The work of a new French producer, 'Jura' takes up the baton where Truss left off. The title track is a tough, functional number, powered by heavy claps and thundering kicks, but it's only a prelude for 'Laphroaig'. Harder, faster and heavier, waves of discordant acid wash over distorted drums, like a gabba version of Richie Hawtin's F.U.S.E project. 'Ardmore' is even more intense and consists mainly of what sounds like a malfunctioning jackhammer scraping against a steel wall.
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.
Y'know how Miles Davis used to lean on his keyboards and make a fantastic racket? That's the needling sound that threads itself like barbed wire throughout this spacious, spooked production from Oddissee and yr damn right he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. Great rhymes from the Diamond District trio make this way more than just a Brucie Bonus, more like a boon from the depths of hell and the heights of heaven. Love the way towards the end it all drops down to pure piano and dread. Love the way it feels like it WILL NOT STOP unhinging you. Super stoopid fresh.
This label has really been leading the way in UK hard dance sounds, delivering consistent and diverse releases covering the full spectrum of hard dance. This new release features a remix from south Wales UK hardstyle act Tranz-Linquants, who delivers a very clever mix of euphoric, classic early 2000s European hard trance in the breakdowns and hardstyle in the drops.