Review: Buckle up for Bukkha. After years of releases on the likes of ZamZam, Moonshine, Infernal, Dub-Stuy and many other respected 140 stables, American in Spain Evert Cristoff makes his debut on Gourmet with "Sekkle Tune". A bulbous traditional dub-minded piece, complete with melodica flutters, it hits hard like Amit jamming the Scientist. For a more dancefloor-focussed take flip for a shake-up by RDG where the beats add a little more skip while maintaining the raw simplicity of the original. Grubs up.
Review: Riding the chem trails of his remarkable "Deep, Dark & Dangerous" EP, Dalek One jumps aboard D-Operation Drop's new ship 786. Four tracks deep, he's taking us on a serious cruise. As always with Colorado long-timer, less is more and tension is always high. Flavours range from subtly jungle-influenced slo-mo warper "Nobody Got My Style" to the melting textures, centipede bass and haunted house basses of "Shackled". Fresh for the lockdown generation.
Review: Lord a mercy, it's Lord Jabu and he's bearing down heavily on the Locus Sound who finally follow up last summer's killer 001 from SBK. Three tracks full, each one full of drama and spooky storytelling. "El Molino" takes us on a midnight graveyard stroll, all shadowy and pranged while "Swarm" brings the funk with a powerful 2007 flavoured widescreen bassline. Finally "Buccaneer" does a sea shanty on your mum and dad's bed, its creepy bassline not caring if the sheets become untucked. Scandalously good.
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique - Eusebeia Truth & Rights remix) (4:45)
Review: Fresh from releasing the Birthmark and Eusebeia album, Bristol's Earthtrax returns with some old friends. Obeah is at the steering wheel once again, tagging in two exceptional MCs. Man like Trimetheus dissects the craft and graft of badmanism on the lead track; "Dead In This Ting" lives up to its name as his rifles out shots with clarity and venom. "Bad From Mi Born" sees him re-linking with Rider Shafique. Picking up where they left us on the label in 2018 with "Fix Up", it's another smoky, midnight stepper. And this time it comes courtesy of a classic jungle mix from Eusebeia. Get deaded.
Review: New gen dubsmith Sabab is making a serious impression with his current slew of breakthrough Artikal releases. First came the crucial "Guidance" EP in November 2019, then came the equally essential "New Dawn" 12" in May 2020. Now, our heads fully turned and all eyes locked, comes another massive EP: "System Skank" takes us back to the original science while "Piercing White Light" is the late night bulldozer of the bunch. Meanwhile on the B: "Fittest Of The Fittest" flips between a big sample splash and the sizzliest bassline you'll find all month while "Unity" closes on a deep space dub voyage, skittering breaks breezing in the background and all. Fit.