The jump-up crew love a rough and dirty feel, something to summon the skank and warrant a war face. With its drilling sub, ragga vox and utter bombardment of dub sirens, 'Vibes' certainly delivers the goods. Dark in atmosphere, this track will have no issues tearing down the dirtiest dances; however, its drum pattern, paired with the dub elements, take this track to the more accessible level of ravers outside of the jump-up arena.
Hadn't heard Sleaze before so it was the name of Blah Records producer Reklews who first attracted me to this and thank God I investigated — sublimely heavy headnodic brilliance with a vocal-less chorus that's pure bass derangement and some sharp-as-fuck nailing from Sleaze & Res of bandwagon-jumping lazy rappers and the perils of radio-friendly sell-out. Great cuts from DJ Rasp as well - the album 'An Album Called the Sun' comes soon and I'm strapped in ready. Great stuff.
Badhabitz produces the teaser track 'Villainz' from this superb new EP from Split Prophets acolytes Bill & Paro and good God it's wonderful - a vibe that's reminiscent of Telemachus/Jehst's 'Sheltering Sky' but even more located away from the desert and in the heat-struck crowded streets, sax and droneing harmonium adding to the steady destabilisation of your sense of place and space. Great flows from Bill and Hozay - Split Prophets once again shaping up as one of the finest stables of talent the UK has. Go get it.
Recorded with the help of Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, this beautiful four-track EP from Oslo ex-pat Kari Jahnsen is yet another shining example of Norway’s victorious musical diaspora. One to watch without a doubt.