Friday, November 05, 2010

Can't Hold Back - Matt Henshaw & Reggiimental.
Random search on Youtube led to this excellent combination of NME 'breakthrough winner' from Leicester, soul boy Matt Henshaw & Birmingham emcee Reggimental. Quality stuff.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The ARENA DVD trailer.
Most snowboard films tend to have dance music or rock, but this trailer uses 4 tracks from Gangstarr. Loving the snowbaord/skate/mountain bike DVDs these days. The HD camerawork is making an impression.

DIALECTRIX - Audio Projectile review

Blue Mountains lad Dialectrix’s debut album, the 2008 releases ‘Cycles of Survival’ was produced entirely by Sydney’s Chasm, but the follow-up ‘Audio Projectile’ (Obese) comes complete with a musical backbone from Melbourne’s illustrious Plutonic Lab. So as to be expected with a producer of that caliber, this is as equally enjoyable as the previous album. It’s fully loaded from the get go with the starting track ‘One More Time’, which is bursting from the seams with its punchy, dynamic & compelling stature. It’s immediately followed by the just as hyperkinetic lead single ‘Pieces of a Puzzle’. The album’s energy doesn’t really quit, it just manifests into the next track with differing results.

D’trix is really become a tour de force amongst the Obese roster with an eloquently appreciable dexterity that is seldom heard from many emcees. He flexes his well recognized tongue twisting skills on the slightly dubby hybrid ‘Life Goes On’ in which Koolism’s Hau sings the hook. The title track will pummel you with its fireball intensity, whilst the more introspective & melodic ‘Whats Important’ will calm you down with its examination of complacency & direction.

The standout tune for me was the organised confusion of ‘Inner Heart Beat’. It sounds like a breakbeat extravaganza with its b-boy percussion, multiple breakdowns & experimental elements. It reminded me of the 80s TV show ‘That’s Incredible’ with its ever changing kicks, snares & ear popping moments. Fellow mountaineer Joe New joins in for an unstoppable rapathon in which both emcees remove any gaps between their verses as they continue to outdo each other’s participation. I’m a huge fan of this kind of track. It really separates the men from the boys, but couple the tight vocal performances with Plutonic’s impossible to analyse beat construction & you have one of the years highlights. Probably the first time I’ve heard an emcee namecheck Cannibal Corpse next to Jennifer Hawkins on a song.

Deejay 2Buck (The Bingethinkers) provides an astounding array of threadwork through his scratches & even gets to shine with some production for the NY chorus inspired ‘Whut?’ We get a bit more gutteral when Fluent Form & Maundz add a rawer sound with their vocal input, but then singer Rigby brightens it up with her sunshiny, yet menacing chorus. ‘Zahir’ is another monster tune, especially if you like double time flows over an ultra funky bassline. Joe New appears again with Tommy Illfigga (Crate Creeps) as they burn through with their Olympian deliveries. Leading out the album is ‘I’ve Been Told’, which is one of those Sunday morning tunes that tantalizes with a breezy demeanour while D’trix’s two verses are bridged by 2 complimentary scratched up choruses from 2Buck. Outstanding work from everyone involved.

DIALECTRIX - Inner heart beat ft. Joe New