Review: Last spotted on Artikal a little way back in December 2018 with the powerful "Systematic" EP, the deep trio LSN return to J:Kenzo's imprint with four more beguiling explorations. "AI" is loose, woozy and rolls with some fantastically off-grid breaks, "Spirit Dub" is a steppy odyssey waiting to crack heads while "Machine" is moody, muggy number with more loose kicks, wandering keytar leads and stacks for space for the space-bound vocals. Finally we hit the funkiest cut of the collection: "Breakin'". Dreamy, sleazy and guaranteed to take you to faraway places. Celebrate to automate.
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.
Review: D stands for dark. D stands for dangerous. D stands for devil-may-care badness from man like Von D. We actually have no idea what D stands for in his name because we're too busy jamming to his beats. Tunes like these. Exceptional system music, forever fine-tuned, his return to Kenzo's Artikal is every bit as heavy hitting, warm and natural as you'd expect. From the grime-tinted drama of "Obstacles" to the premium rubber ball bounce of "Goat" to the subtle funk and cinematic feel of "Whatevs", Von D isn't just making tunes here. He's telling stories. D stands for deal with it.