Review: Is a "Fat Cap" a generally large headpiece or a hat solely worn by fat folk? Serious question.... We'd ask Coda but he's too busy in his London laboratory cooking up concentrated jungle chaos to answer us. "Fat Cap" eases us in with a late 90s Die-style Bristol vibe, maybe with a wee dash of Kartoons in the funk. "Krusty Dub" whips up much more a frenzy with its nutty, not to mention relentless, amen chops and defiant, pinched bass punches. Absolute stench.
Review: Switch! senior Coda returns to his and Pandora's imprint with two undiluted pieces of low-swung, straight-to-business dark D&B funk. "Conman" is reminiscent of Zinc's post "138 Trek" pre- Crackhouse material - jumpy but bulbous and funky. "Bad Guy" continues the law-breaking theme with a lower, bubbly fluctuation, a heady groove and stabs that border on disco with their funk-coded allure. Criminally good.
Review: Sniffing up the vapour trails of his Grid and Switch! EPs earlier this year, Coda returns to Natty Dub with two barn flattening bassline slap sessions. "Power Surge" is a nod to the early 2000s Bristol and V Records sound. Stark, grunting, unabashed and insanely addictive. "Want More" continues the heads down vibrations with another hook bass riff that's utterly infectious but delivered in more of woozy higher harmonic way. Feel the power.
Review: Version immersion: Switch return to Coda's 2016 release with two killer remixes from some well-rated and respected rising producers: Agro spaces out the classic juicy wobble on "Bad Guy" with more of a rhythm-based groove while Salvage & Shadre flip the elements and bring the Die-style bass groan to the forefront while filling in the background with a whole zoo of alien textures of their own. Bad boy re-rub business as always.
Review: Coda on Natty Dub for a single that sits comfortably on the intersection between jungle, jump-up and darker bits, a nice concoction of influences that come together for wicked results. 'Chinese Finger Trap' is fresh and creative, with a skippy, Serum-esque drum line and arpeggiated synth nodes that climb and fall in tandem with each other, forming a hypnotic main melody. 'On The Take' takes things into darker, more jungle territory with a wicked bassline and some lovely stuttering breaks, wrapping up this single in style.
Review: Coda has had a wicked past year or so and now, he's on Natty Dub for a four-tracker that sits comfortably on the intersection between jungle, jump-up and darker bits, a nice concoction of influences that come together for wicked results. The A-sidee is fresh and creative, with a skippy, Serum-esque drum line and moody bass touches that climb and fall in tandem with each other, forming a hypnotic main melody. The B-side is equally ferocious, with the whole releasing packing a seriously potent feeling of low frequency destruction. Banging bits here.
Review: Coda & Coy are taking us back in time this week with their latest single, this one on Weapons of Choice Recordings, by rolling things out over two tracks in the stripped back, sample heavy style so renowned in the 1990s. The title tune packs a sample you'll have heard from producers like L-Side, and it stretches its legs over a wonderfully subtle yet hard hitting combination of moving basses and rolling drums. The flip-side features more nostalgic sampling, which builds a ravey atmosphere into a feeling of suspense, cut away on the drop in wicked fashion. Sick single.
Review: This single from South Central Recordings is all about the remix vibes, as Coda and Euphonique step up to remix two different tunes from K Jah, Dilligent Fingers and Cheshire Cat. The first - Dutty Like a Bumbo - is from Coda and it's a gargled, rough and ready tune which sounds like an old school Mampi Swift tune with its simple but powerful bassline, and its hypnotic vocal lead. Euphonique steps up for the b-side and it's even dirtier than the flip, with another naughty back end that twists and turns in on itself with powerful ease. Banging.
Certified & Silent Storm - "All Be Free" - (5:12) 175 BPM
Masker - "Dirty Business" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Review: Subway Soundz have get busy on the recruitment flex with five certified bangers from a whole cast of badmen. Higher Stakes bosser Pacso links up with Term for the grizzly opening salvo before Ego Trippin throw a few extra notes into the already infectious bassline riff on the Methodical "Barely Breathing". Elsewhere Coda tans our hides with a high harmonic Clipz-style bassline Certified & Silent Storm dust off the divas while Masker provides the final knock out with the super-bounce roller "Dirty Business". Time to get mucky.
Review: Raising tension and attention with every release right now, Natty Dub return with yet another BS-free collection from some of the underground's most respected individuals. T>I loosens the bass strings for his slinked out dark-jazz stepper "Regulate", Hoogs puts all the aces in their places with a precision space-reggae gully jam "R Ting", Coda goes all bubble-bass a la mid 90s V on "Back It Up" and Jaxx & Dub General roll out with pure grumble groove and classic jump up spoken samples. Finally Flat T brings business to a close with a deal-breaking late 90s Bristol-flavoured cut where the spooked-out bass has a life of its own. Immense.