KEYSOUND ALLSTARS (KEYSOUND)
Keysound Recordings step forward to release their first Allstars EP : four cuts from four different producers - Walton, Gremino, Visionist and Vibezin - connected by a seam of glacial synths.
All have been extensively road tested in Dusk + Blackdown's club sets and Rinse FM shows.
The "Allstars" tradition dates back to UK garage, with the Allstars label releasing incredible under-cover remixes by former jungle don and proto-dubstep godfather Steve Gurley with Chris Mac.
Then, when dubstep was just forming, the seminal Tempa label continued the "Allstars" tradition with cuts from El-B, Artwork and Geeneus.
Paying homage to the lineage, Keysound's first foray mines perhaps the most exciting emerging seam in underground dance music: the space where UK funky, grime and dubstep merge.
The EP's lead cut, Walton's "Cool It VIP', is gunshot-ridden eski-UK funky. A refix of a Wiley classic, it's being released with the Roll Deep don's blessing.
If you like this check Walton's releases on Hyperdub. Following it is Gremino Rupi VIP', some ruff 130bpm 8bar grime, the perfect mixture of Slimzee-esque rudeness and dancefloor momentum.
Previous releases from Gremino have come on Rag & Bone and more recently Fade 2 Mind. The EP's third cut is Visionist's long awaited "Come In", on a dark 808-tinged flex.
With a background in the grime scene, Visionist has made production waves with his own dark sound and also has cuts forthcoming on Oneman's 502 imprint.
Finally the quartet is complete with Vibezin's "A Little Higher", the second Keysound release from the LHF-affiliated producer (he's one half of garage DJ squad United Vibes with Amen Ra from LHF).
"A Little Higher' is some offkey sour garage. To complete the package, the 12" is illustrated by specially-commissioned photos of the Bow tower block where grime godfather Wiley grew up, by London photo-documenter Nico Hogg.