Review: Preaching to the junglist children who've turned to the darker side, "Bass Or Die" is Invisible Landscape's nod towards rapidfire jump up MCs and pared-back minimal breaks. Minimal jungle seems like a far-fetched idea. Given the weight of those subs, he's not going in half hearted though; the result is a mish-mash of sounds focused on that severe bassline. The Ragga Twins join him again in "Brock Wild", which takes on the form of good old fashioned D&B based on some serious old school breaks. Invisible Landscape is nothing if not experimental. When we say he's diverse, we mean he's straight-up crazy. One to watch.
Review: Heavyweight combo: between the three parties on this joint you've got almost 100 years of old school knowledge, passion and authority. Yoof's trademark chop-slapping breaks, Ragga Twins' instant hype vocals and Dugs' Ribena feel good vibes... Everything is in place for a royal tear-up that will sit across all bass DJs' playlists. Remix-wise Marcus Visionary (yet another legend) flips the tempo switch for a rifle jungle work out that leaves you under no illusions of its badness. Raving yet?
Review: Man like Macky Gee steps up with his fourth artist album and it's by far his most diverse, direct and deadly album to date. Instantly kicking off with pure theatre of "Emperor", Gee then hurls down the stairs with a cavalcade of thumpers, bumpers and bangers. Highlights include the riffalicious spring of "Fever" with Zinc, the icy licks, groaning bass tones and Shotta's powerful bars on "Draw For The Draw", the grotty toxic riffage of "Turn Up" (with Erb N Dub), the swaggering dreamy emotional number "Cloud 9" and the lighter raising anthem-in-waiting "Moments"... And that's just the tip of the banger iceberg. Macky is doing it like no one else right now.
Ragga Twins & Cogee - "All In Check" (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (6:58) 138 BPM
Living Legends (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (5:45) 128 BPM
Coffee (Remaster feat Aquasky) - (7:07) 138 BPM
Who Inspired You? (DJ Chef continuous mix) - (1:17:42) 138 BPM
Review: Flinty Badman and Deman Rockers' historical compendium hits second volume stage with an equally firing collection of reversions, remasters and stone cold classics produced and remixed by the likes of long-term production partners Aquasky, Rico Tubbs and 601. From the sinewy acid wriggles of "Loko" to the rampant rips and tears of "Soundbwoy Killa" to the tech-drenched dancehall stamps of "Raggatron", this is an irrefutable lesson in UK bass culture from electronic music's most versatile and distinctive MCs. Step out!
Give It Up (Old Skool Style) (Trevor Lovey's Fidgety dub mix) - (5:36) 128 BPM
Ready For This (feat Aquasky) - (6:41) 138 BPM
All In Check (feat Aquasky & Masterblaster) - (7:15) 138 BPM
Soundbwoy Killa (feat 601) - (4:31) 135 BPM
Let Me See Your Hands (The Bodysnatchers Crank Dat mix) - (5:00) 128 BPM
Let It Burn (feat Aquasky) - (6:03) 132 BPM
Coffee (Deekline mix) - (4:58) 142 BPM
Dirty Entertainers (LionDub mix) - (4:43) 132 BPM
Rule Dancehall (Genetix & OSLO mix) - (5:09) 58 BPM
Let Me See Your Hands (VIP) - (5:36) 132 BPM
Give It Up (Old Skool Style) (Michael Morph VIP mix) - (3:58) 129 BPM
Various - "Who Inspired You?" (DJ Chef continuous DJ mix) - (1:17:42) 138 BPM
Review: MCs don't come any more iconic or influential than Deman Rockers and Flinty Badman: They've applied their unity messages to every genre from dubstep to jazz by way of breakbeat, drum & bass and house. Celebrating 25 years in the dance (and about 35 as mic-munchers) Who Inspired You? rounds up a selection of their successes and a whole load of VIPs and exclusives; from the hype-charged jungle of "Dirty Entertainers" to the 1990 feels of "Give It Up" and the chop-walloping remix of "All In Check", this documents the legacy of MC culture's most important double-acts. Inspirational.
Review: London jungle heroes Ragga Twins need no introduction, yet they still infuse every new release with the manic urgency of a newbie eager to introduce themselves to the world. Latest missive "Vigilante" is no different, being a hyped-up slice of hardcore beats and futuristic digital bleeps. There's a whole bunch of killer remixes too, with Serial Killaz marrying dancehall and DnB craziness, Trufix getting deep and moody and Martron opting for some more melodic pop-reggae vibes.
Review: RatPack are legends of old school rave. They return with their long awaited LP. Featured on here are heavyweights such as The Freestylers, Baby D, Shut Up And Dance, Ragga Twins, Slipmatt, Lady Chann & Billy Daniel Bunter, 28 Hurtz & Skibadee. As you would expect from the RatPack: the musical direction on this album comes from a mixed bag of influences. Breaks, UK bass, acid house, garage and even drum & bass. There's even a little bit of skanking reggae thrown in for good measure. The chemistry the RatPack shares with all the artists, singers and producers on this album is evident and built up over years of touring the world together. Be it sharing the boards with King Yoof or the mic with Skibadee, The (CO)LabRats is an organic musical journey through the story of the RatPack, both old and new!