Review: Technique Recordings, founded by Drumsound & Bassline Smith back in 1999, is turning 20 this year and they're releasing a huge remix compilation to celebrate. Featuring remixes from artists old and new of Technique's best tracks, mostly originals from the founders themselves, this album stretches across 27 heavy, dancefloor numbers. The first outing, a remix of 'Come With Me' by Bladerunner, is classic KoTR vibes and we love the array of twisting, snarling basses that fans of this producer will recognise. Shouts also to Digital for his swirling remix of 'I Need Somebody', featuring some classic amens, and also Smooth for his popping remix of Tantrum Desire's 'Vybez'. Top stuff from a stalwart of the scene.
Review: Tantrum Desire has been at the forefront of synth-heavy dancefloor music from some years now and Technique has been his vehicle for moving up that ladder, the patronage of Drumsound and Bassline Smith clearly serving him well. This single is, then, unsurprisingly good and it starts with 'Unleashed', a raucous track which takes 0 prisoners and relishes it, its growling bass are anything but kind yet definitely dancefloor worthy. 'Twerk It' is equally poisonous and probably too fast to actually twerk to, unless you want a back injury, but that doesn't matter and the tune is so heavy you'll forget all about it. Enjoy.
Review: Consistently flexing a full sonic scope with a key focus on both big festival smashers and groovier, sunkissed numbers, Technique Summer albums have fast become one of the most anticipated albums on Drumsound & Bassline Smith's label release calendar. Now gearing up for this year's opus, the label's most consistent act Tantrum Desire tease us with what's to come: "Gravitate". What begins as a deep, cosmic, atmospheric cut suddenly - and rather cleverly - leaps into a funky, riff-coded groove that's guaranteed to have your crowd bouncing.
Review: Thought Technique's last 15 year celebration compilation was huge? You've seen nothing yet. It's their quinceaNera, dammit, and they're not giving up the party yet. Drumsound & Bassline Smith hang on to those summer vibes with two inclusions and artists like Tantrum Desire, Tremah, L Plus and Document One hold the fort with similarly stonking tunes. Unbelievable variety from the label that just keeps on giving. Then giving some more.
Review: Making music since the early '00s, badman duo Tantrum Desire have been keeping their sounds heavy from the streets of London since UKG was topping the charts. Bringing a fresh, modern twist to vintage and old school vibes, "Diversified" is a full-length look at where they're at right now, and it's mightily impressive. From the cinematic pomp of "Diversified" and the trancey rushes in "Genesis" to the totally massive "The Shadows" featuring Matrix & Futurebound and the ridiculously addictive "I Need You Here" with Drumsound and Bassline Smith, this LP is a must bag for any hardline drum and bass aficionado.
Review: Fifteen years. Can you believe it? Actually, the question we should be asking is; can you remember what the world was like without before Technique was championing the darker end of high energy drum and bass? Featuring absolute classics from the likes of Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Crissy Criss and Technique's own intelligent production scientist, it also features music from Trei, whose recent EP took is a must-check! There are also bone shaking tracks from brand new and up and coming artists like MaxNRG and Kronology whose productions sit perfectly alongside the greats.