Review: Trust Audio's 9th release is courtesy of Jaybee & Freeze, Trex and Latent Notion, so suffice to say it's good. Jaybee & Freeze have come out with one of the naughtiest tunes you're going to hear this year, a dystopic blend of other worldly groans and snapping drums. Imagine if Serum, Enei and Randall had a kid and it started making tunes- yeah, like that. Trex recently released an absolutely superb album over on Mac V and he's back on top form with 'Electric Jungle', a wobbling mixture of bass tendrils and percussion precision, all wrapped up nicely in a convincing, jungle package. It's subtle yet still damaging. Latent Notion continues on the jungle tip with 'Taper' and this tune is all about the drums - they're raw, ravaging and really, really good. It's classic jungle vibes and a perfect way to round out an especially solid EP from Trust Audio.
Review: It's a Manchester thing: Nian Dub crash-land back on Dawn Raid's Hocus Pocus with a clutch of powerful tech-laced hurters. "Histories" whirls and punches like a late 90s Headz joint, "Farsight XR-20" is all about the breaks with a madcap Paradox feel laced throughout while "Conquer Dem" takes us right back to the Timeless Records era with some stunningly spliced drums. Trex joins the fray with a twisted remix of 2016's "Templar" for good measure. Welcome to the future...
Review: For this third release - their first of 2012 - bass music upstarts New World Audio gather together a selection of tunes from a quartet of little-known producers. Sukh Knight's Bhangra-inspired "Shutdown" is probably the highlight. It offers an exotic stroll through dubstep's more melodic pastures, with sampled Indian vocals and Bollywood melodies offering a decent contrast to the sub-heavy bassline. Shandy's aggressive and intense "Jogi" isn't far behind, though, thanks to some punishing rhythms, spangled rave synths and dubwise effects. For those seeking pure dancefloor thrills, look no further than the eyes-closed dubstep-skank of Trex's murky "Mad Mother Dub".
Review: Trex is one of the most talented artists to emerge in the past couple of years and Mac 2 is where it all began for him, with the release of his sensational debut album High Time on Randall's label. He's back with his next full-length outing on the imprint and it's more rough, gritty D&B that's grounded in the bare necessities: tough drums, rollicking basslines and subtle energies. Title tune 'Society' sums this up excellently, with a sample laden intro that nonchalantly rolls out into a minimalist yet still full-on rendition of dancefloor wizardry. Watch out for the second drop - the other tunes aren't far behind.
Review: Premium strength D&B from long-time London bubbler Trex. Last spotted on Randall's ever-reliant Mac 2 just over a year ago, he makes up for lost time with four rugged, chiselled jaw rollers. "Soul For Sale" balances vocal harmonic textures, twinkling arpeggios and a short sweet vocal sample with a simple-but-effective depth charge bassline, "Easton" is all about the jazzy jump-up, "Never See" ploughs with a Moving Fusion-style bounce while "Harlem Nights" strips the elements back for us to properly zoom into every nuance of the bulbous elastic bass he's gradually made his signature. Five star fire.
Review: Consistently adding spice to our sets since he emerged on Ingredients in 2011, Trex comes correct with the fittingly-titled "Tabasco". A waspy, buzzy bass-tickled jam with rugged drums and a 3am Randall vibe stamped all over it, it sets the scene for two more exceptional floor remedies... The spine-melting synths, trippy textures and burped-out bass of "Gonna Get Up" and the slightly more understated growls and crystalline drums of "Murphy's Law". Trust in Trex. Trust in Trust.
Review: One of the dirtiest jewels in Mac 2's crown, Trex returns after adventures on Lockdown and Director's Cut with four absolutely stinking slabs of underground rawness; "Raptor" growls just as its name suggests while "Treatment" rolls out with a rough, dangerous edge that's highly reminiscent of Grooverider's Prototype output back in the day. Next up we charge head-first into "Romany's Song", a twisted piece of croaky jungle where the breaks switch and flicker like power plant and the bass squelches like a sewage plant while "Orison" brings us to a poignant close with more cosmic, dreamy layers majestically coating the precision rolling groove. Seriously masterful: Trex needs full attention now more than ever.
Review: Another successful album graduate of Randall's Mac II academy, Trex levels up into LP mode with this superb debut long'un. The title track "High Times" gives nothing away as its dubby sways ripple and weave in the intro before Trex throws us to the mercy of his rolling gold. The hurricane grit of "One & All", the slinky trouser-dropping subs of "Real World", the introverted vocal soul and woozy horns of "Try", the haunted Commixian staccato and poignancy of "Father" are among many other highlights on this highly accomplished debut.
Trex & Ella Jones & Eljay - "Dark Skies" - (5:40) 173 BPM
Wagz & LJ High - "Bad Habits" - (6:00) 174 BPM
Review: Hailing from London, Trex & Eljay feature vocals by Ella Jones on their stunning offering "Dark Skies". The track builds up with a sinister vibe and synths that bring a touch of acid to the party. The tear up bass after the drop comes in unexpected but more than welcome, making sure all dancefloors will be illuminated. Next up, Coventry/Sheffield based Wagz & LJ High bring "Bad Habits" to the table. A powerful roller with fast paced breaks that wink to some of the relentless jungle rhythms from back in the days, it adds a waspy bassline and a sweeping melody to the mix to create an instant classic. Get involved!
Review: At just one a year old, London's Trust Audio is still in it's infancy as an imprint, but the tracks being put out here, have a distinct wisdom and understanding. First up is label head Trex who brings us some darkness with Turncoat, a warping, echoing sub is the main sound here, adorned with itchy sound effects and shuffling drums. 'Tunnel Bass' has the twisted, paranoid feel of dnb's early day's, very distinct and very different layers of bass make up this haunting beauty, out favourite being the understated low rumble. Finishing the EP off in smooth, soulful style is Criteria's 'Night Dash' a lulling, soft drop of liquid with gorgeously muffled vocals, heart-wrenching piano touches and a sub so warm it feels like a hug.
Review: Trust in trust! Trex and Quest's imprint hits the soul hard once again with three more authentic rolling damagers. First up is Trex and bonafide US don Jaybee with a worm-like wriggler that will sit so well in any mix you can imagine. John Rolodex follows with a harder hitting piece of late 90s style damagement by way of a riff that can slam for days while Cybin returns from his coffee break with a beautiful piece of rave-inspired work. All emotional pads and big cymbal-slapping breaks, this concludes an EP that can only be filed under 'classically trained jungle at its finest.'
Zere/Magnafide & Gabriel Habit - "Mindfulness" - (5:36) 173 BPM
Trex - "Conundrum" - (5:43) 172 BPM
Criteria - "Night Dash" - (4:31) 173 BPM
Trex - "Tabasco" - (5:42) 174 BPM
Cybin & Trex - "Tall Order" - (5:20) 172 BPM
Review: Trust in Trust Audio.... Trex & Quest's imprint looks back over their first 10 releases and cherry picks some of the many highlights over the last two years to bring everyone up to speed. If you know anything about Trex's rolling gold or the labels' underground spirit, you'll already know how on point these cuts are. The big airy breezes of Zere's "Mindfulness", the spicy stank of Trex's "Tabasco" and that devilish infectious rattle and pranged out alien whirrs and slurs on Cybin & Trex's "Tall Order" are just some of the heavyweight highlights right here. Trust us; when Trust say best bits, they mean it...