Review: Now what a selection we have here from L Nix & Outsider, two heavyweight faces in the dubstep community who have linked up here to provide us with an absolute madness, courtesy of Iron Shirt Recordings, who just so happen to be smashing it themselves. We kick off with a look at L Nix rolling out solo on the gnarly LFO flexes of 'Gravity Distortion', before the pair leap into four potent collaborations, with the lethal reese bass structures of 'Extinction' and the spacious arrangements of 'Seam Splitter' being the two stand outs tracks. As well as this 'The Fallen' faces a hefty makeover from Internal Frequency who rejigs the track into a bubbling ball of spacey goodness.
Review: Destination Hungary: Outsider makes his Locked Up debut with these four brutal slabs of icy futurism. Each one as bitter and brittle and foreboding as the last, we range from the tense halftime gloom and dank pressure of "Dungeon" to the savage acid jungle "Murda", a track that wouldn't go amiss in a Digital set. In between we have the stark grunts of "Pain Barrier" and the uncompromising fire of "Bad Timing". Perfect timing more like - more of this please Outsider.
Review: Following on from last week's release of 'Deep', the Deep Dark & Dangerous crew continue their 'Trilogy' series with the second edition: 'Dark'. They have again assembled one heck of a line up for this one, welcoming in the sounds of Enigma Dubz, Leon Switch, Khiva and Pushloop just for starters. The project is a perfect encapsulation of the darker side of the DD&D discography, with a couple of immediate standouts being 'The Devil In Disguise', which sees JLEON and Outsider link up for an incredibly spooky harmonic thrill ride, alongside Brassic's 'Footsoldier', which deploys a regiment of lethal horn stabs to turn any rave into a ruckus!
Review: The third edition in Midnight Riot's White Isle-friendly compilation series arrives right on time for the summer and brings back a huge package full of sublime cosmic & spiritual soundtrack from around the globe. No surprises from the label, it's packed with hypnotic delights with touches of blue eyed soul, slo mo disco and tropical low slung groovers. Upping the standard it contains unreleased tracks & Balearic revisions from many of the Midnight Riot crew featuring Shalvoy & Hifi Sean, FSQ, Jack Priest, Northern Souls, Chewy Rubs, Dim Zach, Chuggin' Edits & Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia) plus loads more all curated by label boss Yam Who?
Review: Pure sonic sickness: Nauseous Vibez unleash their first release of 2014, and it's one of their most extensive and daring outings yet. Outsider pays homage to the likes of LFO with an unruly slab of acid hardcore that's so ruthless it will melt faces of people who are walking past your club, let alone on the dancefloor. Feonix, meanwhile, returns to the roots with a smouldering homage to the deepest dub pioneers. Elsewhere we find Grafta getting his two-step on and label boss Seraph subverting Outsider's "2002" with elements of swaggering dubstep. Make no mistake: this is massive.