Review: The mysterious Macker returns to the scene of the crime. Previously spotted shaking up the dancefloor two years ago on a similarly anonymous release, here he's back and armed with more sonic treacle. Dark, thick, swampy with just the right amount of drone, "Faust" is a cathedral creeper that's weighted by insanely heavy kicks while "Isolation" takes us even deeper down Macker's rabbit hole with grainy depth charge bass plucks, samurai samples and that crucial overall sensation of a cosy graveyard picnic somewhere on another planet. Crucial; don't slack on the Mack.
Review: Jack Sparrow's Navy Cut returns with more smoking sounds as Manchester murker Maes makes his debut on the vinyl-only label. Following his cuts on the likes of Soil & Sound and Dub Communication, it's another adventure into the minimal unknown. 'Tallawah / Stand Up Strong' is total soundsystem dream. Just a big old flabby frequency doing a belly dance around soft-focus kicks, this truly comes to life when played on a big rig (when we can finally play on them again) Elsewhere the brilliantly-titled 'Flippy Neck' takes us back to the wobbly late 2000s before 'Gods Gold' closes the show with more of a digi dub energy; skippy kicks, reverbed melodica blasts and bassline strong enough to make you quit the ciggies in a jiffy.
Review: Hyperdub kick off the vinyl side to their ten-year celebrations with this weighty four-tracker from some of the leading lights from the label's story. Mala is in a strident mood with "Expected, Level 10" carrying through that extra touch of melody from the Mala In Cuba LP. DVA cuts loose with the leftfield scattershot groove of "Technical Difficulties", reveling in tonal experimentation and jagged rhythmic flair to a stunning end. Still locked into the sci-fi trap tangent that characterised Severant, Kuedo turns out the haunting "Mtzpn" and Helix pops up for a remix of Kode9's "Xingfu Lu" that strips down to bare essentials with a little starlit soul rubbed into the framework.
Review: Last spotted on Encrypted's Codedinsound V/A album in 2017, Denver's Malleus returns with his first full EP for the label. If you've been following his sounds on the likes of Gourmet Beats and Foundation Audio, you'll know exactly what's up here; swampy, otherworldly textures, trippy aesthetics, warped and weirded out sound designs. "Damien" takes the lead with demonic graveyard arpeggios and pressurised kicks while "Dragging The Lake" is swampy, grotty and gloopy in consistency but poignant and barbed in emotional energy. For maximum wonk jump on "Grinn" while militant nightmare heads should jump straight onto the finale "To Kiss The Witch's Flesh". Filth.
Review: Encrypted follow up Mesck's incendiary "ENV020" with two warped and woozy cuts from the enigmatic Manta. "It Lurks" switches the standard MC vocal for a crow screech and spoken word from the devil himself. Gloopy and swampy, this will lock your floor down in slo-mo like gorilla glue. "Zealot" takes us even deeper into the darkness with a wonky off-beat kick palpitations and big graveyard washes lapping over the top. It lurks, it lives, it bangs... The devil's music never sounded so good.
Review: After an eight year hiatus, London-based label No Comply are back. Ever eager to feature new talent, they turn to the talents of saxophonist Jake Marlow. His stellar performance across the two tracks here belies the fact of this being his vinyl debut. The comeback effort exists in the form of 'Cloud Chamber' a deep, dubby and jazzy experience, while evocative and sensual at the same time and venturing into chill territory. Dubstep juggernauts N-Type and Kromestar provide what the label best described themselves as "a high pressure, melodic remix." Limited to 300 copies worldwide, this unique collaboration is not to be slept on.
Review: For Dubs Galore's 007 release they leave us shaken and stirred as label boss Von D goes toe-to-toe with two close compadres Mr K and Arta for two 10" system bubblers. 'Dem Tuff' lights the fire with bulbous kicks, wafting flutes and snake-like percussion as K and D lock in for a 2am heads down stamper. 'Let Down' takes us further into the night as Arta and Von strip the elements right back into something more authentically dub. Dreamy pads, rolling hang drums and a series of strange bass tones underneath. Sometimes the old ways are the best...