Wow, this just tears me apart. Superb, stunning rhymes pitched perfectly between intensity and nonchalant abstraction from Confucious, amazing droney production from Keor Meteor. 'Original' is just one of the many highlights from Conf's debut album 'The Highest Order' that isn't just one of the greatest things YNR have ever given us (and they've given us alot of great great things), but one of the UK musical debuts of the year full stop. Get this, get on the album and drink deep from this man's wily mysticism. Future star.
DFA man Russom isn’t the world’s most prolific producer, but ‘The Purge’ hits the target with unerring accuracy. The title track is a ferocious acid number, its central, gurgling riff imploding over shifting, chugging percussion and spacey synths. However, the real highlight is 'Enthroned'. Clocking in at over 13 minutes, it’s an insane, tripped-out workout, featuring deranged, analogue chirps and bleeps, rasping percussion unfolding over a dusky, hypo-groove. Buy it on sight if you can still find a copy.
Ahhh Rockwell, why can’t they all be as innovative as you? Well because that would be pretty boring too! This one’s a lively blob of Marmite, and I love it! ‘INeedU’ sounds like it's continually stopping and starting, with its broken vocal and its weird undertones which mix the noise you get when you eat a mushroom in Mario with bouncy house riffs and a trip round the bubble works at Chessington.
A melodic progressive record that shoots unashamedly (and successfully) for the upbeat emotions and joyful trance vibes. 'Rise Up' goes on all sorts of dramatic structural adventures, though most importantly, it does it all with a big grin on its face.