Review: Dutty Audio are turning ten years old this week and boy do they know how to live large and celebrating larger, as their 10 Years of Dutty Audio compilation brings together some of the biggest names in drum & bass for a firestorm of crushing basslines and hammered up hits. Chromatic, Mefjus, Teddy Killerz, Level 2, Neve and Optiv & BTK are amongst the heavyweights on the release and it's a stellar lineup for the label to have secured. Level 2 brings one of the more considered, stripped back cuts of the compilation with 'Nothing To Fear', which has a bounciness that belies the undertones of ferocity which lie beneath it. Mefjus is on top form as per with his remix of 'Whatever', and Neve is back to his usal breaksy, creative tricks with 'Space Cowboy's'. Wicked stuff.
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.
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: 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".
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.
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: Drum & Bass Arena has ruled on high for nearly 20 years, and in that time has helped to forge the careers of every drum & bass artist worth their salt. It's impossible to downplay the influence the site has had on the scene, as a club brand and an online resource, and this year their official compilation is a doozie. Featuring some of the largest tracks around right now from Friction & Skream, J Majik & Wickaman, DJ Hazard, Rene LaVice, Calyx & TeeBee, Original Sin and Optiv & BTK as well as bangers from fresh artists like Heist, Zen & Nitri, this is an essential purchase for any D&B fan. Focussing on the heavier end of the spectrum this 35 track behemoth is basically your 2013 compendium of bass. Don't leave home without it.
Review: A delightful triplet of remix tracks here, brought to you on the Dutty Audio imprint from serial badmen Optiv, BTK and Borderline who get given the remix treatment by Mefjus, optiv and Teknik respectively. Kicking off with Optiv & BTK - "Whatever (Mefjus Remix)", it's all power booming subs, robotic voiceovers and raw, neuro mayhem with plenty of punch. Next is BTK - "Drop It (Optiv Remix)" which is all grinding b-line, grouchy SFX and hissing hi hats a-plenty, whilst Borderline - "Thinker (Teknik Remix)" is a proper 3am rinse out tune with plenty of bite.