Review: Following a whole run of releases on labels such as Encrypted, Version Collective and Deep Dark & Dangerous, Dutch darksmith Ramsez makes his debut on Jack Sparrow's Navy Cut. He does so with three stark blueprints; "Big Boi" backs up its badman title with a savage drill-like bassline and some of the wooziest beats he's crafted to date, "Swinger Club" gets a little sweary over deep space beats and a bassline that breathes while "Talk Crime" ends things on a pranged note as dissonant textures whip up deep mists and the bassline warps, melts and eventually combusts before your very ears. The only crime to talk of here would be to sleep on this...
Review: Navy Cut mainstay DM slides into our DMs fresh for 2020 with two powerful left-of-centre weapons. "Hamburg" counts us in with off-kilter funk and a barbed sense of AI mystique and tension that rises throughout. "Haste" on the flip struts with even more tension. What begins with minimal menace soon develops into a growling beast that's tightly sprung with drama. Serious business to kick off another smoking decade for camp Sparrow.
Review: Every bit as heavy as their name implies; Canadian duo Rockstone make their debut on Navy Cut with four granite jams designed to shake systems. "Atlantic" sets the scene with tidal bass chugs firing on automatic while "Real Sound" flips the vibe with a deep rootsical message. Flip for more stripped back designs; "Creation" is a meditative creeper with an exceptional twist in the bassline midway while "Infrared It" closes triumphantly as Shafique lays down ragamuffin words of wisdom over a tunnelling dungeon bassline. Rock on.
Review: Jack Sparrow's Navy Cut returns with more smoking sounds as Manchester murker Maes makes his debut on the vinyl-only label. Following his cuts on the likes of Soil & Sound and Dub Communication, it's another adventure into the minimal unknown. 'Tallawah / Stand Up Strong' is total soundsystem dream. Just a big old flabby frequency doing a belly dance around soft-focus kicks, this truly comes to life when played on a big rig (when we can finally play on them again) Elsewhere the brilliantly-titled 'Flippy Neck' takes us back to the wobbly late 2000s before 'Gods Gold' closes the show with more of a digi dub energy; skippy kicks, reverbed melodica blasts and bassline strong enough to make you quit the ciggies in a jiffy.