Review: It's remix o'clock at Dutty Audio Towers as label bossman passes on the parts to a wide range of scene talents: Klute takes the lead with an iced out twist on "Be Yourself" as he manipulates the vocal loop in a different direction. Current Value follows with yet more of his seemingly unstoppable tech science as a wasp nest bassline rattles in 23rd century style. Newcomers Hanzo & Randie bring up the rear with a heads-down neuro take on "Infection" where full emphasis is placed on the sci-fi bass textures. Finally Gydra gets all mechanical and pneumatic on "Inception", giving the original's iconic riff a Blackout style jump-up sense of turbo-charged energy. Feel the burns.
Review: Let It Roll is the world' largest D&B festival, a 3 day extravaganza of beats out in the Czech Republic that aims to represent every corner of the scene. Being held in Eastern Europe, however, makes Neurofunk a big part of the show and this is accurately represented in the output of the Let it Roll record label. IHR lands on that same label here, with features from Gydra and Merikan, both of which absolutely slam. We especially like the infectious funkiness of Caliban and it's sick to see neuro getting back to its funky roots. Every inch of this tune drips with movement and it's soaked through in energy and momentum. Love it!
Review: Massive new label launch! The phenomenal Russian Neuropunk podcast (which regularly clocks up over a milli views per show) has elevated into label mode with Teddy Killerz' Garud and Gydra's Bes at the helm. This massive three tracker launches this significant moment in Russian drum & bass with one collaboration and two solo workouts; the Gydra/Teddy Killerz collab "Miles High" takes the lead with its screaming turbine energy and rocket blasting riffs, it's followed by a heads down roller from the furry fire handlers before Gydra close the set with the subverted rave hammer "No Kidding" where a punctuated bassline does some serious pounding before a dreamy breakdown unfolds... Just like the bright future of this label. Go ahead Neuropunks, make our day!
Filip Motovunski - "Check Out The Vibe" - (4:24) 176 BPM
Gydra - "Megapolis" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Agressor Bunx - "Total Destroy" - (5:39) 172 BPM
Cod3x - "Obey" - (4:55) 174 BPM
Heamy - "Backbone" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Nakwan - "Turn On The Light" - (4:01) 175 BPM
Tobax & Gydra - "Progressive" - (5:13) 172 BPM
Bl4ck Owlz - "Geddo Fonk" - (4:47) 174 BPM
Billain & Vegas - "Shinde" - (7:21) 174 BPM
Review: Black Box Six is a big compilation with 23 tracks on it, all of which fit ideally into the neurofunk-shaped hole that Bad Taste have carved out for themselves within the D&B scene over the past few years. The label has become a reliable, known quantity for purveying dark beats so this release has been excitedly awaited. There's too much to talk about, really. Og particular note is the Teddy Killerz remix of Malux's 'Turbine', a dirty halftime remake of an already filthy original. Agressor Bunx bring the goods with 'Total Destroy', and Matys & Trilo's 'Undertaker' has so much force that it's arguably the best track on the LP. If you like your dirty D&B this isn't to be missed.
Review: Eatbrain is the Hungarian Neurofunk institution that just keeps on giving, the Central European bass place which prioritises naughty music over everything else. Well, their 2018 album is here from a selection of the artists in their orbit and its everything you'd expect from Jade and the crew. The first cut - 'Mafia' by L 33 - has been out for a little while but has rightfully been re-visited here, its Jump-Up-Neurofunk fusion landing exceptionally well with serious dancefloor implications. There are too many sick tracks on this release to cover them all here, but KOLT's 'Harpy' and 'Pararampam' from Agressor Bunx are two more absolutely ridiculous bits of production. Well worth a look.