Review: Serial Killaz celebrate all top ranking selectas with this XXXL sized bubbler. Big vocals, warm horns, awesome Amen break-outs and a bassline that gets smellier and smellier as the track progresses, it's an instant merry maker jam. Looking for something a little darker, a little slinkier, a little dubbier? Jump on 'Territory' then with its ghostly echoed vocals and shimmering organs. Badness.
Review: Have Serial Killaz just dropped an essential summer anthem? Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Yes and here's why... The legendary MC Spyda leads with a classic dubwise vocal that instantly hits the soul, the euphoric bassline is reminiscent of those big Brookes Brothers tracks around 15 years ago and the whole flow just has summer festivals written all over it. And if that's not enough of a massive summer anthem for you, check the deeper UKG style soul of 'Mind Games'. Not always known for their deeper tracks, Serial Killaz once again remind us of their talents with something very special here.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.
Review: Everybody loves a good VA, it's just wicked getting a whole big album full of tracks from different artists - the definition of a kid in a candy shop. This one from Uncommon has a cool combination of bigger and smaller acts, from the mighty Kasra to lesser known quantities like Resist. Kasra's 'Needles' is a standout, a fiercely minimal slapper that gargles and gurgles its way straight into your brain, and for anyone that is into the Critical sound: this is the tune for you. Kanine, another rising star, hits hard on 'Searching', a tune that reminds us of the recent Klippee tracks over on Lifestyle Music. All in all, this is a very solid little VA - yes yes!
Review: In terms of legendary status for labels over on the jungle/jump-up side of the scene, it's pretty hard to beat Serial Killaz. Run by the duo of the same name, the imprint has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Serial Killaz themselves, Vital Elements and Upgrade, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Steel Drum'. You've probably heard this one doing the rounds and it's actually already been released, but oh boy what a tune this is: a screaming, siren-lake mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to DJ Hybrid's 'Beatbox' - naught jungle vibes.
Review: Cor blimey, Jungle Cakes aren't messing around with their Welcome To The Jungle series are they? Hot on the heels of Ray Keith comes another stone cold OG; Nicky Blackmarket. Digging deep across the classics and sparking up a whole forest of fresh fires, it's a 40 track, 2 mix, 10 FX tool trove of pure jungle magic curated with the wide-armed style you'd expect from an originator. With classic ranging from well known such as "Incredible" and "Pulp Fiction" to cult such as "Keep It Raw" and "Gangsters" and upfront jams flexing from all the right names (Serum, Aries, Serial Killaz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith), Blackmarket has absolutely smashed this out of the mark.
Review: Instant shoe-off material: "Start The Killing" is Serial Killaz and Souped at their rawest and heaviest. An immense motorised groan that rips through the speakers with a strong pungent whiff of early 2000s, this is guaranteed to have you flinging your footwear all over the gaff. You can file "Spread Out" in your 'stinker' playlist while you're here, too. Once again armed with a droning, deep scream speaker ripping bassline but a little more of Serial Killaz' signature dubwise elements, this will spread like measles in a hippie commune. Total murderation!
Review: When it comes to skanks you can always rely on the jungle/jump-up fusioneers Serial Killaz. Two of the most prolific and hardest working men in the bass game, for their next bullet they've collided with the Ragga Twins to pop the style once again. "Duppy Man" takes a very well-known riddim, ups the tempo and beefs up the drums while leaving more than enough space for Flinty and Deman to spit their lyrical signature. Complete with a mind-bogglingly twisted dancehall remix and instrumentals, this one covers absolutely everything that's great about the fizzy cross-pollination happening in drum & bass right now.
Review: It's 2017 and you can finally have your cake and eat it. It's all down to Jungle Cakes head chefs Deekline and Ed Solo who have been working hard in the bass kitchen since the foundation days. Here we find them in five Michelin star mode as they serve up a banquet of creations both from their own and their peers' menus. Highlights across this incredible D&B banquet abound from the moment Craze and Infiltrata's (aka 12th Planet) classic "Things Just Ain't The Same 4 Gangstas" opens the collection and Firefox's (aka Roni Size) seminal "Keep It Raw" headbutts us a few tracks later. Elsewhere the Jungle Cakes dons treat us to skanked-out banger after skanked-out banger; Spyda's iconic vocals and the hornets nest b-line on "Soundsystem Entertainer", Tippa's harmonic heaven on "Pass Me The Dubplate" and one of the nastiest remixes Deekline's notorious "Don't Smoke" has ever experienced. Loaded with an array of cool FX and two continuous mixes, this is a true jungle feast. What a time to be alive.
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers label has now reached the fifth instalment of the increasingly respected Sub Slayers Series. He's scored a real coup here, by signing up rising 21-year old producer Toronto Is Broken to both curate the tracklist and provide an exclusive mix too. The focus this time round is firmly on garage and bass, and there are 26 bleeding edge selections to explore. Highlights include the aquatic synth pads and bottom end rumbles of Sourkrush's "Giving Me Life (Dead Belly mix)", the haunted soul-step of "Laundry Time" by Atomic Drop and the grimey dancehall of "Twinkle" by Gella.
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers get busy with a brand Bass Selection compendium. Giving the artist full artistic duties without compromise, King Yoof has taken the opportunity to amass some of his best soundsystem-tuned rolling skank-up bangers. From breaks to dubstep to D&B, the whole breakbeat spectrum is covered with special attention paid to dubwise and dancehall vocals. Highlights include a mid-zeros style electro-bass twist on Barrington Levy ("Murderer"), the stabby steppy paranoia of "Big Belly Riddim" and the evergreen harmoniousness of Aswad on Rhythm Riders' "Give Me A Sign". That's just three of 20 unmixed bullets ready for your playlist consumption. Get busy.
Review: Allow jungle revival pioneers and Jungle Cakes bosses Ed Solo & Deekline to present the much anticipated follow up to "Welcome To The Jungle". On this second edition of "Welcome To The Jungle", Ed Solo & Deekline delve deeper into their roots, and influences with a heady brew of jungle cuts old and new. From stone cold classics like Ray Keith - Chopper and DJ Hype ft. MC Fats - Peace, Love & Unity, also featured are remixes from Chase & Status, and Sigma. Mixed live by Ed Solo & Deekline over 2 continuous mixes, and crammed with 28 upfront exclusives, VIP mixes, classics, and fresh cuts from Jungle Cakes, Welcome To The Jungle Vol. 2 is all you need.
Various Artists - "Sub Slayers: Series 03 - Dubstep" (continuous DJ mix by Schema) - (46:24) 140 BPM
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers imprint has been developing a seriously strong repertoire across all discerning bass genres over the last four years. With a roll-call that ranges from Aswad to Ellis Dee, it's a repertoire with real roots and heritage, too. Here we find the label's third official mix collection. Dedicated to dubstep and curated by Schema, it's an investigative tour of every creative corner the genre has to offer; from the rolling, breakbeaty grooves of Jinx In Dub's "Shaka Sonics" to the muddy modern jungle nastiness of ID's "Tell Ya" and Serial Killaz "Man A Talk" via the more conventional savage midrange riff drop of Rack N Ruin's "Selecta Dub", all shades and styles of the scene are repped in full colour. Naturally, each one is guaranteed to slay all floors...
Review: For anyone who likes their beats hard and their samples nasty, this LP is an essential purchase. Spanning the ranks of Serial Killaz themselves, Rebel MC, Run Tingz Cru, Top Cat & Tenor Fly and Tribe of Issachar as well as some very special guests, this is a hard dance treat for anybody with fire in their shoes. Those in the know will already expect blazing jump up stylings from the Serial Killaz crew but that's only the start of it. From beginning to end there's no let up - you step hard, or you go home. The choice is yours.
Review: Are you ready for some Serial Killaz-style soundboy madness? Taking their hyped-up sound to another level with the help of Upgrade, "Killa Klash" takes a huge bass vibration, whacks it through years of reggae stylings and winds up the hybrid monster of jungle, jump-up and ragga. Don't ask us how, don't ask us why, it just works, dammit. It just works! On the flip, "Gunshots" has the bouncing swagger of a tune that knows it's owning the dancefloor. Both are massive, don't sleep.
Review: Listening to "In Your Eyes" is like being transported back to the late 1990s, evoking lost-repressed memories of packed dancefloors going nuts to ragga-jungle anthems and fun-but-silly jump-up cuts from the likes of Aphrodite. Of course, it's a little more cultured than that, but the furious jungle rhythms, well-chosen reggae vocal samples and rumbling basslines hark back to simpler times, when drum & bass hadn't become the multi-million dollar global industry it is today. "Lovely Woman" is a little sweeter and more soulful, concentrating more on its reggae inspirations. That said, it still features a blistering breakbeat and titanium-clad riddims.