Review: Nuusic put out some damn good music. In fact, we're still reeling from their Sound of Nuusic compilation and that was months ago and so this EP from Disrupta is a welcome addition to the ever-burgeoning world of D&B. Five tracks long, Karma is a moody, raw release that would undoubtedly sound fat through a soundsystem. This is especially true for track one, 'Origin', a diving, sub-heavy piece of work that gargles on the stabs and bounces on the hits. 'Fire' featuring Zoro has a cool, steppy beat pattern and even bigger bassline to match. Top stuff.
Review: So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke. Your love life's D.O.A It's like you're always stuck in second gear. When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month Or even your year, but DJ Gaw will be there for you. He's got Friends with a capital F. Mates likes Metalwork, Kumo, Parallel, Citrusfly, Magenta and Offline. Together they are most definitely there for you with raw co-lab fusion. Highlights include the ruff stuff bass grunts on "Mad Ting", the well-humoured mid 2000s style bassline funk of "Stingray Dub" and the deeper charms of "About You". Each friend bringing out a different side to Gaw. Each friend reminding us how on-point Pick N Mix are. They'll be there for you.
Review: Bristol's baddest drum & bass crew are back on the road and back releasing fiercely naughty music that's just packed to the rafters with urban-edged attitude. DJ Gaw has been honing his craft for some time and the work put in is evident in Hand Sign, five-tracker that starts off with a bang and doesn't let up for one second. 'Signal' is superb, as Gaw samples the great David Rodigan, creating a wicked ambience which is then cut through by sharp-edged breaks and bouncing, wobbly stabs. The jungle destruction continues on 'Hand Sign', Joe Burn lays down the bars on 'Hyper' and Disrupta finishes the job with a feature on the superly gruff 'Rasta'.
Review: Who are the Dropzquad? We're not entirely sure, to be honest, but we assume that this release is a summary of their music. Featuring DJ Gaw, Decrypt, Phenom and LDT & Shock, it's a showcase of the Dropzone sound and we're definitely into it. 'Angery' is our personal highlight, with an endearing movie sample over the intro but a moody, vibrant back end that shudders and groans as it rotates on itself. This one is a proper roller and the rest of the EP carries on the charge with pure-blooded cuts left right and centre. Choonage.
Review: Pick N Mix: A place where full fat variety comes as standard and you're guaranteed to leave with a blazing sugar high and the stickiest fingers imaginable. Since launching last year they've been responsible for a whole barrage of on-point fire jams from the most exciting names in the new-gen D&B movement and for their 10th release they've levelled up the selection in a major way. 20 fresh tracks from 20 killer new talents, the vibes here are so palpable you could chew them. Highlights include the techno-like insistency and of Alex SLK's "Gorillaz", savage tear-out in the form of Vital's "The Game", Zoro's Dread-bass warp wonder session "Buss It", Magenta's MC-fronted bash-about "Purpose", the list goes on and on. Sweet!