Review: The fourth record in the Exit Planet Earth series features four more exclusive cuts designed for space travel.A
Exit Planet Earth - Hydrogen opens with no-nonsense electro from a master of the trade Sync 24 from Cultivated Electronics. 'The Rising' is an expertly produced bass heavy heater that is crying out to be played on a big rig. Representing Athe Melbourne chapter of the Lizard Tech Militia Reptant teams up with Dashiell for a mutant hybrid electro funk cut - 'Gortexia'.A
On the flip Moroccan heavy hitter Kosh returns to 20/20 Vision following his debut EPl 'Vicious Love'. Kosh offers up an intoxicating blend of deep melodic electro called 'Chaos in the City'. Wrapping the release up is James Shinra returning after his killer 'On & On' EP. Shinra rounds up this edition with an outstanding, unique composition 'Launch' that balances trademark melodies with a truly devastating distorted kick heavy reminiscent of classic Aphex Twin.
Review: Simona Drive and Alps 2 are outfits with pedigree: as performers, Simona Drive have toured with Maribou State; as individuals, Alps 2 and Simona Drive have released on 2020 Vision and Fatboy Slim's Southern Fried Records. And as a collective, they've launched Selby Sounds, receiving support from Radio 6 Music. Now, Ad Hoc Records proudly presents Simona Drive and Alps 2 on The Burnt EP, alongside Manchester legend, Goddard, on remix duties.
The Burnt EP is a showcase of ambient mastery - a wistful folktronic collage akin to the mellower stylings of Four Tet, Seb Wildblood and Ross From Friends. Listen for an eternally poised array of mesmeric shuffles and eclectic vocal chops that hint at its creators' genre-skipping technical expertise.
Slipping between states of rhythmic formality (Duck Tape) and freeform soundscapes (Empting), The Burnt EP vibrates on multiple levels. Threads of hip hop and lo-fi house (Burnt) embroider the tracklisting, uncovering a finessed sound that is at once both mellowed and full of intent.
Review: Club Quarantane is a 36-hour virtual rave brought to you by RA, YouTube and creatives from all over the electronic music community. It has hosted various online parties with some high class DJ since soon after we all entered lockdown. The results have kept people together while the selectors have served up plenty of sweet musical memories, some of which are now available to keep, forever, in the real world, thanks to this first compilation on vinyl. Assured newcomers like Solid Blake sit next to vital mainstays like Marcel Dettmann for this top notch tech outing.
Review: Marco Lazovic has been burning up dancefloors for over four years with his potent blend of house grooves and feisty jungle breakbeats, and so it continues on this new drop for Craft Music. "Dance System" is predominantly shaped out by gorgeous Detroit-inspired synths, but there's also some seriously spicy breaks choppage going off throughout the track. "The Dredwerkz" is a tight and punchy electro jam with plenty of melodic delights fluttering around the 808 drums, while "Daydreaming" gets further up the tempo range to outright ambient jungle a la early Good Looking. "End Theme" stays in jungle mode for an acute exercise in classic rollage.
Review: Stojche is a Berlin-based veteran of labels ranging from Dogmatik right up to a.r.t.less and Tangible Assets, and he's already had a strong 2020 with drops on Sungate and Grounded In Humanity. Now he comes to Infiltrate with some electro-wired sure shots that keep the tempo up, the synth work bold and the moods intense. "Trauma" rides on rich pads and a harmonious monosynth lead, while "Phobia" takes things freakier with some rapid fire percussion and icy stabs. "Thug Life" keeps the pressure up on the flip, albeit with some dubby melodic flex to temper the rabid beats. "Conflict" completes the set with deep-diving top lines and a decidedly nasty low end squelch you could lose your shoes in.
Review: Cologne's Johannes Kolter made his name as DJOKO, but his most recent outing under that alias for Talman Records also included a pair of tracks credited to Kolter. It's that artistic alias he's chosen to use on this single, which introduces the world to debutant imprint PILOT. It's an EP that's well worth checking out, not least for deliciously bass-heavy opener 'Went Too Far', a weighty, stab-happy and sample-heavy affair that recalls the occasional electro tracks made by early blepe & bass and hardcore producers. Garage-influenced breakbeat workout 'Get Into It' is another funk-fuelled treat, while jungle-influenced breaks shuffler 'Selectoor'[sic] is a bass-heavy beast. The German successfully rounds off a fine EP via 'Illumination', which reminded us a little of Orbital's most melodious early moments.
Review: Since breaking through with the colossal 'Anybody From London' on Hotline Recordings five years ago, Boris English AKA Borai has proved to be one of British dance music's more cultured hardcore and jungle revivalists. He's at it again here, too, filling his Vivid label debut with a quartet of sub-heavy, breakbeat-driven bangers dripping in saucer-eyed, rave-style samples. He begins with the sharp riffs, pitched down Amen breaks and booming bass of 'In My Life', before upping the tempo on bustling breaks roller 'Dead Drop'. English doffs his cap to spacey early drum & bass on loose-limbed flipside opener 'Keep Steppin', while closing cut 'C'Mon' is an insanely weighty, pitched-down hardcore bomb.
Review: Following some essential drops from the likes of Etch and Yosh, Vivid welcome Tamoshi into the fold for some sweet and cerebral trips through cut up breaks and moody soundscapes. "Come In" keeps things meditative thanks to harmonious pads lingering in the distance behind the amen chops, while "Check One" has a certain cheekiness not least round the low end. "Five" gets a little breakstep wriggle in its groove, but there's just as much focus on the other old-skool tropes that make up Tamoshi's sound. "Hold Tight" gets further towards 2-step rhythmic accents as it charges forth, sealing the deal on a laser-focused, bassweight record for all the breaks heads to get lively to.
Review: New Jersey's Toothgrinder have been active since 2010, hitting their stride with their debut album Nocturnal Masquerade in 2016 and following it up sharply with Phantom Amour. Quite rightly their breakthrough album, it saw the band amp up all aspects of their sound, from the powerful pop-minded harmonizing to the hyper-sheen of the guitars. Embracing an electronic attitude to production that adds a hi-tech finish to their full-fat, emo-tinged songs, it's a perfect document of a band with a lot to say and an irrepressible energy. Now repressed dude to popular demand, the album once again takes up three sides, with the fourth given over to an etching.