Review: A brand new D&B imprint out of Rotterdam's longstanding bass parties, Blendit launch with an impeccable list of talent. Leading with Horizons-approved Dabs, "Lurkbox" is an unnerving roller peppered with harsh steps and classic stabs. With mild airs of neuro weaved deep into the textured groove, it's joyously mean. Hydro, M-Zine and Scepticz follow with "Keep Your Distance". A deeper groove with grittier nuances and a rich, palpitating bassline, it's the perfect foil to Dabs' darkness. Blendit have broadcast their sentiments with crisp clarity, we look forward to hearing more.
Review: We're pleased to bringing you this pack of drum driven weight as the epic trio of DLR, Hydro and WAR who combine courtesy of Sofa Sound for a bass heavy showdown. The first of the two tracks involved is a certified roller by the name of 'Not Too Late'. This one is packed to the brim with lethal electronic synth expanses and drum designs. On the flip, the pressure doesn't let up as 'Trick' strips the compositional styles back into a super groovy bag of creativity, with original synthetic sounds flying left right and centre. Excellent work!
Review: Long standing Bristol repper Hydro continues his thirst-quenching sub assault with three shadowy collaborative rollers. Drenched in mood, "Film Noir" is as smoky as a stressed out Sam Spade. "Mistrust" cuts through the haze with steppier, pneumatic beats that perforate the iced out pads in the background. Finally "Ephemeral" is all sub, kicks and rattling snares. The louder you play it, the better it gets.
Review: A magnificent meeting of minds here as Hydro and Halogenix (fresh from his three way collab with Sabre and Stray "Oblique") team up for another super smart release on Horizons Music. "Disillusioned" is dominated by a weighty, penetrating b-line which lurks below the crisp percussion and snapping breaks, with ominous fury. Deep, dark and menacing, this one's for the heads. Named after a town in Northern Italy on the border with Croatia, "Trieste" builds from a glimmering, spaced out, atmospheric intro into a stripped back piece of experimentalism. Sparse beats and rumbling subs are order of the day, with percussive ticks and rolling atmospheric sweeps.
Review: DLR's Sofa Sound imprint has been taking the D&B world by storm the last year or so, his penchant for rough sounds and deep scene links making him the perfect curator for a vision of his own. Helping him out in this endeavour are a range of artists, many of whom are on the forthcoming Sofa King Sick LP which this single is giving you a taste of. Ill Truth step up with 'Catch A Break', a weirdly futuristic track with a bouncing, bubbly bassline that feels submerged yet powerful in all the right ways. Finishing off the sampler is the dream team - AKA DLR, Black Barrel and Hydro - with 'Things Change'. This track is off the chain good, with snapping drums and a distorted yet precise back end. Just go listen to it.
Review: What a release this is. Coming from the vaults of Break, it's unsurprising that Symmetry's summer compilation has turned out to be such a standout collection of tracks, I mean just look at that tracklist: Lenzman, LSB, Break and more. Break's 'I Need You' has been doing the rounds in mixes and sets for a little while now and it's great to see it released, the simplicity of the sample and structure is shows that less can often be more and Break is the king of finding that balance. Lenzman's remix of Ill Truth's In My Soul is a well-made rework of an already fantastic original, its revamped drums injecting the Amsterdam flavour. Again, simple is best and this release proves that.
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.