DC Breaks & Niara Scarlett - "No One Like You" - (3:04) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "SWAG 2017" - (4:17) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Moving On" - (5:45) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Organism" - (4:54) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Step Up" - (4:34) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Remember" - (5:13) 174 BPM
DC Breaks & Prolix - "Infinity" - (4:42) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Gambino VIP" - (3:48) 174 BPM
DC Breaks & Nuklear - "Dead Or Alive" - (4:19) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Vendetta" - (4:36) 174 BPM
DC Breaks - "Time To Kill" - (3:15) 174 BPM
Review: Justice! The time gods are bestowing positive vibes on us as DC Breaks deliver the album they've been talking about for almost half a decade. The euphoric piano-slapping power of "Never Stop" sets the scene as the duo explore the vibrant and creative contrast they've made their signature in the last 10 years. Highlights include the shred-stacked "Underground", the croaking highly-sprung aggy "Hustle", the neuro-inspired roof-burner "Organism" and the touching vocal closer "Time To Kill". Complete with 2017 reboots of their anthems "Gambino and "Swag", the Ram duo have wrapped up a bonafide opus.
Review: The concept behind Friction's Vs series is simple: hook up with as many mates in the studio as possible and write straight-up floor-flatteners. No theme, no pretention, just talented producers working together and playing off each other's strengths. Following epic co-labs with the likes of Icicle, Technimatic and Total Science comes the fattest edition yet as the BBC broadcaster teams up with Dimension (hooky and euphoric), Prolix (outrageously nasty and techy), Metrik (unabashed evangelism with a very well-known vocal hook) and Ulterior Motive (old school references wearing new school armour). Each one repping all player's finest attributes, Friction has brought out the best in his peers... And his own work. Essential.
Review: What is there to say about Shogun Audio that hasn't already been said at length directly into your ear at 3am? Friction's brainchild has become one of the scene's biggest, most successful and perhaps most importantly one of the most highly-regarded labels in recent years. A decade might not be a long time in D&B talk, but 10 years has been long enough for Shogun to put its stamp on almost everything making its way from the underground and into the blinding light of day. From the experimental sounds of Alix Perez, Rockwell and Icicle to the spellbinding Technimatic, right through to the chart-bothering escapades of Camo & Krooked, this is a flip through the highlights of Shogun's life. In case you forgot, it's been a brilliant one so far. Roll on the next 10 years.
Review: LA's Gridlock and London's Prolix come together for this surprisingly smooth slice of jump-up on Playaz which has already had support from the 1Xtra crew and DJ Hype amongst others. Leaving their excessively screwed and sinister trademark sounds behind for this hook-up, they use MC Fats' soulful vocals to perfection, giving him a beat that bangs hard but won't make a party collectively scream for mercy. "Got To Roll" appears on the flip and nudges the tempo ever so slightly higher to create an atmospheric yet thoroughly banging skanker that'll keep loyal Playaz fans very happy indeed.
Review: Rest assured, the fourth installment of the Genesis EP will not disappoint. Kicking off with "Iceberg" it's all stripped back aesthetics and warping, metallic tones here with a haunted minimalism. Next "Break & Enter" ups the ante with smashing snares, booming b-line and a growly vocal sample, before "What You Need" takes things on a tougher tip with pounding drums, groaning SFX and plenty of menacing swagger. Last but not least "Anthropocene" rounds things off with great poignancy.
Review: Shogun weren't messing around when they signed Prolix. One of the elite few who can really inject dangerous levels of funk into their tech and neuro textures, every track he makes - no matter how dark - is a real stand out. Naturally there are no exceptions here for his biggest Shogun release to date: "Danger" lives up to its name with stinking basses and funk-chiselled triplets, "We Do Our Thing" hits with more conventional beats and a riff that's made of 100% paranoia while "Threshold" rolls with a wry nod to the early 2000s with the able guidance of Pendulum's MC Verse. As for "Planet Smasher", it totally deserves its title and features Drumsound & Bassline Smith. Need we say any more?
Review: A powerhouse in D&B circles, with key releases and mixes on Renegade Hardwarde, Metalheadz and Virus, Prolix gets seriously busy on these two new tunes, exclusive to Juno Download. "Visualize" makes great use of off-kilter auto-tuned vocal samples in amongst the techy backing, with hi-hats every bit as epic as you'd expect from Prolix, while "Lounge Lizard" goes for a more raw feel to the beats, as it juggles cut-up drum samples over a sea of dense and murky bass pads.
Review: If you like your D+B dark, dirty and full of energy, then this storming EP on Playaz is definitely for you. Prolix steps up with partner-in-crime MC Coppa and the pair go in hard in title track "On Like That" - incendiary lyrics are paired with pounding drums, grizzled bass in a tech-ed up soundscape. "Feed The Habit" is another tear out monster with warping mid range bellows, whilst "Interlace" introduces some MC Kemo style spoken lyrics over the rough beats. Finally, "Shut The Place Down" ends on a dramatic note with a flurry of lyrics, juddering beats and chaotic fury.