Review: The hyper prolific Conrad Subs returns to Original Key with a five track celebration of everyone's favourite strategy boardgame. "Risk" is a light-stepping vocal piece with slimline keys and a dreamy vocal from Lady D-Zire. It's a summer sizzler and it's backed by four more bruisers. Highlights include the late 90s Urban Takeover style jump-up homage "Bassline Kickin", the ravey slamboree of tubular bass and industrial strength breaks "Nothing Says The Same" and the smelly rolling opening track "All Massive". Take some risks today. We're looking forward to Conrad's "Monopoly" EP...
Review: Sub Heavy soldier since one of the earliest releases, Conrad Subs returns to Damageman's imprint with two certified stink-ups. "Tough Enough" is the unruly, roughened sort. All bruisy and gruff. The type you wouldn't take home to your parents even if they promised to be on their best behaviour. Then we have the obese nature of "Fatty". A tune so rude you wouldn't even take it to your postcode due to its dark skank stench, classic rimshot breaks and unwieldy weeping basslines. Savage, raw and authentically jungle. This ain't fat, it's just big boned. So will you be when you watch it pop in the dance...
Review: Conrad Subs is rising up the ranks so rapidly, some people are using his name as rhyming slang for 'naughty dubs'. Chow down on this edition to Liondub's ever-sick "Street Series" collection and you will be too as some of his most beautiful and his most sharpest and unruly designs are on display right here. The title track "Magnify" is a gilded dreamer laced with soul but behind the vibes there's a whole cannon of gully locked and loaded. From the stripped back minimal funk and style of "Transfixed" to the absolute breakbeat bombardment of the brilliantly-titled "Splurt", highlights swing from every possible rafter.
Review: Conrad Subs' jungle number Leave Dem has been on repeat here ever since it came out on Nuusic's recent compilation, The Sound of Nuusic. So we're excited to hear him back on the label with a full-length EP and it's just as good, with a nicely spicy mix of broken and rolling sounds spread across five tracks. Title track is proper down and dirty jungle, with the old school sampling and roughshod vibes to boot, 'In Check' is more of a rolling thing and doesn't mess around, whilst on VIP duties is his Days Are Numbered - what a rework this is. Simple but powerful. Check this one out.
Review: Not many people pump out music at the rate of knots managed by a certain Mr Conrad Subs, a highly prolific producer whose styles ranges widely all over the scene, from stuttering jungle strikes to flowing liquid lusciousness. Here he's firmly sitting down in the heavy chair, wiggling his bum and getting comfortable, as he lays out across four-tracks on Ten Ton Beats in spectacular fashion. 'Fatman' is an especially potent slice, as sharp wooden drum hits permeate throughout its wobbling, swelling bassline that packs a shedload of attitude. He also teams up with Damageman on 'Finally', a powerful weapon that makes tidy use of a cool little sample to give that extra bit of oomph to an already big drop.
Review: Put this release on, close your eyes and you can almost see Boomtown: the sprawling crowds, the bucket hats and the fat stacks of speakers undoubtedly blaring out something that sounds a lot like Conrad Sub's Boombox EP. A combination of ragga jungle and harder flavours, this release epitomizes the feel-good yet moody take on music so common to this side of the scene. 'Batty Rider' rolls and rolls, with Break-esque sub-bass dives and growling sine wobbles that beautifully transform into rowdy jungle. 'Flood Out' features some more chilled out jungle atmospherics that still pack a punch, once more containing a mid-way switch into naughty breaks. The other three also all absolutely slam - sick release.
Review: With upwards of 20 releases this year, it's been a crazy busy 2018 for rising new-gen breaksmith Conrad Subs. He's not showing any signs of slowing down either as this return to DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint proves... There's a wry nod to speed garage on the Rip Groove saluting "Special Request" and the 187 Lockdown referencing "Come Selecta" while elsewhere we have rapid ragga chats on "XXL", deeper sci fi funk on "Sound Killa", absolutely savage breakbeat shattery on "Lions Dub" and stone cold jungle finale "Run The Track". Pure drum craftsmanship, watch out for the sweet bluesy sample on the intro because it's the only respite Conrad's going to give you. Just the way it should be.
Review: Conrad Subs is one of those heavily underrated producers that seems to consistently push out music regardless of how much attention is cast his way. He plugs away and you can tell in the maturity that emanates from his music. The creativity on 'Update Funk' is evidence of that, a funky, infectious synth line running perfectly beneath Valiant Emcee's upbeat vocal work. 'Sneak' is just as creative with its harsh, steppy percussive work that underpins a swinging, wonky concoction of synthy basses that wouldn't be amiss in a Med School or Diffrent Music release. The interesting drums continue on 'Bones' and 'Jackdaw', the former of which is a bitingly dark halftime cut, the latter another steppy bit chock full of stabs and swerves. Another top EP from man like Conrad Subs.
Review: First name Conrad, last name Subs: one of the most prolific and consistent newcomers strikes breakbeat gold once again on new northern collective Nuusic. Each cut pokes a different corner of jungle's dark underbelly; "Days Are Numbered" hums with soulful reggae sunlight a la Potential Badboy, "Rumble" is a serious party track with a brilliant use of a classic sample and darked out rolls, "2 Step Flex" taps deep into a ragga vein, "Sweet Sweet" is all about the dancehall vibes while "Footwork" closes the show with a mutoid bassline that goes through various shades of nasty from reverse wobble to crushed lecky pylon. First name Bad, last name Man.
Review: After a sizzling string of killer EPs on other labels, the currently unstoppable Conrad Subs returns to his own Maad Ting imprint with this smoking jungle shock-out. Peppered with dubwise vocal samples, Andre The Giant-sized subs and a rolling sense of damagement that's strong enough to crush a warehouse, it's another thoroughbred shockout from the rising star. Go get your radar and lock this man down on it.
Review: With releases on STAT, Inna Rhythm and Soul Deep Digital already under his cap this year, Conrad Subs makes his debut on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle with five more rowdy workouts. "Rampin" tickles a pungent whiff of Bristol thanks to its harmonic bassline riff, "Dubrock" is all trippy drums and gunshots, "Spit Shine" takes us deep into the rave with a Binga-style jitteriness while "Let Me Go" turns us inside out with its turbo bass shots, sirens and rampant drumwork. Finally "Basic Replay" closes on a slick sick steppy fix. Easily Conrad's most comprehensive and hardest hitting collection so far.