Another offshoot from Critical this month in the form of “a chain made up of musical links released over a period of time then brought to a close”. The boss man’s words! But this EP is a must. One third of Ivy Lab, Halogenix’s ‘Her Waves’ is smooth and sexy and totally hypnotic. True to d&b but encapsulating subtleties from other areas of bass music, creating a sophisticated, and class track which has the potential to become a classic.
This lead single from the essential new benefit album 'Push Play' sounds like a lost slice of glorious synthy electro from late '90s-era Freestylers; think 'Drop the Boom' or the even earlier seminal 12" 'Breaker's Revenge' by Arthur Baker. Swapping between killer vocoder-style vocals and female B-girl stylings, this one is all soaring keys, 808 percussion and stabby electro-funk bass. An epic powerhouse of a single which will send shivers up the spine of anyone who has ever popped an Afrika Bambaataa or Whodini record on the turntable and slipped Wildstyle on the Blu-Ray. All proceeds go to the Afro-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
A brutally pounding track from this Scottish hardcore duo. Clocking in at a furious 200bpm, crossing over the classic UK hardcore techno sounds with the relentless kick and bass of the Frenchcore scene, this certainly isn’t one for the faint-hearted, but if you can handle your music rough, this one will certainly be for you.
What might at first seem like an unlikely hook-up, Oakland's consciously-minded SOM with the Snoop, actually works a treat in part thanks to both artists' ability to focus in on the abstract concept of the title and flow with it where they see fit (SOM go cosmic, Snoop flies to an inner emotional place), in part down to Adrian Younge's sublimely soulful and spacey production: nothing but a ragged beat, occasional celeste/ghostly-Rhodes keys and minimal bass that push the words to the forefront but keep the track at an unforgettable pitch of unpushy wonder that sinks its fangs far deeper than a more self-consciously 'hot' production might. Superb work from all involved.