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13 Jun 13
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.
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!
10 Jun 13
20 May 13
Played by: Rich Raw, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, S Man, Sunchase, Philth, 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.
03 Jun 13
Netsky - "We Can Only Live Today (Puppy)" (feat feat Billie - Camo & Krooked remix) - (4:10) 174 BPM
Played by: Zetek
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!
10 Jun 13
Review: Famed for creating some of the most experimental drum & bass available on the scene, Rockwell's latest release from his home label Shogun Audio is a gloriously electrified speed demon. Raging on through Blade Runner-esque 80s effects on that hugely satisfying synth bassline before cruising into a footwork-inspired ultra-shuffle, "Detroit" is what is generally known in the business as an 'absolute banger'. Slamming into some juke clap action straight off the mark, the "Back Again" keeps energy levels high with an inventive twist on shoulder-shimmying, head nodding D&B. Work on your moves - skanking isn't gonna be enough for this one.
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.
27 May 13
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).
17 Jun 13
Zardonic & Mark Instinct & NumberNin6 & Run DMT - "Real Steel" (ANiMAL-MUSiC & Raptus remix) - (4:50)
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.
12 Jun 13
10 Jun 13
Review: Conjuring the heady rave vibes of breakbeat's golden tear-out days, "Mind Control" is a Botchit-level ripsnorter of a track with layers of bowel-tugging saw tooth basses and party-hyping vocals from two of the biggest toasters in the game. "Phenomenon One" is more contemporary with rhythm switches, shocking bass glitches and pummelling drumsteppy kicks. Laced with yet more premier vocals, watch out for the mad switch up after the build. Remix-wise Benny Page shows his more savage side with a firing roller that comes coated in a fine selection of old skooly motifs.
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!
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.
27 Apr 13
20 May 13
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".
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...
13 May 13