Review: Ten Ton Beats is a record label owned and run by the New Breed affiliated Dj Rekless. Next up on the label is Stu Rafferty aka Bully Beatz, who returns with some hard edged old school jump- up vibes for the Stomping Crew. First up, the West Bromwich based producer serves up the wonky, steppin' party starter "Oh! Love", followed by the sexy saxophone-led roller "Light Of The Night" reminiscent of classic Full Cycle material, while "Waiting" goes out all guns blazing in classic late '90s fashion on this raging techstep monster. Fierce!
Review: Kevlar Beas release some of the best compilations around, partly because they have a large contingent of affiliated artists to draw upon but mostly just because the curation team over there is top-notch. The aptly named Strength in Numbers features a load of acs from Quaa Rush to DJ Direkt, the former of which is responsible for 'Vecran', which packs a great, old-school and funky drum line and bouncy, soulful bass nodes which warp and wobble through a really cool arrangement. Danny Anger nails it with the soul-infused jungle vibes of 'Tallies Side Step', and this release in general combines loads of different pallettes to great effect. Fantastic.
Review: Fresh from the damage of "Power Struggle" last year, Brum's big double B barges his way back on to Rekless's big double T with two more bullish bruisers. "Blueberry Piff" sparks up a robo rage with a lazer lashing bass riff strong enough to disable entire cosmoses while "Boo" sets the scene of a lonely foggy graveyard stroll before spooked-out low end licks jump out from the shadows and do a little more than the title suggests. Ready to play?
Review: Bully Beatz is back and he's here to make you suffer... Pounding out four bruising riff-heavy workouts on the radar-ready (and rising) Mutated Resonance imprint, the result is a case of complete mosh meltdown. "Hunted" leads with a groggy, swampy bassline. "Brain Damage" takes a hammer to drive its bouncy message while "Suffering" gets more twisted and brittle with its electrified distorted bassline. Saving the best till last, "I Know Kung Fu" ignites with a classic early 90s techno style intro before switching into a total roundhouse bassline that guarantees KOs each and indeed every. You gonna bark all day little doggies?
Review: Shove this one up your jumper: Bully Beatz returns with another full-strength four-tracker. "Power Struggle" arrests us with its concrete bassline before dropping into a sci-fi style synth texture that completely flips the vibe. "Wet Break" kicks with tightly-rolled triplets, an early 2000s style riff and intriguing, space-travelling minimal breakdown while "S.O.B Story" reminds us of the power and muscle of drumstep when it's applied sparingly and savagely while "Doomed" spits its words of warning with pure concentrated bass venom. Powerful.
Review: Five years, 50 releases, Ten Ton Beats imprint have contributed to underground D&B with a steady, gradual confidence. Not flooding the game but never falling off the radar, the label has been a consistent source of uncompromised heaviness. Here we celebrate this with a raffish cross-section of dancefloor styles that really do live up to the label's weighty title: the metallic bass rasps of "Missing In Action", the snare perfection and silky sub warps of "Deadly Force", the tongue-in-cheek Voltage-style mischief of "Funk Inspectors", the Twisted Individual barks of "Chapter". Technically some of these bangers weigh more like 12 or 13 tons. But that's our little secret.