Review: Chow Down serves up its second release with the adventurous grime exploits of Fallow and DJ Chalice, twisting out all kinds of audacious bass shapes that would set the dance alight at parties such as Boxed. Fallow takes the A side with confidence, fresh from a release on Blood Frenzy, and "Blitz" shows the emergent producer is taking no prisoners with a hail of bullets and haunting Indian classical samples. "Northern Don" is a more wobbly synth-rich beat, while "Operation Dark Fruit VIP" amps up the grime strings. DJ Chalice has a lighter touch, bringing in some sunnier melodics and embracing the RnB influences on "Artois Anthem".
Review: Last year Burial and the Bug joined forces as Flame 1, delivering an in-demand EP on the latter's Pressure label featuring two sizable slabs of industrial strength soundsystem science. Here they return as Flame 2, once again offering up a pair of weighty dancefloor excursions. A-side "Dive" is a loud and claustrophobic affair, as the duo wraps dystopian dub bass and sparse, mutilated post-drill rhythms in layers of apocalyptic aural textures and mind-altering dub techno style processed noise. Flipside "Rain" is arguably more suitable for dancefloor plays and sees the esteemed twosome combine pulverizing sub-bass heaviness with dancehall style drums that come smothered in mind-melting effects and paranoia-inducing aural smoke.
Review: It's been a while since Foamy took us on a Plantpower trip but the wait is always worth it. Three tracks, all laced and wired with his unique off-kilter 140 funk, the tone is set by "Kingsize". Every bit as fat bottomed as its name suggests, there's a delightfully woozy off-beat feel running throughout. "2020" pushes us into next year with an energetic steppy twist. With strong UKG and UK funky feels, the bashy drums twist and turn around a bassline that's as foreboding as the future feels. Finally Mr Plate concludes with "All Talk". Understated and a precision balance of introspection and wriggly bass funk, don't be fooled by the title... It's actually all action. So should you be; every Plantpower release so far has completely sold out.
6 Million Stories (feat Kate Tempest, Bionic, Scott Garcia & Bangzy)
The Mission (feat Zu & Bangzy)
Toast (feat Izzie Gibbs, Dizmack & Alix Perez)
The Sauce (feat Black Josh & Ivy Lab)
Crash & Burn (feat Lord Laville & Bangzy)
Blood In The Sink (feat Kojey Radical & Bangzy)
Bosh (feat Marcello Spooks & Bangzy)
Waved (feat Flux Pavilion Black Josh & OG Maco)
24-7 (feat Feed Me)
Visitations (feat Scorsayzee & Hyroglifics)
Vultures (feat Josh Bevan & Dag Nabbit)
Standard (feat Rag "N" Bone Man & Bangzy)
Review: One of the heaviest, fire-stoked albums of the year returns in deluxe form. Metropolis and Vulgatron are sounding sharper, wittier and aggier than ever while the beats are powered up by some of the most respected and forward thinking artists in the game from Feed Me to Bangzy, Flux Pavilion to Alix Perez. A full spectrum assault that flexes from cyborg b-boy ("Flashback") cinematic panic ("The Mission") hazy introspective soul ("Crash & Burn") to come to bed 24th century R&B ("Bosh"), Foreign Beggars went categorically in on this. Jump on this if you missed the first time around.