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.
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.
Mr Scrilla returns to OM Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label for the third time, delivering an EP of variety and deep, textured soul underpinned by his usual beats-orientated style. Don’t be expecting 'Helium' and 'Rigel7' to be busting the speakers in the rave any time soon though, leave that for ‘Jello’ the subaqueous beast full of pressurised bass, tin-pot percussion, and dungeonstep weight. Rounded off by the superb liquid drum funk of 'Free Flight' feat Om Unit.
A euphoric, summery house record that’s been floating around in record boxes for a while finally gets its release on Intricate. Starting with a jerky slowdown of its main groove that kicks it into fifth gear, it brims with upbeat vibes until the melodic aspects are really brought to the fore.