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ALASKA & NUCLEUS ALIX PEREZ THE INSIDERS LOGISTICS LOMAX
ATACIARA / ARACIATA I’M FREE / MELANIE MELTDOWN / COLD STEEL JUNGLE MUSIC / TOYTOWN FAITH MASSIVE EP
ARCTIC SHOGUN AUDIO INTRIGUE HOSPITAL RAM
This is a chilled, ambient release from ‘I’m Free’ sees Alix Perez exploring Ayah of the Lucky Devil Music crew Logistics returns with his first new Lomax’s EP definitely has that classic
Alaska, otherwise known as Paradox, a techier sound than we’ve heard has been focusing on her solo singing material since last year’s ‘Reality Ram sound, with tight production,
who now chops his breaks in the before, littering the track with blips career and it’s paying dividends. Checkpoint’ album, aside from his heavy-hitting kicks and electro-style
chilly climes of Lithuania. A collabora- and squeaks that sound like a Teaming up with this hot Bristolian contributions to the recent ‘Future synth lines. The arrangements on
tion with long-standing comrade roomful of office machines trying to duo her beautiful vocals set a dreamy Sound of Cambridge 3’ LP. ‘Jungle this track show a maturity that only
Nucleus, ‘Ataciara’ is dreamy, out-funk James Brown. The flipside, tone to ‘Meltdown’ down before Ben Music’ is a stripped back stepper comes with immense technical
spacious trip featuring mellow pads, ‘Melanie’, is classic Perez, with and Joe hit you with some sick bass. with rumbling sub bass and an old skill. Lomax has blinding material
warm subs and a clean break punctu- sublime string samples and clean, The third release on The Insiders’ skool drum loop providing the simple to spare – just take the electrifying,
ated with pauses. The flipside takes precise drums giving way to a smooth own label is completed by ‘Cold Steel’ yet effective undertow. On the flip Tech Itch-style Amen on the intro to
the same pad sounds but loses the piano loop that sounds like the intro which after a slow start gets down ‘Toytown’ is more typical Logistics ‘Faith Massive’ that’s not even the
drums entirely. A tight release from to a Nat King Cole number. Classy to business with a rough, techy edge fare, a futuristic dancefloor filler with focus of the track… The biggest tune
what label owner Alaska claims is the stuff from the Belgian boy wonder, complete with grimey synth stabs and bagloads of energy and a chiming, could well be ‘Artisan VIP’, which
only 100% ambient jungle imprint in who is rapidly developing his own a jumping b-line. distorted keyboard riff leading the features an intense, warping bassline.
the world. unique style. way. Destructive.
BREAK / SURVIVAL ORIGINAL SIN THE UPBEATS BU – BROKEN PLANET (SYNCOPIX MADMEN & POETS
OUT OF NOWHERE / CROSS FIRE DOCTOR FEELS GOOD EP GHOST RADIO / 1968 REMIX) / COMMAND STRANGE AFRAID OF JAZZ
INTRIGUE PLAYAZ NON VOGUE BABY IT’S YOU DIGIPHUNK
DIGITAL COLOURS
The second release from The Original Sin fans won’t be disap- A sampler from New Zealand duo Another soulful release from Madmen
Insiders’ new label project and it’s pointed by this heavyweight release, The Upbeats’ forthcoming album ‘Big The sixth release from Barcelona & Poets, ‘Afraid of Jazz’ ticks all the
Premier League biz all the way. ‘Out which sees Playaz’s Newcastle pro- Skeleton’, this release boasts two label Digital Colours arrived at Kmag liquid boxes – piano, saxophone,
of Nowhere’ finds the matchless tégé doing what he does best: huge huge party tunes, with more than a HQ at the same time as the first prop- organ and Nina Simone-esque vocal
Break in stripped-down, sultry form, basslines with plenty of distorted hint of a punk / rock influence. The er sunshine all year. A coincidence? are all present, blending together in
and it’s a breath of beautifully fresh mid-range business. ‘Dr Feels Good’ anthemic intro on ‘Ghost Radio’, com- If so, it’s an appropriate one, as these a smooth, satisfying combination. On
air: funky breaks, swirling orchestra- starts with a catchy, stabbing piano bined with the dirty Reece bassline two uplifting, chunky liquid tracks are the flip, Lenzman gives the track a
tion and soothing, hypnotic vox loop and flanged vocal that builds to a and catchy synth are sure to secure the perfect accompaniment to sum- slightly edgier treatment, with a snap-
breeze deliciously along, while on momentous drop reminiscent of 2007 The Upbeats lasting popularity among mer. Syncopix’s remix of Bu’s ‘Broken pier snare and pulsing bass sound
the undercard, the sublime skills smash ‘Don’t Be Silly’. The standout the Pendulum generation. On the flip, Planet’ is a heavy-hitting, jazz-tinged reminiscent of Artificial Intelligence at
of veteran Survival alter the mood track is probably ‘Overfiend’, with its ‘1968’ doesn’t disappoint with its blast of a tune. But it’s Command their best. A slick, jazzy track from the
gloriously via ‘Cross Fire’ – a deep, ominous, drum-free build-up giving overblown sci-fi samples, chugging Strange’s effort on the flipside, with German label.
glitching, spectral roller of cavernous way to a ridiculous drop that’ll have riffs and rock-style drums. its tasteful pitched up vocals and
vocal echoes to savour. ravers screaming for a rewind. life-affirming carnival vibe that really
pushes our buttons. Muy bien!
DR FREEBS DATA RUFIGE CREW BOP SHOCK ONE
BENEATH THE REEF / WHITE ROOM MUTED / SPLICE EVER WANTED / SHANGHAI DUB SONG ABOUT MY DOG / RANDOM SHOCK ONE EP
CADENCE METALHEADZ METALHEADZ THOUGHTS VIPER
MED SCHOOL
This ambient drum & bass release Hotly tipped to spearhead D&B’s new Goldie proves he’s still one of the Fast rising Australian producer
would fit well on a kind of junglist ‘minimal’ direction, West London’s most innovative players in drum & A truly leftfield release from new Shock One steps up to the plate
chill-out compilation, perhaps a Café Data is fast establishing a highly bass with this hypnotic release under St Petersburg talent, Bop. ‘Song with this sterling four track EP for
Del Mar for drum & bass heads. Both original sound, which he showcases the Rufige Crew moniker. The female About My Dog’ takes the listener on Futurebound’s Viper imprint. Opener
tracks come in at over the seven to good effect on ‘Muted’. Tense, vocal on the intro to ‘Ever Wanted’ an meditative, electronic journey, ‘Polygon’ marries Danny Byrd style
minute mark, showing Dr Freebs isn’t tight drum programming and sparse (could it be Bjork?) sounds like half- recalling Aphex Twin in his ambient cut up vocals to progressive synths
afraid to take things slowly. ‘Beneath arrangement combine to create a heard whispers from a twisted dream. phases. This track is soft and floaty – reminiscent of Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’
the Reef’ begins with a distant moody, bassy, rolling track that’s both A second vocal is heavily processed a suitable companion for spaced-out, with impressive results. On ‘Chronic’
electric guitar, before dropping some dark and seductive. ‘Splice’ offers a to sound like the mournful refrain of post-rave mornings. ‘Random he teams up with MC Spyda for a
gentle, intricate drum edits and airy slightly more jarring sound, with its an Indian raga. ‘Shanghai Dub’ takes Thoughts’ is slightly more upbeat, futuristic ragga d&b anthem and ‘True
pads. There’s plenty of space and tinny percussion and off-key droning a half-stepping drum pattern and with its muted drums and glitchy fills Believer’ featuring Phetsta and Metrik
atmosphere on both this and the flip, synth sounds giving way to a heavy, adds dense, rippling bass textures. calling to mind Boards of Canada. fuses jungle loops with old skool
‘White Room’, which has a New Age, growling bassline. Ignore this at your Deep, deep music that rewards A chilled and soothing release from pianos. EP closer ‘Adichigahara’s
hippy vibe. peril … repeated listening. Med School, Hospital’s outlet for its Theme’ rolls out on a heavyweight
more experimental electronic pieces. Eastern influenced dubstep tip.
Impressive stuff.
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