Review: Digital Terror have had a sick last twelve months and this VA shows off some of their best cuts from the year, featuring acts like Jayline, Dutta, SL8r and more. Those latter two collab in serious style on 'The Pain', which cuts down into the range with fire and fury, angled sharp basses knifing through the frequencies with the grace and decorum of an elephant in heat. Jack The Ripper lands with supreme heaviness on 'Direction Course', Spaow brings the old-school vibes on 'Gallopo' and the collaboration of the album comes from the dream team of Jayline, Bou, Dutta and MC Dino who land with aplomb on 'Pico Skank'. Seminal.
Review: The one and only Nu Elementz ushers us into a new lockdown era with his third studio album. Arguably his most comprehensive LP to date, he eases us in with sober reflective jams like the title track and 'Dark Times' before plunging us deeper and deeper into his savage sound palette where collabs with the likes Dominator (RIP), Sub Zero, Sub Killaz and label boss Majistrate await. Highlights include the all-out weirdness and dark funk of 'Reality', the bouncy-assed dancefloor slap and tickle of 'Lost World' and the purring deep soul hums of 'Don't You' but that's not even scratching the tip of this ice cold iceberg. Lockdowns were invented for albums like this. Turn on, tune in, 'Blackout'...
Review: Reload and come again: our 'Juno Download Selects' edition with the mighty US dnb HQ Liondub International continues for another session. Once again featuring an A-list rollcall of now household names, it's another reminder of how much heat Liondub International have cooked up over the years, supporting artists from their earliest moves. Highlights on this set include the turbo slammage and necksnap switches on Jayline's 'Anglo Saxxon', early hurly burly from the man like Macky on 'Black Widow' and the always-devilish bubbles of Motiv's 'Vultures'. And that's just three of 15 crucial example's of Liondub International future-focused benchmark. Get to know!
Review: Link-up, look smart; we've connected with one of the most exciting labels in dnb for a collection of their biggest hitters, rising stars and highest sellers: Liondub International. Headed up by Eric Liondub in NYC, Liondub International have broken and nurtured more new talent than most put together, and these first few volumes showcase. First up come these 15 examples as the likes of Kumo, Bou, Jayline, DJ Hybrid, Saxxon and many more all deliver timeless heaters. Highlights include Sub Killaz' broadsword skank-up 'Murderah', Brian Brainstorm's junglised slash-up 'Kill A Drumpan' and Bladerunner & Johnny Osbourne's ever-sweet 'Night Fall Dub'. All this and plenty more; whether you've been following Liondub since day or you're new to their consistent onslaught, there's plenty to catch up on here. Selector!
Review: Digital Terror don't tend to put out music that's weak, thin or otherwise not suitable for the dancefloor. Sub Killaz & Replicant's Gun Powder EP is a testament to that, all four cuts do some serious damage and the release overall is certainly on the sharper end of the spectrum. 'Losing You' is the best of the bunch and it's got a rough, Souped Up edge that injects a satisfying level of oomph into the arrangement. 'The Grid' is a close second and its incredibly unique concoction of swirling basses and gargling pulsars adds a wicked futuristic element. Top EP from the Digital Terror crew.
Review: Have US jump-up duo Sub Killaz just dropped an album in disguise? Last week they gave us the feisty six-track "Ghetto Blaster" EP, now they're dropped another seismic sixer in the form of "Block Party". Just as forthright and banger-laden as the previous, highlights include the grizzly high end frequencies of "Pussycat", the much deeper steppy clangs and bangs of "Dis" and those sleazy west coast style synth leads on "Culture". Closing with the pure grit and savagery of "Rewind Mi Selecta", whether this is an album or just a massive bundle of tracks dropped on us over the space of a week we're not sure but we've loved this experience. Killaz by name...
Review: Liondub International have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best unknown artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Sub Killaz are holding up that standard and they're doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Hands Up' reels you in with heavy, pounding introduction and its inch-perfect drums are ideally suited for the twisting, gargling bassline that pops up around the corner. The other five tracks are all equally as pernicious and they make this one an EP to watch for sure.
Review: After a series of crucial free downloads, prominent online jump up hub Jump Up Cave level up with a full digital label Cave. They're launching in style, too as west coast roustabouts Sub Killaz light the fuse. Two tunes, two vibes, one heavy message: "Hold On" is all pneumatic kicks, slime sub harmonics and gritty stabs on the fills while "Panic" lives up to its name with a higher-toned riff that sizzles with proper mischief. One for the Cave mandem...
Review: Liondub are celebrating a decade of existence and they're doing a three-part compilation series covering the past, present and future of the label. By definition, then, these series' feature plenty of talent from all across the spectrum and time period of the genre. One of our favourite of the 26 cuts is Bou's VIP of Keep Away, a deliciously double-bass infused number that is both funky and heavy, the ideal combination, and he's flipped up the arrangement here with some precisely placed note changes. There are also features from Vital, Euphonique, Dutta, Marcus Visionary and more, with the overall vibe being one of toughness and power. Top stuff.
Review: Lion Dub have reached a decade of activity. A decade! To put it in perspective, if someone was born the year Liondub started, they're about to enter high school/secondary school. It's a crazy achievement and one matched by the craziness of the music they have on offer to celebrate, a four-part journey through their past, present and future. This instalment is all about their past and it's exemplified best by Serum's VIP of Sound The Alarm, a Liondub classic, which Serum has flipped into a characteristically badboy, stabbing little roller. The vocals float above in a haze of reggae smoke, whilst the beat pulsates below. Awesome stuff.
Review: Last spotted on their Street Series a few years back Sub Killaz fly across to the east coast for another Liondub link-up. This time on the NYC's International imprint, the west coast duo tear things up with two heavy, direct damagers. "Anthrax" is a paranoid workout based around a wonked-out warped synth and heavily swung triplet beat while "Breakdown" is much more of a rolling punch-up with fat snares, groaning one-note basslines and a whole array of trippy percussive elements on the fills. Break it down.
Review: San Diego savages Sub Killaz return to Octave Recordings with two stone cold slammers. Tapping into the Supreme Being / Modified Motion style of big brazen riff science that characterised jump up around 10 years ago (but with 2019 production muscle) both tracks hit the spot with bags of face-melting horse power. "Time Traveller" is slap to the senses with its rasping Q&A and dagger-like fills. "Oh Baby" is just as gully thanks its spiralling harmonics that writhe through the track like some type of vengeance-fuelled snake. Heavy duty kit, handle with caution and you'll wipe the floor from beneath any crowd you encounter this summer.
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!
Sub Killaz X Bou X Dutta - "Jitterbug" - (4:49) 175 BPM
Review: Digital Terror galvanise their vaults with this absolute stormer of a collection. Bulging with some of the biggest names flexing in the fertile badlands between jump up / rollers, the whole album smacks of premium, uncut timeless D&B from the likes of Hoogs, Bou, Dutta, T>I, Taxman, Macky Gee, Rawtee and many many more. If you've been following Digital Terror you'll already know that every track is a highlight but stand out thumpers include the sinewy metallic ripples on Danger & Nightfang's "Turbulence", the blistered breaks and flabby bass wallops on Dutta & Raz's "Spectacular" and T>I's super slimy shakedown of Hoogs' "Jungle Bad". Stinking!
Review: Real Playaz, originally set up by DJ Hype, DJ Pascal and DJ Zinc, is one of the longest standing institutions in D&B and a label which still manages to churn out quality music on a semi-regular basis. Their firmly rooted in the destructive end of things and Profile's New Life EP reflects that from the very first tune - 'It's a Trap - featuring Sub Killaz in a top-down showdown of jagged power. 'New Life' featuring ANFM takes things in a slightly more rolling direction but one that doesn't sacrifice on energy, with jump-up vibes knifed in round the edges to ensure it maintains the same veneer of unstoppability. The diving, wobbling sub bass on 'The Specialist' is arguably the best and most creative track on the release, though: unbelievably good.
Review: Sub Killaz make their debut on Majistrate's Sweet Tooth with four absolute stinkers. Heavy but not so bashy they scare away half the crowd, the San Diego duo have found the perfect balance between power and funk with a soul that feels like it takes root in Bristol around the early 2000s or Playaz around the mid to late 2000s. Highlights include the raw soulful lead and the groaning bass of "If This World Were Mine" and the utter riff damagement of "Cry Baby". You dancing? We're asking...
Review: It's about time drum & bass made a statement about dangers of drugs, and who'd have thought it would be a pair of killers to do it' "Dealerz" gets high on its own supply with uncut grit and danger while "Jitterbug" warns of the tragic after effects of narcotics as you won't stop shifting and skanking for weeks. Elsewhere they foretell the dangers of the herb with the menacing, staccato bassline bruising "Ganja Man", the perilous problems with euphoria and goosebumps on "Feeling You" and send us off to rehab with the savage organ-squeezing, robot pleasing twisted laser bass crescendo "Through The Clouds" Just say yes mate.
Review: Profile gets his collab flex on with four moments of uncompromised dark jumpy roughage. "Hellbound" sees him colliding with Puppetz for an unrelenting shaker that's characterised by some really twisted melting sirens on the fills while "Shut Your Trap" (with Fatman D) smacks of mid 2000 era Playaz, all mischievous and barking. Finally Sub Killaz enter the fray with "Big Poppa" and "Private Stock"... Two biggie blazed blunts with the sharpest laser basses this side of Brussels. All prophet, no loss.
High Roller - "Croc Hunter" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Hoogs - "Jungle Bad" (T>I remix) - (6:03) 175 BPM
Review: Digital Terror continue their version excursions with the second part of their celebratory remix series and they're pulling out the biggies... Taxman adds a whole new layer of distorted harmonics to Macky Gee's 2014 album banger "Deny", Jayline completely switches the jumpy bassline of "Wolf Bite" into some more electrifying and textural, Nu Elementz take us right back to 2010 with a massive re-up of High Roller's drill-like "Croc Hunter" while T>I completely subverts Hoogs' "Jungle Bad" with his signature slap-about swagger. Terrorific.
Review: Would you like to play a game? Nu Elementz return to Sweet Tooth for an old family favourite "Mouse Trap"... With a twist. Instead of playing a board game you get skanky to the laser bass and totally sucked away by the sci-fi breakdown. Everyone's a winner! Especially us because there are three more tracks on offer; "Smokin Barrels" is an infectious high-harmonic bass wriggler, "Hyrule" is a warped, stretched groaners while "Holding On" (with US duo Sub Killaz) plays the roof-raiser of the pack with its twisted squealing bass and sultry vocal sample. Game on!
Review: San Diego's Sub Killaz rallies up his Cali fam for five tracks of grizzled, brittle bass carnage. "Hoodlumz" returns to the hood with a super-sized bassline and classic sample craft, "Los Angeles" throws gang signs to the laser basses like a turbo sign language interpreter, while "Rap Music" wheels up on last year's banger with a precision placed iconic two-word sample and "Things You Make Me Do" is skin-rippling sizzler that nods to the mid 2000s jump-up era. Finally "Tough" closes the show on a death-defying minimal twist. Shaking triplets and ghostly textures a-go-go, it's designed for your own double drop science. California love.
Review: The connections continue as California duo Sub Killaz let rip with a second four-track volume of US jump up joints and jungle jams. "Demons" is all about the swaggering triplets and hornet's nest one note stabs, "Look" fusses up a sexy R&B vocal with a pant-dangling rolling groove that's not dissimilar to Break while "Feelings" maintains the high emotion levels but adds a more of grittier, sleazy funk swing. "Druggies" concludes proceedings with big jazzy pianos, a classic rap sample and plenty of twisted cowbell clanging. Just say yes.
Review: In the wake of key dispatches on the likes of Liondub, Subway, G13, Digital Terror and High R8, Sub Killaz continue their murderous mission this year with more titanium tear-out gold and cheeky homages to hip-hop's golden era. Just when you've worked out "Shock Out" along flies in a flamenco from nowhere. Elsewhere "Catch My Drift" punches with a unique sense of off-beat funk with Migos muscle and "Dangerous" goes for the drama vibe with its sweeping staccato riff. Finally "Rap Music" shuts us down with restrained stepper where a clipped bass tone grunts a sharp riff that's mirrored by the overweight subs. Get connected.
Review: Milton Keynes High R8 Digital are back with more dark side drum and bass shenanigans courtesy of their most recent recruits. Starting out with Hoogs' "The Comet (Majistrate remix)" which is reminiscent of classic Andy C or DJ Zinc from the early noughties, there's honourable mentions also to Sub Killaz with their stripped back and absolutely sketchy offering "Horror (Nu Elementz remix)" and of course Filthy Habits' "Hidden Secrets (Upgrade remix)" which is a seriously wonky journey through the dark side of breakbeat science. His remix up next of Dub Berzerka's "Born Bad" likewise demonstrates that this fella certainly 'ain't messing around!
Review: Finally! It's about time D&B paid respect to high end alpaca carpets and it's down to Sub Killaz to make sure the message is clear: when the bass is this high energy, the drums are this crisp and the groove goes deep into jump up science you have to blot it... Do not rub it. "Nitty Gritty" also comes with its own straight-to-business statement with pranged out filmic strings and a bassline that will melt your face. Following the guys' monthly releases on Liondub, Octave and Subway earlier this year, this is yet another reason the Sub Killaz are top of the US jungle tree right now.
Review: San Diego badmen Sub Killaz take the wheel for Liondub's not-stop EP joyride. It's gnarly business from the off as "Raised By The Block" and "Faces Of War" both hit hard with devilish riff dynamics. "Only You" strips the vibe back to a '99 sharp step and a well-tamed cushiony sub while "9 Pound Hammer" pokes and stabs gleefully with Annix-style keenness and "Salt Water" winds us down with shimmering piano strokes and hazy R&B style vocal snippets. Something for everyone.
Review: Strictly USA business: San Diego duo Sub Killaz make their EP debut on New York imprint Digital Terror. Five tracks deep, each one precision designed with unfettered gully on their mind. The Kathy Brown-sampling "Dreaming Of You" and "Wolf Bite" both flex on the modern jump-up sound with a lean, linear grumpy bassline. "All I Wanna Do" is a more minimal again with heaps of space to accommodate the spoken word sermon on machines. "All I Wanna Do" flips the switch with a fuller vocal sample and a wily sense of funk in the stuttering bassline and "Nightflight"-style shakers. Saving the heaviest for last, "Lessons" tears up from the off with a much broader sandpaper style bass hook. Think Taxman and you're on the right track.