Review: Bare Russian slammage: Cod3x returns to Eatbrain for the first time in two years with five feisty law-breaking technoid bust-ups. "Confused" will melt your brain with its twisted rising percussive elements and vocal sample, "Illegal Sound" sticks it to the man with psychedelic paranoia while "Technology" is turbo charged with a gritty distortion you'd usually expect from an artist of Dieselboy's ilk. Dig deeper for the guttural staccato bass savagery of "Nothing" before "Slick" brings the house down on the wonkiest halftime pumps you've heard in this life and the next.
Joe Ford & Shrike - "Face Dancer" - (4:37) 174 BPM
Kutlo - "Short Wire" - (4:10) 172 BPM
Liveon - "Basso Ostinato" - (4:22) 172 BPM
Psynchro - "Neogen" - (5:50) 170 BPM
Review: Eatbrain return with more flesh-gobbling bruisers in the form of this massive V/A album Divergence II. Following where the inaugural collection left us back in March 2018, once again it's an epic rollcall of Eatbrain artists and friends with no boundaries in terms of subgenre or expectation. Highlights include the slippery kicks and technoid funk of Zombie Cats "Lost", the ravey-style pitched up vocals and A.M.C style energy of the drop on Catastrophe's "Pretender" the insane VIP level-p of Tobax's "Burning" and Burr Oak's schizoid riot "Orbit".... But these are just the tip of the brain-eating iceberg. Jade's label remains bang on-point as ever.
Review: Eatbrain is the Hungarian Neurofunk institution that just keeps on giving, the Central European bass place which prioritises naughty music over everything else. Well, their 2018 album is here from a selection of the artists in their orbit and its everything you'd expect from Jade and the crew. The first cut - 'Mafia' by L 33 - has been out for a little while but has rightfully been re-visited here, its Jump-Up-Neurofunk fusion landing exceptionally well with serious dancefloor implications. There are too many sick tracks on this release to cover them all here, but KOLT's 'Harpy' and 'Pararampam' from Agressor Bunx are two more absolutely ridiculous bits of production. Well worth a look.
Filip Motovunski - "Check Out The Vibe" - (4:24) 176 BPM
Gydra - "Megapolis" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Agressor Bunx - "Total Destroy" - (5:39) 172 BPM
Cod3x - "Obey" - (4:55) 174 BPM
Heamy - "Backbone" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Nakwan - "Turn On The Light" - (4:01) 175 BPM
Tobax & Gydra - "Progressive" - (5:13) 172 BPM
Bl4ck Owlz - "Geddo Fonk" - (4:47) 174 BPM
Billain & Vegas - "Shinde" - (7:21) 174 BPM
Review: Black Box Six is a big compilation with 23 tracks on it, all of which fit ideally into the neurofunk-shaped hole that Bad Taste have carved out for themselves within the D&B scene over the past few years. The label has become a reliable, known quantity for purveying dark beats so this release has been excitedly awaited. There's too much to talk about, really. Og particular note is the Teddy Killerz remix of Malux's 'Turbine', a dirty halftime remake of an already filthy original. Agressor Bunx bring the goods with 'Total Destroy', and Matys & Trilo's 'Undertaker' has so much force that it's arguably the best track on the LP. If you like your dirty D&B this isn't to be missed.