Review: Launched at the end of 2015, Kent based Profound Beats is still very much in its infancy as an imprint, but this five track EP from Bou featuring his regular collaborator Dutta shows they're ready to play with the big kids. This EP is massive! 'Ganster Whistle' will have you pulling all types of bass faces while bussin' the one foot skank, trust us it's not optional the low end is just magnetic. 'Landscape' is one of those tracks that really stands out in a set, its distinguishing feature is it's high pitch, modern jump up melodic pattern, but the metalic, gritting grind between the bars brings something fresh. "New Beginnings' is our favourite track of the release, it's all about that pulsating low end. 'For The Moment' is stripped back dancefloor, cowbells, train horns and a dirty sub. 'Midnight' builds with a head bobbing, clapping and tapping drum pattern, but the glory of this track comes with melody, it's fun and party ready.
Review: Pass the pizza ar kid, Marky's heading up north and he's after something spicy! Teaming up with Dutta for the first of a two part release, this is a seriously tasty dream team where both artists characters' can be heard very clearly and vividly in the mix. "Mochi" flips between sandpaper bass licks and soft funk stabs while "Waffles" flips between a grumpy Bristol style bass and perky piano rolls that gradually get creepier and creepier. Feeling peckish? This will feed your family for three weeks and still have plenty left over.
Review: Dutta's firing the shots like a sniper with ADHD this year. Not just in terms of release regularity but quality quantity too. His fourth XXXL EP of the year (following dispatches on Young Guns, Stickybass and Clawhammer), this one hits the target once again and it comes via Deluxe's Bass Legion. Highlights include the deft switch between jazz bliss and guttural bass on "Ignorant", the incisive lyrical snapshot of "Tricks", the shivering piano and classic references of "Sweet Dreams" and the razor sharp sample chops and mischievous bass rips on "Oddball". Reload!
Review: Dutta's doing the business harder than a tonked up Lord Sugar this year, and this seven track LionDub EP could just be one of his biggest releases to date. All battle stations manned, all bass bases covered, highlights include the rampant stabs and psychotic triplet swagger of "Boxes", the warm chords and slurring riff of "Bristol", the sweet sticky laser stabs of "Jaffa Cake Cookies" and the low-down skankology and cheeky Mario samples of "My Style". Powerful.
Review: Manchester's Dom Utley, better known as Dutta to his peers, is up next on Serum's Souped Up with a new bunch of personal dubs that follow up great releases on Faceless Audio, Dubz Audio and Liondub International. Featuring the fierce tech-stepper that is "Dominos", he then goes deeper into the morning hours on the moody "One Round" (feat T>I) reminiscent of classic DJ Krust and "Cookie Monster" - a true roller with relentless junglist style breaks throughout. Follows up some great releases on the label by Bou, Bladerunner and Current Value.
Review: Dutta is the young Mancunian on a mission. Part of a broader cohort which includes the likes of Bou, Kanine and others, Dutta nails the tough, rough and urban-edged sound that's proliferated so much at the moment. This release is exactly that, a dirty expression of urban grit but one that's still pointed through with a certain element of playfulness and lightheartedness. A lot of music takes itself to seriously, not this release. The first track is called 'Nutella', which tells you all you need to know. It's a banger as well, with a swirling whisper of wobbly frequencies underpinning its stomping percussive lines. Stompz also makes a feature on the release - big stuff here.
Review: Dutta is a young Mancunian on a serious mission - a mission to make big tunes. One of the emerging wave of talent that Serum is fostering with his Souped Up imprint, his raucous approach to the Souped Up sound has already begun to give him a bit of a name of himself. This EP looks set to confirm that as it's a slick five-tracker. The title tune sits above a bed of solid percussive force, and there's a nice juxtaposition between funky stabs and a dark, satisfying bassline that moves and sways with serious precision. 'Hot Box' has a similar back end and is another highlight from the release, but perhaps not as much as 'Pepperoni Passion' featuring Inja, which also combines smooth jazz samples with a dirty bottom end. Big stuff from the young upstart.
I've Made That (feat Jimmy Wilson) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: It's been bang-on a year since Dutta last dented the Clawhammer discogs. Older, wiser, heavier, he's back with another generous package that's galvanised in big riff creativity and lean beat constructions. From the groaning, almost mournful drones and faraway soul horns of "Evidence" to the slinkier sub funk of "No More" via the hazy eastern allure and sandpaper hook of "Swamp People" and the delicious deep chip-soul of "I've Made That", Dutta has successfully carved out a strong sound and signature over a refreshingly broad range. Watch closer...
Review: Man like Dutta rings you up for a cheeky chat, you're not going to say no... Four more weapons on his Informal imprint, it's heavyweight business as usual. "Conversations" is a real screamer with a trilling bass tone that rises in tone and skin-tingles and a creepy twist midway while "Stuffed Crust" follows suit with a squidgy bouncy bass riff that nods towards a classic Zinc style and could be Dutta's funkiest moment to date. Elsewhere "The Trooper" takes us down much deeper passageways with a techno-like arpeggio and ravey pads and "Clarity" ends the show on a rough, aggy one as Dreps joins the party. End of conversation.
Review: Currently ramping up the vibes on his Informal imprint, Dutta takes time to serve up a slice of cake or four on Digital Terror and it's a bass banquet that's every bit as scrumptious as you'd expect from a man who officially wants to marry BBQ pizza bases. Expect ruffage of every flavour: the spicy ("The Pain" with Sl8r), the glutinous ("Painkillers"), the meaty ("LA Kush Cake") and the sweet ("1608") All best served with some type of fizzy beverage, Dutta's cooking up bare feasts right about now.
Review: Clawhammer return for more madness with Manchester lad Dutta and the hard to pin down Bou, two fresh faces added to their growing repertoire. Mixing funky little melodic samplings with the filthiest bass he can get his hands on, Dutta rakes up the filth in "Optical". On the flip, Bou takes a rap-fuelled rampage around tweaked bass and jump-up stepping sensibilities. Two massive crowd pleasers from two up and coming producers.
Review: This is a big compilation for Bass Legion, featuring the likes of Dutta and MISSREPRESENT on a five-track exploration of jump up D&B. Dutta is the ideal man to kick off proceedings, Purple Punch's raucous opening drums proving just that before a simple but menacingly deceived melody pumps in through undertones of synth weight. Enta's Levitate carries on the charge; eerie and unforgiving, its snarling tendrils of synth extend out into a steppy percussive line. L3mmy Dubz brings Dissonant Oscillations to the table, another eerie number that builds suspense with a cool sci-fi feel, before flipping into package of naughty distortion which effortlessly injects a feeling of movement and travel. Control is equally as pacey, MISSREPRESENT opting for a techier sound that balances out the release well, Mefjus-esque bass notes flicking each drum hit further towards the next drop. Ignite is last but not least, a piece of glitchy jump-up which perfectly balances long and short notes to add in a. bit of last minute funk that lays out beautifully over a thudding kick drum. Get this one, quick.
Review: It's all kicking off at Souped Up HQ. First they tell us Voltage is our real dad and it seems Dutta is being ousted as our naughty uncle coercing us into god knows what type of mischief with some of his most cantankerous sounds and flavours yet. "Tiger Claw" is pure drum riot funk, "Reload" (with Jakes) is insanely smooth, "Wash Away" (with Serum) packs all the raffish thrills and spills of an early Hazard joint, "Woah" is a deep sci-fi roll-out that takes off where "Trooper" left us the other month while "OG" closes on venomous growl flex. Wowzers... These will singe your trousers.
Review: Phwoar! Dutta on Kartoons... Now this is a serious meeting of jump up jungle minds old and new here. Throw in fellow new-gen firebrand Ly Da Buddah and you've got two seriously troublesome tracks. "Strawberry Dawg" will be a stand-out persy for many funk heads thanks to its dusty old horn sample and drop into hyperactive rave business on the riff while "The 80s" is pure bounce. Like a pair of Reebok Pumps inflated by a car tyre pump, this springy little number will have you bouncing off the walls for days.
Review: Flipping the switch and easing into the new year with subversive style, heavyweight dancefloor imprint Bass Legion let loose with a collection of deeper, liquid sounds you might not expect from their usually uncompromising acts. Serious moments of delicate and imaginative music abound as Tsuki plays a restrained piano number, Metal Work goes on a Total Science style space funk step odyssey and Dutta delivers a wondrous filtered hazy roller that wouldn't have gone amiss on Hospital 15 years ago. Rounding up the deep concept in style Vision takes us to the stars on a Maduk style trip while Simskai gets freak on a slippery synth disco trip. A well-executed concept; more labels should take a leaf out of Bass Legion's book and get their artists exploring other styles.
Review: It's about time drum & bass made a statement about dangers of drugs, and who'd have thought it would be a pair of killers to do it' "Dealerz" gets high on its own supply with uncut grit and danger while "Jitterbug" warns of the tragic after effects of narcotics as you won't stop shifting and skanking for weeks. Elsewhere they foretell the dangers of the herb with the menacing, staccato bassline bruising "Ganja Man", the perilous problems with euphoria and goosebumps on "Feeling You" and send us off to rehab with the savage organ-squeezing, robot pleasing twisted laser bass crescendo "Through The Clouds" Just say yes mate.
Review: Dial G for gully: Telekom makes contact for the first time in 2018 with four sense-whirling whip-slappers. "Get Together" wheezes with a slight funk thanks to its off-grid drums and swooning instrumentation, "Lean" (with Solix) subverts the rave stabs as it drops into pure laser armageddon and "You Are Next" (with Dutta) cold calls your innermost soul with a rattling metallic bassline groove venom. Finally Telekom closes comms with the brain-melting "Blowback" that comes with one of the most twisted groaning basslines he's made to date. Trust us, you're going to want to put a ring on this.
Hizzleguy/Klip & Outlaw - "Final Round" - (5:14) 175 BPM
Review: Fatman Dee's Biological new talent off-shoot Young Guns Recordings come correct with the first part of its mammoth Justice League collection. Ranging from raging jump-up to mechanical neuro-edged funk, the label mean business from the sound of the starter's pistol: Agro kicks it old school with detuned synths and twisted vocal elements on "Concrete Foundations", Guzi goes all haunted house with his trembling keys and spooked out bass on "Significance" while Kahlil ups the hype ante with sharp synths and a latent energy that really kicks off on the second drop. These are just a third of the album's epic array of highlights. Serious business.