It’s summer season so of course that means we’re bombarded with festival anthems for all the summer harder style festivals on the continent, but it's very rare that a UK festival has an anthem written for it. Bionic are leading the way in this respect, drafting in hot act ACTI for this huge summer crossover hit featuring Welsh vocalist NATSKI delivering a meaningful vocal, laid onto Subground-sounding beats.
James Ruskin is a master at creating hypnotic, tunnelling grooves, but on his latest Blueprint release, he shows a different side to his talents. Like his last album, ‘The Dash’, ‘Nan Life’ sees him delve into the abstract and off-centre with spectacular results. The title track sees spiky percussion and doubled-up beats merging over bassy surges, an irresistible mixture of the sombre and the mournful, while 'Shallow Pool' sees Ruskin deliver a stunningly atmospheric, cinematic soundscape. It’s not all introspective mood music though, and ‘Dependant Stage’ is a return to the UK producer’s dancefloor approach, with percussive slivers fused with tough, insistent kicks and bassy tones.
Soul-soothing liquid at its heart-wrenching best. The melancholy which saturates the vocal melts into the soft musical tones and uplifting warmth of the sub, creating an emotional juxtaposition throughout. Like the tortoise and the hare, the beat shuffles quickly and continually through the track's entirety, as the slow moving sub follows, while harps and flutes create a rich luxurious vibe, adding another layer to this well-rounded, beautiful piece of music.
Rump-shaking club jam from the mysterious Defkline, sampling a boisterous rap about jumping and sucking on dicks before sending down a trap-style drop and Police-style guitar licks. On the flip, 'Bounce Dat Ass' is another strip-joint room-shaker.