Review: Sumo Beatz are definitely one of those underrated labels that surely deserve more attention. Their latest release comes from Aweminus and his Jewels EP, a full-throttled, dancefloor orientated run through some of the freshest jump-up D&B around at the moment. The best is 'Crunk Junk', a grating amalgamation of bass synths and snapping drum hooks that powers on and on and on, simply not stopping the whole way and dragging you along for the ride with it. The title track is murkier and darker, yet more jagged synths that knife you in the back as they walk past. Big EP.
Review: Whether he's slapping us around with Savage Society, poking our frontal cortexes on Never Say Die or getting jiggy in the jungle on the likes of Dub Damage, Aweminus is one of the few US artists who can flex this well around both 140/170 tempos. In the past he's proved his 360 skillishness on Calypso, Clawhammer, now he's doing it on Dub Damage. Highlights include the raw sheet metal bassline grit of ED-209 homage "Damned", the waspy lip-curling tubular bass on "Another One" and the infectious step-funk of "The Wabbit Hole". Highly wecommended.
Review: LA-based bass dealer Aweminus gets lively on Heist's Calypso imprint... And it's a full-frontal assault of extreme proportions. Highlights among the five on-point tracks include the dark/light mirror pattern on "Logariddim" where we flicker from sizzling dubs to sinewy midrange, the clipped string hook that breaks into sheet metal bass waves on "Dead Simple" and the skittering, scuffy glitches and twists of "Skitzo". Awesome.
Review: Fresh from releases on the mighty Disciple, Monstercat and Bassrush all in the last few months, super-versatile bass basher Aweminus lands on Bou's freshly recharged Diamond Audio with two brittle stinkers. "Lsdog" is all bite with its barking bassline and strange trippy textures while "Bass Bin Zombies" whips up more of a hornet's nest vibe with spiky basslines digging staccato needles into you while remaining as funk and wonky as possible. A whole new level of jaunty has officially been unlocked here
Review: Clawhammer let rip into 2016 with a deadly dail-turning cranking collection. As always with Jamah and Carl-Lee's imprint, it's an uncompromised affair with focus squared strictly on the darker side... First up, Aweminus & Danger pay homage where it counts on "Get Ya Respect" while Indiekai's "Monsta Skank" jumps wildly on some fine-tuned two-steps and a slippery alien bassline. Bou's "Bounty Bar" is the quirkiest jam of the set with its old school pads, sirens, JB-style soul cry, warhead shakers and off-beat squelcher bassline while Nightfang lays down a "Work For Nothing" style halftime workout. Finally Dub General provides the roller of the set with a bullet-busting groaner. Shots fired!
Review: Clawhammer get mucky with two cutthroat remixes courtesy of Filthy Habits. First up comes a devilish twist on Aweminus & Danger's "Get Ya Respect" as the bassline gets flipped harmonically into a much more hair-raising experience while Syndicat's "Illusions" is turbo-charged into a brass blazing beats with a bassline so abrasive it also acts as an exfoliator. Heavy stuff... Filthy by name!
Review: This is a big release, both literally and metaphorically. Sitting at 58 tracks, it's clear that the Dub Damage crew wanted to pack as many of their best moments as they possible could into the album. If you're a jump-up fan, think of this as a bit like the holy grail of jump-up and the inclusion of remixes and originals from dons like Original Sin, Annix, Turno and Sub Zero cement that fact. Aside from those legends, DJ Alpha comes through with 'The Man With The Golden Gun', a riotous blend of punched out bass synths, whilst Kre & Basshoven low-key steal the show with 'Toronto Blue'. A fat album this, and a lesson in how to do compilations right.
Review: What a label Diamond Audio is shaping up to be. Four releases deep and they're already two albums and two massive EPs deep. Just look at the tracklist and you know we're right on the forefront of nex-gen drum & bass. Bou, T>I, Klay, Aweminus, Rawtee, Version... The list of hotly tipped future headliners here is impressive. Highlights include T>I's sweary stepper "Pull Up", Klay's radio-melting trip-out "Clap Back", Aweminus's gamey retro pacer "It's Ok", Rawtee's hornets nest bass and barbed soul on "Searchin'" and Version's cascading kicks and harrowed bass on "Facades". 10 diamonds in the rough... These will last forever.