Review: Fresh from inviting D12 rapper Bizarre into the D&B game, Technique's hottest duo No Concept return with their broadest, heaviest, most forthright and synth-licked EP to date. "Showdown" is an all-out full-flavoured dancefloor piece with an intro that's up there with The Prototypes in its epicity while "Gets Me High" takes us even further down the interstellar rabbit hole with pure relentless elastic space funk that's not dissimilar to the breath-taking capabilities of Culture Shock. Deeper again "Wot U Gna Do" reminds us all that English GSCEs mean nothing when you can whip up basslines strong enough to power small villages for years on one rewind before "Fire Riddim" closes with pure bassline venom. Showdown? You haven't even shown up unless you're packing this monster.
Review: No Concept look like they might soon be at the forefront of synth-heavy dancefloor music and, this time around, Technique are the vehicle for moving up that ladder, the patronage of Drumsound and Bassline Smith clearly serving them well. This single is, then, unsurprisingly good and it starts with 'Be The 1', a raucous track which takes 0 prisoners and relishes it, its growling bass are anything but kind yet definitely dancefloor worthy. 'Remember' is equally poisonous and the tune is so heavy you'll forget all about the fact you're being poisoned. Enjoy.
Review: Northern scene legend Adam Wigglesworth sadly passed away on April 3. This is how his friends responded... By compiling one of the biggest tribute albums drum & bass has ever seen. Just look at the amount of talent on here: Pyxis, Euphonique, Nvrsoft, No Concept, Exile, Euphonique, Dawn Raid and so many more artists have contribute to this 45 track album of which all proceeds go to Adam's family. From the blazing bass riff of Sappo's late 90s style neck snapper "Hannibal" to Exile's turbine bass growler "Symbiosis" via Sl8r's jazzy, almost Detroit style vibes on "The Mill" and various bits from Wiggo himself, this is a heartfelt salute from the entire scene to a man who'll be sorely missed.