Danny Spice keeps his standards and musical development incredibly high with this doozie of a set, featuring Emskee, Oxygen, Sadat X, Cappo Audessey and Mr Thing — throughout what's ace isn't just the sound of MCs relaxing into some of the best productions you feel they've ever been given, but also the sense that DS is now feeling fully free to explore not just his innate hip-hop instincts but also his interest in the widescreen wonder of soundtrack music, the frenetic textures of funk and dub and anything that swims within his imagination. A tight little record that also manages to be wide as the horizon and massively evocative of both its sources and its own unique blend. Superb, and on heavyweight vinyl, sounding mighty.
Alan Delius and Adam Strömstedt, of Stockholm's Junk Yard Connections crew, drop this fabulously generous five-tracker for Banofee Pies, only the label's second release. It's as house music should be; blazingly funky, achingly soulful, slightly twisted and eminently danceable. 'When We' pulses with a twisted piano, 'Scuze Me' plumbs Brandy's R&B benchmark 'The Boy Is Mine' for inspiration and 'Reflektioner 17.19' ups the BPMs and bass. Meanwhile, 'The Third Bass' breaks up the beats and embraces oddball hip house, and 'Joe Doesn't Pass' shoots you with a tranquilizer dart.
Back for her second outing on the Shogun sister imprint, Liz-E leads with a homage to the old school. The low end is weighty with a damaging tone and a pattern that brings the track to the here and now. Classic Amen breaks fill the space, with a euphoric vocal sample thrown in for good measure. The nineties were the raving years, where the party music was peaking, so it’s not hard to see why this sound is making an almighty comeback.
LA badman Curious rolls out a brooding, Amen-fuelled jungle riddim with a distinct science fiction vibe. Like synthy mood music for an episode of Dr Who reimagined for the future jungle massive.