Review: The words 'Technimatic' and 'remix' should be enough to whet most junglists' whistles right here... Taking Macca and Loz's 2014 breezy, break-fuelled roller and stripping back into something a little more delicate and hypnotic, it's straight out of the remix rule book. Flip for a brand new original from Polish player Silence Groove. Conjuring up similar feels to Brookes Brothers "Tear You Down" but with heavier emphasis on the orchestral sample, it's coated in so much emotion you may have to provide post-drop counselling to the more sensitive members of your dancefloor.
Review: Two delicious slabs of Goodlooking-style timelessness right here from longstanding veteran Madcap. 'Hide' hits with a PFM-esque breeziness to it with twinkling arpeggios and subtle slices of surging diva vocals while 'Morning Time' surges us into the night with a much heavier groove. Full-on amens, urgent vocal one-shots, raw edits and a subtle funk that wouldn't have sounded out of place at Swerve back in 2000, Madcap knows the science and the soul.
Review: Now here's a pairing of junglist minds. Madcap has been chipping away at the game since 19longtime, each track expressing deep roots but a heavy, skin-burning contemporary production punch. DJ Trax is a certified pioneer who's been there since the very beginning. Here they share a 12 on the equally legacy-rich label Skeleton and Madcap takes the lead: "Warning" punches with stacks of space and a swing so broad you can hear every percussive hit perfectly while "Empire Dub" gets even more roomy and jazzy. Meanwhile on the flip Trax continues the break craft. "Alien Forces" combines deep Bristol/Goodlooking atmospheres and Essex rave drums while some serious snake-charming juju with the apache break can be found on "Can't Stop Won't Stop." Don't stop.
Review: Heavy co-lab business, Bristol boys Mako and Mikal tag-up for a serious lesson on Mako's Utopia. "Under The Earth" takes the lead and you can spot the breaks as they fly by, all switching and cutting almost every beat at points before suddenly dropping out of the mix and leaving you in a bewilderingly oceanic breakdown. "Switch It", meanwhile, lives up to its name with a fantastically strange beat. Kinda 4/4 in spirit, there's a new sound lurking in this which is only just being explored here. Switch? Completely flip things beyond belief more like.
Review: Mandidextrous on Prspct with The DJ Producer on remix duties... If you think that description alone sounds nutty, then the record will blow your mind. Mandi takes the lead with their Boxxi alias, laying a pretty chill (in comparison) ground work for the rave lunacy that follows. Firstly Mandi gives it a hyped-addled D&B twist before handing over the reigns to Luke Producer McMillan for an absolute sledgehammer Arial Assault remix before Mandi closes the EP down with another full-strength twist. 190 BPM non binary bedlam... Just the way the Amen 4 Tekno queen likes it. Ready for take-off?
Review: There is a lot of information to be processed in listening to the latest EP from Mauser, appearing on Plan B recordings with no interest in sticking to one style. As such, the EP kicks off with the sublime, electro-inflected soul of "TX77" before completely switching stance to the frantic jungle tear-out of "Get Mad", which still manages to channel a healthy amount of jazzy tones into the mix at the same time. On the flip side there's a more pronounced acid flavour at work on "XR665", without dropping that soulful melodic lilt, and then "Alright" finishes the EP off with a more distinctively jazzed-out vibe that should please all manner of shape-throwing sound boys and girls.
Actraiser - "Starsigns" (Random Movement remix) (5:45)
Naibu - "Clouds" (Electrosoul remix) (5:21)
DJ Trax - "Just Breath" (6:53)
Review: Techmosphere 03 is a monstrous 25 track album on Scientific Records that will be available digitally soon, but before that comes a sampler packed with six gems from it, three of which are originals, and the other three are remixes. Silence Groove's remix of "Northern Light" and his original "Patterns" are two silky and liquid rollers that go super deep, while Electrosoul's take on Naibu's "Clouds" is much more ragged and rhythmic thanks to its crisp hits and rasping bass. There's more raw energy on the crashing loops of DJ Trax's "Just Breath" but a heavenly vocal will also suspend you in a celestial atmosphere in between drum breaks.
Review: MC Fava releases his debut artist EP and he's doing it in pure style as he recruits some of the most respected producers in the game: Logistics, Nymfo, LAOS, Seba and Klute. It doesn't get much better than that, and neither do the vibes; the soft harmonies on "Transatlantic", the yearning poignancy of "We Lose", the total uplift and emotion of "Waiting", the star gazing thrust of "Hearts Wander" and the darker drive of the almighty finale "Another Me" all comprise and fuse to paint the clearest picture of Fava's unique musical style to date. Let's hope we see more.
Review: Who Dem Sound smash it again as J Robinson dons his Meditator alias to link with the mighty Ink. The result needs to be heard to be understood. A nod to the Goodlooking and early Creative Source influence, everything about "Kinghtsdale" twinkles and shimmers in that silky, rolling way that's half way between jazz school and Jupiter. Need a little more celestial oomph? Flip for the Smokers remix. Trust us, this is every bit as beautiful as the marbled vinyl suggests.
Review: Drum&BassArena award winning Austrian Mefjus proves his hype once again with two outrageously heavy cuts. "Contemporary" (a collaboration with the equally talented Icicle) has already become an early seasonal highlight, all sheet metal sound design and mind-bending dynamics. "Dissaude" is heavier again; tub-thumping drama with a cinematic sense of drama, it's contemporary neuro on a Phace & Misanthrop level. Something tells us more awards will find their way onto the Mefjus trophy cabinet in the near future.
Review: Now this is how you start a label in the new decade. Following the carnage of Cocktail Party Effect's release late last year comes the label boss Monic with three far-out adventures, two of which are of a heavily junglised nature. "Regeneration" comes first, a brass-melting riot that sits somewhere between Paradox and Bass Clef in its spirit and attitude. "Research Methods" is more of a drum & bass design, all steppy and paranoid and nodding heavily in the direction of No U-Turn. Last but not least we have the jazzy halftime drum odyssey "Always For Tomorrow". Don't wait until tomorrow for this one.
Vintage (Ontology Hard N' Mellow remix part 1) (6:29)
Guru Meditation (5:31)
Vintage (Ontology Hard N' Mellow remix part 2) (7:16)
Review: Old skool jungle flavours get put through the mincer of 21st century studio techniques on this double 12" pack from Mike Symiakos. The title tracks uses raging Amen breaks - all smashed up and re-built in wonderous new shapes, of course - some lovely sound system sirens, smooth synths and a reggae MC adding his echoing textures to create junglist heaven. The red, gold and green rasta credentials continue over into 'Guru Meditation', definitely one for fans of early 4Hero and Reinforced releases, and the two remixes of 'Vintage'. Everything here is firing on all cylinders, but it's executed with plenty of dynamics and technological dexterity.
Review: 31 Records, CIA, Subtitles... This is the calibre of label Myth is dealing with here. Now add The North Quarter as the Truth members continues to bulldozer 2020 with his rattling, subby bubblers. Four cuts in total, each one as system-primed and spacious as the next, Myth captures the essence of dnb jungle in all directions; the Headzian paranoid chimes and neck-snap step of 'Horror', the echoes of Soulr on 'One Note Funk', the Digital and Spirit-ready dubby bash-about 'Long Time' and the loose jazzy Reinforced roominess and trippy warps of '3rd Time Lucky'. Longtime loving this.
Review: UK meets Finland meets Poland by way of Germany: Alphacuts have recruited a crack team of forward-thinkers for their latest dispatch. Ridgway pushes the button with a star-lit halftime hybrid that borders on pure trance such is it euphoric width and scope. Deeper again Out Of Fuel provide the most junglistic cut of the EP with echoes of Photek in the drums and spatial dynamic. On the B: Elemental balances an unforgiving experimental aesthetic with a bassline that bounces with London pride and we finalise with Material's DBR-style doomy halftime roller "Tons Dub" that was tailor made for deep mix pleasure. No swift cuts needed here.
Review: Hitting a remarkable 400 releases in their catalogue, the mighty Hospital Records enlist a whole spectrum of high grade link-ups to celebrate. First up is the bossman London Elektricity and Hozzy heavyweight S.P.Y on the prowling, purring 'Find Another Fool'. They're joined by Subwave, Bop and Degs on the cosmic soul vibe 'The Shade' before Makoto and Urbandawn get all hairy and ravey on the walloping Conrad-featured 'Magic Eyes'. Rounding up the EP comes the jazzy vocal yearns of 'Broken Bones' from Mitekiss and Whiney, Fred V and Loggy on a planet-bounding bruise-up with 'You Keep Me High' before Keeno and Polaris close the EP with skin-rippling operatic anthemia. Here's to another 400.
Review: It's another Headz special! Bristol's finest Utopian, the man like Mako, delivers his debut solo album and it's every bit as deep, detailed and sense-slapping as you'd expect it to be. From the brilliantly brutalist "One Reality" to the rave-melting halftime switching "Flip It" via the bouncy harmonics of "Hoxton Home" and the depth plunge bassline and Subtitles-style rawness of the stripped back arrangement on "Offline", like all Metalheadz albums - and indeed Mako productions - this is a properly considered, thoughtful and detailed body of work. Essential.