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Doubt - Top 10 Picks Of The Year

Flood co-founder Doubt takes us through his clubbing delights from 2023, encompassing his love of percussive bass, with some of the imprint's own productions, as well as some sneaky pop tones! Doubt (Ollie Mcmorrow) is Cork-born and currently resides in Glasgow. The hard drum DJ has showcased his skills not only throughout Ireland and Scotland but also as far-reaching as Shanghai.

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Cover photo creds to Sorcha Ryder.


1. Async Figure - It​’​s Pulling My Strings

1. Async Figure - It​’​s Pulling My Strings

Second EP from Async advocates MM + Suda - proper forward thinking stuff, club fodder for the dystopic present and future. Real peak time drama with a bit of horror thrown in too. Lead single 'Gen' is the ONE.

More here: https://asyncfigure.bandcamp.com/album/it-s-pulling-my-strings

2. DJ Polo & NKC - Lab Rat

2. DJ Polo & NKC - Lab Rat

This one’s been on heavy rotation throughout my sets this year. Title track def the winner here imo, twisted remnants of UK Funky/Hard Drum and Baile Funk all thrown into a pot and deep fried - delicious.

More here: https://djpolouk.bandcamp.com/album/lab-rat

3. Ozwald - Degrees of Freedom

3. Ozwald - Degrees of Freedom

Large one from our own Ozwald that landed at the start of this year. Have heard at least one of these trax played on most nights I’ve been out in 2023. ‘Stone Cold Bangers’ was a phrase used by the Viper back in the day, I think that description is fitting here. More from the man in the New Year..

More here: https://ozwald.bandcamp.com/album/degrees-of-freedom

4. Lurka - Molten Drum

4. Lurka - Molten Drum

Lurka’s a true belter pusher churning out pure club material for the troops. Molten Drum does exactly what it says on the tin - charred and blown out percussion pushed to its hardest conclusion.

More here: https://lurka.bandcamp.com/album/molten-drum

5. Príncipe - DJs Di Guetto

5. Príncipe - DJs Di Guetto

Big reboot of one the original Principe compilations feat. all your favourite Kudoro OG’s - 'É Africa' my fave off this one.

More here: https://principediscos.bandcamp.com/album/djs-di-guetto

6. Scratchclart & Menzi - Beyond Gqom & Grime

6. Scratchclart & Menzi - Beyond Gqom & Grime

Real menacing stuff here from Scratcha & Menzi. The MENZI remix of 'IC3' is a standout for me, great flip of Scratcha’s trademark tom line that you hear throughout a lot of his drum trax.

More here: https://hakunakulala.bandcamp.com/track/ic3-menzi-remix

7. Bianca Oblivion & ONHELL - Sinais

7. Bianca Oblivion & ONHELL - Sinais

Dirty grime-y number with splashes of Baile Funk from Bianca Oblivion & ONHELL on this NAAFI single. Another one that’s done big rounds of the clubs this year!

More here: https://biancaoblivion.bandcamp.com/track/sinais

8. Giggs - Talking The Hardest (DJ Kwamzy Amapiano Remix)

8. Giggs - Talking The Hardest (DJ Kwamzy Amapiano Remix)

Could probably do a whole top 10 of just Ama bits from the last year but decided to narrow it down to this crazy edit from DJ Kwamzy. This kinda dark and moody strain of Amapiano that’s making inroads from South Africa to the UK is real exciting - special mention to D’athiz + Scratchas’ DRMTRK imprint.

More here: https://djkwamzyy.bandcamp.com/track/giggs-talking-the-hardest-dj-kwamzy-amapiano-remix

9. OSSX - C240

9. OSSX - C240

OSSX consistently firing out the best Baltimore flips at an insane rate. Out of all the heat released this year 'C240' (from the AIR CONTROL EP) is the one for me. Real raw stuff, relentless drums layered over a massive Baltimore groove.

More here: https://ossx.bandcamp.com/track/c240

10. Jim Legxacy - Hit It Light It Twist It

10. Jim Legxacy - Hit It Light It Twist It

Not necessarily a club release but a big favourite of mine from this year. Bittersweet, melancholic, humorous + some genius sampling rolled into one. Can’t wait for the next release!

More here: https://soundcloud.com/jimlegacy/jim-legxacy-hit-it-light-it-twist-it

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11. Lúnasa - Saor EP

11. Lúnasa - Saor EP

Big debut EP from Irish producer/DJ Lúnasa. Great drum work on this one. All money raised goes to the good people at Trans Harm Reduction.

More here: https://lunasa-wav.bandcamp.com/album/saor-ep

12. Ice Spice - Deli

12. Ice Spice - Deli