These Jersey boys sure have been quiet for a couple of years, but return here with a rolling minimalistic steppa that calls on legendary rapper Cheshire Cat (Leftfield) to deliver some on-point irie conscious rhymes. The stripped-down nature of the original is quite a surprise, but the remixes up the ante in various ways. Sub Slayers mainstay Toronto Is Broken turns it freewheelin’ drum & bass, while Gella excels with a burbling bashy bagatelle drumstep piece. Jinx In Dub starts in dub before building it into a raw polyrhythmic junglist slab, and Atomic Drop turn it anthemic dubstep.
Thankfully, Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar (known collaboratively as JETS) manage to properly harness the strength of Jamie Lidell’s vocal line without ever eclipsing it on this vinyl-only drop. The original track - one that previously opened Machinedrum’s Essential Mix — ‘Midas Touch’ is fraught with a sense of space and driven by a simple boogie, but Machinedrum’s version is a little more crammed with shocks of colour, his wedges of synth sitting clipped between the vocal.
North Scotland representing on this one. Underground hard dance beats, hardstyle screeches and side-chain kicks and bass, with a nostalgic trance classic on the break.
Few artists have such an explosive effect on the scene so quickly, but since signing to the mighty Ram little over a year ago, Anglo/Dutch outfit June Miller have gained complete recognition, bringing us to the second offering from the label in this month's reviews. This stunning vocal track has thundered in the sets of boss Andy C since the summer, and is finally out for release. Big bass, monstrous drops and perfect production.