Another old duo return but unlike Camp Lo, Lil Fame and Billy Danze stick with what they know has worked in the past and emerge better because of it. Exec-produced by Premo, '187' is produced by Lil Fame's production alter-ego Fizzy Womack and threads a whole load of shouting (cos let's face it M.O.P have always been ACE shouters) under a brutally simple loop from Tears For Fears' 'Head Over Heels'. Not a lot else to it, but mygod it works a treat, retains even with their age a real sense of menace and hooliganism that puts a big sloppy snarl on your face. The EP this comes from, the soon-come 'Street Certified' drops on Halloween and should shit you up all the way till Xmas. Welcome back nutters.
Dauwd's been a buy-on-sight artist for this page for some time now, and this second excursion on Cologne's eminent Kompakt — a label which arguably feels more like his spiritual home than Michigan's equally illustrious Ghostly International, which has also released his work — is perfectly pitched. Neither title track 'Saleh' or 'Moiety' will drag you in instantly, but once they do and you realise the craft that's gone into this pair of unctuous delights — 'Moiety' in particular — you'll be a slave to them. Go on, stick it on again.
An eight-track sampler from Cato’s forthcoming album on Hatcha and N-Type’s Sin City label, and not a grotter in sight. Cato brings a deft collection of influences and styles to bear, from the spacious and delicate soul leanings of ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Soul Electronic’, to the yard style pressure of ‘Peng VIP’ feat Flowdan & Riko. With hits of hardcore stylings on ‘Ghetto Funk’ and classic dubstep angles on ‘11th Hour’, there is real breadth and class here. The album promises to be a warm, inviting and vibsin’ place to be, so step into the unknown and enjoy.
The latest project from Dub Police’s head honcho is a tight, focused four-track EP of beefy dubstep animosity. ‘Stand Your Ground’ kicks things off like a pair of rabid pitbulls on a tight leash — you can feel the aggression being purposefully restrained. ‘Derek’ and the other two tracks all follow in a similar vein — malevolent intent abounds, but held just in check. After six years, it’s good to hear a more considered and crafted approach to the tougher side of the dubstep sound.