The Drumattics take the straight-up, noisy, wobbly breakbeat original and turn it into an electronic disco-funk piece that's got way more funk, thereby proving that you don't have to bang it and throw in the kitchen sink to rock the floor.
The R-A-G techno super-group - Aroy Dee, G Strings and Ma Spaventi - deliver a low-slung killer for Lux. Less pre-occupied with the musical finesse of their releases for Dee’s label, ‘Life’ opens with the build-up drums and acid climaxes of ‘Disorder’. Spaventi lends his unique touch to ‘Repression’, bringing the menacing bass to the fore, while ‘OD’ stands out thanks to the tape hiss and its murderous bassline, which gradually recoils like a panther stalking its prey.
There's been a lot of talk about Young Male and the White Material label - but is the hype justified? On the evidence of 'I Lost My E', it's clear that Young Male is highly capable of making high-quality club tracks with some unusual signatures; the driving 'Finesse' goes out of time as it closes, and 'Depraved Thoughts In Depraved Times' boasts the kind of eerie soundscapes that Silent Servant might conjure up. Whether or not Young Male and his associates deserve the attention they receive is questionable.
Abstract Culture so far has a 100% record. OK, so they've only one release, but they've really smashed it out of the park. Bournemouth's Zoo Look are blessed with populating this inaugural EP, 'Together Like This', a swing-laden groove flecked with acid. The art of the warm-up DJ is often lost these days, but this is the kind of track to be dropped when the gear needs to shift up. The 'Purple Velvet Mix' humps too. 'The Duchess' is a brilliantly fucked up breakbeat houser, the likes of which we don't see enough. Bravo.