Review: Dominator sadly passed away last year, and to celebrate his legacy Low Down Deep have released a full LP of his music, including collaborations galore. The first tune features Nu Elementz and its satisfyingly solid, with punmching bass stabs and a rock-hard percussive base to go with them. All of the tracks on this release are just big, from the glitched-out width of 'Better Late Than Never' featuring Majistrate, to the subtle yet funk-infused rhythm of 'Atomic Playboy' featuring Ego Tripping. Scene legend Heist makes a couple of appearances on 'Sway' and 'Cowboy' and Sub Zero tears up the place on 'Terror Notts'. This is sick EP that does justice to another D&B figure who was taken too soon. RIP Dominator.
Review: The title says it all: "Hard Bop" is as succinct as it sounds. A "Warhead" style Q&A with a very lean rhythm and subs complexion, a whole universe of funk can be found in the devilishly simple groove. "Sight N Soundz" adopts a similar minimal MO with a very precise, classical late 90s style bass riff that just nags and nags until you submit. Both cuts laced with detailed drum work that never sits still, Ego Trippin is, once again, bang on the dollar with these.
Review: Essex boy EGO TRIPPIN is jump up's man of the moment he's tracks have been destroying floors for a hot sec and now he's unleashing those VIP's we've been hearing for months. As with all VIPs the tracks stay true to originals with tiny tweaks. 'Filthy Criminals' see's extra layers added to the main melody at different pitches, bringing new textures to the track, and the odd little skip giving illusions of double drops. While 'Two Types' echoes and prolongs, if you're a fan of the first two this is a no brainer.
Review: Next stop on Low Down Deep's tubular and literally underground series comes a dispatch from do-no-wrong duo Ego Trippin. Kicking off with a cheeky manipulation on last year's album highlight "Mind Bender", it's business from the off... And it's followed by the funk thumping early Clipz style harmonic riff and springy bounce on "Ask Somebody", pure brass drama and richter scale rumbling bass on "Sensor" and the flabbiest wobbles you've ever heard on Low Down Deep in the form of "Lit Up". Tickets please!
Review: Low Down Deep has become one of the premier destinations for UK jump-up, playing host to every big name in the scene over the years. Now a proper flag-holder for the resurgent jump-up movement, Low Down Deep are back and they're repping Ego Trippin, one of the big boys in the scene right now. He's coming out with two VIPs and track one, featuring the late DJ Dominator, is playful yet devastating, with an upbeat and funky arrangement that lands hard - very hard. 'Spinning Elbow' is less subtle, with gravelly synths that pummel the top end of the range and a snapping drum line that nails the bottom end. Yes guys!
Review: We've been waiting for this one for a long time... After almost two decades in the dance, Ego Trippin deliver their highly anticipated debut album and, as the duo's star continues to rise to new heights, it couldn't come at a better time. A powerful 17 track package that stretches their style from slinky worm-like minimal funk ("Mind Bender"), disco darkness ("Bite It") and sweet soul steppery ("Moving On") to frazzled sandpaper funk ("Ghetto Code") and straight up rolling toxic grit, this leave no gully stone unturned and places them right at the top of the Low Down Deep table. Thrilling.
Review: At long last... Ego Trippin's highly anticipated album All City is about to open a whole case of gully whoop-ass in our pieholes and here are our starter courses. "Mind Bender" is all about the warped, melted drone bassline that sits somewhere between Serum and Micky Finn with its funky, weirdness and art of surprise. The already massive "Trill Seekers", meanwhile, gets a G'd up VIP with a cool variation on the bass riff and some sleaze funk on the synths via the fills. Trippin on sunshine lads.
Review: Low Down Deep has become one of the premier destinations for UK jump-up, playing host to every big name in the scene over the years. Now a proper flag-holder for the resurgent jump-up movement, Low Down Deep are back and they're repping Ego Trippin, a duo who have been round the block and then some. They're coming out with their second full-length LP, a rare thing these days, and track one 'Bad Girls' is playful yet devastating, with an upbeat and funky arrangement that lands hard - very hard. 'Baby Blues' is less subtle, with pitched up synths that pummel the top end of the range and a snapping drum line that nails the bottom end. Yes guys!
Review: Purveyors of fine DnB since 1996, this Essex outfit (Ian Wait, Martin Blackman, Matt North) don't mess about. Here we have a new two-track joint (literally if you see the cover) on Low Down Deep Recordings. Short and sweet and to the point, this single is all about fast fun. "Thrill Seekers" is a proper jump up jam, with dancehall bass melodies, scattershot breaks and spacey effects. "Tracker' is a filthier beast altogether, with sub-troubling wobbly bass barks, speedy drums and some effective vocals samples.
Review: You've got to be tripping us... Ego Trippin have just dropped their third release this month and it's another monster. Following the second part of their "Tales Of The Darkside" series on Hi-Def comes this super-sweet five-tracker on Low Down Deep "Chocolate". Every bit as tasty as the name suggests, highlights include the classic early 2000s style Q&A and running drums of "Desire", the funk-riddled party-slapper "Feeling Good" and the raffish frazzled bass of the title track. Tuck in.
Review: Give it up, give it in, let us begin... Ego Trippin return to Low Down Deep with two massive tracks that have been on dub for them, Logan D and a few other lucky DJs of late. Both laced with classic Ego Trippin' signature hookiness, warm bass and stripped back fun, "Give It Up" is a rattling hip-slinker with classic harmonics and reverse effects on the bass while "To Be With You" pushes the blend in more of a leftfield direction with a full vocal drop on the breakdown that we guarantee will have your dancefloor melting. Serious heaters.
Review: Train wrecking, hard bopping, barely breathing riff wizards Ego Trippin continue their rolling onslaught with four more addictive hook-works. "Drum Beatz" rattles and shakes some classic samples in a brand new way, "Lost Your Mind" brings back memories of Bingo circa 2004 while "Change The Beat" is a lolloping weird-out that groans so rudely it could make T>I blush. Fancy a VIP chaser? Take a glug of the subtly refreshed "Tracker". Trippin on sunshine..
Review: Hi Def are one of the most prolific jump-up labels around. We regularly feature their releases and they almost always smash it out of the park, this time being no different. Access All Areas is a fiery EP, featuring Ego Trippin, Filthy Habits and more, that epitomizes the type of jump-up, but also slightly different flavours as well, that, in more ways than one, has defined D&B over the past couple of years - no-nonsense, uncompromising and proudly nonchalant about what you think. It's just pure attitude, dancefloor-based music at its best and music that simply does what it wants, there's no pretentiousness or image-orientated concerns - it's just D&B. Big, big tunes.
Review: Putting the vibes in to V/A: Logan D curates a brand new various artist EP with heavyweight results: Heist and Logan himself ignite the turbo engine with the low-swung roll-out "Do It" while Cabin Fever & Info lay down a much sterner sermon with "Wake Up". Deeper again we hit mysterious newcomer Drop Off with a powerful riff-primed cut that's reminiscent of a young Tyke while veterans Ego Trippin' return with a beautifully bouncy Bingo style workout "Barely Breathing". All quarter covered and plenty more.
Review: Fix up, look sharp: Low Down Deep looks back over some past corkers and shares the parts around. First up the unstoppable T>I softens the distorted bark on Maji's 2015 "Pick 'Em Out" and adds a humming sub vibe, Ego Trippin take us back to Pacso's 2011 Pakistan adventure with a whole new savage riff on "Coastin Through Karachi" while Jayline kicks Dom and D's already KO-worthy "Rumble" into a whole new battlecage. Finally Tyke take Ego Trippin's biggest banger to date, scrunches it up into a tight ball, dowses it in petrol, sets fire to it and kicks it in through your bedroom window. And you wouldn't have it any other way.... Would you?
Review: It's not often a true legend delivers the goods long into their career but MC Fats is still delivering the goods as this LP proves. Filled with collaborations and remixes from the MC Fats Collective and beyond and pushing his unique sound to the next level. Huge names like Calibre, Basher, Total Science, SIN, Lynx and Dom & Roland move in to attack their own slices of the action, taking what could simply be an outstanding LP to cult status and beyond. It's no surprise that a man of his experience could wrangle in some of the biggest names in D&B for his album - what is surprising though is that none of the input is an afterthought. Each contributor has given their best and it shows.