Review: We choo-choo-choose this! Teddy Killerz return to Serum & Benny V's Souped Up for two filthy diesel-powered rave shunters. 'Night Train' gets everyone all aboard with its full-on 4x4 dancefloor charge and rolling buffet of FX and crazy textures. 'Vibrate' follows with another vast contrast of sounds that flexes from full-on and jumpy to beautiful pianos. Teddy Killerz at their absolute finest, full steam ahead!
Review: D&B supergroup SaSaSaS continue their Unite series with another wedge of wallopers from an exciting range of talents on the fourth instalment of their massive 'Unite' series. What began as a mixtape last month is now being released as tracks for your own sets. Each dispatch has been fire, this edition being no exception. Highlights range from the glitchy swing and bars of Konetix's 'Transcendent' to Harley D's rattling bassline hype-raiser 'Next Level' via A:dan's powerful synth blazer's 'Intensions'. The full range of flavours - this is the sound of a united drum & bass. Watch out for the final instalment coming soon.
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.
Review: Bad Taste, despite their name, are one of the most tasteful labels in the game and their furious take on neurofunk inflected drum & bass is still absolutely brilliant. That's what their displaying with their 2020 annual and they've brought through some of their best performing acts to do the job. Malux returns with a VIP of his much loved 'Turbine' and he's rolled things out on this one, adding a few extra inches to the percussion but keeping those iconic stabs in a powerful display of dancefloor energy. Kursiva makes several appearances and 'Nasty' is the best of the lot, as a Break-esque drum line rollicks through the arrangement like a steam train. Big LP.
Review: A bunch of furry murderous Russians on Serum's Souped Up... What can possibly go wrong? Total carnage from the off, "Bun Dem" is serious sandpaper funk. Gritty, growling and unrelenting; it's not just rough around the edges, it's rough right down to the core. And it's back up with three more audio nasties... "Excited" is a staccato riff damager that nods to the mid 2000s jump-up where everything was maximal. "Beggar" follows suit but comes with a more sinister edge; like it's asking you for change but is actually ripping off your whole identity. Finally we hit "Knock Knock", a track rife in organic drums and scary bassline textures, it sets everything up for the all important punchline... You have no choice but to deliver.
Review: Dutty Audio are turning ten years old this week and boy do they know how to live large and celebrating larger, as their 10 Years of Dutty Audio compilation brings together some of the biggest names in drum & bass for a firestorm of crushing basslines and hammered up hits. Chromatic, Mefjus, Teddy Killerz, Level 2, Neve and Optiv & BTK are amongst the heavyweights on the release and it's a stellar lineup for the label to have secured. Level 2 brings one of the more considered, stripped back cuts of the compilation with 'Nothing To Fear', which has a bounciness that belies the undertones of ferocity which lie beneath it. Mefjus is on top form as per with his remix of 'Whatever', and Neve is back to his usal breaksy, creative tricks with 'Space Cowboy's'. Wicked stuff.
Review: Eatbrain are stepping into darker territory over on the Hungarian Eatbrain imprint with their Negative Thoughts EP, a release that brings in elements of the Neurofunk sound within the context of nightmares, that feeling of sleep without your eyes closed, the creeping sense that you need to drift off but the foreboding feeling that unconsciousness is out of your reach. 'Shinkjuko' is a highlight, with a deeply rolling and fluctuating bassline that injects both funkiness and heaviness in equal measure, an impact topped off with some wicked synth work. Shout out to the teddy bear crew!
Review: Teddy Killerz are the cute, furry-faced bastions of horror and they've teamed up with the Eatbrain crew for this full-throttle display of dastardly sound design, monstrous bass construction and downright disgusting choonage. 'Vibe' is our favourite of the two, with a drum line that's constantly shifting and morphing across different patterns and punchy synth stabs, it's sharp on all edges and fiercely no-nonsense. The rest of the tines pack even more energy and it's what we've come to expect from all parties involved in this sick little single.