Review: The man, the myth, the absolute legend DJ Sly makes his debut on Liondub's Street Series and it's about ruddy time too! Following the likes of Cool Hand Flex, Trex, Macky Gee, Motiv and many, many more, Sly jumps headfirst into the EP in the way the series was intended: pure floor fire tailored for nothing but mix creativity and crowd bashment. From the screaming high voltage growls of "Dark Number" to the utterly disgraceful bass tones and ravishment of the soundsystem slapping finale "Disco Hall", Sly hasn't just added to an already killer series but levelled it up. Essential.
Review: DJ Sly is getting back to business this New Year, with a sick EP that fully represents the harsher, tougher side of the scene. 'Back To Biz' opens with steppy drums that pan out underneath a peng sense of sample-laden ambience, but the serenity of the opener gives way on the drop to something a lot more expansive and dark, tying the knot on a quality drop. Classic old school vibes abound on 'Mash Up' but their nostalgic nature doesn't stop DJ Sly from sneaking in a naughty, 2020-worthy pitched-up back end in there that underpins the track and gives it a nice weight. Solid EP.
Review: This is a hell of a compilation from the Original Key crew, celebrating 3 years of being in the game. To do so, they've roped in some seriously big names including Sub Zero, T>I, Aries, Dutta and the one and only Bungle. Bungle's contribution is a powerful, rolling number with a solid drum break and swirling, hypnotic low frequency oscillation that'll have you nodding in agreement. Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket come correct on 'The Magnificent', DJ Sly and MC Det smash 'Jungle Drums, and there are many more huge tracks on here from equally huge artists. One to remember.
Review: Introducing the sounds of Chemical Warfare Vol. 1 a radical attempt to create jump-up so splintered and broken you'll barely recognise it. This is pure party music, there's no time for sophisticated conversations about its merits because you'll be too busy dancing to it Outlaw's 'Sticky Situation' epitomizes the extent of the madness here, with a punched-out percussive line that underpins a grating force of progression and anger, perfectly crafted to give you goosebumps in the dance. The metallic quality to 'Soundboy' is another highlight, and it's safe to say that with these three tunes Outlaw, DJ Sly and Nightshift have done a wicked job. Big tunes.
Review: DJ Sly has been around for a little while now and shows no signs of abating and this latest release on Higher Stakes is a good example of why. The title track is just relentless, pitched-up synth monstrosities abound as they exude pure low-frequency force, the main attractions in an arrangement that is designed for pure blast off. 'You Will Know' is the other highlight. You'll recognise the sample right away, what you won't recognise is its dirty concoction of quivering bass notes and fluctuating back end pulses, which combine to make one hell of a naughty track. DJ Sly has absolutely murdered this one and we're looking forward to seeing what he has in store next.
Review: Catch-up time! If you've yet to experience the vibes of OKey's Original Key imprint, now is the time to get acquainted... Launched in Germany this time last year, here they've put all their releases so far in one handy package. Ranging from Heist's percussion-flickering funk on "Seems Risky" to DJ Sly's horn-blazed skanky switch-up "98 Style" via Bassface Sascha & Feindsoul's badboy blaster "Sage" and Tomoyoshi's Clipz-style Q&A fireworks on "Killa Soundboy", this collection is testament to what a great year it's been for OKey... And drum & bass in general.
Review: 2017 winds down and DJ Sly finally reveals the aces he's been hiding up his sleeve all year. A power-move rejoinder to last year's inaugural part, once again "King Of Clubs" reminds us who's boss. Highlights include the insane switch between vibey textures and a cutlass bassline on "Bright Lights", the metallic harmonic purrs on the bassline of "My Style" and incredible laser-firing obnoxiousness of "30 30". But that's only the first round in this high stakes game. Stick, twist then rewind, Sly's strictly playing winners here.
Review: All Low Down Deep releases are important but this one is especially significant as Logan D unleashes the first of what is likely to be a mountain of unreleased beats by the sorely missed Dominator who sadly passed away on June 8 this year. Both remixes here have Dom and Logan's stamp slashed throughout; Pleasure's 2014 track from The Firm album sees a ramp up in bite and a much more demonic wolf-like bark while "Flight 33" gets a complete tear-down and rebuild with much more brutal, low-swung bassline. The results speak for themselves. RIP Dom.
Review: DJ Sly has spent years earning his stripes in the dirtiest corners of jump up's spectrum, and he really knows what he's doing. This is an EP ready for a rave, with 'Phantom Planet' shining as our highlight, while its main sound is the loud and aggressive ear drum damaging mass of chaos we know and love there's an unexpected influence drawn from the the sci-fi techy edge of the scene which is rarely heard in these here parts, other producers take note; it works! 'Big Trouble' nostalgically and very happily brings us back to the glory days of 08-09 Taxman, Original Sin and Twisted Individual, it's hard hitting, tongue in cheek, and completely fun.
Review: New German label Original Key continue to fire the big guns on their third release: DJ Sly continues to chow down on the quarter pounders with another epic plunging bassline on "98 Style" that just tears through everything else in the mix (including the cheeky string sample on the fills) For the second track OKey invites fellow German titans Bassface Sascha and Feindsoul on board for a grunting, jumpy bassline-focused b-boy session. Die saga geht weiter...
Review: Last spotted on Low Down Deep last summer, Higher Stakes Sly returns with four more signature jumpy funk cuts. Teaming up with long-time conspirator Pacso for the first two tunes we're slapped silly by the 70s car chase wah wah guitars of "Honey Monster" and buzzed around a series of dirty warehouse floors on the classic bassline-focused "909". Going solo for the second half of the game, "Pull Up Riddem" is a dancehall stepper that drops into a game-changing reverse bassline while "Playing Games" builds with an almost Orbital-style synthy intro before kicking us in the nether regions with its warm but deadly hook.
Review: It's been a while since Higher Stakes invited us for a game. Following "Full House" and "Crazy Eights" in previous years, Sly returns with another winning shuffle. A near album-sized game, there's some mean strategies at play: highlights include the early Die-style bass and guitar licks of "M1", the electrical high-range bass stings and soapy sample play on "EastEnd" and the wobbly brilliance and outstanding vocal processing of "Gas Bag". Aces.