Review: Given dubstep's evolution of late, it can be difficult to find anything fresh. On this latest volume of Tempa's Dubstep Allstars series, scene veterans Silkie and Quest attempt to resolve this poser by joining the dots between the sound's past, present and future. So, there are bursts of roughness and the odd dubwise roller, but for the most part Dubstep Allstars 9 is a lesson in the deep, soulful and jazz-flecked end of the style. Most of the cuts come from Silkie and Quest's combined back catalogue, as well as the slick fodder put out by Mala on his Deep Medi imprint. That's not a criticism, though; by mining such a relatively narrow seam of material, the duo ensures that the mix has a smooth coherence that makes it hypnotically addictive.
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.
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.
D Double E - "How I Like It" (feat JME, Wiley, Chip, Lethal Bizzle & Baseman - remix)
Dizzee Rascal - "Wot U Gonna Do?"
Dpaz On The Map - "Mini Valet"
Skepta - "No Security"
Review: This time last year, Elijah and Skilliam joined forces to mix an on-point summary of the previous 12 months in grime. The mix CD was a roaring success, so they've come together once more to showcase the best grime tracks of 2017. Whether you're a relative novice or an old head, there's no denying the quality of the duo's selections. As bass-heavy and punchy as you'd expect, the mix moves between cuts from high profile scene veterans - think Skepta, Wiley, Dizzee, Jammz and D Double E - and fresher underground talents. Throughout, Elijah and Skilliam skillfully showcase grime's continued evolution, throwing in dancefloor slammers that borrow heavily from the tropical-tinged, up-tempo rhythms of UK funky and the bouncy shuffle of '90s UK garage.