Review: If you've been to the D&B motherfest that is Let It Roll you will already understand the gravity of this situation... The Czech festival's showstopping opening show tradition levelled up this year by recruiting an entire troupe of A-list heavyweights to score its spectacular show. From the opening sirens of Abis's launch track "Battlecry" to the final harmonic synth echoes of The Prototype's "Infinite", this is an epic celebration of drum & bass at its most technical, dramatic and theatrical. Other highlights include the sudden twist in Mefjus's rolling tale "The Chase" and the rush caked euphoria of Muzzy's "Photons". The portal awaits...
Review: Prague-based producer Rido gets the full Metalheadz treatment, and he's cooked a serious beat feast to celebrate. The title track comes straight outta Planet Sci-Fi, all alien grizzles and cinematic string power. "Back To The Future" comes armed with some of the most touching D&B piano work this side of Calibre's studio. "Cockroach Funk" is an angular stop/start stutter jam with Codebreaker MC's vocals cutting through with venomous clarity and "They Think That" completes the set with a cheeky blend of Hollywood strings and Alexander O'Neil. Yup, you read that right... This needs attention!
Review: Eatbrain have steadily become one of the biggest powerhouses in neurofunk, their Budapest home making them perfectly placed to serve both sides of Europe's increasingly insatiable appetite for D&B that tries to put you in the hospital. This time, Rido has brought Joe Ford, Counterstrike and Jade on board for a collaborative endeavour which combines Rido's stylistic agro with several of D&B's most renowned bass merchants. 'Blueprint' featuring Joe Ford is an especially potent cut, high-octane energy drips from every sinew and its ability to get you gassed is classically Joe Ford. One for the heads.
Review: A stunning release here from and up-and-coming D&B talent Rido, as he re-visits his previous "Twisted" and gives it the VIP treatment, fresh for Winter 2012. Whilst maintaining all the essential elements of the original, Rido adds further panache to the piece - think taught, terse breaks with that grouchy bassline belching beneath. The super smooth polished vocal from Thomas Oliver is given a less prominent position in the overall track, but is a perfect juxtaposition to the toughness of the beats. Another cracking release here from Metalheadz.