Review: Ready for the remix? We're going to go right ahead and assume you've said yes because that's exactly what Iron Fist are punching with right now. First up is man of the moment Total Recall who flips Profile's summer 2017 thumper "Unknown World" into an outright groaner with a flabby droning bassline rips through the mix like Japanese steel. Profile jumps aboard for the second track as he gives his laser firing skank up a serious VIP twist thanks to a whole new menu of bass menace. Rewind and come again...
Review: Total Recall is a producer we've featured quite a lot on this site before and it's because he has an impressive talent for producing gargling, powerful beats that hit hard and don't look back when they step over your stunned body. It makes sense that he's on Bagged & Tagged, then, as his Summons EP shows off the capabilities of both him and the label. The title track is the standout, a chopped-up amalgamation of energy and purpose, custom-built for the club and very much in tune with the strength of the scene at the moment. The rest of the release slaps as well - check it out.
Review: Gun Audio continues to shoot directly into the heart of D&B culture with this extensive six track EP. Between them, Total Recall and Dialogue touch on every corner of the genre. And they do so with heavyweight panache. "State Of Life" bumps and jitters with a gnarly bass riff before a string section flies in from nowhere and knocks you off your feet. "Keep Em Coming", meanwhile, is a much funkier affair with subtle disco influences buried deep in the grit. Elsewhere we're stunned by the use of a Kings Of Tomorrow sample on "Thief In The Night" and pummelled into bass submission on "Philosophus". Complete with a free VIP of "Straight Six", it's another kindly reminder of Gun Audio's current dominance.
Review: The Gun Audio label have been killing it with each and every release since it opened for business at the beginning of 2013, but for those who haven't yet had a chance to experience their cutting edge take on D&B, this second label compilation is essential business. From the sci-fi synths of Mackie Gee's "Transmission" through the punishing rhythms of Jaydan's "Acid High" and Benns' "Disconnected" to the more classic sounds of Bladerunner's "Hot Steppa", there really is something for every discerning D&B fan here to chew on!
Review: With a plethora of artists to choose from, Volume 6 takes a look at the more experimental beings on Hype's roster, to interesting effect. Mob Tactics set the whole show in motion with Elephant Man in a dancehall-inspired club banger cut with insane bass and high-stress sound effects. Total Recall makes an appearance in the Eastern-influenced "Ethnic Origins", taking jump-up to new heights. Playaz favourite Survival adds a trademark neuro touch to fastmoving breaks and eerie atmospherics, and Jaydan show's a sensitive side with the crisp, rolling "She's Heaven". A mature sound from the Playaz crew.
Review: Gun Audio comes through correct with their fifth release in the form of an extensive D&B compilation featuring some of the best new talent out there. Much like their previous signings, these guys are relatively unknown but are sure to become big names in the future and to be honest, it's pure quality throughout. From wobbling jump-up to techier rhythms, this LP is about the best summary of what's happening at the moment in the UK D&B scene. Too many names for ya to digest so just press play and blow your speakers up!
Review: This is a big release, both literally and metaphorically. Sitting at 58 tracks, it's clear that the Dub Damage crew wanted to pack as many of their best moments as they possible could into the album. If you're a jump-up fan, think of this as a bit like the holy grail of jump-up and the inclusion of remixes and originals from dons like Original Sin, Annix, Turno and Sub Zero cement that fact. Aside from those legends, DJ Alpha comes through with 'The Man With The Golden Gun', a riotous blend of punched out bass synths, whilst Kre & Basshoven low-key steal the show with 'Toronto Blue'. A fat album this, and a lesson in how to do compilations right.
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: Most three-year celebrations involve cake, pass the parcel, tantrums and, inevitably, sick. Mercifully at WWR we only have the sick to mop up. And we mean sick with a capital bruh... Highlights from their short but tonked discography hit from every direction with the likes of Supreme Being getting operatically epic on his remix of "Dysphixia" and raffishly mechanical on "Show Down", Blackmarket and Voltage paying homage to one of the greatest trilogies ever filmed, Kenji taking us beyond the clouds on his sticky icky sub-laden "Pot Smoker". And that's just the tip of a very large iceberg.