Review: Hedex is on a mission again! He's rousing up the troops for the second 'Collected' collection on his ByTheProducer brand and once again it's a monster rollcall of some of the scene's most exciting new-gen talent. Over 18 tracks we're treated to the likes Disrupta, Refracta, DJ Premium, Metal Work, Filthy Habits, Toxinate and so many more super skilled producers, highlights include the emotional space age jitters and whirls of Easty's 'Tapped', Scudd's emotional rumbler 'Complete', Posk's jazzy face-slapper 'Biting' and Metal Work's ruffneck 'Inner Peace'. And that's just the tip of the 'Collected' iceberg. Grab this now and grab yourself a piece of history.
Review: Fresh from dropping his epic 'Ravers Anthem' earlier this year, Danger returns with four more examples of his savage skills. We start the journey with 'Evidence', a really interesting tune laced with floaty retro samples and a real growler of a bassline. Elsewhere 'Attack' goes on the early 2000s Bristol vibe with a tongue-in-cheek rising riff before 'The System' breezes in with some beautiful skippy breaks and a bassline so rude your mum's already banned it from the house. Finally Danger links with Magenta for the rubber ball bassline bullet 'The Law'. Unbreakable.
Review: Bulletproof are doing us all a favour with this release, simply because it's such a good collection of rolling and chopped up beats. Bulletproof FC is a vibes-heavy, breaksy release that doesn't take many prisoners. There's a whole load of artists on this particular squad and their respective talents move from grinding jump up to bumping minimality, with Elsy blending those two sonic palettes effectively on 'Feel For You'. There is industrial jump-up on 'Elephant March', as well as an especially big cut on 'On My Back', as well as other flavours mixed in. Wicked.
Danger, Jack The Ripper & Steezy - "No Surrender" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Danger & Nkid - "Ya Don't Know" - (3:53) 175 BPM
Review: Walking Dead Recordings are back on the fast-moving train that is jump-up and once more, they've proven adept at bringing to the fore some forward-thinking sounds in that regard, courtesy this time of Danger. They're a name we know and 'No Surrender' - the title track to this release - is certainly a promising sign. Glitchy and with a satisfying sense of lagged out travel, this tune certainly bites hard but it does so in a fresh, unique manner. 'Ya Don't Know' is step-up in sophistication and nastiness, a snappy, stepping drum line pushing up into its metallic bottom line, this one is a proper creeper.
Review: Danger and Magenta are definitely tw of the more rated producers out there, with previous releases on Sun-liminal as well as a host of other labels, their aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, this one doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'Religion' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'The Sleeper' is the flip tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics.
Review: Bagged & Tagged are a regular here on Juno and for good reason, their proclivity for steadily releasing rough but energetic, whole-hearted cuts is strong and their small size doesn't prevent the release of top-quality music. They've roped in the Belgian crew for this one and 'Market' is the strongest on the release, with a Low Down Deep-esque feel to its cracking percussion and a torn, broken back end that rips across the range with style. The other 3 cuts go down a similar, wicked jump-up route and, if you like B&T, this is the release for you.
Review: Good4Nothing Records always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. Twisted, gnarled jump up is the main focus here in the second part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations and Complex is a good example of how it goes down, his track 'Night Time' blowing and flowing through with all the power of the winter winds. Danger's 'Falling' is yet more filth, with a powerful drum line and punchy sub-bass that bangs in and out of the range. Excellent compilation.
Review: Bulletproof have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Danger is holding up that standard and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Paperchase' reels you in with hip-hop driven, rolling energy, that quickly flips into a siren-like wail of pure, stabbing energy that's reminiscent of Annix and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'On My Back' being another highlight, and we especially love the glitching funk 'Human Error'. Sick release.
Review: Over on Bulletproof, they've come up with the aptly titled Kevlar Vest EP, a various artists compilation comprised of four absolute weapon we presume are the need for Kevlar protection. Vital is perhaps the best-known producer on the release and his tune 'Blown Cover' is full-throttle from the start, a quick paced intro quickly leading into a metallic convergence of energy that's palpable on the drop, its KoTR pedigree clearly audible for all to hear. 'Elections' by Magenta is the other highlight, a screecher that is both painful and beautiful on the ears, a tune perfectly designed to make election day far less depressing with some genuine excitement. This is a top collection of tracks.
Review: If you're looking for a naughty jump-up release that'll make your mates jealous, Danger's Power is for you. The title track doesn't ease you in slowly, quite the opposite, as an attitude-ridden low-end head nods you into a hysterical bassline, a siren of energy. Adult Conversation featuring Maze is equally no-nonsense, with a gratingly pulsating feel that's hard to shake off. Hell is aptly named; frenetic, whirlwind synths progress nicely into wall-moving wobbles, underpinned by probably the best drums on the release. Finally, Good & Bad featuring Nightfang, the rude cousin of the family that never buys anyone a Christmas present. With its monstrous squelches surrounded by a high-end flurry of sound and a vocal sample that injects some humanity, this tune is simply huge.
Review: Ever feel like life is a simulation? Like this is all a fabrication for some great dark puppet master and we don't actually exist in this world? Danger does, and he's making a break from the matrix to see what's out there in the real world. "Sleep Paralysis" breaks our cranial plug from the machine its spiked out riff while "This One" revitalises our weak machine-sustained bodies with its low rumbling rolling bass turbulence and "Simulation" confronts us with the raw horror of the actual reality we've been trapped in thanks to a high voltage lighting bass hook. Klay joins the fray for the penultimate blast of wokeness as "In Put" stabs and slams with a vicious staccato before a VIP of Danger's past glory "Touch Of Generations" sends us back to our portal, safe and snug in our cosy simulations. Home sweet simulated home.
Jack The Ripper & Danger - "The Past" - (3:42) 175 BPM
Review: Long-time cohorts and collaborators Danger and Jack The Ripper crash into each other once again, this time on Profound Beats. The Ripper man takes the lead with two solos; the rampant wasps nest bass shredder "Disko" and the brittle metallic zaps and slaps of "Random". Danger joins the fray for the final two bumpers of the package; "Go" is a woozy, drunken bass wriggler while "The Past" kicks us into the future with absolute sheet metal textures that double up and subvert in a really funky way as the track develops. Bottom's up!
Review: Finally, a chance for everyone to experience LSD safely and legally as D-Minus and friends take over Profound's first release of the year. Rather than a frolic in a field of strawberry fields, the title track is a little more intense with its bad trip bass blaring with horn-like menace. Deeper into the trip we flex as K-Motionz & Danger do the rusty robot on "Eyespy", Ironlung takes us all for the fools that we are, LBS twists up the styles with a neuro intro and jump-up drop on the battle-ready "Special Forces" and K-Motionz gets his angular grit on with "Orbital". There's no comedown from this.
Review: If you only buy one drum and bass EP this week, it should 100% be this one. There is something for everyone, we tried to pick highlight but we just can't, each track is so different and so good it would be nigh on impossible to come up with a fair comparison. 'Back 2 Basics' is like nothing we've ever heard the little piano section is amazing and completely juxtaposed to the rest of the dancefloor track. While 'Freeze' is a creepy techy roller with sharp highs and waves off metallic sounding subs. 'Not Going Down' is just, for want of a better word, an absolute banger. The vocal paired with the almost vertical drop is breathtakingly good.
Review: They might be averaging 2.5 releases per year but man are Blackley's Cre8 killing it. Every single release has been rammer-jammer with talent, ideas, fusions and energy. The "We Cre8" series epitomises this spirit and attitude the best as we're bombarded with heaviness from the off... "Medusa" teases with a starlit arpeggio on the intro before snapping your neck with a waspy bass drop, "War Mongers" is a much fuzzier, no-nonsense skin-scorcher, "Touch Of Generations" fires more lasers than an unruly robot while Jaxx provides balance with the springier funk of "Leaf Of Life". Rounding off with stern spacious bass tones of "Hemp Seed" and the timeless roller "Showdown", this is the best "We Cre8" edition yet.
Review: Two Mind crash back into our lives with another full-fire VA collection on their own Big Freaks imprint. All-out, balls-out business once again, every track hammers home some serious messages: "Heavy Weight" lives up to its name with savage jungle strength, "Champion" nods towards the old Bingo-era with its bubbling bass riff, "Trying To Kill" is a stone cold necksnapper with its chiselled two-step and poisonous sub bass while "I Don't Believe In Ghosts" jumps and wriggles like an old Formation stepper. Moscow mandem Cluster Bones makes the final play with two epic damagers - the spooky groans of "Close Quarters" and the screaming high voltage bass of "Slaughter Final". Big bad and freaky, Two Mind are crushing us right now!
Review: Danger by name, dangerous by sound: the rising Belgian brute dents the Digital Terror discography with four more bruising steppers. Collabo-wise "Turbulence" sees him teaming up with Nightfang for a laser-shooting riot act while "Empty Space" sees him barking at the moon with Kanine with some really pranged out bass groans. Solo-wise "About You" gets sexy on the vocal element yet militant on the guttural, spiked-out bass tones and "Extinction" is a mammoth of a track, stampeding with a harmonic bass riff and a relentless beats. Warrior level: dinosaur.
Review: Reject this at your peril...Belgian badman Danger steps up to brand new label Audio Massacre with two powerful jumpy jungle onslaughts. "Rejected" rattles with some real classic drum work before licking up a fuss with a Tyke style mischievous bassline. "CCCP" goes all cold war on us with its twisted nuclear fusion reverse bassline slurs and groans with a half-life of at least a thousand years. Handle with caution.
Jack The Ripper & Danger - "Nowhere To Hide" - (3:46) 175 BPM
Two Mind - "Popcorn" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Danger - "Minimal Sound" - (4:33) 173 BPM
Review: Squeezing a third release out of 2016, Two Mind's Big Freaks Audio deliver their first V/A EP. We say V/A EP, we actually mean four massive sticks of dancefloor dynamiate with all artists bringing their sharpest, starkest and deepest sounds. Two Minds himself takes two cuts: "Bad Things" is a gutter-chomping wood saw bass riff that scuffs with mischievous aggressive funk while "Popcorn" is a bumping subby roller than you could imagine on Innerground or V. Elsewhere we find Jack The Ripper and Danger building post-Brexit bridges between the UK and Europe with a jugular-cutting riff on "Nowhere To Hide" while Danger closes business a switch-flipping stripped back jam that you could imagine Loxy or Alix Perez playing. We say "Bad Things", we actually mean very very good things.
Review: SHOTS FIRED! Gun Audio continue their Reload series with another epic slab of forthright freshness from some of the most respected names in the game: From master craftsman OGs like Heist, Murdock, Rowney & Propz and Jaydan to unavoidable hurter heroes Turno to exciting new talents like Jaxx, Vacuum and Meladee, it's a premiership rollcall each packing a heavyweight punch. Highlights across the 23-strong collection include Jaydan's reverse-stringing, cat-strangling freak out on "Murdering Monster", the hornet bass shakes and switches of Jaxx's "Combinations" and the frog chorus on Blackley's "TMI" but that really is the tip of the most explosive V/A album Gun Audio have ever detonated. Reload means reload.