Special Request Vortex Special Request returns from hibernation with four albums he made in his underpants. Of the new material, he tells us: "I had a right fucking doss making this. Fuck all that conceptual guff m888" Strictly bowel-evacuating bangers. Those of a nervous disposition should also watch out for incontinence. Many people think you can't do anything truly NEW in electronic music. Special request disagrees. He elaborates: "nah, that's bollocks" Upon playing some of the new tracks to a friend, the question "are u alright m8?" was asked. Now you, the avid listener, can answer for yourself. Houndstooth CD | LP
Burial Claustro / State Forest A new 12" single for 2019 from Burial on Hyperdub! 180g vinyl. "The extra-terrestrial keys that come in here link ‘Claustro’ to the revivalist rave aesthetic currently rife in UK club music, but when they’re deployed in Burial mode we find them to be haunted rather than exuberant." Things take a darker turn on the flip, as ‘State Forest’ heads “firmly back in the ambient drone territory" that has defined his more recent work. Hyperdub 12"
MoStack Stacko The debut full length album from MoStack. The Hornsey rapper delivers his usual blend of wavey afrobeat melodies and slick one-liners across the 13 track project. MoStack drafts in long-term friends Dave, Fredo, J Hus and Stormzy for features on the new project, which also delivers more hilarious lyrics. VIRGIN EMI CD Signed
Headie One / Four Tet '18 Hunna (Four Tet Remix) Four Tet works his magic on this deep UK grime/hip hop banger with an eastern influenced low slung remix. Very limited 12"s. 12"
Skepta Ignorance Is Bliss Double vinyl gatefold LP package printed with touch sensitive, heat signature liquid Cristal applied. Revealing a spectrum of colours when touched. The fifth full length album from Grime legend Skepta, who's also producer on all of the tracks, following on from 2016's Konnichiwa. Boy Better Know CD | LP
Girl Unit Song Feel UK mastermind Phil Gamble aka Girl Unit makes a powerful return with Song Feel, his debut full-length album and first release since 2012’s acclaimed EP Club Rez, featuring Kelela, Taliwhoah, Ms Boogie and more. An essential member of London’s eclectic Night Slugs camp, he’s back with a fully developed body of work featuring six key vocal collaborators. While still steeped in low-end pressure like his past work, Song Feel reaches toward a classic timelessness: time-honoured elements of production sit seamlessly alongside the most contemporary sounds, as Girl Unit densely layers radio gloss and big melodies over beats that take influence from a variety of Club and Pop sources. Since the start Girl Unit has always taken influence from pop, preferring to hear music with vocals both on and off the dancefloor. Here he has created a unique sonic environment for each of his collaborators to tell their story. The record opens with ‘WYWD’, featuring R&B iconoclast and long-time collaborator Kelela gliding over intimate street soul sonics and luminous funky leads. Next, a volatile West Coast bassline and stadium-size dancehall percussion guide British singer Taliwhoah through elegant synth washes on ‘Stuck’. On ‘Wreck’, Brooklyn rapper Ms Boogie spits hardcore verses that twist and turn along GU’s erratic lows, creepy atmospheres and drillin’ drums. ‘Pull Up’ featuring Tampa’s Thast delivering a menacing confrontational flow over gliding subs and eerie staccato. Los Angeleno Rush Davis sings metaphysical soul over a saccharine choir on the slow-burning ‘Evidence’. Lastly, London’s Brook Baili dances with big piano chords and jubilant basslines on the radio-ready swing of ’24 Hours’. Though Girl Unit gave his features free reign vocally, clear themes of changing relationships in a modern era emerge across Song Feel, lending the record a curiously frothy yet intimate sensation. In-between, blissfully stripped-down instrumental interludes bind everything together, giving the album’s host and creator some much-deserved solo time. Night Slugs LP
Dave Psychodrama The long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album from South-London rapper, Dave. Neighbourhood CD