Review: Neosignal is a Dutch imprint that's currently celebrating its tenth anniversary of distributing hardcore, Neurofunk sonics to the masses. They're celebrating with a three-party remix LP that revists some of the best cuts from the label's history, and this is the first instalment, featuring Levela, Halogenix, Kimyan Law and more. Halogenix's remix of Misanthrop's 'Deadlock' is our favourite, a deeply minimal depiction that has Neurofunk overtones, a techy monstrosity that shows off his production prowess. Kimyan Law contributes with his usual creativity as well. We look forward to parts 2 and 3.
Review: Misanthrop is best known for giving a one fingered salute with his brash, wily, almost punky techy drum & bass. Until now... Analog, his second solo album, shows a completely different, much deeper and thoughtful side to the German producer. Coming on strong like a Bodzin or Huntemann record, this is a proper opus that celebrates drum & bass music's deepest and most cosmic aspects. The staccato drama of "Deus", the techno pace and energy of "Heute Nacht", the intense delivery, arrangement and narrative of "Plastik" and "Space Station". The list goes on. We're not messing around here; this is one of the best drum & bass albums of the year, hands down.
Review: We all know what we want from Misanthrop, and it's not a neck massage. Smashing the place up from minute one, this is a return to form from the Neosignal legend, and crikey is it good. Shapeshifting snares and techno-charged are the order of the day for lead track "Deadlock" but then we get into the delicate business of have our faces ripped off by title track "Greed Of Gain" straight afterwards. The onslaught continues through the neuro madness of "Catch-22" and the dark horror of "System Crash"; basically, if you love neurofunk or you're just a bit of a sadist, get your hands on this immediately.
Review: Sexy time! It's been a while since Neosignal champs Phace & Misanthrop donned their D&B hats together, but they've made up for lost time with this killer double release. "Sex Sells" is a vaguely satirical slammer with a gritty bassline and beats that pummel the bedposts harder than an all night romp. "Nordwand", meanwhile, takes us to colder pastures (with the help of an inflatable mattress according to one recent interview) as we're rifled up the scale from sinewy linear arpeggios to ice cannon bass blasts that tear your face off. Both absolutely kill it.
Review: We're up to Part 3 of the Neosignal X EP series, a set of original tracks that aim to celebrate 10 years of the label doing some of the dirtiest bits with the dirtiest artists in the game. Phace, Mefjus, Black Sun Empire - you get the picture. All of the EPs so far have tended to have one standout tune and this release is no different. Proxima has been handed the keys to the legendary 'MPD' and he's absolutely smashed it, retaining the melody and grunge of the original but flipping it into a fresh, modernised stepper. Properly good stuff from the Dutch crew.
Review: As the Neosignal boys continue to pummel the opposition into submission with their heavy duty take on the neurofunk sound, they mark the occasion of their 10th release with this fine EP. With a steadily growing buzz about the label, they offer up the three part "Energy" single series with this outing marking the final instalment. Phace and Misanthrop do considerable damage on "What's Wrong", a serious techstep number with more than air of menace, while Phace teams up with Spor on "Out Of Focus", a typically nasty banger with futuristic pads and frantic percussion.
Review: Neosignal is celebrating 10 years and they're doing so with four instalments of remixes and brand-new originals. This is the second part and it's just as big as the first, with five stellar remixes from Mefjus, Yunis, Culprate, Joe Ford and Buunshin. The former is the standout, unsurprisingly, with the Austrian giving Phace's 'Basic Memory' a onceover that'll leave it permanently improved. A glitchy, spacious structure gives Mefjus' arrangement room to breathe and you can soak up this tune in all its technical wonder, each phrase bigs up the last and the whole experience gets progressively more intense. These tunes are all huge - go cop em.
Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!