Review: Hospital's newest dynamic duo finally have their long-awaited album coming next week, and with Playing In The Dark the pair have exceeded all expectations. This LP moves across dub-influenced bounce, breaksy hip-hop sounds, soulful liquid and straight dancefloor heat. It's a palette befitting the history of both MCs and the range of producers they've roped in is unsurprisingly impressive, with LSB, Calibre, Diemantle, S.P.Y, Chimpo and more all stepping up. Calibre has two contributions, including a vibrant junglist cut, but Villem & Bcee's 'Playing In The Dark' might be the most memorable and we challenge any of you not to bop to this absurdly infectious tune. 'Tectonic Plates' by Diemantle is another absolute stomper, as the breaks-focused duo bring their cross-genre appeal with full throttle and birth a concotion of pounding subs and stepping, inch-perfect drums. This is a truly sensational album.
Review: It's time for another top notch link up as the legendary vocal prowess of Dynamite MC links up with the ever-ready Bazza Ranks for a tidy new single named 'Vibes Master', courtesy of Irish Moss & Kudos Records. The track itself is a futuristic, dancehall inspired chopper, driven by the high energy vocal displays of both artists, making this one an instant party starter. The project comes complete with an array of remixes, including a groovy reggae mix, a highly percussive Digital version, a high energy Drum N Bass mix and of course a smooth Funk version, giving this one some serious reach!
Review: Is there a doctor in the house? Hospital kick start the new decade with another stupendously massive V/A collection in the form of its latest Sick Music compendium. An album series that consistently lives up to its name, Sick Music 2020 does not disappoint in the slightest; from the powerful soul thrust of Degs and Unglued's "Levitate Your Mind" to the deep pads and sultry kicks of Tolima Jets' "Clams" via Urbandawn's truly electrifying euphoria/gully head shock "Egregor", this one covers the full spectrum from an exciting and super diverse range of artists. Look out for some fantastic remixes lurking in the mix, too; S.P.Y absolutely crushes Kings Of The Rollers' "You Got Me" and Serum flips Todd Terry's house classic "Bounce To The Beat" with a new sense of funk and groove. And these are just a few examples; this is a fantastic snapshot into how 2020 will sound... And it sounds great!
Review: It's the summer! It's time to fire up the BBQ and spend sunny weekend afternoons in the garden... which means it's also a good time to be releasing laidback but still party-oriented lo-fi hip-hop grooves. Enter Alexander Norman and Dynamite MC, who've come up with 'Flamingo' - think the cream of the Bay Area lo-fi scene trying their hand at something along the lines of Jazzy Jeff's classic 'Summertime' and you're somewhere in the ballpark. Remixes come from Beatvandals, who up the tempo slightly, and Kenny Beeper, who serves up a more electro-fied rub, while an instrumental completes the package.
Review: Top ranking Dirty Dubster Bazza Ranks teams up with one of the most distinctive, entertaining and versatile MCs in the game Dynamite MC for this serious system heater. Bubbling with dancehall delight, track and Dyna's vocals fit like a glove and get us geared up for the summer months ahead. And if you need something with more of a darker punch check the D&B remix that's armed with a classic sample you can't run away from. From sunny side to the far side, this one brings the feels. Don't let it pass you by...
Review: There are few things more pleasing to jam to than new age dancehall with a dancehall twist in our eyes and who better to provide that flavour than the legendary pairing Bazza and Dynamite MC. The high energy pair get together here for a nostalgic vocal session, discussing the fun times in their past and adventures of their youth. The vibe is playful and then coupled with a relaxed instrumental composition, combining subtle horn patterns and intricate triplets.
Review: The legendary Dynamite MC teams up with the master of nu-skool breaks Krafty Kuts for the new massive track "Real Big Deal" which finally drops after being rinsed all Summer. Bleepy, bumping and funky, this tough beat hammers away beneath Dynamite's exclamation that 'you feel like a real big deal!' The power of the word indeed! A great piece of work by two legends of the scene and hope to hear more collaborations from these two!
Review: Big man talk: the legend that is Mampi Swift returns with his heftiest body of work in a long time. "Big Tune" lives up to its name in every way; early Pendulum-style mania with switches galore and Dynamite MC's iconic vocals, it backs up the chats in every way. "Detroit Bass", meanwhile, pays homage to the legacy of Beltram while preaching from the same ghetto-funk parapet as Rockwell. Deeper again Serum and Code fly back to 2000 and revitalise a true Swift classic before Mampi freewheels into the trippiest corners of jump-up with "Ironside". Finally "Sign Of The Times" reminds us how vocal tracks were done before toplines and number one hits were on the hivemind of the jungle community. Fittingly, it's not dissimilar to Fresh & Sigma's "Cylon". Complete with a spattering of instrumentals, could this be the lead to his long awaited third album? We hope so...
Review: Munich based purveyors of new wave urban jams Crispy Crust come up big with Austrian Bass Muic lovers Wax Wreckaz in quite the collaboration here known as "Heavyweight Sound". And who are we to argue with such a claim. Teaming up with none other than Dynamite MC and Singer Blue, this unholy mixture of block rocking beats in unison with a lovably cheesy D. Ramirez style bassline, it's too moreish to resist!
Review: There are two schools of remixes; one that gently rubs the original and provides a slightly different perspective. Then there are ones that consume the original, spit it back out on the floor and start dancing up and down on it. Prescott's ace original - complete with Dynamite MC and Jah Screechy on mic duties - is included for reference, but these remixes really do take things to that famous 'next level'. Mungo Hi-Fi whizz us up on a deep, percussive tribal flex, Woz fires up his industrial strength breakbeat lasers while Gold adds some turbo-boosted rave synths. On a dubstep tip? On a massive, genre-defying remix package tip more like.