Extra Produktionen - "The Mothership" - (5:54) 122 BPM
Review: Germany's Brontosaurus label, home to such luminaries as Arto Mwambe, Exile Missile, Lauer and Extra Produktionen since the mid 2000s, is calling it a day. To celebrate, Permanent Vacation have produced this celebratory three-tracker featuring two unheard cuts and a 12 year-old classic. The inclusion of the latter, Extra Productionen's organic deep house jam "The Mothership", is reason to buy the EP alone. The other two tracks, though, are equally as good. Arto Mwambe's "Nokout" is a sublime slice of alien deep house - all intergalactic shuffle and wide-eyed bleep melodies, while Exile Missile's "Range" combines the futurism of '80s electrofunk and Detroit techno to mesmerising effect.
Review: Times they are a turning, and a changing, and a turning some more these days. But don't worry, Liondub International and Exile are on hand with a fiery five-piece of bassline grizzlers to distract us from impending doom. Highlights include the cool contrast of trancey arpeggios and raw grunting bass on the title track 'Turn Of The Times', the horny, breezy funk of 'Choices Choices', the pacey energy and classic vocal sample on the fills of 'Beat Drop' and the insane beats and Sweet Shop-style bassline on 'Break It Shake It'. Time's up, ready or not.
Review: Serial Killaz' eponymous label are dropping their latest EP and it's a monstrous five tracker from Exile, who has an impressive CV when it comes to making drum & bass that's geared for the dancefloor. The title tune sets the tone from the offset, as crashing drums warp around a pummelling bassline that hits ground zero with all the force of an explosive weapon. 'Eliminate' feat. Dread MC is on a slightly different tip and makes for a broody, contemplative roller which you can feel has a scary amount of latent, aggressive energy. Eksman joins the team on 'Blueprint Stamp' for a carnival jungle number, and 'Religion of Funk' finishes things off on a penetrating, bouncy note. Lovely stuff.
Review: Every now and then, you just want a release that slams start to finish. No frills, no pretence of trying to be something that it isn't, just solidly banging D&B that gets your head nodding and your feet moving. Exile has done that here and this single is a run of attitude-packed jump up, all of which would sound fat through a sound system. 'Hysteria' is a highlight, moody samples leading you in into a fluttering array of jagged sonics and boom-bap drum hits, a vibe that's quickly transferred across into '321 Gravitate' - snapping percussive hits, moody bass notes and melody that oozes power.
Review: Exile is most definitely NOT in exile. He's flipping everywhere! This year alone has seen him drop fire on the likes of Formation, Technique and Serial Killaz. Now he's on Heist's Co-Lab with three savage burn-ups. "Process" has that great riffy vibe where you'll be humming the three cascading notes for days. Simple but really really effective. "Back To The Funk" balances a lush mid-2000s soulful vibe before dropping into chunkier contemporary bassline business before "Command The Vibe" comes running up all sweaty and brazen and attaches itself to you like a middle age spread. Good old whole some flabby bass fun, Exile's on a roll over here.
Review: Last spotted on Technique on their 2018 collection, and most recently spotted shelling the hell out of us on Serial Killaz, Exile returns to Drumsound & Bassline Smith's label with his biggest release to date. The opening track says it all; "Let's Go Mental" is a call to arms with a sweeping chainsaw bassline and industrial strength beats. It sets the scene for the carnage that follows as "Play Bass" strips things back into a swampy subby stew, "Woo Sound" flexes with a strange ghostly funk and classic rave vocal samples while "Nothing's Changed" closes the show with an absolutely stinking bassline and powerful vocals from Kat Howell. Mental status confirmed.
Review: The newest offering on the renowned Serial Killaz imprint is courtesy of Exile, whose sound is perfectly suited for a label which has been built on the reputations of its founders, which is substantial after years of bringing their jungle-jump up crossover to UK clubs. The title track kicks off with leafy rainforest soundscapes and a David Attenborough-esque sample, before flipping into a pitched-up monstrosity of jump-up proportions - certified club banger. The rest of the release is moodier and darker, with techy yet raw tones abounding on every cut. 'One Of Them' is the perfect example, with a rough, diving back end that's akin to a the lovechild of DLR and Serum. Big release.
Review: Previously of Northbase, Exile continues to smash things solo with his first full EP. Five track of total demolition, there are too many guns for our feeble humanoid fingers right here: the urgent turbine groan of "Murk It", the staccato drama of "Devil's Belief", the tuned percussion, junglised fills and tubular basses of "ESP", the absolute stank of the swampy, flabby bass riff of "The Victim". Flipping the switch for the finale, Exile gets conscious on the thoughtful narrative stepper with wisdom from MCs Stubb Z and Midas proving he's not totally evil (just evil most the time...)
Review: Bubbler klaxon! Exile returns with two more super sharp shooters spaciously designed for deep mix pleasure. "Jungle Animal" whisks us deep into the tropics with a steel drum Q&A hook that fits so snug into any track you can imagine mixing it into while "So Scared" flips and flickers with more of a gutter bound bassline that scrapes the muck out of the ground, squeezes it tightly into a rubber ball and bounces it back in your purdy little face. Scared? You will be!
Review: There's a whiff of new alias to Birmingham-based Exile. Whoever he was before, whatever he did, it's their loss and jump-up's gain as he consummately proves across four tracks right here with his On Point debut. "Harmless" lets rip with a fog horn style bass and venomous bars from equally mysterious MC Godderz, "Drop It" is pure stabby riff drama while "Charlie Murphy" flashes and bashes with some sharp jungle jolts. Finally "Crypt Keeper" takes us back to Bristol circa mid 2000s via the far east... Bon voyage.