Review: Reload and come again: our 'Juno Download Selects' edition with the mighty US dnb HQ Liondub International continues for another session. Once again featuring an A-list rollcall of now household names, it's another reminder of how much heat Liondub International have cooked up over the years, supporting artists from their earliest moves. Highlights on this set include the turbo slammage and necksnap switches on Jayline's 'Anglo Saxxon', early hurly burly from the man like Macky on 'Black Widow' and the always-devilish bubbles of Motiv's 'Vultures'. And that's just three of 15 crucial example's of Liondub International future-focused benchmark. Get to know!
Review: Lion Dub have reached a decade of activity. A decade! To put it in perspective, if someone was born the year Liondub started, they're about to enter high school/secondary school. It's a crazy achievement and one matched by the craziness of the music they have on offer to celebrate, a four-part journey through their past, present and future. This instalment is all about their past and it's exemplified best by Serum's VIP of Sound The Alarm, a Liondub classic, which Serum has flipped into a characteristically badboy, stabbing little roller. The vocals float above in a haze of reggae smoke, whilst the beat pulsates below. Awesome stuff.
Sub Killaz X Bou X Dutta - "Jitterbug" - (4:49) 175 BPM
Review: Digital Terror galvanise their vaults with this absolute stormer of a collection. Bulging with some of the biggest names flexing in the fertile badlands between jump up / rollers, the whole album smacks of premium, uncut timeless D&B from the likes of Hoogs, Bou, Dutta, T>I, Taxman, Macky Gee, Rawtee and many many more. If you've been following Digital Terror you'll already know that every track is a highlight but stand out thumpers include the sinewy metallic ripples on Danger & Nightfang's "Turbulence", the blistered breaks and flabby bass wallops on Dutta & Raz's "Spectacular" and T>I's super slimy shakedown of Hoogs' "Jungle Bad". Stinking!
Review: Just in case you didn't know already... US jump-up wizard Hoogs is an absolute monster on both dials and decks. So much so, he's written a tune about his people. "A Monster" is every bit as punchy and gnarly with its one note bassline scorching like a blow torch. "Goo Zit" is every bit as mucky and grotty as you'd expect from such a title while "Jungle Demon" whips up some trippy juju with its off beat bass and strange string textures. Last but not least we have "Ouija" that's funky, unpredictable and wily enough to not just have a chat with the dead but wake them up and make them dance. Monstrous behaviour.
Review: Hoogs is on the wobbly juice again. Making his Natty Dub EP debut with four of his funkiest classical jump-up blends, this is not to be slept on. "JNGLST" is a vowel-snatching swinger with a hook more infectious than backstage couch, "Chimes" is all about the cascading molten bassline with "Laeddis" gets all warped, waspy and theatrical over a rusty old school break. Last but not least we have "Final Breath", a much sharper, frazzled burn-up with subtle jazzy chords seeping in mid way. Vibes are high.
High Roller - "Croc Hunter" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Hoogs - "Jungle Bad" (T>I remix) - (6:03) 175 BPM
Review: Digital Terror continue their version excursions with the second part of their celebratory remix series and they're pulling out the biggies... Taxman adds a whole new layer of distorted harmonics to Macky Gee's 2014 album banger "Deny", Jayline completely switches the jumpy bassline of "Wolf Bite" into some more electrifying and textural, Nu Elementz take us right back to 2010 with a massive re-up of High Roller's drill-like "Croc Hunter" while T>I completely subverts Hoogs' "Jungle Bad" with his signature slap-about swagger. Terrorific.
Review: A regular face at the High R8 estate, Hoogs returns with two highly charged slabs of bassline pressure. Dark in tone, rampant in energy, serious in sentiment, "Entertainment Licence" commentates on the sad state of club closures with a ruff, dog bark distortion bass riff. "Rise From The Ashes" takes everything you know about Hoogs and amplifies it by 20. One of the gnarliest yet totally controlled basslines ever, there's a bullish poetry to the demolition this will cause. Alarmingly heavy.
Review: Raising tension and attention with every release right now, Natty Dub return with yet another BS-free collection from some of the underground's most respected individuals. T>I loosens the bass strings for his slinked out dark-jazz stepper "Regulate", Hoogs puts all the aces in their places with a precision space-reggae gully jam "R Ting", Coda goes all bubble-bass a la mid 90s V on "Back It Up" and Jaxx & Dub General roll out with pure grumble groove and classic jump up spoken samples. Finally Flat T brings business to a close with a deal-breaking late 90s Bristol-flavoured cut where the spooked-out bass has a life of its own. Immense.
Review: Milton Keynes High R8 Digital are back with more dark side drum and bass shenanigans courtesy of their most recent recruits. Starting out with Hoogs' "The Comet (Majistrate remix)" which is reminiscent of classic Andy C or DJ Zinc from the early noughties, there's honourable mentions also to Sub Killaz with their stripped back and absolutely sketchy offering "Horror (Nu Elementz remix)" and of course Filthy Habits' "Hidden Secrets (Upgrade remix)" which is a seriously wonky journey through the dark side of breakbeat science. His remix up next of Dub Berzerka's "Born Bad" likewise demonstrates that this fella certainly 'ain't messing around!
Review: Heist invites New York's Hoogs to the Calypso crew with one of the label's most generous EPs to date. Those aware of Hoogs' 15 year repertoire will already know what to expect; cross-board ruffage with a cheeky US twist on the classic UK jump-up foundation. Heady, sharper and big in the lean riff game, highlights include the downward spiral of bass paranoia on "Gorilla Glue", the rattling jungle freshness of "What You Say" and the higher-toned bassline trippery of "Midnight Killing". Audio insanity.
Review: Jump up jungle time! A trailblazing DJ in New York for almost 20 years, Hoogs knows how to bring it, and bring it he does - from jungle to deep and minimal there ain't a road he ain't travelled. Here though it's all about hyper fun DnB, with "Monsoon" kicking off with a relentless 175 bpm wobble-influenced assault, the title track bringing in some tougher breaky elements and "Sand Bag" is all about take-me-to-your-leader bass and horror backing tracks. Lastly "Day Dreaming" mixes speedy beats, barking mechanical bass and retro samples. Mad ting.
Review: Two straight-up slabs of undiluted nasty: 535 bossman Hoogs lets rip on Milton Keynes-based High R8. "Soundboy Champion" flexes on an industrial strength pneumatic two-step as two gutter-chomping basses play Q&A amid a sprinkling of precision samples. "Garbage Day", meanwhile, has a much broader, rolling drum set, a grainy array of basslines and a string-soaked breakdown that should leave even the most po-faced raver swooning. Two styles, one massive release.
Review: A new year, a new sound for Digital Terror: 2016 is all about peace-loving liquid harmonies and gospel grooves. Just kidding... "Allies In Terror" says it all: a coalition of well chiselled and super-grizzled jump-up D&B. Highlights include Macky Gee & Complex's hype-charged "Fight Riddim", Fineprint's KRS-One stamped horn-blaster "Promo List" and Fraksure's Accurist-sponsor scrap alarm "Danger O'Clock". Wind up material; you can sweep more than Rolex's with this one...
Telekom - "Nicky" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Freek - "Kung Fu Is Banned" (Lowriderz remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Wrapping up a month of five-year anniversary chaos, Digital Terror have bundled their exclusive remix adventures into one sense-slapping compendium. All label talents are present and correct with highlights punching, kicking and grizzling from every corner. Ranging from Hoogs' sticky treacle low end stretches on "Effects" to Hedex's rougher, more metallic swagger on "Greed" and Lyptikal's out-and-out industrial grindage on "Badman" and Lowriderz' harrowing designs on "Kung Fu Is Banned", if you missed on any of the four EPs now is your chance to catch up. If this is how Digital Terror celebrate five years, we can't wait to see how they party a decade of sonic hellraising.
Review: It's another all-out, balls-against-the-wall savage session as Digital Terror unleash the fourth and final chapter of their half-decade celebration EP series. Konichi fires the starter gun with his gritty refix of Prestiges's fittingly titled "Hard" before up-and-comer Spaow takes the baton and runs with glitchy mischief. Further into the chaos we plunder with Dub Bezerka crushing Hoogs' "Heavy Mental" into a lean, minimal Phace-style neuro jump-up romp and Nu Elementz injecting an entire hornets nest into Telekom's "Nicky". Lowriderz have the honour of closing this epic, month-long anniversary mission with the roughest cut of the bunch: flipping Freek's "Kung Fu Is Banned" into a raw universal fighting talk, it's a suitably gnarly climax to a very well executed EP series. Bring on the 10 year celebrations.
Review: Digital Terror continues to celebrate their half decade anniversary with another stupendously heavy remix collection. Jayline sets the benchmark with a hybrid hardcore/D&B stomper version of Substainless's "True Colours", Macky Gee gets all tripped and atonal on his Hoogs remix, Prestige takes Konichi down into the torture cellar with his take on "Limited" while Lowriderz's "Pitch Fork" gets turned inside out with a jet-powered Sub Killaz shakedown. Finally Fineprint adds a deeper, early Hazard-flavoured twist to Breakline's "Orders". With one more EP left to go, Digital Terror are showing no signs of winding down the festivities right now. Good for them.
Review: Celebrations abound at Digital Terror HQ as they continue to highlight five feisty years in the bass game with a series of ridiculously heavy remixes. No punches pulled: Jaydan takes Hoogs' "Puffin Clouds" and showers it in broken glass like it's confetti, Hedex turns Macky Gee's "Greed" inside out with a brand new stompy bassline but all the killer samples in place, Callide takes Cue & Sense back to school with a series of crafty amen edits while Lyptikal demolishes "Badman" and rebuilds it into a swaggering hype frenzy. Damage Report takes the curtain closing honour with some absurd sound design with his take on "Keabord Ninja". Twisted.
Review: This epic release comes just in time for jungle's optimum time of year. We're talking, of course, about midsummer raves, outdoor parties and general naughtiness in the sun and "Rise of the Soldiers" has got all that nastiness and more. Packed with vintage samples from the golden days of ragga, reggae and soundsystem culture, and perked up with fast-paced drum and bass riddims and bass heavier than Jabba the Hutt's mama, you can't afford to sleep on this. Featuring Saxxon, Bladerunner, Supreme Being and Coda to name just some, there's enough talent here to get any self-respecting VIP BBQ off to a flyer. Get a shuffle on.
Review: High R8 have been putting out a reliable stream of D&B since 2011, but it's only now they've released a compilation, and if you were to acquaint yourself with the sound of the label it's here. Filthy Habits feature twice with their tracks "Robot Wars", a grizzly bassline driven burner, and the rolling caustic sounds of "Pitch Black". Other highlights include Total Recall's climbing "Zelator", Cino's "Relocate", Spaow's heavily effected and twisted "Hard Work" and Version's deep and cruising "Weak Sauce". Get stuck in.
Review: Get your gunfinger salutes ready because believe us, this release is about to blow the roof off every establishment it enters. From Hype's favourite dark and disorderly "Metal Gate" to the atmospheric, experimental "Straight Jacket", each track takes hard-hitting jump-up stylings and cuts back the excess, leaving just the thick, ragged skeleton of bass and percussion. But then he switches it up, bringing a technical, intricate style that's been his calling card since he began his work back in 2001. Hoogs is no slouch. He deserves your respect. So make sure you give it to him.
Review: Liondub International have greeted the unrepentant winter chills with their brand new $treet $eries, which they say gives rise to a host of new styles and names. Taking a look at this first release, it's going to be a ride and a half. Leicester-based Hoogs has travelled the spectrum of jungle, ragga, reggae and dancehall to get where he is now, and this release shows his diversity to full effect. From the choppy beats of opener "Murda", through jump-up stabs and samples of "Outcast" and hectic roller "Mountain People", there's no doubt he loves the heavier things in life. Picking up the pace once again in "Pussy", he experiments with percussion and bass with a seriously tweaked low-end and frenetic beats ending up on final track "Haunted", a treacherous stepper with a drop fit to crumble the mightiest soundsystems. A series to watch.
Review: A various artist album from the Tripswitch camp should come with a health warning as there's serious levels of bassweight in this badboy. Kicking off with Annix - "Soundclash" this one is full of juddering subs and smashing drums. Elsewhere across the album we have some prime cuts from the likes of Critycal Dub - check "Terminator" in all its low-slung allure; Raz with his VIP mix of "Ten Tonne" and Hoogs. A variety of styles and flavours are covered, and Dub Motion's "Obsession" adds a nice dose of calm as we reach the end. Nice stuff.