Review: This brand new label and brand new artist is unknown, but also said to be widely known. The music itself brims with quality: "Track 1" is a real roller, with a haunting top line that could be an oboe for the way it drifts so enchantingly up top. The drums are clean and crisp, with diffuse synths bringing warmth and soul to this deepest and dopest of tracks. "Track 2" is more aggy with its rattling fills and hardcore drum breaks bringing a more menacing feel to the dance floor. At once old school but also decidedly forward looking, this is classy drum & bass that is sure to get plenty of attention.
Review: The ever versatile and innovative Martyn goes back to his bass roots again with three explorations into three of the UK's most important offerings to the dancefloor: UKG, D&B and dubstep (the genre in which Martyn first made his name) The title track is an industrial strength two-step vibe-out with gloopy, oily textures around the molten steppy rhythm. "BC 2", meanwhile, takes us back to the late 90s/early 2000s. Think Photek, Johnny L, Source Direct and you're in the right dance. Finally "Rhythm Ritual" takes us back to 2008 with a bright bashy technoid twist on the ever-evolving dubstep schematics. Timeless.
Review: Time to clean up; anonymous D&B business on limited white label from a well-known techno producer. Three cuts deep, each one poking around a different foundation era; "Track 1" is all about the drone. Long and prone to moments of turbulence but otherwise smooth in an early Moving Shadow type of way. Both "Track 2" and its vocal counterpart "Track 3" are where the real hoover business kicks in, as do some Bizarre Inc style keys and a breakbeat so skippy you'll want to learn the Charleston. Get Shedded.
Review: More 20/20 goodness from longstanding Dutch imprint Fokuz. First up is a Total Science refix of Phaction's 2015 liquid vocal workout "Stratos" where the duo add more weight to the drums, space between the elements and big dubby plunges to the bass. Flip for a brand new original from label mainstays Malaky, Sati and Silence Groove. Blessed with breathy vocals, slinky drums and big washy textures, it's a great warm-up device that builds with cinematic effect throughout.