Review: Some 15 months after the first multi-artist "Folio" EP landed in stores, 1985 Music has dropped a sequel. It's another all-action affair, with all four cuts hitting home hard. Label founder Alix Perez kicks things off with "White Lies", a minimalist roller where metallic percussion hits and evocative soul vocals rise above a thoroughly filthy, wobble-powered bassline. Label favourites Submarine step up with sub-heavy hot-stepper "Grunge", before Scepticz and Lavance take things up a notch or two via the industrial strength distorted bass, mind-altering electronics and punchy beats of "Flatline". To round things off, Hyroglifics and Visages get together on the skewed but energy-packed creepiness of "Searching".
Review: If bustling, bass-heavy jungle sweatiness is your thing, head this way. First released digitally way back in 2016, this joint EP from DJ Shadowplay and Vital Link offers up quartet of floor-pounding peak time anthems rich in unashamedly weighty sub bass, fizzing old school breakbeats and heady samples. The brew is arguably at its most potent on opener "The Box Remix", a raw and powerful revision of a track by fellow Kemet artist Human Being. The bass-weight and rhythmic pressure continues elsewhere on the EP, from the sampled Balearic guitars and insane beats-and-bass of "Man Child", to the overheard phone chat and aggressive bass of "Code 64" and Roy Ayers-sampling sunshine-jungle of "Jungle Life".
Review: Brazil's reputation for forward-thinking drum & bass has developed ever since Bryan Gee imported Marky and Patife almost 20 years ago. Now serving up its third generation of talent, Hospital's close ties with the country garner some of the best dancefloor tracks Brazil has given us to date: Highlights include Urbandawn showing off a much more dramatic string to his bow on "Messiah Complex", S.P.Y continuing to strip things back to bare-bone basics on the super-dark "Hidden Fire" and Nitri subverting jump-up with a classic nod to the squelchy signature set by Moving Fusion all those years ago. And that's only half the EP. File under essential.
Review: After 12 years in the game, Spanish D&B stable Melting Pot hasn't lost its appetite for promoting rising talents. Here, they offer a vinyl debut to Adrian Moreno AKA Voltage Voodoo. Significant contains four tracks from his recently released debut album of the same name, and is as punchy, raucous and industrial-fired as you'd expect. Choose between the fizzing, concrete-clad electronics, rolling breaks and mutilated rock riffs of "Significant", the bass-heavy jungle-rap of MC Mood hook-up "Make Up", the savage sub-bass and percussive aggression of "No God" and the Nine Inch Nails-goes-D&B growl of closer "King Kong".