Review: Etch and Nico Lindsay make good musical bedfellows; the former's spacious left-footed soundscapes providing plenty of room for Nico's narrative, evolving lyrical style, they're kindred spirits linked by a glacial sense of adventure and refusal to compromise. Opener "Don't Wanna Know" kicks the doors down with force. Rough and switchy, there's a pulsing 2002 feel to both the step and flow while "Predator Vs Prey (Toxin)" takes us on a much swampier, weirded out trip that buns everything but survival. Finally, Tranq Sinatra joins the fray for an urgent finale where fast-tongue tales from Nico are backed from Tranq harmonies and another iced riddim from Etch. Cold.
Review: Dutch trio Noisia revisit one of the title tracks from their recent album and enlist some A-list remixers across four sides of vinyl. The filtered disco punch of the original is countered by D&B legends Ed Rush & Optical with a relentless remix that tears through its origins. Dubstepper Bar 9 adds some schizophrenic funk stabs to his remix of "Split The Atom" and Noisia finish off with the demented machinegun rave of "Browntime" which has a hint of Oizo in its madness.
Mungo's Hi Fi - "Rules Of The Dance" (feat Charlie P - JD remix)
Lamont & Boofy - "Walkin' Round Ere"
Gantz - "Temple Meads"
Ishan Sound & Rider Shafique - "Highest VIP"
Boofy - "LVX93"
Pinch & Kahn - "Send Out"
Jamakabi - "Hot It Up" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Jook - "Juice"
TMSV - "Shallow Breath"
OBF - "Ram Dance"
The Bug - "Fuckaz" (feat Spaceape)
Youngstar - "Bongo" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Kahn & Neek - "Acting The Goat"
Gemmy - "The Set Up"
Hi5Ghost - "Scorpion's Mask"
Young H - "We A Talk" (feat Dread MC & Rider Shafique - Ishan Sound remix)
Lemzly Dale - "No Long Talk" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Commodo - "S Is For Snakes"
Kahn & Neek - "Damascu"
Jabu - "Hungry Ghosts" (feat Chester Giles)
VMOS & Boofy - "Dial Ton"
Sir Spyro - "Topper Top" (feat Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann & Killa P - Kahn & Neek remix)
Kode9 & The Spaceape - "Ghost Town"
Review: The 90th installment of the long-running FabricLive series comes from Kahn & Neek, AKA Young Echno members Joe McGann and Sam Barrett. The 28-track mix-up is naturally heavy on material from friends and collaborators (Jabu, Pinch, Ishan Sound, Gemmy etc.), plus a swathe of their own productions and remixes. It offers a whirlwind tour of the Bristol duo's influences and inspirations, taking in paranoid, dubbed-out ambience, stoned trip-hop, sub-bothering grime, post-dubstep intensity, hard-to-define madness (Gantz's brilliant "Temple Meads"), dancefloor-burning ragga revisions, and mutant, wide-eyed post-R&B (the fantastic "Dial Ton" by VMOS and Boofy). In other words, it perfectly encapsulates the duo's club-rocking DJ sets, not to mention where Bristol's bass scene is right now.
Review: Juicy jams galore: ZHA's White Peach return with their sixth "Bits" instalment where Peach pals old and new collide with their freshest, most vitamin-enriched cuts. First up label newcomers Neffa-T and Patrick Brian get rowdy with a space-aged grime stepper "Sabertooth". All staccato fire and rubber-ball bass it sets the tone for Gundam & Jook's grimey snare-smacking hybrid "Tactical Espionage" and some obese bass ripples from Modelle, who was last spotted on the label earlier this year with the awesome "Paladins" EP. Finally ZHA makes a rare appearance with the wonked out melter "Running VIP". Yum.