London-based producer Jason Laidback is best known as one half of funky breakbeat heroes Slyde. Here he takes a fresh look at the broken beat template and delivers a killer blast of washed-out synthwork, perfectly sculpted low-end and spiky percussive cool, all topped off with a wicked little Erykah Badu sample. This is the second release on Laidback's new Nightprowl label, and on this evidence we could be looking at a spawning ground for upfront, forward-thinking breakbeats to rival the Stanton Warriors' reborn Punks imprint.
With a loud and sinister atmosphere, consistent with everything we know of neurofunk connoisseurs Eat Brain, Czech producer Qo returns to the imprint, bringing with him a section of hard-hitting drum patterns and an evil, monstrous bassline. Long time legend Ryme Tyme provides the vocal talent, with a set of conscious bars rather than a quick hook. Mean, fast and aggressive, the lit fuse was definitely attached to a banger.
Big bouncy mainstream dubstep from the BA boys. ‘Zombie Hunter’ keeps it cool and rowdy with a distinctly gangsta flex, rinsed with the usual mid-range squelches, screeches and distortion. ‘Boston Shit’ flips upside-down for a twerk-off, and ‘Laser Up’ ratchets up the vibe further, whilst the Habstrakt remix fails to beat it.
Swooping down into the blackened abyss, a flash of colour, a flex of muscle, the strong line of a granite jaw cutting through the smog, you can just make out the Marvel-esque features of Chris Finke’s Bodyjack as he scoops this good but rather aimless EP out of the volcano of forgotten house 12”s and into the realm of something vaguely, but thankfully, danceable. Long live the Bombastic Mr Bodyjack.