Review: Brussels mandem Bredren get all arsonist with this scorching EP debut for Alix Perez's 1985. Four tracks, each one a flamer, we kick off with the forthright headbutt of "Inferno" where T Man holds court with savage bars. Deeper into the EP we hit their classic stripped back rolling sound on "Get Physical" before "Flick Knife" cuts straight to the chase with some sinewy, creepy low end flourishes. Last but not least "Undress" gets everyone naked with some beautiful light-at-end-of-tunnel barbed soul. Four out of four, Bredren are firing right now.
Review: Belgian badmen Bredren have yet to put a step wrong this year. Following two iced-packed machine funk drillers on Demand and Dispatch comes this incredible four-track barbed soul attack. It kicks off with "Line Art", a stepper so stark and sharp it could cut through concrete. "City Clan" is a twisted 22nd century dancehall shaker with a hook characterised by high voltage distorted sinewy bleeps while "Whose Rights" takes the sense-shattering signature to a whole new level with a punch that could easily be compared to Skeptical or, when it comes to the bullcharge drums on the fills, Blocks & Escher. Finally we have "Hemlock", a lean mean stepper garnished with just the right amount of stripped back creepy elements. Headlock.
Review: The Bredren fraternity has been terrorising the D&B neighbourhood for some time now, and if you're not already shaking at the prospect of new output for them, we suggest you swiftly get to know. Masterfully dark bass is the order of the day on the first track of this EP, with MC Swift's vocals cutting swathes through the murk as it crushes relentlessly on. This is no lightweight release. "Carnage" slices through the darkness next, with erratic percussion and industrial sounds pushing on with steady, unstoppable momentum. "Mechanica" clicks like clockwork through the oppressive-but-minimal bass-driven soundscape of a dystopian future and final track "Wasteland" - well, aside from perfect production, dark, velvety bass, samples that weave a story and the atmosphere of a forgotten forest, there's not much to say. Sterling find from Demand as per. Get on this immediately.
Review: Proudly releasing their first EP, Rotterdam based outfit Blendits have convinced Chromatic, Bredren, Philth and J Daur to hand over their tunes. Thank god they did. Chromatic's "Inertia" bursts into life with a layer of sci fi bleeps and effects before launching head first into a full-scale bass attack. "Ghost Palace" is the shared nightmare of bass chums Bredren and Philth, who are pure dirt separately and together... it's difficult to say. The bass removed any metaphorical ability. "Le Tricolore" is a soulful, jazzy float through liquid vibes and caramel bass and "Passing Period" brings out the experimental side of Bredren, featuring some beautiful sound design touches and emotive vocals from Janna Salhoume. Showstopper.
Review: Alix Perez's 1985 sets the bar again... Edition 3 is another instalment of their spotless V/A series which covers the label's broad range of shades. This one is a game of two halves as the first five tracks flex around the 140 region with crucial slabs from Halogenix's Lordel alias and dubstep men of the moment Ternion Sound. Meanwhile the second half flips to D&B with a whole clutch of impressive designs; Visages' "Memories" is a mournful stepper, Bredren get bad-ass with the thumpy, bumpy "Only One", Machinedrum brings some outstanding soul on "Braided Leaves" and Perez delivers three of his finest. Bring on Edition 4.
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.
Alix Perez & Monty - "Good To Me" - (4:54) 174 BPM
Bredren - "Swayed" - (5:56) 174 BPM
Monty - "Decisions" - (4:53) 174 BPM
Razat - "Simplicity" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Review: 1985 Music was founded by Alix Perez a year or two ago and, since then, has rapidly become one of the premier destinations for forward-thinking sonics that inhabit the 85-170bpm spectrum. With a fresh roster including Monty, Submarine and Perez himself, Edition 2 is a showcase of both the producers and sounds that Alix has in his orbit. There are too many outstanding tracks to recount here, but 'Drones' by Cesco stands out as one of the most creative: a subby, stepping halftime cut with an ingenious drum pattern. There's weighty rollers, too, including 'Swayed' by Bredren and 'Good To Me' by Perez and Monty, both of which are sublime examples in minimal construction. A truly sick collection of tracks.
Review: Rolling Rotterdam rotters Blendits have been dishing out some serious underground flavours for exactly two years this month. A suitable time, then, to look back and reflect on the damage they've caused. 15 tracks in total, we flicker and flux between lean minimal mechanical badism (Young-G's "Shantytown") to big slappy-drum jazz business (Impish's "Friday") and Bop-style glitch jitters (Hydro, M-Zine & Scepticz' "Keep Your Distance"), all the while keeping our eyes (and ears) on the future. A perfect time to fill the gaps in your collection and get up to speed; Blendits mean business.