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.
Villem & Mcleod - "The Sea" (feat Heidi Vogel - BCee remix)
Low:r - "Other Side" (feat Anna Pancaldi)
John B - "If U Need Anything"
Macca & Loz Contreras - "One Love"
BCee - "Wanderer" (Black Barrel remix)
Airshots - "Can't Catch Me" (feat Ben Shemel)
Dexcell - "Missing Pieces"
Saikon - "Eastern Shimmer"
BCee - "Hand On My Heart"
Technimatic & LSB - "Sight Lines"
Walk:r - "Wallflower"
Zerozero - "Before" (feat Lameduza)
Anile - "Turn Around"
Villem - "Reflections" (feat Jevon Ives)
Riya - "We Belong" (feat Maverick Soul & Frank H Carter III - BCee remix)
Seba - "My Love"
The Vanguard Project - "Is This Love" (feat Lucy Kitchen - Dexcell remix)
Utah Jazz - "Handle It" (feat DRS - Pola & Bryson remix)
Jonny L - "Bass Break" (Nu:Tone remix)
BCee - "Back To The Streets" (feat Philippa Hanna - BCee Refix)
Review: 14 years after he launched the label via a collaborative 12" with pal Lomax, BCee's Spearhead Records has finally notched up a century of releases. To celebrate, the veteran producer/label owner has gathered together a killer selection of previously unheard cuts. There's plenty of gems to be found within the 24-track selection, with highlights including the dub-wise D&B skank of Bungle's "Northern Dub", the elongated sub tones, jazzy breaks and dreamy melodiousness of Redeyes' "Outlines", the angular bass-weight and sunshine shuffle of John B's "If U Need Anything" and the drowsy deep jungle revivalism of Technimatic and LSB's "Sight Lines". As you'd expect, there are some great contributions from BCee dotted throughout, including a sublime personal "re-fix" of his own "Back To The Streets".