Review: A superbly executed EP here, with VIP re-works from some of the key bods from the Playaz camp - the ineffable don of wobble jump up, DJ Hazard and his cohorts Erb N Dub, Legacy, Original Sin and brother Taxman, plus Friction and Nu Balance and newcomer Jaydan. First up is a delectable re-interpretation of massive 2011 hit "Food Fight" which draws out the vocal and juxtaposes it with grizzled bass. Next is "Alaska (VIP)" which is a glorious, fast-paced explosion of sound, and special mention must be made of the wonderful "Casino" VIP by Original Sin plus mid noughties classic "Robocop" which is updated by Taxman. Jaydan rounds things off in rowdy fashion with a VIP of "Driller Killer". An expansive package and a must buy.
Original Sin & Jaguar Skills - "Vandals Back" (feat ELE) - (4:18) 174 BPM
So Vivid - (3:42) 174 BPM
Review: The man, the myth, the machine... Original Sin returns with some of his most agenda-setting pieces since Grow Your Wings. Now working with Viper, he's painting with some bright colours: "Expansions" has an early Sub Focus feel but with added amen bull charge and futuristic speedyway dynamics. "Red Mist" continues to curl the cutlass in all directions with its turbo hornets nest bass and cheeky funk on the fills while "Vandals" fires with the strength of a million military lasers. Finally "So Vivid" lets rip with a caustic bass texture that shreds the spectrum with an epic, metallic bassline from somewhere deep in the 23rd century. Don't leave us hanging Mr Sin.
Review: Original Sin's reputation for absolute tearout tunes precedes him and this EP comes with a lot of expectation. Lucky for him then, that every tune smashes it in a multitude of ways. From the heavy histrionics of "No Limit" to the get-on-the-floor-now intensity of "Tetra", "Get The Fuck Out" hams up the B-movie clips like a good jump up track from back in the day before revving up a monumental bassline. Final track "Killer" takes the time to lay back for a second, showing what this man can do with a simple beat and a host of pads at his disposal. For all of 30 seconds before it ratchets up the beat into a face-contorting stepper bound for total destruction. He's here and he wants you on the dancefloor. Are you actually about to say no?
Review: Koo is a name on everyone's lips right now as the man like Original Sin enlists her sweeter than honey vocal talents for anthemic opener "Fire Inside". Joining the antics on "B.2.T.E" for more vocal-driven high energy rollout fun is the gorgeous and highly talented Ayah Marah, previously seen working the mix for the Hospitality crew and DJ Fresh. Stepping away from his jump-up early years, Original Sin has gone full throttle in a dancefloor direction with this offering, switching from devastating D&B madman to hands-in-the-air strobemaster at the flick of a switch. Not forgetting the neurofunk brutality that is "Labyrinth". Tread carefully.
Review: Original Sin returns with a high-octane blast through his hyperactive repertoire, picking fights and sending out sparks as he goes. His sound has morphed slightly with this release, opting for a deeper taste of old skool sounds to match bass-led histrionics, and the result is immense. Already tearing up clubs across the UK, hardcore fans have been waiting for "Borg" and "Stronger" and who can blame them? You can't afford to sleep on this, each track is a masterpiece.
Review: Geordie D&B veteran Adam Tindill (better known under his Original Sin monicker) has been releasing dancefloor-bating smashers since way back in 2007. This, though, is his first EP of original production for well over 12 months. "Superman" itself is a full-throttle, tech-tinged assault, all formidable bass, industrial noises and in-your-face attitude. "Radical" builds from a surprisingly melodic start into an intergalactic roller, while the twinkling, piano-laden "Return of the Overfiend" is like the theme tune for a yet-to-be-made drama series about a super-villain. As for "Never Gonna Change" - all pitched-up vocals, gargantuan beats and touchy-feely breakdowns - it's a welcome blast of breakbeat hardcore revival at a jungle tempo.
Review: Original Sin has always been a go to name from the Playaz camp, renowned for his iconic jump up sound. Here he hits back hard with his "Mad World EP" which features six sick new cuts ready for consumption. Kicking off with the title track its all grinding mid range and rambunctious drum work from the off; next we have "You Skream" which juxtaposes spaced out breakdowns with more dubby, pumping elements. "Therapy (remix)" is all about the drums and metallic SFX, whilst "Vegas" sees Original Sin pick up the pace once again with more dancefloor focused badness. "Soul Food" is a killer, on a more stripped back tip, before "Donnie Darkness" brings the EP to a close.
Review: The fully-fledged member of the Playaz camp returns to the fore, enormous synths and wobble implements in tow, for a storming EP on home turf. First up, "Original Badboy" (a tongue in cheek reference to his D&B counterpart Potential Badboy?!) kicks things off with a rattle of bass wobbles and screeching sirens, before "I Love It", a classic jump up cut, moves things forward. "Phantasm" is Original Sin all over, with tense, building intro, rollicking drop and unforgiving b-line action. Pairing up with his big bro Taxman for the grand finale, "Together" is a more sparse and musical offering, with glistening instrumentals and rattling breaks.
Review: Original Sin on Ram Records! No one saw this coming but if you know anything about the G Dub co-founder, you'll know he's never short of surprises. Switching his heavier, hurly-burly side for something a lot more sensual and sunset, he hooks up with rising pop sensation BB Diamond for "Lost", a scorching end-of-night sing-along that's reminiscent of Wilkinson's "Afterglow" in its unabashed positivity and feels. Lighters up!
Original Sin & Taxman - "Penamana" - (5:17) 175 BPM
Original Sin - "Take No More" - (4:34)
Taxman - "Like This" - (5:08)
Review: An enormous four-track split EP from D&B bad boys Original Sin and Taxman with one D&B track and one dubstep track from each. Older Tindall brother Taxman whips out the movie samples, crisp breaks and Nintendo bleeps in "Casino" - cheekily referencing Zinc's 2001 classic "Casino Royale" - whilst crazed lyrics, a screwfacing drop and gritty, drill-like b-line prevail in Original Sin's "Penamena". "Take No More" is a wild cacophony of whirring Doctor P synths, circus trills and mid range mayhem and "Like This" is a more bass-heavy venture, with an early HENCH sound to it.
Review: Pascal and Hype's Playaz label storms into the digital world with their fourth instalment of their Playaz Digital selection. Taking it back to the mid noughties with iconic Taxman cut "Too Bad" and seminal G Dub classic "Tink Ya Bad", before accelerating through some influential moments in Playaz history from the core crew - Hazard, Original Sin and Taxman - it's brock out business all the way with rollicking basslines and grizzled synths. Along the journey of rowdy jump up and wobble-tastic party bangers, we have old favourites like "Selector" and "Scan Darker" before moving into more recent territory with "Harry's Revenge" and "Bubbles". Big, bad and heavy.
Review: New Year doesn't officially kick off until Viper smack you silly with their yearly "Drum & Bass Annual". 2017's edition smacks even harder than usual with no less than 10 exclusives including a Culture Shock/Dimension style roll out from Misfit, Halflight's "Communication Failure" that has enough power to cause a civil war and North Base's "Woman" that has so much seductive soul power to cause a mess in your trousers. Elsewhere The Voss & NC-17 pay respect to the Book Of The Bad on "Mojave" and Blaine Stranger sends you off to cosmoses unknown on "By Your Side". And that's just a handful of the unreleased cuts amid some of the label's biggest releases in recent times.
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!