Review: Liz-E is one of those artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and has had music released on SGN-LTD and other wicked labels. After a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, she's back on Biological Beats with a fierce two-tracker that shows off some serious production improvements over the past couple of years, as well as a pivot to a more jump-up influenced sound. 'Rapture' is the stronger of the two, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. 'Slap' is very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top level cut to round out the release. Yes Liz!
Review: It's been a while since we last enjoyed the straight-up ruffage styles of Liz-E but the wait's been worth it... And it's come with a Trigga-sized stamp of Shadow Demon approval. Press play and hear why; "Ducks & Ladders" lives up to its quirky name with a sinewy bass riff, chop-slapping wooden block hits and an energy that will crunch in any mix scenario. "Nightwalker" takes more of a techier trip with Dimension style sweepers and pneumatic drums that could pummel a truck. Serious business.
Review: What a year it's been for Shogun Audio: albums from Spectrasoul and Rockwell, new signing Karma, the epic Point Of Origin collection and killer singles from every artist on the roster. Here they wrap up the year with 34 bangers, blissers and blunderbusses. If you've been following the label you'll know just how heavy this weights in bass gold. If not, it's the best possible place to play catch up. From the Jenna G-fronted Submorphics chiller "The Divine" and the gospel-level heaven of Spectrasoul's "Shelter" to the much darker, thunderous slammers such as Friction and Icicle's "Crucifix", Fourward's "Exile" and Calyx & TeeBee's gamechanging remix of Spor's "Aztec", this is a spotless sonic calling card for the label and its many multifaceted talents.
Review: Shogun Audio don their shades and stare into the blisteringly bright future of drum & bass with a brand new series; Point Of Origin. The idea is to represent some of the most exciting names (old and new) with an open mind to the many sub-sub-genres drum & bass seems to have right now. As a result we excitingly flicker from lush emotional jazz (Ed:It's "Centre Suite") to unruly sheet metal neuro in the space of a track (Posij - "Shieldbreaker"). Much deeper into the set we hit icy vocal soul from the likes of Need For Mirrors and Liz-E, we get flattened by Zero T's tribal thunder drums and experience a blissful rolling lullaby from Karma. This is the tip of the Point Of Origin iceberg, though... A must-check for all future-focussed junglists.