Judge… book… cover… it's a tired old truism, but if you were to look at the happy, smiling face of Lauren Holt on the cover of her latest EP you’d have little idea of exactly what darkness and oddity lies within. Follow-up to the equally quirky, interesting and complex debut ‘Haters and Gangsters’ EP, this bold, forthright and strident collection of songs once again marks LAW out as an unusual, prodigious talent.
Shropshire-based producer Pixel shows his passion for jazzy saxophone licks, gorgeous muted keys and liquid d&b-style double bass on the super-classy 'Lemonade', an understated future classic which goes down like smooth bourbon on a Sunday afternoon. AA-side 'Labelled' features a clever little sample about social pigeonholing, but despite a nice line in moody atmospherics and fearsome rolling drums never quite hits the same heights. Top Drawer Digital remain an ever-reliable outlet for faster-tempo breakbeats.
D.Hansen’s latest transmission for the blossoming Where To Now label isn’t his loudest or perhaps his most pronounced work yet, but it may well prove his boldest. Despite all the introductory torrents of clattering sounds on ‘Low Voice’, the two 10-minute pieces explore Hansen’s relationship with foreign objects and the way they react in environments that are familiar to him, creating something that’s more a sound art installation than a fully-blown drone piece.
Firstly; Dom & Roland, need we say more? Secondly; a Metalheadz skull disguised as a Zion lion! You already know this one, it’s the VIP! Seriously, we’re loving this release before it’s even hit the speakers. The veteran’s latest release is too big for words: the bass prowls powerfully, with a killer instinct at its heart. It’s an ominous and shady wedge of Kingston Town, steeped in sirens and all things dub, but leaves the sunshine vibes to the side.