Review: Toxinate is back, using his force to compel you to punch someone in the face and chuck your drink with an EP that doesn't hold back. Its not the kindest on the ears but then again, its not supposed to be, it's a statement of hard-hitting sounds and murderous tones. These tracks are underpinned by delicate yet heavy drum work and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous basslines, monstrosities of dancefloor proportions. 'Space' especially, which is full of, you guessed it, space, as Toxinate leaves plenty of room the frequencies to foment. This new one from the Biological Beat crew isn't something you'll forget quickly.
Review: Pick N Mix need no introduction. Sticky fingers, stinky bangers; TJ's imprint is at the very forefront of dnb's exciting new generation. Now they raise the game once again, amplifying their message with arguably the most important album in the genre this year: 'The Black Excellence' is 100% created by artists and creatives of colour from the artwork to activation and it slams down any question of lack of diversity in the game. Featuring the likes of Amplify, BLCKHRY, Dilligent Fingers, Kyst Cortez and so many more, it runs the entire range of sounds from deep and soulful ('Be Free') to dark and slinky ('Settle') to savage and rasping ('Legion') and reflects how exciting and wide-range the dnb sound is when it comes from a diverse place. More albums like this, please.
Review: Enta returns to Biological Beats with more of his winning 'Formula'. Taking off where he left us with part one back in March (when we had no idea how much life would change) the energy and weight of these productions hit even harder because we're missing the raves so much. And boy would we love to hear these on a big rig; the technoid rifle-firing 'Bit Death', the scorching high end groans and tension of 'Caught In The Act', the almost neuro-like grizzles and slams of 'Neutralized' and the steppy, dark funk finale of 'Snake Charmer' would all blow our heads clean off. Enta the future.
Review: Gradually honing his sound over the last few years on the likes of Spectre and Shiftin' Beatz, Enta is now a firm member of Fatman D's labels. First Young Guns, now this full EP debut on Biological Beats. Undoubtedly his most focused and accomplished release to date, the EP is held down by a stripped back heavily pressurised sense of tension... Pastry's moody bars on "Formula", the slick slippery drum work on "Revenge", the trippy harmonics on "Sleight Of Hand" and carefully tamed bass grunts of "Lurking". Trust us, there's nothing formulaic about this one.
Review: Biological Beats are turning fifteen years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of wicked artists. This is that celebration and DJ Limited, Puppetz and more are in the place, whilst Enta and more make a feature as well. Enta turns up the heat with a screamer with 'Ear Dis', Puppetz takes things heavy on 'Reborn' and Traumatize drags proceedings into a bouncier place with his stormin VIP of 'Joker'. All round, an excellent showing from the crew and an excellent example of how to pull off a big compilation.
Review: Enta is a prolific jump-up producer and Young Guns have released that side of his productions before, but this Paralysis EP is something different, something a bit more brooding and stripped back. There are some wicked minimal vibes here, especially on 'Straight 2 Ya Head', which combines a double kick, a diving sub bass and eerie vocal shimmers to foment a tapstry of minimalistic depth, one which gradually gets bigger and bigger. 'Tokyo Drift' combines the two sounds in a really cool way that reminds us of Simula, whilst 'Never Be Mine' has a foreboding air to its stabby synthetic construction. Top work.
Review: You'd hope that the good men and women behind Young Guns Recordings don't actually carry weapons, but this EP proves that they do. Enta lands on the label with a four-tracker that's rooted in the current contours of the UK underground, a riotous and rough release that isn't too bothered about its occasionally unseemly fringes. 'Black Hole' is a good name for the first track, an expansive stepper that oozes and pulses from its core with a surprising amount of groove. 'Good Vibration' is the other standout track of the four, with a rolling percussive line that gets its weight from a diving sine bass and wobbly ambience. Sick stuff.
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: Two savagely on-point new-gen bass arsonists land on Profound Beats and fire off a shot each. Enta gets all oceanic with a futuristic bassline that's not dissimilar Bladerunner's sound. Smooth, shiny but unfailingly formidable in the dance. Flexxa meanwhile goes a little deeper than usual with a real growler of a tune that swathes back and forth with a truly menacing purr that's softened by a swooning jazzed out sample. Rock out with your glock out.
Review: We've done all the enter / entrance jokes around Enta's name now so let's get straight to business. This man is making some outrageously heavy bangers right now and these two could just be his biggest yet. "My Element" shows Enta at his chirpiest; all neurofunk, rolling and riffy. "Senseless" reminds of his more signature roughness. Gritty, raffish and turbo-charged with some of the weirdest bass textures you've heard this side of the M1, Enta won't be exiting the game any time soon. (Not sorry)
Review: First name Enta, last name The Dragon; this rising UK producer is such a beast with his basses he could batter a whole fleet of mythical creatures and still have enough firepower left to slay a rave. You need proof? Check the thumping subs, stripped back groove and metallic alien textures of "Tripping" and the grotty, weirded-out laser bass wonk of "Glitch" then check your singed body hairs. Firesome.
Review: Disgusting scenes from rising gnarl-master Enta as he makes his debut on Jaydan's Smokin Riddims; "Eediat" calls out the buffoons with a laser bassline that's strong enough to slice planets in two, breakneck beats and a roughhouse vocal sample. "How It Feels" shows Enta's deeper, more soulful side with a soaring, breathy vocal and dreamy piano-strokes. Talk about making an entrance...