Review: Lurking in the shadows on the likes of Wobble Infection and Audio Massacre, D&B's favourite wolfman Lupo returns to On Point with five uncut, high grade groaners. Stripped back, tense and gnarly, each cut is a certified bone-rattler. Highlights include the stark two-tone style bassline and graveyard breakdown on "It's A Trap", the sunnyside horns and perverted low-end of "Run It" and the brazen stinky minimalism of EP opener "Meditation". You bark all day little wolfy?
Review: Frequencies of Dub is one of those names that sort of just sounds good, you know? It's almost like the D&B equivalent of managerial buzzwords, except instead of 'collaboration', 'passionate' and 'driven', it's terminology that draws on the history of UK underground music. Lupo is doing exactly that with this release, the first side of which is a straight up bit of foghorn gullyness, with a distant, pulsating bass that forms the main body of some serious low-frequency energy. 'Something Like Dis' is more low-key, slipping you into the wobbly madness before you quite realise what's going on.
Review: Born On Road roll into a new decade in style as Lupo & Jappa join the fray with this savage slab of darkness. Groaning basslines, soundsystem vibes and subtle MC chatter; "Nuff Girl" hits every spot you need it to. It's backed by more heavy artillery: "Flee" now comes in VIP form with its trippy staccato bass burps, Lupo goes solo on the super-spooked out "Minefield" while Jappa closes down the show with M-Tek on "Tuff". Absolute murderation.
Review: Full moon madness: south coast riff wizard Lupo gathers his pack for a late night prowl of the murkiest proportions. Each track features a kindred rising spirit as Lupo rolls out an immense collaborative package where every track hits with a different slant. Just check the variety and spread between the bass depth plunges on "Finger Of Doom" and Dispatch-style restrained and you get an understanding of the badness breadth we're dealing with here. You'd be howling to miss this...
Review: All hail our new leader! Monotype's "Queen Of Blood" is here, and she's ruling with an iron fist! Make that six iron fists... "What Is Going On" is a screeched out danger-stepper, "Queen Of Blood" slaps with a trippy woodblock rhythm and a densely packed bassline of multi-layers while "No Double Checkin" and "Mutated Beast" are much muddier, grumbling jams for those all-essential heads-down sessions. We close on two monstrous collabs: "Step Back" (with Lupo) is a hurricane of warped textures that really comes into its own on the second drop while "Science" (with Mamoet) brings us to a techy climax with raw alien soul. God save our (blood) queen!
Review: Wobble Infectious Digital is a jump up label based in Antwerp, you can hear it's Belgian influence in the tracks which very much cherry pick elements form the full dnb spectrum to create something of a superior quality. Here we have a killer collection of collaborations which delve into the deeper, darker side of the dancefloor style. 'Garon' sets the president for the calibre of the EP, a glitchy shuffling break makes the body of the track which is fleshed out with a pulsating wobble the dirtiest of floors can get down too. 'Rickity Wrekt' is packed with metalic clashes and broken beeps but the stand out section is the bubbling low end. 'Wait Till' warns you of the long, almost vertical drop with its wild horn, akin to a run away ghost train, with understated jungle samples and pounding sub this one is a banger. 'Drop Top' mixes a slow, hip hop break with freaky sci-fi elements, and a deafeningly high pitch.
Review: The Audio Massacre story just keeps getting better and better. Having dented our souls and robbed our shoes over its first five singles, the new label is now knocking our doors down with a seismic six-pack that's powerful enough to replace Trident. Highlights include the dense bass overlays of Stomper & Hazzar Dee's "Finish Him", Lupo's elastic bassline bumper "Horror" and a cool feature spot from the Devil himself on Colluda's "Invasion". Lord a mercy!