Review: In the world of jungle music, producer duos don't get a lot more dynamic or historic than Nucleus and Paradox. The pair have released on some of the biggest labels about, including the mighty Metalheadz, and their ability to craft jungle music with genuine depth never ceases to stay fresh and exciting. 'Volantis' proves that in exceptional style, a drawn-out, atmospheric intro never reaches fever pitches because it doesn't need to; this one is all about the journey, not the finale. 'Electropia' is equally as stunning and equally as thought-provoking, featherweight jungle drums contrast with the usual heaviness in uniquely glorious fashion, and the obscenely good vocal sampling is the final touch. An exceptionally good release from some exceptionally good producers.
Review: It's hard to argue with two of the most influential beat-makers in the industry. As the pioneer of drum-funk and easily one of the most consistently creative members of the drum and bass scene, Paradox continues to surprise. Working together once more for a fresh release on Metalheadz, "Break North" is already becoming a solid in the dark-minimal underground with its perfectly poised drums and on point percussion. And, tactical roller "Blade 9" is heavy enough to rule the underworld of where its sounds come from - watch yourself.
Review: As Nucleus and Paradox, Dave Simms and Dev Pandya racked up a bounty of drumfunk classics for the likes of Reinforced, Metalheadz and more between 1997 and 2009. Coaxed back into the studio together earlier this year for a killer drop on Metalheadz Platinum, it was clear the old studio chemistry between Pandya and Simms had not dissipated one iota so the sight of further Nucleus and Paradox material is no surprise. Adding Samurai to their collective collar, lead track Prism is a prime time roller filled with hefty break beats, classic jungle vibes and trademark Nucleus and Paradox sub bass. The flip "Electropaque" finds the pair in a more contemplative mood without any concession to rhythmic punch.
Review: Drumfunk doyen, break dismantler, all-round jungle legend, not a month goes by without Dev Paradox hitting us with another break. Literally in this case; the tuned snare rolls and rifle kicks are all built up around a vocal sample explaining exactly what he does on a monthly basis. "Kickdat" takes us deeper down the break rabbit hole with a slower investigation of mid to late 80s hip-hop. As always with Paradox, this is nothing short of essential.
Review: Paradox is one of the most consistent jungle producers around and we've been loving his output across the many years of his production history. His latest single is quintessential Paradox: spacious, atmospheric breaks music with a focus on sophistication that doesn't sacrifice grit. This is one for the true heads and if you like your music dumbed down with frills attached, then this probably isn't for you. 'Decagon' summarises this perfectly, with its booming snare drum as the centrepiece, each percussive hit precisely engineered around it to create the overall vibe of deep roughness. Quality single as per usual.
Review: The break professor returns! Biting down on 2018 like it's one of your mum's best brownies, once again he makes everything sound so spacious, effortless and natural. The roomy dynamism on the drums and sudden drop into strange cosmic space slop on "The Bolide" are guaranteed to grab you by the cohones while "Dioxan" throes down a b-boy dual with its bubbling sub funk, twisted bass variations, classic samples and minimal rhythm make-up. Classic Paradox.
Review: Timeless drum and bass is what Paradox Music is all about and Paradox returns to the scene in his own renegade b-boy style with "Rockdown". Bringing back that old school taste for low and mean bass paired with necksnapping breaks and chopped hip-hop, there's a lot to take in here. How can the past still sound this good? "Divination" takes more inspiration from the present day despite those Paradox give-away beats, opting for deep, dangerous bass and minimal stylings culminating in a dark and deadly masterclass in underground drum and bass.