Review: Here is a man who needs no introduction, DJ SS has been a part of drum and bass' heritage since jungle was a mere twinkle in acid house's eye. You can't flick through any recorded history of our beloved genre without stumbling upon this DJ's well revered name. Trust us when we tell you he knows his stuff. Listening to the mixed album version of this LP you can't help but lose yourself in the up front barrage of sonic mastery. Get ready for a fast paced switch and blend with 20 badass tracks showcased in less than a hour for this commemorative LP celebrating the 10 year anniversary of The World of Drum and Bass in Moscow. The album starts with the epic harmonised vocals of the 2017 edit of last summer's smasher 'Forgive Me Lord', before descending into a twisted onslaught of mutated darkness. The LP the continues to move through a killer collection of metalic, grinding dancefloor, devilishly intense neuro and a whole heap of distorted, techy nastiness. A huge highlight of the collection for us is the second track, DJ SS's 'Midnight In Moscow'. The energy is insane, intense risers, a filthy squelching sub and constant requests of our visa. Another high point would be North Base's 'Ring Of Saturn'. For us the latter part of the album really is the fantastic finale the mix deserves, winding the vibe down, while still keeping the energy strong. Tracks like 'Waterfall' and 'Staring At Infinity' mix lulling vocals, real instruments and a funky groove to soften the end the LP.
Review: Having slapped us with a brutal fatal glitch earlier this year, Russian riot-maker Ozma returns to Multi Function with another four sonic scuds: "White Noise" is a buzzy, rattling sweat session that's not dissimilar to the work of Tyke or Hazard. "Your Love Higher VIP" is a much deeper stepper with a subtle twist on the bass for followers of the original. Deeper into the EP we're taken on a Dimension-style arena-shred flex with "Said Never" and pushed into glorious slo-motion freefall on the militant techno-like "Run". Never say never.
Review: Time for a little Russian rough housing: Playaz continue to rep the next-gen with this caustic five-piece from St Petersburg pirate Ozma. It's a riot from the off with the off-beat, clipped stabs of "Lazer Gun" hitting in a wonderfully weirded-out seasick kinda way. Other highlights include the sandpaper "Bar Fight" style bass scuffs f "Fiesta", the pitched percussion hits and toxic bassline of "Laboratory" and the all-out glitch frenzy of "Letters". Lazer fingers at the ready, prepare to fire!
Review: The newest offering on the renowned Serial Killaz imprint is courtesy of Ozma, whose sound is perfectly suited for a label which has been built on the reputations of its founders, which is substantial after years of bringing their jungle-jump up crossover to UK clubs. The title track kicks off with a powerful introduction to build suspense before flipping into a pitched-up monstrosity of jump-up proportions - certified club banger. The rest of the release is moodier and darker, with techy yet raw tones abounding on every cut. 'Iron Hammer VIP' is the perfect example, with a rough, diving back end that's akin to the lovechild of DLR and Serum except over a halftime beat. Big release.