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Review: Contax Hitlist

Label: Nerve Breaks

Hip-hop accents galore-electro cowbells and keyboard chords, hardcore vocal lines, etc.-enhance the big bassline and varied rhythms of this one, which gets a sleeker, darker remix by Paul Reset. A big, bad jam from this Glasgow label. Read more » 

Review: Benny B Presents The Biz Satisfaction

Label: Energy Production

F*ck me, probably the strongest house/acid thing I've heard in years, with more filters than you can shake a stick at. The Mac vocal might put this in that pseudo Francophile/electro/jazz stream, but even the hardest hip-hop heads will be climbing the walls by the end. Read more » 

Review: Tok Tok Vs Soffyo Day of Mine (Starecase Rmx)

Label: Eastwest

These boys program drums like surgeons perform operations-so precise and clinical. Add plenty of funk, nice vocals and the trademark Starecase atmospherics, and you've a great breaks track for the summer. The best Starecase work so far. Class. Read more » 

Review: Tinfed Dangergirl Remixes

Label: Volta Vinyl

Indie rock and punk meets drum & bass on the second release from upstarts Volta Vinyl. Pieter K turns in an esoteric, carefully constructed, Photek-esque workout, while Sacramento's Fruitbat presents a futuristic, low-key techno ride. Echo turns out the real dancefloor flavor here, whipping through an airy, trancey number underpinned by a serious bassline. Quality flavors! Read more » 

Review: Blim & Rennie Pilgrim Feat. MC Chickaboo 2 Freaks

Label: TCR

Big electro synths + even bigger drums + the excellent MC Chikaboo = breakbeat anthem. Very funky and incredibly catchy. Would work just as well on the radio as it would on the dancefloor. This could be massive. Read more » 

Review: Killer Mike Scared Straight

Label: Aquameni-Columbia

His lyrics tell a story that you can really feel and understand. Combine that with a hilarious hook and smooth it out over some Southern/West Coast-style beats, and you have the recipe for a bangin' joint. Read more » 

Review: Lateef and the Chief Present Maroons Lester Hayes

Label: Quannum

It's musical chairs in the Quannum camp, and this new formation includes Lateef the Truth Speaker (Latyrx) on the mic and Chief X-Cel (Blackalicious) on beats. X's production just keeps improving, and this 12" testifies to his true funkiness. And Lateef comes with the best hip-hop chorus out now. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Hardware Chronicles Vol. 1 EP

Label: Renegade Hardware

Hardware comes big, bad and heavy on this EP, where the new signings bring the fire. Raiden delivers blistering '97-Metalheadz boom, as dark stalwart Dylan commits death-metal d&b to wax once more. Rob F serves up quality Konflict-style tech fare, but upstart ArQer steals the show with a number that melds trancey synths and r&b vocals with a blistering Bad Company-esque blistering bass growl. Ouch! Read more » 

Review: Schmahl & Niederhofer Mystic Journey

Label: Phono Elements

This deep, dark and minimal track sports washing swooshes, bleeps and blips, and even a squeegee of doom noise, with delays and slow decays reminiscent of Monolake. The Heiko Laux-like flipside descends into a dark, icy cave as the beat carries you onward. Read more » 

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