Birdee has had quite a bit of exposure for his previous releases on Southern Fried, with Radio 1 airplay and support from the likes of Laidback Luke and Crookers. 'Just Call Me' is an accomplished bit of what is probably called 'electro house' by Beatport, but in fact the subtle blend of dirty basslines and funky grooves goes beyond that limiting term. It's the funk that is brought to the for in Fare Soldi's remix, which really kicks things into overdrive.
The jump-up crew love a rough and dirty feel, something to summon the skank and warrant a war face. With its drilling sub, ragga vox and utter bombardment of dub sirens, 'Vibes' certainly delivers the goods. Dark in atmosphere, this track will have no issues tearing down the dirtiest dances; however, its drum pattern, paired with the dub elements, take this track to the more accessible level of ravers outside of the jump-up arena.
While waiting for their telegram Drumsound & Bassline Smith celebrate their turn of the century by releasing Tech 100, 'Nicaragua'. Plucking elements from their experience of the scene since the '90s, the track is a mix of underground and mainstream, which blends nicely to create a metaphor to symbolise their own personal journey to today's position in the scene. The entire EP needs to be listened to, but finale track 'Neighbourhood' is something quite special.
More hammer and tong monochrome techno from the Ilian Tape camp is always welcome, and these three original tracks from Stenny are no exception, with the snatched snare drums of ‘Boulders’ the highlight.