Certified Sickness & MC Element - "Spit Venom" - (5:12) 178 BPM
Review: Badman brinkmanship as the Lay Low legend Certified Sickness delivers his debut album. Poking and prodding and turning every stone of the scene, it's an accomplished exercise in all-style junglism: the dancehall grit of "How We Party", the scatty computer paranoia of the title track, the extreme filth of the sexytime gyal dem shout out "Drum & Bass Girls", the unique tubular tones of the anvil bass on "Monster", the classic goosebump-inducing synths on "Dancing Shoes"... Shucks, there's even time for some off-piste tempo flexing on the frankly titled "House Music". Call the doctor.
Review: Damage Report steps up to the Liondub International label with his biggest release yet. This five-track EP offers a variety of sounds to fill a range of moods to suit the drum and bass dancefloor. For something deep, rolling and slightly off-kilter there's "Got Something" and staying on a mellow tip there's also the title-track "Substance". For bigger beats check out "Move N Sway" and "Nothing As Bad", while "Crack It" is a nasty digi-banger.
Review: Judging from the reception this UK producer has been getting from Hype and Pascal, it's only a matter of time before he blows up into the big time - so listen up. Packing the biggest of punches through the use of huge drops and bonesaw bass, the Time I Did EP manages to be a collection of highly accomplished, tightly produced dancefloor detonation devices, with each track coming from a different place in the D&B psyche. From heavy-handed and wild to technical and troubled at the flick of a switch, if you've not heard of this guy yet, prepare to hear your new favourite producer take flight into the wide world.
Review: 2015 has been a heavyweight year for Damage Report with a string of releases scudding the senses throughout. Here we find him concluding a year of business with insurgent-like EP fire on Higher Stakes. "This Bs" is unadulterated jump up with an array of basses vying for our attention over well-chiselled drums. "Hot To Trot" is reminiscent of Lynx's classic "Disco Dodo" thanks to its steppy dancehall damage while "Wht Was Tht" takes everything you know about jump-up and sound design, writes it down on a piece of A4, scrunches it up into a small ball that's so tight it's like a marble then pings it about 100 years into the future. Finally "Feel Good" closes the show with a big Hazard-style screech/wobble Q&A bassline, big synths and an emphatic rave-style vocal call to action. Look outside... Can you see any stones that aren't unturned? Didn't think so.
Review: Some days even the most optimistic junglist can feel the bassline game is over and every possible combination has been deduced. Then along comes Damage Report with "Tonight" where one of the oddest, off-beat, smile-inducing basses you'll hear all season awaits. Truly unique and great fun on the floor. Deeper in his bass game doesn't let up: "Head Cold" is fuelled by that angry sandpaper style riff that sounds like an enraged hornet's nest, "The Door Test" is all about the big bellowing subs while "Wasteman" doffs its cap to Annix's halftime hurter "Work For Nothing" with added skips back to classical double time. Chaos guaranteed.
Review: DJ Grimeminister's Digital 101 Recording returns with a full length by Damage Report, previously releasing on Liondub International. First up "Simple" is grime at drum and bass tempo to rather interesting effect. "Know How We Do" however sticks to the formula with its stabbing bassline that morphs into nasty sub bass complete with tight beats. "One More Thing" sounds like a Dilinja jam; enough said! "Nothing Happens" sets the scene with its murderous film samples on this truly evil one. "Out In The Streets" is the real highlight here as its meticulous breakbeat riding a rollin' bassline, complete with female vocal samples. Finally "Impulse VIP" is a simple yet effective stepper reminiscent of the classic "Warhead" by DJ Krust.
Review: Hello is that the police? We'd like to report a murder. Damage Report is killing it right now. Another naughty bullet in a chamber that's already fired off five release shots this year, "Polluted Shadows" continues his rich run of undiluted bass beef form. Highlights on this collection include the box-of-bees bass fuzz of "All That", the snake-like subby funk of the title track and the weirded out twists and grizzles of "Alone". There is no doubt he'll kill again soon.
Review: It really isn't a mystery why Taxman is held in such esteem by peers and punters alike. He's got this signature sound of grottiness which still feels musical, a trait which can sometimes get lost in today's noisy jump up scene. Let's be honest the original tune is a banger! The bass is as naughty as the title. Taxman takes into completely new places by mutating and oscillating the sub and bringing a more chaotic energy.
Review: D&B demolition man Damage Report continues to batter down our doors on a consistent and remarkably prolific basis. Here he returns to the label he had the honour of debuting on the launch release - DeLuxe's Bass Legion. Fittingly, it's a beast of a collection... "Computer Talk" is a scratchy, angular robo-ruffneck jam, "Break Up" is a clap-happy triplet glitcher, "Disciple" strips the vibe right back to a space-aged two-step while "No No No" is pure genius in its vocal texture manipulation. Computer says yes.
Review: There's no stopping this man this year Damage Report is nearing double digits on the release-clock and we're only just half way through. Each one commands attention, especially this dangerous doublet on Short Circuit. "Deco Dance" teases with a classic short and hypey female rave vocal and a classy bass Q&A. "Hearsay" takes us deeper into the Londoner's bass psyche with a techier riff that's sopping wet with design and topped with clever Wild West vocals. Crucial.
Review: Tyke's Holographic Audio sparks up a big fat 2017 with a hefty seven-piece from the currently unfailing Damage Report. Every release of his last year was a blinder and we're looking just as destructive this year... The high harmonics and jazzy breakdown on "The Jitters", the crisp minimal funk and loose triplet swagger of "Back Ark", the cosmic twangs of "Backspace", the sandpaper volcano that is "From Earth", the wideboy wobbling sub and lolloping drums of "Not Right"... Each track hits with its own distinctive yet consistently heavy charm and character. Always underplayed and rough around the edges, these are the perfect antidote to the over-produced, digital-finessed D&B du jour.
Review: Two weeks have passed since his massive bounty "The Jitters" and Damage Report is back with another brutal showdown: "Cardboard Cut Out" smelts things down to classic riff theory as it pays homage to a timeless dynamic powered by his own characteristic funk and mischief. "Twisted Vision" follows suit with a much deeper, unique vibe. With creepy organs piping in all the right places and a butt-dragging sub slithering under the skippy breaks, it's Damage Report at his most creative, experimental and memorable. Yet another killer release from this rising star.
Review: Damage Report has been doing, well, damage, over on Grid Recordings for a little while now and so this next release could actually be considered somewhat overdue. Never fear, however, as a remix release for the man himself is upon us and boy, it's been worth the wait. Courtesy of Lupo, Nick The Lot, Twisted Individual, Warhead, Matt View and Marvel Cinema, Damage Report has been given the onceover in a way that freshens things up by stays true to the original. Nick The Lot's remix of 'Time Lapse' is the standout contribution from a crowded field, his ability to warp sounds into devilish concoctions of force is on full displays and blimey, it sounds bloody wicked. One for the jump-up crew.
Review: They keep on coming, Damage Report is firing off all sorts of twisted sounds this year, and they're all worth paying attention to. Here we find him covering the range again: "Just A Sample" is a bounced-out robo bass jump-cut, "Cue" takes us on an Annix style halfstep rampage, "Phat Bottom" is every bit as fun as the title suggests with its "Quest" style wide-load sub rolls and details. Finally "Don't Test Me" tears down the curtain on an industrial strength Euro jump-up flex where the line between genius and insanity is blurred to the point of vanishing. Tremendous.
Review: Damage Report is an appropriate name for this artist and, listening through his Monster EP, you can hear why. This release is a solid envelope of four tunes which demonstrate a serious understanding of jump-up's nastier end, the type of jump-up which some hate but which inspires a passionate love for the genre in others. The title track is the best example of this, its pointed, jagged-edged basslines are cutting and penetrating at the same time, snappy drums lie underneath and the whole tune is packaged with effortless finesse. Check out the others for some of the hardest-hitting D&B around.