Review: Viper are a big, bad and dangerous label and their 2021 annual is an expression of what makes their output so potent. This whole LP is unafraid to be dancefloor heaviness in an approachable sense, and the whole extended roster has turned up, from label boss Futurebound to Murdock, Blaine Stranger and more. 'Dragon' by the latter is especially good, as a foghorn influenced bass node curls its tendrils amidst a a synthy forest of organic ambience and excellent production. Cyantific and Bl4ck Crowz also impress on 'Waiting 4 U', which stomps its feet in a petulance that's less childish and more chidingly sick, a true festival anthem for sure. The album is a must-listen for all those who rate the Viper side of drum & bass.
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Review: Viper have been smashing things over on the dancefloor side of the scene for decades and a big part of that is their yearly annual, a compilation which celebrates some of the best releases from the year. One of the best pics of the annual without a doubt is the Annix remix of Pulsation by Mefjus & Insideinfo, a big task for the duo to take on considering how relentlessly classic the original is. But Annix have smashed it with their drawn-out and suspenseful jump uptake, one which sucks all the air out of the room and then releases it as a smorgasbord of warped out energy and choppy force. There are tonnes of other great picks here too, including from new blood Millbrook and others.
Review: 2019 has been another exceptional year for drum & bass albums and Dossa & Locuzzed's three-years-in-the-making debut is a great example of this. One of Viper's most diverse and full spectrum spanning acts right now, their style and skills are showcased in glorious technicolour over 14 tracks. From the silky synths and soulful vocals of the opener "Blinded" to the immense warmth and funk of the closing finale "Sandbox", the album leaves no sonic stone unturned as the Austrian duo really dig deep into their sound and influences. Highlights include the already massive bassline thumper "Get Nasty", the big disco walloper "Tha Bird" (with the one and only DK Marky) and the wriggling futuristic groove workout "Brainfunk"... And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Don't sleep on this, it's the sound of Dossa & Locuzzed maturing from bangersmiths to full album artists, and they're doing it in style!
Review: Dossa & Locuzzed are the funk duo from Austria and if you've ever caught their 'Funky Fridays' podcast series, you'll know that these two don't mess about when it comes to funkiness. Their talent comes in an ability to synthesise the original funk sound with the synth-based badassery of 21st Century D&B, an ability that's on full display here. 'Off Course' is the highlight, a movement-packed and deeply energetic number which cleverly uses space to inject a serious amount of funk into the arrangement. The flip is similar but darker, with a more full-throttled approach to getting people moving.
Review: Dossa & Locuzzed are an Austrian talent who emerged a couple years back with their trademark combination of funked-up synth sounds and devastating bass riffs. Their music is grounded in melodies yet packs a naughty dancefloor edge and this is clear from this single, coming out on their home label of Viper Recordings. 'C'mon Feet' opens with that same melodic style yet devolves into a fiery punch of rolling basses and jazzy sample flicks, its aggressiveness offset by a smoother side. The VIP of 'Love Blind' featuring BMotion is cut from a similar cloth, chopped up vocals and a soothing mix of synths in the intro but bassline nastiness on the drop, this time more in-line with Viper dancefloor tradition yet not less aggressive for it. Top stuff.
Review: Austrian duo Dossa & Locuzzed are back on Viper for their first single in a short while and, once again, their unique style of funk influenced dancefloor D&B goes down like a glass of aged red wine. 'Fuse' is the first, a synth-heavy riot all the way through and a tune that combines simple funkiness with an intricate sense of dancefloor construction, each step forward bringing a new form of energy and force. 'Shake' is slightly less manic but no less excellent, its swelling synths of glitchy soul punch and cut up and down the range with an unprecise precision that lends it ample character. Another quality single from the boys.
Review: Viper's funkiest twosome Dossa & Locuzzed let rip with two sterling groove blazers. "Funkyfied" is all about the talkbox swag, starlit synths and pulsating bassline while "I Owe" takes us deeper down their Austrian rabbit hole with an exceptionally-paced and spaced stepper that's garnished with a deep, techy textures and a latent heads-down funk that thumps throughout.