Review: It's perhaps a bit of a stretch to class all of these floor-friendly bootlegs as "ragga". The opener from label bosses The Dirty Dubsters is actually a skanking, dubwise, breaks-friendly rework of soul classic "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Titan Sound's "Boom In The Jungle" sounds a bit like a slightly more dutty take on the classic reggae/hip-hop mash-ups once successfully peddled by J-Star. Perhaps the biggest cut of the lot, though, is the gargantuan skank of ZJ TZinas and Mrbigk's "My Style Is De Bomb". That said, the incessant ragga bounce of Spenda's "Get Hot Bun Dem" runs it close, if only for the amount of whoops it manages to cram into four minutes!
Review: Bass=Win are notorious for their half-step bombs, and we have here a fresh new various artists EP containing some of the best new names on the block. Rico Tubbs and Spenda C go for sub-level-induced, Southern hip hop tip on "ShakeDown", whilst Deep's "Anthem" is an aqueous escapade into jelly-like synths and metallic percussion dabs, all the while surrounded by the sound of the deep and dirrrty Southern crunk. "Bad Bitches" by RatTrap and Jesse Slayter is a fast-paced techno/crunk workout with a seriously twisted drop and Pigeonfox's "Burnout" gives a straight up middle finger to all the haters out there - loud, brash and absolutely tasty!
Review: Celebrating two of the most popular genres of recent times, compilation kings Straight Up! add to their Dubstep vs Trap series with the third album in less than a year. 20 tracks in total, there are enough saw tooth bass tears and smouldering 808 grooves to power a small town for a year. Highlights include the laser bass rifle and icy arpeggio on Kairo Kingdom's "Bounce", the unfettered euphoria of Rob Gasser's "The Exit" and the outright savagery of Ming & Moxiie & Static Link's supreme savagery on "Block Party". The list goes on - this is essential for lovers of both dubstep and trap.
Whiiite & Kids At The Bar - "Torment" (ETC ETC remix) - (4:19) 150 BPM
DJ Butcher - "What You Wan' Do" - (3:50) 150 BPM
Noy (AUS) - "What's He Say" (feat MC Profit) - (3:22) 145 BPM
Review: The Vicious Bitch sound isn't particularly complicated or subtle; the Melbourne-based label's speciality is the sort of balls-out, rave and electro-influenced dubstep that frequently whips dancefloors into a frenzy of flailing arms and legs. If you've yet to sample their ear-bashing, eye-popping style, this first label compilation is as good a place as anywhere to start. It features notable anthems from Gold Top ("Bumba"), former electroclash type Tommie Sunshine (now making Juke-influenced madness in the shape of "Cool Without You"), Peking Duck (the snaking "I Love To Rap"), label stalwarts Filthy Disco ("The King"), and Tomderson (the clap-happy "Madwase"), as well as loads of other in-your-face fare.
Review: Finnish bass label Top Billin have been on fire for quite a while now. So has the trap genre too, so TB have decided to release a whole album dedicated to this dark side of hip-hop style. Any haters can go take a high one though, because TB have been pushing this sound since day one, so there's no bandwagon jumping here. Highlights of the '12 certified trap bangers' include the Drop It Like It's Hot-isms of "Okayy", the ghetto-distortion of "Bust It Open", the low n sleazy roll of "Juke In Box" and the positively biblical "My House".