Review: Lord have mercy! Long time badmen Exile & Mark XTC return to Serial Killaz with another soul-pounding original and two humungous VIPs of past bangers. 'Pull Up' strips things right back to the finger-clicking funk vibes and a bubblesome bassline before bringing additional murky elements into the mix; big growls and even bigger amen flurries. Two VIPs are also included on the release as 'Take Me Away' and 'New Dawn' both get go-faster stripes and nitro injections for these turbulent times. As if the originals were stinky enough, these VIPs take things to a whole new ballistic level. Pull up or shut up.
Review: They've bounced around in their "Bootleg Clarks" long enough! It's time for bredrins Exile and XTC to go in properly with their debut collaborative EP. One legend, one fast-rising new name: together they fuse the perfect edge of contemporary, no-BS D&B. "Soothes My Soul" starts the engine on a big diva balls-out vibe, "Burning Up" ups the euphoria to even higher levels while "Morse Code" is pure heads-down batteridge. Finally "Oh Yeah" ends on a moody note where grunting shred basslines drop in and out while a heavy percussive break shunts with techno grity. Schooled.
Review: Exile & Mark XTC have been around the block a few times now, each with a string of pretty banging releases under their belts on a range of cool labels. This time it's the turn of Serial Killaz to play host to their dark and dirty sounds, a sound typified by opening tune 'Take Me Away', which dives down from a soaring vocal sample into a blend of shuddering bass murmurs. 'Instinct' features the MC GQ and, after starting on rattling jungle breaks, rolls out on the drop into a deeply satisfying jump-up inspired piece of dancefloor damage. Yes boys!
Review: V Recordings sublabel Chronic has developed a reputation for putting out beats that are even more venomous than its big sister, and their long-standing rollers series is getting a beef up with the fourth instalment. Featuring a litany of acts from a range of eras and a diversity of styles, Chronic Rollers Vol. 4 is a perfect addition to the arsenal of any DJ. 'Blindspot' from Nectax blends a soulful sample with an oscillating warp of juddering bass energy; Mancunian upstart SL8R gets subby and rolling with 'Roundabout'; and Brazilian label long-timers Alibi roll things out tidily on 'Sentinel'. Banging.
Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.