Review: Nonplus continue to confound all with their esoteric approach to curation with the debut record from Doubleheart, a collaborative project between Optimo's JD Twitch and bass pioneer Neil Landstrumm. In a year of strong releases from the label, it easily stands out as one of their best; "Salsa" utilises brittle mechanical congas as the rhythmic backbone for the track, but it's the massively oscillating bass and sirens that really make it, being simultaneously huge but also restrained enough to prevent it falling into typical bass tropes. "Ache" meanwhile takes things down a notch with a housier tempo and thick bass slabs which threaten to go into full on acid at times. But it's the echoing vocal fragments and rhythm guitar that fascinate most, joining the dots between the obvious influence of Jamaican dub and contemporary bass.
Review: If this heavy-hitting collection of previously unreleased cuts was meant as a kind of Ed Banger relaunch, it more than achieves its stated aim. Curated and mixed together by label bosses Busy P and DJ Mehdi, Let The Children Techno! is a joyous romp through rainbow-coloured dancefloor pastures. From start to finish, it exudes a smiley confidence that's truly infectious. With established names queuing up to offer bold, brash and occasionally brilliant contributions, it's packed with quality gear. From the disco-flecked dubstep-pop of Skream's "Boat Party" and hip-hop bounce of Busy P's "Procrastinator" to the shimmering beauty of Flying Lotus, bowel-bothering thump of Riton and tongue-in-cheek electro-funk of Breakbot, it oozes fun from start to finish.