Review: Chow Down serves up its second release with the adventurous grime exploits of Fallow and DJ Chalice, twisting out all kinds of audacious bass shapes that would set the dance alight at parties such as Boxed. Fallow takes the A side with confidence, fresh from a release on Blood Frenzy, and "Blitz" shows the emergent producer is taking no prisoners with a hail of bullets and haunting Indian classical samples. "Northern Don" is a more wobbly synth-rich beat, while "Operation Dark Fruit VIP" amps up the grime strings. DJ Chalice has a lighter touch, bringing in some sunnier melodics and embracing the RnB influences on "Artois Anthem".
Review: The Dream Eater crew have got the munchies again and it's another all-star feast featuring some of the label's most forward-thinking beat splicers. Teetering on the trippiest peripheries of instrumental grime, highlights include the seasick rolling breaks and disassociated humanised twangs of Kotei's "BUN", BThorough's vital rainbow-razzled pipe blaster "Flutter" and Filthy Gears' monstrous trappist drama slammer "Peace Treaty". Happy nightmares.
Review: One of the heaviest, fire-stoked albums of the year returns in deluxe form. Metropolis and Vulgatron are sounding sharper, wittier and aggier than ever while the beats are powered up by some of the most respected and forward thinking artists in the game from Feed Me to Bangzy, Flux Pavilion to Alix Perez. A full spectrum assault that flexes from cyborg b-boy ("Flashback") cinematic panic ("The Mission") hazy introspective soul ("Crash & Burn") to come to bed 24th century R&B ("Bosh"), Foreign Beggars went categorically in on this. Jump on this if you missed the first time around.