Review: Now here's how you launch a label... Having established themselves with a few cheeky free downloads, DJ Zent and James Curtis's label Dreambassuk launches with two crisp remixes from man of the moment Teej. Both cuts from Zent's recent back cat, 'Johnny Relax' is given a savage, snare-rattling shakedown while 'Wills Myth' brings on the tension, creeping up on you so violently it could slap you on stage. Living the dream.
Review: Now here's a rollcall you can set your watch by... Jeopardize, Disrupta, Atlantic Connection, Dunk and Oz all on one release dicing and splicing, chopping and popping with some of Warhead and Teej's releases on Co-Lab. The results spea for themselves and range from big 3am drone horns (Jeopardize) to theatrical breakbeat rattlers (Atlantic Connection) to classic mid 90s sounding vibes (Oz) Bangers o'clock!
Review: Back to 2019... Lupo dropped the growling, prowling beast that was 'Frequencies Of Dub'. Now part of the exciting slew of Lupo remixes that seem to be dropping right now, we have two updates from two close friends in the game. The funky Dunk steps up first with a pared-back grumbly one. Driven by a curmudgeonly bassline, there's a real flabby sense of fun to the groove. Meanwhile OCC sparring partner Teej goes in on the dubby reflections and big fat rolling subs. Make a connection.
Review: Atom-splitting remix action now on Profound Beats as Teej's 2018 EP undergoes a few version excursions. First up is Flat T who takes 'Radioactive' to grizzly new levels with brisk beats and layers on layers of droned-out bass textures. Fellow OCC member Lupo follows with a shake-up of 'Paralysis', giving it a whole stack of big boom energy on the already ballistic bassline. Power-full.
Review: Lordy lordy! Audio Addict are hitting release 100 and they're about to celebrate with some massive dispatches. It starts right here with these two powerful remixes. First bossman DJ Hybrid and Haribo's 2018 bust-up 'Raised In The Jungle' enjoys a woozy and raw shakedown from man of the moment T>I. Then Teej gets busy on Martial Taktics' label debut earlier this year 'Katana'. Big chops for big systems, we'll give these 100 out of 10... And we know there's even amazing Audio Addict 100 vibes to come soon. Big up DJ Hybrid!
Review: Trex dusts off his shovel and tags in a whole team of Gs as they forage for gold in the grit. 'Undergrowth' is an instant treasure trove as Rider purrs over a stealthy but venomous bassline. Dig deeper: 'Scene' gets the oil drill out and strikes thick gooey bassline gold while 'Need U' goes fracking and pipes up an icy, shivering, breezy heads-down showdown. Deeper again: 'Answers' takes us to the core as heavyweights Teej and Pastry Maker join Trex to answer any queries you might have about the subterranean world while T>I rolls out the bulldozer for a final forage as he twists up 'Scene' into a high voltage excavation. Can you dig it?
Review: New sickness from Nuusic right now as Teej whips up more 'Drama' than an Eastenders omnibus. Linking with the unstoppable Slay for the title track, we warm up with a Frank Butcher weight bubbler before getting gradually stinkier and stinkier with bumpers like 'Coin Toss', a grumpier-than-Dot-Cotton VIP of '16 Speakers' (with Jappa) and gully-assed flip of 'Duppy' by man like DJ Hybrid. Just when you thought dnb didn't need any more drama, turns out we were wrong.
Review: To cap off their three-part anniversary celebrations, Nuusic are laying down the heat on instalment number three. Teej has been one of the main players throughout this series, and with 'War Cry', a minimal roller with the guts of a lion and the roar of one too, as finger-clicking drums bear the weight of something much heavier, a snarling bassline that moves in devilish twists and turns. The vibes are also seriously real on J Select's cut, a spacious number that moves in gruff fits and starts, a barking cut with a catchy sample that smacks of proper rave memories. There's luscious depth on 'Always Be Mine', Speaker Louis and Epicentre finish off the series with the stuttering breaks of 'Unity'. What an LP series and congrats to the crew on three years.
Review: Part two of the Nuusic anniversary celebration, and the halfway point is just as good as the first instalment. It's more of the label's most standout tracks from the last three years, and Conrad Subs' 'Little Vibey Thing' is right up there with the best of them, a swing-heavy vocal-led jungle number that's formed of swelling bass touches, crunchy drum lines and a nonchalant gem of a vocal, one that's halfway between hip-hop and soul. Margaman's 'Teach The Roots' is a masterclass in simple vibes, with a clean percussive centre and edges that wallow in bassy reggae, all of which is deliciously built into a crescendo with a superb build-up. Proper dancefloor stuff.
Review: Sniff my dubplate! Nuusic unleash a brand new project dedicated to special dub-level versions from the best in the game. First up on Dub Culture is this powerful shakedown from Teej. Taking the 2019 original from Grimesy and T-Man's energy-level changer 'Quantum Leap' and softening its rough edges, Teej adds a whole other layer of fatness to the subs while keeping T-Man's killer bars clear and central. This is what we call a serious remix. Oh boy.
Review: Over on Helix, Teej is doing absolute bits with this EP. It opens with the title track, a Serum-esque array of drawn-out, dirty synths that stretch and stretch with an other-worldly quality that just sounds amazing. 'Nova' has a spooky intro, an eeriness which puts you in the mood for the unique, minimal-led steppiness of this tune. - a seriously cool bit of music. 'Smokin' is more minimal goodness, a proper little roller that creeps from phrase to phrase in menacing fashion. 'Keepin It' Real' finishes things up in more rolling style, a fluid back end flowing in underneath yet more perfect drums. There's loads of detail etched in to every second of these tunes - sick.
Review: Fresh from his appearance on the Weapons Of Choice Wild Bunch compilation, Oli Lewis steps up to Sub-Division with his biggest release to date: the six track heavy "Too Hot" EP. Instantly rattling cages with the ludicrous bassline on "Jeroboam", Oli gets to work on us limb by limb; "32 Papers" nibbles at all our digits as we pull furious gun fingers, "I'm Feeling High" eats us at the knees thanks to its wriggled-out bassline and endless twists and turns, "Too Hot" goes right for the jugular with its ominous hollow tones while "The Fog" scoops out our brain like ice cream with its high frequency bass groans. Last but not least we see Lewis team up with Teej for a full bodied feast on the slinky-but-sinister "Soundboy's Dead". Sizzling.
Review: Encrypted Sound haven't been around for that long and this is their fourth release, but the maturity is already evident in their selection and what better way to show that off than with a twelve-track VA LP. Joining the fray is a range of artists including Able,Teej and Toby Ross, the latter of whom has smashed it out the park with 'Sinister', a stripped back and infectiously bouncy tune that nonetheless hits beautifully hard, it's kick drum perfectly placed to add that extra lift off. Teej has been killing it on labels like Co-Lab recently and he does so once more again, with 'Erasure' resting on an inch-perfect snare drum that provides the base for its choppy main bass. Top work from the whole crew here.
Review: Heist's forever consistent Co-Lab invite Warhead and Teej over for a bit of musical mischief. Two of the most exciting new names to emerge from the underground in recent times, naturally they hit the spot with two link-up tracks and two solo originals. "Activate" packs a heavy punch with a bassline sludgier than quicksand mixed with treacle while "Eclipse" is a heads-down gritty one with an almost techno flavour to its bass warps and loopy percussion. Elsewhere Warhead goes full-on rudeboy with the savage "Rasclart" while Teej hurls us into a dank slimy-walled dungeon with "Osiris". If you can find a more on-point new-gen collabo this month we'd like to hear it.
Review: Nick The Lot and Teej are two of the most prolific producers around in the new school of emerging talent, producers who walk the line between riotous jump-up, teeth-cutting minimality and back to basics jungle goodness. This single on Pick The Lock is their latest showcase and it's a doozy, with 'Simulation' stepping to a funky beat yet baring its teeth with a fierceness familiar to those who have heard these two's previous work. 'Broken Record' is irresistibly bouncy and there's a clarity and a sharpness to this track which will please fans in all camps of the genre. Big.
Review: Co-Lab have always been able to push music that's made for the dancefloor but whcih draws upon disparate strands of the genre's stylistic heritage, from the rawness of jump-up to dabbles in the lighter side. Teej also has that flexibility and his Chaos Theory EP shows that he knows his way around a minimal tune, as all four tracks flex their muscles in a subtle manner that's not right in your face but still makes its presence known. 'Escalation Protocol' is just that, with a withering, stabbing sub-bass and snapping percussive line that just rolls and rolls. Top stuff.
Review: The three artists here are all well-known names these days, having been smashing the jump-up circuit for a number of years across the UK. They've all made a load of massive tracks and the three of them have collaborated on two remixes that make for a wicked EP. Jayline is on remix duties with 'ESP' and it's made us wonder how he packs so much sheer energy into his synth lines and the clarity he composes throughout the range is properly sick. Shadre & Salvage jump on 'Valhalla' with ease, getting straight to it with a quickfire intro that descends into a hellishly aggressive mash of bass synths of varying persuasions. Sick release this.
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Akuma by Teej and featuring Jappa, Disrupta and Riko Dan continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Akuma' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. 'War Cry' takes things more rolling with a wicked, snapping snare and a wobbling wall of sine basses to back it up, bringing a lovely clean feeling that's also on '16 Speakers'. Wicked.
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Rogue by Teej continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Question' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. Agro steps in for a stellar remix of 'Hydro' featuring MC Haribo, with a deep sense of rolling funk that permeated its back end - top tune.
Review: Two highly respected members of the new-gen gentry collide on Co-Lab for this perfectly symmetrical release. Two tag-team cuts, one solo piece each, Warhead and Teej go in from every angle; "Gyaldem" takes the lead with a classic Bristol rolling vibe with hip-hop samples but for a weeping bassline literally cries into the mix. Their second collaboration "Cloaked" continues the wry sample theme and baggy space in the groove, but this time with a much sterner wobble to the bassline. Elsewhere Warhead's "Soundboy Slaughter" rolls its sleeves up and dusts off its pneumatic kick drums and timestretched break fills for a white knuckle 23rd century dancehall jam while Teej's "Fatal Attraction" gives us a deep breathing introspective cheerio. Cloakers gotta cloak
Review: Brawlin Beatz has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Veak, Haunt and Meloki, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Like Dis'. You've probably heard this one doing the round, but oh boy what a tune this is: a mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to Flava's 'Uzi'.
Review: Latch Recordings have sensibly opted to put out a compilation to kick off the new year. Why's this sensible? Because everyone bloody loves compilations, even the small ones like New School Collection. This collection of some of the talents in the emerging jump up new school is big (obviously), exemplified best by Tribal's 'Movements', a rip-roaring display of the novel styles emerging in this strand of the scene. The other three also do the movement justice - big stuff from the Latch crew.
Review: Over on Profound Beats, Teej is doing absolute bits with this EP. It opens with the title track, a Serum-esque array of drawn-out, dirty synths that stretch and stretch with an other-worldly quality that just sounds amazing. 'Paralysis' has a spooky intro full of the sounds of rain and a shivering girl, an eeriness which puts you in the mood for the unique, minimal-led steppiness of this tune. - a seriously cool bit of music. 'Razor Blade' is more minimal goodness, a proper little roller that creeps from phrase to phrase in menacing fashion, its horror movie-aesthetic worsened by the breathing and gasping you can hear. 'Valhalla' finishes things up in more rolling style, a fluid back end flowing in underneath yet more perfect drums. There's loads of detail etched in to every second of these tunes - sick.
Review: We are thrilled to take a peek at this super sharp new project from Teej which goes by the name 'The Hydro', courtesy of the Nuusic imprint. We begin this four track journey with a darkened plunge into 'Hydro (feat MC Haribo)', which sets the zone perfectly with it's haunted textures and earth shattering sub leads. Next, we are given the pulsating bass patterns and sweeping scores of 'Resonance' before we vacate to the subtle neurotic synths of 'Stygian'. The EP then draws to a close with the rough cut nostalgic breaks and grizzly reese leads of 'Thunder Thighs', topping of a great body of work.
Review: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!
Review: Full moon madness: south coast riff wizard Lupo gathers his pack for a late night prowl of the murkiest proportions. Each track features a kindred rising spirit as Lupo rolls out an immense collaborative package where every track hits with a different slant. Just check the variety and spread between the bass depth plunges on "Finger Of Doom" and Dispatch-style restrained and you get an understanding of the badness breadth we're dealing with here. You'd be howling to miss this...