Review: Ikonika returns with her first new material in almost two years, and its absolutely blinding. The title track takes her typically funky approach in the rhythm department and drapes ice cold sheets of electrode synths over the top, making audible the Starfox inspired Mode 7 SNES vector graphics on the cover. On the flip, "Cold Soaking" delivers jagged shards of bass and crystalline melody, jutting off at obtuse angles, while "PR812" completes the trio of videogame inspired beats, with a searching melody that sounds like its come straight out of a Japanese RPG, albeit with jackhammer beats that show the producer remains peerless.
Review: Rotterdam grime time: JLSXND7RS steps up with "Swift", a groaning, bleak jam with depth plunge bass tones that echo deep into the ground. Nico Lindsay provides the lyrical drama as he rifles through a sharp stream of conscious truths. Remix-wise Trends recharges the flow with a much more militant twist as AK47 snares cause serious damage. Loaded with instrumentals, all situations are covered here.
Review: Miguel Gil Tertre dusts off his Strand hat for some glitched-out IDM beat freakery. The title track sets the statement for the whole EP: a chaotic 8-bit brew of frenetic drums and over-layered data textures, it's instant insanity. Dig deeper for an array of weirded out compositions; the 22nd century jazz creativity of "Alvaro" and the mischievous mangled juke-meets-rave styles of "You Need A Friend" and the discordant Apparat-style stretches and bends of "Ana & I". Unique.