Review: Fighting fakers left, right and centre, Teezy jumps aboard the good ship Debunked with 'Real'. Slick, stripped-back and to the point, Teez gets straight to the point and hones our focus in on reality thanks to precision drum production, a fantastic bass texture and an interesting moment to pause on the breakdown. Keep it 'Real'.
Review: Crash bang wallop: yung Teezy's smashing up the system with this massive 'Demolition' derby on Pick The Lock. Six cuts in all, each one twisted in its own special Teezy way. The title track is pure croaks (some say it was made of 10,000 dead frogs but we think some toads got in the mix, too) while other highlights include the stuttering, slamming smash-up 'Represent', the floating tones and gentle uplift of the intro of 'Flux' and the yearning, woozy soulful jilts and twists of 'Baby'. Get wrecking.
Review: Snake eyes! Following editions from Kenji and Flat T, Teezy chucks the dice for the third annual 'High Rollers' collection on Liondub International. No gambling necessary; each cut is a big time winner as Teezy slaps us with groove after groove. Killer rounds include the chainsaw-like chug and menacing energy of 'Rigid', the crispy synths and pranged out textures of 'Minimal Instinct' and the flattening weight of 'Bad Rasta'. Roll again?
Review: Ask no questions, we'll tell you no lies... D&B's answer to Eastender's Nick Cotton (ask your dad) Nick The Lot pulls up to a layby with a whole load of hot stock. All factory fresh from the most exciting producers emerging in the last few years, everywhere you look he's flinging out unsolicited goodies: Pengo & Amplify's scatty, off beat wriggle-a-thon 'Rock The Rhyme', Drowzee's super grizzly grot-fest 'All Of You', the dark funk of Teezy's slinky slapper 'Provoke' and Nick's own off-the-wall firestarter 'Loose Cannon' are just some of the red-handed bangers on offer here. Grab them and become an accomplice. Crime pays!
Review: Don't ask us how Teezy's managed to get trapped on a label that can apparently pick any lock but these are the type of messed up times in which we live. Luckily the music is just as messed up; 'Trapped' itself is an oscillating freak-out where a whole weave of basslines twist and turn into each other while 'Hold Up' is all about the loose, flabby bassline and swaggering beats. Elsewhere 'Sense' purrs into action with menacing charm before 'Malfunction' closes the EP with the most off-beat textures and fluctuations of the release. Already supported by the likes of Noisia, Teezy's not going to be trapped for much longer.
Review: Currently tearing up freshers dances across the UK, Anton Bailey's Invicta Audio serve up yet another massive VA collection that puts us squarely in the centre of the new generation. A snapshot of exciting sounds, ideas and energies, once again Invicta do the future proud. Highlights include the techno stabs and trippy percussion of Teezy's 'Killa', the sudden switch between euphoric and utter drop filth on IZUK's 'Massive', BA2's spacious and tense 'No Further' and the sweet and sassy pitched up vocals on the album finale 'Complicated' by Valor. And this barely scratches the new talent iceberg. Big up Invicta each and indeed every.
Review: While many folk went and got a dog during lockdown, yung Teezy here went and made his own 'Puppy'. Much cleaner than a mutt that bites all your furniture and makes a mess everywhere, this puppy growls softly and jumps buoyantly over the chiselled beats. There are plenty more dogs in the kennel, too; 'Denial' is a sleek Doberman of a tune, all pointy, pacy and tense, 'Heaven' is a golden retriever, all sweet when it wants to be but deep down a working dog , 'Bass In Ya Head' is a loyal staffy, all bubbly and up for mischief while 'Acknowledge' is a Dachshund, all snake like and with a bassine that yaps away cheerily before 'Rolling Deep' roars in like a rottweiler, all beefy and bulky but doesn't have to say much to make its presence know. You gonna bark all day little doggy?
Review: Ben Snow's Catch 22 label continues to do bits for the D&B new-gen as it launches another VA EP into the ether. All brand new artists, all forward-thinking bangers, we kick off with Bristol artist A:dan with the addictive riff-loaded 'Elevate' before Konetix's 'Awaken' hits hard with a pulsating warped-out bassline while Stillz & Zeba rip things up with a tunnelling harmonic bassline. Finally we roll out with the slinky creeper 'Halo' from Teezy. Tension set to max, all sides of the genre are represented right here.
Review: Young Guns Recordings are an insurgent force of a label who have been steadily growing for the last few years. Teezy is the latest producer to join the family and his offering is one of stripped back sonics and fierce minimalism, a nod to the label's stylistic grounding and a reflection of his sound. Its title track - 'Countdown' - is a big tune that keeps to a ferocious pace in drums which smack of the old school, whilst a intertwined, rippling basslines keep things moving as well. 'Selecta' has a wonderfully heavy foghorn on it that shudders with force and has that high resonance we all love so much. The rest of the EP is also pure gold as well - proper drum & bass for true heads.
Review: Bulletproof are doing us all a favour with this release, simply because it's such a good collection of rolling and chopped up beats. Bulletproof FC is a vibes-heavy, breaksy release that doesn't take many prisoners. There's a whole load of artists on this particular squad and their respective talents move from grinding jump up to bumping minimality, with Elsy blending those two sonic palettes effectively on 'Feel For You'. There is industrial jump-up on 'Elephant March', as well as an especially big cut on 'On My Back', as well as other flavours mixed in. Wicked.