Deep Roots - Fiasco EP (MSXEP25)
Deep Roots heads back to the Shadow with a brand new 4 track EP of varied flavours. The first 12” starting off with a beautiful chilled out affair in the form of ‘Fiasco’ with it’s layers of building percussion and gentle, phasing guitar melodies that drift alongside the warm offbeat bass stabs. Flip over for the darker, heads down breaks and filtering synths on the driving dancefloor opus that is ‘Allergic’. Disc 2 kicks off with a return to the lighter side of Deep Roots nature with the aptly titled ‘Sound of Summer’. Warm drifting strings and more whistful guitar melodies glide below lazy breaks, rhythmic percussion and tepid bassline injections. The EP comes to a close with the morphing synth phases and pulsing bass of ‘Motive’ that cannot fail to work the floor with it’s suspenseful string builds and head nodding breaks.
Calyx - Killa EP (MSXEP27)
Calyx has been steadily rising as one of the scenes most talented producers and innovators for the last couple of years and now has forthcoming singles/EP’s on Grooverider’s Prototype and Goldie's Metalheadz labels respectively. He's also lining up a release for Dillinja’s Valve Recordings imprint - It’s good to see that this production maestro is finally getting the props that he so richly deserves. Watch this space! ‘Killa’ has been causing utter mayhem over the last few weeks but there are three other tracks on this EP. ‘Ascension’ sees a light energetic break skipping over ice cold pads and moody vocal textures. As the soundscape drops into an atmospheric abyss, a viscous, oscillatiing, distorted b-line sweeps in and builds to a
devastating drop of pounding breaks and heaving moody bass. ‘Collision Course’ washes from atmospheric drones and a heavy, rolling break into a twisting, bouncing acidic riff which emerges and evolves as a driving, hypnotic hook. ‘Just You’ though has a distinctly latin feel, the intro of a lazy acoustic guitar loop and light shuffling breaks give little indication of the dark funk to come. From out of the warmth a dirty double bass riff emerges, combining with a heavy, twisting lo-end synth and monstrous distorted 808s to produce layer upon layer of heavy, nasty calyx-funk flavas
Future Prophecies - The Overdrive EP (MSXEP28)
Teebee cohorts and burgeoning Norwegian drum and bass prodigies Future Prophecies bring us their first release on Moving Shadow’s long standing MSXEP project. With an album on the way on Teebee’s highly acclaimed no-nonsense ‘SUBTITLES’ imprint and singles for Outbreak and Hardware also in the pipeline, this highly talented duo are stamping their mark on dancefloors worldwide. These guy’s are definitely hotly tipped to shake the scenes foundations in the coming months. ‘Plastic Dreams’ starts with a beautiful intro which comes to an end when the track breaks down to a prodigy influenced arp line. The beats drop and soulful dreamy vocals take you on a ride through this deeply melodic and moody bass-led journey. ‘Overdrive’ is just distortion! An industrial, sci-fi intro with burning phased beats introduces the overdrive vocal before the track drops with a crushed b-line and some heavily distorted amens, later breaking down with some dreaded old school ragga vocals and a massive junglist sub b-line giving it a breathtaking old school vibe. ‘Aftermath’ is kicked off with an electrifying technoish synth riff followed by dark cinematic athmospheres introducing the earthquaking bass to come. A heavy two step beat charges forward with plenty of effects and hip hop vocals building up to an infectious acidic melody. ‘Basse the Bastard’ starts out with spacey athmospherics over heavily filtered reece basslines. A Dominator like synth riff is introduced together with some, shall we say ‘interesting’ female vocals. Feel the pressure drop as hard hitting pitched down amens collide in. The bass onslaught continues to build with layers of samples and effects that maintain the thunderous vibe right through to the end.