Chicago-raised Ike Release shares more than a passing aural resemblence to the previous output on the label, with airy pads delayed for eons supported by a rough and punchy 2-step beat and super high-pitched vocal snippets that scream at the perfect moment. "Jenova" pips the post of Ike's work on here with its constant Detroit pulses and clean sine wave bass clawing for a little more attention than the rough thunder of his drum work on "Misdeeds."
London's own Hot City—who came to light after a sterling effort on the Highpoint Lowlife label—is a bass producer with a subtle difference. His passion for rave music is undeniable with waify intro melodies skipping through primitive percussion and on into the leading piano workout on "Setting Me Free," but he doesn't sound as excessively throwback as, say, Zomby or Shitmat. The melding of rough bass, the simplicity of his skipping drum samples and the general tinny cleanliness of his piano samples on "No More" proves this, and offer a glimpse of a wholly original producer fighting to break through the hordes of producers painting dubstep-not-dubstep by numbers.