Various Artists – Programmed v1.0

Single Reviews

PROGRAMMED_v1_0.jpgLabel: ProgRam RecordsScore: 8/10 

After launching last year with a bunch of strong opening releases, including the incredible One Scratch Bass (one of the best singles of 2012 in this reviewers humble opinion), Ram Records new label ProgRam continues to keep the quality high with their fifth release, Programmed V1.0. A various artists EP, it’s four cuts that stick to the techy sound that ProgRam have been pushing but with enough diversity to keep things interesting.

After floating around on dubplate for more than a minute it’s good to see Audio & Meth’s Alone finally see a release. A proper stomper, Alone brings growling synths and tough as nails snares to table but when two artists like Audio & Meth team up, you’d expect nothing less.

Straight outta Brazil is new kid on the block Nitri and his cut Concentration. A clicky glitched out roller, its minimal styling’s are reminiscent of Rockwell’s early work but that’s no bad thing. Watch the switch 32 bars after the drop. Trust me, it’s seriously skanking. Having been away from the scene for a while Paul B returns with Drop By Drop. It’s spring like bass sounds and tight percussion keep this one moving at a solid pace. A strong return indeed.

The pick of the bunch for me though is Murderer.  Eastcolours, known mainly for his collabs with fellow Russian compatriot Enei, delivers an absolute smasher for the EP. Warping bass hits and a rugged vocal sample make this one a certified dancefloor destroyer. After his contribution to The Other Side LP last year and now this, I predict 2013 will be the year we see a lot more from this talented producer.

ProgRam kick off the new year in some style with this EP and with more material in the pipeline, this will keep many heads more than happy until the next 12”.