Review: It's the age-old argument that's kept croaky old junglists up past their bedtime for years: does VIP stand for 'this mix is strictly for very important people' or does it stand for 'variation in production'? In truth, it can mean either, depending on who made the VIP and who they intended it for. But now at least we know Eatbrain's stance on the matter as they ask some of their biggest VIP producers to go back over a seminal label release of theirs and give it a good overhaul, update and go-faster stripes for 2020. The results speak for themselves; the added grit and funk on L 33's 'Mafia', Jade's emotional dynamics on 'TV Says' and the complete subversion of 'Need' by Zombie Cats and Abis are just three examples of how very important these variations are. And they're made for you: the true VIPs.
Review: Eatbrain is the Hungarian Neurofunk institution that just keeps on giving, the Central European bass place which prioritises naughty music over everything else. Well, their 2018 album is here from a selection of the artists in their orbit and its everything you'd expect from Jade and the crew. The first cut - 'Mafia' by L 33 - has been out for a little while but has rightfully been re-visited here, its Jump-Up-Neurofunk fusion landing exceptionally well with serious dancefloor implications. There are too many sick tracks on this release to cover them all here, but KOLT's 'Harpy' and 'Pararampam' from Agressor Bunx are two more absolutely ridiculous bits of production. Well worth a look.
Task Horizon - "Brace For Transit" - (4:37) 172 BPM
Teddy Killerz - "Psi 2000" - (4:05) 174 BPM
The Prophecy - "Arytmia" - (5:52) 174 BPM
Tobax - "Steinhagel" - (5:08) 175 BPM
Traced - "Land Of Expectation" - (5:21) 173 BPM
Transforma - "Death Breather" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Zombie Cats - "Chemical" - (4:37) 172 BPM
Review: C4C Recordings are celebrating 20 years soon and this album is their celebration: a mammoth 40 tunes of hard-hitting neuro goodness to warm your bones and rattle your face holes. The list of producers present on this album is pretty exhaustive and, perhaps some high-profile exceptions aside, every single neurofunk producer you could want is here. Dub Elements land on their feet with the exceptional 'Beasts Abode', a slightly less frantic but equally venomous tune compared with lots of other offerings. Other highlights come from ChaseR, Current Value and Agressor Bunx and the whole album is special - go check it.
Filip Motovunski - "Check Out The Vibe" - (4:24) 176 BPM
Gydra - "Megapolis" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Agressor Bunx - "Total Destroy" - (5:39) 172 BPM
Cod3x - "Obey" - (4:55) 174 BPM
Heamy - "Backbone" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Nakwan - "Turn On The Light" - (4:01) 175 BPM
Tobax & Gydra - "Progressive" - (5:13) 172 BPM
Bl4ck Owlz - "Geddo Fonk" - (4:47) 174 BPM
Billain & Vegas - "Shinde" - (7:21) 174 BPM
Review: Black Box Six is a big compilation with 23 tracks on it, all of which fit ideally into the neurofunk-shaped hole that Bad Taste have carved out for themselves within the D&B scene over the past few years. The label has become a reliable, known quantity for purveying dark beats so this release has been excitedly awaited. There's too much to talk about, really. Og particular note is the Teddy Killerz remix of Malux's 'Turbine', a dirty halftime remake of an already filthy original. Agressor Bunx bring the goods with 'Total Destroy', and Matys & Trilo's 'Undertaker' has so much force that it's arguably the best track on the LP. If you like your dirty D&B this isn't to be missed.