Review: Previously spotted on Peer Pressure, Mozey makes his debut on Serial Killaz with four outstanding stamping sessions. It kicks off with "Back To Funk", a deeply swung cut with a playfully stabby bassline and killer build ups. "Your Imagination" is all about the tension in the rise and a beautiful purring bassline that rides beneath the roomy staccato laser grunts. "Greetings" flips for a reggae skank up on the build up before lunging into a bassline of Taxman proportions while "Tribal Killaz" maintains the soundsystem vibes with steel drum funk on the riff and Ragga Twins doing total damage as always. "Screwface" brings home the finale bacon with its swaggering triplets and trippy laser mid range bass flurries... If this doesn't live up to its name for you, you've had too much botox son.
Review: In terms of legendary status for labels over on the jungle/jump-up side of the scene, it's pretty hard to beat Serial Killaz. Run by the duo of the same name, the imprint has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Serial Killaz themselves, Vital Elements and Upgrade, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Steel Drum'. You've probably heard this one doing the rounds and it's actually already been released, but oh boy what a tune this is: a screaming, siren-lake mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to DJ Hybrid's 'Beatbox' - naught jungle vibes.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.