Review: Rene La Vice and Future Cut is, to be honest, quite a strange combination both in terms of their musical history and their stylistic divergence. We couldn't be happier to see them together, though, especially considering how incredible this release is, a three-tracker which packs all the heaviness that Metalheadz has built its reputation upon. 'Nine Strings' lays a soaring vocal over the top of a gully, no-holds-barred junglist break-out, a vibrantly powerful set of elements all working together to create a jagged, punchy track of club-sized proportions. 'Eyes' is incredible as well, a roller with a rolling reece bass and an attitude to match, something carried over into the final tune 'Deenandbee'. Awesome stuff.
Review: V Recordings: A genus source for drum and bass, the launch pad of so many great careers it's not worth counting and still a consistent source of forward-thinking beats. If any label can justify five volumes of back-cat badness, it's Bryan Gee's. Going right back to 1993 (Roni Size's "Timestretch"), we whistle, rattle and roll past some of the label's (and scene in general's) titans. Dillinja is repped hard with an array of discography highlights such as the shattered amen attack plan ("Bad Man"), Krust is paid in full with cuts such as the minimal muscle roller "Set Speed", jungle godfather Sappo reminds us of real old school with "Into The Light" while Future Cut's later-era "Prophecy" is rewound to great effect. And that's just five of the album's 21 chapters. A must read document for junglists old and young.
Review: Manchester's Future Cut duo have been making hard-edged drum and bass for over fifteen years now, and with a catalogue that spans the likes of Renegade Hardware and Metalheadz, it's only natural that they should also pop up on the legendary V Recordings now and again! "Prophecy" is a nu-school kinda cut, one of those stepping neo-jungle works that sits somewhere between jump-up and liquid. "Out There", as the name suggests, is a whole lot wilder and more daring thanks mainly to its warped hook and circling beat structure...it makes us think of the good old days of drum and bass. Recommended!
Review: A very special release here from the Ulterior Motive boys as they go in on Future Cut's "Obsession" with considerable aplomb. A glorious six and a half minutes of D&B wizardry ensue so ready yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. The iconic, polished vocal dominates the intro before the track falls into the drop with a flurry of metallic beats, low slung groans and industrial quivers. For the most part the original is twisted up to just the right the level - aggressive twists and edits add weight, whilst rumbling subs add depth and punch. This one's a must have, no question.