Review: Alphaze is bringing you some essentials. Kingskins, a CDJ, a bottle of Vodka and some headphones are the essentials on the album art, but he's got some more sonically-orientated essentials in mind, namely a four-tracks of jump-up infused mayhem. From start to finish, this release just absolutely slaps and not in the bad way. 'Essentials' featuring Villain is the title tune and it's a banger, with huge synth shoves and rough bass stabs key ingredients in Alphaze's concoction of force. 'Dangerous World' includes fellow jump-up merchant Magenta and its suitably aggressive, with more roughness than you can shake a stick at. Yet another sick release from the Latch crew.
Review: Magenta lands on Cre8 DnB Music with Break, a four-tracker with no other intention aside from punching you in the face, nicking your wallet and laughing at you as it steps over your body. That's clear from the off - the title track smacking of Souped Up rollers as it powers past in a flurry of pitched up synth notes. 'DJ' starts off deliciously funky, a gorgeous piano that riff tricks you into thinking it'll be a smooth ride, a deception which becomes clear on the riotous, squelching drop. 'Addiction' steps up the game in terms of drums, it's heavy hitting snare perfectly accompanying a track that very quickly, gets ridiculously fat. 'New Day' isn't exactly similar to LSB's tune of the same name, it's significantly more pissed off and certainly drunker, something evident in its screeching, siren-esque synth lines and diving sub bass. Tune!
Review: There's something about jump-up that forego all social norms and pretence of niceties that really gets us going. It's the freedom embodied by the sort of music that honestly doesn't care what you think, doesn't care what you say about it and the type of people that flock to this musical ethos. All you have to do is listen to the title track of Magenta's 'Go Crazy' to realise that he subscribes to this message and boy, the ttunes reflect it. Full on basslines, crazy samples, undiscernible vocal lines and snapping drums. He's gone in here, and rightfully so.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music do one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and, not for the first time, they've roped in Magenta to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Black Dragon' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Cre8, with the punching stabs of 'Get Out' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Totem'. Big stuff.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music do one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and, not for the first time, they've roped in Magenta to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Dust' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Cre8, with the punching stabs of 'Cult' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Tatar Riddem'. An honourable shoutout also has to be made for the title track, which sees Magenta take things in a halftime direction - big stuff.
Review: We love a good steppy drum break, there's something about the groove which speaks to the soul in a unique way and this release, courtesy of Magenta, kicks off with a great one in the form of 'Cold Blood', a roughshod, powerful piece of percussive work that underpins a starkly other-wordly bassline, one reminiscent of Souped Up stabs. The flipside is similar and is a tad more rolling, but still maintains that clarity of force so present in BassLayerz's offerings.
Review: Unauthorised bring a brand new talent to the fore; Magenta. New to the label but clearly not new to gully science; there's a unique offbeat funk to his sounds that cuts through the current jump up noise with class and style. "Release The Funk" catches floors unawares in the same way Zinc did many years ago, "Attack" is all about the off grid riff while "Attack" plays Asteroids with our senses as a series of drones and growls do a strange three way Q&A while UA mainstay Vital joins the party n "Lemonz", a sharp tangy riff blaster that's as trippy as it is heavy. Release yourself.
Review: In their own words, Pesky Plates are "a new label pushing heavyweight air-wobbling dancefloor smashers". This description hardly does them justice though on the basis of this latest EP which comes exclusive to Juno and features four up and coming sets of producers.
Physical's Pharmacy is right on the money, a tough Dubstep rhythm that's given lots of space without the bass swamping the track's razor-sharp drums. Some authentic Dub horns and snare fills sit nicely underneath the rhythm, while the occasional vocal samples bring it all right up to date. Monkey's Never Knew is faster and funkier, again with some sped-up vocal shots that sit nicely with the minimal percussion. Like the EP as a whole, there's a lot of musicality on display, but it's always subtly used and surprising, never over-the-top and obvious.
Magenta's Scanner is another winner and features an ancient sounding Organ that slowly falls away into an epic drop. Fused Forces and DJ Cable's Jack Russell is probably the most aggy tune on the EP, bringing the bass in spades with a tough drum track to keep it in check.
With releases as quality and contemporary as these four tunes, prepare to have a lot more Pesky in your crates over the coming year.
Review: Cre8ers gonna Cre8: Blackley rallies up the new-gen troops for another batten hatching riot of riff blazing jump up stampers from allies old and new. Label regulars Ironlung and Danger kick off with "Unknown Object", a high frequency squeezer that wheezes with potent levels of toxicity. What follows is a slew of flabby bassline KO sessions. Highlights include Jack The Ripper's darkside stampage on with "Serious" (a track that certainly lives up to its name) Magenta's funky squelches on "Run It", Zeba's sprightly staccato funk on "Party People" and Yoteii's tightly coiled spring viber "Acid Roller". But the true gem of the set has to be "Freedom" by Fanatics. Horny, funky and loaded with wry humour, file under 'switch flipper'. Yes m8s.
Review: Over on Bulletproof, they've come up with the aptly titled Kevlar Vest EP, a various artists compilation comprised of four absolute weapon we presume are the need for Kevlar protection. Vital is perhaps the best-known producer on the release and his tune 'Blown Cover' is full-throttle from the start, a quick paced intro quickly leading into a metallic convergence of energy that's palpable on the drop, its KoTR pedigree clearly audible for all to hear. 'Elections' by Magenta is the other highlight, a screecher that is both painful and beautiful on the ears, a tune perfectly designed to make election day far less depressing with some genuine excitement. This is a top collection of tracks.