Review: Fresh on the recently rejuvenated Utopia, Hydro & War are about to drop their powerful debut album "Lateral Thinking". And these are the first two tastes of what's to come. "New Territories" cuts straight the point; a gritty roller laced with layers of percussion, a high voltage bassline that's soothed by the glacial chords. "Sagarmatha", meanwhile, shows off the pair's more emotional side as it takes us to the summit with its breezy, spacious barbed soul charm. Bring on the album.
Review: One of drum & bass's most in demand and distinctive singers Collette Warren gets her first artist EP on Marky's Innerground and she's rolling deep. Marky provides an Intalex style hurricane for Warren and current golden soul man Tyler Daley to duet on, while Random Movement gets his little jittery clipped funk flare on that complements Warren's jazzy signature perfectly. Halfway in, Calibre turbo charges up the amen and organ machine for one of the strongest cuts of the set before Seattle's Quadrant & Iris cook up a rolling pacer for the most energetic, insistent cut on the 12". Four unique designs, one singular voice. We hope an album drops in the future.
Review: Must Make made a fine start with their first EP back in May, and now they follow it up in quick time with a second volume of "Late Night Soundtrack". Once again, Workforce is the man in control and in case you missed it, that is the new alias of SpectraSoul's Jack Stevens, who is also behind the label. "Two Words" is smooth liquid with a distinctive nocturnal feel, soft focus piano chords and heartfelt vocal murmurs layering in the soul. SP:MC spits on the much more ragged and angsty stepper "Overnight Express" and "So Good" sits somewhere in between: the drums are frantic, the textures soar, but the vocal is sweet. "Common Interests" is minimal roller with focus on warped low ends and rattling jungle percussion. Hot stuff.