Review: Subway Soundz manage to put out some of the sickest beats in the game and they're always rock-solid bits of serious weaponry. Filthy Habbits is holding up that mantle with this four-tracker, an extended play with an urban-edge. 'Unlimited Power' is arguably the stronger of the bunch if only because it has such a satisfyingly solid drum line underpinning it, punching basses inject the urban edge mentioned above and then the drop finished it all off - absolutely sick tune. 'Ghosts' is more along Souped Up lines with its catchy melody and simple arrangement - one of the serum fans.
Review: Filthy Habits? We wouldn't be surprised if Filthy Habits himself had a few of those, not just because it's in his name but because of how downright filthy his tunes are. 'Powers That Be' is a rush of pitched-up deathy synths that rolls out at max speed and with zero sense of giving a fuck about, well, anything really. All the other tunes on this release are in the same vein, and 'Next Lesson' smacks of the recent Bou and Simula stuff with its feathered approach to crafting basses. This is a solid release from a man who's been on the up recently.
Review: Biological Beats 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. Filthy Habits & Jeopardize are holding up that standard and they're doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Jiggy Jiggy reels you in with a lovely intro, its beginnings quickly regressing to a siren-like collection of stabs which exude pure energy in a way that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'The Venom' being another highlight with its gargled expressions of bouncing force. Sick release.
Review: This release from Jeopardize has artwork straight out of Bioshock and the music itself is equally devilish. Dropping on Calypso Muzak, Jeopardize is coming at you with a four-tracker, a full EP of barebones drum work, roughshod synth construction and animalistic energies. The title track is very, very Serum-esque, with a strong hardware edge to the synths and a no-nonsense attitude in the arrangement. 'Ultimatum' is the highlight of the release, with a serious CNVX vibe in the back end and an old-school tint that courses through its production. Seriously sick stuff.
Review: Often spotted lurking with Filthy Habits, Birmingham badman Jeopadize flies solo for his G13 debut. Two spiked-out grizzlers with laced with twisted bass designs and an unrelenting energy; "Bang Boogie" wriggles with nasty wasp-like laser bass licks and a drop into a vamp-ish rave hook on the breakdown while "Weapon" is much more of a stomper jam thanks to its militant two note shakedown bass riff. Both cuts kill it. Kiss kiss bang boogie...
Review: If the answer is 'a right pair of stinkers', what is the question? You and your mate after a five day sesh? Two sewage operators? Or Jeopardize's latest G13 beasting? We don't need to tell you the answer; technically it's all three, but especially this absolutely gem of a two-tracker. "Killing Plates" grunts and rattles with a sense of hookiness and space that's not dissimilar to a young Clipz 15 years ago while "Evasive" ups the gear and drives us straight into a gully cesspit. Stench bass Qs, grizzly As and happy slapping drums that punch you until the stink wears off. If the answer is 'rewind and play again', what is the next question?
Review: Jeopardize is back and oh boy, this release is absolutely top notch. For anyone out there who likes their rollers dark and dirty yet precise and engineered with quality in mind, you'll be into this release. With two harsh tracks, this release is just bursting with quality and if we ran a label, we'd certainly be writing these names down for the future. The first track, 'Futurama', excels in its simplicity, with all the work being done in a simple yet devastating drum pattern and its relationship to top-notch bit of back end work. The flipside follows this pattern: stunningly solid drums, fat basslines and arrangements rooted in simplicity, allowing the small details to shine. Wicked release.
Review: Niterider is landing on Murky Digital with his Dub Elevator EP and, as you can probably tell from the name of the label it's coming out on, it's a seriously murky bit of work. You wouldn't think that from the start of the title track though, which leads you in with a luscious bit of elevator music but that quickly devolves into a pummelling expression of force. The rest of the release is powered by the same relentlessness and 'Killa's' carries an expansive back end that undergirds a sequence of menacing hip-hop sampling, whilst 'The Wob' possibly has the most creative bassline on the release in a wicked display of dancefloor heat. Sick stuff.
Review: G13 are turning Ten Years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of slightly lesser-known artists. Rowney, Cabbie, Ovadose, Filthy Habits and more are on this one, so expect an LP that doesn't mess around in its approach to dancefloor tunage. 'Addicted To The High' by Filthy Habits demonstrates this approach with ease, a set of pitched up synth lines doing all the work - you just sit back and enjoy the ride. Big album.
Review: Gun Audio comes through correct with their fifth release in the form of an extensive D&B compilation featuring some of the best new talent out there. Much like their previous signings, these guys are relatively unknown but are sure to become big names in the future and to be honest, it's pure quality throughout. From wobbling jump-up to techier rhythms, this LP is about the best summary of what's happening at the moment in the UK D&B scene. Too many names for ya to digest so just press play and blow your speakers up!
Review: Good4Nothing are turning 10 years old and are celebrating that fact in the only real way you should celebrate a label anniversary: with a big old compilation album. They've gone all-in for this one and raked up 15 tunes artists like Dutta, Ironlung, Slipz and Complex. Dutta' contribution is typically naughty, with a pulsating back end that sits just beneath a snappy drum line that includes a lovely, wooden snare that has just the right amount of bite. Part 1 of this series is a truly hedonistic banger of a compilation which is well worth checking out, we cannot wait to hear what the label has in store for us in Part 2.
Review: SHOTS FIRED! Gun Audio continue their Reload series with another epic slab of forthright freshness from some of the most respected names in the game: From master craftsman OGs like Heist, Murdock, Rowney & Propz and Jaydan to unavoidable hurter heroes Turno to exciting new talents like Jaxx, Vacuum and Meladee, it's a premiership rollcall each packing a heavyweight punch. Highlights across the 23-strong collection include Jaydan's reverse-stringing, cat-strangling freak out on "Murdering Monster", the hornet bass shakes and switches of Jaxx's "Combinations" and the frog chorus on Blackley's "TMI" but that really is the tip of the most explosive V/A album Gun Audio have ever detonated. Reload means reload.
Review: Elsta's Murky Digital look back over five years of uncompromised murk-mastery and handpick 15 of their favourite moments. A great way for us to fill any holes in our collection and a timely reminder of the label's timeless weight and sense of dark groove; highlights and power points rattle and slap from every corner. Key cuts include T>I's humungous subbed-out roller VIP of "The Gorgon", Zero's twisted orchestral cascades on "Corrupt Cop", Fena & Barbarix's urgent vocal-looping sizzler "Devoted" and Too Greezey's husky dusty dark jazz charm on "Take My Hand". Here's to the next five years.
Review: The Gun Audio label have been killing it with each and every release since it opened for business at the beginning of 2013, but for those who haven't yet had a chance to experience their cutting edge take on D&B, this second label compilation is essential business. From the sci-fi synths of Mackie Gee's "Transmission" through the punishing rhythms of Jaydan's "Acid High" and Benns' "Disconnected" to the more classic sounds of Bladerunner's "Hot Steppa", there really is something for every discerning D&B fan here to chew on!
Review: Bou & Dutta's Diamond Audio cuts through the noise with laser like charm on their latest V/A collection. A signature since the label's launch last year, this is their most supersized batch to date as it includes more fresh names and a full spectrum of underground styles; the footwork pace of Aesthetics opener "Questions", Bou's barking groaner "Frequencies", Jeopardize's matchless trippy funk stepper "Contemporary", Leaf's wonky woodblock knocks and freaky funk on "Watch It" and MelloDrama's hospitalizing space stepper "Thrill" are just some of the many album highlights. Shiny shiny.
Review: After the undeniable popularity of the first edition of Murky Digital's 'Turbid Transcendence' compilation, we were stoked to see that a second part was hitting the stores, and what a selection it is. We hear a range of rollers and minimal drums from start to finish, including Bass Antics and Nino's sub heavy 'DAT TUNE' and the high calibre creeping collaboration 'What Do You Know' between Filthy Antics and Jeopardize. For us the additional highlights have to be the explosive percussive rolls and grinding subs of Euphonique's 'Damage', along with the crispy drum processing of Tarz's 'Late Night' and Fena's volcanic 'The Lizard King' arrangement, complete with lethal bass growls and flavourful drum combos.