Next on Lava Lava

Next up on LAVAVA: Six artists, across four cuts on an upfront slab of wax for turntable enjoyment ahead of a big compilation entitled ‘LV VA’, which is to be released at the end of this year, showcasing music from over 30 artists, from almost as many locations. This sampler 12” sneak-previews four of the more energetic, off-kilter (brain) dance tracks ahead of the full release… For example, the bitcrushed grime of ’Jackpot’, a highly infectious piece of freak music that perfectly defies proper categorisation, produced by the unlikely, but even-better-for-it, pairing of Wilted Woman and Christoph De Babalon, together as SUDS. Then there’s that big bass mutation of ‘Alva’ a high-pressure soundsystem time-bomb that crosses between dancehall, grime and tekno, produced by Zoe McPherson, proving once again that rhythm can be exploratory, full of intrigue, and hard-hitting at the same time. There’s also a big, bashy linkup from UK Funky veteran Roska as Bakongo, alongside one of the ’Hard Drum’ pioneers, and now Bristol-resident NKC who has been pushing that sound to deadly effect. Together, they created ‘Teardown’, a pure, undiluted drum tool, reduced strictly to to the most hard-hitting, and dance-able rhythmic elements. Last, but not least, one of Bristol’s finest crafters of dancefloor sonics, Lurka has delivered a prime example of his highly intricate, low-slung production style with ‘Patterning’ a lean cross of chuggin’, fizzin’ hi-tek dancehall, filled with heaps of funk and a deadly amount of bassweight. The full list of artists featured on the compilation will be announced soon, but from what we know, label-bo$$ Ossia has been reaching out and drawing a loose, but coherent connection between various artists from various corners. We’ve been told that the mission is to connect people that converse in different ways musically, but ultimately stomp on a similar creative common ground and carry a musical mindset that is clearly coming from the heart, with the act of communication via sound in mind first and foremost… Not aiming for any industry tokens or popularity contests, but focused on the art of creation itself. This variety and honesty is reflected with the artists and the music they contribute, with the compilation naturally spanning a wider range of styles, levels of experimentation, and more moods than a solo record ever could. We can’t give away too many details on the full specs of the package yet, but we can tell you that it’ll appear on a double-tape pack, on CD and also across some more slabs of wax singles over the next months - Head to RWDFWD.COM this Thursday 10/09/2020 for very first copies…. Or go visit your favourite local record shop the following week, to support.