Review: Handle "Caution" with caution: Hedex returns to Guv's Dubz Audio with two more soul-snapping sample-subverting bass blazers. After a hype-heaving intro, "Caution" drops into a twisted croaky bass drop that's kind of reminiscent of "Diplodocus"... The rest is history. "Don't Stop" has a similarly savage bass attack but much lower in the tone and timbre department and a sprinkling of sprightly synths for good measure.
Review: Disgusting convulsions spew out of this EP from the outset, as title track "Forever" rips its bassline to shreds and disassembles the gutted pieces. Strictly for the twisted out there, the sheer level of sample manipulation at work here is mind-bending. Pushing the boundaries of jump-up with this release, Hedex has opened the floodgates for producers who are getting the feeling things are a little too soft out there in the underground. Makes sense - if a little bit is good, more should be amazing, right?
Review: Hedex: the hero we need but have never deserved. The man behind some of the bounciest, most out-there jump-up with no fear of formula or convention has finally delivered his debut album and it's every bit as sharp and uncompromised as you'd hoped it would be. The madcap trip of "Gameboy", the unnerving tones and chords on "Dreaming", the paranoid sense-attack of "Finer", the twisted dark hypnosis and double-edged bassline fury of "Trance", the list of highlights goes on and on. Live for The Weekend.
Review: One for the Heds... Cambridgeshire's Hedex returns to Guv's Dub with two almighty crowd-bumpers. "Orange" is every bit as zesty as you'd hope; the nasty, teeth-baring harmonic riff carries a strangely uplifting melody before dropping into breakdown of pure trance euphoria. "Smokers" is more to-the-point thanks to its grunting bass riff, sweeping drum elements and techno-like aesthetics in mid-section. Smoking.
Review: Cranium crusher Hedex returns with his first originals since his album The Weekend in January this year and once again he's lighting fires hotter than the entire country's firefighting forces can handle. Two tracks are all you deserve right now: the thugged out high pitched laser blazer "Ragequit" and the glitched out air raid dark funk tear up "London". Welcome back Hedex.
Review: Hedex continues to own the game right about now... Hot on the heels of his recently curated By The Producer collection (an immense VA that reps the new-gen like few albums have in recent years) comes "Let Me Go" on Guv's Dubz Audio. A powerful one-track bruiser with a big ravey riff and sudden stop/start twists and a nasty old DA flavoured bassline, it's an instant smash for one of the hardest working men in the scene right now.
Review: Guv's Dubz Audio imprint goes from the strength to strength, consistently identifying the originators in an increasingly cluttered market. "DAPVA" is the label's first v/a collection, featuring one of the label's most consistent artists (Hedex) and three label debuts from men who need no introduction. Hedex is all about the heavily coded funk in the riff, Dilate conjures up a cool subby roller with added industrial strength percussion while Ironlong brings the one-note riff hype in a similar way to Tyke or Hazard. Finally, K Motionz closes the show with some subversive drama as the build craftily teases into a hair-raising drop you'd never expect. Damagement.
Review: Grimey Mancunian filth from Rowney and Hedex offers massive jump-up stylings pared-back into a dark, claustrophobic stepper in "Plots Plans", featuring razor sharp vocals from long-time collaborator Swifta. On the flip, "Disruptive" offers more of that dark, dangerous sound, with the producers choosing to take things down even further, revealing the skeletons of a D&B dancefloor smasher, pushing paranoia and hard stepping beats into the forefront - there's no time to mess with melodies here. Expected to be tearing up dancefloors in all the right places from now until the impending apocalypse. Get to know.
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: A huge collection of hi-tempo, hi-energy tracks from the Soundbully Audio roster sees Volume 2 bust out of the label like a ready-made rave. Stuffed with cinematic samples, jump up beats, breaks and techy influences, there's something here for everyone. Set up to find and showcase the best new jump-up talent in the UK and beyond, this release features the likes of Soul Culture, Macky Gee, Complex and Hedex. What they've managed to find between the new names and the familiar faces is a full spectrum of sounds within the 170+ genre - interesting, especially while the world obsesses over taking it down to house tempo.