Germany's Marten Hørger drops a bruising slice of roughhouse carnival bass music, this one heading straight for the dancefloor with booming kicks, techy percussion, searing, glitched-out fx and that tribal 'Baduka' war cry. On the flip, Beatslappaz remix Hørger's previous Punks release 'Oh Girl', plumping for a slightly-too-trappy 808 bass reworking that also finds time for a rather incongruous funky sampled break interlude.
Oh man, when your ears are as old as mine the incessant diet of deodorised-noise and digi-cleanliness so much modern hip-hop production gives you can grow exhausting — see this as a nice deep bath to get properly cleansed in, Maylay Sparks and Jeru the Damaja adding a few neat verses to DJC's jazzy loops and post-hardbop abstraction. These cats can really swing.
Rolling at a techno tempo, the four tracks from the sometime Fog drummer and Andrew Bird associate Dosh and his partnership with Ghostband are immediately quite different from the material you might expect — and purposefully so. Whilst they certainly retain some of the switches and unpredictability of Dosh’s solo work, it’s all a completely different beast that feeds off bleeps, squelches and acid basslines as much as it does organ voicing and percussion layering.
Embracing both footwork and slow, juddering hip-hop patterns, Lil Jabba’s return to Local Action proves a rather emphatic one. Following in the heavy footsteps of his 'Gully EP' for True Panther, '47' properly presents Jabba’s menagerie of slightly oddball, detuned bell work and footwork-influenced rhythm programming, with ‘Tea’ and ‘Skates’ being the perfect example of him taking the lush melancholy of Mr Mitch’s music and meshing it with more hi-hat-driven percussion.