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24 Oct 11
11 Mar 13
Played by: Dev79, Doshy, Top Billin DJ Team, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Have you ever seen a policeman on acid? No, neither have we thankfully! If the country's protectors turn to psychedelic drugs there really is no hope. No, we're much happier hearing "Police On Acid", a rasping series of warping bass licks over a vicious Radioactive Man style breakbeat, it's much more fun than seeing men of the law lose their minds. Elsewhere on the release we're taught to count badly with the help of a staccato trap-style bass workout ("123789") and taken on a mesmerisingly scenic sinewave journey ("Q"). Oozing variety and creatively, all law-abiding bass lovers should check this.
12 Apr 10
06 May 13
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.
05 Dec 11
31 Jan 11
Review: Another slick release for the relatively new US imprint Slit Jockey, Kaiser delivers a though provoking seven track EP for his second release on the label. With four remixes plus the original mix, opening track "Tasty Lazers" conjours up images of the world being taken over by machines, with its repetitive drones and computerized arpeggiated melodies. Of the remixes, the Dev79 & Thrills remix certainly shines with its bumping garage beats, Rhodes keys and sublime pads. For the chin-stroking dubstep crew, the more glitchy leftfield Kozee, BD1982 and Halp remixes may appeal. Highlight track "Polyphonic Pressure" brings a slice of euphoric peak time dancefloor pressure, while the more ploddy dark and mechanical "Courtesan Riddim" provides some ammo for the afterparty.
05 Apr 10
Review: 18 year old Manchester producer Numan dropped his second EP, "Skull Crusher" earlier in the year. Now, Philedelphia?s Slit Jockey Records release a remix package of the heavy dubstep cut that rocked dancefloors the world over.
The young Mancunian arrived onto the scene with a bang following his debut release on Licky Windows. "7th Key" brought him to the attention of some big and influential names that have helped him develop further as his career goes on. January saw the release of his second EP, "Skull Crusher" which was an even bigger hit, captivating dance halls everywhere. In an attempt to capitalise on the impact the record has made, Slit Jockey have decided to release the original alongside three remixes from Bombaman, CapricornOne and M80 Dubstation.
First up we get Numan's original effort. Beginning with atmospheric, echo-chamber synths and machine like percussive dashes, the track ruptures into glitchy distorted synth stabs, buzzing bass and distinct dupstep beat. The breakdown is pure dubstep freak out, perfect for the sending the rave into overdrive. The first remix comes from Canadian Bombaman whose more light hearted wiggled out version seems to draw on electro as much as it does dubstep. A serene breakdown comes in but is soon swapped for the craziness of before. The CapricornOne remix works dark and angst ridden lyrics over Numan?s sultry atmospherics. It is big and grimey, giving a completely new dimension to the track without changing the music much at all. M80 Dubstation complete the release by totally flipping out on their version of "Skull Crusher." Adjusting the speed and adding synth squiggles and flashes of bass, this track is truly an assault on the ears.
As Numan continues to develop as an important artist, a new trio of remixes come in to highlight his influence. Stretching the original in completely different ways, these versions all add to what was already a track of some distinction.
31 Oct 11
Review: If you like your dubstep in more of the modern sense of the word, with bleepy splurges and thrilling electronics, then Stagga is most definitely for you. This seven-track extravaganza contains just two original tracks and a wealth of remixes from the likes of Robot Koch, DNAEBEATS, Doshy and Dov 79. "Wild For The Night" revolves round a simple formula of cut up vocal, pitched up synths and smashing drums, whilst "Be The Generals" continues the journey with manipulated synth screeches, multicoloured SFX and plenty of vim and vigour. Each remixer gives their very own twist on the original, ensuring there's something for everyone.
13 Dec 10