Review: Dom's Dubs From The Dungeons series continues with more long-lost treasures from one of the most genre-compounding eras in drum & bass. According to legend "Invasion" takes root in a remix of Ed Rush before becoming the sci-fi odyssey it is now. Rolling on some deliciously loose and jazzy breaks, there's a latent funk beneath the foreboding veneer. "Revenge" takes a much more direct approach with its teeth-baring bass grunts and glacial pads. Like everything in this series (and pretty much everything Dom has ever released full stop) these don't stand the test of time - they reverse it.
Review: Ive always been a huge Dom fan so im always quite biased when it comes to his tunes. Here we have the second in his Dubs From the Dungeons series which is concentrated on unreleased dubs from his earlier years. The Trap features the classic Dom amen with that killer kick drum stomp that i was always enamoured with and it drives a completely twisted fucked up tune, the kind only Dom can master.
Swarm reminds me of Ed Rush's Subway which was released to great acclaim on Prototype. I believe Dom engneered that track as well. Buy it.
Review: If you don't manage to catch the limited run gold vinyls, here's your chance to take a big bite of history as Dom rolls out a series of some of his most sought after dub plates from golden era. We rewind to 97 for these, both made with Headz in mind and hammered by the biggest names at Blue Note, they speak for themselves; "Aliens" is a brutally dense weave of alien textures and tones while "Zodiac" licks with a little more toxic funk in the bass and sharpness on the chiselled two-step. You can literally feel the heritage heaviness as it pours from your speakers.
Review: Dom & Roland: the very name should command salutes so hard your arm dislocates and your shot-putting career is ended. A name that, when an album drops (which has been on average every five years in his 22 year career) should stop you in your tracks. A master who's remained relevant and influential because he's always done his own thing, Dom's returned with his best album to date. Each track repping a different side to his passions and palette we crusade from guitar-snapping volcanic emotion ("Tone Poem" to dark night cymbal-snappers ("Inna Soul Jah") by way of deliciously Headzy turbo bboy ruffige ("A New Renegade") and "Electric Smile"-style vocal shreddage ("Sacrifice") with an energy, focus and range that really puts his peers and predecessors to shame. D&B albums like this don't come round very often.
Review: Time is closing in on us; pretty soon Dom & Roland's seventh album will crash-land into our lives like some juggernaut driving through our front doors, completely demolishing everything we know and understand about D&B albums in 2016. Hot on the heels of the guitar-riff hurricane "Tone Poem" and touching vocal stampede "Sirens Song" comes two of the album's heavier, full-frontal drum tracks. "DMT" (a slow-cooked collab with Hive over three years) is all about the Bluenote drum wizardry where no rules are considered whatsoever while "Inna Soul Jah" takes us deep into the belly of the Metalheadz beast with steel foundry sonics twisting themselves around more meticulous drum thunder with molten menace. Bring on the album.
Review: The cats out of the bag, the chicken's flown the coup, the horses have bolted: Dom & Roland is releasing his first album in five years. Here's the title track.... "Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel". A slightly more melodic and vocal approach than we'd usually except from Mr Angas, Robert Manos adds just the right amount of barbed soul to the searing, skin-rippling textures and octane beats below. Add more thrust to your crust with the insane "Tone Poem". With its rising guitar twang loop opening up into a rocket engine groove, this comes with a clear message: One of the original masters is back and he's not messing around. Bring on the full album!
Review: If the titles of these two new offerings from veteran Dom & Roland seem a little ponderous don't worry their music hasn't mellowed whatsoever. Heavy as always, "A Life Of Chance" kicks things off by perfectly recapturing the E-d up wild-eyed delirium of the early Metalheadz parties. "Natural Selection" takes things way darker however, combining industrial melodic squawks with brutal beats and general serial-killer's-basement vibes. Nihilistic jungle.
Review: Classic remix klaxon: Dom's 2007 terror-tech slammer was remixed by longstanding US bass-smith Hive a few years back but - in classic jungle form - it's only seeing the physical light of day now. Time means nothing when heaviness on this level is at play; Dom's original elements sound like no other while Hive's live electricity sound and hornet's nest angst will still sound futuristic and bold in 20 or 30 years time. Steroid soul.
Review: How could "Get Up" - one of Dom & Roland's most unforgiving dance floor endurance races - get any better? Get some seriously twisted individuals in to give it a good rough-up, that's what, starting with LA-based E-Sassin, who has packed even more devastating neuro nuances and punchy drums into the mix. Italian badman Mr Frenk joins in for the other side with a similarly unadulterated rampage into the world of drumcore-meets-neuro, sound design-meets-straight-up D&B aesthetics.
Review: 2014 is a special year for Dom Angas. Not only is he turning 40, but it also marks 20 years since the release of his first single under the Dom & Roland alias. As part of the celebrations, he's handed over the parts to a string of classic productions to a veritable who's who of D&B talent. They provide a series of dark, pulverising, rolling and occasionally intense reworks, all designed to cement his reputation as one of the greatest exponents of the artform. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the classic jungle breaks and rave-era rush of BTK and Optiv's rework of "Jungle Beast", to the exotic melodies, foreboding stabs and tech-tinged textures of Mindscape's mighty rub of "Mindfeeders".
Review: Every release from Dom & Roland feels like something special but this little beauty surely deserves a national day of celebration. The long-awaited release of this VIP achieves that rare thing of being perfect in its own right, destined to be played up there with the finest, as well-loved and well-worn as the original. Picking up a dub style the only way Dom can, "Outta Endz VIP" is a big n' nasty rollout, taking the best of Jamaica and giving it his own scrunch and twist. One of this years' essential picks, get it and educate everyone around you. It's your duty.
Review: One of the most eagerly anticipated releases on Metalheadz in some time, Dom & Roland's creative slant on Goldie's classic Timeless LP is as heavy as it is stunningly different. Packing in instantly recognisable sounds among dark and dirty beats only he could manufacture, lead track "Unofficial Jah" has been widely lauded as the best work to come out of Goldie's label all year. Add the rushing sensations of flipside track "Outta Ends" with that vocal track you've been hearing literally everywhere, if you don't rewind at least once, you're no friends of ours. You'd be mad to miss these.
Review: Fresh from one of his strongest albums to date on Headz, the scoundrel returns to his own imprint with two elephantine collaborations with mates old and new. First up, long-time tech demon Fierce joins the fray with a tight, ever-morphing and mutating groove that could loop from here to eternity and never get boring. Next up, the seismic slab of raw design and devilish aesthetics "Ultraviolet" wherein Dom teams up with his protege Xanadu (who is now a respected craftsman in his own right) for some truly unique hair-raising 3am material. Monstrous.
Review: Two more stone cold artefacts from the golden era vaults: Dom & Roland continues to unearth more treasures in the form of "Phoenix" and "Tears In The Rain". The former is a Tech Itch co-lab from the mid 90s that charges with rusty drum edits and a drop into a stripped back sub groove and twisted shades of acid while the latter looks back to his "Mechanics" chapter with a rampant, heavily layered heads-down roll, spooked-out overtones and a classic Bladerunner sample. Just like the vinyls themselves, these are foundation-era gold.
Review: It's not often a true legend delivers the goods long into their career but MC Fats is still delivering the goods as this LP proves. Filled with collaborations and remixes from the MC Fats Collective and beyond and pushing his unique sound to the next level. Huge names like Calibre, Basher, Total Science, SIN, Lynx and Dom & Roland move in to attack their own slices of the action, taking what could simply be an outstanding LP to cult status and beyond. It's no surprise that a man of his experience could wrangle in some of the biggest names in D&B for his album - what is surprising though is that none of the input is an afterthought. Each contributor has given their best and it shows.