D&B’s firing as per and we can barely keep up at the minute, but here’s our quick pick of the latest and greatest wax on (or just coming onto) the market.
Critical- Sequence One Ep: Always ones to put their fans first, Critical come with a massive Christmas cracker of an EP full to bursting with some of the biggest talent within the scene at the moment. Enei, DRS, Ulterior Motive, Phace, Jubei and label boss Kasra himself join forces to bring the almighty Sequence One EP. Hold tight, it’s about to get big stinking nasty!
‘Obsession’ ft. DRS has been setting the Backdrop office phone line alight for some time now let alone the clubs. Enei in tip-top form as always dropping a deep, morphing slab of future darkness with the unmistakable flows of DRS drizzled on top. Perfect. Moving on and Ulterior Motive step up with the darn right dangerous sounds of ‘Divergence’. Harking back to the sounds of Ed Rush & Optical’s ‘Wormhole’, this is tech-fuelled space-funk for 2012 that is simply killer! DJ drop and they will flock!
Germany’s bass scientist Phace is up next and as usual he isn’t taking any prisoners. Always one for a next level intro he doesn’t disappoint on ‘Freedom Of Filth’ before it drops into a hard-stepping monster of a tune with his typically industrial, metallic palette of sounds. We dare you not to march to this but watch out for the outro switch! Finally it’s left to Jubei and Kasra to sweep up for the night…but not before they’ve had one last rinse out! Entitled ‘The Rift’ this one’s destined to cause worry in the dance with a name like that and indeed it does. Paranoid stabs, big rolling subby bassline and a kicking break make this the perfect ending to a perfect year as we lead into Critical’s 10th year of 2012.
Break/Sato- Framework/Clap Your Hands: Having already introduced two new recruits to the Symmetry camp, label boss Break has a new debutante. Sato has already had some big releases on Creative Source, Ingredients and Hospital, and really steps up to the standards you’d expect on Symmetry. Break delivers the goods with the A side, “Framework” is seriously infectious and will destroy any sound system, while Sato’s “Clap Ya Hands” is a quality dj friendly roll out, with some serious dubwise sub bass. DJ support comes from Bailey, Hype, Klute, Flight, Fabio, Marcus Intalex and London Elektricity.
Dub Phizix & Skeptical- Marka (Ft. Strategy)/Rags: Quite frankly, I’m going to say very little about this one. If you don’t already know about it you need to crawl out from that rock because personally I can’t get away from people talking about this tune, which is no bad thing! Check the video for Marka below. B side’s not bad either. Go geddit!
Octane & DLR/Octane, DLR & EBK- Back in the Grind (Cern & Dabs Remix)/Zulu Fade: As an amazing piece of work, there is no surprise that the tune could inspire some other great artists. For this one, both big Deep D&B heads Cern & Dabs, the Italian growing talent, decided to gather their efforts in order to revise the original. And something did happen. Cern is undoubtedly one of the deepest NZ producers of the moment. Remarked & signed by Gridlock last year on Project 51 for the great ‘Terminus’ LP, this is unquestionably his best work so far.
A true homage to the undisputed masters of the genre : Octane & DLR. They logically deserved a place on the Bside, joined by EBK for an other crazy masterpiece, ‘Zulu Fade’.A. ‘Back In The Grind’ (Cern & Dabs Mix) Because you can’t seriously have missed this one on the biggest worldwide dancefloors these last months. Andy C himself felt this is going to be one of the best remixes he’s heard all year, and so do we! Cern & Dabs both provide all the strength and the energy that make up the very secret essence of the perfect dancefloor & intelligent tune. This is a ‘grind’ you’re going to love.
From the very first steps you’re dived into the strange tribal world of ‘Zulu Fade’. Some original swollen basslines, special Octane & DLR imprint, meet the warlike drums and stark cold reeces of EBK. It’s grating, mighty, captivating. You’re in the jungle, surrounded by hostile faces staring at you. Warrior tomtoms start behind. Take your breath. And run.