Review: Gradient Audio return to their release schedule with a pair of serious heaters as they bring in the services of B1t Crunch3r and Section 8 for some demonic dubstep delight. We kick off on Section 8's 'Woke', a devilish composition, jam packed with heavyweight sub pressure and a tonne of growling reeses, making for a pleasing composition indeed. On the flip B1T Crunch3r comes through for a more specially textured design in 'Tiamat', driven by pulsating percussive patterns and roaring bass synth design. Dubstep is alive and well and if anything, in a more creative place than ever before!
Review: When Eskimo Recordings approached Bill Brewster with the idea of putting together a compilation exploring his epic record collection, the acclaimed journalist and DJ decided to take a widescreen approach. While the CD and vinyl versions are split into multiple, themed editions ("Post-Punk", "Balearic" and "House"), this vast, 41-track digital edition gathers everything together in one place. Predictably, it's a hugely impressive and eye-opening set, with Brewster serving up largely obscure or long-forgotten cuts that range in scope from trippy, dubbed-out post-punk disco, jaunty jazz-funk, synth-heavy boogie and heavily percussive Afro-disco grooves, to saucer-eyed European synth-pop, the dub techno of Maurizio, Swag's early UK tech-house and the East Midlands deep house bump of Charles Webster's "A Love From San Francisco" project. In other words, it's a cracker from start to finish.
Review: For those who don't know: the Serial Killaz are Drum & Bass/Jungle producers from the UK signed to Congo Natty and Playaz Recordings and in addition are now running their own Serial Killaz label, which serves up this killer by DJ Hybrid entitled the In Too Deep EP. First up he teams up with Section on the fierce breakbeat onslaught of "Give You More" which is reminiscent of classic Dom & Roland. "Regrets" is a dark roller with sampled R&B vocals providing a nice contrast to the nefarious elements; killer bassline on this one by the way! The title track is deep old school style drum and bass that's no doubt a nod to classic sounds by DJ Die or Krust while the jump up vibes of "Moving On" close the EP out nicely.
Review: Half man, half machine (hence the name), Hybrid has been unstoppable this year. Tune after tune after tune for days and they've all been precision delivered with the dancefloor and heads in mind. Here we find him on mean debut label EP flex for Natty Congo and nothing is left to chance as all vibes are licked thoroughly; "Occupational Hazard" kicks with real classical Moving Fusion style late 90s power and some brilliantly tripped out cascading moans, "Lunar" kicks with a Rockwellian ghettotech pace while "Bad Man Culture" rolls with a mild jumpy wobble reminiscent of foundation Bristol. "Turn It Around" brings home the funk bacon with a vibe that's not dissimilar to Break. Seriously.
Review: Three veritable jungle gentlemen team up for the first instalment of Ikon-B's "Colabs" series. First to join the party is the inimitable roller merchant Kumarachi who taps in for a slinky low riding heads-down viber. Ice cold introspection with glacial synths and melodic sub bubbles "Decode" takes you right back into the midst of (Krome &) Time. "We Warned You" sees Ikon-B upping the stink factor with Section. Rusty breaks, echoed out MC vox and a rolling groove so robust it can flatten your entire unit. Bring on part two.