Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: When Digital says VIP he means VIP. Each of these cuts smack with some of the finest, fieriest, fizziest dynamics drum & bass can offer: Swift's take on Digital & Drumsound & Bassline Smith's "Bail Out" is an epic jungle monster that will slay from now until 2417 (don't ask us what happens in 2417 - you don't want to know) Benny Page follows with a spaced-out bashy drum set on "Calling" that tips its hat to both Jamaica and Manchester while J:Kenzo does a madness on the cult anthem that is "Daylight Robbery". Finally S.P.Y takes a leaf out of the Roller Bible and writes a whole chapter for "Deadline". Very important.
Review: Synthesis is the fourth Digital album and it might be his most ambitious undertaking yet! The album's sixteen tracks see the UK producer working alongside a swathe of high profile contemporaries. The danger with projects such as this, is the lack of cohesion and binding theme but its clear Digital conceived Synthesis as a display of all that's good in the current scene. Exceptionally well produced and engineered, it's nigh on difficult to pick out a highlight here with the likes of Om Unit, Nomine, Villem, Spirit and the mighty Klute excelling in their bass science explorations alongside Digital. An album to really sink your teeth into.
Review: Oof! Just when you thought their album Wardance slapped us back to the golden age hard enough, along comes this disgusting five four track trench stomper. "Jungle All The Way" lives up to its name with sweeping, sneering electrified bass licks, "Killimanjaro" is a titanic stampede with fat percussion tones and reams of pranged out hoover stabs, "Lose My Head" joins the team at Benny L's foghorn factory and heads up the armageddon division while "Dubplate" wraps up affairs with a love letter to the foundations, all tingly Headz-style synths and a drop that's so sick you'll need a repeat prescription. Stinking.
Review: Drumsound & Bassline Smith take us back to their roots with an all-out masterblasting third album. Celebrating both jump-up and jungle's current influence while maintaining their own super-tuned production signature, Wardance lives up to its name in every way; 11 tunes tailored for pure dancefloor damagement. Highlights include the lush renegade rushes on "Technique Badboy", the snake-like jungle rattles of "Ouija", the diesel powered thrust of "Roadblock" and of course the never-failing, still ubiquitous slammage of "The Odyssey" VIP. Pure drum & bass in its heaviest and most energetic form; this is their Derby trio's best album to date. No question.
Review: Drumsound & Bassline Smith on Playaz.... Do we need to say any more? This is the epitome of a full strength D&B in 2015: beats so heavy they could smash tanks, bass so electrified it could power a London borough for two years flat, strings so dramatic they could get a scholarship at RADAR and well placed film sample, it smacks of everything that's great about Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Playaz. "Testify" takes the aggy-factor down a notch and replaces it with more percussive elements that build on the strong sense of funk that's already in place with the spoken sample and horns. Wallop.
Review: It's so good of Drumsound & Bassline Smith to segment their 15 year celebration into themed chunks for our listening pleasure. This Summer Selection is a perfect duet of summer rollers, from the euphoric drops of "Memories" to the build-up and subsequent barrage of uplifting bass and synths in "Primitive", there is nothing dark about this release. It's a pairing of pure drum and bass ecstasy and it's all yours right now. All you need now is somewhere to dance and a Solero.