Head of Bullet Train records, bass-charging producer Marco Del Horno drops some real fire in the form of five new tracks on his own label. With a dubby mainroom vibe mixed with some more UKF-leaning rhythms, MDH's "Call Out Your Name" is a warm yet fierce keeper, while the more tech-slanted dubstep of "It's You Again" makes for a gnarly winner too.
No doubt Bullet Train boss Marco Del Horno has been in constant demand since the release of Courage back in July. Here he kicks off 2014 with the follow-up, a headline-grabbing hello to the New Year with the pounding UKF/wobble banger of "No Matter". The thumps don't let up with the intense party techno vibes of "Rescue Me", things calm down with the slinky electro house of "My Heart Is Hooked On You" before we get our lighters in the air for the uplifting retro melodies of "Ain't What It Used To Be".
Rinse FM DJ and all round star, Marco Del Horno teams up with Emi Green and releases "This Town Is Ours" with an enormous remix package featuring SPY, Dream, Kavsrave, Bondax, Last Japan v Skanky plus an acoustic and instrumental version of the original. Defiant tones, stern beats and rude grime lyrics dominate the original but then SPY adds trademark liquid sparkle with true D&B finesse, with soaring strings and rolling breaks, whilst the Dream remix is a Doctor P screech special and Kavsrave's an uber cool re-lick. Bondax's is a pumping 4/4 mix with reverberating vox and hissing beats and Last Japan vs Skanky's version is a rolling viber to finish things off.
Just Rewind (feat Blacks & Lady Chann) - (3:39) 140 BPM
Just Rewind (dub mix) - (3:34) 140 BPM
Just Rewind (feat Blacks & Lady Chann - Skeptiks remix) - (5:39) 140 BPM
Just Rewind (feat Blacks & Lady Chann - Kutz remix) - (4:41) 140 BPM
Just Rewind (Kutz dub mix) - (4:38) 140 BPM
Just Rewind (feat Blacks & Lady Chann - Woz remix) - (3:50) 136 BPM
Just Rewind (Woz dub mix) - (3:48) 136 BPM
This collaboration between Marco Del Horno and DJ Swerve ticks all the UK funky boxes. Wobbly, bass-heavy riddim? Check! Touchy-feely breakdown? Check! Essential MC vocal to whip the party into a frenzy? Check and check! In addition to all of these things, there's also a solid instrumental dub (handy if your own MC of choice wants to spit some bars) and a string of solid remixes. Skeptiks provide an aggressive dubstep take, whilst Kutz employs some fantastically organic (maybe even live) drums on his energetic revision.The standout mix comes from Woz, who drops a sonic assault of military drums and bowel-bothering bass.
Featuring tracks from such luminaries as Hudson Mohawke, Benga and 16bit alongside new talent such as Shift Key and Morcee, Bullet Train Volume Two, selected by Bullet Train label head Marco Del Horno and Last Japan, spans the breadth of everything that's important right now in dubstep, bass and UK funky. Featuring a continuous DJ mix from the duo, as well as all the tracks unmixed, highlights include the snare driven riddims of Lil' Silva's "Patience", the massive dubstep bassline of Marco Del Horno and DJ Swerve's "Ho Riddim" and the fluid percussive workout that is R1 Ryders' "Just A Feeling".