Review: Synthesis is the fourth Digital album and it might be his most ambitious undertaking yet! The album's sixteen tracks see the UK producer working alongside a swathe of high profile contemporaries. The danger with projects such as this, is the lack of cohesion and binding theme but its clear Digital conceived Synthesis as a display of all that's good in the current scene. Exceptionally well produced and engineered, it's nigh on difficult to pick out a highlight here with the likes of Om Unit, Nomine, Villem, Spirit and the mighty Klute excelling in their bass science explorations alongside Digital. An album to really sink your teeth into.
Review: Convex Industry's unruly little brother CNVX makes its first stance of the year with this all-star-cast EP. First up is dBridge's far-from-average "Average Echo". A neat contrast to his screwface adventures with the freshly reformed Bad Company, this track is a lesson in fine drum tuning and spacious bass placement. Loxy & Resound's "Heritage", meanwhile, lives up to its name (even down to its stately six minute length) as it taps into drum & bass jungle's deepest roots, digging up all manner of Headz references along the way.
Review: If the names Loxy, Resound and Overlook send a manic shiver up and down your spine, let's cut to the chase - you need this release. Minimal tribal; it's fair to say that nobody does it like them. Especially when they've teamed with Samurai to release it all. Ritualistic assumptions aside, these tracks are everything you need them to be. "The Lodge" broods and builds, thumping dampened drumskins, whiel "Harbour" has Loxy and Overlook working their magic with industrial heaviness and claustrophobic distortion. This isn't music, it's the gateway to the underworld.
Review: We've been waiting for this since Doc Scott fired up his old ThirtyOne machine just over a year ago. A 24-track collection of stone cold exclusives, this bucks any expectations of the label and its remit and celebrates the very best creativity in all shades of drum & bass. Littered with the best names in the game (Calibre, Nucleus & Paradox, Bungle, Loxy & Resound, Scar, Marcus Intalex and many many more), each cut pushes the bass and riddim envelope with stark, uncompromised creativity and production muscle. The ultimate document of where the best D&B is at, this is nothing short of essential.