Review: Vandal Records is a french drum and bass label founded in 2004 by SKS which is devoted to the dancefloor. Sub-label "Vandal Limited" was founded in 2014 by SKS with Redeyes and is dedicated to liquid and deep music. Their compilation Grand Royal is back with it's fourth edition of footwork, jungle and halftime flavours on Vandal LTD with a massive volume featuring Balatron from Iceland who serves up the deep and deconstructed drum and bass creeper "Missplaced" (original mix) , Hast from the UK with some wonky deep dubstep on "Beat Canon" (original mix) , DJ Madd from New York with some blunted bass inflected hip hop on "Cheeky Steppa" (original mix) plus Crimes! from Portland USA with the absolutely wicked "Beetleborg" (original mix) with bassline so razor sharp it will potentially tear up your speakers so beware!
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers get busy with a brand Bass Selection compendium. Giving the artist full artistic duties without compromise, King Yoof has taken the opportunity to amass some of his best soundsystem-tuned rolling skank-up bangers. From breaks to dubstep to D&B, the whole breakbeat spectrum is covered with special attention paid to dubwise and dancehall vocals. Highlights include a mid-zeros style electro-bass twist on Barrington Levy ("Murderer"), the stabby steppy paranoia of "Big Belly Riddim" and the evergreen harmoniousness of Aswad on Rhythm Riders' "Give Me A Sign". That's just three of 20 unmixed bullets ready for your playlist consumption. Get busy.
Review: 36 Hertz present a momentous compilation album containing cuts from artists as wide reaching as DJ Vapour, Callide, Bladerunner and DJ Madd. Gird your loins as "Deja vu" contains the creme de la creme of uncompromising jump-up alongside 21st century jungle and plenty more in between. Kicking off with the awesome Paper Cuts VIP of "Cut Paper" by Vapour and it's all blazing beats, jump up toots and punishing drums; moving on and we have the raw power of Lutin's aptly entitled "Untitled Gully" and Bladerunner's jungle revivalist anthem "Mercenary Dub VIP". Elsewhere, make sure you check out Steppa & Kitcha's rambunctious "Romper Stomper" and DJ Madd's compelling cut "To The Massive" with its low slung swagger. A cracking compilation here.