Review: Following seriously strong turns on Dat Pressure and Moodswing, the fast-rising DJ Perception drops another payload of 2-step firepower on us. Bringing the best of raw, stripped back garage to the party, "Reverse" is all insistent swinging beat, and it's a beat strong enough to keep you locked from start to finish. "Flyby" has a more broken beat flavour, not least thanks to the soaring, choppy chords. "Loose End" is a cheeky bouncer with some catchy chiming keys and rude bass to get silly to, and yet it still comes off incredibly classy. "Gonna Make You" rounds the EP out with a classy, smoky soul stepper - quite possibly the highlight of the whole record.
Review: Ukranian producer SE62 has been ducking in and out of the limelight since 2009, notching up impressive releases on labels like My Love Is Underground and Home Taping Is Killing Music. Now he returns to deliver the second release on Rhythm N Vibe, and does so in style. There's a tripped-out, heady atmosphere to "Secret Garden" that would sound incredible on a Sunday session at Panoramabar, while "Together" is a much rawer proposition. "Endorphins" is a curveball of a track, all uptempo stomp and off the wall samples, and "Insomnia" finishes the EP off with another switch up. The crafty breakstep flex of the drums and sparse atmosphere make for a cool and deadly variation to the rest of the EP.