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Mars89 - End of the Death (Bokeh Versions)

The usual high quality is in evidence from Bokeh Versions on this, the latest appearance on the label from Japanese producer Mars89. The tagline suggests it sounds like "‘Street Fighter’ meets ‘Pulse X’ meets gqom" which might be about right, as it's certainly right up my street. From the opening track "End of Death" - which manages to make Cutty Ranks time honoured "Six million ways to die" sound fresh as a daisy - to the claustrophobic "Run To The Mall" or the Knight-Rider-channelling "Random Coherence" this is darkside percussive brilliance from start to finish.

Hidden Operator - Ghost in the Wires (Kings Chamber)

This debut album from Gothenberg based dubster Hidden Operator builds on his frankly superb EP releases of the last few years with neat ten track selection of sub-acquatic bass, snappy dancehall drums and the occasional electro or world music influences. Think On-U Sound for the noughties and you'd not be too far away. High praise indeed, but it's well deserved - check out the weightless skank of "King Creole" for starters, or the Pablo-esque "The Great Escape". Kings Chamber was already one of my favourite record labels of recent years, and "Ghost in the Wires" just cements that feeling - don't sleep!