Review: Hessle Audio's emergence from hibernation in 2012 really has seen the label release some of the most extraordinary music of its life, and this EP from Bandshell might top the lot. Tapping into the grainy, murky sound world of the like of STL, Shed and Actress, this record explores strange rhythms constantly on the verge of breaking out into a frenzy. The title track is comprised of little more than rattling percussion and dense, fizzy bass, while "Rise 'Em" places a jungle breakbeat atop a mucky hum. On the flip, "Metzger" takes the vibe of classic dubstep and fills it with subtle melodies and clipped snares, but "Dog Sweater" is the real killer - a homage to soundsystem culture whose threadbare rhythms are the only thing to stop you being dragged into the track's viscous centre. Make no mistake, this is a serious new talent.
Review: Throughout his four year recording career, Larry "Bruce" McCarthy has managed to carve out a sonic space all of his own - one that mangles dystopian analogue techno, post-dubstep grooves, Young Echo style soundscapes, trippy electro and dub-wise sounds into thrilling new audio shapes. This unique musical mixture is the key to the success of debut album "Sonder Somatic", which cannily emphasizes the intoxicating, otherworldly side of McCarthy's output. Although there are a few dancefloor-focussed workouts on show - see the deep creep of "Baychimo", percussively punchy "What" and rugged "Cacao" - the majority of the album is more atmospheric and unusual, with clear nods towards fellow Bristol residents Young Echo, vintage IDM and the dub-fired electronica of Jay Glass Dubs.