Review: Shellerz by name, shellerz by nature; Born On Road have curated a killer collection of heavyweight slap-abouts in time for silly season. Sub Zero pirouettes into the mix first with the gully ballet that 'Bullet'. He's backed up by a whole host of young talent; Bennie & CLB get wavey to the ravey rushes on 'Spark It', Stance, Jenks and Fearnquest get dark on 'Stamina' while Napes and Xav pay tribute to the pirate on the disgusting stripped back stepper session 'Four Fists'. Shell out or shut up.
Review: Welshman Bennie is absolutely firing out the releases this month with releases on the likes of Boom 93, Beats Bass Life and now Basslayerz with this hectic heap of peaktime face-melters and floor burners. 'Hijack' sets the tone and vibe with its unkempt funk while 'Ascension' hits hard with one of the best build-ups Bennie has created so far. Elsewhere the inimitable Spyda joins the party with a wise word about about the law's long arm, 'Fallout' is all about the playful laser bass while 'Bass Talk' closes the EP on a twisted tip with plenty of sirens. Big boy business.
Review: Experimentalist by drum and bass persuasion Bennie enters the nether regions of contemporary rave core with the No Better EP. Flanked by Jam Thieves and Bookey, the former keeps it inside with a liquid-esque jungle rhythm amid industrial sound design and fractions of twisted hip hop ("Gyaldem Sugar"). The latter, (Bookey), turns in a melodic and horn-blessed ephemeral banger next to Beanie's own "VVS DIamonds" that sees euphoric crescendos fall into melodically constructed drum and bass workouts. With two EJ Kitto collaborations in-tow all the more - "Toffee" and "No Better" see both artists push at the limits of EDM, experimentalism and cut up drum and bass. Tip: "No Better".
Review: Pick any of the most exciting new-gen names in D&B and we bet our bottom dollar they're repping in this collection. A debut V/A from Hedex's By The Producer brand, Collected 1 is bulging with the seams with fresh talent: Hexa, Disrupta, Dreadnought, Stokka, Klay, Bruk, the list goes on. With cameos from more established Gs like Total Recall and Jam Thieves - and a deep, rumbling, futuristic contemporary mood and sound running throughout - this captures 2020 in drum & bass perfect. Agitated, dark, moody, but hungry for a better future... And not afraid to have a little fun. One of the best V/As we've seen in a long time. Get collecting.