Acuna - "Don't Need Your Love, Baby" - (5:12) 174 BPM
DJ Hybrid - "I Get Mash Up" - (4:52) 175 BPM
SR & Digbee - "Morning Strummer" - (4:26)
Ricky Force - "Setbacks" - (5:19) 170 BPM
Review: A truly delightful EP here from36 Hertz, "The Aztec Bass EP" celebrates a wealth of talent from the label, including such names as Acuna, DJ Hybrid, SR & Digbee and Ricky Force. Kicking things off with "Don't Need Your Love Baby" by Acuna and the spaced out intro switches into a synth driven, vocal hook and ensuing drop which is full of rattling metallic beats. DJ Hybrid's "I Get Mash Up" carries on with its bellowing bass and uplifting, polished vocal sections, before we move on to SR & Digbee's "Morning Strummer". Here things get a bit more rough and dirty on a Wilkinson-style tip before last but not least Ricky Force brings things to a close with the driving bass of "Setbacks".
Review: Since resurrecting System Shock, Callide has been on a one-man mission to raise the profile of his own favoured brand of soul-shaking deadliness. On this little beauty of a remix EP though, he's no longer a man on a lone mission, as plenty of the scene's hardest hitters have been placed on point to lend a hand. Remixes like DJ Hybrid's old school take on "Inferno" and Dominator's epic rolling intro for "A Way To Get The Answer" have given a new lease of life to these dancefloor-destroying slices of pure energy, as well as show off the diversity and creativity that still lives within the heart of our darkest, most club-focused sub-genres. A must for any fan of the harder stuff.
Charlie Rotten - "The Myriad Part 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (16:49) 181 BPM
Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, getting a whole compilation full of them from a variety of up and coming producers is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - 'Iggy' - from Garry K & RV is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. 'Vultures' by Zapya and MC Karter is another top-level cut, a skippy drum-line and menacing vocals sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. There are a bunch more excellent tunes on this release, so go check them out.
Review: Choose Conrad Subs. Choose Deep In The Jungle. Choose a lifetime of being happy-slapped by amens and tickled in the gut by long rumbling subs the size of elephants. Choose collaborations with DJ Hybrid like the swaggering "Rinse It". Choose absolutely slamming Urban Takeover-style 96 era jump-up "Rough Beats" and skank so hard you give yourself a hernia. Choose sexy vocals like the ones on "Through My Eyes". Choose the insanely brutal slammage of "Imperial Roots" and feel like you need to take a long hot shower afterwards and still feel like you're covered in engine oil. Choose this EP and double dropping every track tune fi tune. Choose bludclart jungle. It's the ravers choice...
Review: Crisp, futuristic sounds come courtesy of UK's own J Hybrid, a producer who's seemingly more prolific every single month that passes. This time he turns his paranoid junglist sounds to 36 Hertz, and first track "Nothing Else" is a blending high-powered dancefloor filler powered by the manifestly dark thoughts that fill his best productions. "Bring It On" changes the mood completely, with sizzling horns sampled over big punches of bass and jungle breaks and as "Smash and Grab" moves into cinematic territory with widescreen atmospherics we almost forgot where we were...until the drop. "Reach" rounds this stonker of an EP up with the soundtrack to a true old school rave. Bring the energy.
Review: DJ Hybrid just won't let up. Consistently smashing 2016 to pieces with crusher after crusher, his sense of classic rudiments and contemporary dynamics is nothing short of precision. As proved once again on Sub-Liminal: "Murder Soundboy" rolls with the understated grit of a mid 90s 31 cut. "Kung Fu Masters" retains this foundation feel with a mid 90s grizzler vibe that Serum executes on the regular while "Know Your Enemy" is all reese bass and sirens with moody ominous results. Remix-wise Benny L plays the consummate edge lord with steroid drum twists. Murderation.
Review: Oh gosh. DJ Hybrid has been bang on point with every plate he's dropped in the last two years. Now the men who've benefited from his bullets in their sets return the favour with this first volume of remixes from last year's album Mixed Origins; Callide takes us right back to early 2000s Fresh-style savagery on "It's Murder", Ray Keith polishes up his amen knuckle dusters on "Run Away" while Benny L adds a whole new level of floating charm to "Bring It Back". Deeper into the collection Livewire and Samurai Breaks take us right back to 92 with new school techniques, DJ LAB lays down some superlative subs on "Boom In 93", Schematic twist "Beyond My Control" into a fuzzy distorted grizzler while finally Section busts up the drums in his faithful twist on "Lost In The Music". Album remix packages really don't come broader or badder than this.
Review: Sick plate pirate Hybrid is down big style with the Serial Killaz crew and with the kind of boss tunes he creates, the SK's label is his natural home. This latest missive from the frontline features two tracks that pack serious dancefloor punch indeed. "Get Hype" is fusion of dubby grooves, amen breaks and mega chopped vocals. "Rewind Selection" riffs off vintage 2-step, with added Robin S-style bass organ, ravey sunrise-on-ecstasy synth pads and sped up RnB vocal snips. Proper dope beats.
Review: For those who don't know: the Serial Killaz are Drum & Bass/Jungle producers from the UK signed to Congo Natty and Playaz Recordings and in addition are now running their own Serial Killaz label, which serves up this killer by DJ Hybrid entitled the In Too Deep EP. First up he teams up with Section on the fierce breakbeat onslaught of "Give You More" which is reminiscent of classic Dom & Roland. "Regrets" is a dark roller with sampled R&B vocals providing a nice contrast to the nefarious elements; killer bassline on this one by the way! The title track is deep old school style drum and bass that's no doubt a nod to classic sounds by DJ Die or Krust while the jump up vibes of "Moving On" close the EP out nicely.
Review: Half man, half machine (hence the name), Hybrid has been unstoppable this year. Tune after tune after tune for days and they've all been precision delivered with the dancefloor and heads in mind. Here we find him on mean debut label EP flex for Natty Congo and nothing is left to chance as all vibes are licked thoroughly; "Occupational Hazard" kicks with real classical Moving Fusion style late 90s power and some brilliantly tripped out cascading moans, "Lunar" kicks with a Rockwellian ghettotech pace while "Bad Man Culture" rolls with a mild jumpy wobble reminiscent of foundation Bristol. "Turn It Around" brings home the funk bacon with a vibe that's not dissimilar to Break. Seriously.
Review: The phantom badman menace returns... Coventry vibe king Hybrid hands over the parts of last year's Jungle War track "What Else" to a host of label mates and newcomers and the results are so sick you'll need a shower once you've heard them. Those after hard-hitting early 2000s style sci-fi savagery should look no further than RMS while those in need of a heads-down soul roll-out will be pleased with Swerve's twist. Elsewhere we have Epicentre and MSdoS junglising your life inside out, Audiomission sandpapering your baby-soft face and the absolutely stinking VIP from the man himself. Proper jungle dynamite. What else is there to say?
Review: Now this is interesting... DJ Hybrid is releasing his second album across two EPs on both of his labels. Here we find "Addicted To Audio" on his flagship imprint Audio Addict. A dedication to the foundational D&B bug he was first bitten by, this collection shows his dancefloor side with raw, unkempt energy and riff dynamism; the low-end grunts and wry MC samples of "The Lurker", the logistical shades and euphoric thrust of "Forever" and beehive bassline and sudden flighty switch on "Boom Ting" are just three examples of Hybrid's high level addiction here. Now go and seek the second half "Deeper In The Jungle".
Review: The unstoppable DJ Hybrid is doing something really special here. Rather than releasing his album on just one of his labels, he's sharing the wealth across both imprints. As well as "Addicted To Audio" on Audio Addict comes this equally slamming five-piece on Deep In The Jungle. Naturally it covers his break-bashing ragga style to perfection with some seriously show-stopping highlights such as the stuttering dancehall of "Raised In The Jungle", the gang-banging bass badness of "Deeper Into The Jungle" and the total drum heaven of "Original Junglist". And this is just the half of it.
Review: Hailing from Coventry, DJ Hybrid has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Natty Dub Recordings for a full-throated six-tracker that kicks off with title track 'Push The Dub', a gently weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. 'Back in the Day' and '808 Roller' have clear Kings of the Rollers vibes, with juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the South - proper UK underground stuff.
Review: Chasing the chem trails left by his label mate and peer RMS last month, the mighty DJ Hybrid makes his Liondub debut with this precision six tracker. As always with the Coventry killer, there's no filler in sight and a full range of flavours on offer; "Stay High" eases us in with soulful west coast finesse before "Prime Time" gets busy with sinewy alien funk and early 2000s Dope Dragon hookiness, "Breathe" brings the sunny side dubwise feels before hurling us into a deep jungle swamp, "No Way" is all about the Critical style stripped back minimal rollage before "Shockin Out" hits us upside the chops with some absolutely foul jungle wobbles before "Special Request VIP" brings us home on a rocket made of sirens and classic reverse basses. No stone left unturned; this is DJ Hybrid at his broadest and baddest.
Review: Multiple label mogul, card carrying junglist and all round badman DJ Hybrid shares the parts of last year's piano-laced roller "Love The Vibe" to five expert new-gen speaker smashers; Stompz takes us down a guttural tech-twist path only showing shards of the original's euphoria, Kumarachi goes mental with rattling breaks and dub sirens galore, Damageman maintains the uplifting pianos while switching up the bassline into a stripped back growler, Sl8r brings is signature devil bass while Furniss closes the show with a bass riff so ugly all mirrors in the club will shatter when you drop it. Vibey.
Review: Boom boom shake shake the room.... DJ Hybrid adds another label to his portfolio in the shape of Boom 93, a new home for all things early 90s influenced where the focus is squared heavily on strictly the rawest of original jungle craftmanship. Taking launch duties himself DJ Hybrid sets the benchmark with two seismic slabs of brucked up business. "Riddim Runner" is a powerful jam with walloping Dread undertones and drums so stirring they'll leave you feeling seasick. "Don't Watch" follows a similar suit but with added layers of synths soothing your ruffled soul with an occasional oriental motif and a few cheeky hadoukens en route. They DO make them like they used to!
Review: DJ Hybrid sparks up once again. This time flexing on Serial Killaz imprint, it's another generous package that stretches across the board and back. "Puff Puff Pass" pays homage with the sticky icky with a drawn out fog horn bassline, "Ready To Rumble" adds a little vocal sensuality to the glacial bass while "I Challenge You" is more of a tech edged affair with another scorching electric bassline. Dig deeper for the frenzied rifle breaks and creative humanised textures of "Beatbox" (with My Selecta) and the savage breaks and Dread bass warbles of "Hear The Drummer". If that's not enough there's an uncut stinker VIP of "Moving On" thrown in for good measure. No one is doing it like DJ Hybrid.
Review: DJ Hybrid on Serial Killaz... Before you even press play you know this is going to be trouble. And you'd be right; every track on here is firing lock stock and barrel into the heart of the dance. The title track shows a different side to the Audio Addict / Deep In The Jungle bossman as he gets much moodier, steppier and spacier in the mix than he's done before. It's back by a whole slew of damagers including the outer-planetary wobbles of "Tell You Something" (with Replicant), the gnarly, dog-barking bassline stepper "Push" and a body-slamming ghetto-style rump-shaker "Upside Down" (with My Selecta). And that's barely half of what's on offer here. DJ Hybrid is absolutely slamming it once again this year. And we know he's got plenty more locked in the chamber this year. Skillz!
Review: Calling all ragamuffins and roustabouts; DJ Hybrid's 2016 Natty Dub banger gets the treatment from two bonafide roller dons. T>I steps up first with a serious murk of approval as the creepy intro, spoken sample and stripped back nature of the original are maintained but with added clunky drums on the fills and a gnarlier twist to the bass fills. Damageman also maintains the arpeggiated intro but then drops into a classic loose-limbed breakbeat before eventually building into a big juicy synth riff a la BBK circa 2005. Spot on.
Review: Hailing from Coventry, DJ Hybrid has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Audio Addict for a full-throated six-tracker that kicks off with 'Take A Look' featuring RMS, a gently weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. 'Rapture and 'Swordplay' have clear Kings of the Rollers vibes, with juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the South - proper UK underground stuff.
Review: Hailing from Coventry, DJ Hybrid has firmly established himself over the last couple of years as someone at the forefront of D&B's re-discovered love for jungle-influences and bouncy but hard-hitting basslines. Drawing upon those influences, he's back on Audio Addict for a full-throated six-tracker that kicks off with 'On A Riddim', a gently weighted sine-based wobbler that pushes on every corner of the range. 'Madman' and 'Funk Pulse' have clear Kings of the Rollers vibes, with juddering bass pulses and that recognizable sense of hardware-based rawness. This release has overtones of Manchester and undertones of the South - proper UK underground stuff.
Review: After a very impressive 2017, the Audio Addict collective are back with another heavyweight release package to kick off 2018 with a bang. After a fantastically well received release of DJ Hybrid and Haribo's heavyweight collaboration 'Raised In The Jungle', the Audio Addict imprint have put together a phenomenal selection of six official remixes. Our favourites have to be smooth subs of Swerve's rollers rework, the techy arrangement and vocal manipulation of My Selectas redesign and Drop Out's classic hip hop remix, complete with scratches and vocal breakdowns. This is a great start to the year for Hybrid's ever impressive imprint.
Review: DJ Hybrid, Jaxx, Cabin Fever, Feline and K Jah... Now that's a modern junglist rollcall you can set your watch by. Every player involved is packing serious heat here too... DJ Hybrid unleashes a rumbling understated groaner, Jaxx gets all jittery and data-glitchy, Cabin Fever get all jazzy and soulful over a massive subby wobble, Feline adds an Original Sin style widescreen brashness to the mix while K Jah takes us back to Bristol for science class detention. Five absolute jammers right here, Natty Dub don't muck around mate.
Review: Batten down your hatches, lock down your aerials, keep your pets inside: Deep In The Jungle are about to slap 2018 silly with another massive album. And it kicks off here with some of the label's finest. Bossman DJ Hybrid and currently unstoppable RMS take the lead with "Now That Your Gone" which hits and slices with a Charge-style hoover riff, Welsh artist Substrate follows with his DITJ debut, the amen-shattering, Remarc-style slammer "Crayfish" while the bulletproof banger wizard Kumararchi gets all grizzly and ruffneck on "Buss A Ting". Finally Opius & Dapz leave us hanging for more with a powerful brock-out that nods slyly at the mid 90s Urban Takeover sound with added splashes of gospel. Bring on the album!
Review: One of the savviest axis-flexors in the D&B / jungle game, DJ Hybrid has an all seeing eye across the soundboy spectrum with his two labels and mixed-style signature. Here the full focus is on his flagship label Audio Addict with his first exclusive-powered mix album that covers all the crucial corners. Every track rattles and shakes with energy and subversion: the jungle chaos of his own "Mix & Blend", the iced-out atmos and toxic drop of Swerve's "Massive & Crew", the gunshot bass holes caused by Lost Dynamics "New Funk", the jaw-dropping ruthlessness of Ray Keith's take on "Badboy", the list goes on... DJ Hybrid levels up once more.
Review: BANG! Rising artists take note... This is exactly how you should end your best year to date: with a five track stack of proper jungle ruffage. Coming courtesy of DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle, Subwoofah boss woman Euphonique delivers fire on fire on fire we're bashed and bumped from ragamuffin pillar to amen post. Every track slams your soul but essential brock outs include the jellied bass wobbles on "Get Busy", Killamanjaro's commanding dancehall vocals on "Junglist Style" and her thunderous shredder collaboration with the boss man DJ Hybrid on "Oi". Pure arson...