Review: Long-distance thing: Runnah continues to bubble up the ranks with a debut on Liondub Internatty's long-coveted Street Series collection. Packing five tracks in total, each one reps a different Runnah style. "Avatar" is the good old 800 metres. Stately, pacey and no frills fun. "Gypsy Gang" is the 100m sprint; those technoid synths and that rasping bassline getting you quick off the blocks. "Emergency" is a half marathon; its weight is measured, considered but hard as nails. "Secret Weapon" is the ultra marathon. Freaky, relentless and full of surprises. Finally "Avocado" is the 200m hurdles, jumpy, fast and full of grunty bumps. On your marks...
Review: Bringing a cross section of drum and bass to Eternal Muzic once again is Runnah who pushes a fast and hardcore style with this latest Multiverse EP. Delivering liquid numbers in percussive, piano-tipped tracks like "IGarden", beats are notched up a gear with gnarly lashing of lyrics in "Apocalyptic". Get chopped and screwed in the breakdown of tracks like "Get Down" or torn and dubbed out UK style by the basslines in "Der Vogul" and lead track "Multiverse".
Review: You can Runnah but you can't hide-ah... Eternal Muzic return with a massive EP from this Essex based rising badman and the rudeness is unavoidable. We kick off with the heavy Bristol twangs "Happy Riddim" before going all guns blazing into growl town on "9mm", "Ya Bad" strips the vibe back before ushering in a whole chorus of frog basses before Alphaze joins the fray for a rifle-blasting finale "Assemble". Fix up!
Review: The Eternal Muzic crew are back in town and they have an offering, courtesy of Runnah. It's a fiery, no-nonsense release that sits in the familiar vein of Souped Up influenced music, with catchy hooks and the urban-edged knack that only jump-up D&B has. 'Looney Toonz' is our favourite, with a punching, pitched-down back end that pulses and sways alongside its percussive cousin and to great effect - this one would go down well on any UK dancefloor. The rest of the release is equally slick - Eternal Muzic have killed it once more.
Review: Previously spotted throwing gang signs around on the label as Purcell, Tom Purcell steps up to Latch with his new Runnah alias. New name, same smelly sounds: "Extravaganza" is a quirky little robo-funker sprinkled with a little 8-bit charm on the fills while "Universe" is a heavier blend of gully dynamics with sci-fi sweeps on the breakdown and a bassline that rasps in all the right places. You better Latch on to this!
Review: This release is big. Not in a super fancy or sophisticated way but in the ways that matter, the ways that mean you'll be going hard on a dancefloor at 5am somewhere when one of these tracks comes on. Stillz is responsible and he's over on Latch Recordings Recordings this time around, Tell Me is the name of the release and it's fitting. 'Right Never Wrong' is straight up roller business, with a towering intro that cuts away on the drop, leaving a pure line of energy and rattling percussion in its wake. 'Tell Me', 'Refined' and 'Eastern Flavours' step up the craziness even more and are where this extended EP really gets going. Top work.
Review: Ten years and 40 releases deep, Eternal Muzic let loose with their biggest VA album to date. Running the full jump-up range from bouncy to savage tear-out, some of the label's closest allies are all on side including DJ Sly, Tesen, Runnah and Krusty who appears multiple times across the album with some of the most provocative jams of the collection like the 2012-era harmonic riffage of "Need You" and the gnarly, flabby bass 'head-banging' finale. Elsewhere Rannah lays down a futuristic fire-up VIP of "Looney Toonz" and Sly & BlckHry get classical with the wriggly bass of "Vibe Check". Muzic forever...
Review: Liondub International's 10 year celebrations continue with a sense-shocking body slam into the future of the label and its ever-growing family of talented artists. Hitting hard like the label's ever-on-point Street Series, the rollcall reads like a who's who in gully talent: Dutta, Bou, Jayline, Vital, BlckHry and loads more. Whether you want to be completely twisted and spat back out by a brass section (Pharoah's "Fire In The Hole") you'd prefer to be hoovered by a jet engine then shot up into the stars (Jayline's "1408") or you're more into the idea of being rattled around in a big tin bassline can (Danny The WildChild's "Body Moves") this future shock has every physical experience contemporary (but heavily rooted) drum & bass can offer. And there's even more to come. Big up Liondub!