Sly's latest project has got every mandem and his dog talking. Releasing on the label he co-owns with Pacso and still under the superb guidance of Urban Agency (the guys who take care of none other than Original Sin, Taxman and Tyke no less), it's fair to say this is a big one. Bang in the middle of jump up and super-rhythmic drum and bass, there's a lot to shout about. Lead track "Hands Up" is an undeniable crowdpleaser, the heavier sounds rip out further along the tracklist. Get your hands on this as a late summer necessity.
Not just one of drum & bass's most iconic female vocalists, but also one of the most respected... Riya's work behind the scenes goes back around 15 years. As a result she's got serious reference points, a genuine understanding of proper drum & bass and a really impressive debut album that features some of the best names in D&B. Ranging from the sci-fi soars and twinkling synths of "Misunderstanding" to the out-and-out gutter slaps of "Piece Of Me" via the soul jazz jungle lushness of "Don't You Know" and the already massive lighter-raiser "As Soon As". Released at a time when a lot of female features are popping up in D&B for all the wrong reasons, Riya is the real deal... And so is this album.
Complete, unadulterated filth. Back with energy that can't be from this earth and showing off a full range of nasty bass-driven tunes, Hizzleguy returns to Biological Beats with an arsenal of relentless high energy drum and bass. You just can't beat it. Packed with tunes he produced alongside fellow destruction fanatics Riff Raff, Dub Berzerker, Kahlil and Stranger, there's no escaping this noise. And, with an entourage of supporters like Nicky Blackmarket, Hype and Majistrate, why would you want to?
Ever the bastion of modern drum & bass from the smooth and liquid to the rough and ready, Hospital have decided to take stock with a bumper pack of classics, some of which have been remastered for the occasion. Logistics spells it out by kicking things off with the hyped up energy of "Jungle Music", while Danny Byrd brings a cosmic effervescence with "Amen Alley". All the label regulars are here with some bona fide gems from the vaults, whether it be London Elektricity or High Contrast on the buttons. Whatever the case, for newcomers to the label or those needing a refresher, this is a perfect one-stop hit of uptempo breakbeat mayhem from a British institution.
D Minus presents us with Hoes on Death By Bass recordings. Offended yet? If not; read on. Four nasty nasty darkside techsteppers on offer here. Obviously the affectionately titled title track with its vocoded vocals and tightly programmed beat that slaps you in the face. "West Side Grade" offers more of the same but its bassline is a right grating one! On "Sledgehammer" Traumatik proudly proclaims "I love my Cannabis/if you don't like me/drink a can of piss", right then. Finally "Another Planet" hammers the message home, a true stepper with attitude.
Long standing compadres Wickaman and Maverick show us how bootlegs are done properly... The Propellerheads' Shirley Bassey sampling "History Repeating" gets a sharp, muscular rusty drum flavour on "Beat Goes On" while "Strictly Roots" takes Althea & Donna's 1978 pop-reggae bubbler "Uptown Top Ranking" and gives it a pristine turbo flex. Sunshine skankers unite.
Whether this Seattle born producer is going to get you get hauled in front of Scotland Yard's top surveillance syndicate for Googling his name or not, the potential kerfuffle is probably worth the risk. A pristine blend of dusty vintage amens and crisp, on point production leaves other producers biting their fists and dancefloors packed. It's no wonder so many have converted to his unconventional dark drum and bass over the past couple of years. You won't know you want this until you hear it. From then on, there's no turning back. You've been warned.
Proper drum and bass full of ragga twists to lose your mind to on this compilation thanks to Lion Dub label head Marcus Visionary. This release moves from the rolling reggae rhythms of "Ruff & Tuff" to the frenetic throwabouts of "Original Jungle Sound". Tear out vibes are to be had on "Born To Fly", and to be honest this release doesn't let up at all, and for a real weapon check out the anthem that is Navigator's "Sound The Alarm". But for something to potentially wind down to, relatively speaking, it's all about Marcus Visionary's VIP version of Jah Cure's "Never Find".
A ridiculous pair of inky black remixes meets Annix's huge crowdpleaser "Sword". First up is a mindblowingly brutal Hedex reworking, offering up dark, distorted bass and minimal input from the melodic side of the scale. Skore takes things even futher, offering machine gun percussion and nowhere to hide from the onslaught. If you thought "Sword" was the heavy highlight of your night, you ain't seen nothing yet. Necksnapping, jaw dropping, whole-body skanking badness. Get yourself involved.
Whatever the world throws at you, you can always count on San Fran-based Submorphics to take the hurt away with his deep flows and soulful vibes. Smooth and shimmering, "The Divine" featuring Jenna G is everything that's good and peaceful in the world of liquid rollers. Proper soul food. Effortlessly moving through hip hop stylings, old school breaks and thick, rumbling basslines, no matter your musical taste, there will be something here for you. A standalone piece of drum and bass beauty. Treat yo'self.
Thought Technique's last 15 year celebration compilation was huge? You've seen nothing yet. It's their quinceaNera, dammit, and they're not giving up the party yet. Drumsound & Bassline Smith hang on to those summer vibes with two inclusions and artists like Tantrum Desire, Tremah, L Plus and Document One hold the fort with similarly stonking tunes. Unbelievable variety from the label that just keeps on giving. Then giving some more.
Let's just say this EP wasn't named after the city's beautiful canal system or the giant hollyhocks that grow through the cracks in the pavement. From the off "Amsterdam" is an assault of filthy bass and huge, spacious drums, smashing like a pile-driver into your temples. Heavier still are "Here It Comes" and "Remain Calm", which prefer the more minimal approach, stepping out hard with nothing to get in the way. Who needs a melody anyway? Final track "Attention" might be your next dancefloor favourite. There's a definite air of insanity about this one that spells disaster for those dancefloors. They don't stand a chance.
Backed by some of the biggest names in the game, this EP comes hot on the heels of Oz's appearance on Co-Lab's "Deep in The Lab" compilation. not a lot's shared about this/these artist/s but what we can say is that the likes of heist, Noisia, Hazard and Friction have been all over it and with good reason. The whole EP is darker and more disorientating than a caved-in mineshaft and as heavy and about as subtle as a truck full of anvils, this guy is the master of deftly-prepared noise. Brace yourselves for the impact.
Break's third album Simpler Times is rapidly en route. And here's another sampler to stop us all from getting on a train to Bristol and camping outside his house until the full deal is released. "Free Your Mind" opens with a lush reggae feel, very much like his "Love So True" anthem a few years back. Complete with the unfailing dulcets of Fats, it's totally spotless and highly soulful. Looking for some new dirty? Look no further; "Brand New" is another textbook slab from Break's darker pantry; a waspy bassline, interesting rhythm sounds and a groove so thick and deep you could stash an elephant in it... No one does D&B quite like Break.
Oh boy... Last time these two roustabouts collided in the studio "Mythos" happened... And became one of the biggest D&B tracks of 2013. Expectations have been set high since both parties teased us earlier this year. And thankfully we've not been let down; "Footpath" (which also features the perennial Kiwis The Upbeats) is a savage roller that sounds like live electricity lashing out of your speakers. "Leibniz" takes us deeper into the neuro badlands with full emphasis on the undulating bassline and strange textured loop. One for the build-up, one for the pay-off... Insideinfo and Mefjus never disappoint.
The word jazz is criminally misused. One can wear jazzy trousers. One can flash jazzy hands. Shucks, one can even cook a recipe called 'jazzy potatoes'. But real, actual, jazz - the idea of fusion, improvisation and the notion of not following formula - is hard to find outside of the genre itself. Until you hit the fringes and deeper or classical side of drum & bass. Textures Music Group's Jazz Legends series is a great example; the wily drum dynamics on Soultec's "The Happening", the stroppy sub bass wriggles on Blade's "Back In The Days", the cosy synth nests between the snares on Aquasion's "Sax In The City". The true spirit of contemporary jazz is alive and kicking at 170BPM right here.
Massive Madd Inc tune "Lock Dem Off" gets serious remix treatment from drum and bass royalty. Dancefloor insanity ensues. Serial Killaz take the first shot with a typically dangerous build up followed by the largest dancehall wind the drum and bass community could handle. Voltage rumbles through on a dark bass tip, Liondub switches off the hysteria and pares things back, taking a minimal glance at the original. Paleface takes an Old Skool garage turn, changing the vibes completely and logan hunter tackles a deep house remix head on. You've never heard Madd Inc like this before.
It's well-established that anything coming out of the Commercial Suicide vault is going to blow your little snapback off. Enter Zombie Cats, a duo well-known in the more violent alleyways of the scene for working with such masters of the dark arts as Mefjus and and Logam. Fresh and full of fighting spirit, "Cat Attack" is the type of EP that melts faces and burns clubs to the ground. If we say 'neurofunk', believe that this is beyond the realm of negotiable dancefloor compression. This is a full-scale assault. At least they're preparing you for the uprising of their kind.
Deep, pensive and rolling. It's how good, serious drum and bass should be. "Searching" holds on to a Reece bassline needily while beautifully picked out and modified vocals give colour alongside fresh and minimal piano. It's a bit of a breathtaker. In fact, every track on this stunning EP is moving in its own way, from the light and optimistic "True Lies" and "La Sol" with its intense atmosphere and unique vocals to final track "Slam Funk" which could be Jon Daze's biggest dancefloor missile yet. Unmissable. Get into it now.
Three lessons of straight-up ugly science from Nymfo right here: "Don't Stop" sees the flying Dutchman dig deep into neuro naughtiness with the help of Brazilian BTK. "Top Secret", meanwhile, is a much deeper affair with a growling bassline that undulates and snarls with real isolation and coldness. Finally "Ship Wreck" finishes on a funkier note as a collection of basslines wrap themselves around the heavily swung rhythm so tightly they almost cut of the blood supply. Dangerous.