Lovers of pitched-up chipmunk rave vocals will be all over this excellent cut from Northampton-based Strange Rollers' new eight-track EP. Once again borrowing heavily from the early '90s sound, the artist otherwise known as Ritchie Kellingray shows off his talent for bouncy piano lines, energetic arpeggios and fearsome 140bpm breakbeats. Elsewhere on the EP, 'Broken Glass' sounds like a darker take on early LTJ Bukem, while 'Sweet Reggae Music' is all rastaman toasting, dubwise keys and soundsystem sub.
Inaugurating the From the Depths label, a new venture from Boiler Room’s Charles Drakeford, Polish producer Lutto Lento spins a pretty bizarre and occasionally wondrous yarn over the five tracks on offer here. Drawing saturated melodies out of his sample material (check ‘Sirena’ and ’Gipsi Sam’), his cut and paste aesthetic and straight to tape rawness cloaks everything in a sort of exploratory mode, as if he’s trying these approaches out for the very first time.
Another old duo return but unlike Camp Lo, Lil Fame and Billy Danze stick with what they know has worked in the past and emerge better because of it. Exec-produced by Premo, '187' is produced by Lil Fame's production alter-ego Fizzy Womack and threads a whole load of shouting (cos let's face it M.O.P have always been ACE shouters) under a brutally simple loop from Tears For Fears' 'Head Over Heels'. Not a lot else to it, but mygod it works a treat, retains even with their age a real sense of menace and hooliganism that puts a big sloppy snarl on your face. The EP this comes from, the soon-come 'Street Certified' drops on Halloween and should shit you up all the way till Xmas. Welcome back nutters.
The Prophet drops another fresh single on his Scantraxx label with this great simple vocal running throughout it, steering away from the big melodies or the rawstyle distorted sounds which are common on most hardstyle releases at the moment to produce this great club banger track. Written for club dancefloors rather than the big festival arenas, this is sure to pick up plays right across the board and adds a good bit of variety into DJ sets.