Review: After a slew of powerful jams on the likes of Good 4 Nothing, Subway Soundz and Sub Heavy Audio, Lundy continues to invade our senses with this massive OnlyDrums debut. Weighing in at six tracks, there's plenty of space for the young UK producer to stretch his legs and show us what he's all about. Flexing from tense, horror-style shredders ('Heaven') to the more sensual, sugar sweet vibes of 'Take It' via the heavyweight thrust and grunt of the title track 'Ice', he covers a lot of ground without ever losing sight of the dancefloor. Massive.
Review: Low Down Deep sister imprint Subway Soundz rallies up the new-gen gang for some future-focused funk and fury on this walloping VA 'Technology'. Vibes are set to max the minute the drama of Deuce & Breakout's 'Listen Up' oozes through the speakers. What proceeds is a hectic weave of contemporary D&B dynamics; D-Minus dusts off the pipes of the theatrical 'Into The Jungle', Clikvork gets weird like a young Hazard or Tyke on 'Trapped' while Tempa & Hetsu flip Lundy's 'Love Me Down' into the sludgiest, greasiest groove Subway Soundz have ever heard. All this and plenty more, we well and truly have the 'Technology' right here. Welcome to the future!
Review: Now here's a VA you could take home to your parents. They were probably expecting you to have settled down into a more conventional life than this but it's 2023 and nothing is conventional any more and what could be more fun than sharing your life with the likes of Conrad Subs, Lundy, J.O.E and Pruf? Expect sublime relationship complications throughout; 'Ashes To Ashes' whispers sweet nothings in your ear before slicing it off, 'Value Of Drugs' gets you high on life but refuses to catch you when you fall back down, 'Dimension X' will strip you of your belongings but tell you you're gorgeous. And that's only half of this wonderfully modern romance. Live, laugh and love this EP.
Review: Good 4 Nothing remains good for everything as they catapult themselves into 2023 with pure dubplate intention, teasing us with brand new heat from across their family of artists. 14 cuts in total, each one tickling a different underbelly of the D&B psyche, highlights range from Filthy Habits' loose-limbed grizzly opener 'In The Dark' to the final battle charge reese bass of Phadix's closing 'Forest Calls'. In between we have startling savage moments such as Fanatics' horn-melting wonky-leg 'Bebop', early 2000s flavoured riff gold on Breakbout's 'Over And Out' and pure wobble science on Lundy's 'Ride With Me'. And that's just the tip of this mighty iceberg.
Review: Good 4 Nothing get nasty with this crucial VA, simply (and brilliantly) entitled 'Horrible'. Flexing that grotty, angular, laser-firing weirdness that jump-up has been lacking in recent years, each cut hits hard. Hijacker & Shifu take the lead with 'G Ride' where nasty slimy sounds take the lead. It's backed up the huge rave monster that is 'Intentions' from Owls Of Filth, Lundy's absolutely disgusting wobbler 'Ride With Me' and the grand fired up finale 'Generation Z' by Damageman & Fuelized which has the same type of heads-down grit and fatness of a Generation Dub record. Horrible in all the best possible ways.
Review: Following some pretty hefty skirmishes on Dubstomp 2 Bass lately, Lundy returns to Audio Overload with yet more high grade weaponry. 'Hold On' comprises three main elements - a textured rnb style vocal, a big old croaky bassline and a breakdown into a really cool musical moment that nods at John Carpenter style horror vibes. Up next: 'Big Noise' continues the stripped-back fusion but with creepy gated synths, more swing in the two-step and a range of bass textures big enough to swim in. Hold tight.
Review: Bury dem! Lundy comes firing out of his west country grot hole with some a brace of gruelling bassline bumpers. The provocatively titled 'Fred West' is heavy enough to raze a patio or two and twice as dark as its name suggests. Elsewhere 'Hellbound' is all growls and rolling grumbles, 'P&O' cruises around the higher frequencies for its riff magic while 'Genesis' closes on a big old chainsaw vibe. Lundy - another kindly reminder that there's more to Gloucestershire than cheese.
Review: Dubstomp 2 Bass has become one of the premier destinations for UK jump-up, playing host to a whole bunch of exciting names in the scene over the few years. Now a proper flag-holder for the resurgent jump-up movement, the label is Lundy, one of the big up and comers right now who is landing with a fully fledged album, something you unfortunately don't see that much anymore. The first track - '9' - is playful yet devastating, with an upbeat and funky arrangement that lands hard - very hard. 'Give Hard' is less subtle, with pitched up synths that pummel the top end of the range and a snapping drum line that nails the bottom end. There is such a wide range of tunes here that it would be difficult for us to aptly describe them all, but needless to say that Lundy has nailed this one.