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04 Mar 13
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.
22 Apr 13
Review: The Run Tingz crew have been broadcasting their own nasty brand of bass from the South West since 2010. After cementing their place in the scene as one of the more original junglist labels and collaborative efforts, they've offered up a string of high-energy jungle and jump-up inspired releases. YT has long been a reggae and dancehall vocalist of distinction and working together with ragga D&B veterans Serial Killaz to produce some top notch remixes from his latest album "Revolution Time" they've created some serious jungle mashups worthy of any dancefloor. Big jungle sounds from some of the industry's finest.
17 Jun 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Platform, Physical Illusion, Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, S Man, Nsekt, Liz-E, Notion, Mikal, Protect Audio
Review: The ever-reliable Shogun Audio imprint, co-owned by DJ Friction and K-Tee, presents the next release in a slew of quality singles. This time the magic is brought to us by the Spectrasoul boys who team up with talented vocalist Tamara Blessa on the title track "Away With Me"; the result is a soulful slice of sexiness with white noise crackling beats and an enticing vocal driving things along. Calibre provides a lush interpretation with gentle, pattering drums and pulsing bass, underpinned by dreamy instrumentals, while dubstep darling Kito gives it the Rustie treatment with a bleepy kaleidoscope of sounds.
22 Apr 13
Review: There is a slick bounce to "Rare Groove" that perhaps only Savage Rehab could get away with. Being so unashamedly funky in a game where straight-faced hardmen poses are rife can bring its own problems, but with vibes coming in thick and fast from co-conspirator Saxxon throught this unique EP, there's no time to worry about all that; everyone is just far too busy dancing. Add the emotively dark "Step Inside", the irrepressible flair and snap of "Neck Funk" and the nasty neuro-jungle madness that is "Rise Up" and you find yourself in possession of one of this year's most impressively unique releases. Big sounds, bigger grooves.
24 Feb 13
18 Feb 13
Review: Last seen loitering with Dub Phizix, Skeptical returns on Klute's Commercial Suicide with two contrasting examples why he's so well respected in D&B. "Statik" bounces with a delicious triplet swing. Purring with a pirate-like skank it's an instant vibe-caster that conjures a similar spirit to "Disco Dodo" many years ago. "Frozen", meanwhile, is a much darker affair with a warped, pummelling vibe and unashamed sense of techno menace. Brutal.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dephzac, Euphonique, S Man, Sunchase, Med School Music, Liz-E, Fd, Subtension
Review: "What The Future Holds" is the highly anticipated debut album from Brazilian born, London dwelling D&B producer S.P.Y. With releases on numerous labels such as Metalheadz, Spearhead and Soul:r he signed exclusively to Hospital late last year. Long term fans will be pleased to hear that he hasn't deviated from his signature sound at all and in fact, a range of flavours are covered here - from deep, rolling cuts such as opener "You" to techy, neuro influenced pieces like "Back Again" to uplifting, vocal led bangers such as "Hammer In My Heart". Key featured vocalists include Diane Charlemagne and Jazz vocalist Ian Shaw. This is seriously good D&B.
05 Apr 13
Review: Destination "Afrika" via LA... Here we find Sub Slayer Skanx delving deep into jungle heritage with a muddy roller that packs the same foggy, radar-ridden breakbeat punch as the Meat Beat Manifesto's "Radio Babylon". For a more contemporary dub twist head for 6BLOCC's remix; stripping things back to a nagging 4/4 sub thump, it's the perfect blend of trad dub and stark future-minded bass music. Elsewhere we don the white gloves for the rave-tastic "Boom" while Eek-A-Mouse goes under the sample scalpel on the swashbuckling "Dub War". The junglist massive are on fine form right here.
25 Feb 13
29 Oct 12
Played by: Med School Music
Review: Medical Mix is the brand new compilation album from Med School Music, mixed by the young D&B prodigy and Med School signing Joe Syntax. Featuring a cross section of the Med School back catalogue and 7 unreleased VIPs and remixes from the likes of Enei, Icicle, S.P.Y, Joe Syntax and more, "Medical Mix" is a must buy for any committed D&B fan. The experimental offshoot of Hospital is celebrating its 6th birthday this year and this album acts as a culmination of their success to date. Absolutely essential - 33 tracks at a bargain price with some digital exclusives into the bargain.
18 Feb 13
Played by: S Man
Review: Quiet D&B genius ST Files and Mancunian newcomer Response release hard rolling stunner on Ingredients Records - drum and bass world ignites. Always the first stop for D&B heads on the lookout for something with that unique appeal, Ingredients Records has been a symbol of quality for a few years now. ST Files, despite his low profile, has actually been recording for many years and "Nailbomb" represents his newly whetted appetite for producing fresh material alongside co-producer Response. Bringing the unmistakeable warm-yet-techy sound of Marcus Intalex's Manchester to life, both track are featuring heavily on dancefloors across the country. "Hard Times" as a standout track can do no wrong as the top end shimmers above warm bass pressure - a necessity for any discerning drum and bass fan's collection.
25 Feb 13
Played by: Mikal
22 Apr 13
10 Jan 13
Review: Soul Connection steps up for a truly marvelous release on Soul Deep Recordings. The Love For Sale EP is all about the soulful, liquid side of D&B and kicks off with the ever so gentle "Sweetness" which is jam packed with delicate, tripping rhythms and soulful whisperings. Next is "Street Lady" with its upbeat allure, pattering drums and shimmying sounds. "Forever More" continues the narrative until we stumble upon the blissed out "Love For Sale" and hark back to the early days of D&B with the nostalgic, glistening tones of "Blue Note". Finishing off the EP with some serious soul is "Soul Deep" which is laid back and full of good vibes. Sit back and enjoy folks!
11 Mar 13
Review: Both Sunchase and Nickbee have fast become one of the main go-to neuro producers, but this remix from ProgRAM favourites Teddy Killerz and fellow Ukranian Malk showcases that evil flair to the extreme. With a serious rolling rhythm and bass that sounds like an electrical storm, "As We Look" deepens as it progresses. With sights set on a more intelligent tip, both releases show individual talents from all sides; "Proper Things" hits hard and plunges into the depths of sub pressure, building that tension and letting the top end slide around on tectonic bass. Impressive and subversive, it's hard to pin down a favourite. Solid additions to any crate, Sunchase is definitely becoming a buy-on-sight artist.
17 Oct 11
Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru & Tenor Fly & Blackout JA - "Murder Ya Sound" (UK Jungle mix) - (5:20) 175 BPM
Serial Killaz & Run Tingz Cru & Tenor Fly & Blackout JA - "Murder Ya Sound" (Jump Up mix) - (5:22) 175 BPM
10 Dec 12
28 Jul 12
18 Mar 13
Played by: Ronin Selecta [bassdrive.com]
Review: The soulfully twisted beats of Sabre and Cern don't let up for a second on Dispatch's 64th outing. A barrage of dub sonic booms and warp-speed percussion sends "Pinch Me" reeling into the sidelines before hitting back with nasty bass and warehouse rave-level energy. Keeping it tight and bouncy but retaining that evil edge, it's a perfect Dispatch destroyer. "Hollow Moon" puts Cern back on the dark undercurrent of D&B, with cavernous wet bass and dampened snares dripping black rain from its echoing walls, its visually messed up as well as audibly destructive. Bonus third track "Confession" takes inspiration from old school sci-fi and the origins of Wormhole-era neurofunk. Bass enough to shatter bones on the right system, it's a hurter you can't let out of your sight. An interesting set of releases from some of the top players in D&B.
16 Apr 12
Review: Absolutely massive remix package here courtesy of Dreadsquad, with MT-41 Riddim Remixed arriving on Polish imprint Superfly Studio. Killer refixes of Skarra Mucci, El Fata, Doubla J and Dr Ring Ding come from a stellar cast including Ricky Tuff, Jinx, Cut La Vis, Dialect & Kosine and more. It's hard to pick a favourite here, but we'll plump for the super tight jungle-leaning Jinx version of "Sweet & Nice" by El Fata!
08 Oct 12
Review: Sinister Souls don't mess around. Coming at'cha like a tonne of bricks this album starts as it means to continue and doesn't let up for the duration. The heavy and relentless pelt of the title track "Beat The Drum Hard" is full of pounding drums and mid-range distortions for maximum effect. Huge builds, distorted synth work and extreme sounds with a skullstep meets dubstep aesthetic are order of the day here. Each track comes with its own set of warnings but watch out for "Natural Selection", "We Are Killers" and closing cut "Perfect Organism" for the full Sinister Souls experience.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Hydroponicz
18 Feb 13
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07 May 12
Review: S.P.Y makes his highly anticipated debut on Hospital Records with Love & Hate, a four-track journey into the darkest depths of D&B with plenty of old skool influences, marking a return to core values and a pure sound. The title track is dominated by pounding sub bass stabs with moody atmospherics and twisted diva vocals. "Clouds" blends brooding virus synths with machine funk for a techstep banger, whilst "Sleepy Hollow" sees S.P.Y strip back production to a Detroit influenced sound with epic synths. The S.P.Y remix of Submotion Orchestra's "All Yours" rounds things off in style.
23 Jan 12
Review: Jungle revivalist outfit the Serial Killaz join forces with old Digital Soundboy specialist Benny Page for "Walk & Skank", which then gets a remix from Northern Lights. First up, it's the Northern Lights remix of the aforementioned "Walk & Skank" - a thumping piece of tomfoolery with smacking drums, booming bass and the original jungle vibe still shining through. Watch for the old skool rave switch! Then Serial Killaz remix reggae-drenched "Crying Out" into a modern day jungle classic.
18 Mar 13
Review: Jungle tinged icy roller "I Man" gets the beats flowing straight from the off, with industrial stepping rhythms and growling bass. Not a combo to keep to expectations though, SR & Digbee switch it up on second track "Jog On" to build a junglistic dub insta-classic with plenty of sweltering ragga vibes and raw sampling. Changing styles once again with "Wanted", old school Amen vibes play a big part in this breakbeat-infused roller with a huge dubby breakdown fit for any headline act. "You're No Beggar" finishes up this four track exploration of the drum and bass spectrum, with tight Amen lead and old school samples making way for crisp synths and rumbling bass. Too diverse, a must buy.
12 Dec 11
27 Feb 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Lung, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Terminal State (Vanguard Audio), Enzo Canale, Hospital Records DJ Chart, Breakbeat.is, Liz-E, Twothirds, Barefoot, Bop, Hybrid Minds, Prplx, Critical Music
Review: The much-anticipated three-way collaboration between Sabre, Stray and Halogenix sees the light of day as a release on Kasra's Critical Music with a stunning remix from Syknro and another original piece, "St Clair". "Oblique" is a stripped back piece of sonic wizardry with stark, tripping beats, mournful vocal and eerie atmospherics courtesy of Frank Carter III. The aforementioned "St Clair" blends chopped up vocals with monster bassline and gentle, pattering breaks to huge effect, whilst the Synkro remix of "Oblique" brings things altogether with a stylish panache.
19 Dec 11
26 Nov 12
Review: Soul Intent delivers a couple of stunners on Klute's label, Commercial Suicide. First up is title track "The Right Moves" which builds from a sparse, ticking intro with warping synths wailing like a Joy O track into a well calculated piece of mastery with humming b-line, rolling breaks and plenty of murkiness and blissed out vocal snippets. Accompanying this is "Nod To The Past" which is another excellent slice of D&B badness from Soul Intent, this time on a darker tip with stuttering beats, grinding bass and sped up vocal sampling adding a quirky twist. Gnarly stuff - get to know!
29 Apr 13
Played by: Soul Intent
Review: Stealth likes his bass large and that's what you're going to get in his eagerly awaited EP on Subtitles. Ramping things up from the off with a serious minimal meltdown, "Dire Staights" featuring Stylus has all the acrid bass and raw, beaten-to-an-inch-of-their-life drums you could ever wish for. Continuing this pattern, "Deep Inside" and "Silent Dream" drill further down into skull-pulverising bass pressure and classy break-ridden rhythms despite being from opposite ends of the drum and bass spectrum. As a mature producer you can't say fairer than this: Dire Straights is an accomplished, balls-out smasher of an EP created by a man who truly knows his craft. Don't sleep on this, it means serious business.
22 Apr 13
Review: Lossless boss Soul Intent hops over to the ever-reliable Celsius imprint for two breath-taking rollers. "Come With Me" is a breezy, skippy affair with an entrancing arpeggio that teases with a trance vibe before dropping into a classic mid 90s bass and drum workout. Fans of Utah Jazz or anything on Full Cycle during the early days will be all over this. "Falling" is a touch deeper. Delicately coated in a mournful vocal that echoes in and out of the mix, there's a lot more texture to the drums and a whole cannon of pads waiting to whisk you off to another dancefloor altogether. Beautiful.
28 Jan 13
Review: V Recordings continue to deliver the magic and this next release from Serum is no exception. "Horn Track" begins with shimmying, chiming tones and juddering drums and falls into an out and out belter with a dense soundscape full of pounding drumwork, booming bass and hissing hi-hats in abundance with the iconic, jingling melody coming in and out of focus. "Strings Tune" comes with this and continues to weave a similar pattern with pummelling beats, roaring bassweight and plenty of weighty, speaker-wobbling prowess.
05 Nov 12
Review: A scintillating EP here from Skeletone who lends his hand to the Fokuz imprint with impressive style and aplomb. Opener "Hope This Makes You Happy" is a charming cut with drifting rhythms, humming sub bass and a seductive vocal which curls over the beats like smoke rings on a summers day. After this we move on to "Pieces" - another contemplative one, with lingering lyrics, jazz-y piano keys and punchy, rolling drums. And then last of all it's a collab with Silent Groove as "Wish I" brings things to a close with lush atmospherics, soulful undertones and plenty of gentle liquid vibes.
11 Feb 13
Review: Skyweep may not have many releases to his name, but the What Dreams May Come EP shows him to be adept at a wide range of atmospheric D&B styles. "Homunculus Lullaby" combines Burial-inspired vocals atmospherics and moody bass with some intricate half-stepping rhythms, while "Coming Down" sees minimal percussive rolls take the lead on a vocal turn with echoes of Bjork. "Broke My Eyes" meanwhile combines monolithic half-step and deep bass with another big vocal. "What Dreams May Come" is the best track by far however, combining intricate rhythmic flourishes with a moody sonic backdrop that brings some of the best Metalheadz moments to mind.
27 Jul 09