Review: There's a whiff of new alias to Birmingham-based Exile. Whoever he was before, whatever he did, it's their loss and jump-up's gain as he consummately proves across four tracks right here with his On Point debut. "Harmless" lets rip with a fog horn style bass and venomous bars from equally mysterious MC Godderz, "Drop It" is pure stabby riff drama while "Charlie Murphy" flashes and bashes with some sharp jungle jolts. Finally "Crypt Keeper" takes us back to Bristol circa mid 2000s via the far east... Bon voyage.
Review: Barking mad beats from the Kanine kennel, this time on Subway Soundz: "Invincible" bites and growls with a razor sharp step and a range of weirdo bass textures all vying for your attention in a well juggled scattered riff style. Slipz joins the fray for the second sesh of the set "Keyboard Warrior". Venomous, brittle and charmed with cheeky amen rolls on the fills, it's so heavy and rasping with dark alien funk you kinda of want to find the keyboard slapping trolls who inspired this track and shake them by the hand for making it happen (then kick them somewhere sensitive) Soundz as a pound.
Review: Nu Elementz has been one of the biggest success stories from the world of jump up over the past couple of years, his steady rise mirrored in peers like Bou, Kanine and others. This time around he's teamed up with Slipz to produce a naughty two-tracker that, if you're a fan of his work, will almost certainly be up your street. 'Empire' is a stabby concoction of percussive knocks and bass flares, with an ominous sample to lead you in on the drop. The flip is made of bigger material, with a groaning bass synth that's got jump up anthem written all over it and those classic percussive sounds we all know and love. 'S.W.A.T' is the better of the two but both are equally on point. Grab em.
Review: Profile has taken a rather original approach to this jump-up two-tracker, with both tunes rolling out the introductions before flipping into their dancefloor iterations. 'Killing Spree' is our favourite of the two, with a banging set of samples and punchy drums leading you in on the build and laying the groundwork for what turns into a stabby rendition of dancefloor destruction. 'Invasion' is a big more raucous but still carries some funk nonetheless, this time that infectiousness being transposed onto an even darker context. The album art is the final nice touch to what is an incredibly slick release. Well played boys!
Review: BassLayerz' Slipz returns to Subway Soundz for the first time in over 18 months with four crystal riff slappers. "Get Down" flips a well known 90s house sample and brings it kicking and screaming into D&B territory, "Higher" bounces with a delectable swing that's almost Zinc-like in its warmth and weight while "Double Ya Money" wriggles and teases with a trippy reverse 8-bit riff and an array of asteroid blasting bleeps. Finally Slipz ends on a sincere note with "Not Laughing". Warped, strange and stripped back, it's tailor made for MCs to go HAM on. Where the bacon at?
Review: Nottingham rudeboy Slipz slides into Subway HQ with four stark, steppy bassline grunters that will melt any floor this side of 2020. Kanine jumps on board for the opening shots on "Keyboard Warrior" - all metallic and rasping with venom. Elsewhere "Check This Out" rattles with a harmonic riff reminiscent of a young TC and rattling snare-heavy beats, "Massacre" creates a blood bath with its Hazard-style thick-n-fast ravaged riff while "Ha!" has the last laugh with some heady Generation Dub style grunty riffage. Don't lay off this one.
Review: On Point continue their impeccable entrance into the game with two murked steppers from Nottingham's Slipz. "Do It" lives up to its urgent name as a powerful sub purrs beneath a steppy block-hitting rhythm, a series of trippy FX dance in and out of the mix while a thugged-out sample adds the perfect level of momentum. "Pulse" shows off Slipz's more junglistic prowess with flashes of skipped-out breaks and a bassline that rumbles so hard you'll need counselling. Simple but oh-so-effective.
Review: Every now and then, you just want a release that slams start to finish. No frills, no pretence of trying to be something that it isn't, just solidly banging D&B that gets your head nodding and your feet moving. Slipz has done that here and this single is a run of attitude-packed jump up, all of which would sound fat through a sound system. 'Hurt' is a highlight, bright light synths and god vibes leading you in into a fluttering array of bouncy sonics and boom-bap drum hits, a vibe that's quickly transferred across into 'Too Quiet' - snapping percussive hits, moody bass notes and melody that oozes power.
Review: G13 are turning ten years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of slightly lesser-known artists. This is the second part of that celebration and, following on from an excellent first instalment, the crew are back with even more. Rowney and Filthy Habits make a return, whilst Smoggy and more make a feature as well. Rowney ropes in MC Haribo for a screamer with 'Devastating', Lyfie takes things heavy on 'Mentality' and Slipz drags proceedings into a bouncier place with 'Drop Tight'. All round, an excellent showing from the G13 crew.