Review: Fire bun! Fracture continues spreading the most positive of vibrations with "Unite". Hot on the heels of his "Big Up The Ladies" EP on his own Astrophonica, he links up with the 1985 crew with four more absolute heaters. "Give Me Love" brings Fox into the fray to remind us why he's one of the UK's best melodic MCs over a freshly sharpened jungle riddim, "Feel 4 U" raises the spine-tingles with its rave pads while lowering your centre of gravity with its bashy beats and gutter-slopping bass shreds, "Realise" sees 1985 bossman Perez get mucky in the dark while "Brothers & Sisters" taps back into the more techno-inspired aesthetics Fracture's been exploring lately. Imagine if Fracture was commentating a boxing match between Altern-8 and Rockwell down a dark alley and you're playing the right sport. Peace, love and "Unite"-y.
Review: LSB returns with the third chapter in his Footnotes series. Four more originals spanning his stark, restrained style, the title track sums up the spirit perfectly; big strings, a classic rave vocal refrain and a dynamic that will melt your trousers. It's complemented by the much darker, tunnel technoid "Space Stepper", the metallic harmonies and salubrious future funk flare of "Do Your Thing" and the emotion-laden, introspective "Melrose". Get footloose for Footnotes...
Villem & Mcleod - "The Sea" (feat Heidi Vogel - BCee remix)
Low:r - "Other Side" (feat Anna Pancaldi)
John B - "If U Need Anything"
Macca & Loz Contreras - "One Love"
BCee - "Wanderer" (Black Barrel remix)
Airshots - "Can't Catch Me" (feat Ben Shemel)
Dexcell - "Missing Pieces"
Saikon - "Eastern Shimmer"
BCee - "Hand On My Heart"
Technimatic & LSB - "Sight Lines"
Walk:r - "Wallflower"
Zerozero - "Before" (feat Lameduza)
Anile - "Turn Around"
Villem - "Reflections" (feat Jevon Ives)
Riya - "We Belong" (feat Maverick Soul & Frank H Carter III - BCee remix)
Seba - "My Love"
The Vanguard Project - "Is This Love" (feat Lucy Kitchen - Dexcell remix)
Utah Jazz - "Handle It" (feat DRS - Pola & Bryson remix)
Jonny L - "Bass Break" (Nu:Tone remix)
BCee - "Back To The Streets" (feat Philippa Hanna - BCee Refix)
Review: 14 years after he launched the label via a collaborative 12" with pal Lomax, BCee's Spearhead Records has finally notched up a century of releases. To celebrate, the veteran producer/label owner has gathered together a killer selection of previously unheard cuts. There's plenty of gems to be found within the 24-track selection, with highlights including the dub-wise D&B skank of Bungle's "Northern Dub", the elongated sub tones, jazzy breaks and dreamy melodiousness of Redeyes' "Outlines", the angular bass-weight and sunshine shuffle of John B's "If U Need Anything" and the drowsy deep jungle revivalism of Technimatic and LSB's "Sight Lines". As you'd expect, there are some great contributions from BCee dotted throughout, including a sublime personal "re-fix" of his own "Back To The Streets".