Holy hell is this the sound of Strange U/Boot Records percolating its sick way across the Atlantic and affecting our US bredren, or merely the sound of the US underground recovering the dark, dank depths of Show & AG's 'Goodfellas' all on their own reconnaissance? Either way — who cares! This is astonishing! Maniac laces together a truly dungeonesque mix of harsh neck-snapping snare and truly spooky sounds, blood-dripping on the dulcimer, strings and woodwind culled from the strangest lost Shaw Bros horror movie that actually doesn't exist but damn well should do. Superb stuff and making me want to hear way more from these (to me anyhoo) as yet unknown sonic perverts and degenerates. SICK BRUV.
One of the most anthemic cuts off the latest Anjunadeep compilation, Jodi Wisternoff’s new offering ‘Paramour’is a stunning slice of bigroom progressive, as well as testament to his current studio mastery. String arrangements, feather-light melodies and bigroom house grooves are the order of the day, as well as a monumental breakdown that revels in its excess, before the techy aspects are brought to the fore when the drop kicks back in. Deep as the ocean, warm as sunshine and executed with flawless precision.
In the twisted Middle Eastern intro, you wince as you feel the wind sweeping the sand into your eyes, before frantically trying to brush the thousands of scuttling mini beasts from your body. This is dancefloor material of the highest quality, with years of experience pouring through the speakers. Finely chopped breakbeats bring the classic vibe to the pneumatic bassline and modern synths. Living up to his reputation in every respect.
An eight-track sampler from Cato’s forthcoming album on Hatcha and N-Type’s Sin City label, and not a grotter in sight. Cato brings a deft collection of influences and styles to bear, from the spacious and delicate soul leanings of ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Soul Electronic’, to the yard style pressure of ‘Peng VIP’ feat Flowdan & Riko. With hits of hardcore stylings on ‘Ghetto Funk’ and classic dubstep angles on ‘11th Hour’, there is real breadth and class here. The album promises to be a warm, inviting and vibsin’ place to be, so step into the unknown and enjoy.