The man behind Sheffield's eminent Hope Works warehouse venue — where the likes of Theo Parrish, Carl Craig and Kyle Hall have turned it out — Lo Shea launches a gleaming new label, taking on the mantle from his now defunct Seaghdha imprint. 'Capacity Creep' is a mucky, slightly sinister warehouse anthem if ever there was one, its stark synths paying tribute to LFO. On the flip side, 'Black Plate', with its punishingly basseous (yes, that probably is a word) kick pulses relentlessly, and should ideally be accompanied by a single strobe light.
The hardcore hit machine is back with a new release to damage your eardrums with! Known for his euphoric, hands-in-the-air approach to the hardcore sound, Evil Activities throws us a curveball this time, with a monster hardcore hip-hop fusion. With the main hook of the track being the '80s style East-coast influenced break, this is perfect to give the dancefloor an opportunity to catch their breath to the bouncy b-boy beats, before the build and drop that releases pure fury out of the speakers. An instant hit!
There must be something in the water this month. Here's yet another journey back to the classic rave era, and this time in the company of SP23, who were fellow travellers with the mighty Spiral Tribe back in the days of Castlemorton, the Criminal Justice Bill et al. Titled simply 'SP23', featuring a vocal about the same and released on ... yes, you guessed it ... SP23 Records, this one reminds me of MC Rhymes-era 808 State with its urgent and unashamed white-boy rapper retro-chic. The drums flit fitfully between breakbeat and 4/4 while stabs of vocal and effects clearly designed to form a symbiotic relationship with the chemicals coursing through one's system fire energetically through the mix. Close your eyes and you can just imagine being lost somewhere in a field in Hampshire surrounded by incredibly friendly blokes wearing their dads' high-vis dayglo jackets.
Durag Dynasty's Tristate hooks up with the magnificent Rasco to drop this slow-burning banger, replete with lush '70s soul samples and a gorgeous beat, Tri & Ras letting the heat simmer nicely, with sharp rhymes and stream-of-aggravation anger. DD's next production project is called 'Gold Diggers'; by the sounds of this, it'll be an essential this autumn.