Review: Down 2 Earth Muzik is Macky Gee's imprint, his way of putting out more of the music he personally enjoys and wishes there was more of, a stamp he can plonk down on the scene and call his own. This next release is from Gino and it seems like he's heard the criticism that jump up is too samey, and so gone out and tried to refine and change the sound. He's definitely succeeded, whether you're into it is up to you, but there's a certain creativity in how the synths and basses are constructed and how they relate to each other. We love it and can't wait to hear more. The title track is especially good, with a super unique beat pattern and tough and tumble vibes popping off all over the shop.
Review: Down 2 Earth Musik 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 unknown artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Gino is holding up that standard and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Lost World' reels you in with a lovely synth-influenced intro, it's upbeat beginnings quickly regressing to a siren-like wail of pure energy that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'O M G' being another highlight. Sick release.
Review: Holy moly! If you're looking to get twisted this month, you've come to the right place; Gino (AKA Arnone AKA Rushmore) steps up to Macky Gee's Down 2 Earth and he's packing some absolutely grizzlers. The lead track "Hunger Pains" is a riot waiting to happen with its angular bruising distorted bassline and strange off beat funk, elsewhere we're blinded by the trippy angst of "Henny", our souls are rattled then zapped with 10,000 watts on the weirded out "Smart Thing" and we're turned inside out by the mischievous bass squarks on "Toast AF". It would seem Gino is a lot better in the studio then he is at picking an artist name!
Review: Oh gosh!! Giant-among-men Swift finally drops the biggun we've been waiting YEARS for. And it's clear from the opening filth-flinger "Dogs Of War" (with Gino) that this album is the full-fat uncut high grade LP message we've been longing for. 20 tracks (including remixes of classics by the likes of Serum and A.M.C), this packs more punch than a night out MCing to naff jump-up with Tyson Fury. Seriously, from the militant charge of "Freebass" to the cheeky riff swagger of "Creeper" via the Virus-style techy thunder of "Origin", the savage jungle techno homage "Loftgroove" and the heavy 110 BPM slo-mo rave messiness "The Gully" this leaves no stone unturned whatsoever... And this is only the first part. Wow. Swift ain't messing around here.
Review: One of the biggest D&B debut albums this summer lands not a moment too soon... Mollie Collins rise up the ranks has been nothing short of phenomenal. First as a DJ, then as a broadcaster, then label owner and now we're about to feel her full scope as a producer. 'Musicality' by name, musical by nature, over the course of 12 tracks Mollie writes a heartfelt love letter to drum & bass from its lighted, most euphoric ("Friends") to its grottiest and most powerful ("Right Behind You") and all shades in between... The sewer sound bassline of "Got You", the big wheel drama of "Sound Boy", the introspection of "Wondering", the list goes on. A highly accomplished debut.