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MUTT THE QEMISTS FT. JENNA G SPECTRASOUL TANTRUM DESIRE VICIOUS CIRCLE
OFF THE CUFF / OVER ON THE RUN ALIBI (BREAK REMIX) / ORGANISER SMILE / READY TO GO RELAPSE / HAVANA
INSIDE NINJA TUNE CRITICAL WORLDWIDE AUDIO DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
Another prime slice of subtle d&b The Qemists continue on their Break leaves a full 64 bars before Kool FM’s Tantrum Desire continue There’s a rough-cut, old-school
from Canadian producer Mutt who quest for world dominance with this introducing the drums on his remix their rich vein of form on Technique jungle vibe to this release from
wowed us with last year’s ‘Treading storming track which features d&b’s of Spectrasoul’s ‘Alibi’. It’s worth offshoot label Worldwide Audio. South London’s Vicious Circle that’s
Water’ LP for Horizons’ offshoot label hardest working songstress Jenna G the wait, because it’s classic Break: ‘Smile’ is straight from label boss’s a million miles away from the world
Inside. Latest single ‘Off The Cuff’ on vocal duties. Heavyweight produc- smoothness and crunch combining Drumsound & Bassline Smith school of cheesy synths and Pendusnares.
rides in on a minimal tip with busy tion values give ‘On The Run’ a sheen in blissful harmony. The track has a of d&b, all high end synths and ‘Relapse’ is a ruthless, grimey roller
percussion and bleepy FX offset by that not only makes it perfect daytime kind of mellow, dreamy quality, while sledgehammer drums, with a Heath that’s uncompromisingly deep and
a foreboding bass rumble. Flipside radio material but also lends it con- retaining a punchy sound. Pure class. Ledger as The Joker sample thrown threatening – definitely one ‘for the
‘Over’ is a dubbier affair, drenched in siderable dancefloor clout. Taken from On the flip, ‘Organiser’ employs a in for good measure. On the flip the heads’. On the flip, ‘Havana’ boasts
reverb with a familiar vocal sample their massive ‘Join The Q’ album, a droning, distorted vocal that sounds Tantrum boys overhaul John Legend’s a ridiculous sub bass that’s sure to
given the treatment and thrown in for VIP mix is included here alongside like the mechanical overlord of rave ‘Green Light’ vocal and create the break some necks, and ear drums.
good measure. Promising stuff from extra track ‘Play With Fire’, the type addressing his minions. The track stomper that is ‘Ready To Go’. Big boy Dutty jungle with an attitude problem,
Mr Mutt. of cross genre mash-up which these is completed by brooding bass and release, trust us! best step back and give these tunes
boys knock out in their sleep. minimal, metallic breaks. some space…
MUTATED FORMS BLU MAR TEN SUBTERRA BAL ALTERED CONDUCT
GLORY DAYS EP LOSE / ABOVE WORDS CELESTIAL / THE END MARQUEE MOON / BLOW UP INNER VOICES
ALLSORTS BLU MAR TEN FREQUENCY INFLUENCE URBAN SICKNESS
Mutated Forms show the eclectic side Former Bukem cohorts and Subterra makes his return to Ram off- Aaron Jay’s Influence label grows The Urban Sickness crew come
to their nature and flip the script on atmospheric d&b pioneers Blu Mar shoot Frequency after last year’s well steadily in stature with every release, correct for their latest release and
their previous releases with this liquid Ten have busied themselves with a received ‘Steppaholic’. ‘Celestial’ is the latest from Hungarian producer it’s Altered Conduct who take their
orientated four tracker for the Allsorts number of different musical genres a prime slice of audio deepness with Bal who offers up the deep slice of bow here with the deeply musical
label. Opening track ‘Pessimist’ in recent years, their ‘Black Water’ chiming pianos and a melancholic melancholia that is ‘Marquee Moon’ ‘Inner Voices’. Weaving orchestral
is a smooth roller with simple LP covering breaks and downtempo vocal underpinned by some deep for his debut 12”. With old school flourishes into the mix alongside a
piano flourishes, file under deep. styles. Here they make a welcome deep subs, a marked departure Detroit stylings, it’s subtle inflections heavy dose of sci-fi bleeps and blips
‘Homesick’ is another subtle lesson in return to the d&b fold with ‘Close’, from the usual dancefloor orientated and haunting pads all the way, and a vocodered vocal sample, this is
liquid excellence, while ‘Glory Days’ a dark and deadly roller with a hint Frequency style. For flipside ‘The End’ reminiscent of Marcus Intalex at his a well crafted slice of futuristic d&b.
treads a darker path with some low of late-‘90s techstep, while ‘Above Subterra collaborates with Dekko very best. ‘Blow Up’ switches up the Finland’s finest Contour ably handles
end rumble and busy drums. Finally, Words’ covers more traditional BMT and the pair come up trumps with deepness factor on the intro before remix duties and turns in a more
KG remixes ‘Behind The Scenes’ with ground with deep strings and chiming this tech influenced sci-fi roller that dropping a deep rumbling bassline commercial version complete with
an A.I. style oscillating bassline and keys. Final track ‘If I Could Tell You’ cracks along at a fair old pace. over a Photek like rhythm track. rousing synths and a stadium d&b
futuristic synths. uses a vocal snippet from The Human inspired banging rhythm track.
League to hauntingly beautiful effect.
SLEEPER CELL CALIBRE / ZERO T LEVEL 2 MC JAKES FT. TC CALIBRE
ASYMMETRIC / WAR HAWK HARDTIMES / LONG DISTANCE GOING BACK / FIRST ME HATERS / SWERVE TWO DROP / UNDERSTAND
DEF LTD V LIQUID V D-STYLE DEEP KUT
Sudden Def sister imprint Def Ltd The mighty Calibre returns with the The latest hot property from Sao “I’m gonna smash up the dance any Total Science’s CIA offshoot label
take us on a ride straight to the excellent ‘Hardtimes’ on this split Paulo making a name for himself God given day, cos I don’t give a fuck Deep Kut step back into the fold with
darkside on their latest banging 12”. 12” for V Recordings, while Zero T with his first release on Liquid V. what your other brothers say!” go these two beautifully constructed
Veteran Loxy comes correct on his takes care of business with flipside ‘Going Back’ combines minimal with the vocals in the breakdown of bass rollers from the man like Calibre. ‘Two
relick of Sleeper Cell’s ‘Asymmetric’ ‘Long Distance’. ‘Hardtimes’ is a soulful to great effect, as the bass monster, ‘Haters’. True to his word, Drop’ intros with autumnal strings
which brings razor sharp drums and typically stripped back Calibre affair rolls around the tune complimented Jakes doesn’t give a monkey’s as he and a steppy beat before a large dose
a phat dose of gnarly acid squelch with futuristic synths, steppy drums by a sprinkling of sci-fi style keys teams up with TC for some serious of rumbling bassline pressure kicks in
to complement the haunting strings and the usual cleverly placed vocal all topped off with a beautiful har- sub-abuse. The flip on the first vol- and instantly transports us deep into
that pervade the track throughout. sample. On the flip, ‘Long Distance’ is mony. The flip ‘First Me’ is similarly ume of The Jakes Project, ‘Swerve’, Calibre world. ‘Understand’, by way
Flipside ‘War Hawk’ sees Sleeper Cell a busier affair with techy floursishes, restrained with its use of a nice vocal is a much funkier number with the of contrast, is sparser, built around an
get even grimier on us with some a haunting male vocal and rolling harmony and sci-fi samples, carried chatted lyrics, rolling around some intricate rhythm track with futuristic
filthy low-end business. Not for the breaks. A welcome return to form for along gently by the bongo drums and slick double bass action. FX popping off all over the shop.
faint hearted. the legendary V Recordings camp. pulsing bass. Unmistakably Calibre.
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