A tonne of new dance records have passed through our hands this year. We've considered the best of them and put together a list of those that had the greatest impact on us. So in no particular order:
Phineus II – The Dreamcatcher EP
Long-awaited second release on Sheffield's own 'Lucky Muffin Records' [Sub label of Green Bay Wax]. Phineus II brings the pure twisted hardcore vibes across the 4-tracker, stand-out "Plates pick" is 'Any Dubplate' [predictably] but the whole ep is fire!
Marc Mac – Extend The Knowledge
One from a series of four records from Marc Mac that highlight the struggle of the civil rights movement. This sample based album Blends Hip Hop, Soul and spoken word. Stand out track for us 'The Freedom Clap'.
Various Artists – Groove Booty Four
A pioneering Dubstep compilation featuring tracks from the likes of Congi, Geode, K-Lone and many more. Each track pushes the tempo in to unchartered territory. Lots of Deep jazzy breaks. One of only 2 local releases to make it on to the list. If you want a taste, check out 'Congi, Geode & B9 – Scrumpy'.
Green Bay Wax – Black Label 002
From a series of secretive Green Bay Wax releases that do not feature any artist or song names, or even when they're from. It will be a thing of myth and lore who made them where and when!!
Lewis Parker – Shark
Originally released in 2012, 'Shark' had been going for silly money online before the decision to reissue by general good people; King Underground this year. Classic ep from one of the UKs leading underground hip hop mc's.
Earl Grey (3) – Dorsiflexsion / Karmic Sprain
Wintery breakbeat vibes from chief drum slicer, Earl Grey. Impeccable drum programming and carefully chosen film samples create a unique modern take on the jungle sound. Plates Pick: 'Karmic Sprain'.
Hidden Spheres – Well Well
[Rhythm Section International]
Rhythm Section have really broken through this year with a swell of releases. This one from Hidden Spheres topped it for us for 2016. Soulful, World inspired house from one of the best emerging labels in their field. The Title Track does it justice.