Review: Bristol-based badman Borai has been quietly issuing some of the city's most immense club wreckers for many years now, sometimes in partnership with October, and sometimes flying solo (as on the crucial Anybody From London for Hotline Recordings). Here he's inaugurating Higher Level with some absolute dance slayers, kicking off with the mammoth pitched-down drum funk and gut-wrenching bass of "Razor" before switching stance for the dreamier but no less rowdy "Predators." Both cuts are a masterclass in classic breakbeat science, delivering the foundational UK sound with panache that sets these weapons far apart from the rest of the pack.
Review: Big tune alert! Ever since Borai and Denham Audio joined forces to self-release the rave-minded "Club Glow Vol 1" cassette last summer, hype has been growing around "Make Me". The track has been getting spins from big name DJs close to the duo ever since, with much fevered speculation online as to whether it would ever get a single release. Happily, the pair has obliged. For those who've yet to succumb to its full-throttle charms, "Make Me" is a joyous early '90s rave throwback rich in period vocal samples, bouncy piano stabs, sweaty breakbeats and the kind of sub-bass that regular sends crowds crazy. Flipside "No Good", a fresh jam from the retro-futurist duo, is similarly smiling, giddy and bass-heavy. Pass the Vicks - it's time to party!