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: Danger and Magenta are definitely tw of the more rated producers out there, with previous releases on Sun-liminal as well as a host of other labels, their aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, this one doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'Religion' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'The Sleeper' is the flip tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics.
Review: So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke. Your love life's D.O.A It's like you're always stuck in second gear. When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month Or even your year, but DJ Gaw will be there for you. He's got Friends with a capital F. Mates likes Metalwork, Kumo, Parallel, Citrusfly, Magenta and Offline. Together they are most definitely there for you with raw co-lab fusion. Highlights include the ruff stuff bass grunts on "Mad Ting", the well-humoured mid 2000s style bassline funk of "Stingray Dub" and the deeper charms of "About You". Each friend bringing out a different side to Gaw. Each friend reminding us how on-point Pick N Mix are. They'll be there for you.
Review: Following a string of heavy hitters on the likes of Invicta, Bagged & Tagged and Subway Soundz, young Czech producer Magenta dents the discography of Low Down Deep with this stinking collection of jump-up bumpers. Five cuts deep, each one laced with high levels of funk of mischief, highlights include the rattling drums and early 2000s Zinc style Q&A riff of 'Lesson' the outright drama and foreboding tones of 'Games' and the gritty salute-inducing growler 'Nuff Respect' with UK MC donnie Swifta. Get busy.
Review: Magenta is back, using his force to compel you to pull ugly bassfaces and throw your drink with a single that doesn't hold back. It's not the kindest on the ears but then again, its not supposed to be, it's a monograph in hard-hitting sonics and dastardly tones. Both tunes are undergirded by a booming snare drum and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous basslines, a pitched-up monstrosity of dancefloor proportions. 'Big Nose Many Hoes' especially, and this new one from the legendary Low Down Deep Crew isn't something you'll forget quickly.
Review: Pick N Mix 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 and friends to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Distress' 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 Magenta, with the punching stabs of 'Slave' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Champion Style'. 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Magenta is back, using his force to compel you to pull ugly bassfaces and throw your drink with an EP that doesn't hold back. Its not the kindest on the ears but then again it's not supposed to be, it's a monograph in hard-hitting sonics and dastardly tones. It's multiple versions of 'Go Crazy' and they're all undergirded by a booming snare drum and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous bassline, a pitched-up monstrosity of dancefloor proportions. The Vital remix isn't one you'll want to miss, but the VIP of the original from Magenta himself pips the others at the post for pure naughtiness.
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: You'd hope that the good men and women behind Young Guns Recordings don't actually carry weapons, but this EP proves that they do. Master Error lands on the label with a five-tracker that's rooted in the current contours of the UK underground, a riotous and rough release that isn't too bothered about its occasionally unseemly fringes. 'Escalation Protocol' is a good name for the first track, an expansive stepper that oozes and pulses from its core with a surprising amount of groove. 'Run It Back' is the other standout track of the five, with a precision percussive line that gets its weight from a diving sine bass and wobbly, fluttering synths that remind us of a neurofunk tune. Sick stuff.
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: Bag it, tag it, tell you mum about it; the B&T massive put together this 15 track collection to celebrate the label's 15th release and it's an all-out showcase of tomorrow's finest talent. Highlights fire from all sides; Ben Snow's 'Fire Iron' is a grunting staccato session of pure savagery, Refracta brings NFM-style melted bass to the fray on 'Embrace', Dunk & Teej get all mobster on us with 'Soprano', Parallel does his old school slap-about thing on 'Communications' and KL's 'Tension' is strong enough to blast us into the 23rd century. Pack your bags and your tags, you've pulled m8.
Review: The second part of Subway Soundz's Back to the Future album is here and ready to transport you to a different timezone by way of a sonic punch to the ears. They've brought in the entire crew for this one and the list is exhaustive, with artists from Puppetz to Tomoyoshi all digging deep into their jump-up filled Mary Poppins bags. Alphaze and Runnah's 'The Sound' is the album at its best, as a pounding percussive lead reaches into your soul and pulls it out your ears via a crashing, relentless concoction of bass stabs and skipping energy. Blackhry's 'Both' is scarred and torn in its approach, whilst Klay's 'Edo Tensei' is possibly the most creative on the album, with a clever use of space and a booming bassline. Wicked.
Review: Bulletproof are doing us all a favour with this release, simply because it's such a good collection of rolling and chopped up beats. Bulletproof FC is a vibes-heavy, breaksy release that doesn't take many prisoners. There's a whole load of artists on this particular squad and their respective talents move from grinding jump up to bumping minimality, with Elsy blending those two sonic palettes effectively on 'Feel For You'. There is industrial jump-up on 'Elephant March', as well as an especially big cut on 'On My Back', as well as other flavours mixed in. Wicked.
Review: Pick N Mix: A place where full fat variety comes as standard and you're guaranteed to leave with a blazing sugar high and the stickiest fingers imaginable. Since launching last year they've been responsible for a whole barrage of on-point fire jams from the most exciting names in the new-gen D&B movement and for their 10th release they've levelled up the selection in a major way. 20 fresh tracks from 20 killer new talents, the vibes here are so palpable you could chew them. Highlights include the techno-like insistency and of Alex SLK's "Gorillaz", savage tear-out in the form of Vital's "The Game", Zoro's Dread-bass warp wonder session "Buss It", Magenta's MC-fronted bash-about "Purpose", the list goes on and on. Sweet!
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.