Review: Back to 95! One of Source Direct's earliest cuts - prior to changing the game on Metalheadz - "A Different Groove" gets a 2020 remaster and its first repress since 96. It comes courtesy of the label where it all began: Odysee, home to early cuts from the likes of Photek as well the seminal St Albans duo. Recently rekindled with new remixes and reissues, this rampant piece of breakcraft still sounds every bit as full and future as it did 25 years ago. Loaded with a remix from original label co-boss Andy Odysee, this still knocks spots off the competition.
Foul Play - "Black Sun" (Skeleton Army remix) (5:19)
Denham Audio - "Mercury Tint" (4:50)
Mani Festo - "Spiral" (6:34)
Review: Relooping the generations; John Morrow (AKA Skeleton Army AKA 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse AKA Foul Play) serves up a collection that nods in both directions. 4 Hero's Marc Clair takes the lead under his old school hardcore alias Manix. Bouncy and loaded with positivity, it sets the scene before Morrow remixes his 23 old Foul Play track "Dark Horse" into a slinky, technoid breakbeat jam. Flip for some future flavours: Denham Audio looks to early Good Looking for inspiration on "Mercury Tint" while Mani Festo goes wild on a percussive dnb finale. Smile or kill trying.
Review: Here's a piece of history right here; Aphrodite goes back to his first ever release. Fresh from 92, both sitting in the hardcore breakbeat chapter of the UK rave explosion, "Raw Motion" has a big beat hip-hop energy to it while "Dub Motion" is a full-on bongo roller with dreamy detuned rave sprinkles and a vibe still set to max 28 years later. Firm foundations.
Review: Metrik has long been one of Hospital Records' most intriguing artists - a producer whose weighty, punchy and futuristic take on drum and bass draws on a wider palette of influences (think Depeche Mode, Bjork, synth-wave, the Prodigy, film soundtracks and so on) than many of his contemporaries. These varied influences have inspired his work for some time, though rarely quite as obviously as on new album "Ex Machina", his third LP. Bold, heavily electronic and undeniably rugged, the set includes a range of instrumentals and vocal tracks rich in sparkling synth sounds, aggressive riffs, booming basslines and, of course, bustling D&B rhythms. Highlights include "Closer", the trance-influenced "We Are The Energy", the dreamy ambient flex of "Ascension" and the simmering, string-laden beauty of "Shadows".