Jay Cunning's bass music imprint drops its second EP on us, and the results are slightly mixed. 'Show Me Fire' is a rambunctious carnival groove with plenty of ragga attitude, throbbing bass and blippy keys, a powerful shot of adrenaline for more sophisticated dancefloors. Lead track 'Damaging' takes a similar approach, but after a promisingly blistering start just seems to throw too many competing elements into the mix and slightly founders in a sea of busy confusion. Still, well worth grabbing this one for the excellent AA-side, and this remains a label that should be right on your radar.
Rockformz are Formula and Harry Rocksta, who are dropping their debut album 'Anarchy' later on this year. 'Grow Room' is just sublime: dark, grainy, paranoiac, twitchy like you've got a garage full of hydroponics and the NPower bailiffs are at your door, Harry from LDZ sinuously spookily stepping in the spectral spaces left behind by the gaseous eerie production (think Telemachus/Trellion/Sniff strung out on even stranger shit than they've been smoking up til now). Absolutely the most intriguing, unique release of the month. Essential.
"Gone in! And kills it on a system."
This lead single from the essential new benefit album 'Push Play' sounds like a lost slice of glorious synthy electro from late '90s-era Freestylers; think 'Drop the Boom' or the even earlier seminal 12" 'Breaker's Revenge' by Arthur Baker. Swapping between killer vocoder-style vocals and female B-girl stylings, this one is all soaring keys, 808 percussion and stabby electro-funk bass. An epic powerhouse of a single which will send shivers up the spine of anyone who has ever popped an Afrika Bambaataa or Whodini record on the turntable and slipped Wildstyle on the Blu-Ray. All proceeds go to the Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.