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Dillinja Live or Die

The flipside's "South Manz," with its "bassline roller to shake the venue" sample and scary, high-pitched melody, is my favorite here, as Dillinja delivers a more rolled-out track that's still heavy on the bass & drum.… Read more »

Optic Nerve Teleportation EP

Keith Tucker reinvigorated Detroit techno in the '90s via the militant electro of his former group Aux 88. His mission continues on these three dystopian snapshots.… Read more »

Belles in Monica What D'Ya Need

UK hip-hop is just like American hip-hop, but not really. It's still recognizable as hip-hop, but something's...different. Fortunately, Belles In Monica's MC Kruze overcomes his Glaswegian brogue (sounding almost like Chuck D) on this dark banger.… Read more »

Dukes of Sluca Tournament EP

This tech-edged plate from Stockholm, Sweden brings on some good, feverish party grooves.… Read more »

Cyborg 1 Shockwave

Only need a guess or two as to Cyborg's identity, but this slab isn't anything to die for. Although it features nicely organic beats, the A-side's a touch redundant.… Read more »

Manchilde of the Butta Babees In Da Game

Butta Babes have simply been runnin' hip-hop in Montreal, and Manchilde's three-track step into the spotlight reveals much about the humanist-hop trio's dynamic.… Read more »

Billy Dalessandro Dark Matter EP

Chicago's Dalessandro draws on his early-'90s tech and acid roots with taste and restraint. The cavernous title track scratches at the dubby atmosphere with raw synth stabs, while the flipside tracks pop tighter and a bit more vertically.… Read more »

Boom Bap Project The Trade Remix

You may remember back in early 2001 when MCs Karim and Destro Destructo and DJ Tre dropped their debut single as Boom Bap Project, "The Trade," with "Writers Guild" on the flip.… Read more »

Juju The Barrio Funk EP

Taking it up a notch for the label's tenth release, Juju drops a monstrous double-pack that captures his vision perfectly. From the steady-pumping "Vampiros" to the Fabio-inspired "Far Away," Juju touches on all corners of his sound.… Read more »

Soulo Switch

Jameson is back in your face, and he's not messin' about. "Switch" is a sure-fire steppa's anthem, dropping serious bass that surges over a Timbaland-style roll. It's flipped by one of the sickest Soulo 4beat-roller rubs yet.… Read more »

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