Review: Camo Tribe have been surfing the radar of true school drum and bass now for two years now, who again rise to the surface with a a 22-track large compilation. Full of unique artists, monikers, aliases, collaborations and pseudonyms, Camo Tribe's expression comes through low key urban junglisms like C.E.'s "Are You For Real" next to UK hardcore and rave in S-Man's "Clash Tings". You'll find an undeniable classic edge and retroactive refreshments in numbers by Destiny, DJ Evil E and Conrad Sub, to the devilish dubs of Jumanji, Danny Styles "Get Mad (1996 Unreleased Dubplate)" and DJ Direkt.
Review: Deep in the Jungle continue their onwards march with this, the seventh edition in their widely acclaimed Anthems series, a compilation that always finds the ideal mix of current and future talent to showcase. In the case of the former, well-travelled producers Epicentre and Kumarachi roll things out and tear them down on 'Light Em Up', which features a gnarly array of interlinked bass nodes and torn low frequency sonics, al underpinned by a percussion section that's the perfect blend of rusty and sharp. New talent emerges in the form of Trobe and Mirage, who have their first label release with '89', although you wouldn't have guessed it based off this tune's razor clean percussive edge and expert use of space, a hard thing to get right and one this pair blow out the water here. Rave samples, expansive basslines and a synth arrangement you won't be able to shake - unmissable. 34 tracks later and Deep in the Jungle have nailed every single one of them - big ups.
Review: Big bad and very very heavy! Ten Ton hit the big tonne with this overweight menu of murkery. Featuring some of the label's oldest sparring partners and freshest fighters, across the album we're navigated through some of the darkest, dirtiest and dankest corners of Project Lando's imprint. Stars of the show include Project Lando himself, who delivers a whole string of sick remixes and originals (including an immense hair-raising twist on MQ's 'Roll Out' and an insane VIP of 'Suck Out'), Shodan, who presents a whole brace of releases (including the super-charged euphoria of 'Soulfire') and the rising styles of Skuff who tags up with Iffy for the lush vocal track 'Illusions' and the trembling dark liquid bumper 'New Tones'. And that's just the tip of this centennial iceberg. 100 thumbs up.
Review: Skuff has an enviable history of producing deep, rolling beats and this EP on Ten Ton Beats is no different, with the producer perfectly blending rolling basslines with subtle sampling under the beautiful soft vocals of Iffy guiding you through the track. 'Sounds Out There' is simple in its elegance and yet rough in all the right places, with a catchy drum hook that stretches out on the intro before rollling through into a barebones main body of punchy low frequencies. 'Stories To Tell' is the softest with its funky guitar flicks, a soulfulness mirrored by the luxurious synth touches of 'Sunflowers'. It's the title track that steals the show, as a hard-hitting but melancholic arrangement perfectly summarises the beauty of this release. Yes Skuff!
Review: Ten Ton Beats deeper sister imprint turns it focus to label regular Shodan for this very special piece of space age 170 soul. First up is a pacey, sci fi twist on Skruff's May 2018 single "Illusions" which flips the original from a steppy vocal bomb to a heads down 23rd century roller while "Don't Look Away" is a stripped back emotional, string and piano laced deep liquid piece laced with a lilting introspective vocal. Perfect for those long cosy nights inside in the club.
Review: Five years, 50 releases, Ten Ton Beats imprint have contributed to underground D&B with a steady, gradual confidence. Not flooding the game but never falling off the radar, the label has been a consistent source of uncompromised heaviness. Here we celebrate this with a raffish cross-section of dancefloor styles that really do live up to the label's weighty title: the metallic bass rasps of "Missing In Action", the snare perfection and silky sub warps of "Deadly Force", the tongue-in-cheek Voltage-style mischief of "Funk Inspectors", the Twisted Individual barks of "Chapter". Technically some of these bangers weigh more like 12 or 13 tons. But that's our little secret.