Review: If old school Prodigy basslines and Wu Tang samples is something that will light up your night, then don't look past K Motionz's "Tang Clan". Konvict Dee combines liquid drum and bass with growling synths in "Badman", while DJ Masta's remix to Pest's "DROP IT" is gnarly. Distortion, syncopation, but most importantly - groove - dominates Rd's "Ku Yung Fi", and last is the futuristic laser fighting off Pest's "The Room".
Review: Dubstomp 2 Bass is another of those very consistent and prolific jump-up labels that just generally tends to release some of the naughtiest cuts from that side of the scene around. RD is on the imprint this time and Bally Gangs features murky tones on all four cuts, each of them dripping with the type of energy that's made jump-up so popular at the moment. Our favourite is probably 'Don't Wanna', a gargling tune that squelches its way around the range, undercut by a skippy but forceful percussive line. The title track is another highlight, a forceful but creative drum section underpinning a wavey amalgamation of bass force. More good work from these guys.
Review: A new mix from perennial party faves Soul Clap is always a cause for celebration, but there's something extra-special about this particular exercise in dancefloor nostalgia. Nice 'N' Ripe Allstars sees them revisit the bulging back catalogue of Grant Nelson's Nice 'N' Ripe label, an imprint that has tracked the rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of UK garage since its' birth in 1993. Soul Clap's mix - an action-packed 30-track affair featuring some of their own edits and remixes of classic cuts - does a great job in showcasing the best the label has to offer, flitting between early US garage style jams, loose soulful house, sturdy two-step, bass-heavy speed garage and the kind of long-lost jams which should be bitten by today's retro-minded house producers. In doing so, it offers an impeccable history lesson.