Review: Thuggy's up to his ravey tricks again. A man just as capable of pushing you off a cliff with his deadly hardcore bangers as he is flipping ATB's "Till I Come" into a breakbeat monster, anything is possible when this man's in town. Just like this killer EP on Warehouse Rave. From the deep, emotional, almost Orbitalesque intro track "Concussion" we're then hit by bouncy rave bubbles on "Coordinated Love", aquatic bewilderment on "Fatigue" and the pensive flighty finale "It Was Us Or Them". Thug life, Thug love.
Review: He may be based in Copenhagen, but rising star Adam "Main Phase" Emil makes UK garage so authentic that it could have been made by two dudes in Elephant and Castle. Further proof arrives via "Bluku" and "Eski", the two A-side tracks from his latest must-check EP. Both are sub-heavy two-step workouts whose warped bass sounds and eight-bit melodies owe plenty to another London-pioneered style, grime. Over on the flip, he takes us back to the rave era via the slack-tuned breakbeats, sparkling piano stabs, echoing female vocal snippets and elongated dark garage bass of "Cool Down (93 Mix)", before peppering a bustling, pitched-down jungle break with more ear-pleasing, 16-bit synth sounds on "All of the People".
Review: Back on the buff stuff! Rising UKG act Y U QT return to Warehouse Rave who they released their debut with this time last year, with another sassy five track session. All garage styles covered from the sweet sunshine vibes ('Can I Say', 'Sundae Gelato') to the twisted rave jumps and stutters ('I Believe') to the headsy hip-twisters that have a jazzy mind of their own ('Liquid Magma') Cute.
Review: Rebellion Electronics bossman Seb Eusebeia makes his debut on Warehouse Rave with four stimulating outer-planetary explorations. Side A is a tale of two halves as 'Evolution I' and 'Evolution II' bounce and reflect off each other. The former, a mournful moment of halftime with creeped out arpeggios and chilling tones, the latter a more brazen up-tempo junglised twist. Flip for two more adventures; 'Liberation' indulges in a luxurious two minute beatless intro before jumping into a breakbeat frenzy before 'Late Bloom' closes the EP on an all-out jungle assault that you could imagine hearing at Rupture or in the sets of Dead Man's Chest. Amen to that.