Alongside CJ Fly's latest single with Joey Bada$$, this is a track that sounds like the various elements are running in different timezones, the music slow, the rhymes just that brilliant little bit slower, as if the words are coming at you through a treacly fog, take some time to ooze themselves through the viscosity. Superb production from Castle to keep everything 'kind of' together — it takes real production smarts to be able to digitally create something with the looseness and feel of the analogue past, and he's come up with a masterpiece here. STILL haven't picked up their 'Live Like You're Dead' album yet, and this makes that all the more urgent a purchase. Excellent.
On whichever patch of drum & bass you lay your headphones, you're sure to be a fan of Dub Phizix. His heart beats at a syncopated 170 and he has bass flowing through his veins. Dancehall legend Sizzla has commissioned a handful of d&b and dubstep remixes of his 'Champion Sound EP', and Dub Phizix’s lead showcases a dirty downward spiral of a bassline with fitting jungle-style beats, while leaving enough space for Sizzla’s soundclash bars and Errol’s vocals.
Scottish hardcore legend Scott Brown is back with a new release on his Evolution imprint. Scott has always been at the forefront of the bouncy side of hardcore, be it the European flavour, or his native UK style. This release focuses on the current ‘powerstomp’ sound rocking the UK at the moment. No big epic breaks, this is all about 4/4 kicks, bass, blips and bleeps. If there is a better definition of music written for the dancefloor, I want to hear it!
For f*@k’s sake! I had no idea Aphex was releasing a new album. Why didn’t anyone say? Needless to say unless you’ve just been released from exile or woken from a coma you’ll have seen/heard/tried to avoid all this talk of Richard D. James' new LP. No doubt some will be hailing this release as the second coming of Christ; others amongst us will just continue to appreciate and admire this creative soul for brilliant, innovative music like this.