We already know Lady Leshurr’s a super talented MC, with flows and bars for days, but ‘OMW’ sees her approaching a dancehall vibe with sleek auto-tuned vocals, and it’s something we can definitely get on board with.
'Holding A Meds'
Audio Slugs is consistently responsible for gold standard grime bangers such as Jammer’s ‘Skank On Me’, P Money and Little Dee’s ‘Back 2 Back’, and now for MC Blacks, with the virulent and bolshy ‘Holding A Meds’ warranting repeat rotation on your stereo system.
Never not upping his work rate, Filthy Gears has come out with this eponymous tune, doing exactly what he does best in the form of gigantic, swollen synth stabs and 808 drops.
Tengu x Hybrid Theory
Off key synths and a dirty warehouse vibe are the order of the day here, as UK Midlands dons Hybrid Theory go in hard on a collab tip. This is a heavy kick and clap breakbeat rhythm, with scattershot use of brooding rap samples.
Noisenik bassline for those who want to stomp their way into the nearest k-hole. Immaculately produced as ever by the mighty Pelikann.
Breaks Mafia & Santy G
'One By One feat Steppa Man'
Blending Caribbean vibes with fearsome breakbeats is this ragga fuelled effort from Spanish crew Breaks Mafia, in collaboration with Santy G. The ruffneck bass, reggae licks and clubby synthwork are on point, though vocalist Steppa Man sounds like he grew up a long way from Kingston.
Zander & Taylor
Dark and dystopian vibes here from the US production duo. Scattershot breakbeats, doomy vocals and washed out atmospherics are the order of the day, but there's a listlessness to the overall effect that drags it all down a little.
Here's a slice of mesmeric, sunkissed four-four from resident Texan badman Left/Right, who dispenses with the breakbeats for a change but holds on tight to his trademark gut-churning bass and heady melodies. This is one for the 11.30pm crowd, a set-building prelude to the really big bangers, or a last tune of the night to drop just as the sun comes up.
Ram’s little sister really has its nose to the ground when it comes to sniffing out newcomers. ‘Monster’ is an absolute killer of a track — bouncy and energetic, it’s full of life, but its automatic machine gun style drum assault brings us into rougher, tougher territory.
Dexcell ft Becca Jane Grey
Future Retro Records
The soothing intro begins with calming white noise, layered with rhythmic drips and refreshing oceanic sprays, before Becca Jane Grey’s rich, earthy voice draws you deeper into the track. Soft piano chords blend beautifully with the warm waves of underlying sub.
'Book Of Shadows EP'
The bulk of this EP would most likely sit on the techno page, but there're some leftfield touches that grant its space here. Splintered soundscapes with a sci-fi noir touch from Amber Cox, and an off-kilter acid workout from Jasmine Infiniti justify its position alongside the chamber electronics of Lucia Luna’s ‘Origami’. Nice.
'Dig The New Breed Part 1'
Proving that, fuck yes, there is even more scope to chop and re-assemble the Amen break into new and otherworldly shapes, LMajor drops a rave ready new 12” on West Norwood Cassette Library backed with remixes from Tenebre and Caldera.
'2AM At Veselka'
More jazz that tilts toward the abstract, yet retains a lazy, approachable rhythm from The Onyx Collective. If this conjures up scenes of late night, dive bar jazz players serenading intoxicated lovers, midnight crawlers and day job escapees, then you’d be right. Love these guys.
A four track collection of varying approaches, where Laska tackles freeform electronic noodling, rolling drum breaks, chunky house and ambience respectively. As always, I’m here for freeform noodling, so will recommend the drunk-sounding title track above all the others.
Spatial delivers four more cuts of his trademark bruk sound experimentation, that deals as much in frequencial shards as it does clanging percussion. ‘Kairos’ is the tip: a weird, shuffling combination of plodding, hard kick-drums, delay and scattergun snares.
The prodigious Jonas Rathsman makes his debut on the venerable Mobilee with a lean two-tracker. 'Draumzer' is laden with swooping bursts of Blade Runner synths, giving way to thunderous drums.
'Jank EP 1'
Jank from Japan provides the second release on Mysterious Works, five MPC workouts ranging from 'solid head-nodding warm up' to 'dancefloor devastation'. You have been warned.
Teaming up with Puerto Rico's Daisybelle, this murky groove from Rob Savage has keys to die for and a loop-heavy re-rub from Robsoul alumnus Joss Moog. Nothing not to like there.
Residing just the right side of pop, this brilliant little dancefloor bomb from the Greco Roman camp sits somewhere in the unlikely musical terrain between Mandrill and Cerrone.
Is it disco, calypso, soca, Brazillian? Who knows? One thing's for sure though, you need it in your record bag.
Syphoning the memory of Marc Bolan and T Rex through their own particular brand of good-time rock 'n' roll, James Petralli et al mark a return to form with this horn and soul-led piece.
'Adapt Or Die/Orange Is The New Grey'
A double A-side from the ever-capable Sunny Lax that sees him working with a little more grit than usual, both records taking it into tougher territory and packing plenty of “oomph”.
A churning, driving melodic banger from Hobo’s new Suara EP, that aggressively dishes out the acid before spinning out expectations with a particularly (and pleasingly) unhinged breakdown.
'Bring It Down'
Dutch noise merchant Dyro‘s debut on Martin Garrix’s STMPD label sees him weaving his usual abrasive EDM into a feel-good vocal anthem that still boasts plenty of noisy grit.
'Cloud Nine EP'
Ace new boogie release from Yorkshireman Joe Morris, fortified by a trio of equally as good remix productions from the likes of Aimes, Max Essa and Coyote, all working the early '90s Balearic / dream house sound.
Her Majesty’s Ship
Rippling new wave tracks stripped to the waist by Plaisir de France (formerly Sweetlight on Turbo) with French fashion figure Garcon Moderne, alongside electropop from BadKnife featuring chanteuse Sarah Rebecca.
Turkish duo Monality work the mid-tempo, Afro-cosmic rhythms, charmed by exotic, snaking melodies indebted to the East. Late night music that I’m sure will pop up in a Weatherall playlist at some point soon.
Milkavelli x Lee Scott x Sniff
Can't wait for the 'Supergang' set soon dropping from this trio of lunatics, so this leak wasn't just anticipated but NEEDED: like drinking a gallon of bongwater, eating a tray full of hash brownies and then stepping out into the sky with your head firmly on the concrete. Sumgii is one fuck of a producer. Go get.
Heavy Bronx Records
Key Rhist it's good to have P Brothers back. This new EP is flying off the shelves, so snap it up quick. Customarily rugged excellence throughout (the ESG and Mikey Dread samples are joys unto themselves), and cameos from Doo Wop, Daniel Son, Your Old Droog and Milano seal one hell of a deal. RUSH to get this 'cos it's genuinely disappearing fast.
High Focus Records
And the horrorcore keeps comin'! Great dank vibes here from RB's new 'Jason Bonez' set — every time you think you can nod your head to the rocksteady beat, a little ripple of spooked, haunted pizzicato celeste comes in to unsettle you massively. Ski-masks compulsory.
'Want It All EP'
Desert Hearts Records
Australia’s former duo Cut Snake is now under the sole reins of Leigh Sedley, whose tech house sound is melodic, bouncy and very fun indeed. Three diverse club bangers that will fire up the party without fail.
Enough! Music Ltd
Guido supplies an ultra groovy set of detailed tech house tracks on a minimal tip. A highly infectious pair of deep, twisted and expertly mixed rollers, so you can feel every little nuance if played loud enough. Saucy.
Jos & Eli
'Odyssey (Finnebassen Remix)'
'Odyssey' is a track that’ll define a moment in time during your summer. A far cry from Jos & Eli’s attentive original, Finnebassen drops most of the mid-range percussion and drum arrangement but fills the space with an unholy amount of synthetic wizardry.
Aly & Fila With Emma Hewitt
'You & I'
Future Sound Of Egypt
A&F make an honest single of ‘You & I’, and not before time. Set against the Egyptians’ from-the-heart note arrangements, Emma Hewitt shines. Not quite as brilliant overall as the (in trance last year, peerless) ‘Beyond The Lights’, but commendably close.
Don Vivace & Marcell Stone
High Trance Energy
What starts out as a down-the-line psy-trancer, is in fact laying the groundwork for something more compound. Classic genre staples latterly make room for African chants, original FX techniques and significantly more harmony than the average.
Sied Van Riel
Pure Trance Recordings
Sied’s lending ever more artistic rope to his productions over the last 12 months. ‘Atomic Blonde’ has a more progressive mindset, which naturally bleeds into its deeper feel. Its ever-developing rollout finally cuts a wonderfully gothic, cinematic edge through its most prominent riff.
Speaking Minds & Amarcord
My Favorite Robot
Long running Canadian house and techno imprint My Favorite Robot’s latest is a diversion into electro. Though there are remixes from Man Power and Boot & Tax, it’s the title cut that’s of most interest here: a psychedelic voyage of entwining arpeggios and wild synth leads, with a haunting, siren-like vocal synth at its centre.
'Global Surveyor Phase 4'
An enormous new electro compilation 24 tracks deep, featuring electro colossi such as Anthony Rother, Silicon Scally and many more. Particularly good is 303 champions Hardfloor’s ‘Diet Starts Monday’: a sliver of acid goodness and analogue drum machine funk.
Clayton Cash & Da Rick
'Demons At Night'
These two freestyle artists have been making a name for themselves, with a crossover sound taking heavy influences from the jump scene of yesteryear. Super fun and bouncy, this is a refreshing addition to my sets at the moment.
'Poppin' (Kanye West Mental Mix)'
A cool track from legendary Dutch hardstyle DJ The Prophet, featuring a rather obscure Kanye West interview sample. Aside from this quirky snippet, the beats are as excessive as you would expect. Raw at the start — 150bpm — then building to a 165bpm ‘rawcore’ outro.
'Joyenergizer (Dr. Rude RMX)'
When it comes to forgotten classics, no one has touched this 2000s hard houser for years now. Seeing the reactions to this tough and techy rework on the dancefloors, though, shows it may have been gone but was certainly not forgotten.
Palermo Disco Squad
Bordello A Parigi
Thomas Blanckaert aka Palermo Disco Squad returns to Bordello A Parigi with an EP that traverses electro, Italo and techno. Both ‘Littorio’ and ‘Michele Marrone’ are atmospheric but effective pulsers, while on ‘La Favorita’ he opts for a more uplifting sound thanks to its airy, breezy synths.
'Acid Series Vol 3'
Ignore the jarring tones of Gay Marvine’s take on ‘No One’ and head straight to the eerie electro-techno of ‘Trails Of Sophia’ instead. IT owner BMG provides the acid quota with a fine, jittery edit of ‘Magellanic Cloud’.
Trust owner DJ Glow steps from the shadows for the latest release on the long-running label. Alternating between some fine, bleep-heavy electro (‘Psychometric Profiling’ and ‘Simulation City’), and high-tempo, queasy workouts such as ‘Electromagnetic’, it’s a fine, assured release.
Snow Dog Records
Syphoning elements of Porches, The Weeknd, Børns, Jai Paul and Frank Ocean into a weird, fucked up form of modern psychedelic soul, this duo from New York definitely have something about them. Don’t know if the rest of the output will stand up, but this is decent.