It was about time the Bassbrothers stepped up on DJ Hype's Playaz to deliver some rolling, twisted bass beats, because these two d&b deviants know how to mash it up good and proper. "WTF" itself is a pure hybrid tune, where dubstep and d&b become intertwinded, and the same goes for the tunes like "Kravitz" or "Dunno A Dead", except that the duo branch out and gather more influences, from R&B to ragga. "Pusher" delivers some of that classic Playaz sound, all bursting morph bass and dread, followed by the mean, lean stare of "Deadly Spawn". Killaz!
Drum and bass lynchpin Outer Heaven takes a break from his Proximity Records duties, and lands most vertically on the young and rising 117 imprint. This is pure neo jungle at its best, no nonsense and no dubstep infusions, just pure breaks-ridden madness for the heads. "Shogun", possibly a homage to Friction's mythical label, is hard, metallic jungle stepper, while "Creation" goes more minimal, stripped-back and reminds us of material by artists like DBridge or Alix Perez. "Beneath The Surface" sounds like a Metalheadz bullet circa-1997, and "Crazy Steppin" pays homage to the sort of jump-up pioneered by the almighty Johnny L. Hot and heavy - recommended!