Review: Dutty Audio's Brazilian drum & bass badman BTK takes no prisoners when he goes in. "Megahertz" is a full-on dancefloor destroyer, best heard on an 100ft system as the end of the world approaches. For those on a non-apocalyptic tip, fragmented breaks and a deep bass groove give the title track seriously addictive headphone appeal too. After an insane build-up, the rapidfire roll of "Be Yourself" smashes straight into neuro funk filth with the type of bassline that gets crowds of thousands screwfacing in harmony. It's a beautiful thing
Review: The clue's in the title... Authentic D&B is the order of the day as Brazilian neuro professor BTK digs deep into the tech psyche with old friends and new. The second of three parts, here we find him teaming up with Loxy's longtime cohort Ink for eight troublesome blunderbusses. Highlights include the tribal off-beat percussion magic of "Not Going Back", the snow blizzard pads and classic jungle stabs of "5 Elements" and the rocket chase sci-fi race of "Dr Umbougu".
It Gets Rough Sometimes (Gydra remix) - (4:48) 174 BPM
Review: Dutty Audio continue their originals/remixes release series with two power hour twists on last month's "Authentic" episode. Gridlok, as you'd expect, tears "Megahertz" apart and rebuilds the parts with enough venom and beef to flatten you and your entire fraternity. Gydra follows suit with an equally turbo charged version of "It Gets Rough Sometimes" by switching out the classic BC-inspired reese bass for a more modern neuro hammertime fluctuation. Chaos guaranteed.
Review: It's remix o'clock at Dutty Audio Towers as label bossman passes on the parts to a wide range of scene talents: Klute takes the lead with an iced out twist on "Be Yourself" as he manipulates the vocal loop in a different direction. Current Value follows with yet more of his seemingly unstoppable tech science as a wasp nest bassline rattles in 23rd century style. Newcomers Hanzo & Randie bring up the rear with a heads-down neuro take on "Infection" where full emphasis is placed on the sci-fi bass textures. Finally Gydra gets all mechanical and pneumatic on "Inception", giving the original's iconic riff a Blackout style jump-up sense of turbo-charged energy. Feel the burns.
Review: Yes, yes, yes and another ten yesses. This release is something we approve of. Opening with force thanks to Emperor's incredible remix of Optiv & BTK's "Let It Loose", this commemorative release from one of the scene's best labels is a big deal. Next up, Mindscape's "Do It Like This" gets a brain melting remix from Maztek as it rips through your chest, and ready yourself for the retaliation as Mindscape gets to do a number on Maztek's "Sinestesia", forcing seismic bass into tight punches of hard-stepping goodness. Final tune "Nothing To Fear" sees Kyrist unleash neurofunk hell, the perfect way to round off a pretty much perfect release.
Review: The first non-Ed Rush & Optical related release on Virus since Insideinfo and Mefjus's "Footpath" in 2015, Optiv & BTK hurtle into the fray with two supreme agenda-setting tech rollers. "Crowd Control" is a rowdy piece of work with mosh mastering commands from rising Methlab-signed MC Kryptomedic, "Supernova" is a dense weave of futuristic basses twisting and turning with hype heaving with momentum on every bar. Both, in true Virus fashion, absolutely kill it.
Review: Want a non-stop drum and bass LP of 13 tear out bangers? Optiv & BTK offer no respite on Blackjack with its hi-octane fuel for the dancerfloor. Tracks like "Shredder", "Weapon Of Choice", "Dirt Box" and "Snake Bite" are as knees up as they sound, while "Ground Shaker", "Nemisis" and "That Sound" are as rolling as they are breakbeat. Featured MCs include Ryme Tyme waxing casual drawls over frenetic arrangements while Nuklear takes you down 'deeper deeper deeper'. No misfires here.