Review: First there was dark... Then Agro came along with some disgusting gully riddims and the light was so strong man invented shades. Seriously; this man has yet to release a duff tune and here are two more examples of his scorching illuminations. The title track is understated, low slung and weighted in rich treacle bass while "Crazy Game" (with young upstart Guzi) sheds more light on the darkest, dankest of corners with a vicious fog horn Q&A and a breakdown that opens the gates to Hades itself. Time to get lit.
Review: Both Agro and Murky Digital share a common passion for making club-ready drum & bass and this five-tracker from the producer, featuring Guzi on a remix, is a no-holds barred display of why they're such a potent combo. The grime-influenced synths and halftime vibes of 'The Dirty South' make it an ideal title track, a gully u rban-edged track with serious crossover potential. 'Presence' is the other highlight, a down and dirty roller with a rough, mid-2000s vibe that takes this EP in an industrial direction but one that's also cut through with a jump-up aesthetic. Seriously cool.
Charlie Rotten - "The Myriad Part 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (16:49) 181 BPM
Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, getting a whole compilation full of them from a variety of up and coming producers is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - 'Iggy' - from Garry K & RV is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. 'Vultures' by Zapya and MC Karter is another top-level cut, a skippy drum-line and menacing vocals sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. There are a bunch more excellent tunes on this release, so go check them out.
Review: Murky Digital are a label who do what their name might suggest in that they release digital murkiness on a regular basis. No Escape is an EP from Euphonique that brings together MC Frost, Guzi & Madrush MC and Saxxon, all of whom have helped contribute to dastardly naughty tracks. 'Switch' is up there with the best of them and it's all about that bassline, an almost foghorn of groaning, fiery proportions which rattles its way through the arrangement. MC Frost also impresses on 'No Escape, a sub-heavy roller which will please the more minimalistic heads amongst you. Banging stuff.
Review: This release honestly doesn't mess around. It carries a serious sense of potency despite its clear lack of pretentious sophistication, because D&B of this type simply isn't about sophistication, it's about making something so filthy the audience won't even understand what hit them. Everyone on this release has certainly accomplished that here, I mean just have a listen to the rippling sines, percussive naughtiness and bassline badassery that is 'Get Some Juice', a beautifully spacious tune that still manages to make you feel like you've been attacked by a dog. This is a crazy release from start to finish.
Review: Guzi is landing on Sub-Liminal Recordings once again this week with a sophisticated and incredibly fun release, one which, if you hear out live, is certain to get you moving. There's a carelessness and a freedom to these tracks and it creates a tangible sense of kinetic movement. The title track kicks things off in style and it's 'Area 51' that really takes the cake, a winding, subby track that flips between roughshod amen junglist work and a more rolling, stripped back tip, including powerful, punchy basses all the way. It's a wicked track and definitely the highlight of the release. 'I Can't' feat. Zoner is another absolute banger but one that's deep and wispy in all the right ways, as stuttering drum lines perforate over monochromatic bassline injections. Sick!
Review: Guzi, with the speed of an Uzi and the glamour of Gucci, is landing on Sub-Liminal Recordings with an unsophisticated but incredibly fun release, one which, if you hear out live, is certain to get you moving. There's a carelessness and a freedom to these tracks and it's a tangible sense of kinetics. The title track kicks things off in style but it's 'Shadow' feat. BP MC that really takes the cake, a winding, subby track that flips between wobbiling shimmers and jump-up stabs. It's a wicked track and definitely the highlight of the release. 'Shroud' feat. Peggy Sewage - great name - is another absolute banger but one that's deep and wispy in all the right ways. Sick release.
Review: Barrelling around the corner and into deep town is Guzi, who's newest single on Sub-Liminal Recordings excels in a gnarly, minimal fashion. The A-side - 'Call' - smacks of the recent scene takeover by the likes of Serum and Benny L, it's rambunctious bassline swirling round in huge, naughty arcs that'll leave you delighted by their length and scope. '369' is slightly less in your face but arguably the better of the two, a delicate balance being struck between percussive weight and the sensitive delineation of its elements. A proper roller that won't give you a naughty bass face but will definitely get your head nodding.
Review: If you're looking for twisted brass-textured bass designs then look no further than Guzi and this walloping four-track chop-slap sesh for Sub-liminal. "Stamp" goes all-in with the widescreen bassline that licks up and down the spectrum with mischief while "Game" takes a similar bass texture and thrusts its into a deeper rolling groove and "Take Your Time" jumps sideways for more of a hornets nest style buzzing bassline, all sinewy and electrified. Finally "Crazy" lives up to its name with groaning fog horn bass and a tripped-out cascading riff. Watch out for the key-change!
Review: Brighton's becoming quite the hotbed of D&B talent these days and while The Prototypes continue to command most the city's attention, the pure fire of freshmen like Guzi cannot be denied. Carefully guided by scene don Fatman D, Guzi is developing a strong sound of his own. Not dissimilar to 96/7 Playaz in its sense of funk and forthrightness without being too sharp, riffs like the squelchy Q&A on "The Seige", the Lynx-style steppery on "Heisenberg" and the well restrained grit and Critical-flavoured rolling funk of "Strut VIP" all indicate a strong future for Guzi.
Review: More Sub-Division danger as Guzi & Woolf collide once again with dark, tense results. The highly strung minimal stepper "Intimidate" takes the lead with every bit of intention its name suggests and its backed by another pranged-out collab; the Virus-like, neuro-flecked fast-lane techy grunter "Elysium". Elsewhere the lads so solo; Guzi gets all springy and orchestral on the peppy cosmic drama piece "Continuum" while "Woolfe" pings us to Omicron-Persei 8 on an elastic band bassline made of toxic stardust.
Indirekt - "Trailer" (feat BP MC) - (4:33) 172 BPM
Mosley - "We Got These Things Alone" - (5:12) 175 BPM
Shayper - "Whisper" (dub) - (4:57) 174 BPM
Zoner - "The Revolution" - (4:27) 57 BPM
Review: Sub-Division are releasing the second instalment of their The Division series and it's another five tunes that all slap fairly comprehensively, with contributions from Guzi, Indirekt, Mosley and others. The spectrum gets spanned as well, with Guzi coming on with the synthy and up-beat 'Hold Me', which then leads directly into Indirekt's dark and wobbly 'Trailer' featuring BP MC, a tune that ushers in the rest of the EP in style. We especially dig Mosley's 'We Got These Things Alone', which is just a naughty bloody roller. Wicked work.
Review: Sub-Division have absolutely bloody killed it with this one. Featuring 5 cuts from Guzi, Mains, Sam Harris, Sinexia and Woolf, The Division Vol. 1 is a collection of pure, gully rollers that all sit comfortably within the scene trends at the moment. All 5 of these could be talked about it in detail, but 'How I Feel' by Sam Harris stands out for the sheer audacity of its sub-bass, a wobbling, pulsating wall of energy that pushes out into all corners of the range. 'HND' by Sinexia is also top stuff, with a wonderfully solid percussive line and a grungy, gargling back end that'll have any head screwing their face up. Bangers!
Review: Man like Guzi returns to Sub-Division with newcomer Woolf. They're howling and it's full moon ever single night. Six cuts deep, each one laced in tension and drama, highlights include the Noisia-like rises and falls on 'EMP', the dreamy, Detroit techno flavoured arpeggios of 'Balance' and the two solo tracks; Woolf's 'Voices' is a rave echo hurricane with lush harmonics while Guzi's 'Floating' brings the EP to an emotional conclusion with its driving liquid purrs and barbed, restrained creepiness. Sub-Division have always laid out a fine spread, but this one is extra generous. Don't delay, don't betray.
Review: Sub-Division have absolutely bloody killed it with this one. Featuring 5 cuts from Shayper including features from Guzi and Substance, Infiltrate is a collection of pure, gully numbers that all sit comfortably within the scene trends at the moment. All 5 of these could be talked about it in detail, but 'Nagato' stands out for the sheer audacity of its sub bass, a wobbling, pulsating wall of energy that pushes out into all corners of the range. 'Rever' is also top stuff, with a wonderfully solid percussive line and a grungy, gargling back end that'll have any head screwing their face up. Bangers!
Review: So it doesn't feel like we've had much of a summer this year. It also feels like the arts are being hung-up to dry right now. But at least the good folk at Sub-liminal care for us.... To mark the (albeit raveless) sunny season, they've put together a 50 (yes, fifty) track collection from some of the most exciting names in the game. From Dunk to Xav, RV to Warhead, Agro, Guzi, Shayper, Damage Report and so many more, this is the 'Summer Selection' we all totally need and deserve right now. Highlights include the Remarc levels of badness on Guzi's 'Area 51', the tension and staggered creepiness of Yatuza's 'Clich?' and the broadsword swathes of Motiv's buzzy bumper 'Necroplasm'. And that's just three out of 50. Thank you Sub-liminal. We need this more than ever right now.
Review: Few labels are as on-point as Sub-liminal when it comes to new talent. Home to some the sharpest new gen minds to emerge in the last few years, their Myriad collections have always been a succinct snapshot of forefront D&B. The fourth annual collection is no exception as we're treated to smash-ups and stinkers from the likes of Guzi & Dreadnaught, Yatuza, Shayper, Agro and many more. Highlights include the techno rasps of Guzi & Dreadnaught's "All Units", RV's bulldozing rattler "Tell You 1 Thing", Shayper's ghostly rave groaner "Work It Out" and Agro & RV's chest-melting finale "Impact"... And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Myriad by name, myriad madness by nature.
Review: Everyone likes a good compilation, right? What's better than having as big a range of artists as possible in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Subliminal have come out with the 2020 edition in their Riddim Return series and it's packed full of bangers, across a range of styles, and it's one of those albums which doesn't try to be cool or sophisticated by chucking in a few fillers for the sake of diversity - it's just hard stuff here. It works great, with Sam Harris' tendency for muscular minimosity coming on loud and clear on Boom Ting, a wickedly devilish and driving roller.
Review: Forget your daft screechy dubstep variant of the same name, Sub-liminal deal strictly in proper riddims. Wobbly riddims, fat riddims, stinking riddims, gully riddims. They have done for almost five years now, and this new Riddim Return collection is a reminder of just how much ground they cover, how many super talented darksmiths they work with and how much skin of yours their releases will melt. Highlights on this 50 track strong collection (yes, 50!) come from every angle but you'd be mad not to lick a shot from Agro & Raz on their melted bass weird-out "Ah Like It", do air trumpet to Warhead's "Cop Killa" or get wonked the heck out by Leaf's concrete steps on "Hold Up". Dig hard and take a deep breath... You're in riddim country.
Review: Sub-liminal sleepers this one is for you... The UK label have just repurposed and repackaged some of their many successes on this epic 20 track compendium. Ranging from the white knuckle neuro pace of Fena's "Viral" to Dominator's gamechanging grumpy-bass twist on Agro's "Noise Complaint" via Dialogue's ultra-grot wobbler "If You Can't Beat 'Em", Tyrant's Nightflight-style jungle slap-about "Bomb", Agro's sinful stepper "Tank" and many more, this is a perfect snapshot of the label's breadth, weight and uncompromised sound so far. Riddim stinkers.
Review: Ooof! Sub-liminal are spoiling us right here: 19 tracks and a mix killer mix from gully professor Too Greezey. Loaded with upfront exclusives, VIPs and classics in equal measure. One moment we're squelching and squirming to the wet bass on Warhead's "Bad Trip", the next we're gurning and turning to Benny L's Dillinja-esque remix of Hybrid & Agro, the next we're spooking out to the Clipz-style harmonies on Guzi's "Business" VIP, the next we're writing out our last will and testament to Agro's incredible mix of Leaf's "New Life". That's just scratching the tip of this murky iceberg, there are myriad other bangers awaiting your attention, just tuck in.
Review: Two and a half years deep into their dark star safari Sub-Liminal continue to shred up the dance with a crack team of heavy bass innovators. Bass riffs galore and aesthetics so unforgiving, every track is tailored for the most underground floor... The worming low-end mashery of Too Greezey's "Modulation", Leaf's oddball drum funk and melting trumpets on "Shoot Off", Warhead's brutal technoid mutations on "A'Gwarn" and Tyrant's absolutely annihilating "Nuclear Bomb" are just four of the 14 high level bangers on display here. There's nothing subliminal about the message on this one: not picking up on this is a criminal offence.
Review: More shots fired: Young Guns continue to enforce their heavy-handed justice in the murkiest, most lawless corners of drum & bass. Whether it's the spooked riff of Desire's "No Introduction" or the cinematic strings on Mega's "In Your Mind" that will make you clean up your life and lead a wholesome, crime-free existence, or the classic Hazard-style riffage on Guzi's "Arigato", the latent triplet-charged funk of Kahlil's "Final Destination' or the smoky soul vocals of Bou's "Lollypop"... But these tracks will do nothing but ensure a solid sense of justice in all aspects of your daily operations.
Hizzleguy/Klip & Outlaw - "Final Round" - (5:14) 175 BPM
Review: Fatman Dee's Biological new talent off-shoot Young Guns Recordings come correct with the first part of its mammoth Justice League collection. Ranging from raging jump-up to mechanical neuro-edged funk, the label mean business from the sound of the starter's pistol: Agro kicks it old school with detuned synths and twisted vocal elements on "Concrete Foundations", Guzi goes all haunted house with his trembling keys and spooked out bass on "Significance" while Kahlil ups the hype ante with sharp synths and a latent energy that really kicks off on the second drop. These are just a third of the album's epic array of highlights. Serious business.