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Singles - Grime - Issue 602

Marina Trench

Waterside EP

Wolf Music

9.5
Truly blazing work from Paris's Marina Trench here on Wolf Music, four tracks running the gamut from peak-time bangers to dawn-break anthems. Title track 'Waterside', with its slinky bass and hushed vocal longing, is very much in the former camp, a floor-filler par excellence. 'Get In' bursts with grand piano chords under a relentless loop, while 'Train Call' also goes all-in on the cut and paste keys. The emotive 'Straight' is heavy on the feels, built for Balearic (or Adriatic) bliss. Superb.

Significant Other

'Club Aura'

Oscilla Sound

7.0
There’s a beautiful directness in both the drums and the title of Significant Other’s EP closer for Oscilla Sound: ‘Drum Therapy’. Rather than punching a kick hard and having it suck the air out of the chamber, he’s happier to dot them out in triplicate, and it really serves to up the groove’s intensity. The rest of the tracks roll at a slower techno pace, but they capture a sense of discombobulation particularly well.

Cabasa

'Excess'

Boogie Box

6.0
My raging internal debate about whether leftfield techno can actually be classified as bass music be damned… Cabasa’s latest three-tracker for the Boogie Box label echoes a lot of the sweeping, pad led music I’ve loved in the past; but it’s definitely created with a more techno audience in mind. ‘Cats On Scooters’ is a case in point: the kind of mesmeric melodic twinkles that could lure a mix into security, before a rock hard drop.

Logic1000

'Logic1000'

SUMAC

7.0
Today I was half-listening to some card harping on LBC about the “true cost of Big Ben ringing out the announcement of Brexit”, and then the first thing I played when the conversation inevitably got too much for me was ‘The River Is Tight’ from Logic1000’s taut new EP on the Sumac label — which itself features a looped bong ringing out a clear death knell for polite society. Egregious happenstance perhaps?

Casement

'Shards'

Nice Up!

6.5
In exploring the realms of dancehall and bashment drums through a dubstep-focused lens, the Glasgow producer Casement could actually carve out a bit of a micro-niche for himself. I mean, switching up drum patterns is one of the easiest ways to [re]ignite an audience, and there’s enough space in a track like ‘Cables’ for something harder, grimier or more hypercolour to rocket right out of it. All three of these cuts are bolshy.

Elles

'Summers Of Love'

Naïve

8.0
You know how a lot of talky-talky music people like to note that some of the best things in club music come from the points where ideas and styles crossover each other? Yeah? Well Elles' ‘Gotchu’ is a wonderful example of exactly that. Indebted to two-step garage swing as much as it is the drunken drum work of Livity techno, it sprawls out into a bruk roller with superbly unique poise.

Pinch & Trim

'That Wasn't It'

fabric

8.0
If you ever go a little while without listening to any of Trim’s flows, when you come back to them, they always seem so punchy, so boastful, yet so refined and defined. So when ‘That Wasn’t It’ found its way onto fabric’s new compilation (which celebrates 20 years in the game), I was happy and proud, considering that Pinch’s squeaky drum line matches the tone of Trim’s tongue-in-cheek flow perfectly.

DJ Lostboi & Torus

'The Flash'

Queeste

8.0
'The Flash' is a new split release from DJ Lostboi & Torus where the — somewhat ambient — music is inspired by the same solar phenom (the sun creating a green light burst on the horizon). Completely beatless, the eight tracks sweep and swell across all kinds of chunky sonic textures that are pretty hard to accurately summarise over some 70-something words. Found sounds, heavily gated arpeggios and lashings of reverb abound throughout.