Sturdy psy-tech here from Huddersfield-based producer Mark Holbrook. Lead track 'Lucy in the Sky' (thankfully not in any way a Beatles cover) samples some wigged-out American nutters going on about connections to the divine while Holbrook smashes out massive synth chords with one hand and waves his lighter furiously in the air with the other. Support tracks 'Hallucinations', 'Sonic Overload' and 'Beside Me' all follow a similar psy-trance-influenced path, with Holbrook showing off an impressive knack for euphoric keyboard work and weirdy-beardy samples, should you like that sort of thing.
The key to success is to always move forward, something that this duo clearly know. Improving with every release Gerra & Stone have reached a new level with this EP. 'Too Deep' can do little to explain the intensity of this monstrous bass. The drum pattern has just enough life to lift itself to the drone of receptiveness which has become a staple go-to for the minimal/tech end of the spectrum. A standout track.
Gerra & Stone were kind enough to give us a free download from the EP for DJ Mag readers! Grab it here: FREE DOWNLOAD: Gerra & Stone - This Is How
Man, these old-timers keep coming! The much-loved, much-missed Ultramagnetic MCs blast back into your world with this rip-snorting single, beats foregoing the lightspeed lunacy of their earlier work but still sitting in a nicely gritty, fizzy place peppered with nutty handclaps and a chorus that's straight up barrio-bedlam a la Beatnuts. What's unchanged is the sheer power of their verbals. Unsigned, which is a crime, but hopefully more will soon be forthcoming.
There's a continuing fascination for progressive breakbeat sounds in eastern Europe that almost — but not quite — feeds into the current trend towards deeper flavours in the UK. Unfortunately, Ukraine's Oleg Zubkov does not seem to have quite got the message. 'Audacity' has atmospheric washes and heady progressive effects in spades, but seems to be harking back towards that awful era when every breakbeat producer tried to shoehorn in distorted dubstep b-lines for no other reason than Skrillex seemed to be doing rather well for himself. It even has a completely pointless half-time breakdown. Psy-tech infused remixes from Dre Hectic and Slugware don't do a whole lot to improve matters, though the latter is different enough to make it worth a listen.