michael Kuntzman’s ‘Free Mike’ is the highlight, a moody, slo-mo thumper of Kraftwerkian beats and acidic bass.
'For A Bitter Tomorrow'
Excellent split four-tracker that moves from Interviews' ominous stepping techno into Guy Contact's deeper sounds, and Consulate's electro-inspired '67 Yaw Limit'.
Few producers do dancefloor focused dub techno like Luke Hess, and the ominous ' Firmament' and the deep house-sounding 'Hidden Dimension' show why he is so revered.
'The Flying Guillotine'
Excellent breakbeat release that borrows elements of purist techno, garage and drum & bass to create four spaced-out dancefloor cuts.