Swooping down into the blackened abyss, a flash of colour, a flex of muscle, the strong line of a granite jaw cutting through the smog, you can just make out the Marvel-esque features of Chris Finke’s Bodyjack as he scoops this good but rather aimless EP out of the volcano of forgotten house 12”s and into the realm of something vaguely, but thankfully, danceable. Long live the Bombastic Mr Bodyjack.
The third release in a series of releases under the ‘Elements’ tag finds the Belgian talent known as Leatho making dubstep in that very specific Bristol sound championed by the likes of Joker, Guido and Gemmy — so expect lots of dreamy, thrilling synth action, twisted R&B vocals and references to “purple” things.
If you're looking for some loud, blow your system, blow your ear-drums, blow your whole head off music, then this is the dance destroying remix EP you're looking for. Rowdy bordering on the side of absolutely effing mental. Well crafted dancefloor, which will kill any floor without the pneumatic drill. Although still utterly dark and disgustingly dirty, the vibe is a somewhat more grown-up style of jump-up. Great EP if you’re into that side of things.
London-based producer Jason Laidback is best known as one half of funky breakbeat heroes Slyde. Here he takes a fresh look at the broken beat template and delivers a killer blast of washed-out synthwork, perfectly sculpted low-end and spiky percussive cool, all topped off with a wicked little Erykah Badu sample. This is the second release on Laidback's new Nightprowl label, and on this evidence we could be looking at a spawning ground for upfront, forward-thinking breakbeats to rival the Stanton Warriors' reborn Punks imprint.