DJ Chap & C.A.B.L.E. - "Be With Me" - (4:25) 176 BPM
Murdock - "Raw Power Moves" - (5:14) 174 BPM
DJ Andy - "Acid Reflux" - (4:33) 174 BPM
Chromatic - "Footprint" - (4:58) 174 BPM
Need For Mirrors - "Go Easy" - (5:23) 174 BPM
Peshay - "Nitro" - (6:43) 175 BPM
DLR - "Dafunk" - (5:55) 175 BPM
Bailey - "Computer Life" - (5:10) 174 BPM
Simplification - "Therapy" - (5:18) 172 BPM
Alibi - "Machine Head" - (5:36) 174 BPM
Nymfo - "Warrior" - (3:49) 170 BPM
DJ Limited - "Love Is Blind" - (4:12) 58 BPM
Jumpin Jack Frost - "Chronicles" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:08:09) 178 BPM
Review: Chronic is a sub-label of V Recordings that's specifically for rolling, rapid and rough tracks, the ones that are too naughty for the main label yet too good to throw out. Jumping Jack Frost as curated this latest compilation for Chronic and it's simply too good, with a wicked mix of vibes. From the snarling funk of Philth's 'Sanctuary', the wobbling energy of 'My Flava' by Command Strange or the rough jungle on Bailey's 'Computer Life', this LP injects the old-school vibe into new-school clarity. Arguably the stand-out though is DLR's 'Dafunk, a combination of stuttering drums and upbeat samples wrapped up in typical DLR-esque fashion.
Review: It's not often a true legend delivers the goods long into their career but MC Fats is still delivering the goods as this LP proves. Filled with collaborations and remixes from the MC Fats Collective and beyond and pushing his unique sound to the next level. Huge names like Calibre, Basher, Total Science, SIN, Lynx and Dom & Roland move in to attack their own slices of the action, taking what could simply be an outstanding LP to cult status and beyond. It's no surprise that a man of his experience could wrangle in some of the biggest names in D&B for his album - what is surprising though is that none of the input is an afterthought. Each contributor has given their best and it shows.
Review: Double trouble: Riya's critically received debut album from summer 2015 enjoys a deluxe twist with double the amount of tracks on. As well as the album itself there are 13 fresh cuts including new originals such as the Gill Scott-style street soul pieces with Maverick Soul "Bittersweet" and "We Belong", the perfect piano-powered gospel roller "Everything" and the grizzly, groaning techy roller "Silhouette". Killer new remixes such as Pola & Bryson's subby switch of "Lost Friends", Break's spotless drums on "Confessions" xxx . Plus a few floor-melting VIPs: the relentless bass pump of "Fear Bites" and the cosmic touches to "Wears Me Down". Deluxe and demonstrative - this is a great addition to an already remarkable album.
Review: This latest bumper-packed compilation from the mighty CR2 label is pretty much all you'll need to get yout through this summer season, if not the whole year! Yep the classic imprint has done it again, rounding up Todd Terry, label boss Mark Brown and the CR2 Allstars to each deliver sizzling summery mixes with a combined tracklist of 57 tunes! A selection of the many highlights includes the melancholy Italo disco vibes of "Epiphany (Copy Paste Soul mix)" by The Golden Boy, the nasty low-down jacker "Starfucker" by Audion, the techno lazer funk jam "Funky Tees(Tee's Freeze mix)" by Todd Terry himself and and the moody trance of Superpitcher's DJ Hell rework, "Je Regrette Everything".
Nelver - "Your Mover To The Club" - (5:58) 175 BPM
2sides - "Take Control" - (5:24) 172 BPM
Review: Combining the best in European liquid, Celsius never fails in releasing some of the finest new drum & bass from in and around Europe. Featuring artists with their own loyal following alongside newcomers, the Eastern Symphonies collection has so far explored Eastern Europe for some lessons in deep, emotional D&B. Russian production dons 2sides and Mage head up Vol. 3 with their individual takes on crystal clear, contemporary drum & bass, while newcomer Nelver adds his own tech-driven twist; Urbandawn & Rotate's offering grows into a break-laden slow-burner that stays with you. A strong release from a label determined to be different.