Mungo's Hi Fi - "Rules Of The Dance" (feat Charlie P - JD remix)
Lamont & Boofy - "Walkin' Round Ere"
Gantz - "Temple Meads"
Ishan Sound & Rider Shafique - "Highest VIP"
Boofy - "LVX93"
Pinch & Kahn - "Send Out"
Jamakabi - "Hot It Up" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Jook - "Juice"
TMSV - "Shallow Breath"
OBF - "Ram Dance"
The Bug - "Fuckaz" (feat Spaceape)
Youngstar - "Bongo" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Kahn & Neek - "Acting The Goat"
Gemmy - "The Set Up"
Hi5Ghost - "Scorpion's Mask"
Young H - "We A Talk" (feat Dread MC & Rider Shafique - Ishan Sound remix)
Lemzly Dale - "No Long Talk" (Kahn & Neek remix)
Commodo - "S Is For Snakes"
Kahn & Neek - "Damascu"
Jabu - "Hungry Ghosts" (feat Chester Giles)
VMOS & Boofy - "Dial Ton"
Sir Spyro - "Topper Top" (feat Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann & Killa P - Kahn & Neek remix)
Kode9 & The Spaceape - "Ghost Town"
Review: The 90th installment of the long-running FabricLive series comes from Kahn & Neek, AKA Young Echno members Joe McGann and Sam Barrett. The 28-track mix-up is naturally heavy on material from friends and collaborators (Jabu, Pinch, Ishan Sound, Gemmy etc.), plus a swathe of their own productions and remixes. It offers a whirlwind tour of the Bristol duo's influences and inspirations, taking in paranoid, dubbed-out ambience, stoned trip-hop, sub-bothering grime, post-dubstep intensity, hard-to-define madness (Gantz's brilliant "Temple Meads"), dancefloor-burning ragga revisions, and mutant, wide-eyed post-R&B (the fantastic "Dial Ton" by VMOS and Boofy). In other words, it perfectly encapsulates the duo's club-rocking DJ sets, not to mention where Bristol's bass scene is right now.
Review: Veteran grime star and rap giant Kano uses the hoodie as a symbolic crux throughout his sixth album. It's an item of clothing often associated with criminality and errant youths, but here he re-casts it as a form of protection for young black men who have a wide range of racial and societal pressures to deal with. It makes for a politically charged album with shiny electronica next to stark and prickly beats, melancholic pianos and minimal garage rhythms. A musically expansive work that crosses many styles and scenes, but remains united by Kano's ever impassioned deliveries.
Review: It seems fitting that the hundredth and final volume in the "FabricLive" mix series should also be its most hotly anticipated. Coming from heavyweight heroes Kode9 and Burial - whose previous back-to-back mix for Mary-Anne Hobbs' show eight years ago has reached near mythical status. The album is a wonderfully full-throttle and mixed-up affair, with the shadowy bass lieutenants giddily flitting between quick-fire sections focusing on South African gqom, footwork, Juke, vintage hardcore, early jungle and more contemporary dancefloor experimentalism, each broken up by typically blazed and paranoid ambient interludes and the occasional surprise selection. There's a lot going on throughout, but that only adds to the fun. In other words, it's a triumphant finale to a landmark mix series.
Scott Garcia X Kurupt FM - "It's A Kuruption Ting"
Sunship - "Try Me Out (Let Me Lick It)"
DJ Zinc - "138 Trek"
Wookie - "Down On Me"
DJ Luck & MC Neat - "A Little Bit Of Luck"
DJ Dee Kline - "I Don't Smoke"
Agent X - "Decoy"
SIA - "Little Man" (Exemen remix)
Youngstar - "Pulse X"
Ross Young & RB - "Smooth Operator" (Kurupt FM remix)
One Waz Nice - "Messin Around" (Wideboys remix)
E.S Dubs - "Standard Hoodlum Issue"
Kurupt FM - "Suttin Like That"
XTC - "Functions On The Low"
Breakage - "Hard" (feat Newham Generals & David Rodigan - Kurupt FM dubplate)
Wiley - "Eskimo"
Jon E Cash - "Cash Beat AKA : Hoods-Up-Dub"
Cage & Danny Weed - "Creeper"
Dizee Rascal - "Ho"
Platinum 45 - "Oi" (feat More Fire Crew)
Wiley - "Igloo"
Jammin - "Go D"
Kurupt FM - "Get Out The Way" (Spooky remix - bonus track)
Review: Brentford's finest pirate radio crew turned BBC sitcom stars have finally made it onto CD. For those familiar with the ebb and flow of their acclaimed People Just Do Nothing series, The Lost Tape is something of a treat. Presented as a non-step Korupt FM broadcast complete with Chabuddy G intro, skewed Steves mixing and rhymes from Grindah and DJ Beats, it's a memorable romp through the history of British garage and grime with a few exclusives and never-before-heard tracks thrown in. Stylistically, it's eerily reminiscent of many pirate radio mixtapes from back-in-the-day - which, of course, is the idea - but with the added bonus of laugh-out-loud moments amongst the scene anthems from Sunship, Wookie, DJ Zinc, Youngstar, Wiley, Dizzee and the boys themselves.