Review: Down 2 Earth Muzik is Macky Gee's imprint, his way of putting out more of the music he personally enjoys and wishes there was more of, a stamp he can plonk down on the scene and call his own. This next release is from Gino and it seems like he's heard the criticism that jump up is too samey, and so gone out and tried to refine and change the sound. He's definitely succeeded, whether you're into it is up to you, but there's a certain creativity in how the synths and basses are constructed and how they relate to each other. We love it and can't wait to hear more. The title track is especially good, with a super unique beat pattern and tough and tumble vibes popping off all over the shop.
Review: Having collided before on Heist's own Calypso Muzak with "Kuma Bear", Heist and Spaow lock horns once again, this time on Phantom Dub Digital. Taking a side each, both artists go all-in with two balls-out party damagers. Heist's "Detected" is straight out of the mid 2000s when he really made his mark on the game with a bass sound so twisted not even Clipz could touch him. Spaow's "Want To Know" acts all mean and gruff with myriad bass textures but suddenly shows a much more sensitive, soulful side with the swooning keys on the mid-section. Two premium slabs of bassweight right here if you can handle them?
Review: Man like Macky Gee steps up with his fourth artist album and it's by far his most diverse, direct and deadly album to date. Instantly kicking off with pure theatre of "Emperor", Gee then hurls down the stairs with a cavalcade of thumpers, bumpers and bangers. Highlights include the riffalicious spring of "Fever" with Zinc, the icy licks, groaning bass tones and Shotta's powerful bars on "Draw For The Draw", the grotty toxic riffage of "Turn Up" (with Erb N Dub), the swaggering dreamy emotional number "Cloud 9" and the lighter raising anthem-in-waiting "Moments"... And that's just the tip of the banger iceberg. Macky is doing it like no one else right now.
Review: Serious hard-stepping sounds from the Advisory Manchester connection on this set of jungle-inspired large ones. Take it back to the old school with "Schoolboy", an instant classic with the pedigree to carry it far or revisit your youth with "Dubwave Anthem", a tune that epitomises summertime all-nighters and renegade ways. "Some Choon Fi De Gyal Em" gets things rolling and final tune "Pass the Tu Shen Peng" rocks some laid-back vintage reggae vibes. Get skanking.
Review: This album's artwork features a burning first punching a bear in the face. Yeah, a burning fist punching a bear in the face. Honestly, we can't think of a better metaphor for what is a fiery, forceful jump-up release from a man who has just been PUMPING out the tunes this year. The title track is rough and ready, picture an Upgrade tune that's just been on a heavy night out, has lost its wallet and doesn't know how to get home - it's moody, basically. 'XTC Pacman' is more of an old-school Sub Zero stomper, glitched out metallic synths knocking about in a furious mash of force and style. The heaviest might be 'All Drink On Me' though, it's distorted melodies inching out over a fluctuation of various back end wobbles and futuristic mid-range tumbles. Sick ep.
Review: The eternally prolific Spaow has this time around put a psychedelic twist on everyone's favourite Italian plumber, Mario's usual cheerful chirpiness replaced by a jump-up orientated run around the wild side of the scene. The title track is exactly that, juddering rolls of bass synths laid underneath a glossy exterior of Nintendo-esque samples and video game quips. 'Nasus' takes things a lot steppier drum wise, whilst ramping up the insanity with a screeching dive of synth weaponry; 'Squirtle Squirt' reminds of the cute little turtle, this time around morphed into something very different; 'Azertox' slams on the finish. Go on Spaow, GO ON.
Review: Spaow has channelled the mental focus of the Buddha for this EP, a musical dexterity which has permitted him to create this absolute fire of a single. 'Boudha Finga' rolls out above a set of heavyweight drums and crashing hi-hats, which underpin a complex, chaotic yet precise mash of intertwined bass synths and old-school sampling. 'Chilli Sosa' opens with a funky piano arrangement that's matched in its upbeat drum lines, a serene pool of calm in what quickly turns into a very rough sea full of choppy basses and dirty sonics. Part two coming soon, we hear...
Review: Having hurled the inaugural part of his "Bouhda Finga" series upside our playlists late last year, and taking a cheeky shroom trip in between, Spaow returns with another digit chucking doublet. Both perhaps a little funkier than you'd expect from the man with the usually angular and very brittle sonic signature, "Romandino" flips between shades like an early Clipz joint while "Brain Glitch" is a kitchen sink affair where you can tangibly feel Spaow throwing everything into the mix. The riotous results speak for themselves. Gun fingers are so 2018...
Review: Ooof! Imagine a swarm of hornets got in your DAW and gave you tracks some mad type of deathly sting? That's what's going on in Spaow's computer right now. And we hope he's feeding them and looking after them well because we never want them to leave. Coming on strong like some 23rd century Yung Clipz, everything about "Zebra City" buzzes, stings and weirds you out in the best way possible. And that's just the first of four tunes! Elsewhere we have the high frequency disco freak out "The Beauty And The Spaow", the insanely trippy melting bass of "Desuro Study" and the woozy swagger and glitches of "Stay". Immense. This is without doubt Spaow's most far out release to date. Which is saying something.
Review: Tear out season has arrived and it's Spaow on the front line, a producer garnering a name for his devastating basslines. Turning Japan's capital on its head with "Tokyo Lofo", a wildly loose mash up of warped industrial basslines and jungle extractions make it through interludes of traditional asian instrumentation held together by an snippets of a liquid rhythm. "Geko" of the digi-flip rains down some neon spook in its melody before falling prey to huge halftime beats, stutter effects and tripped-out percussion. Parents be advised Adult Themes.
Review: Spaow gets busy on High R8 once again and it's nothing but pure Belgian badness. With its militant snares, "Rasta Warrior" is less of a soldier and more of entire troop of metallic bulletproof rastas marching into the fearful unknown. "Dorador" takes a techier track with its samurai bass swathing down over the triplet-based power drums, "Jumbot Machine" has a nuclear laser bass with a half life of a million while "Enjoy Yourself" teases with a hazy sexy swoon before hurling us into android lions. Bare knuckle business.
Review: Belgian behemoth Spaow makes his Calypso debut with a brutal six-piece that won't just shake the life out of you but will resuscitate you just to duff you up again. The message is clear from "Manneken Pis" as the dusty funk sample degrades into a turbine bass licks that can genuinely knock a dancefloor off its feet. "No Music" is a chance for Spaow to show off his squiggles and sound design collection while "Good Old Things" warps the dickens out of an old jazz sample before dipping low into a wonky distorted bass lick. Elsewhere we blaze the bass lasers on "Kuma Bear", we hit more sample-twisting gold on "Nonchalance" before ending with the lullaby/nightmare counterplay on "Reverse Life". Spaow's biggest release to date, without question.
Review: Last spotted chinwagging on his Nokia to Skibadee, Spaow returns with four more stark slammers. "Music Makes Me" sets the scene with equal levels of charm and grit while the Noisia-supported "Gravity" takes some broad brass textures and turns them into your nightmares. Elsewhere "Skydro" takes a ravey-pitched vocals, an army of drums and a zoo of Clipz-style bass harmonics and melts into into a riotous bundle while "Mother Fucking Bass" fuses swearing, classic jungle breaks and tripped out Belgian lasers in style. Need more you greedy people? Chow down on his insane remix of Rawtee's "Shadow Lion" and think long and hard about your actions.
Review: Spaow has channelled the chaotic energy of the monkey for this EP, a musical dexterity which has permitted him to create this absolute fire of a single. 'Monky Style' rolls out above a set of heavyweight drums and crashing hi-hats, which underpin a complex, chaotic yet precise mash of intertwined bass synths and old-school sampling. 'Avast' opens with a heavy arrangement that's matched in its upbeat drum lines, a serene moment of construction in what quickly turns into a very rough sea full of choppy basses and dirty sonics. Banging.
Review: Down 2 Earth Muzik are without a doubt one of the strongest jump up labels around at the moment and their output is so damn consistent, with almost a new release every week. This week it's the turn of Spaow, a regular on the label, and, this release is a four-tracker chracterised by its sheer veracity. With crisp drums and a tumbling percussive line, 'Sniff The Bass' rolls out in style, hitting punches and stealing packed lunches left right and centre, with a really original, complex approach to make interlinked basses. Gino, Skibadee and Heist features on trracks two, three and four and it's the last of these we love most - 'Plastic Kebab'. Proper tune this - no messing around, but then again what would you expect from these two?
Review: Two things of the strongest things that can pull you back down to earth: Gravity or a selection curated Macky Gee. This is both; "Gravity" is Macky's label's first various artist collection and it really is a K.O of a leveller. Spaow gets spiky on the riff and 2001 Space Odyssey on the synths, Rowney & Propz remind us that life can be both screwface and bouncy, Modified Motion & Faction get a little playful with the rave breakbeats and Complex whips up the hardest clanking sounds heard this side of your local steel foundry. Dextone closes the show the string-fired drama that is "Riot". Serious D&B right here, bring on the second volume!
Review: Gun Audio comes through correct with their fifth release in the form of an extensive D&B compilation featuring some of the best new talent out there. Much like their previous signings, these guys are relatively unknown but are sure to become big names in the future and to be honest, it's pure quality throughout. From wobbling jump-up to techier rhythms, this LP is about the best summary of what's happening at the moment in the UK D&B scene. Too many names for ya to digest so just press play and blow your speakers up!
Macky Gee - "Bangers N Mash" (feat MC Skibadee) - (3:46) 175 BPM
Gino - "Hunger Pains" - (4:27) 175 BPM
Spaow - "Don't Stop" - (5:30) 175 BPM
Macky Gee - "Moments" - (3:47) 175 BPM
Review: Down 2 Earth Musik is Macky Gee's label and for the end of the year he's coming at you with a fat compilation of tunes that fit in with the sound he's pioneered this year and the last. Not many artists have been as break out a success as Macky this year and it shows on this release, things kicking off with the fiery VIP of 'Calm Before The Storm', an appriopriate title for the first tune of an album that goes on to include tracks like Rawtee's 'Alligator' and Matzet's 'Roller Coaster'. Arguably the highlight comes from Macky himself though when he's joined by MC Skibadee on Bangers N Mash, a proper skank out with one of the most legendary MCs in the game.
Review: High R8 have been putting out a reliable stream of D&B since 2011, but it's only now they've released a compilation, and if you were to acquaint yourself with the sound of the label it's here. Filthy Habits feature twice with their tracks "Robot Wars", a grizzly bassline driven burner, and the rolling caustic sounds of "Pitch Black". Other highlights include Total Recall's climbing "Zelator", Cino's "Relocate", Spaow's heavily effected and twisted "Hard Work" and Version's deep and cruising "Weak Sauce". Get stuck in.