Thankfully, Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar (known collaboratively as JETS) manage to properly harness the strength of Jamie Lidell’s vocal line without ever eclipsing it on this vinyl-only drop. The original track - one that previously opened Machinedrum’s Essential Mix — ‘Midas Touch’ is fraught with a sense of space and driven by a simple boogie, but Machinedrum’s version is a little more crammed with shocks of colour, his wedges of synth sitting clipped between the vocal.
Nottingham resident Timbah’s newest EP ‘Flow Poke’ is a little bit naïve, but it’s that very wide-eyed experimentalism that marks him out as one to watch. There’s a lot going on across the tracks, with Timbah attacking numerous abrasive beat styles with vigour, but Murlo’s remix feels like it’s a country mile ahead of the original material, with the London producer’s unique command of rhythmic switch-ups and melody proving to be consistently impressive.
MOS owner Aroy Dee has a knack of finding producers who share his musical vision, and 'Poltergeist' is no exception. The work of a Liverpool producer, tracks like 'Project Poltergeist' and 'Smash Dimensions' feature the interplay between grainy basslines and spacey chords that has become the label's common sound. Thankfully though, Dee is not looking for copycat artists and 'Walker' sees Asok deliver a more abstract, woozy take on the sound, while similarly, 'Captain Blood' focuses on Suburban Knight-style bass menace rather than airy melodies.
If there’s one part of the universe that understands drum & bass like its British creators and guardians, it’s Russia. From St Petersburg comes a new label. Their first release certainly sets an unorthodox, exceptionally high precedent. Tumbling breaks pay homage to the Amen-dominated days, while a poltergeist-frosted vocal soars angelically over the rough and rugged backdrop. This stunning track is a soul searcher and will cause as much devastation to the dancefloor as it will enlightenment through your headphones.