Progressive doyen Sasha returns with his first single in four years, and he makes sure it packs the requisite punch, with ‘Vapourspace’ reflecting his increasing willingness in recent years to embrace his trancier side. Though it simmers with lashings of techno, Sasha works mostly with pure progressive power here, the dark rumble of the bassline slowly swelling into the melodic boom that takes hold in the latter part of the track. Sasha isn’t afraid to unleash here, with ‘Vapourspace’ representing a peaktime indulgence.
"This tune sounds like it’s up to no good. Real rude beat and lyrics. Love it."
You gotta love uncle Distance. He always pops round on your birthday with a naughty pressie and a slap on the bum for your mum. This April, he’s dropped a beast of an EP, three tracks all as varied as a box of Quality Street. ‘Long Live the Groove’ is the beastly dancer, ‘Straight Up’ the moody roller, but hold the phones for ‘Can You Dub’, for its weird and wonderful tangy nuttiness.
Existing on the hypereal peripheries of grime, Mr Mitch and his Gobstopper label continue to flex. And this two-track EP is a superb example of coming different. ‘Human Error’ is a sloppy, drugged-up episode. ‘She Was Loved’ is like James Blake on Prozac. I like.