Review: Filthy Habits and Complex join forces for two steamroller jams on Logan D's Low Down Deep. Complementing each other's sounds perfectly, 'Consequences' lands first with its addictive rolling percussion and twisted riff before 'Elements' sweeps in with an even aggier and persistent feel. Militant as the riff hits with every beat, and laced with swooning horns on the breakdown, there's a timeless D&B energy to this that takes us right back to the early 2000s Bristol sound. Massive.
Review: Introducing the sounds of The Usual Suspects Part 1, a radical attempt to create jump-up so splintered and broken you'll barely recognise it. This is pure party music, there's no time for sophisticated conversations about its merits because you'll be too busy dancing to it. Sota's 'Pumper's epitomizes the extent of the madness here, with a punched-out percussive line that underpins a grating force of progression and anger, perfectly crafted to give you goosebumps in the dance. The metallic quality to 'Bring It' is another highlight, and it's safe to say that with these five tunes, Sota, Supreme Being, Heist, Complex and The Force have done a wicked job. Big tunes.
Review: Fresh from releases on the likes of Logan D's Low Down Deep and Macky Gee's Down 2 Earth, Complex brings the energy with this special one-track workout on his own new Out1ine imprint. Raw, swaggering and loaded with roughhouse pleasure, it's all about the strange oddball riff and bolshy breakbeats that rattle away underneath. Insistent, weighty and laced with a distinctive spoken word sample, 'Lifeforce' is the soundtrack we all need right now.
Review: Logan D's Low Down Deep welcome Complex to the family with these two stinking wallopers. "Tested" takes the lead with its sharp but sweet sense of funk. All one note hits and octave variations, it's a classic alchemy that will drive the dancefloor nuts every time. Meanwhile "Under The Bed" takes things into darker territories with a creepy sample and a wobbled-out bass so strong it could life up your bed while you sleep in it. Don't have nightmares.
Review: Good4Nothing Records always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. Twisted, gnarled jump up is the main focus here in the second part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations and Complex is a good example of how it goes down, his track 'Night Time' blowing and flowing through with all the power of the winter winds. Danger's 'Falling' is yet more filth, with a powerful drum line and punchy sub-bass that bangs in and out of the range. Excellent compilation.
Review: Some people are born in a hospital. Other people were born in a birthing pool. Jesus was born in a manger. Complex was "Born In Darkness" and with designs as stinky and rudeboy as these, you can most certainly tell. The title track is a heads-down creeper with some cool harmonics on the bass as it weaves its hunch-back riff between the gravestones. "Brain Freeze" lives up to its name, too. Woozy, strange and disorienting and prone to some cool moments of swing on the fills, Complex has cooked up something unique here. Best served cold.
Review: Complex returns to clear up the debris from his explosive "Back It Up" release with Decoy at the start of the year. First comes a brand new jam; the deep menacing cyborg rolling funk of "Dark World" where a techier edge prevails along with some exceptional detuned synth cascades on the fills. Next up is a VIP of "Back It Up". The vocals are still pretty dubious but with a new twist on the bass and extra grotty funk, it's still a cracking VIP. Soundz as a pound mate.
Review: Good4Nothing are turning 10 years old and are celebrating that fact in the only real way you should celebrate a label anniversary: with a big old compilation album. They've gone all-in for this one and raked up 15 tunes artists like Dutta, Ironlung, Slipz and Complex. Dutta' contribution is typically naughty, with a pulsating back end that sits just beneath a snappy drum line that includes a lovely, wooden snare that has just the right amount of bite. Part 1 of this series is a truly hedonistic banger of a compilation which is well worth checking out, we cannot wait to hear what the label has in store for us in Part 2.
Review: Landing on the imitable Subway Soundz once more is Complex, a producer with an ability to pack in raw, unadulterated rage into a set of dastardly arrangements and hellish soundscapes, while wrapping it all up in an urban-tinted, jump-up package. Subway Soundz know how to curate, basically. This release is one for the jump up heads who don't like things screechy and overdone, but instead murky and rough. Picture old school Sub Zero, basically. That's what Final Space is, with punishing bass stabs and a driving feel of intent and purpose. Foggy takes things in a more modern, KoTR direction but maintains that roughness - big single.
Review: Veteran Dutch producer Orlando Voorn has been producing house and techno for nigh on three decades now, releasing seminal classics under varied aliases such as Fix, Basic Bastard, Designer Loops and The Nighttripper among many others. Moreover, he was one of the first Dutch musicians to establish a vital connection between Detroit and Amsterdam. A best of compilation covering many fine moments throughout Voorn's career was well overdue, and The Best Of Orlando Voorn features a bunch of right classics and anthems alike: not limited to the crossover classic Flash" (as Fix), the hi-tech soul of "Where Is Your Evidence" (as Frequency), the soulful vocal house of "Dance" (as Format) and the wonky percolator jack of "Dream World" (as Complex).
Review: Complex is backing it up over on Subway Soundz with a tight sounding single. 'Back It Up' featuring Decoy on the mic has, admittedly, some slightly questionable lyrics but they definitely fit well with the spirit of the tune: a dark, moody stepper that doesn't care about rules and certainly doesn't care about feelings. The main bass on this tune oozes quality and packs some serious weight, reminiscent of the Souped Up crew. 'Impulse' is slightly less crazy and thereby lacks some of the sophistication but, nevertheless, packs a nice little punch and also smacks of Souped Up sounds. Tasty bits here.
Macky Gee - "Bangers N Mash" (feat MC Skibadee) - (3:46) 175 BPM
Gino - "Hunger Pains" - (4:27) 175 BPM
Spaow - "Don't Stop" - (5:30) 175 BPM
Macky Gee - "Moments" - (3:47) 175 BPM
Review: Down 2 Earth Musik is Macky Gee's label and for the end of the year he's coming at you with a fat compilation of tunes that fit in with the sound he's pioneered this year and the last. Not many artists have been as break out a success as Macky this year and it shows on this release, things kicking off with the fiery VIP of 'Calm Before The Storm', an appriopriate title for the first tune of an album that goes on to include tracks like Rawtee's 'Alligator' and Matzet's 'Roller Coaster'. Arguably the highlight comes from Macky himself though when he's joined by MC Skibadee on Bangers N Mash, a proper skank out with one of the most legendary MCs in the game.
Review: Complex wants to take us on a journey and with a reputation and track record as strong as his, we ain't gonna argue with him. Across six tracks he shows the sights and sounds of his sonic landscape; the undulating hills of roller county on the stripped back "Journey", "Beyond" is the playground where we bounce, leap and scrap with unabashed mischief, "Phantasm" is the trippy hippie neighbourhood where sounds spook, freak and twist themselves inside out with dark funk. Elsewhere "Complex Technique" takes us on a tour of the dark alleys and gives us the battering we don't want but deserve while "Ain't Right" is the opera house quarter where the focus is on nothing but drama. And for his final trip "White Walkers", Complex chucks us off a cliff with nothing but broken glass bass to break the fall. Happy travels!
Review: Good 4 Nothing bossman undergoes the knife of his own label mates as Premium and Certified both put their own stamp on two of his big dancefloor 2016 slapdowns. The former maintains the same up-and-down riff dynamic but with much more distorted atonality in the riff while the latter adds a whole new engine of bass texture on "Bad Bitches". Both paying total respect to the originals while taking them to brave new places, this is a perfect snapshot of where Good 4 Nothing is at right now.
Review: Longstanding jump-up merchant and Good 4 Nothing bossman Complex comes barging into your summer with another sledgehammer selection. "Anubis" hits with a bassline that's impossible not to compare to early Clipz. All whistling and fierce but funky, you'll be kicking yourself in the anu(bi)s if you don't pick up on this quickly. Highlights punch and bump every twist thereafter... The plucked note riff on "Real", the melting bass textures on "Ask Frank", the show-stopping wobbles of "Legohead" and the iron skank damager "Sneak Attack" all hit serious spots.
Review: Some questions can't be solved through basic logical procedures: like how do those subs rumble with so much room on "Enigma"? Why do those harps on "Suffer" make us melt inside? And how come no law enforcer has arrested the bassline on "Trust Nobody" for being so murderous? Other questions posed throughout this complex Complex compendium include how many slabs of concrete can "Vault Dweller" melt in one go? And what the deuce was running through Dominator's mind when he twisted up "What Are You" with such grizzly, venomous bass? Any questions?
Review: SHOTS FIRED! Gun Audio continue their Reload series with another epic slab of forthright freshness from some of the most respected names in the game: From master craftsman OGs like Heist, Murdock, Rowney & Propz and Jaydan to unavoidable hurter heroes Turno to exciting new talents like Jaxx, Vacuum and Meladee, it's a premiership rollcall each packing a heavyweight punch. Highlights across the 23-strong collection include Jaydan's reverse-stringing, cat-strangling freak out on "Murdering Monster", the hornet bass shakes and switches of Jaxx's "Combinations" and the frog chorus on Blackley's "TMI" but that really is the tip of the most explosive V/A album Gun Audio have ever detonated. Reload means reload.