You’d be forgiven for thinking this track was made 20 years ago, and you somehow missed it while listening to your ‘Jungle Massive’ albums. Completely classic-sounding jungle drenched in ragga influence, with a wicked '90s-sounding vox.
'Abhinada’, the first Machinegewehr record on Bordello was a real anthem, featuring ice maiden vocals. This follow-up is more understated, but doesn’t sacrifice melodies or the sense of drama. The title track is based on crisp 808s and surging, filtered synth sweeps, with the vocals relegated to the background. Meanwhile, ‘Guarding the Frontiers’ goes deeper as Machinegewehr focuses on a pulsing bass and swirling melodies.
SumTingNew big boss, Cotti drops a four-tracker of yardcore dubstep bidness in his own inimitable style. And he doesn’t hold back, running tings proper hard. ‘Body Your Team’ has that raw dancehall and grime influence we’ve come to know him for. The Gremlins & Vital Techniques remixes of 'Ammo' slide between hectic midrange grot and bouncy wobble. Whilst ‘Sore Loser’ goes Coki style mental.
'Memorial', is a sweetly macabre four-track outing from Ipswich’s S.Maharba on the low-key Cleaning Tapes label. Built from homespun recordings, waves of static crackle and sombre chord progressions, its shadowy, slow broiling tracks end up feeling quite energising and uplifting.
It’s the sort of sleepless, half-awake thing that resonates best when you're sat semi folded forward with your forehead pressed side on to the wet and fogged interior of a night bus window.