Northern lights from Manchester, nice mix of reggae and thunkingly heavy old-skool beats, rampagingly spot-on lyrics lending weight to what we've always known. We don't need to legalise it. In most of the country IT ALREADY IS MANDATORY.
If there’s one part of the universe that understands drum & bass like its British creators and guardians, it’s Russia. From St Petersburg comes a new label. Their first release certainly sets an unorthodox, exceptionally high precedent. Tumbling breaks pay homage to the Amen-dominated days, while a poltergeist-frosted vocal soars angelically over the rough and rugged backdrop. This stunning track is a soul searcher and will cause as much devastation to the dancefloor as it will enlightenment through your headphones.
This is still only the second release by the 19-year-old Cambridge producer, who is knocking out sounds and shapes of startling maturity. The four tracks you’ll find on the vinyl release are Sellotaped together with a grubby industrial stickiness that immediately appeals to an introspective headphone experience, but would sound particularly effective bleeding out of a Berlin warehouse at 9am Monday morning. Explore.
It’s true that some of the most innovative recent electronic music has come from outsiders and James Donadio doesn’t fit the typical techno bill. Previously a noise rocker, his loose and fast approach to arranging is refreshing. On one hand there’s the dense drums of ‘Unanswered’, while by contrast ‘Led Up Garden Paths’ is a frazzled, droning affair and ‘This Whole Affair’s So Fucking Unfair’ is a gnarly, broken beat workout, its punishing drums and nausea-inducing subs introducing a level of unease rarely experienced in techno.