Review: Here's the 411... Say some gangster is dissing your taste in drum & bass, just give them one of these bangers. Yes, the ever-creative (and hugely prolific) Bou has shown us that drum & bass truly has Moe limits if you're coming from the right place. Other highlights across the epic six-track spread include the necksnap breaks and death frog bass texures on "Blame It", the percussive-focussed riff on "Time & Place" and the hornets' nest bassline that buzzes murderously on "Clash". Arguably one of Bou's best EPs to date.
Review: AK and Digibit release the third volume of "Shift'D" and once again it's time to lifted. The emphasis is on the label's freshest talent with a clear focus on range and depth; Martyn Nytram sets the scene with a grizzling techy stepper, Stompz nods his cap towards to the Headz foundation with alien groans, tight two-step and late-entering jazzy chords, Critical Matter lays down a vicious wasp-like tech stomper than wouldn't have gone amiss on Virus during Audio's tenure while label newcomer Project concludes the story with a genuinely singular fusion of sunset guitars, brimstone beats and a trippy high end bass that really brings together. Gifted.
Review: Shift the bed, this is premium gear... For an act who only started releasing this year, Stompz has lived up to his name in a highly impressive way. Just from gut-kick drone on "The Box", the opener on this killer six-track EP, you know you're in for a treat. Elsewhere "Don't Talk" plays hell with your senses via its spaced-out drain bass, the reverse bass weirdness on "Starkiller" gets you all tripped-out, warped and paranoid, and the precision percussion and classic speed garage samples on "Serious Riddem" hit hard with a Dread-style roll-out. For added darkness just on the Charge-style riff monster "Talkin" while "Wormhole" closes the show with some stripped back minimal mayhem. Stompz isn't messing around here.
Review: Stompz continues to stamp his way into the game with this sickeningly heavy Digital Terror debut. Six tracks in total, each one as dangerous and unruly as the next. Highlights include the weirded out off-beat bass funk of "Bumba", the deep-seeded jungle devilry of "Skullbash" and the staccato drama, paranoid air and unwieldly toxicity of the title "Automata"... But that's only half of the visceral showcase on here. Dig deep and handle with caution!
Review: It's time for some more heavyweight drums flavour as we see Stompz touch down on the impressive Prototype Recordings Corporation imprint for a solid four track collection. We kick off with the wobby subs and naughty lead reeses of the title track 'Decked', which rolls perfectly into the sharpened evil leads of 'Demons'. To follow on, 'Eezo' comes forward with some super stylish snare processing coupled with haunted atmospherics and expertly crafted bass sounds. We then finish up in good form on 'Let Me Go', which runs wild with crazy synthesis and underworld energies, rounding it all up nicely.
Review: They don't call him Stompz for nothing... This young rising northerner is laying down some genuinely toxic bass funk here. Following his debut on Shiftin Beatz just last month, he's back with two more scorching, jumpy blends. "Story Time" plays hell with your senses with its seasick harmonics on the higher end of the bass while "Stutter" pounds out it melody with a short sharp electric shocks. Buzzing.
Review: The biggest moves in Newcastle and the north east of the UK since Gazza cried in some football match (and the world cried with him) are happening right now. A storming wealth of D&B talent is all blazing through right now and Stompz is right up there at the front. This debut on Serum and Benny V's Souped Up is a great example of his dexterity and utter gulliness. Five tracks of twisted, bassy weirdness and dark toxic funk, highlights include the insane melted bass weirdness of "Derringer" and the farty trippiness and sudden BCUK-style fills of "Borehole" but to be honest the entire EP is killer. Do the world a favour and slap anyone who says foghorns are dead, then play them this. Big up Stompz.
Review: All aboard the Wobble Infection remix express! Rounding up another storming year, the Belgian bass HQ have commissioned a fat stack of re-rubs: Rowney adds a warmer tone to Kenji's "Born In It", Jack The Ripper adds a little spikiness to "Sometimes It's Better", Envenom refocuses the bass textures on "Headshot" to a laser-point while Simskai busses up the paranoid horror feels on "Pot Of Gold". Elsewhere we have Stompz going loco on "Drop Cut", Kenji tearing "Born Killer" to pieces and rebuilding with spit and venom while Certified flips the finale switch with oddball funk flare on "What". Savage.
Review: Who 8 all the pies? Judging by the naked obesity of the cuts on the latest instalment of Cre8's latest V/A EP, these guys did. Highlights from this unashamed gully feast include the harmonic chimes and razz bassline of bossman Blackley & Meladee's "WDYP", the squelching Krustian bassline weirdness of Dutta & Jammin's "Say My Name" and Sublimit's darkstepping ricochet bass rips on "Snake Pit". With plenty more to chow down on, this Cre8ive banquet is gonna feed you for months on end. See you l8a m8.