Back for her second outing on the Shogun sister imprint, Liz-E leads with a homage to the old school. The low end is weighty with a damaging tone and a pattern that brings the track to the here and now. Classic Amen breaks fill the space, with a euphoric vocal sample thrown in for good measure. The nineties were the raving years, where the party music was peaking, so it’s not hard to see why this sound is making an almighty comeback.
With the current affection for all things deep, it's about time someone dug out their old LTJ Bukem and Metalheadz records from the early '90s and put a modern spin on a timeless (sorry) sound. London-based producer Nixon does just that with 'Basics of Love', which blends junglistic drumwork with space-age synths and snatches of raggavox. 'Solar Lover' is more washed out, deep and atmospheric breaks, with lilting keys and warm sub. 'Compare', with its ravey bassline-led hardcore rave vibe, is the closest thing to a dancefloor killer on the EP, but 'Muscle Head' runs it a close second with a clipped two-step vibe that's cut through with darkcore bass and ragga attitude. Classic vibes for sure.
The 10th release on the burgeoning Getme! label comes out of the traps fast and angry like a rabid whippet with overbearing authority issues, would with newcomer IYDES hamfistedly bludgeoning a torrent of cascading drums and siren samples out on ‘Cubicle.’ Sure, in a post Club Constructions world, functional dancefloor music like this has been gifted a new lease of context, but the romp and pomp of the EP opener isn’t half hectic.
Who likes a dash of trance in their progressive house? The triumphant return of melody to those deeper records means those lines are pleasingly starting to blur again, and Sudbeat shows us exactly how it’s done here with a dirty, atmospheric little number from Khen, which seemingly out of nowhere drops into the mother of all breakdowns. Kissed with a beautifully nuanced studio touch, ‘Sweet Break Up’ is sinister and loved-up in equal measures.