Alan Delius and Adam Strömstedt, of Stockholm's Junk Yard Connections crew, drop this fabulously generous five-tracker for Banofee Pies, only the label's second release. It's as house music should be; blazingly funky, achingly soulful, slightly twisted and eminently danceable. 'When We' pulses with a twisted piano, 'Scuze Me' plumbs Brandy's R&B benchmark 'The Boy Is Mine' for inspiration and 'Reflektioner 17.19' ups the BPMs and bass. Meanwhile, 'The Third Bass' breaks up the beats and embraces oddball hip house, and 'Joe Doesn't Pass' shoots you with a tranquilizer dart.
The Stanton Warriors' Punks imprint is singlehandedly holding the breakbeat-fuelled end of the bass music scene in rude health right now, with around five releases per month. Here, Chicago natives Keith Mackenzie and Fixx deliver a ravey dose of 808 bass aimed straight at the dancefloor on lead track 'Drummer Boyz'. Nothing wrong with the pitched-up vocal, weird synth effects and trap-style electro percussion, but i'm personally not feeling the rowdy Christmas-themed Keno vocal. On the flip, 'Ur Luv' steps things up with a ravey diva vocal, killer chord stabs and booming, stripped-back low-end for a much cooler outing.
Metroplex legend DJ Bone, aka Eric Dulan, has been embracing the new generation in recent years, with collabs turning up with the likes of Deetron and the Hessle Audio crew. Now he's unleashing this incendiary two-tracker for Matt Tolfrey's Leftroom as it approaches its 10th year in the business. 'Cultural Variance' is frisky — well, perhaps a bit more than frisky — and wildly percussive, a twisted Afro vocal running through. 'Faze', meanwhile, is slamming, delay-heavy, with a hint of disco. Hey it's techno, really, but just pitch it down a tad and bob's your uncle.
Debut single from their forthcoming LP ‘Kiss Cuddle & Torture’ sees the Hempolics bring the roots revival sound in fine style. Like label mates Yes King, it’s the contemporary sample-based production that gains favour, although they do replicate as a nine piece live. Expect this to pop up in the boxes of the likes of Scruff and The Nextmen.