Review: There is no denying that Devilman is a UK legend at this point, having remained active for over a decade putting together legendary vocals across grime, dubstep, D&B and more. He lands here on his home imprint of Sika for a four track project jam packed with energy, kicking off with the heavyweight trap-like arrangement of 'Flawless Victory' alongside Westy. Following this, Yizzy, Fiasqo, Irah & Dubzta join the party for 'Control', a sub-heavy roller, followed by the spacey textures and more laid flows of 'Astonishing' alongside Traumatik & OH91. Finally, Skinzmann arrives on the scene just in time to supply us with a fabulous, chime-driven remix of the title track 'Flawless Victory'.
Review: From a series of one/two track dispatches on Project Allout to his full multi-track EP on Spooky's Ghost House, Dubzta is not mucking around. There's no filler either as each cut plays out with its own sense of drama: "Sinister" creeps with an alluring edge and deep dense layers of eeriness while "Demigod" is total trap opera and "Wake Up" goes all philharmonic on our tooshes. Finally "Funk U" closes on a fresh flex; a cheerful gamey groove with light footed jazz feel. All corners crushed.
Review: Unadulterated bassline house vibes from Dubzta: "White Dee" samples one of the UK's most recent controversial reality TV stars, laying down her work-snubbing ethos over a delightfully bubbly bassline and stripped back jacking 4/4. Remix vibes abound as Deadbeat ups the fierceness of the riddim, Hoax Beats twist the bassline into darker pastures, Scruloose gets busy on a classic late '90s two-step/proto grime riddim and Dr Cryptic subverts every element with post-trap badness. The benefits of this EP are undeniable.
Fight Club (John Brown The Rebel remix) - (2:51) 140 BPM
Review: For Welshman Dubzta it seems to be one Project Allout release after the next, which is kind of a big deal if you factor in that this is one of the most effective bass labels on our charts these days. He's back with a one mega-hit bomb "Fight Club" which, as you can imagine, packs a mean punch on the old bassweight, and has absolutely no problems in standing out as the sort of bomb to annihilate the dancefloor. That is followed up by a series of highly effective remixes from the likes of Filthy Gears, who lays down a nasty juke reinterpretation for the heads, Mr Dubz and his d&b-grime crossover, Dallen's sci-fi-filtered bass nuke, leaving Jocatanu and John Brown to deliver two final bullets to the head. This is hazardous material. Beware.
Review: Sitting somewhere between garage and grime, Welsh bass herbert Dubzta picks up the strings to create that tense horror film hook he's swiftly making his signature. 4/4 at heart but casually dropping into a more eski template on the fills, it's waiting for MC damage. Remix-wise Project Allout's finest represent: Dr Cryptic gets plain silly, Juzlo goes deeper than usual with a smoky halftime step, Pavv gets all strutty with speed garage beats and a mourning hollow bassline, Frampster lays down a short sweet breaker while J Beatz sprinkles the vibe with a little wavy dynamic or two.
Brain Freeze (John Brown The Rebel remix) - (3:03) 140 BPM
Brain Freeze (Jacotanu remix) - (4:37) 140 BPM
Review: Hammer horror vibes: Dubzta takes us back to dubstep darker, gritty side with a staccato riff that marches with a few sense of doom. Laced with arpeggios and far-away cries, it's an instant screwface piece for any discerning dance. Remix-wise we're in for a treat as Project Allout provide no less than six versions. Highlights include Creep N00m's retained riff and subverted textures, the detuned tones and melodic twist of Filthy Gears' remix and the humour of John Brown The Rebel's version. Ice cold.
Review: With a title as strong as "Armageddon" there should be no illusions as to what to expect: end of days' drama full of doom and seat-of-pants fear. Naturally Dubzta has delivered. His fourth EP on Project Allout this year, there's a great sense of momentum to this in both its dynamic and timing. Big Zimmer-ish orchestral theatrics coupled with massive bass, it's an instant show-stopper. Remixes highlights come thick and fast; Spooky's drum switch, Big Mikee's addition of hench synth horns, Creep N00M's unique rhythm arrangement, J Beatz' crafty sense of funk in the kicks, Levlz filtered out string trickery and Hoax Beatz' grime-style two-step momentum. If this really is the soundtrack to the end of the world, bring it on.
Review: A relative newcomer, Dubzta has already scared the pants of folk with his fiercely fresh take on bassline driven music. Now, following his debut, White Dee, Dubzta squares up to fellow beat maverick Mr Dubz for the action-packed Round 1. "Maybe" has a furious electro-bassline with multiple vocals jabs and synth washes, while "Still Got Love" is speedy garage house with a wobbly uppercut. In Dubzta's hands, the former becomes musclebound two-step and the latter is a brutal 4x4 assault with a mercilessly bassy low blow for good measure. A total knock out!
Review: We were very excited to see this one hit our shelves as long standing grime standout Dubzta joins forces with the newschool sounds of Defiant for a stacked four track EP. We begin with the rapid fire pulse & string combos of 'Vanquish' which ignites the EP from the off. Next up we have the industrialised choir harmonies and electronic madness of 'Malfunction' before landing on 'Challenger', which looks a favourite to light up dances nationwide with its skippy arrangement and powerful emotive stabs. Finally we finish up on shuffling themes of 'Shoryuken' which takes classic video game samples and lethal synthesis in combination, resulting in some seriously vibrant layering!
Review: The Tormented Audio which is headed up by Dubzta have outdone themselves on this one as they bring forward Kali to unveil four tracks of devastating heat. The title track goes by the name of 'Loco' and is an emotive trappy roller, packed to the brim with colourful, chiming melodies and uplifting harmonies. From here 'Specialist' takes over with a bag of dubwise elements, before we land on the scratchy, more expansive dubstep stylings of 'Altercations' are let loose. Finally, we finish up the project with Dubzta appearing in collaboration mode on 'Rapidly', rounding up this one nicely with some expansive 140 goodness.
Kxvu - "The Zoo" (Reeko West remix) - (3:26) 140 BPM
Dubzta X Kxvu - "Chrome" - (3:20) 140 BPM
Review: Following his debut album on Southpoint earlier this year, KXVU returns to the Project Allout motherland where his career began with more unique 25th century bashment. Setting the message straight with its spacious halfsteps and alien textures, once again there's an otherworldly feel that both allures and un-eases. Those hungry for a real wild trip should jump straight on "The Zoo" with its 4/4 thumps and animal samples. Remixes come from Reeko West and Pavv. Sweet.
Review: Serious drama from the Cardiff direction. Adam Mac and Dubzta take a Hollywood-level string arrangement chew it up with futuristic beats. Lurking between dubstep and grime, it's the ultimate victory soundtrack with heaps of added poignancy and emotion. Remixes flow like fine wine: Dubzta's VIP adds a little uppercut in the beat department, Triple S gets sticky on a triplet UKG flex, Hoax Beats bury the strings under anvil subs and hammering halfsteps while Moony lets rip on a 4/4 bassline house vibe. Looking for added vocal venom? Look no further... Row D consolidates the grime feels with a sharp-tongued twist.
Review: Cardiff's Dubzta meets Sheffields Mr Dubz; these guys are brothers from different mothers if we've ever seen it! This is dark and dirty street level UK underground music."Ganjaman" is the ultimate party starter with its pitch shifted vocals, hands in the air chant and that killer bassline, but the Dubzta remix takes it down a notch in a more grimy fashion. "The Realm" ventures deeper into the darkside on this deep dupstep joint; not for the faint of heart (is that an Anne Clark sample?) and finally Dubzta's remake goes for the jugular on this dark and grimy exploration for the true heads.
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.
Review: Sheffield's Project Allout don't mess about, having developed a reputation for championing all directions in the ways of bass. Every take on that three letter word is important to this label and that's why they cram so many hot jams onto their comps. Basically they're the Ferrero Rocher am-bass-adors and they are really spoiling us with 49(!) lengerz. Highlights include AT's bleepy 8-bit hip-hop groove "Flash Bang", the epic, symphonic trap of Dubzta's "Lord Of War" and the almost disco tech grooves of "Murkers' by King Hydra. All killer, no filler!
Review: Thirty Three nuggets of serious UKG gullyness; Project Allout have already developed a serious reputation for generous dispatches, but this is whole new level. Uniting their many lengmen for a deep exploration of the pastures between bassline house, instrumental grime and the broader realms of bass music, every area is covered. Highlights include the eski angst of Chemist RNS' "Stare", the violin-snapping, post-dubstep darkness of Deadbeat UK's "Graveyard", the outrageous VIP muscles of Hoax and Dubzta's "Twilight Zone" and the sassy vocal flexery of Pavv's "You Got Me". This is just the tip of the bassline iceberg, though. Dig deep and grab your own lenger; there are enough here for everyone.
Review: It's that time again, as the infamous PAR imprint returns for their yearly Christmas compilation, showcasing their extensively versatile roster and variety of musical styles. This year is a collection of returns and debuts, as we see Killjoy, Deadbeat, Dr Cryptic, KXVU, Moony, Jakebob amongst others all make solid return appearances. Some of our favorites include the haunting sounds of Dallen's grimey roller 'Time', the catchy 4x4 riffs and rhythms of Kind Hydra's 'Bass Trap' and skippy arrangement and aggressive synth design on 'Trigga' from the elusive Rotti. There aren't many labels that can boast such an extensive yet versatile roster and yet remain so assured in as many different areas of UK bass music.
Review: It appears that Skillzy's now infamous PAR label is at it again, gathering and arranging an absolutely monstrous compilation here, featuring heavyweight riddims from some of the coldest names currently working across the grime and bass sphere. We see exciting returns for label favourites such as Juzlo, Dubzta, Daze Prism, Killjoy and more, who have all previously featured heavily on PAR. This compilation offers something for everyone, from the sharpened, evil grime chops of Garna's 'Peroni', to the UKG prowess and skippy rhythmic bliss of 'Kobe JT's most recent PAR appearance with 'Selecta'.
Review: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!
Review: If this isn't already in your collection you don't know how lucky you are... Given away two years ago for a limited amount of time, this bass-meets-grime collection was a blink-and-miss affair. Until now... Back all it's 21 track glory, it's ablaze with fusion fire from Creep N00m & Ronin's itchy-trigger finger banger "Kill", Pelikann's 4x4 Dizzee-twisted widow maker "Stand Up Tall" and Mr Dubz's planet-bouncing "Spaceman". And that's not even touching the sides. Serious heat that's still sounding future two years later; don't miss this one again.