Review: Previously taking us all into "Warp Drive" on AFT - way back in February when the world seemed like a very different place - Ambush family members Dubbz & Oz return with another powerful selection. Two tunes, two vibes: "A Better Way" is a gargantuan stamper laced with big tunnel-like basslines and a hearty swagger. "Chinese Silk" flips for the vibe for a party-ready jump-up piece that bubbles with a Serum-style harmonic riffy bassline. Smooth.
Review: The masterful Lazy Flow has cooked up a rather special compilation for France's Folistar, showcasing the French capital's best and brightest house music stars. Although you get a mixed and continuous version of this comp, you can also cop the singles. All centred around the 4/4 continuum and the Chicago dynasty, it's up to you to hear what you require for your weekend evening sets...bumping, deep, hard and dubby, its all in here. Comprehensive to say the least!
Review: Following on the heels of his last absolutely wicked release, Oz is back on Calypso Muzak for a showcase in how to produce gruff, no nonsense drum & bass that hits you hard and steps over the body. 'Hunter' feat Dubbz is the perfect example, as the pair team up for a raucous jump up tune that growls in its stabs and wobbles in the sub bass. The old school jump up vibe carries on into 'Bear', with an urban edge to the sound that smacks sharply of the pioneering jump up producers of 10 or 15 years ago. The rest of the release is equally as on point - big ups Oz.
Review: Heist and Benny Colab have been teasing this album for several weeks now with a string of samplers, and the full thing is finally here. It's punchng percussive madness the whole way throug, a no-holds barred album which knows when to go all out and when to take a step back. There's luxurious instrumentation blended with grittier tones and 'Green Lane' is exactly that, as harp strings tug on your heart strings above a gully concoction of dusty basses and knock-back drum loops. Carasel features on the excellent 'Look Down' and it's another highlight from a super cool album.
Review: We recently covered the first sampler from Oz's forthcoming album on Heist and Benny Colab's Co-Lab Recordings and this time around it's the second sampler. Oz is back and it's more heavyweight beats, as 'Caught Up' rolls out with abandon amidst a plethora of shakers and some seriously banging low frequency stabs, all of which come together to produce a track of big club sized proportions. Wicked.
Review: Heist's Co-Lab Recordings is a prolific outfit that releases music from a range of small-but-sweet artists, and this time it's the turn of Oz to step up to the plate and deliver his contribution to Co-Lab's burgeoning back catalogue. 'Bitter & Sweet' is the first track from a forthcoming album project and it's a percy, with a crisp, penetrating drum line that underpins a murky yet harmonic bassline and some floaty, soulful sampling. It's a true crossover tune that sounds big and yet walks lightly on its toes - lovely stuff.
Review: Co-Lab Recordings is Heist's label and is accordingly renown for putting out hard-hitting beats faster than you can say 'f**k off', a testament to the production and curation skills of the man himself. This time the focus is on Oz and the wider Co-Lab crew, as Oz gets his Abstract EP remixed and updated with some fresh new twists. The Teej remix of 'Assassin' is definitely up there as one of the best on the EP, a deeply growling track that is packed with attitude and foreboding notes of synth and sample-based power. Heist himself steps up for the remix on 'I.C.Y', flipping this one into a wobbly number with a wide, slapping snare drum and plenty of angst. Bangers galore here.
Review: With two massive "Abstract" EPs and an equally hefty dispatch on AFT, 2018 has been Oz's most prolific year to date. So he's celebrating with a good old fashioned ruckus... "Beat 'Em Up". "Apoka" lights the fire with brazen dramatic operatic effect while the title track pistol whips us into submission before a hornets nest bassline stings from all directions. Deeper into the EP we glide of "OMG", another heavily orchestral influenced piece before "Rockers" shuts up shop with a groaning understated rumble roller. Wounders all round.
Review: More "Abstract" theory as the shadowy Oz returns to Heist's Co-Lab to continue what he started in spring 2017. Multi-shades, multi-styles, this is real melting pot business you're just as likely to hear in Break set as you are a Turno set. Six tracks in total; soul heads should jump and flex to the dulcet vibes of "Replacement", "Four Seasons" and "Stay", those who love a flabbier bassline will enjoy getting jiggy to "Icy" and "Assassin" while those who love the Bristol-style jazzy and grainy sound will go all gooey in the heart for "Not There". Real D&B for real DJs; it's time to stop Co-Lab and listen.
Review: Who are Oz? Where are they from? Are they a she or he? Is it solo or a group? Why are they so good? So many questions and no answers - except this bare fact.. The music is tremendous. Classy drum & bass with clear roots in all the right places and the perfect amount of weight, space and energy, the music does all the talking. From the necksnap drums and groaning bass of "Rhapsody" to the psychedelic build and dangerously wobble-some drop on "Hellion", this is an exceptional exercise in timeless underground instrumental drum & bass. More please... Whoever you are!
Review: Backed by some of the biggest names in the game, this EP comes hot on the heels of Oz's appearance on Co-Lab's "Deep in The Lab" compilation. not a lot's shared about this/these artist/s but what we can say is that the likes of heist, Noisia, Hazard and Friction have been all over it and with good reason. The whole EP is darker and more disorientating than a caved-in mineshaft and as heavy and about as subtle as a truck full of anvils, this guy is the master of deftly-prepared noise. Brace yourselves for the impact.