Review: Few artists have made as big an impact as Waeys in their first year of getting down to business, and his taking home of Best Newcomer at last year's awards shows just how successful he's been. He's on Critical these days, Snoar is his first full length solo EP on the label and oh boy, what a debut. 'Snoar' is Waeys as we've come to love him; jagged edged jump up textures delicately blended in with furious minimal pace, a hybrid club banger with which says all the right things. The other three tracks are all features, and its 'Rave Tool' featuring the badman Particle that really stands out, with a loping main bass of monstrous weight and width, a deeply satisfying element that ties the whole tune together in true style. Unreal from the young talent.
Review: Originally released in 2018, Dope Ammo's Influence album is the gully gift that keeps on giving. And right here it reaches the peak with the full remix set. Delivered throughout the year, this is the full collection and it takes Ammo's broad sound to the furthest possible places. Ranging from Kleu's gritty distorted take on "Old Times" to the Audiomission's piano-tickled purring steppy twist on "Take Me Back" by way of some of Ammo's own refixes like the sick tempo flexing on the Indian-flavoured "Repent" and turbo-growls of "Risky Business", these remixes don't just reflect the range of the original album but boost it even further.
Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Oh gosh. Fresh from his recent Critical endeavours, Levela makes his debut on Serum and Benny V's souper sharp shooting Souped Up with "R.A.W". A track so devilish in its intent and intensity - thanks to a sheet metal-slamming, insistent spoken vocal and layers of percussion - it more than lives up to its name. It's back by three more raffish fire blends; "Drunk" features the unstoppable Current Value and swaggers with deliciously loose drums and a punky bassline, "Meat Grinder" grizzles uncontrollably under a thunderstorm of distortion and harmonics while "Full Clip" closes this meaty message with a schizoid bassline that rattles and shakes with dangerous degrees of heaviness. Rare, raw, ready to feed festivals all summer; Levela is levelling up in a major way this year.
Review: 2018 is the second year in a row that Critical Music dropped a surprise release for us on Christmas Day, 2017 seeing the Modified Sonics album full of VIPs and exclusive remixes. New Energy Vol.1, however, is a totally different deal and that's because it's 18 brand new, exclusive tunes from those deep inside the Critical camp and those just entering it. The whole roster is represented: Kasra, Enei, Mefjus, Emperor, Foreign Concept, The Upbeats - and so on. But, excitingly, there's new talent in the form of Bou, Synth Ethics, Simula, Kanine and more. Mefjus' remix of 'Projections' arguably takes the cake as the best tune on here - absolute murderation. This is Critical's statement of intent for 2019.
Review: The tremors from Levela's Genesis album still persist well into 2018 but we're still feeling seismic shockwaves. Now in remix form! Sub Zero and Limited strip back and rebuild "Koodana" with a riff that could raise the roof of five stadiums combined. Kanine takes "Memory Lane" and switches it to fastlane without so much as a seatbelt while T>I strips back "Tyrant" to its bare elements and adds his signature cosmic flurries and latent funk. Finally Dub Elements close the remix earthquake with a nasty dancefloor take on "Cowabunga". Another day in paradise...
Review: Hate to state the obvious, but Levela has well and truly levelled up with his debut album "Genesis". Longstanding operator across the spectrum for many years, both with his own productions and his label Multi Function in general, this is the document that really brings his message home. From the classic Xample & Lomax style breathtaking drone of the brilliantly titled "Brobots" to the TC-style damaging and arresting vocals of "Concrete Walls" by way of the vicious laser-firing neck-snapper "Cowabunga" and the Darrison-splashed bass house twister "Ride On" and the raw euphoria of "I Keep Going", this is Levela revealing every shade and style that makes him tick and drives him. A stunning debut album.
Review: Starting the EP with ther hard hitting, bouncing dancefloor destroyer "Koodana", the melody and heavily mutated bass pleasingly echo each other, the track feels intense and captivating, the vocal is demanding us to 'jump' but we already are. 'Cowabunga' is a noisy, high pitched snap shot of exactly where jump up is today, the jabbing synths will smash the floors with no question. Our favourite track of the sampler has got to be 'Equinox', which showcases Levela's deeper side, using shinier, softer sounds which twinkle against the spiritual moans and the warm pulsating bassline. 'Tyrant' brings us back to the Levela we know with the twisting, bassline taking centre stage, decorated with aggressive and eerie elements and a horror show vox. We're looking forward to the full EP.
Review: Unruly antics abound as Levela catapults another manic missile into the dance. Following "Ghetto Blaster", it's another one-track mission that's tailored strictly for peaktime performances thanks to its aggy crowd chant, turbo-thrust build, gritty almost metal-like drop into the soundtrack of space-age riots. Decked with tripped out detailed fills and glitches for added mischief and momentum, Levela's on a whole other energy level right here.
Review: A serious one-track knock-out punch from the Multi Function MD Levela: taking a well-known vocal sample that's been used throughout the ages (Karen Finlay's "Tales Of Taboo, 1986, in case you were wondering) and twisting it up to new levels, Levela builds a Hoover Dam sized riff around it that shakes the spectrum from left to right. With a slight tech edge to the jumpy riff, there's a different sense of energy and tone at play here... And one that you could see this working across the board. Blast off.
Review: Weekend warriors! Arm yourselves, for Lavela has been remixed. Jaydan's remake of "Get Noisy" is the perfect opener for obvious reasons, while Turno's take on "Warn You" matches Jayden's supersized racket. Dominator's remix of "Enagage" has a touch of old school Pendulum, while for some grooves more flowing check out Jayline's scorching rework to "Imaginary Friend" . For some extra rave antics there's a killer Intraspekt remix of "WTF" which samples that classic Roland Clark track "I Get Deep" and dancehall meets tearout mayhem on Spaow's resmash of "New Dance". Watch your ears.