Review: Drum and bass aficionado Harvest springs up on the unstoppable Gun Audio after a pair of recent killers on the Co-Lab imprint. This time it's an extended six-tracker and Harvest has brought "The Dark Crystal" with him, a nutty, off-the-wall d&b joint for the next millennium...this one really is going to cause some damage on the floors. "Firefight" and "Clash" also come out all guns blazing thanks to their menacing beat structures, while "Anvers" is smoother around the edges and just that lil' bit jazzy.
Review: Rushing D&B goodness from producer Harvest, who steps up to Co Lab's roster with these two very hyped and very cool tunes led by "Blessed" - a jump-up banger with some minimal bass rumble that gets nicely countered by a furious set of buzzing hats and snares. With a glistening breakdown built in as well as some dubby fills, it's a delight for DJs and ravers alike, while the more low-end heavy "End Is Nigh" makes for a more mean and menacing flipside.
Review: Drum & Bass Arena has ruled on high for nearly 20 years, and in that time has helped to forge the careers of every drum & bass artist worth their salt. It's impossible to downplay the influence the site has had on the scene, as a club brand and an online resource, and this year their official compilation is a doozie. Featuring some of the largest tracks around right now from Friction & Skream, J Majik & Wickaman, DJ Hazard, Rene LaVice, Calyx & TeeBee, Original Sin and Optiv & BTK as well as bangers from fresh artists like Heist, Zen & Nitri, this is an essential purchase for any D&B fan. Focussing on the heavier end of the spectrum this 35 track behemoth is basically your 2013 compendium of bass. Don't leave home without it.
Review: Get ready for a techy hype as 2G12 Part 2 hits hard to end the year with a bang. Dark and deadly and full of the type of sounds bred to make grown men suffer night terrors, G13 have put together the second part of their epic dissection of the sector of D&B they call home. Featuring Bassline Terrorist, label owner DJ Rowney, Hedex and Harvest among the sterling, variety-stricken line-up, it's only a matter of time before clubs around the country are decimated to the tune of this EP alone. You're gonna need a bigger sub.
Review: This intense collective of artists and record labels representing all angles of drum & bass is celebrating a massive decade at the forefront of the genre. Ten years is a long time when it comes to music, but over the label's lifespan it has released music from some of the greatest and most criminally overlooked producers around. From dark, underground anthems to hyped-up, high-powers roof-raisers, this exceptional LP contains some of the finest tunes ever to be committed to release by Co-lab. Fromt he likes of Heist, Serum and Majistrate to the mighty precision and restraint of Russia's own Ceph, this is a landmark release you need for your collection. Just don't let it gather dust - air it regularly, as loud as your neighbours can bear.