Review: Just as you thought it was safe to walk the streets, Konichi & Decimal Bass crash land into your grimy little universe once again... And nothing is safe. Their largest body of work since last year's album Forever, expect nothing less than six tracks of riot material; "The Dog Knows" is a barking mosh of a jam with electrified bass and a cracking sample, "Invasion" (with Vacuum) is so tightly sprung it should come with a health warning while "Cold Killer" sees them tagging up with mandem du jour Turno for an iced out shred flex. Elsewhere "Get It" wins gold in the 'weirdest bassline of the EP' award, "If I Told You I'd Have To Kill You" buzzes and snaps with a hornets nest bassline while "Maintain" kicks down your house with a roughhouse late 90s style bassline. K9 thumbs up.
Review: Last spotted on Playaz with Tyke, Kalingrad karate champ Prestige returns to Hype & Pascal's mega-label with six crucial speaker-smashers. From the moment the unrelenting juggernaut "Life & Death" kicks off you know this is something special. Highlights include the seasick swagger of "Pain" (a collab with the currently unstoppable Konichi) the funky drum swing, off-beat percussion and cinematic spoken samples of "Invisible Soldier" and the switch-flipping depths of "Delusions" with Tyke. Prestigious.
Review: Down 2 Earth Muzik is Macky Gee's imprint, his way of putting out more of the music he personally enjoys and wishes there was more of, a stamp he can plonk down on the scene and call his own. This next release is from Prestige and it seems like he's heard the criticism that jump up is too samey, and so gone out and tried to refine and change the sound. He's definitely succeeded, whether you're into it is up to you, but there's a certain creativity in how the synths and basses are constructed and how they relate to each other. We love it and can't wait to hear more.
Review: Prestige can really make music and his latest piece of work is out over on Calypso Muzak. A Gift is an energetic piece of jump-up construction that doesn't hesitate to punch you in the face and its exemplified by the title track, a bass-filled expression of dancefloor hatred which moves in mysterious yet obvious ways. It bangs, basically, as does the rest of the EP, with special mention going out to the final track 'Clean', which has a filthy gargled concotion of low frequency energy that wouldn't sound out of place on Souped Up. Top notch.
Review: Prestige is definitely one of the more talented producers out there, with previous releases on a host of other labels and his aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, Prestige doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'A Ghost' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'Magnificent' is the title tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics, all of which come together to round out a sick release from the Sub-liminal crew.
Review: Choose your weapons! Prestige rocks up with a whole armoury to pick from... Do you slowly melt everyone's skin off with "Interfere"? Do you continually headbutt everyone with a sharp spiky groaning bassline on "Weapons"? Do you hurl people into deep pools of D&B venom like the early Hazard-esque tear-up "Strange Times"? Do you freak people out and play with their minds with the strange bass texture and switches of "Change"? Or do you straight up bury them with the warped and twisted bassline of "By A Bird"? These are your choices, Prestige has supplied the weapons - the power is yours.
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Sub-Liminal, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Prestige, who, across six tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'It Must Be Destroyed' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a gargling bass and sweeping reeces sit just above and inject all the force. 'A Snake' is also a wicked track, with a lovely, stripped back drum line that's full of moody sonics. Top stuff.
Jack The Ripper - "Elephant Riddim" - (3:44) 175 BPM
Review: DJ Eazy shakes, wakes and bakes the dead once again with another zombie slaying V/A release on his Walking Dead imprint. Each cut bangs in its own unique direction; Prestige goes for the Belgian bullseye with a stark laser lashing Q&A riff, Eazy gets all theatrical with a spot of orchestral stabs and operatic chants while Vital dusts his chainsaw off with wry limb-losing stepper. Need another tree to hug? You're in good company as Jack The Ripper gets all droney and groany with a vicious Serum-style bass shredder. Time to branch out.
Review: It's another all-out, balls-against-the-wall savage session as Digital Terror unleash the fourth and final chapter of their half-decade celebration EP series. Konichi fires the starter gun with his gritty refix of Prestiges's fittingly titled "Hard" before up-and-comer Spaow takes the baton and runs with glitchy mischief. Further into the chaos we plunder with Dub Bezerka crushing Hoogs' "Heavy Mental" into a lean, minimal Phace-style neuro jump-up romp and Nu Elementz injecting an entire hornets nest into Telekom's "Nicky". Lowriderz have the honour of closing this epic, month-long anniversary mission with the roughest cut of the bunch: flipping Freek's "Kung Fu Is Banned" into a raw universal fighting talk, it's a suitably gnarly climax to a very well executed EP series. Bring on the 10 year celebrations.
Review: It's hard to believe that only three years ago Tyke was a Playaz upstart, wrecking his way through the drum and bass rites of passage. Now he's sterling currency, spreading the noise globally and bringing his own blend of hard hitting beats and twisted sampling to the forefront of the scene. This bumper-length EP shows off some of that trademark freakiness with a whole host of inspired samples, quotes and downright dirty, filthy drum and bass. If you consider yourself a true head, you need to get on this immediately.
Review: Tyke has been chucking his lairy layered sounds around the Playaz camp for a good couple of years now, and with each release he's getting more razor sharp, darker and more dangerous. Working together with the label's Russian contingent, the high-energy master that is Alexander Petrov aka Prestige, what results from the collision is a blend of deep, dubby bass that reaches jungle influences in "You Don't Have To Go" and dark, techy horror in "Bloody Mess". With snuff film samples strewn throughout and gruesome tales to tell, this isn't your average pumped-up D&B release. Pick it up and get inspired - just don't blame us if you get nightmares.
Telekom - "Nicky" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Freek - "Kung Fu Is Banned" (Lowriderz remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Wrapping up a month of five-year anniversary chaos, Digital Terror have bundled their exclusive remix adventures into one sense-slapping compendium. All label talents are present and correct with highlights punching, kicking and grizzling from every corner. Ranging from Hoogs' sticky treacle low end stretches on "Effects" to Hedex's rougher, more metallic swagger on "Greed" and Lyptikal's out-and-out industrial grindage on "Badman" and Lowriderz' harrowing designs on "Kung Fu Is Banned", if you missed on any of the four EPs now is your chance to catch up. If this is how Digital Terror celebrate five years, we can't wait to see how they party a decade of sonic hellraising.