Review: Dead Intent always has a knack of making tunes that aren't just straight up big, but also resonate in a slightly more sophisticated fashion. His new TN4 EP on Digital 101 dos exactly that and our favourite is 'Like You Don't Know', which has a wonderfully diving main bassline which pulsates and literally drips with force. The other three all pack a similar approach to dancefloor energy, with strands of rolling jump-up fraying all over the place. Banging EP.
Review: Brawlin Beatz's latest missive is a compilation style affair, with a quartet of label associates stepping up to provide serious dancefloor heat. Dead Intent steps up first with "Enforcer", a clandestine, all-action floorfiller that boasts rumbling, elongated sub-bass, pots-and-pans percussion hits, hot-steppin' D&B beats and all manner of feverish, intoxicating electronic flourishes. Gravit-E keeps up the pressure via "Watch The Break", an even more intense peak-time workout rich in mind-altering wobble bass, massive drops and punchy hip-hop vocal samples, before Jago provides a test for sub cabinets everywhere via the ludicrously bass-heavy fun of "Scatter". To round things off, Kumo reaches for creepy horror chords and twisted wobble bass on the suitably titled "Creeper".
Dead Intent - "Gunfire" (Raz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Dead Intent - "Monsters" (Certified remix) - (4:56) 175 BPM
Review: Remix o clock! Brawlin Beatz get busy with the refixes once again as Dead Intent's single from September '17 gets a twist up from two key BB fiends. Raz totally mashes up the botty squelches on the bass of "Gunfire" giving it even more funk. Certified, meanwhile, brings a whole new level of energy, weight and character to "Monsters" with a whole new stripped back one-note bassline. Galvanise those gunfingers today!
Review: This release honestly doesn't mess around. It carries a serious sense of potency despite its clear lack of pretentious sophistication, because D&B of this type simply isn't about sophistication, it's about making something so filthy the audience won't even understand what hit them. Everyone on this release has certainly accomplished that here, I mean just have a listen to the rippling sines, percussive naughtiness and bassline badassery that is 'Bus Fi Dem', a beautifully spacious tune that still manages to make you feel like you've been attacked by a dog. This is a crazy release from start to finish.
Review: Brawlin Beatz don't tend to release a lot of liquid, but perhaps that's why this four-track VA EP is called 'Nu-Forms', it's a new, updated form. Maybe not, but that's what we're reading into it and why not, as the music is good enough that it doesn't really matter. We especially love Gravit-E's contribution, 'Gimme Some Sugar', which rolls out beneath a sky of samples and above an earthern, grassy double bass line that makes the track oh so funky. Refracta keeps it simple but good on 'Tango', and 'Motiv' rolls out the old school drum sounds on 'Wonder Why'. Excellent stuff!
Review: Brawlin Beatz has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Veak, Haunt and Meloki, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Like Dis'. You've probably heard this one doing the round, but oh boy what a tune this is: a mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to Flava's 'Uzi'.
Review: This new release from Brawlin Beats is aptly named Squadron, a fitting title considering its contents: four tracks from four different producers, all of them connected by their respecticve commitment to gully club vibes. Imagine the A-team but with bigger balls. Longtime producer Vital kicks things off with 'Communication Error', although we don't think there's been any lost meanings in this particular creative message as Vital slams his hand down on the table with choppy basses, big drums and all the rest. Dead Intent brings the clasic jump up vibes, Bunnerz gets techy and squelchy, and Natural Error hits your head with a rock, David and Goliath style.