One of the leading lights to come out the burgeoning Belgian DnB scene Gun Audio deliver 3 heavyweight EP's in quick succession and the first instalment may well be the pick of the bunch. This time drawing for the services of two of the most talented upcoming producers to come out of the Russian Federation in recent years for the aptly titled "Mother Russia EP" for a dance floor damaging six tracker. Lowriderz has given previous work "The Plant" the VIP treatment, his rework of the razor sharp metallic bass and erratic rhythms make a beast of the original. Ceph's "Demons" has a mellow and unassuming intro that will catch the ravers off guard as it bursts into a growling, techy, half time roller.The pair collaborate on "Enormous Weight" and Ceph's tech fuelled basslines are complimented by Lowriderz' signature vocal sampling style, creating something that sounds like a classic Full Cycle track on steroids. "One Big Thing" is an all over the place screwface track, switching and twisting at every possible opportunity. "Python" pairs some seriously low subs with scattered jungle influences. Gun Audio are keeping up their reputation of having one of the finest talent scouting networks in the game!
Heist: one of drum & bass's darkest forces behind so many of talent's careers, so many big producer's mixing desks and so many of our go-to bangers... Both as a label owner and producer. Here he plays the role of both as he leads an expertly-curated collection of innovative styles with a breezy vocal soul roller "Never Enough". Bringing up the rear Ceph gets sci-fi and spacious on "Solitude", Simula gets a cosmic funk on with the Lynx-esque "Truth Serum", Skore's fuses classic hardcore dynamics with Detroitian synth tones on "Roger", Metal Work charm us with delicately layered liquid keys on "Simple" and Zere & Gabriel Habit sign off with the darkest cut of the collection. Fresh and full of exciting new talent, Heist is killing it this year.