Review: A Sides has been around forever, quietly purveying some of the most forward-thinking beats around, beats that sit over on the more rolling side of the spectrum, beats that both get you moving and get you thinking. 'Encounter' starts things off with foreboding ambience and a typically solid drum pattern, dropping away on the drop into a low-down shakedown of force and back end energy, taking you by surprise with its ferocity but pleasing with its sophisticated nature. 'Pain' is in a similar vein; rolling, powerful and wide, a proper head-nodder and a tune for the ages. Big ups to A Side for this one.
Review: Veritable jungle OG A Sides delivers his first originals in over 18 months and they're every bit as authentic, real and gritty and loaded with dark funk as we want them to be. "Trench" lives up to its name with grizzly Serum/Benny L style groans and some absurdly sharp drum jungle choppage while "Moga" brings a more drawn out sense of tension with a space funk roller vibe laced with rushy fills and pristine synths. Ageless tackle as ever from a certified forefather.
Review: It doesn't get more legendary than A-Sides, a producer with over 500 tracks spanning over 20 years, who's collaborated with virtually every producer worth knowing, including Calibre, Makoto, DJ Marky and Break. Spine is the first track from his brand new single on Eastside and it's more than representative of both his old-school heritage and production quality. Pacey drums kick things off right, a growling bass creeps in underneath and before you know what's going on, twisting low-frequencies come up to bite you; sine waves and sub bass form an all-encompassing, wave-like run of energetic sound. Tokiado Trilogy is the follow up, a drum line characterised by a beefed-up double kick and chin-wagging snare that draw out in the intro and draws you in. When it comes in, the bass is undeniably old school; rumbling, unclear and rough round the edges. It's a track that's eerie in its consistency, and rounds off an incredible release from the man like A-Sides.
Broken Jazz (feat Mark De Clive-Lowe) - (6:00) 58 BPM
Review: Six years old and still sounding future, longstanding break merchant and OG junglist A-Sides reissues his third artist album Mysterious Vibes. As always with A-Sides the vibes are high and far reaching as they range from dreamy whirling liquid soul such as "Ain't Nobody" to gurgling wobbled-out halftime such as "One Seven Five". Other highlights include the mystic space funk stepper "Hibiscus", the skank-packing horn blazer "Roots & Culture, the gun-toting gutter grizzler "Doppler Diss" and many more. Ageless.
Review: Donny don A Sides lets rip with the 91st Eastside release and, as usual, he's not messing around. "Tyrant" is every bit as belligerent as its name suggests. Mad Paradox-level breaks, big booming toms, sirens and north pole pads, it's nothing short of a drum & bass hurricane. "One Love (Remix)" takes us back ten years with a powerful update of his 2009 glacial thumper. White knuckle beats, pranged out bleeps and big washes when you least expect them; a masterclass in minimalism.
Review: A Sides has been in the game longer than some producers have been alive. You can hear the experience dripping from his productions and his latest single on Eastside is no different, a fiery yet melancholic double tracker which hits hard but doesn't leave you feeling used. 'Take Flight' is the darker of the two, its intro is relatively serene and vocal-laden but it drops into a catchy arrangement of climbing bass notes and sputtering drum breaks. 'Shellback' has the same combination of light and dark but takes it into slightly more expansive territory - absolutely wicked.
Review: A-Sides is a relative legend of the scene, having been around for literal decades and done pretty much everything that you can do in D&B. His old-school influence is a physical presence in his music and none more so than on his 2019 Remasters, a four-track EP of old-school tracks that've been given the new-school treatment. This is instantly apparent on 'Calibre', which has a snare wider than the A6 and harder than it too. 'Wake Up' has possibly the best bassline on the release, a truly all-encompassing bit of multi-tonal construction which seeps into every orifice you have. The rest of the release is equally as good, A-Sides showing off the benefits of the old school: subtlety and vibrancy.