Review: The London-based Modern Ruin Records label arrives with a mission statement to showcase some of the most talented and innovative artists making moves on the juke and footwork scenes around the world, and the label's first EP gets things off to an incredibly strong start. Pawn kicks off with "Do U", a dancefloor destroyer melding footwork textures with punishing D&B-influenced rhythms and bass, while The Renegades' "The Warmup" offers a jazzier number which places deft amen breaks throughout. On the flip, Sideswipe's "Be With U" offers a gospel-influenced, funky take on footwork with its vintage sample, but it's Vorres' "One Of These Old Days" that takes the crown, with delicate 808 rhythms fluttering across more soulful vocals. Essential stuff from a label to watch.
DJ Rashad/DJ Spin/Taso - "Roll Up That Loud" (3:37)
DJ Rashad/Gant-Man - "Get Fuk'd Up" (3:01)
DJ Rashad/DJ Manny/DJ Spin - "Let's Roll Out" (3:48)
Microglobe/Machinedrum - "High On Hope" (4:13)
DJ Rashad/DJ Phil - "Come Close" (4:25)
DJ Rashad/DJ Earl - "Wear Her Pussy Out" (3:53)
DJ Rashad/DJ Spinn - "Oh God" (4:51)
DJ Rashad/Gant-Man/DJ Manny - "Ratchet City" (3:02)
DJ Rashad/Dj Taye - "Get You Burnt" (4:22)
DJ Rashad/Tripletrain/DJ Spin - "Pass That" (3:14)
DJ Rashad/Boylan/DJ Manny - "Tony Montana" (2:51)
DJ Rashad/DJ Tre - "Yeah We Do This" (4:49)
DJ Rashad/Traxman - "Lost Worlds" (3:38)
DJ Rashad/DJ Spinn/DJ Paypal (RSP) - "Do You Wanna B Mine" (5:26)
DJ Rashad/DJ Manny - "Roll A Tree" (4:49)
Review: This debut release from footwork crew Teklife's label sees them pay tribute to DJ Rashad, the late, great innovator who passed away in the spring of 2014. Afterlife gathers together a collection of DJ Rashad tracks co-produced by Rashad's close friends and associates, including DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Manny and more. As the label themselves state, this 14 track album really conveys the wealth of musical influences and knowledge Rashad possessed with soul, hip-hop, house, techno and many more all brought together at 160 BPM. "Afterlife is our tribute to our friend and our inspiration. Rest In Peace DJ Rashad," Teklife write. Enough said. A must for all fans of Rashad.
Review: It seems fitting that the hundredth and final volume in the "FabricLive" mix series should also be its most hotly anticipated. Coming from heavyweight heroes Kode9 and Burial - whose previous back-to-back mix for Mary-Anne Hobbs' show eight years ago has reached near mythical status. The album is a wonderfully full-throttle and mixed-up affair, with the shadowy bass lieutenants giddily flitting between quick-fire sections focusing on South African gqom, footwork, Juke, vintage hardcore, early jungle and more contemporary dancefloor experimentalism, each broken up by typically blazed and paranoid ambient interludes and the occasional surprise selection. There's a lot going on throughout, but that only adds to the fun. In other words, it's a triumphant finale to a landmark mix series.