Review: The currently unstoppable Harley D flips the switch and goes super deep for this exceptional EP on Classified. Usually throwing around mad energy and big riff dynamics, 'In The Darkness' shows the other side of the UK south coast talent as he strips things right back to a place of tension throughout the EP. The title track is all about those big deep rumbling subs, 'Tracers' gets a purring contemporary neuro growl on while 'Questions' plays good cop/ bad cop with your soul, brain and dancing feet. Other highlights include the skippy momentum and tension of 'Believe' and the unabashed glacial grizzles of 'Ice'. In the badness.
Review: Currently unstoppable: Harley D brings the vibes to one of his most consistent stomping grounds - Serial Killaz. As always, the results and wide, far-ranging and full-flavoured as he wriggles and writhes through his palette, tapping into all kinds of emotions. Highlights include the slinky slaps and bubbles of 'Blessed Vibrations', the ruff sketchiness and switchy beats of 'Infiltrate' and the mournful tones and groans of 'Go'. Immense.
Review: Here comes a massive summer bonus! Invicta Audio ease into the sunny season with this superior collection from the most exciting names in new-generation D&B. With a strong funk flavour running throughout, artists like Mase, Refracta and Harley D deliver some of their sassiest and soulful cuts to date. Elsewhere Jam Thieves brings a little dirt, B-Plexx adds a brisk and breezy rave charm while StillZ delivers one of his finest moments so far with his remix of Fraser & Caramel's 'Mellow'. Invicta are constantly flexing and developing but this is one of their best yet. A perfect snapshot of exciting, soul contemporary D&B.
Review: Grid Recordings have been on a bit of a roll of late, bringing together vibrant new compilation projects on quite a regular basis with this latest, fifth volume of their 'That's What We Call Bass!' collection sitting as a super potent weapon. We begin with the nauseating LFO punts of 'I Try' from Jenks (UK) & 7Age, giving us a gritty introductory piece, followed by the super bouncy drum techniques of Pa's 'Blood Clart' and the dissonant, metallic bass sweeps of 'Perfection' from Harley D. Next up, Zeba arrives for and old school shack out on 'Trump Bone', a super melodic exploration into synthesis, chased up by Muzo's more subtle synthetic sweep approach on 'Funky Bits' and some temple slapping 808 action on Burntboi's 'Pull It'. Finally, two last gasp heaters, with Jfal & Twisted Individual linking up for the system-busting synth pulses of 'Window Shifter' and then Whisper's swirling finale in 'Don't Be A Fool', one final synth-driven switch up to slap the project closed. Awesome!
Review: From the holy to the moly with all levels of WTF and crikey along the way; Gradient have just levelled up with this turbo-charged VA that celebrates how exciting the new generation of drum & bass is right now. So many talents, not enough time or space to list; just press play, dig deep and you'll find untold bangers for days. From Harley D to Warhead to Amplify via Nick The Lot, Jenks, Scurrow, Flint, Fanatics and the bossman Metal Work, this is a huge collection that's right on the cutting edge of the club D&B sound. Fusing elements of jump-up, tech and good old fashioned dancefloor bangers, these are the sturdiest foundations from which future careers will be built on.
Review: It feels like they've been delivering the good for a lot longer than two years but here we are... Invicta Audio have only been a legit label for 24 months and look at all the artists they've brought through and bangers they've given us so far. Here's a little reminder in the form of this short, sweet but extremely banging 'Best Of' collection. Featuring the likes of Harley D, Jam Thieves, Magenta, Scuffed and vocalists like the inimitable Devilman and Aleya Mae, it's a great way to get up to speed on the damage Anton Bailey's label is causing right now. New generation fire!
Review: There's no stopping Harley D right now as he lays down these monthly murky sermons on a whole array of labels ranging from Serial Killaz to his forthcoming missive on the mighty Crucast. Right now though he's on OnlyDrums with five examples of absolute bassline blazery. Highlights range from the sudden switches and shocking 4x4 finale of 'Crisis Zone' to the trippier, bad dream flexes of 'Hide N Seek'. Elsewhere 'Critical Condition' hits hard with the big steppy slaps and 'Jump' sees him linking up with Konetix on a rifle-like 2012-flavoured jam. Critical by name, critical by nature.
Review: It's heist o'clock at Brawlin HQ as the current economical situation has led Harley D, Magness, Illament and Noppo to don balaclavas and take back what's rightfully theirs from the biggest robbers on the planet - banks. Harley D gets the drill out with the heavy duty pumper 'Alone'. Entry secured, Magness cracks the safe with the tense and paranoid 'Plan B' before Illament runs in to bag up all the golden loot he can carry to the stripped-back stealth-like purrs of 'Notice'. Finally it's down to Noppo who gets the gang and their takings out safe and clear with the rasping, pedal-to-metal joyrider 'Top Boy'. Crime pays.
Review: Brawlin Beatz are back again this week, to follow up the last release featuring the dream team of Mentah, Harley D, Shayper and Steely on the Catastrophe EP. This one features the return of the aforementioned veteran producer Harley D with the snarling techstep thriller "Shakedown", Stattik throws down a fierce roller on the junglist beats of "O.G", while Shayper's back with the Amen-fuelled thrasher "Feel It" and finally Sentive takes things down a more intelligent route with soulful liquid vibe of "Aluna Dub".
Review: Pure automaton aggro: Brawlin Beatz welcome four exciting new-gen artists to the fold for this crucial VA EP. Mentah takes the lead with the glitchy, switchy 'Computer' shooting data spikes into every available orifice. He's swiftly followed by Harley D who whips up a slamming stepper that stop/starts its way into a mid 2000s-flavoured bass oblivion before Shayper goes fully future with crisp electroid textures and a well-oiled industrial strength drop then Steely closes the release with the most unrelenting track of the set; techno-like in its tenacity, neuro in spirit, jump-up in energy, this is the sound of 2022.
Review: Bubbling under the surface and honing his craft for several years, Harley D has come into his own in recent times with killer thumper bumpers on Serial Killaz, Cre8 and now another one here for Bristol's Invicta Audio. The Views EP features the neurofunk attitude of the title track, the dark cinematic atmosphere of "Run Away" (VIP) which is reminiscent of classic Photek, while the emotive steppa "Ardour" provides something deeper as does the intelligent drum 'n' bass of "Vision".
Review: Greasier than a biker's helmet, oilier than a hell's angel's leather waistcoat, Harley D revs up his engines once again for riff slap-abouts. Linking with Burnzy on the lead, 'Say Nothing' brings a deeper lyrical edge Harley hasn't shown too much of so far but hopefully will show more of in the future. Elsewhere the young UK talent gets jiggy with the razor sharp bass textures as the likes of 'Switch' goes all euphoric, 'This Is' brings in human textures on the fills for added funk while 'What You Gonna Do' ends the EP on a roughhousing jungle vibe with more big vocal elements and some grizzly breakbeat flow. Get your motors running.
Review: D&B supergroup SaSaSaS continue their Unite series with another wedge of wallopers from an exciting range of talents on the fourth instalment of their massive 'Unite' series. What began as a mixtape last month is now being released as tracks for your own sets. Each dispatch has been fire, this edition being no exception. Highlights range from the glitchy swing and bars of Konetix's 'Transcendent' to Harley D's rattling bassline hype-raiser 'Next Level' via A:dan's powerful synth blazer's 'Intensions'. The full range of flavours - this is the sound of a united drum & bass. Watch out for the final instalment coming soon.
Review: Harley D rides into Timeless Audio with the Movements EPs that boldly takes off with the orchestral R&B crescendos of its title track that so brilliantly drops into a wickedly stripped-back groove. With some jungle rhythms paying homage to the night lights of the UK' capital in "London", something shuffling, stepped-up and punctuated hits the spot in "You Are Now Free To Move". Dope. Higher tempo UKG energy steps up in "The Way Your Moving" for a more soulful number with sweet vocals to boot next to the disjointed beat scene vibe of "Down" - think Flying Lotus 'Tea Leaf Dreaming" - drum and bass style. And for the more hardcore heads out there, get you subtle tear out throwback from "Free". Ride baby, Ride.
Review: With tracks on the likes of Faded, Invicta and Pick N Mix all within the last four weeks, Harley D now jumps on board the good ship Serial Killaz with an even bigger collection of total, unashamed filthlets. Highlights include the hair-raising turbine style bass rips on the 'The Jungle', the sticky fingered soul and cool instrumentation on the title track 'Bud Business' and the gritty, grunty undulations and rolls of 'You Feel'. But that's only half this EP. Harley D is killing it right now and coming out of a lockdown as a VERY promising banger crafter. We want the D.
Review: Time flies when you're smashing out high grade new-gen bangers: Invicta already strike up a year of business and celebrate with this powerful V/A collection from friends and familiar faces. As always with Invicta the range is right across the board as we slide and glide from smooth soul (H8TO - 'This Place', Refracta - 'Touch') right the way to utterly gutterly filth (Gonda - 'Bulll', Harley D - 'Forever') and all banger styles in between. Other highlights include Phizical's super-slinky 'Feeling', B-Plexx's soaring vocal work-out 'Too High' and Jam Thieves' moody creeper 'Black Light'. Happy birthday Invicta!
Review: Invicta Audio are doing us all a massive solid with this release, simply because compilations featuring incredible artists are just the best and the more music we get towards our ear drums the better. The Echo LP is a jump up inflected, minimalistic release that doesn't take many prisoners. 'Bad Bitch' by Harley D, featuring Scotty, is a perfect example of this, as his vocals lead you in with a distinctive tone before a broken drop emanates with some serious force, subterranean wobbles abound and it's an all-round moody listen. The rest of the LP is just as strong - big up the whole team.
Review: Everyone loves a proper compilation, right? What's better than having a range of artists in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Invicta have come out with the second edition of their one year anniversary celebration and it's packed full of jump-up bangers, 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 Harley D's 'Forever' the highlight, its jungle influences blending well with a punchy sub-bass and gargles jump up synth tears, a properly stepping track that just oozes class and shows how much Harley D's production has come on in recent times. Sick album guys.
Review: Well lookee what we have here... The rising styles of young Brum artist Bookey with his debut EP on Invicta. Four tracks deep, featuring mates like Harley D, PDX, Joely and JustJo, the release covers the full spectrum from epic steam engine bassline chuggers ('Sundown') to deeper emotional numbers ('Standing Tall') via outrageous bassline groaners that will absolutely melt systems the minute we're allowed to rave again ('Take Me') and absolute hooky howlers like 'The End'. Lookee, hooky, Bookey.
Review: Harley D is back, using his force to compel you to pull ugly bassfaces and throw your drink with an EP that doesn't hold back. It's not the kindest on the ears but then again its not supposed to be, it's a monograph in hard-hitting sonics and dastardly tones. 'Evacuation' is undergirded by a booming snare drum and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous bassline, a pitched-up monstrosity of dancefloor proportions. The others feature more big synths, but with emphasis instead on forward movement and a roughshod approach to crafting textures with a focus on sonic destruction - top release.
Review: Bubbling under the surface, honing his craft for several years, Harley D has come into his own in recent times with killer thumper bumpers on Serial Killaz, Cre8 and now this savage package on Azzah B's Invicta Audio. Whether he's paying homage to Senor Souped Up, the synth or the blood plasma we're not sure but 'The Serum' covers all of Harley's corners. 'Runaway' purrs with a really unusual sounding bass tone and far-away voices in a way that could be compared to Halogenix. 'One More Night' flips between bighorn blasts and galaxy-bounding liquid cascades. 'Can't Say No' is bubbling, stripped-back sexy D&B. Last but not least we have the title track 'The Serum'. Laced with cavernous amounts of space and chest-rattling breaks, it's the ugliest, gnarliest cut of the bunch... And it leaves us wanting more. Bring it on Harley.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.