Review: It's all kicking off at Souped Up HQ. First they tell us Voltage is our real dad and it seems Dutta is being ousted as our naughty uncle coercing us into god knows what type of mischief with some of his most cantankerous sounds and flavours yet. "Tiger Claw" is pure drum riot funk, "Reload" (with Jakes) is insanely smooth, "Wash Away" (with Serum) packs all the raffish thrills and spills of an early Hazard joint, "Woah" is a deep sci-fi roll-out that takes off where "Trooper" left us the other month while "OG" closes on venomous growl flex. Wowzers... These will singe your trousers.
Review: Jakes' Hench label has been at the forefront of the Bristol bass scene and has delivered nothing but stompers since its first installment back in 2007. The label-head returns here for a full solo EP manifested by six tracks of pure jump-up filth; there's everything you could possibly want here, from the neo-step wobble of "Barriers Broken", to the grime-ridden beats and vocals of "Certified" featuring Footsie, or the repetitive, hypnotising mutant swirls of "Smoke Screen", this EP has it all, and marks a fine continuation to Jakes' ever-promising landscapes of low-end.
Review: It's been a long time since Hench headman Jakes served up an entire EP. But it's been well worth the wait. We ignite with the title track "Trippy" and it lives up to its name in every way; the ricocheting drums and chaotic cymbals and percussion really shouldn't make sense at all. And first they don't. But as the walloping bass emerges, the disparate elements unite to create a groove that's truly distinctive. The trippiness continues as "What!" rolls in a warped manner that almost feels like you're listening in reverse mode. A real heads-down driver, this is the sole preserve of the late night, mid-set hypnosis. Finally we hit "Ja". As the name suggests, it begins as a skank-tickled exploration of the roots before dropping into a sheet metal bass drop in the way only Hench can deliver. Whether he's MCing, DJing, running a label or producing, Jakes is killing it on every angle.
Review: The vowel-less RVRSL label's second release comes courtesy of Hench Music man Jakes and he delivers four club-ready cuts of bass-weighted darkness, and the acid flecks in "One Day" are deadly when paired next to track's the slashing snares. It's all rave, spooky sound effects and a 'yah' vocal in "Tru Thought" while "Realm", and it's spiralling loop, is as punk rocky in attitude as it is heavy in bass modulation. For some supercharged beats check out "Tuning Dub" for one last slab of rhythm and drums.
Review: 2017 has certainly seen somewhat of a dubstep revival in the UK across the full breadth of the genres formats, from deeper percussive pieces through to dancefloor driven sound design. Jakes is, without a doubt one of the UK's premiere dubstep pioneers and we were super excited to see his return to his own Hench for R.O.T.K LP. This release features 10 dubstep stompers, our favourites being the throwback sounds of 'Dutch Pot', the relentless risers of 'Light Speed' and the pure power of the title track 'R.O.T.K'. There aren't many UK names that can say they have achieved what Jakes has, both on the production front and the label front also, with Hench already being down in UK music history as a legendary imprint.
Review: Sweet yet sharp, hard yet crumbly, fruity yet unhealthy; Bristol bass veteran Jakes bakes the perfect pudding for all ruckus lovers. Springy in body, intense in flavour, the Hench founder is clearly in a good place right now. "Mission Control" takes the same tones and textures and builds them into more of a cosmic trip with occasional outbursts of bass asteroids. "Murder Style" flips for the deeper side of Jakes. Foggy, dense, driving and dangerous... This is total System material.
Deep In The Trench (feat Bok Nero) - (5:58) 140 BPM
Selecta - (5:33) 140 BPM
Blades (feat Khadafi Dub) - (6:27) 140 BPM
Oman (feat Strikez) - (5:32) 140 BPM
Sermon - (5:36) 140 BPM
Review: Bristol d&b and dubstep veteran Jakes, once a member of Pendulum and also a Moving Shadow signee, drops a new solo EP on his own Hench label, and you know what that means. "Deep In The Trench", the title track, is a classic Jakes bass monster with the bastiest wobble squelches we've heard since DJ Hazard - nastiness and filth combined. "Selecta" offers a relatively tamer version of the original - this time backed by jah rastafari samples - while "Blades" stumbles its way across drunken beats featuring Khadafi. "Oman" sees Strikez make an appearance among Jakes' usual downpour of chainsaw bass, and "Sermon" ties things off with another menacing burst of wobble for the deep rave hours. Big and bad.
Review: Wow. Just wow. Just when you thought dubstep couldn't get murkier, shoutier and gnarlier, two of the scene's largest characters collide for one of the tune's most uncompromising tunes this year. Just listen to that vocal chant and tell us it hasn't inspired you to jump 20 feet tall and growl like an ambush of tigers. "Cadi" is just as moody but with added depth and mysticism as a belly-chanted call to prayer echoes with prominence and dominance. "Nebulizer" completes the package, and does so with alien mischief thanks to its barbed mechanical groove and interplanetary whooshes and washes. Somebody say 'mental business!'
Review: Released October 2012, "Somebody Say" was easily one of dubstep's grimiest, meanest bangers. Living up to the Hench brand values, audio doesn't get much more aggressive. Well, until now that is as Subzee D has given the original a bullet proof coat of inch-thick metal. Spiked out and savage, this is next level nasty. Lost, meanwhile, subverts the vibe with a deeper, more heads-down approach as the bass gurgles with a lower range of distortion and the cut up vocals cause more of a hypnotic effect. As Pokes says himself, this one will cause serious murder in the dance. Massive.
Review: Jakes' Hench imprint has always led from the very front of the dubstep game. Brandishing some of the genre's most uncompromising, ruthless and forward-thinking blends, Hench is a genre unto itself. Hitting the big five-oh, the label have commissioned 19 originals from its accomplished contributors and family members. The result is a deadly document that showcases dubstep's continuous versatility, physicality and visceral dynamics. From the balance of dreamy sonic spirals and vicious waspy bass on Vodex & Eddie K's "Cosmic" to the sizzling tears and sirens of MRK 1 and Trigga's "Veteran" via Jakes' very own militant bass sermon "Damn Son", everything about this collection is heavyweight. Hench have consistently lived to their name. Give them 500 more releases and the message will still be the same.
Various - "Chronicles Mixed By" (continuous DJ mix by Jakes) - (22:13) 140 BPM
Review: Joining the dots between dubstep's most exciting formative period and the present day, Jakes dons a protective glove and digs deep amongst the glass shards in the Hench vaults to grasp some of the sharpest sounds he's ever delivered. From 2007's wobble-muncher "2 Steps Back" and MRK1's 2012 sleazy robo-gangster jam "Dirty Dubstep Music" with brand new cuts such as "H.U.D", a futuristic teeth-baring tech-bass stampede soundtrack via cuts from luminaries such as Mensah, Sukh Knight, Komonazmuk and Vodex. This brings some of Hench's boldest moments together with murky clarity and molten consistency. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe it.