DJ Rodeo,A Magness,A Skankage A &A A.T.B - "LOCK UP" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: Bucking heck! Rodeo's rifle stepper enjoys a cornucopia of refixes and they're all next level: KHALZ minimalises the dickens out of the situation, taking us to stark new places, Skankage adds layers of jagged steel and a spring the size of Wales to the mix, Magness throws down a Voltage-style subby swing while A.T.B twists up the rhythm with mischief. Comes complete with a seriously scatty VIP and a new original that's come from the remixer's collaborative minds: the trippy harmonic stepper "Lock Up". Bad boy business.
Review: Premium Belgian business right here. And we're not talking about the beer; Skankage makes his debut on Liondub International's check-on-sight Street Series with five serious sonic assaults. Easing us in softly with the roughhouse tech slams and grizzles of 'Rollin Since 99', we're then hurled into a maze of contemporary dancefloor danger; 'Feel The Vibe' is a Gee'd up salute to the modern day bassline singalongs, the minimal croaky dark-out 'C2H6Cd' is every bit as toxic as its title suggests while 'Broken Wings' flips the flavours for a deeper, prowling take on D&B. Last but not least 'Over The Horizon' brings the EP to a grand conclusion with epic high frequency riffage that celebrates everything that's great about Belgium's D&B sound both past and present.
Review: This release honestly doesn't mess around. It carries a serious sense of potency despite its clear lack of sophistication, because D&B of this type simply isn't about sophistication, it's about making something so filthy the audience won't even understand what hit them. SkankAge has certainly accomplished that here, I mean just have a listen to the glitched out, synth-based badassery that is 'Europa', a beautifully spacious tune that still manages to make you feel like you've been attacked by a dog. This is a crazy release from start to finish.
Review: Bulletproof are doing us all a favour with this release, simply because it's such a good collection of rolling and chopped up beats. Bulletproof FC is a vibes-heavy, breaksy release that doesn't take many prisoners. There's a whole load of artists on this particular squad and their respective talents move from grinding jump up to bumping minimality, with Elsy blending those two sonic palettes effectively on 'Feel For You'. There is industrial jump-up on 'Elephant March', as well as an especially big cut on 'On My Back', as well as other flavours mixed in. Wicked.