Triple-pack EP from M.I.K.E. on his first outing for Coldharbour. Packing in some great analogue sub-riffs at its front end, 'The Motive' ups the echo on its lead and even gets a bit of electro squelch into the bargain. Carrying a hint of synthy '80s Moroder-ism in its break, 'Spacesuit' frays, distorts and FXs its lead line with equal drama. 'Mass Freedom' is the most classically M.I.K.E. of the three, with some cool melodies, no small degree of 303 and a right whacker of a payoff.
Superb rhymes from a superb new talent from LA, Gavlyn, whose rhymes betray a vulnerability and fluidity all too rare in today's age of over-compensating femme shoutiness - 'Guilty Pleasure' flows like the finest bourbon over your day, loosening those shoulders up, rolling out that stress. Sublime sax crests over perfectly tough beats, the keyboards and bass keeping things in that divine place exactly between the vertical and horizontal. Keep an eye on her, she might just make 2014 her own.
The R-A-G techno super-group - Aroy Dee, G Strings and Ma Spaventi - deliver a low-slung killer for Lux. Less pre-occupied with the musical finesse of their releases for Dee’s label, ‘Life’ opens with the build-up drums and acid climaxes of ‘Disorder’. Spaventi lends his unique touch to ‘Repression’, bringing the menacing bass to the fore, while ‘OD’ stands out thanks to the tape hiss and its murderous bassline, which gradually recoils like a panther stalking its prey.
DPPLGNGRS change gear and label with this, their fourth 'Moneyshot' and their first release on Arcade Pony. Now that every chancer from Hardstyle cheese merchants to inspirationless 'House legends' have laid claim to EDM and laid bare its Heavy Metal level of subtlety, 'ecelectro' is the buzzword for 2014. And what better example of a new vision could you have than the subtle blend of garage, techno and electro that is 'Azure Protocol' and 'Billion Dollar Brain'?