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Played by: Rudy Nicoletti
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Played by: Metrik
Review: As part of the much anticipated Sick Music 3 album, Hospital have released two superb samplers which provide a little taster of what is to come. First come BBC Radio 1Xtra regulars and recent Hospital signings Fred V & Grafix who head the release up with their immense dancefloor banger "Major Happy" - a future Hospitality anthem for sure featuring a bleepy hook, driving beats and euphoric melodies. Hands in the air business straight up. This is accompanied by "Rollerball" - a glorious Med School inspired piece from Med School stalwart and collaborator with High Contrast, the inimitable Lung. Lush, stylish melodies dominate here with plenty of atmosphere and mystique.
25 Feb 13
Review: Hospital brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics always cause quite a stir when they put their collaboration hats on, and this little couplet of tracks really shows how both producers compliment each other's style. Nu:Tone's energy filters straight through Logistics' more considered approach, creating in "Morning Light", a beautiful balance between light and shade. "Grizzly" on the other hand is a hyperactive bouncer of a track, with the world's bassiest brass band parading down the low end and what sounds like spaceships taking off to reveal a trap-inspired hip hop groove Tyler, The Creator could be proud of. Truly mad, it's a fantastic example of the cut-and-paste way producers are playing with sounds right now, and it's hella fun to boot.
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.
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.
15 Jan 12
Played by: Zetek, L Plus, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Cyantific, Hospital Records DJ Chart, Need For Mirrors, June Miller, Anile
Review: The Dimensions 5 EP brings together four brand new tracks from a range of non-Ram signings. Rene LaVice's "Headlock" kicks things off with a gnarly, swaggering b-line, terse drumbeats and infectious dancefloor quality. Then it's on to Hospital's Cyantific for another exercise in the infamous motorbike bassline that has become a Ram motif of late, complete with soaring vocal and grinding sub bass. June Miller shake things up with impassioned screaming heavy metal lyrics and a Noisia-esque soundscape in "64 Thousand Dollar Habit (feat. Secret Handshake Club)". Wickaman & RV round things off with "Ev's Dead". More top stuff from Andy C's legendary Ram Records.
24 Jan 11
Played by: Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Nu:tone - Hospital Records, Cyantific, Mind Vortex
Review: Since the release of Andy C's Nightlife 5 album late last year, Ram have really taken the D&B scene by storm with new acts coming through like Wilkinson, Delta Heavy, Loadstar, Culture Shock and Mind Vortex. "Footloose", up first, is all pumping beats and chiming synth work; "Onslaught" features an early Pendulum-style build with epic choral input, falling into a tremendous drop with squelchy bass and pelting drums. Hive goes dark and tech-y with the raucous "Blackout" and Commix remix influential classic "Lunar Bass" in a resplendent final track. Possibly the best of the Nightlife EPs to date - highly recommended!
24 Jul 11
Review: We got a glimpse of what Ram would offer us for their centenary release with the much talked about 4-track EP, composed of four much rinsed, but never released tracks from over their history. This full-length LP offers much more; from remixes of seminal artists like Shimon and Ram Trilogy through unreleased tracks from Andy C, Moving Fusion and Sub Focus to VIPs from the new breed of Ram stars - Loadstar, Hamilton, Delta Heavy et al - who are already making their mark on the scene. Expect pumping dancefloor anthems, big, bad beats and an irreplaceable slice of history.
01 Jul 12
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Played by: Angel Rize
30 Mar 12
Review: The Freestylers take things on an old skool jungle tip here on, aptly enough, the Jungle Cakes imprint. "Entertainer" kicks off with a bounce, a wail of reggae-laced vocal, jungle tooting sirens, and sharp, rolling breaks. It swiftly progresses, with a souped up drop, into a classic latterday jungle riddim with low-slung swagger and lush amens. With plenty of attitude, this is a tune which keeps on giving, with samples, switch ups and all the sounds of 90s jungle. Watch out for the Serial Killaz remix as well, which is an essential addition to the package.
26 Nov 11
Review: Brighton based breakbeat wizard Ed Solo steps up with partner in crime Deekline for this release on delectably entitled label Jungle Cakes. Bringing in the ragga jungle vibes with title track "Man Down", this one harks back to the Apache era, with buckets of Shy FX and Digi Soundboy vibes to boot. Punchy breaks are paired with cooing vocals and lilting rhythms to huge effect. "Untold" has tooting horns, jungle chirrups and lush, upbeat reggae vocals which drives this one along with a soulful swing.
30 May 11
Review: Part two of the Evolution EP series kicks off with the superlative and much caned contemporary classic "BTKRSH" by Rockwell. Full of croaking, robotic SFX, surging sci-fi synths and futuristic furore, the glitchy beats, quirky drum programming and sleazy funk-riddled atmospherics make this the EP's stand out track. Elsewhere, The Prototypes up the turbo-charged tech vibes with "Subterrestial", Ici adds some deepness in his remix of Friction & K-Tee and S.P.Y closes the four-tracker with a Total Science style roller, aptly named "Pressure Drop". Brilliant from beginning to end.
15 Apr 12
Played by: Platform, Unknown Error, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Terminal State (Vanguard Audio), S Man, Liz-E, Hybrid Minds
Review: Much loved Brighton-based Shogun duo Spectrasoul have always impressed with their versatility, taking us from lush, vocal-led beauties to deep, dark bass-driven cuts at the click of a button. Here, their skills culminate in "Light In The Dark", in which the sweet, sonorous vocals of Terri Walker are paired with snapping snares and an impenetrable booming bassline, whilst reverberating SFX add further depth to the piece. "Shackles (feat. Fox)" sees the boys taking a different approach with rough, rattling breaks, gritty bass, an urban overtone and Fox spitting lyrics over the top. Superb from start to finish.
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.
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Played by: Danny Massure
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Played by: Dub Hedz
13 Feb 12
Played by: Zetek, Platform, Ronin Selecta [bassdrive.com], Mutated Forms, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Danny Drive Thru, Hospital Records DJ Chart, Breakbeat.is, Liz-E, Fd, Bop
Review: The man otherwise known as Darren White, previously one third of Bad Company, and now Exit label boss, Autonomic pioneer and legend within is own right, is back with more musical badness, this time on Goldie's Metalheadz imprint. "The Little Things" is a deep, brooding number with heartfelt vocal, razor sharp beats and warm, throbbing bas, full of that late night, stripped back sound he has become famous for. "Cornered" builds from a sparse intro into a quirky tribal roller with undulating bassline, powerful sub bass grumblings and a curious, stuttering beat and chopped up vocal snatch. Highly recommended.
18 Jan 12
Played by: Zetek, Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Dirty Dubsters, Ricky Tuff
Review: A five-track offering from the 4Corners crew who bring in the dub and jungle flavours into D&B on their Gorilla Tacticz EP on Dirty Dubster. The title track features the talents of Tribuman and is a decidedly Serial Killaz style venture, with whomping bass, tapping breaks and a cheery melody. The story continues in "Step Up Father" with its dutty bass tones and chirpy horns; then there's the reggae-drenched sounds of "More Than Ever" (feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore), followed up by the skanking "Rolling Paper" riddim and Ricky Tuff's conclusive remix of "Now More Than Ever" ups the fun factor even more.