Review: Nuusic's MC-championing Dub Culture series heats up with two absolute donnies... Fresh from his debut album Bad From Morning, Sub-liminal bossman Agro tags in one of the UK's biggest and most respected MCs Riko Dan for this mean and murky tear-up 'Warlord'. Powered by a full-throttle turbine bassline and spacious, swinging breaks, there's plenty of room for Riko's war talk as the track gets heavier and heavier as it builds. Complete with an instrumental for added mixing creativity, Nuusic smash the jacksy off this once again.
Review: Now if you were looking for an allstar 140 lineup, It's hard to look at this new single and not see it as one of the strongest drops of the year. Trends & Boylan are a dangerous duo at the best of times, but when you then combine the majesty and power of their unique approaches to production with the likes of Cimm, Youngsta and the untouchable vocals of Riko Dan, you are always going to end up with something special. The track takes the title 'Hear That', which Trends & Boylan tear to pieces, reformatting it into a rave-ready smash, layering Riko's catchy vocal line over the top of a cascade of lethal horn lines, powerful bass pushes and eerie piano melodies. This is one for the dances, make no mistake about that!
Review: Liondub have a history of blending ferocious cross-genre sounds with penetrating vocal lines, and this EP from Lost City and Riko Dan is no exception. 'Soundboy Calling' is the main item, a stepping, punchy number with an almost afrobeat vibe to the drums, a funky groove that belies its swelling bassline and frenetic energy. There's a JNGL remix and instrumental versions of both, and the JNGL flip amps up the movement and injects a tonne more energy, turning the original into a straight-up breakbeat banger. Vibes inside.
Review: It's been a long time since we have been anywhere close to disappointed with a new Liondub International release, with this latest heavyweight collaboration continuing to apply the pressure, as Riko Dan, Trigon & Dave Gee join the Lion Dub team for a hard hitting new single entitled 'War Dub'. Right from the off we can tell we are in for a raucous affair as demonic horn lines and sizzling sublines provide the perfect skeleton for Riko Dan to run riot upon, unleashing a blistering display of clash-ready lyricism. This drop comes complete with the instrumental version for good measure, making it a must grab for any 140 DJ.
Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Akuma by Teej and featuring Jappa, Disrupta and Riko Dan continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Akuma' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. 'War Cry' takes things more rolling with a wicked, snapping snare and a wobbling wall of sine basses to back it up, bringing a lovely clean feeling that's also on '16 Speakers'. Wicked.
Review: Across multiple genres of UK underground music, Riko Dan is already solidified as one of the vocal legends. He is also known to step outside the 140 box and work alongside unusual production to create some truly phenomenal work. His brand new EP has been released through Tectonic and is a homage to his vocal versatility, be it the rapid fire patois voicings upon 'Vibration', the slower more dancehall inspired lyrics on 'Slap It Up' or even the uber grimey flows on the title track 'Hard Food'. Along with these we are also blessed with the techy arrangement of 'Hungry', the 8bit melodies of 'Alright Then' and a fantastic remix of 'Big Slug' from the ever creative production fingers of Walton.
Review: Well this one has definitely been worth the wait as we see grime heavyweights Trends and Boylan team up with the London City Warlord himself: Riko Dan. Together they combine for an absolute monster by the name of 'Freddie Krueger'. Everyone involved plays their part perfectly, with Trends & Boyland supplying the electronic grit that Riko is able to layer fierce lyricism upon. As if this combo couldn't create something utterly explosive? This one also comes complete with a full radio edit and the instrumental to boot.
Review: Lifted from his debut album Signals, Wen's fearsome collaboration with Riko Dan gets the remix treatment on Keysound by two heavy-hitting factions. Walton steps up first and brings the gutsy crossover rhythms, touching on taut 4/4 drum lines without forgetting about the importance of low-end presence and some deadly half step drops. Kahn & Neek meanwhile knock the track into a whole new ballpark, weaving a mysterious line in fluttering melodies that contrast with grimy string hooks, once again placing the pair far outside the rest of the pack. It's a track that manages to be sweet and deadly in equal measure, bolstered by some additional MC flex to truly make the track their own.