In upping the tempo, the pads and the lushness for their debut on Kelpe’s DRUT imprint, Bulgarian duo 1000 Names have created a whole new life for themselves that — if I’m brutal — trades more on palatability than it does the ingenuity of their earlier hip-hop leaning material that I was such a sucker for all those moons ago. It’s all very balanced, sun dappled and sweetly listenable but something about it just feels a little too… safe.
With a title like this you know what to expect from the off, and this certainly doesn't disappoint, with one of the most twisted vocals I’ve heard in a long time, overlaid with a spooky piano in the breakdown, which builds up with a sinister chord melody and drops with serious power and screechy distorted sounds. Keeping things very raw with bags of energy for those peak-time moments.
13 years after J-Pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki’s ‘Ayu Trance’ album in one stroke introduced and overloaded the sub-genre in Japan, ‘Terminal’ sees her pop one (no-doubt dainty!) toe back in. Production duties fall to Armin & Benno, and with deft skims of the pitch wheel, a no-prisoners-taken stabbed riff, rendered by a foghorn of a lead synth, will mete out floor justice most anywhere.
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.