Grum makes his Anjunabeats debut with another solid indication he’s ready for the big league. ‘U’ is an enigmatic, progressive stormer that pitches its flag somewhere ambiguously between house and trance, maximising appeal for both scenes. Led by a rich, colourful electro synth hook, it’s backed by a driving house kick that maximises dancefloor functionality. More importantly though is how Grum has tapped into that mysterious essence that defined early progressive, making ‘U’ one of the standout electro/progressive records of the year so far.
Italian dubstep producer, Piezo, drops his debut release on J:Kenzo’s label, with two tracks of mutant dungeon halfstep. It’s all a little bit interstellar on both sides —‘Space Conjectures’ is more overtly glitchy and spacey, with washy synths and RJD2 orgasmic bleeps, whilst ‘Conquer’ brings in an Oriental melody line alongside the Hubble processing noises, all underpinned by a stepping drum pattern. Solid stuff.
Whilst many producers have tried (and failed) to really provide a suitable platform for the Ragga Twins over the years, Double Helix has finally come along and produced something so cracked out, mutant and leftfield yardstyle as to fit their unique flow. It’s Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole of the darkest UK sound system music – jungle, grime, dub, 2 step, hip hop, ragga – only to be driven through a particle collider to create absolute chaos. Brilliant.
Sobota has deftly avoided being cornered into any particular genre, producing drum & bass to techno and everything in-between, though with ‘Triangles’ he unleashes his trance chops with a record that’s unashamedly grandiose. There’s a hands-in-the-air vibe to the harmonies, and while the deeper grooves keep it one step away from full-blown floaty euphoric trance, that step is a defining one. An impressive and distinct move for the MicroCastle stable.