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Review: Dizzee rascal I Luv U

Label: XL

This record scares me. If I heard it in a rave' would probably go hide under a speaker. Dizzee Rascal rapping like some crazy aggressive coked-out Muppet over disastrous beats that are little more than grimy, ramped up Dillinja-style bass and a few breathy samples filling in for snare hits. This cheap-sounding record is doing for UKG what Birdman and the Cash Money clique have done for rap. Plus, it'll grow on you like a motherfucker. Read more » 

Review: Infekto vs. Will Power Don't Rush Me

Label: Passenger

Since his debut cut on Passenger, Finland's Infekto has been causing quite the stir in the nu-skool scene. With everyone from Gilles Peterson to London Elektricity wanting a piece of the action, it's no wonder Aquasky pushed through this follow-up single ASAP. Good for us, because it's nothing short of straight dancefloor mayhem. With his mastery of warping hooks, playful beats and bone-crushing basslines, this cat is here to stay. Read more » 

Review: Pysofunkodiscodelic Cabaret Breaks

Label: Golden Gate

The veteran Bay Area house collective puts the big, funky breaks on. The a-side offers up some early-'90s flavor, with a jumpy arrangement that spotlights a mighty three-note bassline and a hit-and-miss array of vocal samples (including some tight Al Pacino bits). The flip brings on a more nu-breaks flavor with a freaky beat, distorted bass and less vocal samples. Bing-bang-boom. Read more » 

Review: Stringz Bring the Drama

Label: white

Another bootleg of this old classic. While there's a lot of these going around at the moment, they're all pretty damn fine! A few new touches in the breakdown and overall chunky fatness added to the proceedings make for a totally working piece that'll have peeps jumping all over. Read more » 

Review: Matsai He Boomah

Label: Missive

Newcomer Matthieu Hourteillan brings it for French label Missive, with some subtle, pulsing, midtempo treats that rotate some hardy ragga and soul vocal samples and bits of sitar around stealthy breaks 'n' bass. German duo Tiefschwarz gives it the obligatory house rub, et voila, a nice one. Read more » 

Review: dave Brennan Drink Deep (James Zabiela Mix)

Label: End

A typically deep offering from the End, remixed superbly by James Zabiela. Starting off all housey with gentle piano stabs, this track drops into a real controlled growler of a bassline. It's all sprinkled with some kind of off-kilter, otherworldly noises that really work, before JZ brings the gentle piano back in, with added atmospheric pads subtly tugging away in the background. Classy. Read more » 

Review: Rundfunk H

Label: Tell?

From the home of R?yksopp, Kings Of Convenience and Annie (to name a few), comes Rundfunk on Tell?, Norway's most interesting label. Almost all the artists on the label come from northern Norway-the land of the midnight sun-and label manager Mikal Telle is a rockstar!! Read more » 

Review: Aeriated 2 the Tune of C-

Label: sidetrax

Straight out of Leeds comes this cool and smooth track by 21 year old producer Duncan. It took my total attention when it came our way, because it's a tune with all the good elements: East Coast house combined with dark, English drum & bass synths. Read more » 

Review: High Contraast The Basement Track

Label: Hospital

A beautiful trip down memory lane, as High Contrast works in all your favourite old-skool sounds: female vocals, sax and even the odd air horn. While it sounds like a recipe for disaster, it's definitely not! You can't help but love this one. Read more » 

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