Breakbeat from the Iberian peninsula has gained a rep for the worst kind of noisy, cheesy soundset in recent years, but Spanish production crew UFO here turn out by far their best release so far on the Stanton Warriors' irrepressible Punks imprint. 'Hard One' throws down ravey pitch-processed vocals, rough-house garage b-line action and searing sampled breaks, while 'Believe' sets out with diva vox, piano keys and classy strings before firing out the kind of bruising 808 sub and knock bass combo that Zinc himself might have been proud of. There's something in the water at Punks right now: every producer who releases on the label seems to be raising their game, and that can only be hugely exciting for the breakbeat scene as a whole.
Here's a firing junglistic bassbin assault from the mighty King Yoof, featuring the legendary Ragga Twins vibing up the place like there's no tomorrow. The London-based producer drops heavily-delayed keys, blistering sampled breakbeats and dubby low-end for a booming soundsystem vibe that's guaranteed to get 'em throwing shapes in the dancehall. Sub Slayers has been a little quiet of late, but this is a hugely welcome return to the fray.
"Troy's music has always been so unique. The drum work on this remix is nothing but perfect. Big track!"
More heavyweight club music from the Never Say Die camp. ‘Hostile’ is an unfettered balls-out beast — all hip-hop hype, glitchy mayhem and bass-heavy drops — and you can’t deny its impact. New boy Eptic crafts a remix that is as straightforward as they come, all mid-range throb and screech made for teenage stadium rave puddles. Here the OGs show him how it’s done.