Review: Now this sure is an exciting one, as we see AMIT land on Amar for a tidy new two track project, showcasing his absolutely wizardry within the D&B bracket. The project itself is a great example of AMIT's creativity, as 'Points In Time' kicks us off with some rave-ready, hardcore inspired siren-like lead synthesizers, firing off above a constantly evolving drum arrangement below. On the flipside, we take a more dubwise path as 'Wake Dub' combines reggae dub themes with pulsating bass tones and spacey drumwork to give us another belter. Lovely stuff.
Review: Long-time Metalheadz mate AMIT returns to the label for the first time since 2012 with three unruly schematics. "Naked Fuse" lights the touch-paper; necksnap breaks, graveyard pads and groaning low end creating more and more tension on every 32. Deeper again we strike "Divide & Rule", a killer drilling halftimer with those big spacious rolling tank-like drums AMIT is best known for while "Knuckle Duster" closes the EP with a total K.O. Ain't nobody getting up even if the count was 100. No one darks man out quite like AMIT.
Review: Amar superstar Amit takes us to his leader with two more dynamite bass cuts. "Thakurs Army" marches us into a bleak, unforgiving future with heavily swung kicks, ricochet percussion and bass textures so gnarly you need a shower after playing it. "Taylor Dub" ups the tempo to halftime territory with a dense slo-mo stomp vibe that flickers in ghosts of jungle past in a similar way to his 2015 cut "Operator". Immense.
Review: Halftime warrior Amit returns with more skank-packed slo-mo drum & bass. "Spring Cuttah" is Amit at his warmest, sunniest and Tubbiest; weighty plodding kicks and soulful sighing sax, it's a true nodder of a jam. Remix-wise Bristolian headhunter Addison Groove mashes up last year's heavily supported halftime cut "Operator" with even more amen angularities. Incredible scenes.
Review: Finally... Someone's written a track about your mum: "Operator" is a sweet, sassy slice of modern jungle with wounding slo-mo kicks decorated with pretty splashes of amens and trimmed with delicious sub bass. "Fatty Batty" meanwhile, which is definitely not written about your mum, is a ridiculously funky contemporary bass jam with thundering kicks, cheeky horns and a groove so chunky you could feed a family of four for a year... And still have leftovers.
Review: Amit's AMAR imprint seems to be operating on a release-per-year tactic right now - all of them landing in the spring coincidentally - but with the quality as high as this, we're not complaining. "The Hunted" is a nasty techno-meets-jungle drone-march. Imagine someone punching you through tar. "Chalvey Town" is a similar slo-mo affair but with less mid-bass and more treacle-like sub and the right amount of dub elements. "Survivor" is an awesome vocal cut that's straight out of the Massive Attack playbook while "Mind Over" shows us how AMIT does tech house; all stampy and paranoid, it's the type of cut you could easily imagine the likes of Steve Bug or Villalobos playing. Four killer stories... It's up to you to find the happy endings.
Review: Now this is a very interesting release... Metalheadz have unleashed this with a statement that raises an eyebrow at the dubstep-loving D&B cognoscenti and a reminder that Amit has been bashing out half tempo D&B for nigh-on a decade now. These two dubby joints prove his skills in the area, and tick completely different boxes in the process. "Killer Driller" punches with a gritty, tonked up Massive Attack / Tricky style skank and vocals spat by the very Devil himself while "Color Blind" is a much more melancholic love affair with traditional dub. A noteworthy move by D&B dons Metalheadz, and a killer message (literally).
Review: We last saw Amit in 2011 with his critically acclaimed 9 Times LP on Commercial Suicide, which brought together a unique blend of sounds and concepts and united them into one. Here he returns, this time on D Bridge's Exit Records, with a four-track EP which is equally stunning. "You Look Better Dead (featuring Rani)" is a melancholic piece with booming bass, rattling breaks and mournful lyrics. "Manic Minor" switches things up with frenetic SFX bleeping in the background, booming subs and barely there percussion. "Stay With Me" is all about the instrumental swells and "Kritical" gets dark and menacing as the EP draws to a close.
Review: What a link up we have here as the super creative Amit links up with the incredibly consistent production power of J:Kenzo for two tracks of heavyweight 140BPM fire. We begin with the haunted introduction of 'Acid Trip', which provides us with a spacey, bouncing arrangement, leading us towards a crescendo of jittering moogy bassline energy, topped with progressive drum expansions and a high energy groove throughout. On the flip, 'Righteous' sees the pair link up again with a more half-time feel as the lo-fi yet industrial sound drum designs and let loose amidst a dungeon-like atmosphere to provide some serious variation.
Review: When it comes to deep dubby halftime, few labels are as reliable, forward-thinking or exciting as Amit's Amar. Here we find the label boss giving Scrilla the keys to last summer's hummer "Fatty Batty". Adding more melodic layers and cool double-ups on the kicks, Danny's turned in the perfect remix that pays respect to the original while taking it further into pastures unknown. Flip for "Lighter", a straight up dubwise joint with a kick so steady, reliable and dependable it could give you a reference for a mortgage. Serious.
Review: Let's just list the amount of stone cold bass OGs on this collection: Krust, dBridge, Om Unit, Danny Scrilla, V.I.V.E.K, Von D, Moresounds, AU, Oris Jay & Chris Innersound and whole load more of soundsystem culture's most innovative craftsman working at the deepest levels of the low end coalface all feature on this immense and forward thinking document. Including the curator Amit himself. Every track is a highlight, each one and abyssal, immersive experience but essential highlights include the toxic bass bounces of Moresounds' "They Can't Handle It", the 23rd century UKG of Oris and Chris's "They Can't Handle It" and Krust's big screen masterpiece "Escape From Finland". Amit deserves a holiday. Or a massive trophy. Or both. Bass compilations don't get much bigger than this.