Over the past several years, Timbah has experimented with a number of oversized sonic aesthetics, a balancing act of grime, bassline, funky and dubstep that could hardly be considered restrained. It’s this busy, sometimes overbearing sound that has seen the Nottingham-based producer draw favor from the likes of Kahn and Madam X and release on labels like Bad Taste and Tumble Audio (his latest home). The No Bootlegs EP is the latest Timbah effort and continues a stream of braggadocious lift-off riddims, replete with enough outsized effects, eski moments and raw bassline energy for a career of releases. Remixes from Checan and Sentiment top off the package, which is out now on Tumble Audio.
As one of the key stones in Manchester’s growing grime foundation, Madam X has proven more than capable on major outlets like BBC 1Xtra, but her efforts have always filtered into her label Big People Music and the Murkage collective she takes part in. Her latest efforts were announced over the weekend and take the form of Big People’s first compilation, the finger-on-the-pulse heavy Kaizen Movements Vol. 1. Rumbling soca from Murlo, orchestral patois from Samrai and metallurgic electro from Sudanim take center stage on Kaizen Movements, but the rest of the 10-tracker (Trap Door, Timbah, Dark0 and more) is far from a slack-jawed effort. Download the full comp or individual tracks below and be sure to throw the Madam some praise on her Facebook or Twitter.