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Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, getting a whole compilation full of them from a variety of up and coming producers is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - 'Iggy' - from Garry K & RV is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. 'Vultures' by Zapya and MC Karter is another top-level cut, a skippy drum-line and menacing vocals sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. There are a bunch more excellent tunes on this release, so go check them out.
Review: Brawlin Beatz's latest missive is a compilation style affair, with a quartet of label associates stepping up to provide serious dancefloor heat. Dead Intent steps up first with "Enforcer", a clandestine, all-action floorfiller that boasts rumbling, elongated sub-bass, pots-and-pans percussion hits, hot-steppin' D&B beats and all manner of feverish, intoxicating electronic flourishes. Gravit-E keeps up the pressure via "Watch The Break", an even more intense peak-time workout rich in mind-altering wobble bass, massive drops and punchy hip-hop vocal samples, before Jago provides a test for sub cabinets everywhere via the ludicrously bass-heavy fun of "Scatter". To round things off, Kumo reaches for creepy horror chords and twisted wobble bass on the suitably titled "Creeper".
Review: With some seriously emotive artwork, Exile & Flexxa have landed on Profound Beats with a hard-hitting double tracker which combines a penetrating sense of attitude with a non-nonsense approach to musical arrangements. 'Barrier' has an warped-out, Souped Up vibe in its arrangement that feels slightly cheap but is perfect for a crowded dancefloor, especially with its underpinning in some weighty percussion. 'Nucleus'' is the roller of the two and grounded in wobbly atmospherics and a sense of space which makes it a pleasure to listen to, its snapping drum line providing the ground rock underneath. Yes boys.
Review: Fresh from his Lion Dub shelling late last year, Kumo makes his debut on DJ Warden's burgeoning new label Bagged & Tagged with two slabs of pure gutter chomping sandpaper funk. "Hustle & Flow" creaks and groans under Endo's lyrical pressure before licking up a whole zoo of growls. "50 Grand Chain" flexes its chunky ropes with a grizzly bassline and kicks so thick they think the earth is flat. Get your hustle on...
Review: Kumo is definitely one of the more underrated producers out there, with previous releases on Sun-liminal as well as a host of other labels, his aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, Kumo doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'Oh My God' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'A Break A Day' is the title tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics.
Review: Nuusic have proven that they're more than capable of releasing tunes which don't mess about but which carry an air of respectability as well, music that's for the dancefloor but that doesn't sacrifice itself for that purpose. Kumo fits in with that trend. The Pinger is a release full of stripped back, industrial sounds but that still actually sounds really nice, a T>I esque four-tracker that's weighted in all the right places. Bonus points for the background bongos on 'Stubbed'.
Review: Volume 30 of Liondub's Street Series is courtesy of Kumo, the latest in a long line of artists to participate in this well-known EP saga. Liondub's sound is rooted in the underground of the UK urban scene, drawing especially heavily on jungle and ragga influences and this release is no different, if not slightly heavier. 'Technique' is an absolute slammer, moody wobbles of basic bass force curl and slide underneath a stuttering percussive line, injecting loads of groove into a proper weighty number. The other tracks all conform to this; 'Wiretap' has superb drums and a genuine sense of attitude to its bassline; 'Identification' takes things minimal over the top of a head-nodding double kick drum. Sick release.
Review: Time to get wavy, Kumo's on the sesh and he wants us all to "Get On It". And it's hard not to when the vibes are this strong. The title track is reminiscent of a "Warhead" era Krust with its elephant drums and rumpshaking bassline insistency. "Fix Up" will make you look sharp with its similarly dry, slappy snare thwacks and droning, groaning bass tone. Basically when Kumo says "Get On It", you do what he says...
Review: This release honestly doesn't mess around. It carries a serious sense of potency despite its clear lack of pretentious sophistication, because D&B of this type simply isn't about sophistication, it's about making something so filthy the audience won't even understand what hit them. Everyone on this release has certainly accomplished that here, I mean just have a listen to the rippling sines, percussive naughtiness and bassline badassery that is 'Bus Fi Dem', a beautifully spacious tune that still manages to make you feel like you've been attacked by a dog. This is a crazy release from start to finish.
Review: Liondub are really rolling out the guns with this one and label founder and namesake Liondub is involved himself, which is when you know stuff is popping off. He's joined by Patexx and Kumo and the trio have concocted something deeply rolling, a release which lunges out over four tunes, including two Kumo VIPs, and keeps things banging the whole way. Our pick of the bunch is Kumo's 'Roller Check VIP', a double-kick laden stomper that keeps things punchy in the percussion and twisted in the low frequencies, it reminds us of Workforce's 'Don't Tell' and that's an extremely good thing. 'Caan Touch' is also deliciously funky whilst keeping thins heavy, a tough balance to strike and one well struck here.
Review: Forget your daft screechy dubstep variant of the same name, Sub-liminal deal strictly in proper riddims. Wobbly riddims, fat riddims, stinking riddims, gully riddims. They have done for almost five years now, and this new Riddim Return collection is a reminder of just how much ground they cover, how many super talented darksmiths they work with and how much skin of yours their releases will melt. Highlights on this 50 track strong collection (yes, 50!) come from every angle but you'd be mad not to lick a shot from Agro & Raz on their melted bass weird-out "Ah Like It", do air trumpet to Warhead's "Cop Killa" or get wonked the heck out by Leaf's concrete steps on "Hold Up". Dig hard and take a deep breath... You're in riddim country.
Review: Brawlin Beatz has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Veak, Haunt and Meloki, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Like Dis'. You've probably heard this one doing the round, but oh boy what a tune this is: a mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to Flava's 'Uzi'.
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: 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.