A track with an itchy, fidgety quality which slips into the moody, minimal bracket. On only their 9th release Terabyte show they're ready to compete with the big boys.
There's a bit of an acidy feel going on this month and that's fine by me. Declan McLaughlin, also known as Decky Hedrock, used to be in The Japanese Popstars and now his top draw output as Sirkus Sirkuz is more firmly aimed at the dancefloor. 'Annihilating Rhythm' rightly graced this page a few issues back and now 'Acid Elephant' follows up with an even bigger bounce and irresistible groove. This is what is known as a 'Big Tune'.
'Stupid Poignant Shit' is the album Lee Scott is about to drop (following his excellent collaboration with Bill Shakes 'Grumpy Underground Comeback Shit'), and 'Sunshine' provides not only a great preview but also a fond, scabrous farewell to the season gone and the darkness coming. Magnificent miserablism on the mic but it's Ill's production that draws you back again and again to this, each element (bass, beats, very little else) gaining cumulative power precisely from what he DOESN'T do to them. Maximal minimalism at its finest.
Silent Witness returns to the Dispatch camp for Ballistix, released as part of the album sampler for the highly anticipated 'Transit 2'. The intro brings us glimmers of cool astral synths and smooth vocals which are sparsely flecked throughout the mix. Low end rumbles below make the main body of the track a long with the fast paced drum pattern and crisp snare. This track encompasses influences from many areas of drum and bass and moulds them into one pristine piece.