Review: The Bristol scientist returns! After a smattering of outings on the likes of Doc Scott's 31, one of drum & bass music's most important and influential boundary-breakers is about to drop his first album in 14 years... The Edge Of Everything drops on Crosstown Rebels in November, and here's the first teaser: 'Constructive Ambiguity', a cinematic 12 minute opus, it groans and yearns with a solemn musicality before eventually exploding in a two-step tear-out. 'Tree Of Life', meanwhile, is a much more militant piece of work with its hammering kicks, ominous drone and fearlessness. War music, pure and simple.
Review: Over the last few years, Damian Lazarus' albums, made in cahoots with the ever-changing Ancient Moons collective, have got progressively more exotic and infused with all manner of global sounds and rhythms. You can still hear some of those haunting and otherworldly sounds (think drifting vocals, plucked Middle Eastern strings, hazy chords etc) on his new solo album, Flourish, though this time they act as musical toppings for a range of smooth tech-house, breakbeat and electro grooves. It's a successful musical fusion that will certainly appeal to the Crosstown Rebels founder's many fans, with highlights including recent single 'Mountain', surprise ambient cut 'Bas' and picturesque vocal number 'Into the Sun' (with sometime Hot Since 82 and CamelPhat collaborator Jem Cooke).