Review: Jungle label, jungle music, Maad Ting! The Ipswich-based label are back after some killer releases by the likes of Leks, Faysha and DJ Uniques with this new one by DJ Direkt called "Calamity". Direkt gets that old school jump-up vibe in full effect on the opening title track, complete with ragga vocals, while the true stepper "Bunn" will no doubt get the heads down on the dancefloor, reminiscent of Calibre's early Soul:R releases. Finally, he hammers the message home on the fierce roller "Stress". Following up promising efforts on Sub Heavy Audio and Evolution, DJ Direkt sure is one to watch moving into 2021.
Review: Previously spotted flexing on the likes of Within The Woods and Kevlar, new talent DJ Direkt makes his debut on Midway with a feisty four-pack that covers all bass bases. "Bounderz" kicks us off with a bone rattling, loose-limbed drums and a funk bass, "Core" flexes waspy bassline and ruffage breaks while "Dreaming" adds a trippy twist to the blend with its faraway vocals and melting bassline. Last but not least "Feels" closes the show with Ulterior Motive style drum swings, techno-like percussion and a low end so dark you'll feel it's midnight at lunchtime.
DJ Direkt & MC Crystalize - "Demonz" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Relentless - (4:23) 175 BPM
Sine Wavez - (4:01) 175 BPM
Terrabyte - (4:09) 175 BPM
Terrorize - (4:06) 175 BPM
Terrybill - (4:06) 175 BPM
Want - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are unique in that they're based over in Canada and whilst you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North, the quality of this little imprint would suggest that we should. DJ Direkt is the latest artist to grace their release page and his Dangerz LP is straight up wicked, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns, nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum but having an element of the lighter side as well. The dominant frame here is rough and tumble beats which aren't precise and clinical but which are packed with dirty sounds. 'Killa Sound' is just that, a powerful roller with an old school edge to it. The title track is also top quality, and this LP just bangs from start to finish.
DJ Direkt & MC Crystalize - "KARma" - (4:24) 174 BPM
3REee - (4:24) 174 BPM
BOUNTyHUnt - (4:23) 175 BPM
BRIcks - (4:13) 174 BPM
Review: In case you wanted some more Perspective this Christmas, DJ Direkt is offering up a helping hand of heavy, 170 sounds that look set to roll out over the Christmas period with an appropriately cold edge to their sonic construction. 'PERSPective' is the title tune and what a sick one it is, with a funky edge to the sample laden intro and layered drums that inject a splash of toughness to the sound design. MC Crystalize makes an appearance on 'KARma', his devilish tones powerfully lacing the instrumental with even more fire and fury, in most likely the highlight of the EP. Top stuff.
Review: DJ Direkt is over on Within The Woods and with this single takes you on a rough and ready journey through rolling D&B, one that's characterised by its reliance on the best elements of the older school of 170 sonics: big drum hits, creative sampling and a complete lack of pretentiousness or over-engineering. 'Drop' is exactly that and we love the spoken sample that rolls out over the whole tune, whilst 'Take A While' finishes things off in style as well. Wicked.
Review: DJ Direkt does one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and they're a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Module' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Direkt, with the punching stabs of 'Slang' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Larger'. Big stuff.
Review: Reincarnate rise again with another jam-packed bounty of new-gen gems, all to raise money for Show Racism The Red Card and continue to reinforce the message that our scene will not stand for any type of racism. Once again the vibes and energy is high and the vibe is widescreen. Highlights include the bumpy, rubber ball bassline of DJ Direkt's 'Attak', 7Age's vibrant eight-bit, laser-blazing spike-out 'Junkie', Miss Lisa's groaning, trippy 'Hovis' and the minimal menace and wily drums of Pandi's Rapid'. And that's just the tip of this unifying iceberg. Stamp it out.
Review: Damageman's Sub Heavy hits the big twenty with this supersized V/A EP from some of the label's nearest, dearest and ruffest of friends. The main man takes the lead with 'Tell You Something', a gently dubby stepper laced with sultry vox and wormy subs. He's backed all the way by the likes of Conrad Subs with the fittingly titled face-ripper 'Hefty One', J.O.E gets his skank on with the bulldozer funk-up 'Likkle Yout Man', DJ Direkt strips things right back to the bare grizzly bones on 'Untitled' while Trauma DBC closes down the EP with a full-on deadly 'Lazer' fight. Beam us up!
Review: Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray a drop of golden sun. That's The Sound Of Music, circa 1965. Boh, a banger, an absolute banger. Whey, a drop of golden gunfingers. That's the 'Sound Of Nuusic', circa right about now as the Manchester based label let rip with their third V/A experience. Now an annual thing for the label, it's their biggest collection yet as it's super-charged with blaze-ups from the best in the new-gen game. From Sl8r's opener to Conrad Subs' grand VIP finale by way of cuts from the likes of Teej, Sola, Kuma, Epicentre, Kumarachi, Motiv, Selecta J-Man and many more on-point future headlining names, this isn't just the sound of Nuusic, it's the sound of now.
Review: All time original jungle label outta Caledonian Road, London, is 24 Karat, a platform that since its inception in '94 has tirelessly delivered all matter of drum and bass that over the years has morphed through hip hop, grime and trap while remaining a central port of call for UK club culture. Deep into 2020 the label presents Heavy Hitters: Volume Two - a 23-track large compilation that brings back productions from new signings Armada, DugBass, Destiny and Sasha Khan ("Soundclash") to established regulars and in-house pioneers like DJ Direkt, Keith Patience, Pablo G and label boss Danny Styles. Introducing new flavours from the freshly signed H2O and Juxt with the dreddly "Danger Dubs", other highlights include DJ Direkt & Faysha's demented "Killa" alongside the the grubby dubs and rave of Dugbass in "The Lies". It's a knockout.