2. Jessy Lanza – “Bardeux” – The return of Classic Lanza Pop, in the vein of Pull My Hair Back’s title track. Lots of room to breathe it all deeply, in preparation for her upcoming album.
3. Lawrence Lek – “One Nation” – The compilation’s first hint of darkness, with a bassline (standing not too far from something like Kanye‘s “Fade”) carrying the track across various vocal and textural scenarios, from smooth to serrated.
4. 700 Bliss – “Sixteen” – Moor Mother and DJ Haram bring a sonic directness and lyrical potency to everything they do as 700 Bliss. This time it’s flat, grained-out Haram giving Moor Mother a noisy stage. ‘Can’t breathe without crying, and I know you hear them sirens’.
5. Lady Lykez, Logan Olm, Dizzie Kid, Jammz. Scratcha DVA – “Jackie Chan” – Huge gang effort, held down by a full, shaking Lady Lykez hook, the music morphing with each verse. Sonically it lives in the same building as 700 Bliss’ contribution – perhaps in a bigger, painted room.
6. DJ Tre – “Concept Track” – Pace is picked up with an expert ghettotech-leaning-into-footwork banger, featuring typical, quantized synths and drum switch-ups to keep it consistently lively.
7. Loraine James – “Microdancing Or Something” – The music and the natural reaction to it are both the same thing – erratic movement. But it’s a serene erraticism – breaks/no brakes.
8. Klein – “Arese” – Classically dissonant electric pianos, told to waft around the mix until dethroned by a host of different strings. Diffuses the rest of the compilation’s tensions by re-directing them.