Ishan VS Rider Shafique – Hotline008
The elusive, phone-driven Hotline label made a new announcement last week, with slim details emerging via their voicemail and a bunch of flyposters in the Bristol area. As promised, we are pleased to shed further light on the latest drop - Hotlline008 features no less than 6 cuts from two of Young Echo's hottest - Ishan Sound & Rider Shafique. Spread across two discs, the label reveal Ishan Sound's most in-demand dubplate artillery, with a high-grade selection of his less-dubwise, more club-orientated material. Amongst the tracklist, we find the dancefloor-damager 'Militant Mindset' along with the restrained, heavy-hitting dub version by Portland's very own E3, mixed at the Boomarm Nation HQ along with label boss Gulls. Just by itself, Militant Mindset should be enough to warrant a full release but for all those crying out for further Ishan and Rider Shafique material – The dread, grime-tinged, dancehall-flavoured E.O.D. And it's frantic 14bpm companion 'Rivet' lay down the rules on separate sides of each disc, followed by the hotly-tipped 'Highest' and it's Instrumental version, with signature Ishan Sound palette and swaggering bassline tearing up places, with full support from the likes of Commodo. In terms of quality, Hotline have pulled out all the stops once again, with each of the tracks having been stem-mastered by Lewis at Stardelta, for full physical impact upon deployment. The Record comes in a vibrant yellow printed housing, with no less than 5 unique stickers plastering the sleeve and centre labels. The release will be available via RwdFwd.com later this week, and in more record stores the following week.