Review: Chronic is the naughty younger siling of scene stalwart V Recordings, a sub-label where those who make music that little bit too dirty for the main label go to express their darker offerings. This time it's the turn of Abstr4ct, who's turned up with a sick little single that displays exactly what this sub-label is all about. 'Know' feels a bit like a Break track in the drums and an L-Side tune in the bassline, a combination that speaks for itself and conjures up appropriate imagery of crisp percussive lines and rough back end construction. 'Darkness' is less palatable but more energetic, with a pitched-up, stretched out bassline that echoes of techy engineering. Another good single from the V camp.
Review: The great thing about the Nothing But is their vision; that is, putting out killer compilations of just about any form of electronic dance music. They've done funky, deep house, and even tech up to this day, but this time it's nothing but bass for their ninth release to date. This ain't no ordinary mishmash of cop-out names, though, and instead the label have focussed on bringing us some of the freshest and newest talent from the streets. You won't know the majority of the names on here, perhaps, but tunes by the likes of Club 95, Visionare, Shandy, or even Hussy are about as class as you can get with a burs to drums and bass. You get everything from heavy, wobbling dubstep, to pseudo garage and broken house. Go for it.
Review: The words Chronic and Rollers should already have your attention. Throw in Sao Paulo's L-Side on selection duties and you've got a no brainer... This really is the creme de la future creme of international jungle. The purring subs and creepy vocal echoes of Euphorics' "Public Secret", the 1.21 gigawatt electrical current bass of The Invaderz "Underground", Jaybee's loose, slinky roller "Get Nasty", the immense supergroup roller magic of Serum, Jaybee & Dave Owen's "Pure Vibes", L-Side and Roger Bari's late 90s-flavoured space-bound jungle jam "Rock It". The list goes on. As on point as ever, Chronic are constantly smoking.