Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro jumps aboard the good ship Subway Soundz with this feisty five track bass attack. The title track 'Discombobulate' sets the scene with its tunnelling subs and steam roller style funk. It's backed up by a whole load more goodies as the Brighton badsmith gets busy over a wide spectrum of gully grooves that range from scatty bass burps and chiselled two-steps ('Bumba Red') to utterly frazzling wobbles and bashy steps ('Stepper Irie') Keep it together.
Review: Sub-liminal badman Agro gets naughty this month with the massive 'Digital Armshouse' EP. His biggest release since his Bad From Morning album last year, once again we're treated to a whole range of spicy delights and low end lashings. Highlights include the sizzling rudeboy-calling title track, Taxman's epic twist of 'Bad From Morning' and the humungous rumbling subs and rattling fills on 'I Blacked Out' and the wonky wily funk of 'Reach'. Raise your arms!
Review: 50 tracks!! Count them - FIFTY tracks - right here from the Sub-liminal Recordings crew as the label looks back over the last few years of massive bangers. Pure gully science from across the board, if you've missed out on any of their releases or you've only just tuned into the sounds of Agro's longstanding label then this is the place. Highlights come in all shapes and sizes but only a madman would miss out ridiculous heavyweight cuts likes Shayper's 'Burnt Gerbil', Prestige's wonked out weirdo funk-up 'Computer Killer', Xav's old school charmer 'Crisp Packet'. These are just three crucial examples. Dig deep!
Review: Back by Tik Tok demand! One of Agro's earliest releases 'Noise Complaint' keeps the viral vibe alive as it returns in remastered form plus a whole new chapter. Still calling the council seven years after its first outing, 'Noise Complaint Part 2' keeps the same cheeky vibe and samples of the original but with a much juicier, rolling bassline. Still not giving any Fs, still not turning the levels down after 10pm, still bubbling with Agro's classic aggro signature, if you don't like it you can call the council yourself!
Review: Pow! Right in the kisser! You spend your days checking Sub-liminal releases waiting for a new Agro dispatch and he creeps up behind you with a massive collabo-fest on Gradient! Didn't see this coming... But with tunes as power as the sizzling, menacing 'If You Wanna Be A Killer' and the slap happy 'Exhibit A', you could certainly hear them rumbling down the street a mile off. Complete with crucial link-ups with the likes of good mates Amplify, Too Greezey and JTR, this is an absolute madness. Agro by name, banger machine by nature.
Review: Agro's Sub-liminal machine keeps ploughing us into tomorrow with raffish, unruly fusions from some of the most exciting producers in the bass game. Reading like who's who in tomorrow's talent, highlights hang off every corner like a poorly fitted suit... Vital's 'The Streets' is pure machine gun menace, Kre's 'Peaky Blinders' is all slices and dices with its maximal wall of sound and cool glitchy freak-outs while Woolf's remix of Yatuza's 'Don't Be Absurd' ends this forward-thinking VA with a subversive super deep twist. Hard hitting.
Review: Sub-liminal brings an end to the year that was, going out all guns blazing with on Air Part 2 featuring a bunch of wicked VIPs. Label staple Agro serves up several collaborations on here with the likes of Mentah, Raz, Diligent Fingers and Ghxsty. There's also a few offerings by the ever reliable Yatuza; our pick being the wonky stepper of "Distance" with Master Error. Elsewhere, Pyro pops up a few times throughout and was in fine form on "Smithdown Bass" and Prestige handed in a couple of quality dubs with neurofunk cut "Logical" being our pick of the bunch.
Review: Portsmouth-based label Murky Digital returns with another collection of moody, dark, rolling and steppy drum & bass and jungle, curated by label chief founder Elsta. Highlights include: DJ Direkt's subterranean roller "Claret", Yatuza getting mental on the neurofunk trip of "Seeing Things", the ever reliable Conrad Subs steppin' out into the darkside on "Sketchy", while more expansive UK flava comes in the form of Guzi & Agro's grime crossover "The Dirty South" (Guzi remix) and with names like Malicious & Bass Antics you'd surely be in good hands right? Their offering "Talk & Chat" ticks all the boxes.
Review: One of the most respected mastering engineers in D&B takes a step away from making other people sound good and reminds us how good he sounds himself with this crucial debut. Featuring collabs with the likes of DJ Hybrid, Agro, Madrush MC, Stillz, StyleOne, Sam Harris and many more, the self-titled album flexes hard across the D&B spectrum from contemporary neuro work-outs like 'Wipeout' to twisted graveyard steppers like 'Cold Nightmare' to swaggering instrumental grime vibes like 'Hot Gates'. Elsewhere we're whisked off to far away lands on a rocket powered by acoustic guitars ('Lifting The Veil'), we're pummelled with dancehall elements on 'Moschino Jeans' and sent into some type of crazed techno paranoia on 'Stop'. This is a serious debut album from a seriously talented artist.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro makes a rare appearance on Eternal with two brazen bruisers. 'Manmouth' gets all choppsy from the off with its futuristic bass purrs and heavyweight kickdrums while 'Big Smoke' celebrates the artist's recent move to London with trippy elements, a bassline made of pure slime and some subtle but very clever drum edits. High grade as always from the south coast soldier.
Review: Celebrating a year of killer underground releases, Metal Work and Amplify's Gradient label serve up 'Momentum', a collection of crisp cuts from some of their nearest, dearest and all-time sickest. Agro takes the lead with 'Blartoon', a bruisy, woozy cut with a real knuckle scuffing bassline. It's backed up by a whole host of fire riddims: Breakout & Steryx's 'Antidote' is all about the haunting grimey harmonics, Flint gets sexy with the off-beat happy-slappy wonkathon 'Lap Dance', Master Error & Natrix's 'Oblivion' makes those high-frequencies trills growl like lions on helium, Pengo's 'Don't Give Up The Fight' is all about the lazer blast one-note bassline riff while Stillz brings the fear and furore on the tense and creepy 'Area 41'. Keep the momentum going!
Review: Nuusic's MC-championing Dub Culture series heats up with two absolute donnies... Fresh from his debut album Bad From Morning, Sub-liminal bossman Agro tags in one of the UK's biggest and most respected MCs Riko Dan for this mean and murky tear-up 'Warlord'. Powered by a full-throttle turbine bassline and spacious, swinging breaks, there's plenty of room for Riko's war talk as the track gets heavier and heavier as it builds. Complete with an instrumental for added mixing creativity, Nuusic smash the jacksy off this once again.
Review: Agro's Sub-Liminal hit the big 100 with a series of power punch exclusives from label friends and family old and new. Raz's 'Control Tower' sets the flavour in an instant with its wild drums and almost jazz-like attitude. He's followed by a whole range of killers, all delivering high grade goods. DJ Hybrid goes turbo on the rubber ball subs, Georgia Phoenix brings some seriously savage funk, Oz wheels up more bloodclarts than money can buy and Warhead gets weird and wonderful with his snake-like bass wriggles and computer trills... Not to mention the Sub-liminal bossman's horn-heaving hip-swinger 'Hang Ten'. All this and plenty more bangers, Sub-liminal are celebrating their 100th in style right here.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings chief Ben Carvin aka Agro is responsible for one of the best drum n' bass long-players this year in the form of Bad From Morning. In the last few months, there's been a steady stream of remixes being released and here's the latest installment of reinforced rollers. Kent's Teej does his best impression of a classic DJ Krust style minimal steppa on his rendition of "Thuggish", Xav remixes "Let's Get Frisky" (feat Mr Traumatik/Devilman) into a jump-up themed jam that's sure to get the lighters in the air, and Yatuza who surfaced on the label last week with an awesome EP returns here for a remix of "Eagle Clan".
Review: Following up a great release by Yatuza a few weeks ago, label staple DJ Agro returns to Sub-liminal Recordings to follow up last year's ripper "Thuggish", taken from his Bad From Morning LP which receives a couple of nice reworks here. Kent's Teej (Nuusic/Co-Lab Recordings/OCC) gets onboard to take the jump-up vibe of the original into emotive, intelligent drum 'n' bass territory, until Agro takes things back - this time into snarling and ominous techstep realms - with his new VIP mix.
Review: Man like Agro adds more fuel to his album fire with a whole collection of instrumentals for your creative pleasure. Already out as a largely vocal-led album, and received warmly as something of a celebration of MC culture, here come the flips as Agro lifts the bonnet for all to see. 'I Get Gully' is a brand new original while 'Bad From Morning' originally featured Flowdan but is now completely stripped back for the world to see. Elsewhere other highlights include the sexy bassline wriggles of 'Everybody Down', the tension and tearing fury of 'War' (with Dreadnaught) and the off-the-wall bassine bubbles of 'Hit You Like A Creeper'. Vibes from morning.
Review: Agro is Ben Carvin, a drum & bass DJ/producer from Brighton and founder of Sub-Liminal Recordings. After nine years in the game, he has decided it's high time to release a full length - culminating in Bad From Morning. It features 14 killer tracks, many of them in collaboration with some hot names in the UK underground. From the title track; a moody sci-fi roller featuring Flowdan's wicked vocal delivery, to the dark side jump-up throwdown of 'War' (Ft. Dreadnaught & MC Foxy), mad steppa "Head Top" featuring Devilman is reminiscent of that classic Full Cycle sound, while "Everybody Down" with Flirta D is sure to give your subwoofers a good shakedown, as will "The Prophecy" featuring Velocity.
Review: There's nothing better than a wicked collaborative EP, as a bunch of artists bang their heads together and get the most of out each other. That's what's happened here, as Agro, Lowlife, Too Greezey and others are on point for a stripped back, barebones EP. 'Tell Me' rests on a solid percussive foundation, whilst an ambient soundscape is penetrated through by massive basses that feel like zeppelins in the foggy night sky. 'Fight Back' is similar and is moves with a fluency which is simply infectious, whilst things get breaksy on 'The Magic' and tough on 'Funk Doc'. Cool work.
Review: Bang! 30 Sub-liminal tracks deeply dug from every corner of the Brighton label's vaults, all packaged up in a new VA concept album: On Air. Perfect for filling a few gaps in your collection, or new ears who've only just experienced the power and gritty funk of Agro's label, every cut is a highlight or a heavyweight. Warhead & Dutta's grizzly 2018 slap-about 'Don't Test' still melts your skin, Leaf's 2020 wonk-out 'Erby' still hit with high grade 23rd century funk, Pyro's 2020 'Tick Yes' will still blackmail you and your family with its sinister undertones. And that's just a mere tenth of this solid collection. Cop it.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro's remix project continues with this monstrous take on 'Tweeter Box' by Sub-Division artist Sinexia. The original (released last year) is a pretty stripped-back affair with a high voltage bassline and generous levels of sub. In true Agro form, the bigger the rig, the better it sounds. Meanwhile the remix from young Belgian Sinexia throws in a whole new layer of steamroller bass textures and pummelling drums for more of a straight up dancefloor dnb style. Box fresh.
Review: Sub-liminal sergeant major Agro continues his remix series with this very naughty twist from Mentah. Taking those big one-note drones and harmonic flutters of the 2020 original - which is also provided on this release - Mentah takes the track apart and rebuilds it with a supersized turbine blast basslines and a new drum kit that switches between crisp neck-snap two-step and bone rattling breaks. Comparable to a track like 'Dirty Chopper' in its relentlessness and bullnosed drive, once again both the remix and the original are 10/10 scenarios for any discerning dnb DJ right now.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro commences a series of remixes of his work and it starts with a biggie; 'Let's Get Frisky' from 2015, now rebooted by rising star Xav who spaces out the elements, whips up a warm, harmonic bassline grunt and weaves in a stunning ravey breakbown. Complete with an instrumental if you find Mr Traumatik & Devilman's pervy bars a little risqu?.
Review: Sub-liminal take a moment to look back over almost six years of hard graft at the future talent coal face. Having been responsible for so many bangers from so many now household names, it's a mean feat boiling it down to this mere 50 heavyweight highlights. All the label's key names are on board; Guzi, Dreadnaught, Nick The Lot, Too Greezy, Kumo, Version, Vital, Pyro, Motiv and many more dust off their past heavers, hurters and head-slappers to reflect on everything Sub-liminal has stood for and encouraged so far. From the deeper, more subtle bubblers (Sam Harris - 'Coffee Machine') to the most outrageous funk-ups (Warhead - 'Cranked') this EP has everything. When the Riddim hits you, you can't say no...
Review: The epic decade celebrations continue as DJ Hybrid's Audio Addict continue to reflect over the last 10 years at the forefront of the dnb game. Like the previous classics collection, once again we dive deep into the label's rich history to find career-shaping tunes from some of the best in the game such as Kumarachi, Warhead, Euphonique, Replicant, Nectax and many many more. A perfect chance to get up to speed on the last 10 years, or fill a few gaps in your collection, highlights include the forthright rudeness of Nectax's flutter-bass roll-up 'Labyrinth', Gravit-E's twisted growler 'Side Bitch', Scudd & Crinnion's skank-happy 'My Town' and the massive 'Takeover' VIP from the bossman himself. Massive.
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: So it doesn't feel like we've had much of a summer this year. It also feels like the arts are being hung-up to dry right now. But at least the good folk at Sub-liminal care for us.... To mark the (albeit raveless) sunny season, they've put together a 50 (yes, fifty) track collection from some of the most exciting names in the game. From Dunk to Xav, RV to Warhead, Agro, Guzi, Shayper, Damage Report and so many more, this is the 'Summer Selection' we all totally need and deserve right now. Highlights include the Remarc levels of badness on Guzi's 'Area 51', the tension and staggered creepiness of Yatuza's 'Clich?' and the broadsword swathes of Motiv's buzzy bumper 'Necroplasm'. And that's just three out of 50. Thank you Sub-liminal. We need this more than ever right now.
Review: Few labels are as on-point as Sub-liminal when it comes to new talent. Home to some the sharpest new gen minds to emerge in the last few years, their Myriad collections have always been a succinct snapshot of forefront D&B. The fourth annual collection is no exception as we're treated to smash-ups and stinkers from the likes of Guzi & Dreadnaught, Yatuza, Shayper, Agro and many more. Highlights include the techno rasps of Guzi & Dreadnaught's "All Units", RV's bulldozing rattler "Tell You 1 Thing", Shayper's ghostly rave groaner "Work It Out" and Agro & RV's chest-melting finale "Impact"... And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Myriad by name, myriad madness by nature.
Review: Both Agro and Murky Digital share a common passion for making club-ready drum & bass and this five-tracker from the producer, featuring Guzi on a remix, is a no-holds barred display of why they're such a potent combo. The grime-influenced synths and halftime vibes of 'The Dirty South' make it an ideal title track, a gully u rban-edged track with serious crossover potential. 'Presence' is the other highlight, a down and dirty roller with a rough, mid-2000s vibe that takes this EP in an industrial direction but one that's also cut through with a jump-up aesthetic. Seriously cool.
Review: A lucky seventh release comes out of Random Concept Origins that follows music by the likes of Phadiz, NC-17 and RV. Introducing Brighton artist Agro to the frame, there's no questioning the producer's ethics here, delivering three unapologetic numbers of dubbed out, streetwise drum and bass. Find your more straight up percussion and drum tracks in "Hold Tight" with its siren synth alongside something more tea rout and dark rave in "Bassline Gang". Mutated metallic keys and two-step rhythms get their fair workout in "Slang" with a sweet RV collaboration, featuring Tony Montana samples, wrapped up in a gnarly jungle aesthetic. Agro and locked down.
Review: Everyone likes a good compilation, right? What's better than having as big a range of artists as possible in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Subliminal have come out with the 2020 edition in their Riddim Return series and it's packed full of bangers, across a range of styles, and it's one of those albums which doesn't try to be cool or sophisticated by chucking in a few fillers for the sake of diversity - it's just hard stuff here. It works great, with Sam Harris' tendency for muscular minimosity coming on loud and clear on Boom Ting, a wickedly devilish and driving roller.
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Sub-Liminal, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Agro, who, across six tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'Claap Up' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a gargling bass and sweeping reeces sit just above and inject all the force. 'Data Entry' is also a wicked track, with a lovely, stripped back drum line that's full of moody sonics. Top stuff.
Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, a tasty two-track VA single is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - Mentah's remix of 'Eskiboy' - is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. Guzi's remix of 'Mailout Moron' by Too Greezey is another top-level cut, a skippy drum line and menacing vocal samples sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. It's got a futuristic vibe and we're here for it, so you should be too.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.
Ironlung - "The Void" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: The next instalment in the Iron Fist Audio remix series is here and it's four weighty cuts in the style the label has become well known for, with Nu Elementz, Jaydan, Ironlung and Total Recall coming through in style on this one. We especially love the Total Recall remix of Tsuki's 'Deranged', which packs a sweet flowing drum line (mate that snare though...), an addition that carries the whole tune forward and is complimented by a diving, swelling back end that takes no prisoners whatsoever. Jump up big gun Jaydan also performs well here, with a spinning take on synthetic force that inches and stabs its way into your ears. Proper moody this.
Too Greezey - "Fled The Scene" (feat Thunda Banton) - (4:26) 58 BPM
Agro - "Shot To Bits" - (4:16) 180 BPM
Too Greezey - "Time Traveller" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Agro - "Dumpers" - (4:38) 179 BPM
Too Greezey - "The Chant" - (4:28) 58 BPM
Agro - "Simple" - (3:39) 175 BPM
Review: Representing the vibes and history of reggae culture except with a uniquely British urban twist, Agro & Too Greezey drop a five-track testament to his ability as producer here. We've featured his music in the past and every time we do it's a devilish concoction of force and finesse, an amalgamation of ability and acumen. 'Fled The Scene' is as big as it gets, both in terms of its steppy percussion and driving bassline; 'Shot To Bits' reminds of Kings of the Rollers with a bassline that roars out the stops; title tune 'Time Traveller' combines reggae atmospherics with a rolling finesse. Sick EP.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings are a regular presence on these pages, their music is precise and damaging and they're back this week with a single from Agro. Timbuk 4 is a two-tracker that relies on its wavey concoctions of low-frequency movement to impress, with hard percussive knocks resting nicely underneath. 'Fair Trade' is the B-side and probably our favourite, with Chats MC doing some serious work over a very creative back end. Lovely stuff.