Review: The one and only Digital celebrates his label's 50th release with this incredible V/A collection featuring some of the most important names and artists in the movement. Calibre, Klute, Kiljoy, Need For Mirrors, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and many more all feature on the album, ensure the Function signature broadsword, open-armed sound remains as developed and varied as it's known for being. Highlights include Calibre & Jet Li's drum-heavy drama stepper "Least Loved", the unabashed bashment of Digital's own "Dub Conscious", Seba & Jr Vallo's epic growler "Wasabi", DJ Trace's wild breakbeat ruckus "Spirits" and Klute's insane "Sick Of It All". These are just examples of a completely killer collection with no filler whatsoever... All contrasts, shades, styles and energies, Digital doesn't not mess around!
Usual Suspects - "Tribute" (A Personal Tribute To MC Kendo R.I.P) - (7:14) 170 BPM
Loxy & Ink - "Shine V.I.P" - (8:21) 170 BPM
Jonny L - "Part Of U" - (5:27) 180 BPM
Marcus Intalex & ST Files - "My Soul" - (5:11) 175 BPM
Sonic & Silver - "Innacorner" - (7:10) 170 BPM
Klute - "Unwind Yourself" - (6:40) 173 BPM
Spirit - "Solitaire" - (6:23) 173 BPM
Hidden Agenda - "Relentless" - (7:31) 174 BPM
Teebee - "White Venom" - (6:50) 170 BPM
Total Science - "Screwball" - (5:12) 58 BPM
The Invaderz - "Revealed" - (6:54) 170 BPM
Review: Reviewed by Klute: Well this brings back many memories for obvious reasons and its nice to listen and think back to this time. In the early 2000's Metalheadz moved its Sunday sessions over to the Limelight at Cambridge Circus in London and I remeber going religiously every Sunday around the time this LP was being compiled, so we all heard most of these tunes being tested out in the club. Great times. Stand outs for me are Jonny L, Marcus intalex, Spirit, Total Science, myself of course and most of all The Invaderz masterpiece Revealed. Still to this day my fav ever tune from them. Great compilation.
Review: It's remix o'clock at Dutty Audio Towers as label bossman passes on the parts to a wide range of scene talents: Klute takes the lead with an iced out twist on "Be Yourself" as he manipulates the vocal loop in a different direction. Current Value follows with yet more of his seemingly unstoppable tech science as a wasp nest bassline rattles in 23rd century style. Newcomers Hanzo & Randie bring up the rear with a heads-down neuro take on "Infection" where full emphasis is placed on the sci-fi bass textures. Finally Gydra gets all mechanical and pneumatic on "Inception", giving the original's iconic riff a Blackout style jump-up sense of turbo-charged energy. Feel the burns.
Review: Synthesis is the fourth Digital album and it might be his most ambitious undertaking yet! The album's sixteen tracks see the UK producer working alongside a swathe of high profile contemporaries. The danger with projects such as this, is the lack of cohesion and binding theme but its clear Digital conceived Synthesis as a display of all that's good in the current scene. Exceptionally well produced and engineered, it's nigh on difficult to pick out a highlight here with the likes of Om Unit, Nomine, Villem, Spirit and the mighty Klute excelling in their bass science explorations alongside Digital. An album to really sink your teeth into.
Review: As far as combos go, Klute on Metalheadz is up there with that chocolate sauce on ice cream. Not just any chocolate sauce, but that really cool stuff that hardens on impact. "Westernized" sums up the experience: a waspish middy bassline does the Dillinja over lean drums with insistent drama and funk. "Mirror" is harder again thanks to some incredible almost heavy metal-level drum work and ominous drone tones. "Just What You're Feeling" bites through the hardness for a much softer, icy sensation; all groaning subs and ethereal harmonic pads creating the ultimate brainfreeze. Finally we hit "Arboretum" which perfectly soundtracks the emotional moment when you realise you've hit the bottom of the bowl and the experience is fast becoming a memory. Sweet dreams.
Review: We've been waiting for this since Doc Scott fired up his old ThirtyOne machine just over a year ago. A 24-track collection of stone cold exclusives, this bucks any expectations of the label and its remit and celebrates the very best creativity in all shades of drum & bass. Littered with the best names in the game (Calibre, Nucleus & Paradox, Bungle, Loxy & Resound, Scar, Marcus Intalex and many many more), each cut pushes the bass and riddim envelope with stark, uncompromised creativity and production muscle. The ultimate document of where the best D&B is at, this is nothing short of essential.