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60 ESSENTIAL REVIEWS
D&B
SINGLES
MIJATOHO – 050505 ILL LOGIC & RAF – BE FREE ZINC – ROBOT PARTY DJ FRESH MOBY
JERONA FRUITS DZR BINGO – CLAP / EXHALE: INHALE – ALICE (NOISIA REMIXES)
Swiss super producer Mijatoho Ill Logic & Raf make a The intro to ‘Robot Party’ starts MIX MUTE
brings the pressure on South welcome return to the fray out almost exactly like Zinc’s BREAKBEAT KAOS Dance music superstar Moby
London’s ever-consistent with their first release since previous release ‘Japache’ Fresh from his forays into breaks elects Dutch trio Noisia to bring
Jerona Fruits label. Revered in last year’s ‘Syracuse EP’ on but instead of the monster with Deekline & Wizard (did you their seriously dirty tech funk
tech house and minimal circles Bingo. Similarly, the excellent bassline, the drop brings see what I did there), Dan Stein to the table on this remix of his
for his work under the Michal DZR label has been off the some curious pinging FX and returns to the drum & bass downbeat ‘Alice’. The disturbing
Ho alias, Mijatoho’s d&b output radar for some time and they his trademark oscillations tempo with a two tracker that vocal is retained with Noisia
has been sporadic but always reunite for this excellent 12”. and pitch bends, one for mixes peak-time rave noise with going for broke halfway through,
of the highest quality. Here he ‘Be Free’ carries a wistful the headphone crew! Bingo killer hooks and cutting edge when the track goes into a full
laces ‘050505’ with deep subs vocal and sublime Rhodes classic ‘Hold On’ gets the relick production; all giving this record on d&b assault. They switch
and dark atmospherics and with live sounding drums treatment from Krust on the broad DJ and dancefloor appeal. it down for the flip, bringing
conjures up a deadly roller. Flip used to full effect. On the flip, flipside, who heads straight for Both tracks are highly playable a floaty vibe to proceedings,
for ‘Jazzgal’, a smoother but ‘Smash Daddy’ is an energetic dancefloor devastation with a and enjoyable, ‘Clap’ a right old which serves as a pleasant
no less intricate track that is funk-fuelled workout with relentless marching groove and stomper mixing hip hop influence alternative to the tear-out
reminiscent of early Photek. scattergun beats, double bass a considerably high wobble with Prodigy-esque bleep lines mayhem on the A side.
and a jazzy guitar lick. factor. and similar yet nuttier still is
the ultra-rumbustious reggae-
fuelled ‘Exhale’.
RAW Q – CASPIAN MOON BROTHER – GRACE TC DJ PLEASURE – COLT 45 BLAME – HIRO
INFLUENCE SONOROUS – WHERE’S MY MONEY BLUEPRINT BLAME MUSIC
Aaron Jay’s Influence label ‘Grace’ is a deeply musical (CLIPZ REMIX) DJ Pleasure comes correct Now in his seventeenth year
follows up Brother’s excellent d&b outing from one of the D STYLE with a vintage Clint Eastwood as a Premier League producer,
opener with this deep but year’s mostly hotly tipped TC’s monster anthem gets sample and lashings of wobble Blame continues to release
lively roller from New Yorker new producers. Having gained the overhaul from Clipz who bass on ‘Colt 45’ the latest deeply original material
Raw Q. Fresh from releases on much recognition for his recent provides the comedy response dancefloor rocker to emerge that steers clear of the d&b
Bingo and Grid, Mr Q brings a releases on Influence and to the original, infamous phone from the excellent Blueprint mainstream and retains an air
distinctly Eastern flavour to Industry, Brother fuses a wistful conversation which climaxes in camp. Following on from top of integrity in a marketplace
‘Caspian Moon’ with a swooping male vocal with rolling drums a great big ‘I ain’t got no money!’ drawer releases from the likes dominated by the quick fix
female vocal and insistent and tinkling pianos to create a He throws a whole heap of of Jaydan and Steppa, Blueprint and the disposable tune. He
bongos. ‘Summer Rain’ flips melancholic track that glides extra ingredients into the mix keep up the pressure with this launches his brand new Blame
the script with a lilting sax straight into your subconscious. and serves up large dollops storming 12” which marks DJ Music imprint with this pair of
and melancholic pianos, ‘Little Child’ is another well- of squelch alongside some Pleasure out as one to watch. intricate and complex Eastern
underpinned by steppy beats crafted exercise in deep and seriously pounding drums and Flipside ‘The Wizard’ sticks to tinged tracks that will hit the
that tip more than a nod to subtle Calibre style beats. extra FX. ‘Drinks’, featuring Jakes, the tried and tested formula. If dancefloor just as hard as any
Logical Progression era Bukem. is also featured here having only it ain’t broke... throwaway jump-up currently
A fine release. previously been available on the doing the rounds.
CD version of ‘Evolution’.
ANDY SKOPES & THE SITH VARIOUS CABBIE & PROBE – MR JAH HENCHMAN SUBFOCUS
– DROP THE TRUTH – SHOGUN ASSASSINS EP 3 CHRONIC – END IS NEAR – TIMEWARP / JOIN THE
SOOTHSAYER SHOGUN AUDIO Cabbie & Probe continue their STREET ART DOTS
Soothsayer continue on their Friction’s imprint showcase steady climb up the ladder Brand new label Street Art RAM
mission to plough the outer a broad range of styles on with this tidy release on bursts into life with a brace of Whilst the majority of producers
furrows of the d&b sphere this, the third instalment of Chronic. Here they offer up ‘Mr deadly bangers. Henchman’s play around with tired Amen
with this seriously nasty their ‘Shogun Assassins EP’. Jah’, a reggae soaked stomper ‘End Is Near’ begins with a drums, one revolutionary is
12” on which Andy Skopes Kicking off with the intricate which blends horn sounds with widescreen, cinematic intro using their creative gift to push
displays his versatility drum patterns and haunting conscious vocal snippets over but before you know it, the D&B forward. Tech house and
and shows another, darker atmospherics of Icicle’s ‘Minus’ a bouncy groove, a potential drop arrives from nowhere and techno have seen a resurgence
side to his personality. In which recalls the sonic mastery carnival favourite. ‘New Style’ is licks you round the back of the recently and Subfocus has
collaboration with The Sith of Photek in his heyday. Alix built around a famous Beastie head and the cry goes out ‘the taken everything appealing
on this release, they turn in a Perez goes all autumnal on Boys sample before the track end is near...!’ Majistrate & about them and injected the
pair of brain-twisting Amen us, ‘Stray’ sounding sublime explodes into a jump-up Nicol do the damage on the flip results into ‘Timewarp’. The
smashers with enough drum with its reversed pads and monster which stalks you with ‘Elite Unit’, which cracks result? A 4/4 techno-styled
edits to keep even the most filtered vocals. Unfortunately, for a couple of blocks before along at a fair old pace and record with a 12/8 groove
ardent forum fanny happy. Spectrasoul’s ‘The Tube’ and jumping out and scaring the takes no prisoners. at 174 BPM, basslines and
This is serious stuff and I’m off ‘Goes Around’ from Zero T were shit out of you. FX straight from the upper
for a lie-down... omitted from our press CD, but echelons of tech-house, inside
we’re sure they’re amazing! a high-tech D&B melting pot.
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