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11 May 12
Review: Chelonis is very much the 'artiste'... A poet, a producer, a party starter, you never know what to expect from him, other than it being unique and delivered in his own style. The Prison Buffet takes off where 2009's Chatterton left us; whirling and wheezing in puddle of sleazy electro and soul. If anything, this bulges with even more surprise and panache than the previous as we shake and sass from vibe to vibe to vibe; the Drums Of Death style declarations on "23$ Life", the sombre Prince-like sobriety of "Car Crash In Reverse", the demented late night techno of "The Irritant (Brain Damage Club", the list goes on. Wonderfully unpredictable...
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Review: Well respected amongst the biggest MCs in grime, J Beatz productions are crisp, aggy and screaming for vocals. From the moment the swaggering breakbeats of "Sargent" rifle their way militantly into the mix, you know this six tracker is going to cause trouble. The urgent, insistency of "Red Cups" follows and it's a non-stop ticket to drama town. Elsewhere we join the Spiral Tribe for some Orb-like dubbery on "Based Riddim" and head to the moon in search for soul solace on "Sour Diesele". Quality control has never been higher.
J BEATZ feat MILLI MAJOR/BIG H/KWAM/BIG NARSTIE/SHARKY MAJOR/BLAY/MIK/TYPAH/DIMPLES/JAMMIN/RIVAL/TRE MISSION
28 Dec 12
Played by: Dev79
07 Feb 11
26 Apr 10
Played by: J Courage
08 Sep 10
09 May 11
Played by: Dubstepforum.com
Review: Another sterling venture from 2nd Drop as they hand the reigns over to J Kenzo. Title track "Conqueror" builds from a stripped back, bongo-pattering intro with crisp maracas and jungle chirrups, into an achingly cool polyrhythmic venture. Taking dubstep, techno and funky into their stride, the pair re-work them into something new in the bass music spectrum. "Derailment", a darker, heavier cut is arguably the unsung hero of this release, with eerie SFX and a growling bassline. Big.
24 Sep 12
Review: A trustworthy tune tailor since 2008, it's about time Mr Kenzo gave us an album. And the very fact it's on Tempa - a much bigger label than Kenzo's own Soul Shakerz - speaks volumes in terms of the quality you can expect across the 12 tracks. Those who've followed Kenzo's previous shizzle will know the pristine level of deep bass production on offer, but there's a few curveballs dotted throughout for added dynamics. Cuts such as the Footsie-featured grime hybrid "No Man's Land" and the hands-in-the-air spine-chiller "Eyes Wide Open" showcase Kenzo's skills on the widest possible level. An immaculate debut LP.
16 Jan 12
12 Dec 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Axer Rouf, Junior Buzz, Epitome, Pier, Fused Forces, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: J Kenzo makes an appearance on the lauded and legendary Tempa imprint with these two tough little tracks, which display heaps of character and genre-defining skill. "Ruffhouse" sees Kenzo team up with Rod Azlan for an intriguing journey, dominated by bleepy synth melody and low-slung bongo drum for the first minute, before dropping into a classic mid-noughties dubstep burner with hypnotic bass and weighty soundscape. "Therapy" is reminiscent of some of Pinch and the Tectonic crew's more experimental work, with a techno twinge, fidgeting beats, a Benga & Coki bleep and plenty of unique character to set it apart from the rest.
25 Apr 11
Played by: Be-1ne
Review: New signing J Kenzo marks the 56th release for Youngsta's legendary Tempa label. Unsurprisingly, it's a typically dark and dubbed out offering from the more cerebral side of dubstep. Title track "The Roteks" kicks off with a hovering sense of uncertainty, with faint industrial shivers and a warping bassline. A quasi-scientific sounding vocal sample heralds the movement into the main tune, which features blustering kicks, snapping snares and bellowing bass. "Protected" moves from the post-apocalyptic sounds of the intro into a half-step roller with plenty of appeal for fans of Kryptic Minds, Distance and DMZ.
22 Mar 10
Played by: Juno Download
Review: A real fusion of many different styles, and perfectly named to boot, Tropic Thunda is a subtle and well-crafted mix of soca and dubstep beats. Sparse but full of energy and vitality, it's a classy release from J Kenzo (a man who's currently getting support from Caspa and N-Type amongst many others). Also out is Counteraction, which has rolling congas and some off-kilter snares, as well as rising synth stabs that set the beat alive. Both tunes are smart, funky and very cool - miss out on this at your peril.
18 Jul 11
Review: A split release from the Tuna imprint, with Britain's J Kenzo sharing the honours with San Francisco's The Spit Brothers. Having an exceptional year so far, with big releases like "Stomp", "Tropic Thunda" and "Ruckus" already under his belt, J Kenzo carries on the good form with the moody dub of "Nocturnal Feelings" - a starkly bare dubstep/UKF fusion with some evil stutter bass and urgent percussion hits keeping things nice and driving for the floor. The Spit Brothers' "Beg To Differ" comes in on a very similar vibe, with woozy textures and a halting, threadbare beat leaving plenty of space in the mix and giving it an enjoyably sinister slant. Two very deep and very cool tunes indeed.
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