Review: Blak Twang and Conrank - there's no messing with this partnership. His words flowing with a freedom and clarity that most grime MCs dream of, here we find Blak Twang extolling the virtue of hard graft and love for all scenes in the way only he can. His sentiments are compounded perfectly by Con's razor sharp riddim. Spacious enough to carry Twang's big sermon, heavy enough to chop-slap any dancefloor, this rapper/producer pact is impeccable.
Review: Repping all the way from Shanghai, UK producer Conrank has cooked up his most explosive beat banquet to date. The moment the uncompromising sub-slams and caustic vocal shot from "Shut Up" fire through your speakers, you know this is going to be next level. Further on we're sucker-punched by the sexy trappist flickers of "High Rollah", we're pulverised by the industrial strength drums of "AMPM", we're sent into dizzy oblivion by his Doshy hook-up "Hennessey", we're surged deep into 808 bliss on "Strap It Up" and brought to a sensational next-level crescendo with the madcap and unpredictable "Clear". Distinctive and wholly original, Conrank's busting some dangerous vibes right here. Get to know.
Space Jesus & Conrank - "Meatball Parm" - (2:38) 150 BPM
Tonk Sound - (3:24) 150 BPM
Outro - (1:12) 98 BPM
Review: Next up, the legendary Circus are at it again, this time rolling out the red carpet for Conrank who arrives here on album duty, supplying us with sixteen original creations, showcasing his style from start to finish. The album explores just how dirty dubstep can get, with tracks such as 'Drum In Time' and 'Blast' pushing synthesizer units to the limit with disgusting sound design and gritty bass tones. For us the album is hard hitting from start to finish but our highlights have to include the dance ready divisions of 'Wake Up', which features some stunning vocal work from Charmae, along with the junglist drum switches of 'Level 8' and blippy textures of 'Bubble & Run', which takes on additional work from Patwan.
El Carnicero - "Orange Soda Moustache" - (3:06) 147 BPM
DJ Cable - "Cartridge" (VIP) - (4:36)
Bombe - "Still Riddim" - (3:36) 146 BPM
Review: Founded on importing the UK bass sounds to the US while embracing their own native bass techniques, Slit Jockey have developed a unique motif over the years. The annual Choice Cuts series is one of the best ways of experiencing their well chiselled sound, and this is one of their best compendiums to date. Whether you start studying for a degree in star-gazing to Ill-Esha's "Galactic Halo", play the air steel drums to Strooly & Swimwear's neon-tribal hypnosis session "Chemtrails" or lose your mind to the unique fusion of hardcore and trap on Wonder's "RaveT", one thing is certain - Slit Jockey will leave you feeling more than satisfied.
Review: 10 years of US/UK grime feedback: Slit Jockey celebrate a decade of dirt with this extensive collection of classics, currents and previously unheard cuts. There might be 10 years between some of the tracks but you'd never tell; such is the solid signature and high quality control of the label. Every track is a highlight but cuts like Lenkemz savage club shredder "Can't See U", Blak Twang & Conrank's midnight murker "Go Getter" and Mr Mitch's eerie moon-bouncing trapisms are essential staples for any grime and bass connoisseur's collection. Here's to another 10 years.