Review: Dunk and Black Opps get busy on Ascension Audio with this feisty three-piece of minimal grizzlers. 'Grunge' gets all sludgey and curmudgeonly as the treacle-like bass slurs and burps all over the swaggering breaks, 'Coffee Drink' peps us up a little with deliciously pneumatic and skippy breaks and a pulsating bassline while 'Mood Swing' closes the EP with more of a dreamy element and the tease of a very well known (and super sensual) vocal sample. Forget Peal Jam or Nirvana, this is the real grunge these days.
Review: 50 tracks!! Count them - FIFTY tracks - right here from the Sub-liminal Recordings crew as the label looks back over the last few years of massive bangers. Pure gully science from across the board, if you've missed out on any of their releases or you've only just tuned into the sounds of Agro's longstanding label then this is the place. Highlights come in all shapes and sizes but only a madman would miss out ridiculous heavyweight cuts likes Shayper's 'Burnt Gerbil', Prestige's wonked out weirdo funk-up 'Computer Killer', Xav's old school charmer 'Crisp Packet'. These are just three crucial examples. Dig deep!
Review: Simple guide to space hunting: go out at night. Look at the sky. Spot some space. There, congratulations, you've successfully hunted some space. Unless you're Dunk and Ransaked boss Nooch of course, then things get a little complicated. First you find your 'Dealer' and get properly weirded out with strange funk squiggles and bends. Then you question everything and shout 'Dunno' to the heavens while jittering to a techno inspired groove. Eventually you will finally get your jazz on, get fully cosmic and unleash your inner 'Space Hunter'. Having so much fun you want to go back and do it all over again? No worries, 'Loopback' is here to help you wriggle and writhe back to the beginning. Happy hunting.
Review: Hurling insults at your nan. Crying in the mirror. Telling everyone he loves them. Shouting at the clouds. These are a few things that Dunk does when he's drunk. They're a few things you'll do too when you play or hear these tracks in the dance. ZeroZero's remix of 'Drunk' will have you dribbling everywhere, Sub Killaz remix of 'Equinox' will have you waking up fully clothed but all your clothes are back to front, Jaydan's remix 'Machine Gun' will have you ringing old mates you haven't seen in years and singing to them, Bassbrothers remix of 'Red Wine' will have you spinning round the room shouting 'I'm lord of the manor' while Dunk's own VIP of 'Red Wine' will have you so drunk on life, love and music you'll be able to speak fluent French. Bonjour!
Review: Back to 2019... Lupo dropped the growling, prowling beast that was 'Frequencies Of Dub'. Now part of the exciting slew of Lupo remixes that seem to be dropping right now, we have two updates from two close friends in the game. The funky Dunk steps up first with a pared-back grumbly one. Driven by a curmudgeonly bassline, there's a real flabby sense of fun to the groove. Meanwhile OCC sparring partner Teej goes in on the dubby reflections and big fat rolling subs. Make a connection.
Review: Wrapping up a serious year of heat, Hype's Playaz look back over their many releases of 2021 and brings them altogether in one place for those who missed out on the label's many big bruisers, bumpers and thumpers. Ranging from Xtrah's trippy, leftfield 'Droplets' to straight-up face-melters like Spaow's 'Amd Planet' with a whole range of fire in between from some of the label's (and the scene's) biggest and most respected names like Taxman, Voltage, Limited, Dunk and of course the mighty DJ Hazard, it's a pretty forthright reminder of just how much clout and musical muscle the longstanding label has - even when half the year was spent with the clubs and raves closed. Playaz ain't playing around!
Review: Sub-liminal brings an end to the year that was, going out all guns blazing with on Air Part 2 featuring a bunch of wicked VIPs. Label staple Agro serves up several collaborations on here with the likes of Mentah, Raz, Diligent Fingers and Ghxsty. There's also a few offerings by the ever reliable Yatuza; our pick being the wonky stepper of "Distance" with Master Error. Elsewhere, Pyro pops up a few times throughout and was in fine form on "Smithdown Bass" and Prestige handed in a couple of quality dubs with neurofunk cut "Logical" being our pick of the bunch.