Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: Rockwell bows out of Shogun with an absolute beast of an EP that's been gradually leaked out over the month. It kicks off with "Easy", an incredible Bristol bust-up with the man like Roni, before plunging us into dancehall-dented halftime darkness on "09 Track" and grime-galvanised chaos with the Flowdan-fronted "Inventor". Finally we conclude the "User", a rushed-out slice of euphoria that reminds us of Tom Rockwell's sensitive side. Acutely on point.
Review: V Recordings' Future LP finally looks set to drop fairly soon and this remix from Benny L is part of it, blending as it does the classic tones of Bristol legend Roni with Benny's more new school, harsher style of production. 'Dayz' is a timeless piece of work and Benny has flipped it on its head, rolling out some ragged breaks underneath Roni's instantly recognisable sample work and over a simple but incredibly effective bassline. Excellent stuff.
Review: Roni Size and Rockwell? Yes please! Two dons of their own respective games, both with very distinctive sounds; this really is a magic moment for Shogun Audio. It's one of those rare collaborations where you can hear both artists clearly with full complements to each other; Roni's off-beat bass funk, Rockwell's anarchy, both of their sense of pace and momentum. Slappy, steppy and shocky, this is a perfect example of how good collaborations can be.
Review: V Recordings do some of the best compilations in the business and their brand new Foundation series is a natural recognition of that fact. They're not being hyperbolic with the usage of the term 'Foundation' either, because this is truly an overview of some of the scene's most foundational producers. Old-school Dillinja, Krust, Roni Size and DJ Die, amongst others, make up the roster of acts that formed an integral part of the genre back in the day. The new crew is also represented, however, in the form of L-Side, Think Tonk, Nasza Linez and loads more, all of whom bring some of that V-style heat. Wicked album - one for the heads.
Review: Welcome to Planet VIP, an exclusive collection of brand new remixes, VIPs and classic unreleased reworks. This project includes contributions from the whole of the V family, with tracks from the full gamut of legendary producers V has to offer from Roni Size and Dillinja to Eveson, DJ Krust, MC Fats & Kabuki. On remix duties are some of the scene's finest producers including Nu:Tone, TC & Need For Mirrors, alongside some of the most exciting new artists to hit the scene in years like Unreal, Command Strange, DJ Chap, Dr Meaker and many more - this compilation fuses together the new and old with scintillating results! All mixed together by the Jumpin Jack Frost, this LP ventures into the full spectrum of D&B. No matter what you love, you'll find it here.
Review: Enter Bailey for V Music to show the world what the face of D&B looks like as we approach the end of the beginning of 2014. Featuring 24 tracks of the hardest-hitting jungle drum & bass the scene has to offer, this adroitly named compilation is an ode to the more stripped back, raw sounds of D&B's past - all with the unmistakable edge of 2014 production power. Take note - if bass ain't your thing, move it along. There's nothing for you to see here.