Here's a noisenik EP full of party-shocking rave goodness that DJs who miss the old fidget house sound will no doubt adore. Personally, I'd rather chew on my own kidneys than ever have to go through that horrendous period in dance music ever again, but Finland-based Infekto and Rico Tubbs (two producer names, same guy) has the skills to make the whole vibe pretty close to palatable. 'Smasher' is all wobble stomp mayhem on the drops and wicked old skool rave attitude on the breakdowns, with some cool ragga vocal snatches to keep the energy levels high. 'Rule Dancehall' enlists the legendary Ragga Twins for a speed garage-influenced banger, while 'Rinse Music' has a gorgeous keyboard breakdown that will have 'em reaching for the lasers. Irritatingly brilliant.
This sampler EP for Bournemouth-based producer and soundtrack musician Future Funk Squad's 'Darker Nights' remix album is proof that there is still plenty of room for invention within the breakbeat sound spectrum. Evil Nine's rerub of 'The Colony' is a deep, brooding, epic affair, like the scary soundtrack to a particularly chilling level of Resident Evil. Hyper's remix of 'Darker Days' is a ruthless Slayer guitar-stomp, while Lee Coombs and Kostas G's reworking of 'Monologue' is all White Stripes guitar, acid licks and moody strings. Kid Digital's remix of 'Rat Race' blends stabs of bass static with post-apocalyptic synths and MC Mojo's cultured vocal about the perils of 21st century existence. Most of these tracks are a little too abstract for the average dancefloor, but that shouldn't put anyone off. Searingly classy stuff.
Youthful London-based producer Toronto is Broken shows off his more outlandish side with this tempo-shifting glitch-hop effort, featuring a tidy vocal about cerebral disorientation from Denver MC BBK. Industrial-strength bass drops segue into brooding synths and tight 100bpm drum work for a strangely addictive drill-bass weird-out. Harrogate duo 601 plump for a "jungle bass" reworking that blends nailgun beats with epic synths and irritating chimp-shriek wobble-bass. I'm not really feeling the remix, but I am planning to set it as my alarm for that impossible-to-beat "shit the bed it's morning" wake-up experience.
When not stirring things up on the floors of the modern discotheque as one half of the Eskimo Twins, Timothy Clerkin is dropping minimal synth/EBM bombs on the cool Blitz Kids of today as Heretic. This latest EP for Robbie ‘Headman’ Insinna’s Relish is an icy cool tribute to the industrial, new beat sound of '80s Belgium with tracks like ‘Flesh’ nodding to the sound of Front 242 and ‘Soviet’ to Liaisons Dangereuses.