Reviewed by Adam Anonymous (Undercover, Sept. 05)
It creeps up on you sneakily, like a velvet-clad mugger, until - BAM! - Pro Agonist infiltrates ear canals at tornado force. Exile, or Tim Shaw as the postman knows him, is a rare breed. Few straight drum&bass heads have the intelligence to construct anything beyond club movers, beats that sound fantastic over near-illegal PA stacks, yet are redundant for home listening. Fewer still experimental folks understand they won't be sat in their dimly lit bedroom for ever: sooner or later, they'll require the ability to move a room who've swallowed, sniffed and smoked enough substances to dance until dawn. Exile has known the score since monstrous underground choon - with a capital 'CH' - Broken Language, rudely jacking John B's original and squashing it into bona fide hit material for a dissatisfied generation. Beside that mighty statement of intent, Pro Agonist could've faded into inconsequentiality. And while, comparatively, that is a case to argue, Exile's twin strengths of imagination and evil melody mastery were never gonna totally let him down. This is a man who, it should be noted, was living with fellow Planet Mu breakcore terrorists Shitmat and Chevron last time we checked. You'd assume they never go short of a DJ at house parties. He shares more than a dwelling too: titles like Big Bad Purple Bad Boy and Spring Cum Air are pure mischief, but little compared to the pulsating d&b-fests contained within The Devil's Chimney of the aforementioned Broken Language. Immense.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify