London-based producer Jason Laidback is best known as one half of funky breakbeat heroes Slyde. Here he takes a fresh look at the broken beat template and delivers a killer blast of washed-out synthwork, perfectly sculpted low-end and spiky percussive cool, all topped off with a wicked little Erykah Badu sample. This is the second release on Laidback's new Nightprowl label, and on this evidence we could be looking at a spawning ground for upfront, forward-thinking breakbeats to rival the Stanton Warriors' reborn Punks imprint.
French duo Monoblok&PSLKTR are back on Meant with an EP of darkwave/goth dance tracks accompanied by a bunch of mixes from the likes of Arnaud Rebotini, My Favorite Robot and Rework. Highlights come from Blackstrobe’s Arnaud Rebotini, who works a cool, noir-ish touch into ’Walking Disaster’ and a tense disco-dub from Canadian trio, My Favorite Robot. All round good effort with strong supporting remixes and solid original productions too.
Mighty Russian breakbeat queen Lady Waks here teams up with Spain's Mutant Breakz for a ravey dose of 808 boom. Vocalist Kathika, of hyped UK festival circus nutters Slamboree, drops a rough-and-ready rap vocal while searing trap-style drops raise the energy levels. Then it's on to the killer chorus, Kathika's laidback urban cool blowing up over '90s-style keys and classy synth work. A floor filler for sure.
Ill-advised trance-breaks with dated dubstep-style wobble bass and "funky" synth licks from the Spanish producer. There's some nice production here, but a worrying detachment from current sounds.