Review: Bruk is flying the flag of the UK's supremely confident jump-up scene with this excellent four-tracker over on Sub:stance Recordings, his tendency to isolate the key elements and focus on the basics being done with absolute effect. Manual features on the absurdly good 'Stand Up Tall', which packs murderous funk into its choppy arrangement, a collection of energy which coils like a loaded spring and then releases with aplomb. 'Say My Name' samples Destiny's Child's classic pop record but flips it into a devastatingly heavy collection of potent stabs and kicks. The second half of the record continues in the same vein and the results are predictably top class.
Review: Fresh from appearing on the likes of Wobble & Bass, By The Producer and Kartoons, Bruk jumps aboard DJ Hybrid's fully rebooted and new talent championing Audio Addict for his debut full single on the label. Those familiar with his sound will already know the drill; loose drum swagger, big grooves and toxic bass textures. Highlights include the bubbling bassline funk and dreamy apreggios of "Arper", the whimsical, almost sprightly musicality of "Error" and the hot-shoe-shuffling chaos-making screamer that is "The Boot". Holy moly.
Review: Bruk can really make music and his latest piece of work is out over on Sub-Cautious Audio. Full Speed Ahehad is an energetic piece of jump-up construction that doesn't hesitate to punch you in the face and its exemplified by the title track, a bass-filled expression of dancefloor hatred which moves in mysterious yet obvious ways. It bangs, basically, as does the rest of the single, with a B-side that could easily have been on the A.
Review: 10 years deep and counting; DJ Hybrid's Audio Addict are celebrating the big milestone with a whole brace of absurd updates on already slamming originals. Digging deep over the archives, the likes of Kastro, Hexa, Rantic, Dunk, Shayper, Zoro, Epicentre and many more all get their grubby mitts on some serious Audio Addict classics. Highlights include Zoro's brilliantly bubblesome old school twist on DJ Hybrid's 'Mix & Blend', Crossy's spacefunk bass grunts on his remix of Kartoon's 'Soundboy Surrender' and Epicentre's insane twists and touches on his remix of Scattyone's 'Give It To Me'. And that's just the tip of the remix iceberg. Huge shouts to Audio Addict for 10 years of ardent, loyal service!
Review: Encrypted Sound haven't been around for that long and this is their fourth release, but the maturity is already evident in their selection and what better way to show that off than with a twelve-track VA LP. Joining the fray is a range of artists including Able,Teej and Toby Ross, the latter of whom has smashed it out the park with 'Sinister', a stripped back and infectiously bouncy tune that nonetheless hits beautifully hard, it's kick drum perfectly placed to add that extra lift off. Teej has been killing it on labels like Co-Lab recently and he does so once more again, with 'Erasure' resting on an inch-perfect snare drum that provides the base for its choppy main bass. Top work from the whole crew here.
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.