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27 Apr 13
20 May 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Fade, Philth, John Rolodex
Review: If you judge a producer by their ability to successfully apply a winning formula to a variety of styles, Alix Perez is a master. While drum and bass remains his forte, there's enough on Chroma Chords, his second album, to suggest that he's growing as a producer. This EP discards with the synth-laden head nodders featured on the full album, though the four tracks here do still demonstrate the versatile nature of Chroma Chords. Thus the grimy hip hop of the Metropolis featuring "Blue Print" shares space with the soulful stepping action of "Playing Games" whilst the the excellent vintage Timbaaland does halfstep of "Shadows" (featuring breakout Eglo talent Strange U") joins up with the vicious "Burnout".
20 May 13
Played by: Rich Raw, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, The Funk Hunters, S Man, Sunchase, Philth, Bilanez Music, Liquid Tones, Supreme Being, John Rolodex
Review: Given his status as one of drum and bass's true heavyweights; you'd expect this eighth Calibre full-length to be one of the most hotly anticipated jungle sets of the year. Certainly, it's a fine effort, packed with emotion-rich atmospherics, fizzing rhythms and intricate, occasional beautiful, musical touches. He seems to be at his best when concentrating on musicality, as the delightful "Close To Me', soulful "Wilderness" and summery "Do Not Turn On" prove. There are, of course, rawer moments (see the tech-tinged "Simple Things" and dubstep flex of "Start Again"), but these don't hit nearly as hard as his effortlessly soulful compositions.
15 May 13
Played by: Rich Raw, Roast Beatz, Justin Johnson, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Euphonique, Ez Icarus
Review: Billed as 2013's biggest collection of reggae-fuelled party tracks, this madcap collaboration between New York's own reggae star Tuffist and newcomers Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Bluntskull whips up new creations from some of reggae's finest tracks. From Toots and the Maytals to The Ethiopians, Soul Rebel, DJ Tzinas and Hammond Classics work together to bring a new flava, while Tuffist's jungle vibes and Bluntskull's breakbeat hype provide fresh new sounds to get the party skanking. Don't underestimate the power of reggae to get floors filled across the country, this series confronts non-dancers and shuns bad feelings. Embrace the party jams!
27 May 13
Played by: Zetek, Platform, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, The Funk Hunters, Bilanez Music, Level C, Funk And Filth
Review: Meanwhile back in Bristol, DJ Die teams up with singer Jenna G to pay tribute to classic soul. On the surface "1000 Soul Singers" initially comes across a well-executed slice of radio-friendly soul-pop: all caramel vocals, retro strings and clean, quantized beats. Of course this being a Gutterfunk release, the formula is given a twist with the addition of some accelerate DnB beats in the chorus. Remix-wise we get deep, choppy hip-hop (Addison Groove), tribal house (Jus Now) and hypey footwork-tinged DnB (Break).
29 Apr 13
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...
29 Apr 13
Played by: Tchphnx
Review: Taking in drum and bass from all over the world for more than a decade, V Recordings and planet V have been a lynchpin in the scene and continue to release iconic drum and bass into their 14th year. Planet V - Volume 1 is a testament to one of the longest-running drum and bass nights still in existence. Mixed by the legendary Brian G, the compilation steps through all the sounds that make up this vibrant genre through the ears and eyes of V Recordings who've seen it all through from the very beginning. From Mr Joseph's natty ode to Rodigan right through to the smooth, contemporary sound of Artificial Intelligence as remixed by Marky & S.P.Y, the soulful, unmistakeable lilt of Calibre and the old school stylings of dRamatic & dbAudio, this is an LP any self-respecting D&B fan needs. A stunning tracklist with the credentials to match, get it while it's hot.
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.
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.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Euphonique, Ragga Scum, Run Tingz Cru
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.
13 May 13
Review: Emperor began his journey not so long ago with his own brand of drum & bass that reaches beyond the depths. This EP sets out in stone his arrival into the inner circle. Starting off with the hauntingly savage "Begin" featuring the silken tones of Georgia Yates, there is no let up in the speed or accuracy with which tunes are flung forward. "She Said" is a double bass stepper Roni Size would be envious of, "Radar" rips through minimal synths at hyperspeed, "Precursor"'s strange, offset tape noise intro gives way to serious bass tremors and "Solar", featuring fellow English bass terroriser Centra blasts partway through the universe with huge neuro shockwaves. A serious contender for EP of the year so far.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Euphonique, Ragga Scum, Radical Mixtape, Run Tingz Cru
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.
07 May 13
Review: Upfront drum & bass behemoths The Upbeats smash into the public consciousness like a meteor through the roof of parliament with their fourth LP. Seemingly convinced their previous works just weren't loud or complex enough, this album is an exploration of not only how explosive the duo can sound, but how their sound has changed since their early days. Even with the techno and grime influences in "Again I" featuring Armanni Reign, chiptune in "Falling Into Place", dark, dread-dripping haunted rhythms in "Alone" with vocals from Tasha Baxter, minimal bass noodle-ry in "Castles", hard-hitting neuro and jump-up run straight through this release like an electric heartbeat. Fans have enough meat to satisfy their subwoofers, newcomers and naysayers can sink their teeth into the deeper cognitions and apparitions. What's not to love?
03 Jun 13
Netsky - "We Can Only Live Today (Puppy)" (feat feat Billie - Camo & Krooked remix) - (4:10) 174 BPM
Review: It's about time the British summertime was heralded by the return of one of Hospital Records' most popular series of compilations. Bringing the sunshine to drum & bass this year are some incredible names, from S.P.Y, Nu:Logic, Wilkinson, Phace, Misanthrop, Fred V & Grafix, Noisia, The Upbeats...the list goes on and on. For 29 tracks. Seriously. Also featuring are the darlings of experimental drum and bass Ivy Lab, the musical collaboration between Sabre, Stray and Halogenix. The biggest release this summer from one of the biggest labels in the game, you'd be mad to miss this!
26 May 13
Review: Stylo G enters 3 Beat territory with his latest bundle of dancehall delight and hip-swaying ganja riddims! "Soundbowy" comes in two forms, the first with the man's own vicious and infectious lyrics riding all over the rhythm and the second as a bouncing, dread-ready instrumental. Di Genius remixes the original by adding in some much needed house sensibility and once again leaving us with another instrumental to scratch away until da mornin' come! Sigma's re-interpretation is somewhat breakbeat-leaning thanks to its brain-shattering d&b muscle, whilst Ross Couch literally transforms the track into a seductive club house stepper!
22 Apr 13
Review: Where would drum & bass be without the innovators? After so many years plugging away in the mid section of dance music between empty, glamorous house and low-end rumblings from the dubstep millions, the selection of individual talents within the genre has expanded unbelievably. Focuz Recordings have brought together some of the finest names in modern D&B, including the likes of Bcee, Hybrid Minds, Paul SG, Pennygiles and Shookz as well as upcoming talents Soligen, ChartStalker and Command Strange. Each track is an instant selection of where each artist is at this moment in time and the result is a very satisfying various artists LP with a lot of variety and stacks of soul. One for the heads.
08 Apr 13
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, DJ Purple Rabbit, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Dub Gabriel, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Juno Recommends Dub, The Funk Hunters, Euphonique, Blend Mishkin, Radical Mixtape, 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 May 13
Review: Rotterdam's own Prospect Recordings enjoys a huge following and an even bigger roster of mashed-up, dark and filthy artists, and this family album looks to capitalise on some of this artistic wealth. Why not? If you had a back catalogue full of some of the most insane drum & bass on offer to the wider world, wouldn't you want to share it? Littered with breakcore, neuro, gabber and hardcore, it's a whipround through the neck-breakingly heavy side of drum & bass that many fear to tread. Track names like "Skullsplitter", "Total Confusion" and "Death Will Set Us Free" have rarely been so truthfully descriptive, and even label darlings Counterstrike and Bong Ra team up for "Possessed", a feeding frenzy of metal, breakcore and drum & bass. A horror movie for your ears. Nobody's lives were ever enriched by staying inside the chillout room.
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.
20 May 13
Review: Been missing the hyperactive influence of Danny Byrd in your lives? Stop your whining and get your eardrums wrapped around this. The original party starter's latest collection of tunes has been designed to get glowsticks raised across the country. "4th Dimension" powerslams old school rave with high energy drum & bass to create an unmistakeable Hospitality soundtrack. "Bad Boy (Back Again)" adds some serious jungle vibing to proceedings, bubbling over with bassline bounce and a seriously sing-along-able vocal hit. With a hard-hitting remix from 303 as Flux Pavillion bring some swag with their "Bad boy" refix, get hoping for some good weather because these are going to blow the roof off clubs everywhere.
29 Apr 13
Review: The king of lush, dancefloor-driven liquid returns with a sparkling example of what it means to be Lenzman. A lightfooted canter through a bright landscape of widescreen atmospherics and tight percussion, his classic electronic keys remain intact as "Empty Promise" rushes on, pushing towards making that dream of an endless summer a reality. Makoto proves himself as one of the scene's brightest talents once more with a flawless remix of Lenzman's club favourite "Broken Dreams". Expect thousands to be humming that chorus as soon as the sun comes out: "I choose you baby, I choose you."
13 Jun 13
Played by: The Funk Hunters
Review: Innerground continues its reign over the soulful and jazzy D&B world with a storming collection of shining new music from some of the scene's finest. Arguably the greatest liquid collab duo in history Marky & Makoto pair up for not one but two massive tracks, heading up the EP in 'we mean business' style. Also featuring their love for jazz funk are Austria's own RoyGreen & Protone, blasting that groove with a lush, retro feel, as does Brazilian newcomer Level 2. Liquid veteran Submorphics drops by to reveal a sweet summer anthem in "Hazel Street" and rounding off the comp is newcomer T>I with a hypnotic delve through nasty electronic percussion. A true indication of where DJ Marky's label is right now, if you're a fan of the genre you'd be foolish to miss out.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Platform
Review: The New Blood series have been a showcase of consistent growth and musicianship within Hospital Record's sister label Med School - a label set up to give intelligent, intricate and underground electronic music a platform from which to shout. Previous years have seen the inclusion of now household names sitting alongside equally talented but lesser-known artists, each release offering the best in new, breakthrough bass-driven dance music. From the outset of Anile's haunting "Another year" to Barefoot's chilled dubstep in "Rising & Falling"; rising star Etherwood's beautiful "Unfolding" to Mr Sizef's crisp electronics in "The Second Before Snow Turns Into Water", this LP has all the Med School hallmarks fans will be searching for. Worth a purchase to simply to hear something outside of the ordinary. Long live Med School.
13 May 13
Review: London-based DJ and producer Philth has a lot on his plate. Aside from providing the beats for his weekly Origin FM show, teaching the youth how to produce and record for themselves and toying with the pressing matter of becoming potentially the most prolific drum & bass producer ever to have existed, he's also found the time to create each of the cracking soulful tracks on this little beauty. Working with Soul Deep for the first time, Philth chose to work outside of his comfort zone, crafting beautifully written D&B as a counterpoint to his usual ruff-and-tumble bass-heavy dancefloor smashers. The result is a gorgeous collection of heartfelt depth and smooth vibes. Check "Humbled", our favourite of the lot.
03 Jun 13
Review: Everyone's favourite magic carpet-riding dubstep producer Jafu continues his ascent by joining the ranks of Biome, Kromestar and Congi in having his own volume in Deep Heads' series of artist spotlighting EPs. As the title suggests, Jafu goes deeper than he's ever gone before and the results are perfectly suited to that spangly post clubbing haze. "Whats Your Theory" fuses shuffley halfstep beats to glacial electronica, "Phoam" introduces some Middle Eastern percussion and "Fever" is both haunting and bleepy at the same time.
13 May 13
27 May 13
Review: Run Tingz separate the men from the boys once more with a blazing selection of remixes fresh off the press. Chock full of all the summer vibes you'll need for the next year and featuring jungle legends Serial Killaz, Topcat, Blackout JA and jump up badman Ricky Tuff in "I Got Love" there's a little bit of something for everyone. Roots vocals in tracks like "Sweet Sunshine" blend into big blasts of bass - the only thing missing is the sweet sunshine they keep talking about. Bring it on. It's a junglist ting!
20 May 13
Review: Newcastle-based trio of drum & bass production masterminds Sato, Phobia and Tyrone have booted a spring up the bad parts with "Intermission", an immediately arresting delve into the murky jungle pasts of all three chaps. Bassy in all the right places and filled with the classic jangle of vintage amens, it's a star in its own right. "Knock Knock" is a more contemporary affair, in so much as it uses all the futuristic Carl Sagan-esque sound effects in its power to create the sensation of being hurtled through space to an ice cool jungle break soundtrack. Raw and heavy these tracks hopefully herald a new future of decent jungle-inspired D&B. We can only hope.
12 May 13
Review: Launching ProgRAM last year with his single "Pandorum", Frankee has become a flagship artist for the label. Returning once again with his first EP, he and ProgRAM hope to take the D&B world by storm with his unique take on dancefloor-ready, intelligent tunes. Each track shows a different side to the UK born producer, from the atmospheric-laden unearthliness "Harlequin"to the straight-up dancefloor destroying sounds of "Paranormal"; the intensely exotic vibes of "Saffron" permeating a perfectly rolling Reese and ends up with the comedy jungle influences of "Flintstone" where cartoon becomes reality. Don't believe us? Have a listen yourself - it's all there.
06 May 13
Review: A solid member of the D&B scene in the UK for almost a decade yet never seeming to pause above the surface for long, this latest release from Bladerunner could see him gain some well-deserved notoriety. Featuring the biggest, bounciest bass this side of summer and rolling vibes interspersed with soulful sampling, all three tracks offer something a little different. Whether it's the techy nuances of "Dragonfly", the deep growl of underwater bass in "Biological Mutations" or the swagger of perfect dancefloor stepper "The Vision", this is a perfect jump-off point into Bladerunner's solid solo back catalogue. Enjoy.
13 May 13
Review: LA-based drum & bass label Soul Deep Recordings is one of the most diverse and prolific out there. Concerning themselves with the deeper side of D&B, unlike many labels who take "soulful" to automatically include liquid, much of this release features tracks focused on the heady early days of drum & bass to fantastically smooth effect. Most, if not all the tracks included are from new, upcoming artists from around the globe and this is reflected in the diversity and energy of the compilation as a whole. Check Disept & Zendi - "Around The World" for early days vintage vibes, Introspection - "HumaNature" for deep, rolling beauty and Remote - "Stars" for some truly old school sounds. Essential listening for those who prefer beauty in their bass.
10 May 13
Review: Original breakbeat DJ and one of the founding fathers of drum and bass, Ray Keith's part in the early days of the scene can't be overstated. Match the man himself with Tenor Fly, one of the most distinctive voices in breakbeat and drum and bass and you've got a recipe for some seriously baking riddims. Renegade Live is Keith's dream - a fully live jungle setup that brings energy and soul back to those dark rooms filled with bass and nodding heads. Potentially the hottest ticket for the forthcoming festival season, Bladerunner's dub remix packs some serious punch, adding after dark attitude and ghostly keys. Hotly tipped for this summer, all eyes on Renegade - don't sleep.
13 May 13
Review: Mixing upfront jump up with jungle has made the Jungle Assassins series of releases a total necessity for all fans of either genre. Vol 4 is no exception, starting off with Levela's hard-hitting remix of "Dangerous" featuring the unmistakeable vocals of Solo Banton. Bouncing hard but still keeping track of Benny Page's floorfilling original, it's a tune to suit every party. "Rumple Stinkslit" is another Benny Page jump up masterpiece, plus, who doesn't love a good anagram? Big, brash and ready to tear up your dancefloor, like Red Bull-fuelled raving in a china shop, don't expect to stop until everything's destroyed.
21 May 13
Review: Releasing on Focuz for some time now, UK-based Malaky has been bringing his own blend of harmonious liquid and breakbeat-inspired rhythms to the worldwide D&B scene. This two track EP explores his deeper side, starting with the lush textures and widescreen sound of "Vibrate", a true liquid stepper that should sit high on any D&B setlist. "Own World" features soulful vocals from Lyndsey Murray and launches straight into whimsical string sampling and hard stepping beats. Warm rolling bass smothers the low end in a deep, resonant glow, leaving a barely heard sax to echo into the sunset. A gorgeous way to finish your evening.
03 Jun 13
Played by: S Man
Review: Command Strange has been a very busy man over the past few months. Producing some of the finest liquid rollers from one of the world's most misunderstood places, the Kazakhstan-based producer uses his idols as inspiration to create beautiful jazz-influenced D&B. With supporters like LTJ Bukem, DJ Marky, Random Movement, Fabio & Grooverider, Mutated Forms, Bailey and Big Bud all keen to back him up, Celsius had to say yes to a physical release. From the smooth lush tones of "Away From The Sun" to the deep bass groove of "Do Me Right", this is one liquid EP that pushes the boundaries.
06 May 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.
28 Apr 13
Played by: Mooqee
Review: With the release of their album due next month, Loadstar hint at the broad church we can expect to be attending. The radio-ready "Refuse To Love" doffs a cap towards the likes of Chase & Status. Anthemic, vocal-led, lighter-thrusting business, if you enjoyed their earlier single "Space Between" you'll be all over this. "Flight" is the ideal accompaniment; deeper, rolling and focussed purely on the floor, it's quite similar to their previous underground nugget "BLVD". Loadstar are about to smash the D&B scene to pieces; refusal is impossible...
05 May 13
Review: Drumsound and Bassline Smith's mainstream D&B assault is well worth watching. Applying catchy pop sensibilities to their tonked-out bottom-heavy technique, they're nipping at Fresh and Sub Focus's heels with real determination. Remix-wise we see Northern Lights throwing down a big dubstep vibe that sizzles and snarls with metallic menace while Tantrum Desire switches up for a speedy spliced and diced technicolour D&B version. Big.
10 Jun 13
Review: One of the leading labels producing consistently high-quality soulful, deep and liquid D&B releases pushes out yet another stellar collection of new, upcoming and underground artists from their repertoire. Kicking of with yearning, wistful vibes from Low5 in "My Heart" and Passive - "Fall Lines", the tone of this compilation is very much to explore the emotional and cinematic ends of drum & bass. Moving into serious liquid roller territory in the second half of the LP, we meet artists from around the world such as Brazilian Marcio Mouse, California-based Amparo and Cornish D&B upstart Synthetic Journey. It's plain to see Soul Deep's mission statement - the best are worth searching for.
01 Apr 13
22 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Drum & Bass
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.
27 May 13
Review: Hot on the heels of emotional "Something About You", Matt U goes back to badboy with a feisty fiver of sheer bass ugliness. "Frequency" is an obese, slippery slug of a tune, all sludgy and grubby. "Backwards" flips for an uptempo rave homage that incorporates some clever reverse techniques on the breakbeats. "Threshold" tackles from the off-side: the halfsteps stomp with attitude while the double time bassline bubbles uncontrollably. Hooking with Killawatt for the penultimate joint, the "The Strangers" is anchored by so much sub bass there's a warrant out for it. "Uncontrolled VIP" closes the show with a neat reboot of last year's dungeon smash with a neat new purr on the bottom end.
03 May 13
Review: Benny Kane and Dr Specs hook up with one of dancehall's most distinctive vocalists Daddy Freddy. The result? A dark, near-menacing stepper with a heavy, ominous vibe. Remix-wise every bass base is covered: Benny Kane adds a tropical hollow-bass stomp, 6BLOCC cause 808 meltdown on their Trapped Out rub, Skanx sharpens his rave breaks so much they can cut your ears from 50 paces, Black & White up the tempo for a hectic laser-puncher of "Tarantula" proportions and Rebel Sonix outlays two different versions; one laden with bleeps, the other laden with jaunty skanks and high end screams. Immense.
14 Apr 13
Review: Shogun Audio's Alix Perez is one of the scene's most interesting producers, providing a genuine buzz for each new track he puts out there. Featuring storming remixes from artists across the full spectrum of dance music, the hip hop inspired beats of "Annie's Song" is first given the jungle treatment from Hospital Records don S.P.Y before Shadow Child rips up the stylesheet and presses on with a full-on garage bouncer. Maddslinky, Zed Bias' UK funky alter-ego chops up the original to hit the dancefloor with a blast from the past and finally "We Could Have Been" rounds up the release with a trip down more familiar rolling Alix Perez territory. So many styles, so many talents, it's a must have yet again from one of D&B's big guns.
27 May 13