It’s taken WAO138?! close to 25 tracks to field a vocal number. Those perhaps anticipating an undemanding, imagination-free topline/hook could be surprised by ‘Teardrops’. Not Bjork or Roisin Murphy exactly, but both in terms of class and her atypical inflexion, the un-credited songstress categorically lends the typical WAO bluster something significantly more than its used to.
The current leaders of the nu school of breakbeat are producing deep, groove-led, muscular future funk full of drive and killer synthwork. Bournemouth-based Mafia Kiss deserves his position at the head of the pack, with only American producers Tony Quattro and Wuki currently rivalling him for sheer attitude. This is his first original release on the Stanton Warriors' iconic Punks imprint, and it's full of dark and dangerous cuts that sound about as far from the painful world of the Beatport "Breaks" top 10 as it's possible to get. Lead track 'It Began in Detroit' kicks off with a heady, hazy whirl of lush pads then smacks head-first into killer 808 booms and tough breakbeats. 'Do It' is a stripped-back roller with classy atmospherics and a b-line reminiscent of Dark Sky, while 'Low Enuff' combines an old school funk break with syncopated bass, tight percussion and a wicked little vocal sample. Finally, 'Move My Soul', featuring Alison Levi, is an epic vocal number to send 'em out into the night with smiles on their faces.
Brixton resident, B£AMS, drops a selection of short ideas on his '£300 STERLING' beat tape, featuring 10 super-sharp, chunky blasts of heavy set hip-hop. A quick-fire brace of mean, raw shit to bump in your cherry red Vauxhall Corsa.
Alex Kidd is back at the top of his game riding the Qult wave of new sounds coming out of Holland, standing out as one of the new leaders of this revolution. Keeping this in line with the sub-heavy Subground sound, it has what's best described as a frantic, Arabian-inspired melody, driving the track forward over the big kick and bass and stripped-back techy percussion.