Ironlung - "The Void" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: The next instalment in the Iron Fist Audio remix series is here and it's four weighty cuts in the style the label has become well known for, with Nu Elementz, Jaydan, Ironlung and Total Recall coming through in style on this one. We especially love the Total Recall remix of Tsuki's 'Deranged', which packs a sweet flowing drum line (mate that snare though...), an addition that carries the whole tune forward and is complimented by a diving, swelling back end that takes no prisoners whatsoever. Jump up big gun Jaydan also performs well here, with a spinning take on synthetic force that inches and stabs its way into your ears. Proper moody this.
Review: Dangerous is back in town! Well, actually, he never went away... He's been licking serious shots consistently for five years now. And they don't lick much harder than this co-lab-heavy six tracker. Highlights include the cymbal-smashing, late 90s-style Steampunk hook-up "Give It To Me", the Hazard-level face-ripper "Good As Dead" and the croaking, no-joking Goonies-sampling "Hungry Hippos". Dangerous by name...
Review: Time for a little Bremen badness: Desire returns to his own label with four powerful sluggers carved strictly for the peakest of peak times. "Retribution" balances a lot of elements as we're twanged by eastern guitar twangs and laser-licking bass shots, "They Actually Do" is all about the stabs and commendable anti-firearms message and "What About A Paradox" balances a ravaged high voltage bassline with some of the sharpest robo-bass shots and sharp-tongued lyrics from MC Seko. Finally we find the German murker crashing into Ironlung and Grimeminister for the riotous "Destroy" where a chaotic intro drops into a crystalline Q&A that holds everyone hostage until the very last low end burp. Highly desirable.
Review: Blackley's CRE8DNB community continues to develop at pace with their second sensory-assaulting collective EP. Dub Berzerka opens with hammer horror strings before Ironlung updates his battle bash parade with grizzly one-note bass hits on "Killer". CRE8 founder Blackley joins the fray with a swinging, mischievous funk-up "Roll It Out" and Damage Report get straight up silly with the rising detuned bass spirals of "Make U Famous". Jaxx and Sidejobz bring up the rear; the former getting creative with spoken word samples and an AK47 bassline, the latter gets all kung-fu with black belt bassline skills. Brutal.
Review: They might be averaging 2.5 releases per year but man are Blackley's Cre8 killing it. Every single release has been rammer-jammer with talent, ideas, fusions and energy. The "We Cre8" series epitomises this spirit and attitude the best as we're bombarded with heaviness from the off... "Medusa" teases with a starlit arpeggio on the intro before snapping your neck with a waspy bass drop, "War Mongers" is a much fuzzier, no-nonsense skin-scorcher, "Touch Of Generations" fires more lasers than an unruly robot while Jaxx provides balance with the springier funk of "Leaf Of Life". Rounding off with stern spacious bass tones of "Hemp Seed" and the timeless roller "Showdown", this is the best "We Cre8" edition yet.
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: Ironlung's latest release comes courtesy of the eagle ears of Digital Terror, who has clocked that there's some serious potential in this producer. Hard and fast and uncompromisingly set on making dancefloors crumble each track is testament to this London-based producer's love for the darker stuff. This is not gateway music. If you've never experienced high pressure jump up before, get ready to have your mind blown clean out. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Review: Kentish warlord Ironlung continues his aggravated assault on the D&B scene with two superlative happy slappers: "Stop Talking" is a tonked up bassline batterer that tips its cap at the work of Majistrate and Turno with its uncompromised attitude. "Cold Blooded" strips things back a little with less emphasis on the samples and full focus on a bassline so dramatic it makes the Cray Twins look like Teletubbies.
Review: Heavy breathing junglist veteran Ironlung closes the year the way he started: brutally. With seven releases in between, this is a fitting end to a prolific year: "Atomic" has a "Link To The Past" style hair raising energy, "Jack In The Box" whips up a storm with a techy Need For Mirrors-style bass funk while "Ninja" scuffs the spectrum with a waspy Hazardian riff. Looking for some weirded-out rifle bass? Look no further than "My Style". In the need of more funk and uplift? Look no further than "New Game". Full house.
Review: Short Circuit have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Ironlung is holding up that standard and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this single. 'Law of the Jungle' reels you in with hip-hop driven, rolling energy, that quickly flips into a siren-like wail of pure, stabbing energy that's reminiscent of Annix and insanity more generally. The flip the release is equally aggressive, as 'The Gateway' opens the gate to a hellish landscape of tendrilic basses and powerful forces.
Review: Heavy breathing intensifies: Ironlung returns to Cre8 with four outrageously stinking peaktime slammers. "Life's A Break" takes a well known rap vocal and wraps it around an abrasive bassline tear-up, "Mutton Dressed As Lamb" pays homage to the matriarch in your family with pure laser venom while "Supper Time" feeds us with high carb, full-fat twisted harmonics. Finally "Jack Sparrow" celebrates the seafaring cult of pirates with a very infectious bassline that's got "sing along" written all over it. Easily Ironlung's biggest release to date. Stay oxygenated!
Review: Quick! Ironlung is about to get Schwifty, he needs a beat and he needs it stat! Non payment of said beat will leave you swamped in metallic bass scrapes, fog horn funk and a tense state of unpredictability for days, maybe even weeks or perhaps years. For more insane, switch flippery and unrivalled energy jump on "Problems". A more classically trained hooky jam laced with some expert vocal samples and a wonderfully swampy bass texture, it's yet another fire starter from the man like Lungy. Wub a lub a dub dub!
Review: London-based producer Michael Roberts, better known in D&B circles as DJ Ironlung or simply Ironlung, serves up two no-nonsense jump-up cuts. But in doing so he treads a fine line admirably, because while both cuts do have the kind of energy and attitude that'll appeal to hyped-up younger floors, he manages to avoid the style's worst EDM-industrial excesses, with the result that both 'DIY' (with a sampled female vocal that's reminiscent of DJ Trend's 'Another Classic' from 1996) and the accompanying 'Immortal' (with an ominous, distorted male spoken vocal) have the potential to reach out beyond the jump-up ghetto.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music are one of the most prolific jump-up labels around. We regularly feature their releases and they almost always smash it out of the park, this time being no different. Ironlung's 'Time Bandit' is a fiery single that epitomizes the type of jump-up that, in more ways than one, has defined D&B in 2018 - no-nonsense, uncompromising and proudly nonchalant about what you think. It's just pure attitude, dancefloor based music at its best and music that simply does what it wants, there's no pretentiousness or image-orientated concerns - it's just D&B. Big, big tune.
Review: Active in the game for a decade but only recently getting the hype he deserves, Ironlung has been representing the darker, more twisted side of drum and bass in clubs around the UK for years. He's dedicated to his cause. Needless to say, "Out Of Time", the first track on this two-piece is a techy storm of compression and dark undercurrents, heavily laden with danger thanks to Ciara's sexy-deadly vocals. "The Master" returns to the main man's tamed high-energy style, bouncing and only just kept under control. fans of the darkness, this is for you.
Review: Finally, a chance for everyone to experience LSD safely and legally as D-Minus and friends take over Profound's first release of the year. Rather than a frolic in a field of strawberry fields, the title track is a little more intense with its bad trip bass blaring with horn-like menace. Deeper into the trip we flex as K-Motionz & Danger do the rusty robot on "Eyespy", Ironlung takes us all for the fools that we are, LBS twists up the styles with a neuro intro and jump-up drop on the battle-ready "Special Forces" and K-Motionz gets his angular grit on with "Orbital". There's no comedown from this.
Review: Remix klaxon: Damage Report takes Ironlung's summer 2015 blunderbuss "Barbaric" and adds a whole new level of drum funk. Maintaining the original spiky riff but injecting a strong swing to the beats, it's a great update on a still-strong banger. For the second reversion Lungy coughs up the goods himself with a VIP twist on "Accelerate" where the riff extends throughout the entire bar. For floors who know the original this will blow minds. Subtly savage.