She’s been such a huge part of the scene for so long that it’s amazing to think that Riya’s forthcoming album will be her debut. As a vocal artist her distinctive voice takes the centre stage in the track, and her skill for writing conscious, illuminating and ridiculously catchy lyrics is second-to-none. The backing track is also an excellently produced piece of drum & bass with a warm oscillating bassline and soulful twangs of a guitar.
New York duo Quattro and Jeep deliver a firing slice of carnival energy featuring vocals from Brazilian baille funk MC GI. Available on Amy Becker's new Reload One compilation, this one's all about the Latin vibes with horns, whistles and snatches of vocal bouncing off killer percussion and throbbing sub. A Brooklyn meets Rio soundclash.
"Qu, perennial master of his own space. I can always tell when a Qu record comes on. Sounds like no other."
No messing about here, this is four tracks of mucky, scything filtered disco devastation from Mr Ben Sims for the Swedes. Here's hoping there's a volume two.