Review: It's always a good time when L Nix & Outsider combine, which Iron Shirt Recordings facilitate again on this fabulous new five track display. We begin with the war-like soundscapes and grizzly themes of 'The Land Of Ruin', which kick starts the EP with a bang alongside Leon Switch's reese-heavy rethink directly after. From here, 'Destroying Acheron' then sees the pair embrace their minimal roots as stripped back drums host a combo of subtle LFO's slices and lethal sub textures before '12 Hours Till Darkness' gives us more of the same tasty dish. We then finish up with the swampy sound design and gnarly textures of 'City Of Sins', which through a combination of haunted string-like melodies, chomping bass punches and hard hitting drums, unleashes a perfect sign off.
Review: There is nothing but consistent heavy hitters when it comes to Southside Dubstar, with this new release from Outsider & L Nix following the mould with some serious panache. We begin our journey through this one with a look at 'Isolate', a grizzly combination of hard-hitting sub-bass and crunchy percussion, before the sombre melodies and loose LFO expressions of 'Desolation' wade into view. L Nix then gets busy with a super-raucous refix of the previously mentioned 'Desolation', before 'Resistance' combines swampy bass sweeps and growling bass punches with great results. We then finish up with the super punchy drum arrangements and well-rounded synthesizer action of 'Night Vision', putting the finishing touches on an excellent body of work.
Review: Wake up and bake up, Jungle Cakes are back in the kitchen with their prize dish range 'Welcome To The Jungle'. This time the guest chefs are none other than Dub Pistols who've been flexing all styles and sizes of breakbeat since the very beginning. Currently coming correct with 50 tracks, they cover the full range of D&B through their dubwise, reggae-roasted selection. From the steam engine skank-ups like Isaac Maya and Daddy Freddy's thundering 'Bring Dem' to Deekline & Ed Solo's instant sing-along smash-out 'Bam Bam' to the dancehall bashment of Selecta J Man's 'My Style', this isn't so much of a jungle welcoming but more of a full jungle takeover... And you'll never want to leave.
Review: The second chapter in Deep in the Jungle Anthems 7 is upon us, and there is yet another cacophonous blend of fractious jungle riddims inside. Drawn from artists across the scene both old and new, this LP is the second leg of a journey that's pull you deep through the spiky, rough edges of a the jungle. The crashing force of K Jah's 'Quest' is a good example, as repetitive breaks needle their way into your soul amidst a wobbling sub and jazzy samples. Bish is on remix duties for label boss DJ Hybrid and his tune 'Badboy', which samples possibly one of dance music's most iconic film lines and does so amidst a relentless, rolling instrumental. Sick - there are over 30 tracks inside so get involved.
Review: Jungle Cakes always tend to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. This is a monster album curated by Aries and Kelvin 373, who have taken tracks both old and new to form a banging compilation. Bou nails it on 'Music Takes Me Higher', a rustic revisit to classic jungle sounds; Aries and Nicky Blackmarket roll things out in a tight way on 'Champion'; and Chimpo slams the brakes on 'DidDieDoThat'. We don't know the answer to that, but we do know this is fat. Big ups.
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: 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.