Review: Fancy a bite? Maji is in the kitchen and he's brewing up a very naughty feast right here. Deeper and creepier than the sound he's usually known for, 'Running Back' flips and flexes around a groany, distorted three-note bassline and snippets of an iconic vocal sample. Spiced with lush pads and a whole zoo of interesting noises and textures in the background, there's enough meat on this bone to have you chewing for days. Bite hard.
Review: Maji's Sweet Tooth brings the puddings two courses early with this massive collabo release as the label boss goes toe-to-toe with one of the label's most prolific and influential artists Nu Elementz for "Never Forget". Laced with the star-gazing emotions of vocalist Jessica Luck, it's a deeper cut than you'd expect from both acts, and it hits the spot with lingering poignancy and barbed soul. Complete with original and slightly heavier remix, this will go down as a pivotal release for the label in years to come. Always remember "Never Forget".
Review: Logan D's Low Down Deep imprint celebrate 100 releases with this bumper to bumper banger collection with cuts from the biggest names in the heavier end of the game; Turno, Maji, Upgrade, Voltage, Heist, Serum and of course the late great Dominator are just some of the heavyweights involved. Every tune is a highlight but mad salutes fire in the direction of Turno & Pacso with their purring harmonic bass creeper "Cosmic Funk", K Motionz' long awaited summer slamming anthem "Buckaguy" and the blissful rippling charms and outrageous subby drop of Heist's "Hawaiian". Elsewhere there's pure gully fisticuffs as Kanine has "Bloody Knuckles" and Serum has "Brass Knuckles". Either way, they both KO. Like the whole album. Get on this.
Review: With statures as high profile and influential as Maji and D, you'd expect the criminal behaviour to be a bit of a no no. But no, these D&B titans are out on the teef every night, keeping things real behind another man's steering wheel. And this is their soundtrack; a bruising Bristol style shredder with an epic elongated harmonic bassline, slamming drums and some on point spoken samples. The result is criminally heavy. Play it like you stole it!
Review: Fix up, look sharp: Low Down Deep looks back over some past corkers and shares the parts around. First up the unstoppable T>I softens the distorted bark on Maji's 2015 "Pick 'Em Out" and adds a humming sub vibe, Ego Trippin take us back to Pacso's 2011 Pakistan adventure with a whole new savage riff on "Coastin Through Karachi" while Jayline kicks Dom and D's already KO-worthy "Rumble" into a whole new battlecage. Finally Tyke take Ego Trippin's biggest banger to date, scrunches it up into a tight ball, dowses it in petrol, sets fire to it and kicks it in through your bedroom window. And you wouldn't have it any other way.... Would you?
What Did You Expect? (Turno remix) - (4:12) 175 BPM
The Sound (Annix remix) - (4:24) 175 BPM
Review: And still the double decade celebrations keep rolling. Two years after his Twenty album, Maji is still pulling in the biggest names for massive remixes from some of the label's many highlights. Sub Zero goes all-out with his twist on "Rise", "Cannot Escape" gets a metallic tech-licked VIP charge while man of the moment Turno turns "What Did You Expect?" inside out and Annix close the show with a creepy, twisted heads-down version of "The Sound". Twenty thumbs up.
Review: The mighty Maji takes the controls at his own Sweet Tooth imprint with four peaktime bumpers. Longstanding singer Jessica Luck features twice on the super-hooky "Pressure" and the creepier, sultrier "Dangerous". Elsewhere we have two straight-up slayers: the soaring samurai bass of "Back Up" and the glitch-tripped data spiked bass of "Guillotine". Massive.
Review: The mighty Maji continues to reflect over his double decade shenanigans with another titanic remix set. Heist takes full control with his ravaged texture on the bass riff and edgier kicks on "Feels So Good". Dominator & Logan D completely flip the bassline on "Fallback" with a whole new layer of hench high end weirdness. Pleasure really brings out the euphoria and spine-tingling hype on "Stay With Me" before erupting into a gamechanging drop while Majistrate himself gives himself a gully makeover on the mischievously riffed "Hypnotic VIP"
Review: Four of Low Down Deep's heaviest club cuts over the last two years enjoy a new coat of VIP arms, bringing them all back up to date. Already in demand due to dubplate pressure, each cut adds new bassline and riff twists that will cause knowing gun fingers across the dance. Logan D & Dominator's "Giant Killer Bees" goes switch-heavy, Turno's "Gladiator" enjoys an emotional explosion on the breakdown, Majistrate's already tongue-in-cheek "Amsterdam" gets even sillier while Heist's infamous "Moose Knuckle" keeps its sci-fi haze intact while folding the bass riff inside itself. Serious VIP business.
Don't Let Go (feat Jessica Luck - Voltage remix) - (4:35) 175 BPM
Crazy (Ruffstuff remix) - (3:40) 175 BPM
Shoreline (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: Twenty years is a lifetime in drum & bass. Over those years Majistrate has judged his movements perfectly. Never kowtowing to overblown hype or trend, he's slapped his hammer to his own rhythm and own rules... As proved by his Twenty album just over a year ago. Now comes the all-essential update: "Carnage" gets a muscular VIP twist, Voltage strips back "Don't Let Go" and adds more of a drone to the bassline as it flutters and fluctuates around the delicate vocal, Ruffstuff pays respect to the original grit of "Crazy" while twisting the bassline in new directions and finally Sweet Tooth mainstay Nu Elementz turns "Shoreline" inside out with a hollowed bass tone that's gloomy and ominous enough to make it rain for 60 days.
Review: Dub Justice's "Surge" was a bonafide 2014 nugget that DJs either slept on or went bezerk to. Maji was a key supporter and a remix has been rumoured ever since. He's not disappointed as he utilises the evocative, dusty western guitar lines before diving in deep with his own signature bass menace. Those passionate about the original dynamics should jump straight on the long-awaited VIP. All the emotion and atmosphere of the original but with added bass gnarliness, this will surge through many a playlist and DJ set this year. Powerful.
The Truth Hurts (feat Jessica Luck/VIP) - (4:50) 175 BPM
Destroy (VIP) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Work For Nothing (VIP) - (3:42) 175 BPM
No Return (VIP) - (4:10) 175 BPM
Stranger (feat Jessica Luck/VIP) - (4:35) 175 BPM
Review: When music hits you feel no pain. Right? Wrong... When Maji's in town you feel every ounce of his hurters. And we wouldn't have it any other way. One of the most consistent and long standing rave merchants in D&B (20 years and counting), here we find him taking his last EP and giving each track a raw VIP scuffing. Some VIPs flex subtle melodic twists in the hook ("The Truth Hurts") while others enjoy completely new bullet proof coated basslines ("Destroy") and out-and-out reworks ("Work For Nothing") On-point VIP science and huge potential for DJ creativity if you already have the originals, Maji knocks us out once again.
Review: It's been a while since Sweet Tooth cooked up an "All You Need" EP feast. But the wait has been worth it as five of the label's most exciting artists deliver electrifying new twists on the jump-up sound. "Murderah" is all about the high-end Hazard-style bass lickage, "Route 66" croaks like an angry, addiction-riddled frog who's run out of glue to sniff, "Side Effect" takes us back to Dreamscape at its 1994 prime with its paranoid-drenched synth stabs, "Could Be" wriggles with Majistrate's trademark wobbly charm while "Phenomena" toys with some of the most enduring aspects of late 90s D&B with a tearing mentasm, old school samples on the breaks and an interesting key change midway. Exceptional.
Review: The "Bug Crusher" has been a bone-shattering club favourite since 2011 but since then nothing has quite met the mark for many. To end the agonising wait for a rival tune to step forward, Majistrate returns with four almighty remixes to reignite the dance, all of which have stepped forth from the hotly contested Bug Crusher Remix competition. First up, Hedex (named after the migraine medication we presume) pulls the floor from underneath, stripping back the mayhem to reveal a weighty minimal bassline. Dominator follows with a straight-up teeth gnasher, Silent Storm rolls out hard with destructive consequences and Dub Motion gets his teeth into stomping techy beats to match blasts of vintage sampling. It's finally here, so get your dancing shoes on.
Review: This intense collective of artists and record labels representing all angles of drum & bass is celebrating a massive decade at the forefront of the genre. Ten years is a long time when it comes to music, but over the label's lifespan it has released music from some of the greatest and most criminally overlooked producers around. From dark, underground anthems to hyped-up, high-powers roof-raisers, this exceptional LP contains some of the finest tunes ever to be committed to release by Co-lab. Fromt he likes of Heist, Serum and Majistrate to the mighty precision and restraint of Russia's own Ceph, this is a landmark release you need for your collection. Just don't let it gather dust - air it regularly, as loud as your neighbours can bear.