French label Drum Orange presents two newcomers with the type of high energy releases that send a dancefloor full of ravers crashing to their knees. First track "Snake Charmer" is Rouen-based DJ Panik's own concoction of neurofunk and jump-up upfront drum and bass, blasting bass and beats hard and heavy. No survivors expected. On the flip is a collaboration with DJ Yox. Taking it down to 140 and ramping up the dub, eastern-influenced vocals add a touch of mysteriousness before a ruthless drop breaks in and smashes the place to pieces. Be ready - this release is going to cause some disturbances.
Many folk believe Heist to be a robot: he delivers bombs with such strength and expert precision, it's almost impossible to believe he could be human. Both "Forgive & Forget" and "A Little Energon" are prime examples of his machine-like methodology, deftly laying digital growls, snarls, fills, thrills and spills amid the chest-battering drums. With equal measures of fun and aggression across both tracks, this EP is the real deal - jump up 2.0, baby. They're also a kindly reminder of just why he's recently scored silver for tune of the year in the Drum & Bass Awards. Here's to Heist: the greatest robot in drum and bass.