Marcel Caron provides the latest release on down-tempo techno label Transcendent. ‘Science’ features eerie soundscapes that veer into bleepy abstractions, while 'Dark Spectrum' is built on layer upon layer of atmospheric synths. Hexagon delivers two metallic, clanging versions of 'Space'.
Jay Cunning's ever-reliable Sub Slayers imprint drops a sun-kissed blast of dubbed-out, percussive breakbeat reggae from Rhythm Riders, a supergroup featuring Tony Gad & Drummie Zeb of UK dub icons Aswad, Danny Briottet of electronic pioneers Renegade Soundwave and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. For their second single the crew team up with vocallist Brother Culture for a rootsy clarion call to the masses. On remix duties, Londoner King Yoof shows there's life yet in the future jungle sound with a reworking of pure fyah, while Renegade Soundwave turn in a driving, drum-led, acid and fx-tinged breaks version.
Blak Madeen are a duo featuring Al J & Yusuf Abdul Mateen, and they've cooked up something haunting and hypnotic here, bassline stuck to without deviation, beats crisp and right, scratches sublime, and some wonderfully unhinging textural additions that stop things from just becoming purely rotational — as you'd expect a sparkling cameo from ED O.G (but way too brief!) seals off a totally compelling deal. The album this is lifted from is called 'The Time' and I want to make its acquaintance as soon as possible.
Sully follows up his Keysound EP, 'Blue', with another duo of cuts aimed squarely at junglists. I read somewhere about his ‘tangle of drums’ and since then I’ve not been able to get the phrase out of my mind, it’s so perfectly apt.