Curling acid, minor key sub-riffs and plenty of ooh-ah chords and pads mark ‘Shadow’s outset. Add a foxily voxed topline and Monster Force’s latest is clearly on the right track.
This sampler for V.I.M. Records' 'V.I.M.BREAKS250' compilation, celebrating a hugely impressive 250 breakbeat releases on the Greek label, sets out on solid ground with the lively and inoffensive mid-naughties-style acid tech funk of Grove's 'Spawner', a heady journey into progressive Hardfloor-style 303 territory. However, for me it's the shadowy, doom-laden stealth breakbeat of Miss Mants' 'Anonim', with its minimal breakstep drum work and deep dubby groove, that stands out.
Whatever rock Martin Freeland’s been hiding under for the last decade, I’m damn glad he’s emerged from it. ‘Vice Versa’ certifies that M.W.N.N. has all the life skills necessary to exist in Goa trance’s second golden age.
Jay Cunning's ever-reliable Sub Slayers imprint drops a sun-kissed blast of dubbed-out, percussive breakbeat reggae from Rhythm Riders, a supergroup featuring Tony Gad & Drummie Zeb of UK dub icons Aswad, Danny Briottet of electronic pioneers Renegade Soundwave and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. For their second single the crew team up with vocallist Brother Culture for a rootsy clarion call to the masses. On remix duties, Londoner King Yoof shows there's life yet in the future jungle sound with a reworking of pure fyah, while Renegade Soundwave turn in a driving, drum-led, acid and fx-tinged breaks version.