Review: Nais has been doing the rounds in the Neurofunk world for a little while now and he's making his first full-length appearance on Eatbrain alongside Nuklear and Teddy Killerz. This release is predictably huge, with plenty of jump-up influences creeping in to its stylistic make-up and the combination of various strands of dancefloor heinousness is pretty banging. 'Selecta' is a tumbling, jagged roller than rests on a heavyweight drum line, it moves with a constant feeling of effortlessness and there's an addictive feeling of fluidity to the arrangement that seeps through into your unconscious. Great work.
Review: A bunch of furry murderous Russians on Serum's Souped Up... What can possibly go wrong? Total carnage from the off, "Bun Dem" is serious sandpaper funk. Gritty, growling and unrelenting; it's not just rough around the edges, it's rough right down to the core. And it's back up with three more audio nasties... "Excited" is a staccato riff damager that nods to the mid 2000s jump-up where everything was maximal. "Beggar" follows suit but comes with a more sinister edge; like it's asking you for change but is actually ripping off your whole identity. Finally we hit "Knock Knock", a track rife in organic drums and scary bassline textures, it sets everything up for the all important punchline... You have no choice but to deliver.
Review: With Hazard rounding up another killer year for Hype and Pascal's label with his first release in five years, Playaz take stock of 2019 with this savage showdown from all their main mandem. From the eerie gurgles and scraps of Annix & Kanine's "Jackpot" to the flabby wobbles and groans of Limited's "Soldier" to the sweet seduction twist of Jam Thieves' "Love Forever" this 25-track pack covers the entire spectrum of proper rave-primed drum & bass with all manner of curveballs and boundary-pushing badness. No compromises, a healthy balance of elder statesmen, new headliners and young talent and a sound that's distinctively theirs, Playaz are about to bulldoze into a new decade... And this is how it all begins.
Toni Morreti & Jameski - "Killed In The Clinic" - (5:23) 124 BPM
Pete Graham X Chris Lorenzo X Jamie George - "Let Me Down" - (5:46) 125 BPM
Tom Shorterz - "Oper8" - (5:13) 124 BPM
Review: The Four40 imprint returns with the fourth installment in their popular House X Garage series, which does exactly what it says on the tin.
Across 19 blistering tracks, the Birmingham based label presents the very best of UK dance music, with highlights not limited to: the return of Audiosoul who serve up some sleek and slinky house for the late night on "Carnival" and "Please Leave A Message", local duo Cause & Affect (Tempa/This Ain't Bristol) remix I Killed Kenny's "Lets Go" featuring Jamie George - getting some serious bass driven attitude going on in the process. And an honourable mention to the cheekily named Peter & The Stringfellows who equally impressed us with their contributions - but for our money we'd bet on the very French Touch sounding "YOU & I Together" in particular.