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Inception
PLAYAZ 042
14 Oct 13
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Inception" - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Silent E" - (4:31) 174 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Dronezone" - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Field Of Vibrations" - (4:33) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Konichi - "Blood" - (4:41) 174 BPM
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Annix - "Out The Pack" (feat Mondeya) - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "XTC" - (4:14) 174 BPM
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Annix - "Hectic" - (5:27) 175 BPM
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Annix - "Snapstop" - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Unwritten Rules" - (5:12) 174 BPM
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Konichi - "Machine & Key" - (4:33) 174 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Without You" - (5:56) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Hotrocks" - (5:08) 172 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Only One" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Annix - "Gold Chains" - (3:40) 175 BPM
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Review: If jump-up is your thang then you've come to the right place. Snapped up by Playaz to release this behemoth of n LP, UK newcomer Annix has burst onto the scene in a shower of accolades, and we know why. This album is straight-up bonkers. Crazed like a rabid dog with the eclectic sampling of a hyperactive child, there's method in this guy's madness, but excuse us for revelling in the craziness. From jazzy horns to trap, trip-hop to adrenaline-soaked beats, there are no half-measures here. Go hard or go home.
Forever
PLAYAZ 065D
29 Feb 16
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Intro" - (1:30) 174 BPM
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Annix - "Axshun" (feat Stangez) - (5:36) 173 BPM
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Konichi - "Contraband" - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Low" - (4:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Annix - "Warriors" (feat Killa P) - (5:24) 143 BPM
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Annix - "Forever" - (5:20) 172 BPM
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Konichi - "Afraid" - (4:29) 175 BPM
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Annix - "Skit" - (0:48) 69 BPM
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Annix - "Paper" (feat Gumster) - (2:55) 178 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Work For Nothing" - (4:49) 173 BPM
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Konichi - "Reverse Cold" - (4:31) 172 BPM
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Annix - "Crash" - (4:04) 174 BPM
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Konichi - "Konnekted" - (4:39) 175 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Earwig" - (4:16) 180 BPM
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Annix - "What You Know" - (3:44) 174 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Taken It All" (feat Benji Clements) - (4:38) 173 BPM
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Annix - "Outro" - (2:14) 50 BPM
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Review: Konichi and Decimal Bass: whether they're operating solo or in Annix unison, they're capable of making some of the sharpest, most forthright drum & bass known to man. Their debut album has had bass fans in a lather since they teased us with the gnarly halftime "Good For Nothing" and stompy Basement Jaxx-meets-Herve 4/4 gully stomper "Warriors". Beyond these off-piste adventures lies a whole slew of concentrated, unadulterated D&B science. From the one-punch jump-up smackers like "Low", "Afraid" and "Akshun" to the much deeper, liquid tones of "Forever" and dreamy Lenzmanisms of "Reverse Cold", this is the most detailed picture of both men's broadest abilities to date.
Jungle Consumes Everything
PLAYAZ 073D
28 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Jungle Consumes Everything" (feat Teddy Killerz) - (4:03) 174 BPM
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Konichi - "Together" - (3:50) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Decimal Bass - "Run From The Gun" - (3:48) 173 BPM
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Annix - "Slaughtered" (feat Ragga Twins) - (3:20) 174 BPM
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Past & Future EP
PLAYAZ 051D
28 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Past & Future" - (5:15) 173 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Battle Station" - (4:48) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Visions" - (4:45) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Annix - "Take It Back" - (4:31) 173 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Near Me" - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Entrance" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Review: A full-flavoured six-track slab of naughtiness right here from Annix and its two members. The title track steps so sharply there's a danger you may cut your ears but the moody minor piano chords and a dramatic drop make for the perfect ointment. "Take It Back" is a much skittier, switchy rave homage that jitters and jumps with a cool sense of unpredictability. Decimal Bass's contributions add further weight and range: "Battle Station" will unleash your inner ugly with a bassline that's so wild and unkempt it will genuinely sweep you off your feet while "Near Me" is a soaring vocal workout that's almost reminiscent of the Ram Trilogy material 15 years ago. Konichi's creations add further contrast: "Visions" looks towards deeper corners of the dance as it rolls with bulbous bass and Daft Punkian vocal work, while "Entrance" scuffs and growls with heady hypnosis. Truly something for everyone.
Digital EP
PLAYAZ 056 D
01 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Digital" - (4:48) 173 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Betrayal" - (4:01) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Konichi - "M33" - (4:32) 175 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Have A Party" - (4:32) 175 BPM
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Konichi - "Don't Make Me Laugh" - (4:29) 175 BPM
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Played by: LIZ-E
Review: Playaz have hit the top drawer for this latest release from the Annix likely lads - a combination of tracks from Decimal Bass and Konichi as well as "Digital", the heavyweight lead single from Annix, their combined pseudonym. So what's in store? Plenty of head mashing and neck snapping, actually, as cranked-up synth play spirals out of control in "Betrayal" and the wickedly out of control "M33". "Have A Party" trips out while samples dance around crushed up synths and "Don't' Make Me Laugh" echoes the hardcore raves of the past.
Forever Sampler
PLAYAZ 064D
30 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Forever" - (5:20) 172 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Work For Nothing" - (4:49) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Konichi - "Afraid" - (4:29) 175 BPM
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Work It Out EP
PLAYAZ 059D
26 Jun 15
Drum And Bass
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Annix - "Work It Out" - (3:43) 172 BPM
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Konichi - "Too Late" - (4:35) 175 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "England" - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Annix - "97 Track" - (3:36) 178 BPM
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Decimal Bass - "Battle Station" (VIP) - (4:49) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Konichi - "Those Days" - (5:13) 172 BPM
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Review: Whether they playing with themselves or playing with each other as Decimal Bass, Annix and Konichi are two of the most creative minds jump up drum & bass has seen since TC came through with "Deep" over 10 years ago. Highlights include the sexy vocal sample and infectious congas of "Work It Out", the outrageously nasty hook on "England" and Konichi's complete liquid switch flicker "Those Days". No stone unturned, Annix and Konichi are at their most extensive and exciting right here. Stunning.
Electronic Propa
PLAYAZ 062D
28 Sep 15
Drum And Bass
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Neo Babylon - (4:50) 175 BPM
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Ten Pound Shot - (4:47) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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In The Ghetto - (4:34) 172 BPM
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Dealers - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Spiders - (4:29) 175 BPM
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It's Right - (4:38) 172 BPM
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Electronic Propa - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Dancehall Killaz - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Upon Di Place - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Fashion (VIP) - (4:27) 174 BPM
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Monkey Junk - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Review: It's been a while since the Portuguese sonic siblings last dished out a release but it's clear they've had bigger, album-sized projects in mind. Their debut long one, it's an evocative love letter to the entire scene; whipping up the genre's many fiddly little sub-sub-subgenres, this will please all fans. "Neo Babylon" rattles with Commix's "Call To Mind" era, "In The Ghetto" is a sandpaper funk jam a la Hazard, "Spiders" is a fuzzy, techy electrified stomper you could hear the likes of John B play while "Dancehall Killez" is so steppy, glitchy and unclassifiable it could make Sam Binga blush. References and comparisons aside, this is the sound of two very promising artists coming correct; the whole D&B community needs to pay attention.
A Little Mad EP
PLAYAZ 050D
07 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
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A Little Mad - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Blastin - (4:32) 174 BPM
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Bolivian Yeyo - (4:26) 58 BPM
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Fashion - (4:27) 174 BPM
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Kidnap - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Shut Up - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Review: Portuguese Playaz poison, BassBrothers have been on Hype's talent roster since late 2013 and are finally making their label debut with a whopping six-track mission statement. Riddled with creativity, sharp drums, superb execution of samples and unrelenting energy, each of these cuts justify the cross-board hype they've been enjoying lately. Highlights include the snare-snapping steppiness of "Bolivian Yeyo", the playful use of samples and well-tamed tears of "Blastin", the twisted ragga skanks and distorted bass bitterness of "Fashion" and the industrial strength nastiness of "Shut Up". A contender for label debut of the year, this amplifies Playaz' trustworthy consistency tenfold. Ludicrously big.
WTF EP
PLAYAZ 069D
22 Aug 16
Drum And Bass
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BassBrothers - "WTF" - (4:27) 174 BPM
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BassBrothers - "Kravitz" - (4:31) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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BassBrothers - "Dunno A Dread" - (4:06) 175 BPM
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BassBrothers - "I'm Out" (feat Kyara) - (4:46) 175 BPM
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BassBrothers & Jam Thieves - "Pusher" - (4:16) 172 BPM
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BassBrothers - "Deadly Spawn" - (4:06) 175 BPM
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Played by: DJ Ollie, DJ AGRO
Review: 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!
Strictly Entertainment
PLAYAZ 055D
10 Nov 14
Drum And Bass
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Strictly Entertainment - (4:57) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dulcid Tones - (4:11) 174 BPM
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Played by: MAGE, NotioN, Zen Dub
Review: Coming out to play with Playaz this time around, D&B's very own elusive genius Break returns with his selection of unique bass stylings in this slick double header. Showing off his love for all things jazz and dub, "Strictly Entertainment" pits rolling dancefloor rhythms with huge subby bass to create a fresh cross-pollination of sounds. "Dulcid Tones" features a smooth bassline groove whipped up straight from the heart of the '90s, dropped right into a creamy whirlpool of distorted bass and general junglist mania (and some Eastern influences for good measure). It's borderline mental, it's loads of fun and it's Break. What more do you want?
The Platinum Shadows EP
PLAYAZ 009
24 May 10
Drum And Bass
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Psychedelic - (5:31) 180 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Platinum Shadows - (5:31) 175 BPM
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Against The Clock - (5:22) 180 BPM
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All I Can Say - (5:45) 180 BPM
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Review: One of the True Playaz massive and a total legend in D&B, Hazard drops four new bombs on this lively new EP. "Psychedelic" lives up to its name with a range of perfectly arranged old vocal samples that Hazard drops with style over a fun jump-up beat. "Platinum Shadows" showcases some top drum arrangements, while "Against The Clock" packs some aggressive samples into the fun. "All I Can Say" wraps the set up nicely with some low squelchy bass once again anchoring rough and wicked beats. A legend who is just getting better, the Platinum Shadows EP is a must for D&B fans.
Tactix
PLAYAZ 007
28 Sep 09
Drum And Bass
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Tactix - (6:01) 175 BPM
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Wicked So - (5:37) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Busta Move
PLAYAZ 011
13 Dec 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Busta Move - (4:46) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Death March - (5:11)
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Busted
PLAYAZ 001
01 Oct 07
Drum And Bass
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Busted - (5:51) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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0121 - (6:05)
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Never The Same EP
PLAYAZ 032D
10 Dec 12
Drum And Bass
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Never The Same - (5:32)
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Air Guitar - (4:50) 173 BPM
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It's A Secret - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Do Without You - (5:07) 178 BPM
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Review: The Birmingham based jump up maestro that is DJ Hazard continues to stun audiences across the globe with his signature shade of D&B. And it's safe to say that the hype surrounding "Never The Same EP" is well and truly warranted. Kicking off with the title track, the echoing vocal sample immediately gives the tune an epic, almost euphoric, quality; add grouchy bass, chiming SFX and punchy drums to the equation and you have an anthem in the making. But that's not all, no; "Air Guitar" ups the ante yet again with punishing, gritty roars and growling subs. "It's A Secret" is another wobbly jump up banger with Hazard written all over it, and then "Do Without You" twists things up with more bass-driven badness. This comes highly recommended for all D&B heads.
Bricks Don't Roll EP
PLAYAZ 052D
25 Aug 14
Drum And Bass
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Bricks Don't Roll - (4:13) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mk Q - (5:30) 175 BPM
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Death Sport - (4:18) 180 BPM
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Meen Time - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Review: One of the most respected men in the game, Hazard returns with four blinding slabs of seismic sonics. Don't be fooled by the title, "Bricks Don't Roll" really does roll thanks to some unique drum programming, a harrowed hook and a sub that echoes its every peak and trough. Dig deeper for the head-turning, triplet-twisted hype riser "Mk Q", the subversive alien trippiness of "Death Sport" and the spacious reverberations and epic hollow-bass drop of "Meen Time". Hazard doesn't release EPs that often, but when he does the scene bricks it. This is beyond solid.
Food Fight
PLAYAZ 016
11 Apr 11
Drum And Bass
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Food Fight - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Proteus - (4:45) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The wobble jump up pioneer is on fine, fine form at the moment. Having torn dancefloors apart with the incredible "Busta Move" earlier in '11, Hazard returns with one of his strongest productions since the Machete Mass EP in 2008. The delectable sounds of "Food Fight" have been blazing across the airwaves for the last few months now - expect uproarious bass pressure, spot on sampling, dramatic drops and grouchy, gritty bassline business before flipping over for the equally fabulous "Proteus". Here a tense, ticking intro leads into the creepy movie sampling and swaggering, slouchy bass driven beauty that makes up the main tune. A resounding thumbs up here!
Machete Bass EP
PLAYAZ 004
12 May 08
Drum And Bass
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Machete - (6:12) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Trouble Maker - (5:52) 180 BPM
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Killers Don't Die - (5:30) 175 BPM
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Cowards Beware - (6:37) 175 BPM
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Mr Happy
PLAYAZ 002
01 Oct 07
Drum And Bass
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Mr Happy - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Super Drunk - (5:58) 180 BPM
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Very Important Playaz EP
PLAYAZ 023D
18 Jun 12
Drum And Bass
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DJ Hazard - "Food Fight" (VIP) - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Erb N Dub/Legacy - "Alaska" (VIP) - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Original Sin/Taxman - "Casino" (Original Sin VIP) - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Friction/Nu Balance - "Robocop" (Taxman Robostep VIP) - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Jaydan - "The Driller Killer" (VIP) - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Review: A superbly executed EP here, with VIP re-works from some of the key bods from the Playaz camp - the ineffable don of wobble jump up, DJ Hazard and his cohorts Erb N Dub, Legacy, Original Sin and brother Taxman, plus Friction and Nu Balance and newcomer Jaydan. First up is a delectable re-interpretation of massive 2011 hit "Food Fight" which draws out the vocal and juxtaposes it with grizzled bass. Next is "Alaska (VIP)" which is a glorious, fast-paced explosion of sound, and special mention must be made of the wonderful "Casino" VIP by Original Sin plus mid noughties classic "Robocop" which is updated by Taxman. Jaydan rounds things off in rowdy fashion with a VIP of "Driller Killer". An expansive package and a must buy.
Playaz Digital Vol 1
PLAYAZDIGITAL 001
22 Jun 09
Drum And Bass
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Potential Badboy - "You're Mine" (feat Yush) - (5:38) 178 BPM
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DJ Hype - "Coming In Good" (feat Daddy Earl) - (6:08) 172 BPM
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G Dub - "Tink Ya Bad" - (5:54) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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DJ Hazard - "Use Your Brain" - (5:48) 178 BPM
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Potential Badboy - "123 Go" - (5:36) 174 BPM
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DJ Hazard - "Trouble Maker" - (5:52) 180 BPM
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G Dub - "Forever" - (5:13) 175 BPM
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DJ Hype & J Majik & Wickaman - "Dubplate Killa" (feat Daddy Earl - double drop remix) - (5:16) 175 BPM
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DJ Hype - "Out For The Loot" - (5:51) 55 BPM
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DJ Hazard - "Murder Tonight" - (6:26) 60 BPM
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Cobra
PLAYAZ 066D
28 Mar 16
Drum And Bass
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Cobra - (4:13) 174 BPM
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Testify - (4:43) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Drumsound & Bassline Smith on Playaz.... Do we need to say any more? This is the epitome of a full strength D&B in 2015: beats so heavy they could smash tanks, bass so electrified it could power a London borough for two years flat, strings so dramatic they could get a scholarship at RADAR and well placed film sample, it smacks of everything that's great about Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Playaz. "Testify" takes the aggy-factor down a notch and replaces it with more percussive elements that build on the strong sense of funk that's already in place with the spoken sample and horns. Wallop.
Cobra (VIP)/Steal My Heart (VIP)
PLAYAZ 076D
10 Apr 17
Drum And Bass
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Cobra (VIP) - (4:22) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Steal My Heart (feat Youngman - VIP) - (4:11) 174 BPM
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Steal My Heart (feat Youngman - Amen mix) - (5:00) 174 BPM
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Played by: DJ Ollie, Dj Dazee
Robocop (Taxman Remix)
PLAYAZ 003
03 Mar 08
Drum And Bass
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Robocop (Taxman remix) - (5:36) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Slipstream (Logistics remix) - (5:46) 174 BPM
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Smuggler
PLAYAZ 024-6
02 Jul 12
Drum And Bass
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Smuggler - (5:03) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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After Midnite - (4:53) 172 BPM
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Review: Things get distinctly darker in the Playaz camp with the addition of US-based neuro / tech producer Gridlok's Smuggler release. Expect gnarly beats, ominous vocal samples and twisted, roughed up SFX to dominate the proceedings. First up, title track "Smuggler" promises a lot and delivers even more, with a tense intro of building bleeps and metallic flickers with vocodered spoken words adding even more sense of doom from above. The main track is full of gritty, grizzled synths, punchy drums and groaning bass. "After Midnite" sees a return to a late 90s Virus-esque sound, with epic choral-tinted intro giving way to the main tune which is all pounding drums with a raw, rough edge and classic stepper vibes.
Tru Born Playa
PLAYAZ 012
24 Jan 11
Drum And Bass
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Tru Born Playa - (6:21) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Got To Roll - (5:22)
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Review: LA's Gridlock and London's Prolix come together for this surprisingly smooth slice of jump-up on Playaz which has already had support from the 1Xtra crew and DJ Hype amongst others. Leaving their excessively screwed and sinister trademark sounds behind for this hook-up, they use MC Fats' soulful vocals to perfection, giving him a beat that bangs hard but won't make a party collectively scream for mercy. "Got To Roll" appears on the flip and nudges the tempo ever so slightly higher to create an atmospheric yet thoroughly banging skanker that'll keep loyal Playaz fans very happy indeed.
Freedom EP
PLAYAZ047D
19 May 14
Drum And Bass
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Endeavor - (6:13) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Guidance" (feat MC Fats) - (5:26) 165 BPM
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Freedom - (5:13) 174 BPM
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Pleasure - "Winter Tears" - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Cob On" - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Pleasure - "Ace In The Hole" - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Minimal Funk Project
PLAYAZ 068D
11 Jul 16
Drum And Bass
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Jam Thieves - "Minimal Funk" - (4:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jam Thieves - "The Hangman" - (4:28) 172 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Genesis" - (4:51) 174 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Obey The Curfew" - (4:52) 174 BPM
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Jam Thieves & BassBrothers - "Favela" - (4:33) 172 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Doping" - (4:25) 175 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Baby Blues" - (4:54) 174 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "This Is The Future" - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Streets Of Sin" - (4:30) 172 BPM
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Jam Thieves - "Lustig" - (4:30) 174 BPM
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Review: Sticky fingers Brazilians Jam Thieves have been tearing up the dance in the last few years with their subgenre-smelting dancefloor-focussed D&B. Misbehaving on the likes of Radius, Serial Killaz, and Hangar, they've found their spiritual home on Hype's Playaz where all styles are welcome as long they make you bounce... Which is exactly what these 10 tracks do. From the wild west whistles and far-out bass bumps on "The Hangman" and the Qanun twanging "Favela Funk" (with the similarly talented hot blooded Portuguese-speaking duo Bass Brothers), Jam Thieves have delivered a straight-up album of dancefloor bruisers and funkers with nothing contrived or written for album's sake. Refreshing.
Hackers
PLAYAZ 074D
30 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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Hackers - (4:08) 174 BPM
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Checkmate - (4:25) 174 BPM
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Ghost Lab - (4:27) 174 BPM
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Chicago Outfit - (4:26) 174 BPM
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Papa Johnny - (4:26) 174 BPM
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Criminal Thugs - (3:45) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Drop - (5:14) 174 BPM
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Cartel - (5:36) 174 BPM
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Blow Of Gang - (5:09) 174 BPM
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Barrabas - (4:35) 174 BPM
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Amnesia - (4:06) 174 BPM
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Trigger - (4:29) 174 BPM
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Played by: High Roll, S Man, Dj Dazee
Review: Two albums in six months. This could just be a world record in drum & bass. Not only that, but precision quality and serious attention to detail on both albums, too. Tailored 100% for the dance with a cool restrained, lean subtlety to each groove, each cut on Hackers shows us exactly where the Brazilian duo are at and what they're capable of. The buzzy, waspy sizzles of "Ghost Lab", the popping, clicking percussive flare and thick sub swing of "Papa Johnny", the unabashed gruffness of "One Drop". The list goes on. True DJ's producers with an eye on the funk and an eye on the gutter, Jam Thieves are smashing it.
Journeys EP
PLAYAZ 039
15 Jul 13
Drum And Bass
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Thrillseekers - (4:48) 175 BPM
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The Driller Killer (Annix remix) - (4:01) 175 BPM
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1952 - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Menace - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Lonely Days - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Late Night Drive - (4:29) 175 BPM
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Review: Leicester's very own noise maker Jaydan has had more jump up hits that you've had hot dinners. From not so humble beginnings at Propaganda and Blueprint back in the day, he's back on Playaz, showing Hype what he can do with a big squelchy bassline and techy, futuristic beats. This EP shows a real progression in his sound, from the huge rumbling energy of "Lonely Days" to the sneaky speakeasy jazz sampling of bassy stepper"1952", it's obvious that our man is looking to broaden his horizons. And why not? When you've got the talent, no genre's gonna hold you back. There are still the big dancefloor destroyers you expect, but they're interesting and more experimental. He's on fire right now.
The Flavours EP Vol 7
PLAYAZ 049D
23 Jun 14
Drum And Bass
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Konichi - "Very Exciting" - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Philth & P-Fine - "Tired" - (5:30) 175 BPM
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Serum - "Tommy Gun" - (4:51) 175 BPM
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Chromatic - "Tell Her" - (5:58) 174 BPM
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Pleasure - "Danger Close" - (5:29) 175 BPM
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Damage Report - "Go Bye" - (4:39) 175 BPM
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Dialogue - "How Easy" - (4:23) 177 BPM
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T>I - "Deep Within" - (6:40) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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NC-17 & SoulCulture - "GutterVille" - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Nu Elementz - "MDMA" - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Want to hear something out of control? The ruffians from Hype's Playaz have come out to play for the seventh installment of the now legendary The Flavours series, and good gracious is it a scorcher. Featuring a tech-heavy stepper called "Very Exciting" (agreed) by newcomer Konichi to break you in, the second track is a deep, devastating roller courtesy of big man Philth with politically charged vox from P-Fine. The rest of the EP comes on strong with heavy-hitting tunes from Serum, the ever-gorgeous Chromatic and Nu Elements as well as some hugely promising newcomers. Do not sleep on this - you've been warned.
The Midnight Funk EP
PLAYAZ 035
25 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
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Midnight Funk - (4:36) 175 BPM
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Micro (featuring Hellrazor) - (4:52)
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Bobby Says (Runnins Theme featuring Hellrazor & Bobby Esmond) - (5:12) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Want You To Remember - (4:41) 174 BPM
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Played by: PLATFORM
Review: The Midnight Funk Association might have an influx of new members signing up after this EP hits home. Bringing his trademark bouncy basslines to a plethora of fresh, dancefloor-driven beats, the EP kicks off with its title track. Not wasting any time, Detail Records boss Lynx ramps up his sample-digging powers from the start. Following up with "Micro", firmer techy territory is explored, with industrial sounds and an irresistible dancehall beat that pounds like a jack-hammer until a dubby breakdown messes with your head. "Bobby Says" is a vintage horror movie soundtrack updated with jazzy breaks and Bobby Esmond's haunting rhymes tannoyed in from somewhere above the dry ice. Finally, "I Want You To Remember" is a straight-up frightfest, destined to spook late night ravers and scare the crap out of the headphone crew on the nightbus home. Lynx as you know him best, an original soundscaper.
Worlds End
PLAYAZ 072D
14 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Worlds End - (5:16) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mutton - (4:05) 174 BPM
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Review: Maji and Franko - end days were already written when they first agreed to collaborating. No planet can handle such heavyweight tagmanship. The armageddon vibes are felt through every low-end, densely pressured sub rumbles on "Worlds End" before we're pushed at 170mph into a savage laser licking triplet groove. "Mutton" does well to rebuild civilisation. Rather than lash straight out with more toxic riffs it develops a deeper backdrop before unfolding a spookier range of bass textures. Insane levels of power throughout, the message is clear: An ending is just a start that hasn't looped yet.
Vimana
PLAYAZ 028
24 Sep 12
Drum And Bass
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Vimana - (6:49) 172 BPM
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Snubnose - (5:51) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: S Man
Review: The Playaz camp seem to be branching out of the jump up bracket of late and this release from underground originators, Need For Mirrors, spearheads this new direction for the label. Stripping things back to the bare essentials, NFM present a tough little beast in "Vimana" with its rough drums, booming bass and tenacious stepping pattern this is a proper heads down, hoods up late night killer. The accompanying cut is just as nasty; "Snubnose" boasts some awesome sub bass action with razor sharp snares and light percussion, it grabs the attention but is curiously calming too. An interesting release here, make no mistake.
Drop The Funk EP
PLAYAZ 033
25 Feb 13
Drum And Bass
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Slander - (6:04) 174 BPM
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Drop The Funk - (6:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Get Dark - (5:53) 174 BPM
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Hack & Slash - (5:54) 172 BPM
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Review: Stepping straight back into the Playaz rosta as if they'd never been away, Optiv & BTK's Drop The Funk EP is an explosive piece of work, bursting with the energy and nasty riddims the two have become so well known for. Opening track "Slander" retches and steps its way through filthy bass, making way for the two minute build and subsequent ridiculous drop of "Drop The Funk" to completely decimate dancefloors across the globe. "Get Dark" does exactly that, pushing extreme bass pressure and high energy rolling rhythms, while "Hack And Slash" is an out and out hurter, twisting and constricting around tightly wound bass that pushes further down into the darkness. A nasty little EP full of massive ideas.
Grow Your Wings
PLAYAZ 008CD
07 Dec 09
Drum And Bass
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Therapy - (6:02) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kiss - (4:56) 176 BPM
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R Bass - (5:31) 176 BPM
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Dayz - (4:42) 176 BPM
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Pimp, Dont Limp - (5:01) 175 BPM
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Your Love - (5:57) 175 BPM
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Ark - (5:49)
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Dangerous - (6:10) 175 BPM
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Without You - (5:31) 175 BPM
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Step On - (5:00) 175 BPM
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Bastard Killer - (4:37) 175 BPM
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Promise Me - (3:55) 175 BPM
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3000 Miles - (5:10) 175 BPM
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Dr Feels Good EP
PLAYAZ 006
27 Apr 09
Drum And Bass
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Dr Feels Good - (5:18) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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8 Figure Bass - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Overfiend - (5:36) 175 BPM
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Solar - (6:22) 175 BPM
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Superman EP
PLAYAZ 043D
25 Nov 13
Drum And Bass
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Superman - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Radical - (5:17) 175 BPM
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Return Of The Overfiend - (5:20) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Never Gonna Change - (4:55) 175 BPM
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Review: Geordie D&B veteran Adam Tindill (better known under his Original Sin monicker) has been releasing dancefloor-bating smashers since way back in 2007. This, though, is his first EP of original production for well over 12 months. "Superman" itself is a full-throttle, tech-tinged assault, all formidable bass, industrial noises and in-your-face attitude. "Radical" builds from a surprisingly melodic start into an intergalactic roller, while the twinkling, piano-laden "Return of the Overfiend" is like the theme tune for a yet-to-be-made drama series about a super-villain. As for "Never Gonna Change" - all pitched-up vocals, gargantuan beats and touchy-feely breakdowns - it's a welcome blast of breakbeat hardcore revival at a jungle tempo.
Move EP
PLAYAZ 020
31 Oct 11
Drum And Bass
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Move - (4:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monster - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Only Love - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Detonate - (5:38) 175 BPM
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Air Raid (feat MC Ellement) - (4:54)
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So Special - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Played by: LIONDUB
D Is For Danger
PLAYAZ 005
07 Oct 08
Drum And Bass
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D Is For Danger - (4:25) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Decibel - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Played by: Futurebound
Mad World EP
PLAYAZ 029D
29 Oct 12
Drum And Bass
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Mad World - (5:18) 175 BPM
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You Skream - (5:00) 175 BPM
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Therapy (remix) - (6:06) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vegas - (3:46) 175 BPM
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Soul Food - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Donnie Darkness - (3:51)
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Played by: Liz-E, Jaydan
Review: Original Sin has always been a go to name from the Playaz camp, renowned for his iconic jump up sound. Here he hits back hard with his "Mad World EP" which features six sick new cuts ready for consumption. Kicking off with the title track its all grinding mid range and rambunctious drum work from the off; next we have "You Skream" which juxtaposes spaced out breakdowns with more dubby, pumping elements. "Therapy (remix)" is all about the drums and metallic SFX, whilst "Vegas" sees Original Sin pick up the pace once again with more dancefloor focused badness. "Soul Food" is a killer, on a more stripped back tip, before "Donnie Darkness" brings the EP to a close.
Running Man EP
PLAYAZ 046D
21 Apr 14
Drum And Bass
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Original Sin & Koo - "Running Man" - (4:48) 175 BPM
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Borg - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Stronger - (4:32) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Device - (3:39) 175 BPM
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Screamers - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Review: Original Sin returns with a high-octane blast through his hyperactive repertoire, picking fights and sending out sparks as he goes. His sound has morphed slightly with this release, opting for a deeper taste of old skool sounds to match bass-led histrionics, and the result is immense. Already tearing up clubs across the UK, hardcore fans have been waiting for "Borg" and "Stronger" and who can blame them? You can't afford to sleep on this, each track is a masterpiece.
Fire Inside EP
PLAYAZ 053D
22 Sep 14
Drum And Bass
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Fire Inside (feat Koo) - (4:10) 174 BPM
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Labyrinth - (4:05) 174 BPM
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B.2.T.E (feat Ayah Marar) - (3:15) 70 BPM
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That's Why - (3:52) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Function - (4:07) 174 BPM
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No Tomorrow - (4:14) 174 BPM
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Review: Koo is a name on everyone's lips right now as the man like Original Sin enlists her sweeter than honey vocal talents for anthemic opener "Fire Inside". Joining the antics on "B.2.T.E" for more vocal-driven high energy rollout fun is the gorgeous and highly talented Ayah Marah, previously seen working the mix for the Hospitality crew and DJ Fresh. Stepping away from his jump-up early years, Original Sin has gone full throttle in a dancefloor direction with this offering, switching from devastating D&B madman to hands-in-the-air strobemaster at the flick of a switch. Not forgetting the neurofunk brutality that is "Labyrinth". Tread carefully.
No Limit - EP
PLAYAZ 057D
04 Apr 15
Drum And Bass
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No Limit - (3:44) 175 BPM
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Tetra - (4:53) 175 BPM
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Get The Fuck Out - (3:45) 175 BPM
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Killer - (4:24) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Original Sin's reputation for absolute tearout tunes precedes him and this EP comes with a lot of expectation. Lucky for him then, that every tune smashes it in a multitude of ways. From the heavy histrionics of "No Limit" to the get-on-the-floor-now intensity of "Tetra", "Get The Fuck Out" hams up the B-movie clips like a good jump up track from back in the day before revving up a monumental bassline. Final track "Killer" takes the time to lay back for a second, showing what this man can do with a simple beat and a host of pads at his disposal. For all of 30 seconds before it ratchets up the beat into a face-contorting stepper bound for total destruction. He's here and he wants you on the dancefloor. Are you actually about to say no?
You Love It EP
PLAYAZ 017
25 Apr 11
Drum And Bass
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Original Badboy - (5:44) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Love It - (4:54) 175 BPM
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Phantasm - (4:52) 175 BPM
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Original Sin & Taxman - "Together" - (5:59) 175 BPM
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Review: The fully-fledged member of the Playaz camp returns to the fore, enormous synths and wobble implements in tow, for a storming EP on home turf. First up, "Original Badboy" (a tongue in cheek reference to his D&B counterpart Potential Badboy?!) kicks things off with a rattle of bass wobbles and screeching sirens, before "I Love It", a classic jump up cut, moves things forward. "Phantasm" is Original Sin all over, with tense, building intro, rollicking drop and unforgiving b-line action. Pairing up with his big bro Taxman for the grand finale, "Together" is a more sparse and musical offering, with glistening instrumentals and rattling breaks.
Penamana EP
PLAYAZ 010
22 Nov 10
Drum And Bass
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Original Sin & Taxman - "Casino" - (4:49) 175 BPM
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Original Sin & Taxman - "Penamana" - (5:17) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Original Sin - "Take No More" - (4:34)
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Taxman - "Like This" - (5:08)
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Review: An enormous four-track split EP from D&B bad boys Original Sin and Taxman with one D&B track and one dubstep track from each. Older Tindall brother Taxman whips out the movie samples, crisp breaks and Nintendo bleeps in "Casino" - cheekily referencing Zinc's 2001 classic "Casino Royale" - whilst crazed lyrics, a screwfacing drop and gritty, drill-like b-line prevail in Original Sin's "Penamena". "Take No More" is a wild cacophony of whirring Doctor P synths, circus trills and mid range mayhem and "Like This" is a more bass-heavy venture, with an early HENCH sound to it.
Perceptions EP
PLAYAZ 037
20 May 13
Drum And Bass
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Light Year - (5:38) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Perception - (5:13) 175 BPM
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Derailed - (4:50) 175 BPM
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Route 666 - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Played by: Good News Boppers
Review: Picked up swiftly last year by Playaz to release thoughtful stomper "Particles" alongside "Invasion", big bass duo Placid return to the fold with their second big ticket release on the label and it really was worth the wait. Old school vibes are crammed into every inch of this ambitious EP, piling techy soundscapes with hard driven basslines and fat, punchy percussion. Tracks like "Perception" show off the duo's talent for creating darker, techier tracks laden with atmospherics and even haunting musicality and "Light Year" takes them to the dancefloor. A seriously accomplished EP from two very exciting new producers.
Particles
PLAYAZ 026
23 Jul 12
Drum And Bass
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Particles - (6:19) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Invasion - (5:57) 175 BPM
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Review: A new name on the block, Placid provides the next installment from DJ Hype + Pascal's Playaz label and boy, what a release this is. "Particles" falls into the drop after a dramatic build with Netsky-esque synths, pumping drums, warm rumbling bass and an almost trance-like euphoria. This is feel-good dancefloor D&B at its best. Accompanying this is the more low-slung, menacing sounds of "Invasion" with its grizzled bass, tearing mid-range and rattling breaks.
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