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MOBTHROW PLANAS SENSELESS RECORDS BREAKAGE UNKNOWN
MutANt dubstep 3 ZuLu / QuANtuM sOuL – VOCALs & VeRsIONs pARt 1&2 RAIN / tOGetHeR pOLIZIA / dReAdLOK
SPECTRALIQUID LIVING IN dARKNess SENSELESS DIGITAL SOUNDBOY WAR
RANKING
Athens label Spectraliquid claims a Senseless Records have come cor- Both these tunes are top quality, but Perhaps the most exciting reggae
healthy disregard for genre boundar- There’s an earthy, authentic flavour rect with this two-part album release. for me it’s all about ‘Together’. This based dubstep release so far this
ies, with label founder Mobthrow to the latest release from Leeds ‘Vocals and Versions’ is one of the tune has been causing the damage year. This is the seventh release on
blending a number of electronic dubstep label Ranking. The pounding most refreshing releases I’ve heard in on dance floors for some time now. War and this one includes beats from
influences on the third instalment kick drum on ‘Zulu’ sounds like a a while. With beats from Senseless’ Using a vocal snippet from reggae the Unknown producer. Both sides of
in Spectraliquid’s ‘Mutant Dubstep’ giant, primal heartbeat, and listening very own Sarantis, Sasquatch and legend, David Roddigan, Breakage this vinyl are ten out of ten. ‘Polizia’ is
series. Ranging from downtempo to Planas’s all-consuming low-end Deville and lyrics from the likes of has created a stomper of a tune here. actually a remix and comes full force
tracks to dark, industrial dubstep is like being welcomed into the Bunnington Judah, Warrior Queen, Most definitely rewind material, make with skanking styles while beautifully
beats, this EP has a clanging, metallic womb of Africa itself. The roots YT and Foreign Beggars this release sure you hook yourself up with a copy timed steel drums keep the vibe
feel. The use of complex drum edits theme continues on the flipside with could be one of the most exciting of and as N-Type said: ‘Everybody loves bopping. All together a real good feel
gives some of the tracks an upbeat, Quantum Soul calling to mind distant 2009. Make sure you get yourself a a bit of Roddy’. good thing going on here. Another
breaksy sound – a nice diversion tribal drums on the intro to ‘Living copy, an essential purchase! essential purchase!
from the over-done dubstep half-time In Darkness’, before dropping a
stomp we hear so often. punchy, growling bassline that’ll have
dancefloors bouncing.
bReAKs
THE WRONGSTAR SOCIETY FREELAND THE ROGUE ELEMENT TIM HEALEY FT. ADAMO FAR TOO LOUD
Get WRONG / dOG bRAIN sOup uNdeR CONtROL esCALAtION GHettO bLAsteR MusIC FOR MACHINes
ELECTRIC TASTEBUDS MARINE PARADE EXCEPTIONAL IN STEREO FUNKATECH
Essex based breakbeat hooligans The Breaks legend Adam Freeland marks The ever-consistent The Rogue On which Tim Healey teams up with Funkatech delivers the goods once
Wrongstar Society make a welcome his move into the live arena with the Element comes up trumps once again Marc Adamo to produce a dirty house again with this slamming release
return with their first new material release of ‘Under Control’ on Marine with this bonkers breaks banger on / breaks crossover monster which which forms the first part of the
since last year’s excellent ‘Beats, Parade. Enlisting the help of a full Exceptional. ‘Escalation’ does exactly is currently slaying dancefloors left, ‘Music For Machines’ series. Far Too
Rhymes and Conflicts’ LP. ‘Get Wrong’ band, he fuses a fizzing guitar riff what it says on the tin with ascending right and centre. ‘Ghetto Blaster’ is an Loud harness the power on ‘All Is
is a funk-fuelled roller with a catchy with the vocals of Kurt Baumann to synth lines spiralling ever upwards, all-out anthem, lashings of squelched Machine’, a crazy technoid monster
vocal hookline and enough high-end create a true stompathon, much in underpinned by a funky electro influ- up bass dominating the track and with a heavy dose of acid mayhem
synth action to cause mayhem in the the vein of Hyper’s recent output, a enced rhythm track, rather like raving some well measured old skool and a relentless rhythm track.
dance. Flipside ‘Dog Brain Soup’ con- sort of post-Prodigy mash up. Taken in a large lift, we expect. On the flip, samples thrown in to the mix for good Specimen A takes things deeper
tinues the theme on a slightly subtler from his hotly anticipated ‘Cope’ al- recent single ‘Hive’ gets the relick measure. Hatiras houses things up on on their remix, a slightly darker
tip but still maintains the Wrongstars’ bum, due to drop in June and be sure treatment from Raffertie who turns in his remix, treading a slightly darker excursion into breaks territory with
trademark dirt factor. Real breaks for to catch the Freeland live experience a quirky techno / dubstep mash-up path and the Calvertron remix funks extra synth riffage and a monster
real people. on road soon. that takes no prisoners. things up with extra percussion and a breakdown. Main room breaks shizzle
switched up bassline. ahoy!
HIp HOp
JACK FLASH MR SCRUFF & ROOTS MANUVA XRABIT & DMGS VIRUS SYNDICATE KERO ONE FT. BEN WESTBEECH
FOuR MINute WARNING NICe up tHe FuNCtION dAMAGed GOOdZ MOsQuItO ep WHeN tHe suNsHINe COMes
KLINIK NINJA TUNE BIG DADA CONTAGIOUS PLUG LABEL
Yorkshireman Jack Flash unleashes Taken from Mr Scruff’s ‘Ninja Tuna’ Culled from their forthcoming debut Manc grime musketeers Virus Pure blissed out summertime vibes
another banger from last year’s album from late last year, this pair of album ‘Hello World’, Xrabit & DMGS Syndicate show their versatility on the on ‘When The Sunshine Comes’
‘Union Jack’ album in the shape of likely lads team up again, renewing offer up ‘Damaged Goodz’ which ‘Mosquito EP’ with super producer which sees San Francisco emcee /
‘Four Minute Warning’. Apa-Tight’s a partnership first forged on 1999’s sees the Texan rappers (also known Mrk1 offering up the lilting ‘Believe’, producer Kero One teaming up with
beat intros with funky horn stabs and ‘Keep It Unreal’ LP. Roots turns in a as Damaged Good$) teaming up with a sultry downbeat hip hop track Ben Westbeech for this precursor
a catchy female vocal hook before suitably unique vocal performance on East London beatsmith Xrabit. They which gives rappers JSD, Goldfinger to his forthcoming ‘Early Believers’
battle champ Mr Flash destroys the ‘Nice Up The Function’, while Scruff’s offer up a party banger which fuses and Nika D the opportunity to show album. Kero’s concise and clear rap-
track with his taut flow, spitting with remodelled beat adds extra bounce to the pair’s dirty south rapping style their more reflective sides. Second ping style is perfectly complemented
the accuracy of a true veteran, lyri- the track’s slightly off kilter squelch. and off the wall lyrics with Xrabit’s track ‘Vibrator’ is more typical Virus by Mr Westbeech’s uplifting chorus,
cally bang on point. Coming complete With the dub influenced original CBeebies influenced keyboard Syndicate fare, an electro influenced this one’s all about the good times,
with two Jack Flash produced included alongside extra track ‘Listen squiggles. With an alternate remix bassbin shaker. Last year’s white baby! Flipside ‘Welcome To The Bay’
remixes and extra track ‘1 am’ Up’ featuring Broke ‘n’ English, this is from Xrabit and a fresh relick from label smash ‘For The Music’ is also continues the theme with positive
featuring Thabo, this is UK hip hop a package not to be missed. Canadian producer Lunice this is hip included here in both vocal and dub vibes aplenty and a familiar sample
at its finest. hop, but not as we know it Jim. formats. previously heard on Evil Ed’s UK hip
hop classic ‘BBQ’.
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