Review: The mighty Formula returns to Invicta with one of his most comprehensive and accomplished EPs to date. Flexing the full range of his sounds and styles, 'Warrior' has something for everyone. You want a tune to get murky and naughty to? 'Warrior' is your soundtrack. You want deep emotional numbers to hold hands with your loved one to? 'D?j? Vu' and 'Sweet Company' are your jams. You want tunes to scary the dickens out your friends with? 'Marines' is your weapon. You need a tune that sounds - and feels - like a rifle? 'Give Praise' is essential. What an EP.
Review: Hustlers gotta hustle... Brawlin Beatz rally up some VA troops for this straight-up banger collection. Vital follows up his recent 'Moody Foody' EP with the mischievous 'You', a wind-up cut that's powered by a mischievous rising bassline. He's rolling deep in good company; BlckHry gets sweet and savage with his soulful sample and Taxman-style chainsaw hook on 'Won't Stop', Magness gets weird with the block-knocking off-grid warper 'Pennies' while Drowzee brings the EP to 'Funky' close in staccato steppy style. Fighting talk.
Review: Ask no questions, we'll tell you no lies... D&B's answer to Eastender's Nick Cotton (ask your dad) Nick The Lot pulls up to a layby with a whole load of hot stock. All factory fresh from the most exciting producers emerging in the last few years, everywhere you look he's flinging out unsolicited goodies: Pengo & Amplify's scatty, off beat wriggle-a-thon 'Rock The Rhyme', Drowzee's super grizzly grot-fest 'All Of You', the dark funk of Teezy's slinky slapper 'Provoke' and Nick's own off-the-wall firestarter 'Loose Cannon' are just some of the red-handed bangers on offer here. Grab them and become an accomplice. Crime pays!
Review: Standing in the corner searching for your Rizla? Look no further, Drowzee's found them and he's returning them by the power of this stinking sextet of sizzlers. Taking off where he left us on Invicta, Pick The Lock and Pick N Mix, it's another ruffage meltdown. The drill-sampling title track sparks up every dance in a 20 mile radius with both the vocal and the rifle-fire bassline. Elsewhere highlights include the skanking break-outs and killer bars on 'I Stepped', the weirdo croaks and buzzes on the sinewy uppercut 'Reckless Driver'
Review: Invicta Audio are doing us all a massive solid with this release, simply because compilations featuring incredible artists are just the best and the more music we get towards our ear drums the better. The Echo LP is a jump up inflected, minimalistic release that doesn't take many prisoners. 'Bad Bitch' by Harley D, featuring Scotty, is a perfect example of this, as his vocals lead you in with a distinctive tone before a broken drop emanates with some serious force, subterranean wobbles abound and it's an all-round moody listen. The rest of the LP is just as strong - big up the whole team.
Review: Having established themselves over the last year with killer free downloads from some of the most exciting names in the new-generation movement of artists, Timeless Audio continue to develop their brand with this crucial collection from Secret Sound and friends on their second full paid release. Four massive collaborations deep, across the EP we find Secret Sound tagging in the likes of Jando on the growling stepper 'Code Red', we see Drowzee jumping on board to turn on all the lights on the grotty bass jammer 'Home Alone' while Lockerz join the fray with Secret Sound on the roughhouse tear-up 'Embrace'. Last but not least Magenta opts-in on the bouncy title track 'Vibrations'. Vibes.
Review: Oh gosh! Few labels are delivering the future like Invicta right now. Since launching the official label in October 2020, they've been a relentless source of tomorrow talent via huge VA collections like 'Alumni', 'The Excursion' and now 'Mercury', a seven-track set from a wide range of exciting rising new-gen names. Every track is a heater but exceptional highlights include the contrast of dark and light on Drowzee's 'Free Fall', the sultry echoes and rasping electrified riff of Stoyley & Substance's 'Pressure' and Harley D & Scotty's provocative wriggler 'Bad Bitch'. Bad to the bone. And there's plenty more en route... Another massive Invicta VA drops next week!
Review: Over on Pick N Mix Audio, Drowzee is landing with a single that blends the savage sounds of jump-up with effortless use of space and a clarity designed to impress but not overwhelm. 'For Me' rests on finger-click drum hits that intersperse with a wobbling sub bass and choppy bass staps, it's got that head-nodding vibe to the drums we all love and it's an all-round masterclass of blending funk and aggression. The flipside builds up with murderous intent above a body of furious kicks, before climbing the heights of euphoria into stabbing, flowing territory. Beautiful stuff.