Review: Digital Terror have had a sick last twelve months and this VA shows off some of their best cuts from the year, featuring acts like Jayline, Dutta, SL8r and more. Those latter two collab in serious style on 'The Pain', which cuts down into the range with fire and fury, angled sharp basses knifing through the frequencies with the grace and decorum of an elephant in heat. Jack The Ripper lands with supreme heaviness on 'Direction Course', Spaow brings the old-school vibes on 'Gallopo' and the collaboration of the album comes from the dream team of Jayline, Bou, Dutta and MC Dino who land with aplomb on 'Pico Skank'. Seminal.
Review: Big bad and very very heavy! Ten Ton hit the big tonne with this overweight menu of murkery. Featuring some of the label's oldest sparring partners and freshest fighters, across the album we're navigated through some of the darkest, dirtiest and dankest corners of Project Lando's imprint. Stars of the show include Project Lando himself, who delivers a whole string of sick remixes and originals (including an immense hair-raising twist on MQ's 'Roll Out' and an insane VIP of 'Suck Out'), Shodan, who presents a whole brace of releases (including the super-charged euphoria of 'Soulfire') and the rising styles of Skuff who tags up with Iffy for the lush vocal track 'Illusions' and the trembling dark liquid bumper 'New Tones'. And that's just the tip of this centennial iceberg. 100 thumbs up.
Review: Reload and come again: our 'Juno Download Selects' edition with the mighty US dnb HQ Liondub International continues for another session. Once again featuring an A-list rollcall of now household names, it's another reminder of how much heat Liondub International have cooked up over the years, supporting artists from their earliest moves. Highlights on this set include the turbo slammage and necksnap switches on Jayline's 'Anglo Saxxon', early hurly burly from the man like Macky on 'Black Widow' and the always-devilish bubbles of Motiv's 'Vultures'. And that's just three of 15 crucial example's of Liondub International future-focused benchmark. Get to know!
Review: Link-up, look smart; we've connected with one of the most exciting labels in dnb for a collection of their biggest hitters, rising stars and highest sellers: Liondub International. Headed up by Eric Liondub in NYC, Liondub International have broken and nurtured more new talent than most put together, and these first few volumes showcase. First up come these 15 examples as the likes of Kumo, Bou, Jayline, DJ Hybrid, Saxxon and many more all deliver timeless heaters. Highlights include Sub Killaz' broadsword skank-up 'Murderah', Brian Brainstorm's junglised slash-up 'Kill A Drumpan' and Bladerunner & Johnny Osbourne's ever-sweet 'Night Fall Dub'. All this and plenty more; whether you've been following Liondub since day or you're new to their consistent onslaught, there's plenty to catch up on here. Selector!
Review: Ten years and 40 releases deep, Eternal Muzic let loose with their biggest VA album to date. Running the full jump-up range from bouncy to savage tear-out, some of the label's closest allies are all on side including DJ Sly, Tesen, Runnah and Krusty who appears multiple times across the album with some of the most provocative jams of the collection like the 2012-era harmonic riffage of "Need You" and the gnarly, flabby bass 'head-banging' finale. Elsewhere Rannah lays down a futuristic fire-up VIP of "Looney Toonz" and Sly & BlckHry get classical with the wriggly bass of "Vibe Check". Muzic forever...
Review: Jayline is back on his very own label with a stomping collection of four tunes and this is a full EP, then, and we're very much into it as every inch of these tracks are characterised by quality and the diversity is great to see. You've got big, riotous rollers like 'Lets Get Litty' and 'Indomitable', which will get even the laziest amongst you dancing, but then also jungle numbers like 'Waterphone'. There are seriously nice tones of old school jump-up all the way through this release and it's a return to the subgenres more genuine, barebones side. Wicked release.
Review: Jayline is back on Eterrnal Muzic with a stomping four-trackr, mostly from the man himself but Chunky Bizzle makes an appearance as well. This is a full EP, then, and we're very much into it as every inch of this release is characterised by quality and the diversity is great to see. You've got big, riotous rollers like 'Be Somebody' and 'The Bells', which will get even the laziest amongst you dancing, but then also more stabby tunes like 'Reinvoked' or 'We Don't Need To Get'. There are seriously nice tones of old school jump-up all the way through this release and it's a return to the subgenres more genuine, barebones side. Wicked EP.
Review: Jayline is landing on Liondub in a hot minute, off the back of his 2019 Street Series release on the label and his 10 year anniversary tracks, he's come up with the Lion & the Unicorn, a four-tracker which rests on the laurels of the scene's current boon for foghorns and it does so with style. 'The Unicorn' is our favourite, with a funny load of sampling on the introduction that let's you know what it's like to be a unicorn, a dream that's burst on the drop: shattered into an array of drawn-out bass shards and shimmering sine wobbles. It's big and forebodes the rest of the release.
Review: Now entering its 20th year of gully manoeuvres, Grid Recordings unleash another set of remixes of the bossman's tracks through the ages. First up Jayline gets out his stick and whacks "Last Days Of Rome" within inches of its life with a big high voltage bassline, Grid regular Nick The Lot flips "Danger Zone" into a much crunchier, rasping affair and Argentinian newcomer Yatuza adds whole new levels of trippiness to "Edge Of The Dome". Last but not least Matt View and Marvel Cinema go right back to 2003, grab Pony Pleasure by the scruff of its neck and give it a good scrub with cosmic soap. Nice and bubbly.
Nothing Will Be The Same (feat Type One) - (5:16) 173 BPM
Review: Shouts to all the lifetime skankers! Jayline is here for you... "Eternal" pays homage to those ravers who will never stop with this savage quartet of insomnia anthems. The title track lays down the message. Big gritty riff, paranoid voices and a ferociousness we've come to expect from the Midland murker. Elsewhere "E-115" takes us deeper down a bassline rabbit hole with a big drone bass and more twisted humanised elements while "Stupid" is pure space-age minimal menace with growling bass textures and more vocal prangs matching the bangs. Finally we hit the deep wobbles and Bristolian flavours of "Nothing Will Be The Same". Think early 2000s but 2020 class, Jayline has smashed it right here.
Review: Liondub International's 10 year celebrations continue with a sense-shocking body slam into the future of the label and its ever-growing family of talented artists. Hitting hard like the label's ever-on-point Street Series, the rollcall reads like a who's who in gully talent: Dutta, Bou, Jayline, Vital, BlckHry and loads more. Whether you want to be completely twisted and spat back out by a brass section (Pharoah's "Fire In The Hole") you'd prefer to be hoovered by a jet engine then shot up into the stars (Jayline's "1408") or you're more into the idea of being rattled around in a big tin bassline can (Danny The WildChild's "Body Moves") this future shock has every physical experience contemporary (but heavily rooted) drum & bass can offer. And there's even more to come. Big up Liondub!
Review: Liondub are celebrating a decade of existence and they're doing a three-part compilation series covering the past, present and future of the label. By definition, then, these series' feature plenty of talent from all across the spectrum and time period of the genre. One of our favourite of the 26 cuts is Bou's VIP of Keep Away, a deliciously double-bass infused number that is both funky and heavy, the ideal combination, and he's flipped up the arrangement here with some precisely placed note changes. There are also features from Vital, Euphonique, Dutta, Marcus Visionary and more, with the overall vibe being one of toughness and power. Top stuff.
Review: Lion Dub have reached a decade of activity. A decade! To put it in perspective, if someone was born the year Liondub started, they're about to enter high school/secondary school. It's a crazy achievement and one matched by the craziness of the music they have on offer to celebrate, a four-part journey through their past, present and future. This instalment is all about their past and it's exemplified best by Serum's VIP of Sound The Alarm, a Liondub classic, which Serum has flipped into a characteristically badboy, stabbing little roller. The vocals float above in a haze of reggae smoke, whilst the beat pulsates below. Awesome stuff.
Review: What do the words 'Undergound' and 'Major' mean to you, in combination? To us they allude to a sound that's both big and made for the club, the sort of tones which blow up the dance every day of the week around the world. Jayline has been responsible for a few in the past and this time is no different, with a stellar release on Underground Major Audio, featuring the vocals of Champian.'Run Dis Show' is the title track and it's a wicked little skipper, Champian hovers above and Jayline murks the bassline beneath.
Review: Grid Recordings have been on an absolute tear the past year or so, with everything that comes through their doors sounding slick and firmly on the pulse of D&B in 2019. This time around it's a compilation featuring some of their most reliable producers, who, characteristically, have come through in a big way. Jayline & Macpherson's 'Look & Listen' is a spacious, atmospheric creeper than packs a serious punch, one that emerges through a soundscape of celestial tones. Nick The Lot definitely has one of the standout tunes with 'This Planet', keeping up the space theme and also keeping up the trend of twisting, expansive basslines that ripple with energy - proper roller this. KY's 'Dreams' is in the same vein and even more futuristic and techy, which shows that Grid can do things in all styles. Head Nodders indeed.
Review: It's been two years since Liondub last spun us around the globe with their long-running Jungle To The World series. But now biting into their 10th year, it's the perfect time to boost up the vaults with 18 specials, exclusives and unreleased versions. Pure high grade jungle through and through: we range from the utterly gully and industrial strength badness such as RAW's "Lock Up" to smoother skank-shined bubbly rollers such as Johnny Osbourne & Bladerunner's "Night Fall Dub" via slippery tech missiles like the dangerous darkside steps of Mr Explicit's "Crystal Blue" and the 24th century jazz of Jayline & Dutty Dubz long-awaited VIP of "Bacardi & Coke". And that's just four of the 18 weapons on offer here. Authentic jungle for 10 years and counting.
Review: Jayline is back on his very own label with a stomping collection of 14 tunes, mostly from the man himself but Silent Storm makes an appearance on a remix. This is a full LP, then, and we're very much into it as every inch of this track is characterised by quality and the diversity is great to see. You've got big, riotous rollers like 'Mexican Wave' and 'Street Meat', which will get even the laziest amongst you dancing, but then also more subtle, subby tunes like 'Going Down' or 'No'. There are seriously nice tones of old school jump-up all the way through this release and it's a return to the subgenres more genuine, barebones side. Wicked LP.
Review: VIPS in the hole! Low Down Deep revisit a couple of recent bangers with some straight up fire updates that have been massive for the Low Down Deep crew. First up is last year's killer funk tear-up "Do Your Thang" from Subsonic with a bassline that now tells more of a story instead of hammers one single message. There's more than a touch of old Zinc to this. Flip for Jayline's "North Pole Cold VIP" where the two tone basslines merge with each other much more mischievously and the added cymbal splashes on the drums give a new burst of energy. Powerful stuff.
Review: Liondub's Street Series continues, as ever, now in its 33rd instalment and still as fiery and energetic as always. It's quite rare you see a release series hit that sort of number, so shoutout to the Liondub crew for giving a platform to some of the sickest lesser known acts around. Jayline isn't exactly lesser known, instead he's been tearing up dance floors for a few years and this release shows you why. 'Network' kicks the release off with fat synth lines that simply don't care what you think, an attitude which continues into the jungle stutters of 'Bacardi & Coke', 'Anglo Saxxon' and 'Like A Bird'. The latter of these three is the highlight, with a soaring sample that overpins a bouncing, stabby back end that reminds us of a Fracture cut. Overall, big tunes - Liondub continues the onward march.
Sub Killaz X Bou X Dutta - "Jitterbug" - (4:49) 175 BPM
Review: Digital Terror galvanise their vaults with this absolute stormer of a collection. Bulging with some of the biggest names flexing in the fertile badlands between jump up / rollers, the whole album smacks of premium, uncut timeless D&B from the likes of Hoogs, Bou, Dutta, T>I, Taxman, Macky Gee, Rawtee and many many more. If you've been following Digital Terror you'll already know that every track is a highlight but stand out thumpers include the sinewy metallic ripples on Danger & Nightfang's "Turbulence", the blistered breaks and flabby bass wallops on Dutta & Raz's "Spectacular" and T>I's super slimy shakedown of Hoogs' "Jungle Bad". Stinking!
Review: Last spotted on Logan D's Low Down Deep cavorting with Ruffstuff and Friller on the nasty-assed "Demons", Jayline returns to the HQ with this iced out junglised droner. Not just ice cold, not just your mum cold but "North Pole Cold" - officially the coldest you can get. Listen to that sub-plunging bassdrop and those screeched out atmospheric textures and you'll understand why. Ready for the frost bite.
Review: Hot on the heels of his Lost City Of Beats album, jump up savageman Jayline returns to an old classic that still splices like a fully-charged turbine almost five years later. Remix-wise we're in for a treat. Blackley takes the vocal to the trippiest departures, Lowriderz build on the hair-singing midrange lead with turbo-charged results, Rushmore completely subverts the riff into a twisted triplet funk fest, Damage Report conjures up the ghosts of Atlantis with his intro patterns before going to town with the bassline and energy. Finally Just Breathe gets freaky with a technoid drumstep while Ozma distorts the devil himself out of the bassline with hell-raising results. Time to get ripping...
Review: As label bossman Jayline prepares to drop his second album Lost City Of Beats he lays down three hair-raising specials. "Omnia" is a total bulldozer that can - and will - knock down your house and everyone inside it. "Mediocraty" sees him teaming up with label co-running Brockout for a edge-of-seat pacer that bites and shreds like an old Renegade TOV joint. Finally he gives his and GPS's buzz-riffed heaver "Businessman" a fresh VIP update. You're fired!
Review: Here comes the remix! Digital Terror look back over their eight year back cat and dust off a few faves that are ripe for the rework. BassBrothers step up first with a darker, more demonic take on "Cartel", only hinting it the original's hair-raising 16Bit style high end textures. Envenom take us back to 2015 and add a whole new layer of twisted harmonic funk to "Kicks" while Dutta gives us the (KRS) one-fingered salute with the savage high-note riff venom. Finally Jayline & Hokilla's 2013 jungle rumbler gets a stark subby treatment from San Diego fire man Sub Killaz. And this is only part one...
Review: VIP klaxon! Walking Dead revisit the vault and update with fresh version power. First up is a critical damager from Walking Dead's parent label Escalated Sounds. We don't need to tell you how brutal this was throughout the first half of 2016 - now it's back with a modified hook and added hype for the VIP. Simskai's laser bass gangbanger "Game Over", meanwhile, flexes its VIP muscles on the fills with additional twists on the bass hook and full focus on the spine-hunching reverse strings. VIP - very important party-hurters.
Review: Send for the hazmats! Papa Gee's Hazardous Musik flies into town on the version express with a series of rudeboy rubdowns. It's a one-way-ticket scenario from the off as Choppah juices up the skank machine on his take on Jayline and Gee's "Dancehall Ram" and Serum finally unleashes one of his longest-awaited dubs in the form of his groaning take on D Livin's 92 proto jungle classic. Deeper into the EP we ride to find a heavier, jumpier take on K-Jah & Vytol's "We Love Hip-Hop" from Inna Culture AND the 2016 version of D Livin's seminal shakedown. Dangerous materials!
Review: It's been a while since longstanding roller warrior Jayline last dealt out a six-tracker but, as always, the wait is more than worth it. This fact is evident the moment you catch a whiff of the vocal sample on "Unzip It". It's also evident the moment you're shaken to the core with a vigorous bass distortion on "West World", bitten by the funkier gnarly swagger of "Level 37 Wizard", hurled savagely into a the hornets nest bass of "Do It Right", hypnotised by the strange time stretched drum build on "Amazon Rhumba" or arrested by the dramatic chimes on "Enter The Dragon". Hell, it's evident in every release Jayline has put our way since 2009. Here's to waiting.