Review: It has been a seriously long while since we saw dubstep in such a strong position, with an incredible selection of newcomers making their way to the forefront and a number of the old guard continuing to up the levels. This latest single drop from the team at Sentry sees three powerhouses in Abstrakt Sonance, Substance and Pushloop come together for a grimey roller on an official 'Smoking Blunts' remix. Pushloop gives this one a seriously gritty edge, using stunning horn stabs and warbling metallic bass stabs in a perfect call and response motion. This one will most certainly be lighting up dances up and down the country.
Review: Do you want to hear a German producer get things so right you might never need to hear another liquid release in your life? Step right this way. Amaning has joined the Fokuz ranks for his first full-length LP, and within its 11 tracks are some incredible moments of pure D&B escapism. Opting to steer clear of the classic liquid route, his tunes each have a sense of his own individual sound creeping in at the corners, twisting things to another level. The "Time Warp" aspect comes from the seamless blend of faithful old school sampling and reproduction and brand new experimentations - it works and you know that it does.
Review: Ruffneck Ting let rip into 2018 with the launch of a brand new V/A album The Xtraordinary League Of Jungles 2. As with the previous collection, the album will be a roadblock of stone cold jungle lash-outs and these are the first five tracks to tease us. "Erbman" is all about the warm bassline bounce and strange sci-fi flutters. Kenji goes in on a T>I style stripped back steppy vibe on "I Would" while K Jay gives us not one but two dope collaborations... The wobbled out "Kerplunk" with Verdikt and the rocked-out face-slapper "Rock With Me". Finally the label bosses Dazee and Substance's 1997 tear-up "LF Ant" gets a razor-sharp 21-year update from Genetix & Habitat. Ruffneck ting; heads of the herd for almost 25 years.
DJ Phlex & Bassface Sascha - "New Dawn" - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Junglist superheroes Ruffneck Ting return with the second sampler from their extraordinary new edition to their on-point album series. As always it's pure foundation business with some exceptional examples of contemporary roughage and choppage. Genetix twists up a fat riff and prods it from every corner on "Something's Brewing", Bristol OGs and label founders Substance & Dazee get serious busy with a shattering dubbed out roller while Jinx & The Force get deep, dark and dangerous with a purring, deep-breath bass that suddenly rises from nowhere in a techno-informed style. Need a little vocal pressure? Jump on Bassface Sascha and Phlex's "New Dawn" and trust us, you'll be feeling good...
Review: High energy sounds from some of the best in the business with Ruffneck ting do us all a massive solid by bringing out the big guns on this one. With Jinx heading up proceedings with "Classic" remixed by the one and only Saxxon who delivers a blaze of bass driven fury. Aries and Kelvin 373 bring the hard stomping beats with their remix of K Jah's "Superclash and check out Jaybee's stunning remix of "Inside Out". Freesssh.
Review: Sub-Division have absolutely bloody killed it with this one. Featuring 5 cuts from Shayper including features from Guzi and Substance, Infiltrate is a collection of pure, gully numbers that all sit comfortably within the scene trends at the moment. All 5 of these could be talked about it in detail, but 'Nagato' stands out for the sheer audacity of its sub bass, a wobbling, pulsating wall of energy that pushes out into all corners of the range. 'Rever' is also top stuff, with a wonderfully solid percussive line and a grungy, gargling back end that'll have any head screwing their face up. Bangers!
Review: It's hard to believe that over two decades have passed since DJ Pete's Substance project released new material. The project's releases on Chain Reaction, along with the output of sister label Basic Channel, were one of the touch points for techno music. The question now is whether Pete will follow the same path? Based on the title track, it seems that he is now more inspired by the sound track of his Wax Treatment residency, as dub shanty melodies shimmer and flicker over spiky drums. If this seems ephemeral in comparison to the cavernous depth of his Chain Reaction work, then consider the robust broken beats of "Countdown" or "Cruising", a linear groove, underpinned by grainy drums and the grey scale hum of early Berlin mornings.
Review: The influence of jump up's modern iteration is clear on this release from Helix and Substance, as the latter has crafted three disturbingly devastating tracks which rely not on an over-saturation of elements but a precise, stripped back arrangement. 'Scatta' is the highlight, as a wonderfully light snare drums clicks beneath its flurry of penetrating stabs and rhythmically tight percussive line. 'Real Murdah' is a foghorn banger with a powerful build-up, matched by an eerie vocal sample on the drop and the resulting explosion of low frequency energy. It's a pattern introduced by track one 'Stand Between', and we're certain it's set to be a winning formula.