Review: Good 4 Nothing bossman Complex steps over to Macky Gee's Down 2 Earth with five uncompromising bass brutalisers. No surprises; just consistent grit, aggression and sheet metal dynamics. Highlights include the rough course sandpaper bass scrubs of "Outsider", the tungsten tip spikes on "My World", the Hazardist wasp bass and turbo timpani of "Mad Dog Killers" and the strange, genuinely unique tubular effects on the bassline of "Rumours". Utter filth.
Review: DJ Hybrid, Jaxx, Cabin Fever, Feline and K Jah... Now that's a modern junglist rollcall you can set your watch by. Every player involved is packing serious heat here too... DJ Hybrid unleashes a rumbling understated groaner, Jaxx gets all jittery and data-glitchy, Cabin Fever get all jazzy and soulful over a massive subby wobble, Feline adds an Original Sin style widescreen brashness to the mix while K Jah takes us back to Bristol for science class detention. Five absolute jammers right here, Natty Dub don't muck around mate.
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: Murky Digital don't tend to put out music that's weak, thin or otherwise not suitable for the dancefloor. Jaxx's Prepare For Take Off EP is a testament to that, all five cuts do some serious damage and the release overall is certainly on the sharper end of the spectrum. 'Take Off' is the best of the bunch and it's got a rough, Sofa Sound edge that injects a satisfying level of oomph into the arrangement, there's a serious vibrancy in the bass-drums relationship and it's a pleasure to listen to. 'Stacks' is a close second and its incredibly unique concoction of swirling basses and gargling pulsars adds a wicked futuristic element, all of it underpinned by a creative, stepping percussive line. There's a wicked variety here and everything feels accurate and well-placed - well played to the Murky Digital crew.
Review: Jaxx has killed this EP. It's called Live Your Life and consists of four sharp-edged but nicely melodic dancefloor numbers that are aimed at causing destruction, but not indiscriminately. Our favourite is 'Zoots' featuring Wednesday Amelia, a long-time D&B vocalist who has worked with some of the best producers around, who appears on this track over what begins as soft tune with lovely guitar licks, but which descends into a bassy, wobbly number. The rest are harder, with 'Pressing Buttons' standing out for its snapping drums and grating, industrial bassline. Wicked EP therefrom the Co-Lab crew.
Review: Jaxx can really make music and his latest piece of work is out over on Calypso Muzak. Bionic is an energetic piece of jump-up 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 Iyahbinghi Ancient for his contribution to the excellent 'Fix Up', as well as for having a wicked name. Top stuff
Review: Let's get this baby up to 88... Jaxx wraps up his biggest year to date with four grizzled happy slapper jams. "Time Machine" rattles so hard you worry the Delorean doors will fly off. Riffy, rowdy and full of Bristol spirit, it's the perfect DJ tool for any surprise mix scenario. Deeper into the time trip we stumble in the deep drones of "Potholes", we're rattled and rolled by the venomous glitches of "Complications" before "Seasons Change" flattens us with pure bass elasticity. The final thing we need to do with this time machine is go back to the day Jaxx was born and shake his mum and dad by the hand and tell them he's going to be a jungle legend one day. Great scott!
Where The Root Is (feat Mythz & Golden) - (4:51) 175 BPM
Review: Calling all space cadets, Jaxx is taking us to the moon and we have no say in the matter. The title track is all we need for a springy lift off with its rubber bass and full throttle breaks. Further into our mission "Park Hill" thrusts us through ozone with cheeky vox shots and another elastic molten bass riff, "Forbidden Fruit" brings us down to land on the lunar surface with trippy shards of jazz wrapped around robust percussion-primed breaks while the grumbling basses of "Moving Mountains" bound us around the craters in a moonbuggy stuck in top gear. Finally we take off for home with "Where The Root Is". The journey will be turbulent but the soaring harmonies and cosmic skanks will soothe your intergalactic-travelled ruffled soul. Ready for take-off?
Review: Jaxx has been kicking us up the jacksy (Jaxxy?) with his ruffled Bristol-inspired bass for a hot minute now. Every track getting straight to the point with firm focus on the left-sided groove and genuinely memorable basslines, he's not released a duff track to date. This is no exception: "Remember" shakes and slaps with a depth plunge elastic bassline and mild skanks in all the right places while "The Thicket" is an absolute barnstormer with a venomous bassline that will leave you wanting a shower moments after you've dropped it. Barmy.
Review: Fast becoming one of Natty Dub's finest success stories, Jaxx returns with a job lot of sweet sweet rolling gully. There's a sexy simplicity and minimal sense of mischief throughout; "Don't Push It" purrs, "Herbs" twangs, "Take A Walk" groans while "Search Party" jitters and teases. Lean, to-the-point and straight-up funky, this is what properly classically trained drum & bass is all about. Welcome to the asylum.