Julian Wax

These are the records in the hills... Ah, now I haven't done one of these since way back in the Other 99 days: a good old-fashioned Record Haul. I'm never sure if these are meant to be in bad taste now (pictures disapproving hipster rubbing hands together, exclaiming mwah, mwah, conspicuous consumption!), but like who … Continue reading Julian Wax

25 From 91

In a similar spirit to last year, the list crew decided to put together a chart around a specific year. Last year was my call, so I chose 1997 for its pivotal significance in my own musical life (after all, it's the year I tripped and fell into the wonderful world of beats in the … Continue reading 25 From 91

For Real

Parallax Moves Vol. II (2020 - A New Decade) It's the 20s moving in full effect: more moods and grooves tease the dance intellect. Feeling beats brand new and beats dug up old, get down so long as every beat comes cold. We spend our time dwelling down in the heights, we work hard all … Continue reading For Real

Acen

Ardkore's deep space auteur I remember back when Woebot unleashed his list of The 100 Greatest Records Ever on an unsuspecting public, he commented that Only in a genre as merciless, functional and transitory as ardkore could a talent like Acen just fall off the map. One can hardly imagine him being inducted into the … Continue reading Acen

Genaside II – Narra Mine

Genaside II Narra Mine/Sirens Of Acre Lane Hardcore Urban Music 1991 Genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me nervous, genocide makes me..." So begins the record, with a snatch of wordplay from Guru — taken from Gang Starr's Beyond Comprehension — retooled here as a rallying cry for the hardest crew in jungle. That this play of signifiers makes … Continue reading Genaside II – Narra Mine

The Savage And Beyond

Sunrise in the city of dreams Early morning and it's Savage Reese in full effect, the African Beast coming at you askew in Multifunction at every different level, Velocity Funk working the angles inna Grooverider style while you Bounce Your Body To The Box and kick those laps at an Uptempo speed, out in the … Continue reading The Savage And Beyond

Rob Chant

Bristol's sage of the six-string Ah yes, all the true Bristol heads know what time it is. During the era of Blue Lines and Bass Is Maternal, the name Rob Chant would crop up in the credits for a whole raft of killer sessions to emerge from the city, a reliable indicator of fascinating sounds … Continue reading Rob Chant

El Cajon Blvd.

On that Eastside past 70th tip... With the days getting shorter, you head out walking after work and the sun's already setting as you return. This is Earthbeat weather, locked down inna Parallax stylee, streetwise traffic set against ECM skies. Minute by minute, Prelude and West End set the tone, old 69 records spinning in … Continue reading El Cajon Blvd.