Review: IBR001, 'Al-Andalus' is a perfect example of the Mediterranean sound being developed by 23Hz + Numaestro. Starting with a vocal
sample from Moroccan music, the introduction is joined by an accordion type riff - curiously sounding not too dissimilar to Augusto Pablo's
distinctive melodica sound - which leads to the drop. Here a massive sub-bass with stabbing mid-frequencies enters the fray, which drives
the track along with skanking half-step beats which have plenty of spring-reverbed snares and slicing hats. The heavily effected sampled
voice is placed in the mix to give extra atmosphere whilst the opening riff leads us to a semi-drop which leaves just the sub before
proceeding to a false drop before the riff and sample are introduced once again which finally take the track into its homestretch. This track
oozes distinctive character and is guaranteed to smash the dancefloor as well as provide a deep meditative vibe. Road tested by Numaestro
on dubplate, it has levelled dances right across Spain and beyond, as well as being picked up by many of the DJs on Sub FM and figuring
in many of the top tens of DJs in the dubstep community over recent months. You are advised not to sleep on this one.
Starting with a vocal sample from Algerian music - a short introduction leads to the drop. Then a rampaging descending scale bass line
comes into play, set against tight stepping swinging beats. This track is built around the b-line and beats which are given junglesque details.
High strings and atmospheric fx, together with the vocal sample are spliced into the tune to give texture. The tune works through another drop
and then proceeds to a breakdown. After which the bass line is reversed - designed to surprise the dancefloor - before returning to the
original groove and final climax. This is an exercise in energetic bass n beats, referencing early jump -up jungle [without any of its
predictable excesses] and two-step swing - given the trademark 23Hz+Numaestro Mediterranean twist. A real goodtime club banger
- this tune has been a fixture in Numaestro's DJ sessions proving to be a crowd favourite.
Review: Adesse Versions' second release combines a touch of Baile Funk with some classic Balearic samples, a touch of Dance Mania and deep, liquid house pads from the heart of Detroit. This can mostly be said for the A-side's "Color Talkin", while there's a stripped back alternative in "Drums Talkin". Not content with the one alternative there's a drum machine heavy rework of both tunes in "Leaving The '90s" while there's argument to be had that "Dread At The Controls" is a Jamaican riddim version made for a hot summer's dancefloor.