Review: Oh hello there Audio Addict. Celebrating their 10th anniversary in true style, DJ Hybrid's label call up some serious names to get their remix claws into many of the label's classics. Comprising the likes of Gray, DJ Gaw, K-Jah, Section, Conrad Subs, Parallel, Disrupta and so many more on-point names in modern D&B, each cut gets turbo-charged and subverted to the max. With 26 remixes, there are too many highlights to mention but you'd be mad to sleep on Disrupta's savage take on Hybrid's 'Shoot 'Em Up', Parallel's epic sweeps on Swerve's 'Massive & Crew' or GLM's cosmic take on Section's 'Perfect Space'. Happy anniversary.
Review: With an already massive following and vaults of free download albums to their name, Invicta Audio come correct with the full label and launch with the twisted sounds of Jando. Four tracks in total, each one tickles a different corner of the minimal / hybrid playground. 'Corrupt' is the techiest cut of the bunch with its neuro-like build up drop into revved up barky riff and it's followed by three more trippy head-benders; 'Ignite' is a all about the fluttering high end harmonics, 'New World Sound' is pure prang funk while 'Verdict' closes the show with soothing pads and a drop into the scattiest bassline of the release. Imagine a metal ping pong ball bouncing down an aluminium tube and you're in the right dance.
Review: Look into Hexa's eyes. Not between the eyes. Not around the eyes. Not beside or beneath the eyes. Look into his eyes... And he will see to the depths of your soul. He'll have a laugh at your deepest desires to the twisted decaying rot of the title track 'The All Seeing Eye'. Then he'll sooth your troubles with jittering bass croaks 'Reassurances' and juice up those daydreams with the harmonic vibrancy of 'Submarines'. Before you know it he's probing your highest ambition, getting you feeling like Rocky to the understated grunt and thrust of 'Dismay' before getting you ready for war with the tense creeper 'Minesweeper'. The eyes have it.
Review: Dunk is one-half renowned duo Jam Thieves, and his new excursion into the solo game is already beginning to bear some significant fruit. He's an absurdly prolific producer and has several released out and forthcoming already, with this four-tracker on Co-Lab the latest to see the light of day. It's classic Dunk, whose trademark blend of stripped back percussion, powerful subs and jump-up touches has been finely tuned over the last few years. 'Iceberg' is the perfect example, as a settled groove falls into place beneath oscillating, fluttering lines of gravelly bassline textures. 'Zombie Dog' flows with abandon and growls into its muzzle, whilst 'Dark Soul' featuring Illament is a skipping roller with deadly precision and a gungho set of jump up stabs. Big, big stuff.
Review: Over on Pick N Mix Audio, Drowzee is landing with a single that blends the savage sounds of jump-up with effortless use of space and a clarity designed to impress but not overwhelm. 'For Me' rests on finger-click drum hits that intersperse with a wobbling sub bass and choppy bass staps, it's got that head-nodding vibe to the drums we all love and it's an all-round masterclass of blending funk and aggression. The flipside builds up with murderous intent above a body of furious kicks, before climbing the heights of euphoria into stabbing, flowing territory. Beautiful stuff.
Review: Founded by DJ Hybrid, one of the hardest working men in the last 10 years of jungle, Audio Addict has been a vital platform for many artists to breakthrough. Kumarachi, Agro, Scartip, RMS, Section, Jaybee and many more enjoyed early cuts on the label, who've always had an open remit that's stretched from heavier dancefloor cuts to deeper, more junglist tunes. Recently rebooted with a new plan and re-generated crew, the label now look back over many killer cuts from last decade. Highlights include the sample-smashing 'Back To Reality' (RMS) , the epic disco feels of 'All You Need To Know' (Bassface Sascha & Fiendsoul) and the bleepy, low-slung stepper 'My Days Are Cold' (Agro). Here's to another 10 years.
Review: Fresh from flipping us with 'The Switch' earlier this year on Zombie, Damageman and MC J.O.K collide once again. This time on Redrum and it's badman business as usual; J.O.K's unique flow and crystal wit sparks the joint while Damageman's grizzly riff keeps it smoking. 'Zangief', meanwhile, plays all coy and sweet on the intro but the minute J.O.K hints at a future teeth-smashing you just know the filth isn't far-away. Somebody shoot these messengers some gunfingers!
Review: As the title suggests, this wonderful EP from COEO pays tribute to the glory days of early '90s piano house. If you've been struggling through the current global pandemic, we guarantee that all four tracks will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Our pick of a very strong bunch is 'Hyperactive', where bold piano stabs, style synth-sax motifs, New Jersey garage style organ chords and a rubbery, all-action bassline ride a sweaty and chunky, hip-house style rhythm. There is of course much to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP, from the deliciously deep, loved-up and glassy-eyed wonder that is 'I Can Never Be Yours', to the acid-fired bustle of breakbeat-driven closing cut 'Bliss'.
Review: A two-tracker here from UK duo Pookie Knights, hosts of the weekly Black Light Disco show on NYC's MyHouseRadio FM. Fathers Children's 1979 funk/soul jam 'Hollywood Dreaming' provides the basis for 'Sweetest Sweetness' itself, a mellow, brass-led groover that can safely be filed under "laidback and gangster-lean"! 'Good Vibrations', meanwhile, draws on 'Sweet Vibrations' by Latimore - a soul cut released on TK sub-label Glades all the way back in 1976 - and has a similar smooth, Sunday afternoon vibe to the lead track. There's no shortage of hi-octane mirrorball stompers around right now - head here for something a little more sophisticated.
Review: Back in 2016, Crackazat launched the Period Works series as a vehicle for productions that explicitly paid tribute to his influences and inspirations, and in particular his love of glossy, musically rich 1990s US house and garage. Four years on, he's decided to gather together the tracks released so far in one place, adding a trio of previously unheard creations and a couple of bonus remixes to create Period Works - The Album. Highlights are plentiful, from the authentic 1970s disco rush of superb opener 'Waterfalls' and the classic Masters at Work shuffle of 'Fire Drift', to the 'Brazilian Rhyme'-goes-piano house rush of 'Fly Away' and the big room US garage bounce of 'I'll Be There'. The included squelchy, synth-laden rework of Sean McCabe's 'Holding On' is also superb.
Review: Pablo G has been doing his thing for quite some time now and his latest EP on Dutty Bass is one of his best so far, the progression of his sound audible across very inch. 'Nightmare' is absolutely awesome and smacks of Exit Records with its drum pattern and repetitive, abstract approach to making drum & bass, but still manages to keep things dancefloor friendly and familiar - sick tune. 'Paranoia' is more of a roller, with a flurry of hi-hats and cross-cutting basslines that wobble and growl with abandon as they move through the arrangement. 'Rumination' is possibly he heaviest track on the EP, as a set of incredible drums bounce and smash into the arrangement in a manner similar to that of Break. Top draw.
Review: The discography we are seeing form under the Instigate banner is starting to become quite a goliath looking collection, with this extra drop from Lampa adding fuel to the fire. We begin with the title track 'Celestial', which stands a sizzling creation, driven by glittering high end synth plucks and a lethal reese sound below. From here, 'The Details' sees Enigma join the party for a spooky 140 roller, alongside Gnasha's influence on the eastern inspired melodic twists of 'Highlander'. Finally, B-Say steps forward to have his way with 'Matrimony', giving us a sumptuous sub-pounding rework to round this project off with a bang!
Review: Just in time for the seasonal change we're reminded by Super Spicy that it's still warm with Spicy Stew Vol1! Namely DaFunkah's "Olhos Coloridos" and Igor Gonya's "Bazaar", The Move adds some sweltering stringed disco to "Is This Rain" spun back out of control by The Velvet Stripes' "I Can't Hold You". Rayko surfs in with some Miami heat in the summery cool "Winners" alongside the Miami night drives synths of Monsieur Van Pratt's "The Hero". Find some old school vocal club tracks from Disco86 and something hi-NRG from Robert Ouimet & Dave Godin's "Fry My Love".