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: Low Down Deep have really outdone themselves with this one and it's courtesy of Filthy Habits, who, across four tunes, seriously rolls things out. The standout tune is 'Caught Sippin', which moves from a choppy array of jump up stabs into a winding, twisting bass node with a devilish bend within, a powerful dancefloor track that you won't forget any time soon. The title track smacks of old school Low Down Deep material with its shameless approach to funky rhythms and bouncy beat making, a catchy affair that doesn't take itself too seriously. The others are equally stripped back, and we really love the barebones approach being taken here.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are. 'Catastrophe' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. The flip-side is the highlight, though, as 'Dungeon' hangs in mid-air, it's stabbing oscillations cutting through sound with an eerily potent feeling of satisfaction that we're dying to hear over a sound system. Big.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are, although they're contrasted on this occasion with the sickening sweetness of its cake-based theme. 'Mr Kipling' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. The flip side is in the same vein, and 'Keep It Real' smacks of old school Sub Zero with its stabby approach to crafting basses. This is a solid release from a producer who has been on the up recently, and we're looking forward to the next one.
Review: Filthy Habits is an appropriate name for this artist and, listening through this single, you can hear why. This release is a solid double-sided envelope of tunes which demonstrate a serious understanding of jump-up's nastier end, the type of jump-up which some hate but which inspires a passionate love for the genre in others. The first track is the best example of this, its pointed, jagged-edged basslines are cutting and penetrating at the same time, snappy drums lie underneath and the whole tune is packaged with effortless finesse. The flip, 'Use Your Imagination', is just as hard hitting, this time with a glitchy, techier vibe. Wicked.
Review: Filthy Habits has been on a bit of a spree recently, with a slew of releases on labels like G13 and others. This time though he's on arguably the best dedicated jump-up label in the scene - Low Down Deep - and here's here with a wicked slew of pointed, angry tracks. The B-side 'Talk Too Much' is the standout tune, with a ragga jungle introduction that's flipped into a biting, jungle number that grates and grinds in all the right places. Absolutely wicked tune this and it's complimented by an almost equally cool A-side - definitely check this single out.
Review: Subway Soundz manage to put out some of the sickest beats in the game and they're always rock-solid bits of serious weaponry. Filthy Habbits is holding up that mantle with this four-tracker, an extended play with an urban-edge. 'Unlimited Power' is arguably the stronger of the bunch if only because it has such a satisfyingly solid drum line underpinning it, punching basses inject the urban edge mentioned above and then the drop finished it all off - absolutely sick tune. 'Ghosts' is more along Souped Up lines with its catchy melody and simple arrangement - one of the serum fans.
Review: Welcome to the "VIP Lounge", a place where egos are left at the door, manners are a priority and no one, absolutely no one, shows off ostentatious signs of perceived wealth. Filthy Habits don't run VIP lounges, but if they did, that's how they'd be. No ego, no attitude, just everyone skanking the dickens out to riff rifled thumpers such as the mischievous "Abandoned", the high-toned sweet shop style shreds of "Artificial Intelligence", the fluttering laser hook and symphonic shatters of "The Calling" and the bulbous harmonic Q&A of the finale "Eruption" and having just as much of a party as the rest of the club. No nonsense, no BS, just bangers: the way all VIP lounges should be.
Review: Clawhammer get mucky with two cutthroat remixes courtesy of Filthy Habits. First up comes a devilish twist on Aweminus & Danger's "Get Ya Respect" as the bassline gets flipped harmonically into a much more hair-raising experience while Syndicat's "Illusions" is turbo-charged into a brass blazing beats with a bassline so abrasive it also acts as an exfoliator. Heavy stuff... Filthy by name!
Review: Over the years the Midlands duo, Filthy Habits have built a strong and steady following, predominantly revered for their exciting DJ sets the lads promotions are seeing some love on the floor too and this EP shows why This is some shoe throwing shiz right here. 'Abandoned' is as high octane as they come, packed with jump up signatures it's fast and fun. What more do you want? 'The Calling' is another floor destroyer which slots into the noisy jump up box, with its disgustingly low sub and its dog capturing high hook. It also has so creepy critter like samples that we're more used to hearing in dark dubstep, which brings an interesting twist to the track.
Review: Murderation: Filthy Habits have been pushing out high grade drum & bass for some years now, but this is a whole new level. Highlights include the way "Artificial Intelligence" subverts everything you know about drops with its rising, paranoid riff; the way "1.17AM" creates the sensation of driving 100mph down the wrong side of the motorway; the way "Retaliation" buzzes and jitters like a digital bees nest on fire and the way that sudden extra jungle fill on "Yeah" well and truly knocks you off your feet each and every time. Powerful, uncompromising and utterly, utterly filthy.
Review: The last time we saw Dirty Habits he'd teamed up with Jeopardise on "Make Ya Famous" on Kenny Ken's "25 Years of Kenny Ken" mix CD. And this time around he provides us with more surefire jump-up vibes for the peak time set on "Set You Free". There's even more artillery to be found in the form of "Nah Talk", channelling the early 2000s vibe of Calibre and his seminal Soul:R imprint. The beats on this one are absolutely tight, and that baseline! Double Tip!
Review: Grimy and full of bad intentions, the Filthy Habits boys have played a blinder with this four tracker. Picked up this time around by Belgian filth-merchants Gun Audio, it's an EP of different proportions. From the outset it's a huge sounding jump-up influenced stormer, but at times it can take you by surprise. Take the cinematic orchestral sampling in "The Difference" or the minimal bass contortions of "Like Minded". Not your usual heavy, thundering dancefloor smashers. These guys aren't messing about; the best part is it's immediately listenable too. Club music for your home system. It's a revelation.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are. 'Powers That Be' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. All the other tunes on this release are in the same vein, and 'Next Lesson' smacks of the recent Bou and Simula stuff with its feathered approach to crafting basses. This is a solid release from a man who's been on the up recently.
Review: They might be averaging 2.5 releases per year but man are Blackley's Cre8 killing it. Every single release has been rammer-jammer with talent, ideas, fusions and energy. The "We Cre8" series epitomises this spirit and attitude the best as we're bombarded with heaviness from the off... "Medusa" teases with a starlit arpeggio on the intro before snapping your neck with a waspy bass drop, "War Mongers" is a much fuzzier, no-nonsense skin-scorcher, "Touch Of Generations" fires more lasers than an unruly robot while Jaxx provides balance with the springier funk of "Leaf Of Life". Rounding off with stern spacious bass tones of "Hemp Seed" and the timeless roller "Showdown", this is the best "We Cre8" edition yet.
Review: Biological Beats have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Filthy Habits & Jeopardize are holding up that standard and they're doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Jiggy Jiggy reels you in with a lovely intro, its beginnings quickly regressing to a siren-like collection of stabs which exude pure energy in a way that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'The Venom' being another highlight with its gargled expressions of bouncing force. Sick release.
Review: Jump up heads, it's time to get nasty. A year after the release of this notorious dancefloor killer, Filthy Habits have taken to the lab once again to remix "No Cure" for the late summer crowds and boy are we grateful. Packed to burst with dirty bass and hard-spanking snares, there's not a pair of dunks in sight that could resist skanking to this. "Boiling Point" on the other hand raises up the salute to Turno's production skills with a faithful remix from Filthy Habits. Still dark, still destructive but with a sleeker, meaner level of devastating realness, this roller is going places. The favourite by far.
Review: Milton Keynes High R8 Digital are back with more dark side drum and bass shenanigans courtesy of their most recent recruits. Starting out with Hoogs' "The Comet (Majistrate remix)" which is reminiscent of classic Andy C or DJ Zinc from the early noughties, there's honourable mentions also to Sub Killaz with their stripped back and absolutely sketchy offering "Horror (Nu Elementz remix)" and of course Filthy Habits' "Hidden Secrets (Upgrade remix)" which is a seriously wonky journey through the dark side of breakbeat science. His remix up next of Dub Berzerka's "Born Bad" likewise demonstrates that this fella certainly 'ain't messing around!