Review: Given their addiction to British style bass music - not to mention rhythm patterns from around the world - the Through My Speakers crew is not your average Berlin-based DJ/producer collective. That much is clear from this all-star EP. There's much to admire throughout, from the trap-with-bells-on dancefloor madness of "Ladies & Cash" by Bukez Finezt and the high-octane, shangan shake-goes-acid brilliance of TMS Soundsystem's "160bp", to the wobbly post dubstep/revivalist jungle fusion of Radar Bird's formidable EP closer, "Execute". Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is the dancefloor-focused future dub fuzziness of vowel-hater NGHT DRPS's "Timebomb Dub".
Review: The latest ultra-limited release from Berlin's Through The Speakers collective comes from NGHT DRPS, a previously unheralded producer who hates vowels but loves big basslines. The four tracks showcased on his debut EP draw influence from across the bass music spectrum - think dubstep, UK funky, dub, kuduro, experimental D&B and even shangan rhythms - while offering some fresh, hybrid sounds. Perhaps the EP's greatest strength, though, lies in the subtlety and balance of NGHT DRPS's production, which sits somewhere between the sparse, stripped-back feel of UK grime and the more polished, fleshed-out feel of European house and techno.