Kicking off the new year in style, Black Acre offers up Clap! Clap! with a four-track EP of poly-rhythms and Afro-centric missiles. Opening track, 'Elon Mentana' is a tempo-shifting, mind-boggling tune, while 'Tambacounda’s White Magic' starts off slow but detonates midway through with a collective assault of infectious Afro rhythms and huge bass weight. 'Kalauma' rounds things off with a nod to footwork. Essential music.
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.
Hardcore legend Lennie De Ice and Kool FM's Madd-Inc come together with a couple of vintage ragga chatterers - Papa Levi and Daddy Colonel - for a dubwise juddering growly bashy original that contains all the elements to make it ripe for some Sub Slayers mainstays to overhaul. Liondub turns it 175bpm jump-up jungle, while King Yoof takes it into the realms of 140bpm future jungle with his trademark steely beats and reggae stylings. Leading d&b figure DJ Rap, no less, turns in a slightly out-of-sorts electro-dubstep revamp, and Madd-Inc himself ruffs it up into deebee too. Killah!
The FreQ lets Mr Bill loose on his drum & trap-step original, leading to a jerky glitch-garage reworking that somebody like Si Begg might have come up with. Looking forward to the FreQ/T-Power collab being worked on as we speak.