Review: White Peach's admirable Peach Bits series, which draws together previously unreleased gems from the label's growing roster of artists, has reached its fifth volume. While previous volumes have largely aimed squarely at the dancefloor, this edition is more eclectic in outlook. Compare, for example, the paranoid, exotic darkness of Kaido's deep dubstep rattler "Kennedy Bridge" and the Eastern mysticism - via the Spanish Riviera - of Zha's "Without", which pairs gentle dubstep rhythms with lilting Japanese melody lines and flamenco guitar flourishes. Or, for that matter, the drowsy, post-rock-meets-dubstep haze of Fallow and Alex Compton's "String Assassin", and the blissfully exotic, almost Balearic melodies of Nakes' thrillingly positive dubstep shuffler "Moksha".
Review: Sukh Knight on White Peach. The stars really have aligned on this one. White Peach's penchant for innovative newness and Sukh's nose for rolling funk that's rooted in the late 2000s style while never looking nostalgic or like its covering old ground: you already know how good this is. "Beast" is the deeper roller of the pair with its pneumatic, well-oiled rhythm flowing like lava and the bass purring beneath. "Nightcrawler" is an instant banger with its ruffage sandpaper riff providing dry gully slaps and cheeky grime bass ping-pongs on the ones and fours. Classic Sukh. Classic White Peach.
Review: Excuse us while we Hiss the sky... Bristol beat sculptor Sir Hiss arrives on planet White Peach proffering handcrafted Bristolian gifts of the most luxurious form. "Rolling" melts, warps and weeps with disarming harmonics and some craft barrage from friend and previous collaborator EMZ while "Haunter" takes us for a good old fashioned cemetery picnic. Creepy, chilling, full tension and thrill, you can hear Lemzly Dale in the eerie details. An instrumental of "Rolling" can be found tucked away on the B as "Sunset In Hong Kong". Mournful and hazy, while it sounds like it was tailormade for EMZ, it also grabs you by the short and curlies on its ones, too...
Review: Dutch deepsmith TMSV has been on some superb labels in recent times - Innamind, Artikal, Cosmic Bridge and many more - but he's never been on White Peach until now, and he's celebrating in the true diverse, far-reaching style that the label encourages. Taking a laid back approach, both "Zoned Out" and "Olifant" ease on a 70 swagger with deep slouching soul while "No Soul" ups the jazz magic with a little dash of Pete Rock feel in the sample play before "Killing Season" closes on a strange warped trip where humanised tones melt, warp and mangle in ways that defy logic.