Review: Having already proved himself as a producer to watch with releases on Mr Mitch's Gobstopper Records and Visionist's Lost Codes label, Bloom comes through with this beast of an EP on Crazylegs. Hydraulics is about as apt a title as could be applied to these four tracks, each of which sound like an orgy of mechanical pistons and grime percussion. Those into the recent work of Mumdance will be right at home here; "Cold Grip", the paranoid siren alerts of "The Menagerie", stripped-back laser and drums combo of "Dark Light" and terrified human breaths and sliced-up synths of "Vessel" come together to make up one of the most downright enjoyable grime releases of the year.
Review: Badman and bad-ass bass producer Gage returns to the Crazylegs stable with six dastardly slices of machine-gun funk, and he's getting faster and nastier every time we hear form him. "Turbulence" is more of a bass-weighted noise tune than a dance banger - and we love it - while "Talon's Reach" contains more of a beat flex in its spine and some killer hardcore rave stabs; "Gruellin" sounds like the inside of an engine that's about to explode, and "Hyphema" is the sort of grime they listen to on Saturn - the cream of the crop in here and a massive tip! "Rochester Way" fires its percussion stabs away amid detuned keys and, lastly, "Oxleas At Night" pushes all boundaries and delivers a ticking time-bomb of a gutter track for the heads. Get to know.
Review: Bristol label Crazylegs seem to be gaining traction as West Country brethren to London label Local Action, and hopefully this delayed fifth 12" (cheers RSD) from Tommy Rawson will see this rise continue. Available digitally since late June, "All My Days" is clearly geared as something of a summer cut by the label, a Motown leaning house production that falls in line with Rawson's prior output for the prolific Local Talk label. It's complemented well by remixes from Maddslinky and Imani that pull the track in vastly differing directions, as all good reworks should! The Underwater Dub from Dave Slinky takes the track into dark broken territory, whilst Imani's contribution is a real thing of beauty. Rawson's original is barely recognisable, it's various elements mutated into a drum heavy exercise in future boogie.
Review: Bristol's Ziro is fast becoming his city's most sought after new artist, and we can't go anywhere these days without hearing his name being mentioned. So, we expected good things with this latest outing on his native Crazylegs, and we were certainly not disappointed with these five scorching bass swelters. "Lionheart" itself is jagged, heavy and brings forth a mass of broken drums like stabs to the chest, and "Strafe" carries that vibe forward but manages to lock the groove into tighter space. "Dun Talk" features the ragga style vocals of Riko Dan, making for a heavy bashment kind of vibe, whereas "Distant" is a pensive electronic moment for those wishing to meditate on some low-end, and "Rapture" is a true UK hybrid - house, dubstep, broken and garage all run through its veins.
Review: Bristol's Crazylegs night inaugurate their freshly minted label with the debut release from the hotly tipped Ziro, who delivers two tracks of hard-hitting swung techno with a pinch of UK bass style. "Coded" and "Oni" deliver the same kind of stripped back, darkly functional rhythms as fellow Brisolian Artifact, full of swagger and impeccably off the grid beats. Remixes come from Om Unit, whose incredible "Wrongspeed" remix of "Oni" sounds like breakbeat footwork with pieces missing, and Thefft, whose remix of "Coded" adds all sorts of rattling fills into Ziro's spacious original.