Review: Fokuz prove they're no one trick pony with these considerably dark and menacing couple of cuts from Keosz and Trilo. First up is the brooding "Pride" with its razor sharp snares slicing through the darkness, the melancholy instrumentals adding a somber tone throughout and the booming sub bass striking a chord with the heart and mind. This one's a killer - beware! Accompanying this is the equally as ominous "Ahiram" with its clicking beats, gnarly bass and quirky, oriental SFX and moody atmospherics. One of the best things we've seen from Fokuz in some time!
Review: Poland-based Slovakian D&B producer Trilo has been intermittently releasing music since 2008, largely via collaborations and single-track contributions to compilations and split EPs. Here, Renegade Hardware has given him a chance to prove his growing credentials with a full solo EP. There's much to admire, from the hot-stepping feel of punchy opener "Enterprise" - all fizzing synths, dense but swinging beats and pulsating sub - to the deep chords and punishing rhythms of digital bonus cut "Baracks". Arguably best of all, though, is "Prozac", an atmospheric and faintly chilling jaunt through retro-futurist riffs, immersive chords, dBridge style electronics and titanium-clad beats.
Review: Renegade Hardware hit back hard with new signing Trilo, showing the rest of the scene how it's done. Dark, heavy, techy and filled with influences old and new, this is an intelligent release filled with nods to the past but with an undercurrent of pure terror. First track "Enterprise" shows off the Slovakian producer's knack for distorted bass and skewed beats and as we carry on into "Prozac", the EP's brutally restrained mid-way point, it's easy to see why RH picked this guy up: he's got a way with horror soundscapes most producers could only dream of. He finishes off with stunningly pieced together "Baracks", switching from musical interlude to heavy dancefloor-writhing rhythms in a palpitation. Breathtaking.
Review: Legendary D&B label Renegade Hardware has been a powerhouse of essential tunes from the darker side of the street for 19 years now. Pushing ever onwards with their future sounds, this release is a neat and nasty selection of the finest new talent around right now. Kicking off with a tasty slice of neuro badness from Slovakian artist Trilo and banging tracks from Klax and Subtension who takes to the studio with MC Nuklear, there's also a beast of a tune from rising also-Slovakian star Minor Rain. Clean, precise and just a bit deadly. You need this in your life.
Filip Motovunski - "Check Out The Vibe" - (4:24) 176 BPM
Gydra - "Megapolis" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Agressor Bunx - "Total Destroy" - (5:39) 172 BPM
Cod3x - "Obey" - (4:55) 174 BPM
Heamy - "Backbone" - (5:01) 172 BPM
Nakwan - "Turn On The Light" - (4:01) 175 BPM
Tobax & Gydra - "Progressive" - (5:13) 172 BPM
Bl4ck Owlz - "Geddo Fonk" - (4:47) 174 BPM
Billain & Vegas - "Shinde" - (7:21) 174 BPM
Review: Black Box Six is a big compilation with 23 tracks on it, all of which fit ideally into the neurofunk-shaped hole that Bad Taste have carved out for themselves within the D&B scene over the past few years. The label has become a reliable, known quantity for purveying dark beats so this release has been excitedly awaited. There's too much to talk about, really. Og particular note is the Teddy Killerz remix of Malux's 'Turbine', a dirty halftime remake of an already filthy original. Agressor Bunx bring the goods with 'Total Destroy', and Matys & Trilo's 'Undertaker' has so much force that it's arguably the best track on the LP. If you like your dirty D&B this isn't to be missed.