Review: It's another all-out, balls-against-the-wall savage session as Digital Terror unleash the fourth and final chapter of their half-decade celebration EP series. Konichi fires the starter gun with his gritty refix of Prestiges's fittingly titled "Hard" before up-and-comer Spaow takes the baton and runs with glitchy mischief. Further into the chaos we plunder with Dub Bezerka crushing Hoogs' "Heavy Mental" into a lean, minimal Phace-style neuro jump-up romp and Nu Elementz injecting an entire hornets nest into Telekom's "Nicky". Lowriderz have the honour of closing this epic, month-long anniversary mission with the roughest cut of the bunch: flipping Freek's "Kung Fu Is Banned" into a raw universal fighting talk, it's a suitably gnarly climax to a very well executed EP series. Bring on the 10 year celebrations.
Review: Biological Beats are a chemically proven entity for the production of venomous music and they're in full flight once more, this time acting as the agar jelly for Telekom, whose villainous sounds are up to their most criminal of behaviour. It's a four-tracker and it kicks off with 'Bong Juice', an already heinous substance made all the more dirty by this tune's tear-down approach to bassline construction and its peppered drum lines that sit high in the mix and roll out with abandon. The highlight, though, is 'Villains', as a wickedly funky sample works in the intro smoothly but then flips on the drop into a knife-edge display of stabbing, jump up energy. Big.
Review: Dial G for gully: Telekom makes contact for the first time in 2018 with four sense-whirling whip-slappers. "Get Together" wheezes with a slight funk thanks to its off-grid drums and swooning instrumentation, "Lean" (with Solix) subverts the rave stabs as it drops into pure laser armageddon and "You Are Next" (with Dutta) cold calls your innermost soul with a rattling metallic bassline groove venom. Finally Telekom closes comms with the brain-melting "Blowback" that comes with one of the most twisted groaning basslines he's made to date. Trust us, you're going to want to put a ring on this.
Review: Junglists: this month your stars will lead you to great bangers from the long-standing UK bass comms expert Telekom. You'll meet a tall dark gully stranger who talks with a toxic bassline tongue ("Bulletproof"), you'll find inner peace through squelchy bass mischief ("Ego Trippers") and experience great fortune through elasticated low end of stuttering snares ("Absorbed") Later in the month you'll feel more energetic thanks to the hench D*Minds or Mampi style riff circa 2002 ("Pimpin") before concluding the month in blissed and blessy state of zen thanks to dusty chords and a sense-blurring drop ("1210 Technique") Thanks for choosing Junodownload horoscopes, see you next month.
Review: If grinding, gratuitous jump up with a quirky, melodic twist is your thing then look no further than Telekom, who will satisfy all your needs with his unique brand of whomping mid range fury. Kicking off with the title track, "Secret Society" is all Hazard style B movie samples and juddering synth-driven beats. "Alien Intelligence" continues the story with spaced out SFX and pattering drums with aggressive stabs, whilst "You Can't Shoot Me" juxtaposes soaring flute melodies with pounding bass-driven moments. "Dynamite" restores the Heist-esque feel to things, before "Mortal Terror" rounds the EP off in true jump up style.
Do You Feel The Bass (Telekom remix) - (5:56) 175 BPM
Do You Feel The Bass (Khemikal remix) - (4:31) 175 BPM
Do You Feel The Bass (Projekt remix) - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: Indiekai's rhetorical rampage from spring 2016 "Do You Feel The Bass" gets the treatment from a selection of Claw Hammerz' finest. Already an interesting track with its naked woodblock drop and trippy triplets, here we find Telekom giving it a neuro surcharge, Khemikal retaining the stripped back nature but with added alkaline aggressiveness and Projekt flipping it into a Dimension-level stepper. Trust us - drop any of these fresh versions and your floor will be feeling it.
Review: Biological Beats are turning fifteen years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of wicked artists. This is that celebration and DJ Limited, Puppetz and more are in the place, whilst Enta and more make a feature as well. Enta turns up the heat with a screamer with 'Ear Dis', Puppetz takes things heavy on 'Reborn' and Traumatize drags proceedings into a bouncier place with his stormin VIP of 'Joker'. All round, an excellent showing from the crew and an excellent example of how to pull off a big compilation.
Telekom - "Nicky" (Nu Elementz remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Freek - "Kung Fu Is Banned" (Lowriderz remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Wrapping up a month of five-year anniversary chaos, Digital Terror have bundled their exclusive remix adventures into one sense-slapping compendium. All label talents are present and correct with highlights punching, kicking and grizzling from every corner. Ranging from Hoogs' sticky treacle low end stretches on "Effects" to Hedex's rougher, more metallic swagger on "Greed" and Lyptikal's out-and-out industrial grindage on "Badman" and Lowriderz' harrowing designs on "Kung Fu Is Banned", if you missed on any of the four EPs now is your chance to catch up. If this is how Digital Terror celebrate five years, we can't wait to see how they party a decade of sonic hellraising.
Review: High R8 have been putting out a reliable stream of D&B since 2011, but it's only now they've released a compilation, and if you were to acquaint yourself with the sound of the label it's here. Filthy Habits feature twice with their tracks "Robot Wars", a grizzly bassline driven burner, and the rolling caustic sounds of "Pitch Black". Other highlights include Total Recall's climbing "Zelator", Cino's "Relocate", Spaow's heavily effected and twisted "Hard Work" and Version's deep and cruising "Weak Sauce". Get stuck in.
Review: Biological Beats are the latest addition to the Playaz roster of quality sister labels and on this sterling compilation there's a real sense of a stamp of approval - double B are looking to cement their sound. Kicking off with the beautiful sampling and hard thump of techy drums that is Jayline's "Time To Play", there's no let up and each tune brings its own blend of bone-shaking beats and subtleties. From minimal atmospherics to soaring string sections, this is jump up like you've never heard it before. Oozing with creativity and gasping for the light, forget all you know about heat-crazed dancefloor drum and bass and come over to the dark side. You know it makes sense.