Review: Conrad Subs can really make music and his latest piece of work is out over on Calypso Muzak. National Anthem is an energetic piece of jump-up slash jungle construction that doesn't hesitate to punch you in the face and its exemplified by the title track, a bass-filled expression of dancefloor hatred which moves in mysterious yet obvious ways. It bangs, basically, as does the rest of the EP, with special mention going out to 'Nothing But Styles' featuring Erbman, which is a superbly funky, make-you-wanna-dance type endeavour.
Review: If you like your jungle then this release should be right up your street, because it's essentially six tracks of straight up jungle heat. Our personal favourite is Pablo G's remix of J.O.E's 'What You Gonna Do', which has a wicked drop that comes off the back of a load of really soulful sampling work. It has proper old school vibes all over it and the whole arrangement works really well. Every other track is pretty much just as good, with wobbling sines, big old reece basses and a truckload of stuttering breaksy magic, Oooh yeah!
Review: Conrad Subs and Joe are in this game to do serious damage to the eardrums of those who listen and this single seems like it was made with that objective in mind. The first tune, 'Sloppy' is clean and sparse in the drums which lends extra clarity to the bassline, an elongated expression of moodiness with a quality injection of additional bounce. 'Close To Home' strikes a similar chord but does so with more vigour, a haunting sample fills up the highs whilst a driving back end pushes the track forwards with pace and momentum. Big single.
Review: Hurtling towards their one year anniversary in style, Damageman's Sub Heavy Audio dish up their first substantial V/A EP with this epic five track exploration from some of their clear players. All wriggling and writhing around stripped back stinky vibe, each cut hits the spot with clarity and precision. Stand-out moments include the deft vocal sample twists and turns of Rodeo's "Moves", Damageman and Craftmus's springy black magic slap-about "Wicked Spells" and the sweeping, star-gazing rushes of Dec James' "Supernova" but all five cuts here deserve your full attention. Heavy is as heavy does...
Review: J.O.E is on Sub Heavy Audio and is giving all of us a lesson in how to produce tough, stripped back sonics which carry more attitude than a rhino in heat. 'The Ridim' is the best example of this, as a no-nonsense drum line penetrates a precisely placed array of gully bass pulls and hair-rising low-frequency pushes. The flip is more classic jump-up, as a potent blast of stabs combine into the type of hands-in-the-air dancefloor action we've come to expect from the genre. Proper stuff.
Review: Some people say J.O.E stands for Just Oily Elephants. Other people say J.O.E stands for Juicy Oranges Everyday. The truth is we don't know. But he does sound like a proper slippery stampede and it does feel like he's maxed out on vitamin C, too. Heavy, vital and hookier than a pirate convention; "Eternal" is a blessy mixing tool with a bubbling, riffy bassline that can cut through any blend and bring a mix to life. "It Is Everywhere" takes us down a darker path thanks to its groaning, decaying bassline and rolling breaks. Both absolutely kill it in the dance.
Review: Two years after Valiant Emcee's original "Ronin" series dropped, now comes this mammoth remix package. Featuring the likes of Will Miles, DJ Hybrid, Conrad Subs, DZire, Sikka, Diligent Fingers, KC and many more, vibes run the full gamut like VE's bars do. From the darkstepping drama of "The Ronin" (with Anastasia) to the rolling breezes of "Mic Check" (with DJ Hybrid) by way of absolute stinkery (Sikka's remix of "The Ronin", the subaquatic deep dream vibes of Diligent Fingers' "Drifting" remix) Dutty Bass have represented every shade and style to fit the Canadian MC's bars perfectly.
Pablo G & Rudeboy Keith - "Too Much Killin'" - (5:31) 175 BPM
DJ Direkt - "HUUMan" - (4:11) 172 BPM
Danny Styles - "If A Gun" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Armada - "The Vibes" - (5:38) 170 BPM
Review: 24 Karat presumably get their name from the measurement for gold and this compilation is, by any stretch of the imagination, full of weight. Featuring tunes from artists old and new in the 24 Karat camp, this album stretches across 17 heavy, dancefloor numbers. The first outing, 'Heavy Hitters' by Danny Styles, is classic funk-into-dancefloor vibes and we love the array of twisting, snarling basses that fans of this producer will recognise. Danny is a regular throughout this one and he nails it consistently. Shouts also to Faysha on the sweet 'Heavy', as well as Keith Patience on thee crazy jungle number that is 'HeadShot'. Big.