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ALBUMS
VARIOUS ED RUSH & OPTICAL MIKE RELM SILVER STATE OF MIND
THE AGE OF OUTSIDERS 2 TRAVEL THE GALAXY SPECTACLE DANCE, DANCE, DANCE FASTER THAN LIGHT
PARADOX MUSIC VIRUS RADIO FRIED NEMESIS STATE OF MIND
Not content with producing his The long awaited new Ed Rush San Francisco based visual artist and Former Accidental Hero and Sonic After a series of excellent samplers,
artist album, Paradox simultaneously & Optical long player is finally mash-up DJ Mike Relm presents cohort Silver has been ploughing his NZ duo State Of Mind finally drop
worked on the second volume of his unleashed and as has been sug- his debut LP ‘Spectacle’ and it’s a own furrow for a number of years their sophomore album ‘Faster Than
Outsiders project. From the offset gested on the rumour mill, ‘Travel The refreshing fusion of Relm’s electronic now as a solo artist, but ‘Dance, Light’ and it’s a heavyweight docu-
and the hypnotic tones of Infest’s Galaxy’ revisits the ground covered by production sensibilities and the range Dance, Dance’ sees him release ment of how far this crew have come
‘The Day in Pictures’, it’s clear that the duo on their seminal 1998 debut of flavours brought by the array of his long awaited debut LP. Rolling in the four short years since they de-
this is intelligent d&b for the more ‘Wormhole’ and drags it kicking and vocalists selected for the project. through the styles at will (even buted on Total Science’s CIA imprint.
discerning listener, pulled together screaming into the future. Having Featuring contributions from the including a brace of non d&b tracks), With consummately smooth produc-
by the master of this niche genre. 20 spawned a million imitators, this likes of rappers Del Tha Funkee Silver displays his versatility across tion values throughout, the boys roll
tracks carefully sculpted by a variety record shows ‘em all how techstep Homosapien, Mr Lif and The Gift the album but keeps his production through eleven tracks of hard hitting
of producers in symbiosis with an / neurofunk, whatever you want to Of Gab, rockers Morningwood and tight throughout. With guest contribu- futuristic d&b flavours, with the
artist creating four oil paintings, all call it, should be done. ‘Padded Cells’ Fischerspooner backing vocalist tions from the likes of Digital, A-Sides, gnarly tech-funk factor cranked right
giving their interpretation of being an and ‘Chubrub’ are standouts, but Adrian Hartley, the vibe is most cer- Jenna G, Skream and Gridlok, this is up. Featuring collaborations with the
outsider. Simply beautiful! the gauntlet has been well and truly tainly eclectic but Relm has indelibly as good an artist album as you are likes of Chris SU and Axiom, this is
thrown down with this album. stamped his unique personality all likely to hear all year. heavyweight fare all the way.
over this record.
TERRY LYNN EL B VARIOUS NO NAMES DOOM
KINSTONLOGIC 2.0 ROOTS OF EL B NASHA V3 STRICTLY GRIZZNESS BORN LIKE THIS
PHREE MUSIC TEMPA NASHA DENTED RECORDS LEX
Kingstonlogic 2.0 announces the ar- ‘Roots Of El B’ highlights the miss- The Nasha crew returns with its first DJ No Names’ ‘Strictly Grizzness’ Doom’s first solo LP in five years is
rival of a major, alternative dancehall ing link between UK garage and compilation in three years and it’s captures the energy and force of 21st comic book fantasy: superheroes
voice: Terry Lynn is clearly a smart dubstep. It’s largely finely poised most definitely worth the wait as nine century UK street music (dubstep and villains seem childish but in
young woman, with an awareness of slinky twostep with noirish, dark producers marry bass, beats (of vary- and grime) through busy, fast mixing. fact enable the masked rapper (and
social, economic and political issues, atmospheres. Although drawn from ing tempos) and Eastern influences. Grime-teen Chipmunk, fiery Ghetto friends including Raekwon, Ghosface,
and these unfold against a varied 2000 to 2002, this still feels fresh: Bollywood (dialogue, vocals) samples and prickly Wiley, as well as brothers Posdnous, Prince Paul) with a scuffed
backdrop (electro, soul, lovers rock, lo-fi melodies, fuzzy pads, warped add a cinematic dimension to Wrong Skepta and JME appear and rappers voice, to assume an alter-ego and
gospel). ‘Child Of The Soul’ highlights vocals, wildlife samples, wood block Number and Cop Killer. The Dark including Orifice and Kyza ride thun- conjure brilliantly twisted allegories.
Kingston’s ‘ghetto, guns and gang- percussion and reverb are weaved Knight (aka Sukh Knight) steals the derous dubstep riddims, provided by ‘Born Like This’ is both compelling
stas’, anthemic title track recasts into broken beat / two step rhythms, show with the foreboding arrange- its biggest artists (Mala, Benga, Coki, and puzzling. Doom revels in his role
Daft Punk’s ‘Technologique’ into a and topped with ragga-chat, MCs and ment of tablas, sirens and creeping Skream). This brilliant mix indicates as a super villain - hip hop would be
chilling commentary on gunmen, goodtime garage vocals. It’s a fitting sub bass of ‘Knightlife’, the thugstep disparate strands of homegrown in a much better place with more bad
while ‘Politricks’ rails against the tribute to the contribution of El B and of ‘Cop Killer’, while the foray into the street music are coming together in a guys of his ilk.
system and lack of justice. Poignant the Ghost Camp who shaped the next sparse electro-tabla funk of ‘Shandy’ formidable, unstoppable alliance.
and powerful. era of UK bass music from his garden is intriguing.
shed in Streatham.
JOE BUDDEN ASAVIOUR & DJ IQ VARIOUS ESOTERIC THUNDERHEIST
PADDED ROOM THE A LOOP THEORY DILLANTHOLOGY VOL 1 SERVE OR SUFFER THUNDERHEIST
HIP HOP VILLAGE SAVING GRACE RAPSTER FLY CASUAL CREATIVE BIG DADA
Having burst onto the scene back Fresh from his excellent ‘The The legacy of the late, great J Dilla is Some thirteen years after his debut Rapper Isis and producer Graham
in 2003 when his debut album Borrowed Ladder’ album, Yorkshire’s celebrated on the ‘Dillanthology Vol release, prolific Boston rapper / Zilla, form a formidable booty shak-
‘Pump It Up’ landed on Def Jam to finest Asaviour forms a dream 1’ compilation and it’s his numerous producer Esoteric (best known for ing, arse pinching electro rap act as
overwhelming success, all has been team with former DMC Champ and amazing productions for other artists his work alongside 7L) releases his Thunderheist. The Canadian duo deal
relatively quiet on the Joe Budden beatsmith extraordinaire DJ IQ on the that are highlighted here. So the com- first solo instrumental album. It’s in smart, sassy uptempo dancefloor
front recently, save for his ‘Mood forward thinking and decidedly ambi- ing volumes will be geared towards a melting pot of different hip hop hip hop, with Isis waxing lyrical from
Muzik’ mixtape series. Now he’s back tious ‘The A Loop Theory’. Coming his own projects and remixes, but in influences with carefully selected a refreshing female perspective on
with his long awaited sophomore straight out of the year 2050, this the meantime, satisfy your hunger choice samples and cut and paste feeling sexy, underage clubbing,
studio effort and it doesn’t disappoint. is some next level shizzle and no for the great man’s work by kicking breaks the order of the day. Littered partying, fresh flesh, and shopping,
He ropes in The Game on single ‘The mistake, like no other hip hop record back and admiring the true genius of with snippets lovingly culled from TV while Zilla provides the bumping
Future’ but let’s not hold that against you will hear this year. Queuing up to The Pharcyde’s ‘Runnin’, ‘The Light’ and film history, this is both a geeks dancefloor friendly backdrops span-
him as the album as a whole serves lend their vocal talents to the project by Common, De La Soul’s ‘Stakes Is paradise and a wonderfully crafted ning low riding crunk, sci-fi synths,
as a refreshing alternative to current are Jehst, Kyza, Verb T, Kashmere, High’ and countless other timeless J instrumental hip hop LP. rumbling space rock, crunching disco
mainstream hip hop. Dubbledge and Graziella. Nuff said. Dilla classics. and booming gutter electro. Princess
Superstar meets Spank Rock.
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