Review: Give yourself to Loadstar. It's an order. Not from us, but from the big guys themselves. Gotta take the rough with the smooth though, right? Last time they showered us with "Diamonds", now they're arresting our very senses with the dark art of modern jungle gully. Steppy, switchy, tribal, weird, brutal, eye-poppingly sick - there are many ways to describe this awesome record. One of Loadstar's best right here.
Review: Four years after Future Perfect, Ram's mighty Loadstar return with their second album I Need The Night. Has the wait been worth it? Of course it has. If anything, this is better than their debut due to its consistency and arrangement. With much more of a flow and dynamic, the duo previously known as Xample & Lomax, showcase their finest skills with a sense of boldness and breadth; from the all-out jump-up assault "All Junglists" and the brutal "Give Yourself" to the gospel-level soul burner "Walking On Water" and soft focus dreamer "Diamonds", this is Loadstar at their most confident and consistent, operating with total clarity.
Review: The beast has landed! Ram Records' most important releases in recent times, the pioneering label celebrate quarter of a century with this insane collection of 25 seminal cuts and 17 selected reversions. Roots and future all in check, every cut reminds why Ram and its founder Andy C have the status they do in drum & bass. Total Science's tasteful jazz touches on "Cool Down", Metrik's growling Aston Martin style rebuild of "X-Ray", Bladerunner's precision update on "Quest", Shimon's personal update on his and Andy's "Night Flight", Chase & Status's elephantine shake-up of "Valley Of The Shadows". We're just listing perfect remixes for the sake of it now... You already know how big a deal this is.
Various - "Various Artists" (continuous DJ mix 2 by UKF Bass Culture 2) - (1:17:09)
Various - "Various Artists" (continuous DJ mix 2 by UKF Bass Culture 2) - (1:19:01)
Review: Bass is all over the place in the UK at the moment, so much so that this is already the second instalment in this recent compilation series. Boasting some heavy hitters including number one hit "Feel The Love" by Rudimental feat John Newman, we get 40 tracks spanning drum and bass, dupstep and electro house. Highlights include the fluffy pop meets dubstep of Netsky's "Come Alive", the wobble-hop of Foreign Beggars' "Flying To Mars", the future drum and bass of "I Remember" by Culture Shock and the epic synths of Camo & Krooked's "Further Away".