Jimmy Asquith’s label impresses again with a second release from Daze. Inspired by old school house, breakbeat and even some hip-hop attitude, this three-tracker veers in mood and tone from menacing to happy and back again. 'Compton' is all slamming breaks and call-and-response vocal samples, while the title track sees Daze mix up emotions as a tracky rhythm recalls New Jersey house, while the accompanying chilling strings are redolent of moody '90s hardcore. Darkness it seems prevails and the standout track is 'Death Whirl', where Daze drops a clanking rhythm and the kind of bass drop that dominated '90s bleep techno.
Tipped for the very top in 2014 by the likes of Coone and Brennan Heart, Hard Driver steps up to deliver the anthem for B2S’s Knock Out event, living up this to hype. This track features a cool male rap lyric, sinister melodies and powerful brutal drops, keeping things raw and dark but still accessible.
I love the fact that when Legowelt comes back, he comes back with at least four different records on four different labels that are all extremely good. It’s testament to his pull, obviously, but ‘Never Not Know U’ is mind-bogglingly great.
Amos return to Dispatch with their latest three-track single, headed up by ‘Oxide’ which employs the talents of Dutchman Fre4knc. The track, of course, lies in the heavier realm of our beloved spectrum and has a sense of regality about it — it’s dark, twisted and takes you to completely unexpected places. A techy toolshed stepper, bringing us all sorts of grinding, pounding metallic sounds, with itchy glitches and rumbling, stomach-turning bass drops.