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18 Feb 13
Played by: Hong Kong Ping Pong, DJ Aka (Funk Moguls), Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Juno Recommends Electro House, Badboe, Euphonique, Run Riot, Ragga Scum, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, S Man
Review: Bang! There'd been hushed tones of this opus for well over a year, and at a whopping 29 tracks, it's been well worth the wait. Showcasing their widest repertoire, within the first trio of tracks we're already treated to Latino swing breaks, new jungle jiggery and dramatic dubstep. This wide-eared vibe embracement runs throughout consistently; "Hey Mr DJ" rattles a few electro-hop cages, "Countdown" is quintessential booty-bass heaven complete with delectable UK hip-hop rhymage, while "You Can Be My Night" shoots us up to planet D&B on a floaty carpet of rave heritage. A solid calling card to every party in town, it's time to get bouncing...
19 Nov 12
Review: Unsurprisingly, this is an excellent album from CIA as scene stalwarts Total Science present "Tuned In 2", which features tracks from S.P.Y, Riya, Fracture, Break, Calibre and a whole host of talent from across the D&B scene. Opener "Past Lives (feat. Kevin King) (Lenzman Remix)" is an excellent tone-setter, whilst "Clipper Man" is an obvious highlight from the ineffable Calibre. Elsewhere watch out for the enticing experimentalism of Fracture's "The Breaks", plus Spirit's epic "Dream Demon" as well as FD's blissed out "Sometimes".
20 Nov 12
Review: Two heart-warming jungle-tastic dollops of loveliness here from the Jungle Cakes label. Deekline and Ed Solo are the sumptuous cooks of these two delights and what a treat they are. First up is "Bad Boys" with the iconic vocal hook "Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do, what you gonna do when they come for you?" and insistent, pattering drums which are paired with jungle sirens and weighty bass beneath. Accompanying this is the equally as fun "You Can Be My Night" which continues the madness with massive builds, plenty of bass stabs with tearing drums and oodles of dancefloor potential.
17 Mar 13
Review: It's been a long journey for James Edward Jacob, from young thrash metaller in Leicester to aspiring dubstep producer in college, and now hot future bass property. This EP of his own VIP mixes is premier grade stuff, expertly produced and cleverly tweaked for different moods. "Fade" gets three different interpretations here - a club mix that sees big crescendos drop into totally nasty 4/4 garage basslines, a different club mix that goes deeper with soft pads and a retro Enya-goes-RnB vibe, and finally the Etherwood version, all melancholic DnB, forlorn vocals and piano fused with low bass and urgent beats.
03 Dec 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Shroombab, Zoom, Able Danger, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dephzac, S Man, Facing Jinx, Philth, Liz-E, Alert, Optiv And Btk
Review: The Shogun Audio Evolution EP series can be relied upon for bringing us the best in cutting edge D&B from our favourite artists, new and old. Well, the fourth installment does not disappoint - with four killer cuts from artists as wide ranging as Optiv & BTK, The Prototypes, Icicle and new SGN:LTD signings Technimatic. Kikcing off with the awesome "Understand (feat. Sam Wills)" here mellifluous, whispering vocals are paired with grinding beats. Then there's "Blackout (feat. MC ID)" which is a contorted, high energy slab of filth. "Timer" sees the Iceman on some next level raw and ruthless tip - this one is immense - before Technimatic round things off with a shimmy of blissed out beats and murmuring vocals in "Solace". A cracking EP.
12 Nov 12
Played by: Shroombab, Zoom, Tchphnx, Syncopix, Diplo, Euphonique, Mat Zo, S Man, Critical Music, Subtension
Review: After much anticipation, Enei finally brings us his debut album on Critical. The universally respected young Russian artist has done nothing but impress since he burst onto the D&B scene a few years ago. And safe to say, Machines lives up to all the hype and expectation. Bringing together all the elements that make up his characteristic sound expect tough, tech-y terseness alongside sparse, minimal moments and driving energy. The title track gets things off to a great start with its infectious, pulsing energy. Elsewhere watch out for tracks like the vocal-driven loveliness of "Runnin (feat. Georgia Yates)" as well as the bleep n click-y "I Don't Know", the moodiness of "Thin Line", plus a VIP of old favourite "Cracker" and a June Miller remix of "Movin Fast". A superb debut from Enei.
21 Jan 13
Review: Not to be confused with the Justice vs Simian track of the same name, We Are Your Friends is in fact Image Musik's first LP, a massive collection of bonafide D&B bangers. From the opening track, Original Sin's "Keep Ya Pimp Hand Strong", with its tornado-like subs and furious percussive assault, to Code Red's "Cruel Intentions" with its swelling rave undertones and devastating bass drill, there's literally no let up. Our favourites are Harvest's "At The Ready" with its breakbeat rhythms and sub-bass squelch and the end of night vibes of Dan Blackout's "Storm (Your Game)", but there's something for all fans of furious D&B.
09 Dec 12
Played by: Facing Jinx
Review: One of D&B's premier labels sees 2012 out with a bang as the end of their 20th anniversary culminates with the release of the Ram Drum & Bass Annual. Bringing together some of the smash hits of the year from Ram artists new and old, it's a must buy for any discerning D&B fan. Opening with Calyx & Teebee's awe-inspiring and award-winning "Pure Gold", we progress through such highlights as Culture Shock's gloriously guttural "Troglodyte", not forgetting Loadstar's dancefloor destroyer "Bomber". Elsewhere watch out for bangers from Wilkinson, Delta Heavy, DC Breaks and Hamilton. This comes highly recommended.
10 Dec 12
Played by: Digitalsoapmusic, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Liondub, S Man, Facing Jinx, Philth, The Upbeats, Alert, Jaydan
Review: The Birmingham based jump up maestro that is DJ Hazard continues to stun audiences across the globe with his signature shade of D&B. And it's safe to say that the hype surrounding "Never The Same EP" is well and truly warranted. Kicking off with the title track, the echoing vocal sample immediately gives the tune an epic, almost euphoric, quality; add grouchy bass, chiming SFX and punchy drums to the equation and you have an anthem in the making. But that's not all, no; "Air Guitar" ups the ante yet again with punishing, gritty roars and growling subs. "It's A Secret" is another wobbly jump up banger with Hazard written all over it, and then "Do Without You" twists things up with more bass-driven badness. This comes highly recommended for all D&B heads.
18 Mar 13
Review: Mise En Place Pt. 2 is a showcase for some of the most innovative talents in drum and bass today. Ingredients Records certainly know how to stockpile an enviable portfolio of tracks, and some of these beauties have been on the backburner for a while. First track "Rainy City Music" by Dub Phizix has added lingering, hopeful ambiance to the end of sets for a good long while now, but with a proper release, headphones everywhere can experience its full cinematic glow. Villem's "Splinter In Your Mind" gets a fractious and bassy makeover by the elusive Break, puling switches and swapping rhythms like a mad professor in a thunderstorm. Skeptical, the go-to man for dark, minimal drum and bass provides a VIP version of cold-hearted killer "Blue Eyes", where beautiful samples are stamped and warped by high-pressure bass and intricate percussion, adding faster-moving tension to an already sterling track. Finally dRamatic & dbAudio's icy roller "No Return" is soaked in icy atmospherics, with bass that looms terrifyingly out of the mist. Four incredible tracks from producers punching well above the median.
10 Dec 12
Review: What with Critical celebrating their ten year anniversary this year it's only right and proper that there should be a landmark album, looking back on their success to date. Enter Critical X; featuring a carefully curated selection from Critical's past, present and future (watch out for some cracking unreleased material), this is a must buy for deeper D&B heads. Stand outs from across the 16-track album include Breakage's awesome "Staggered Dub", Spectrasoul's iconic "Organiser", and of course jungle revivalist anthem Bladerunner's "Back To The Jungle". Make sure you check out the remixes from Mefjus and Enei, which add the final cherry on the cake for this superb and frankly rather essential release.
10 Feb 13
Review: Since first making his debut on Canada's Stride Recordings back in 2009, Toronto native Rene Lavice has been inching towards 'D&B heavyweight' status. While he's not there just yet, this confident debut album for the mighty RAM Records should nudge him a little nearer his goal. Bold, brash and rave-inspired, with both eyes on the dancefloor, Insidious breathlessly flits between steppy jungle, tech-step and deeper flavours without a care in the world. It has its share of darkness, too - see "Thorax" and the brilliant old skool roller "Tap Dat" - but the overall feel is one of thrilling release. As debut albums go, it's pretty good.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Gabriel, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Juno Recommends Dub, The Funk Hunters, Euphonique, Good News Boppers, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah, Mo' Matic
Review: Wrongtom Meets Deemas J's album In East London was met with some serious levels of hype when it arrived on the reggae scene last September. "The strongest modern reggae set to emerge from the UK for many years" said The Wire. High praise indeed. So "Superteng", the second single to be released from the roots-inspired LP, is a toned-down affair, groove-driven and minimal, letting the lyrics do the talking. Featuring a cool and collected remix by Scoop & Alter Ego & Rico and the bonus addition of jungle mashup "Jump + Move + Rock" remixed by the one and only Benny Page, you can't mistake the top quality of this release. If you're a fan, buy the LP too, it's a modern reggae masterpiece.
06 Feb 13
Review: The Dirty Dubster crew return with a bumper seventh volume of their ragga party jams, and true to form, they mash up ragga with other contemporary styles with considerable style. F-Block's "Jah Bone" combines all manner of echo-laden dub guitar with filthy dubstep bass, while Wood N Soo's "Smoke 2 Joints" is a contemporary update on The Toyes' classic, filling it with rolling snares and powerful low end. Subtifuge's "Love 4 U" is a slightly more skanking effort, with rolling D&B rhythms completely at odds with its laid back mood, while DJ Tzinas' "Wicked" combines a horn sectiona and tropical acoustic guitar with some serious dub airhorn - big stuff all round!
04 Feb 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Drum & Bass
Review: Nu Elementz comes storming at us on Gun Audio with an arsenal of killer cuts and cracking collaborations across this five-track EP. First up is "Bow Down" with its rambunctious, jump up panache, drill-like SFX and apocalyptic vocal sample; next is the eponymous track of the EP "Hey Brother" with it's Hazard-esque rumbling wobbly bassline and gritty mid range. "Timeshift" blends rough, dancefloor-driven beats with epic movie sampling and soaring instrumentals to huge effect before "Ragga Skank" adds a nice dose of ragga jungle to the proceedings before "Pussy Whipped" brings the EP to a close.
15 Aug 12
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Quincy Jointz, Liondub, Euphonique, Basement Freaks, S Man, Dirty Dubsters, Tosses & Varvez, Pier, The Mane Thing
Review: Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.
27 Apr 13
03 Dec 12
Review: Jungle Cakes deliver the 16th volume of their Jungle Cakes series with Jinx In Dub at the helm and vocalist Kanjah for extra ammunition. First up is the glorious "Amen In Session" with its atmospheric intro, clinking piano keys, swaggering beats, stomping snares and infectious, swaying lyrics. As it progresses we are treated to a flurry of bass belches and shimmying melodies which are punctuated by jungle chirrups before the rolling amens kick in. As if this wasn't enough, "Seek & Find" continues the delightful narrative with soulful vocal, rattling breaks and plenty of junglistic vibes.
22 Feb 12
Played by: Bmd, DJ Stex, Manmade / Cmc-Silenta, Nick Hollywood, Minimatic, Voodoocuts, Gray, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dastardly Kuts, DJ Twister Aka Vinyl Cat, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Miles Reverse
Review: Polish mash-up merchant DJ Twister can always be relied upon to deliver the kind of tight bootleg blends that send dancefloors into a flurry of flailing arms and instinctive, animal-like yelps and cheers. This latest release is no different, containing a slew of bangers. As the title suggests, there's a chunky, robust swing to each of the cuts. "Handclap Swing" offers a floor-bating 21st century re-boot of funk staple "The Handclap Song", while opener "Hip-Hop Swing" laces a familiar party rap vocal over a bumpin' rhythm that weighs in somewhere between breaks and D&B. "Swing Or Not", meanwhile, turns The Fugees "Ready Or Not" into a skittish junglist rinse-out.
10 Dec 12
Review: Benny Page seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Here he teams up with old partner in crime Zero G, Solo Banton, Topcat, Mr Williamz and Ms Bratt across the first volume of the "High Culture Compilation". Lo and behold, there are 21st century jungle vibes in abundance with an upbeat and infectious vibe, as well as some dubstep and much more. Kicking off with Benny Page & Solo Banton's "Dangerous" its all pattering beats, sing-a-long ragga jungle lyrics and dancefloor directed energy. Elsewhere check out the aggressive swagger of "Sound Fi Dead (feat. Topcat)" as well as "Body Pumpin" and the wicked Zero G remix of "Tear Down" which concludes the album.
16 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Pete Dafeet, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Blacksoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Tim Livingstone, Tiesto, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Ave Blaste, King Jackal, Sasha, Manikan, Jay Lumen, Noir, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Sounds Of Sumo, Lucent, Allmostt, Marc Romboy
Review: A candidate for house music's album of the year, Ghettos & Gardens gets six treatments that upkeep the sonic standard Justin originally set this summer. The standout rub - for its uptempo cheekiness alone - is Bachelors Of Science's ace half-step/double time switches on the album title track, but each of these reversions sparkles in its own special way. From Catz n Dogz's added melancholy on "Butterflies" to Danny Daze's classic acid house injection on "The Gurner", this is an exemplary lesson in how to nail a remix. Very impressive if you consider how spotless the originals are.
04 Mar 13
24 Mar 13
Review: What happens when you cross one of drum & bass' most prominent DJs and label owners with one of the dubstep scene's most influential and successful producers? Friction and Skream, two titans in their own scenes, have done just that with "Kingpin", and it's undoubtably the sound of now. With hints of trap and big grime influences in the form of sharp flows from Scrufizzer, P Money and Riko Dan, it's a release that's right on the money. Calyx & TeeBee's remix is darker and techier, adding an edgy drum and bass vibe to the original, wheras Rockwell adds his frenetic style. You never know what this guy is going to come up with but he's come up with a dancehall/bassline/grime/garage hybrid that would make anyone dance like their legs were on fire. Jay Fay on the other hand is big, ridiculous and techy - imagine Daft Punk's evil twins were separated from them at birth and grew up in Kingston.
26 Nov 12
Review: Playaz just keep on bringing the mayhem and the fourth installment of the already epic "Flavours EP" is no exception to the rule. Compiled of six superlative bangers from artists as wide ranging as Majistrate, Shimah, Optiv & BTK, Annix, Potential Badboy and Need For Mirrors, variety is the spice of life here. First up is "Losing Control (feat. Alicia King)" by Majistrate which ups the raw, rugged jump up flavours with jarring metallic synth work; next we have Shimah's "Shadow Of The Ba" with its uplifting trance-like synths and tense, ticking patterns. Then onwards through Optiv & BTK's "Feelings" it's a neuro-infused ruckus until we reach Annix's "Late Maoeuvere". Potential Badboy is up to his usual tricks in his VIP of "Sound A Sound" before Need For Mirrors bring the EP to a classy close in the rolling "Albatross".
07 Jan 13
Review: Just as the winter months get tough and January blues kick in hard those people at Liquid Drops have the antidote in musical form and it comes from an array of artists including Mr Joseph, Critycal Dub, Cosmology, Funkware and more. Prepare to get fully involved in "Liquid Colours 2: Winter Edition" as you let the lush, liquid sounds roll over you. Kicking off with Mr Joseph's beautiful, gliding "Forgotten Emotions" with its melancholy tones, piano keys and murmuring vocals, we are treated to such gems as Velocity - "Jelly Break", Critycal Dub's "My Everything" and later on Physical Illusion - "The Test" and many more. Dbase provides a DJ mix for the ultimate listening experience.
20 Apr 13
Review: You don't get much more junglistic than Ed Solo and on this latest release from Jungle Cakes, you've guessed it, some sticky, sweet jungle is the order or the day. "Smoke The Weed" is a classic jungle mashup, and with Canadian bass master Stickybuds on hand to provide some serious breaks it quickly escalates to an all-out skanking session. Before you can pass it on, "Joker Smoker" adds retro brass and guitar to build the reggae funk as the track fragments into not one but two different breakdowns providing the basis for some serious dancefloor workouts. Don't sleep on this.
29 Oct 12
Played by: Fuzzbox Inc, DJ Stex, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Brokenbeat/Nu Jazz, Ez Icarus, Basement Freaks, Telephunken, Tosses & Varvez, Agroprom
Review: A bold and brilliant release here from B Side which brings in the talents of MC Kyla for a seriously sick couple of tracks on the Ghetto Funk imprint. First up is the eponymous track of the EP "Throwing It Wild" which blends a dubstep sensibility with live, urban lyrics adding a jovial patter and grouchy mid range bellows. The B Side D&B remix is a nice addition to the package; adding some 175bpm badness to the original and increasing the pace, whilst the Tonic remix is pure funked up sickness aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
04 Feb 13
18 Dec 12
Justin Martin, Leroy Peppers - "Riding Spaceships" (Shadow Child In Search of 94 mix) - (5:01) 114 BPM
Played by: Smutlee, Neon Steve, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Tim Livingstone, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Coyu, Jay Lumen, Metrik, Roger Sanchez, Eats Everything
Review: The second instalment in this remix series varies wildly in sound and tempo. At one end of the spectrum there are the trance horror riffs and organic, high-speed break beats of Shadow Child's 'In Search of 94' version of "Riding Spaceships". It faithfully replicates the sound of ambient jungle and is in stark contrast to the sweet vocal house of Tanner Ross' take on "The Gurner". There's house of a harder, tougher persuasion here too on the slamming beats and heavy filtering of Pezzner's Water Mammal version of "Molokini", but it can't compare to the tearing low end and enormous wall of spiralling acid that Claude Von Stroke brings on his version of the title track.
22 Apr 13
Review: As a loyal member of the Playaz crew, drum & bass warrior Sub Zero needs no introduction. His remix EP on the other hand, offers a fresh look at some of his past dancefloor smashers as seen through the eyes of an interesting and extremely talented group of individuals. From jump-up veteran Majistrate's wild-eyes stomp through "Your Flex" to Ingredients Records original Krakota's soulful and sublime take on "Brighter Days", it's a journey through some of Sub Zero's best-loved tracks, and an incredible look at some of the genre's finest producers of the moment too.
26 Nov 12
Review: Sick Music 3 sees the revival of the highly successful compilation series from Hospital Records with another slew of top-notch talent from across the spectrum including artists from the label as well as up-and-coming talent. Expect to find tracks and remixes from artists as diverse as High Contrast, Fred V & Grafix, Jonny L, Technimatic, Lung and Madeon across this 26-track compilation. Special shouts to the S.P.Y remix of "Wish You Were Here" and BBC Radio 1Xtra regulars Fred V & Grafix's smash hit "Major Happy". Another compilation from Hospital which raises the bar and comes highly recommended.
28 Jan 13
Review: Command Strange's next release comes to us via the Fokuz imprint with two solid tracks plus a further two digital exclusives - you just can't say no to this! First up is the title track "Rock Steady" with its raw, metallic sounds, pattering drums and quirky SFX. Next is "Open Your Eyes" which is underpinned by booming bass and dominated by chiming beats and echoing snippets of female vocal. "Sugar", the first of the two digital exclusives, is a deep and meditative cut with swirling synth work, whilst "All That Heaven Allows" is all choral elements with booming atmospheric sweeps.
21 Jan 13
Review: Mr Joseph brings the sultry, soulful vibes back with his wonderful six-track Floating Island EP. Kicking things off with the strumming, summer sunshine of "I Still Love You (feat. Kate White)", we are immediately plunged into a world of scintillating melodies and gentle atmospherics which continue to dominate the EP. Elsewhere the piano keys and clicking beats of "Get Loose" also charm the senses, whilst "Don't Stop The Rock" is another excellent atmospheric roller, and then "From Me To You" brings the EP to a close with its shuffling beats and cooing vocal snippets. Delightful stuff here from Mr Joseph.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Ronin Selecta [bassdrive.com], Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, S Man, Sunchase, Liz-E, Fd, Subtension
Review: A must buy, straight up, "The Other Side" is a collection of tracks from such renowned underground producers as Break, Eastcolours, Ulterior Motive & Code 3, Octane & DLR and Prolix. A marvelous meeting of minds here, which kicks off with Break's "Love So True" - a twisted piece of thuggery with messed up, warping rhythms and shuffling percussion and continues with Eastcolours' "Watch Out" with its rugged b-line and exuberant synth work. Then there's Ulterior Motive & Code 3's collab "Yeti" which is all low-slung moodiness; this is followed up by the Xtrah remix of "Something New" and then the dark duttiness of Octane, DLR & Break's "Power Down" before the mighty Prolix draws things to a close with "Third Act".
11 Mar 13
04 Feb 13
Review: A glorious meeting of minds here on Renegade Hardware as Maztek, Chroma and BTK join forces for the Limber EP which is full of the freshest, tech-iest beats around. Kicking off with the title track, it's all warped, metallic synths, belting bass and pounding drums from the off. Moving onwards through "Machine" and we are treated to another aural assault with spaced out SFX, low slung buzzing b-line and gritty mid range whirrs. "Addiction" is another killer cut with aggressive, industrial atmospherics, quirky edits and a menacing energy, before "Micromega" brings the EP to a resounding close.
11 Dec 12
Played by: Spinforth, Clairvo (Mustbeat), Fort Knox Five, Trotter, Qdup Foundation, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, The Funk Hunters, Nappy Riddem, Basement Freaks, Tosses & Varvez
Review: Wow, what an epic remix package this is. It's impossible to feel short changed here as Fort Knox present not one, not two, no not even three, but eight remixes (including instrumentals) of the ever-popular Nappy Riddem cuts "Angle It" and "DTA". First up is DJ Wood who draws out the funky, vocal-driven element with dribbling melodies and trumpet-tooting fun. Next is K Sabroso's re-lick which is much more stripped back, with booming bass and amplified urban spoken lyrics adding a sense of menace. After this comes the Stickybuds' D&B remix of "DTA" which is full of punchy 175bpm madness; then the dub Architect remix which is all swaggering sauciness and shimmying dancefloor vibes for the duration. As if that wasn't enough, there are also instrumentals of all of the above.
18 Feb 13
Review: Straight from the tropical climes of Benny Page's studio and featuring the unmistakeable vocals of TopCat, you'd never guess Benny was a Reading boy through and through listening to "Sound Fi Dead". This badboy rhythm has been given four makeovers that couldn't be any different. Cabbie's take is strictly jungle, taking little bits here and there from the old school and adding the nastiest bass and the hottest brass, while DJ Oder laughs in the face of tradition and smashes everything up good and proper with drops all over the place; with bass enough to wake the dead, it's set to light up dancefloors everywhere. Ricky Tuff adds some classic soundsystem vibes to create his own little taste of dub heaven, and Aries & Tuffist lay down a seriously devastating jungle bassline to round it all off. Mooooooove!
25 Mar 13
Played by: S Man
22 Oct 12
Review: Benny Page continues his trail of destruction with Mz Bratt in tow on the High Culture imprint. Needless to say "Tear Down" is an incendiary urban banger with razor sharp delivery from Mz Bratt and brash, jump up beats and a playful swagger from Benny Page. Gritty bass is paired with furious drum rolls, tumultuous builds and drops and whomping mid range. It's super fun, party music for the modern generation. Accompanying the original is a remix by Zero G which takes things on a less rambunctious tip, as well as "One More Time" which sees more bashy beats and blaring synths from Benny Page.
28 Jan 13
Review: Having lit up dancefloors and hearts across the globe with the incendiary sounds of "Marka", you'll no doubt be pleased to hear that Dub Phizix is back, this time teaming up with long-term partner in crime, the ineffable Skittles for "I'm A Creator "on D Bridge's revered Exit Records. True to form and it's another tribal stomper with terse, crisp beats, whirring sub bass and deftly delivered streetwise lyrics from Skittles with the recurring refrain of "I'm a Creator". Accompanying this is "Happy 5" with its jumping, skittish beats and rallying, hiccupping cries, it's another success story for Manchester talent Dub Phizix.
14 Jan 13
Review: A well considered triplet of tracks here from long time industry heads Artificial Intelligence, the "Mind Control EP" is well worth a listen, regardless of what flavour of D&B you subscribe to. Kicking off with the dancefloor-damaging title track, it's all about the pounding drums, exuberant builds and grueling bass here. Next up, it's the Marky & SPY remix of "Let It Be", in all its blissed out Brazilian fusion with lilting breaks and mellifluous melodies. The EP closes with a collaboration with Command Strange "Won't Say Goodbye" which features the sweet syrupy tones of MC Tali.
17 Dec 12
Played by: Satin
Review: Labels, artists and websites all tend to adopt a retrospective tone as the end of a year gets ever closer, so it's naturally quite timely for V Recordings head honcho Bryan Gee to crank out a third volume of his excellent Retrospect series. With it comes a wealth of old jungle riddims, influential classics and long forgotten favourites from the likes of DJ Die, Roni Size, Ray Keith, Krust, Lemon D and more. Gee opens in style with the Brizzle roller "Fashion" by the legendary Roni Size and maintains the pressure throughout, dropping gems such as DJ Die's "Something Special", Krust's iconic stepper "Check Dis Out" and the jazzy, liquid loveliness of Lemon D's "Get On Down" with its shimmying, sunshine filled vibes. For a trip down memory lane, this one's essential.