Review: DJ Central presents three new aliases on this elegantly put together 12". Conjuring up the perfect recipe for a DJ Cake, Central blends and explores the likes of pulsating atmospheric techno on the track "Balast", smoothly escalating breaks on "Ko Ko Dak Dak" and hazy crackling ambient on the finale "Daeksel". Unique, inspiring and truly excellent works from the one they call DJ Central.
Review: One of Break's most consistent and striking vocal collaborators, Kyo gets the Symmetry spotlight with this A-list collabo EP. "Who Decides" sparks up the dance with an electrified high voltage sneering bassline and loose percussion that only Break can cook up. "Murder Tonight" is a lot sexier than its title suggests thanks to Kyo's surging tones and Total Science's expert manipulation of the think break. "Where I Stand" sees Kyo teaming up with Mikal for the most stripped back and steppy affair while DLR and Mako's OneMind unit join her for the final, and darkest, chapter of the EP "Play To Lose" where Kyo hits her gutsiest, rawest soul notes. No decision necessary.
Review: Om Unit's exceptional third album Self undergoes a series of reappraisals and reconstructions from an array of exciting talent. dBridge teases with a little autonomic charm and his own vocals on "What I Can Be", SKRS (Seekers International) get choppy and tropical with a swathing, murking twist on "Passages" while Sorrow takes Om Unit and Rider Shafique to touching introspective places in a barbed, evocative way that only he knows how. Finally Young Echo affiliates Neek and Jabu slide us into slow motion with the wonderfully sleepy "Tahatan". Less remixes and more brand new chapters; Cosmic Bridge never disappoint.
Review: Rupture regular Outer Heaven will tickle your inner badboy with this highly anticipated return to the underground nuclear bunker of UVB-76. Four tracks of solid dark sonic matter "The Last Men" takes the lead with a powerful percussive hook maintaining a marching sensation that breaks into momentary splashes of breakbeat chaos. It's backed up the three more equally disarming and trippy tracks. "Blemish" is a swampy drill laced cut with noxious harmonics, while "Still Waters" takes us into the murkiest two-steppy territories you might imagine. Finally "Trapline" shuts, locks and bolsters the front door with a pounding steppy rhythm that's coated in echoes and dubby warmth. Buckle up.
Ownglow & Dilemma - "Mercy" (feat Courtney Odom) (5:01)
Review: Ownglow AKA Simon Reeves was barely old enough to legally go clubbing when he made his 2014 breakthrough track, "Gold". These days, he's something of an old hand thanks to regular appearances on leading D&B label Hospital Records. Certainly, Inside The Silence, his first EP of 2017, is a more mature sounding proposition than his previous releases. Opener "Breathe", featuring vocalist Ellie Vee and Disco's Over, sets the tone magnificently, offering a sun-kissed romp through soulful D&B pastures. He joins forces with Mitekiss on the heavier roller "Take Me", before inviting Dilemma and singer Courtney Odom into the studio to collaborate on the punchy, melodious and thrillingly bass-heavy "Mercy". He draws a fine EP to a close with "Glo-Mello-Flow", a superb slice of R&B/D&B fusion that's as slick and soulful as they come.