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: Cre8 DnB Music is another one of very prolific, very consistent jump up labels who are riding high the wave of fervour spreading through that side of the scene at the moment. For this week's instalment of their mission to madness, they've got Harley D on board for this riotous six-tracker. 'Extra Terrestrials' leads you in with hypnotic, spacey instrumentation, before laying them out over a rolling drum break, complete with some a huge foghorn bassline. 'Welcome To The Universe' takes things up a notch in terms of craziness, its squelching, grating bass notes hit all the spots and we're very, very into it. Top EP.
Review: Oh gosh! Few labels are delivering the future like Invicta right now. Since launching the official label in October 2020, they've been a relentless source of tomorrow talent via huge VA collections like 'Alumni', 'The Excursion' and now 'Mercury', a seven-track set from a wide range of exciting rising new-gen names. Every track is a heater but exceptional highlights include the contrast of dark and light on Drowzee's 'Free Fall', the sultry echoes and rasping electrified riff of Stoyley & Substance's 'Pressure' and Harley D & Scotty's provocative wriggler 'Bad Bitch'. Bad to the bone. And there's plenty more en route... Another massive Invicta VA drops next week!
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.