Review: Just as you thought it was safe to walk the streets, Konichi & Decimal Bass crash land into your grimy little universe once again... And nothing is safe. Their largest body of work since last year's album Forever, expect nothing less than six tracks of riot material; "The Dog Knows" is a barking mosh of a jam with electrified bass and a cracking sample, "Invasion" (with Vacuum) is so tightly sprung it should come with a health warning while "Cold Killer" sees them tagging up with mandem du jour Turno for an iced out shred flex. Elsewhere "Get It" wins gold in the 'weirdest bassline of the EP' award, "If I Told You I'd Have To Kill You" buzzes and snaps with a hornets nest bassline while "Maintain" kicks down your house with a roughhouse late 90s style bassline. K9 thumbs up.
Review: The Teflon Don returns to LDD with four more of his signature seismic bass sessions. "Bomb Squad" sees him colliding with Turno once again for another drama damager where big strings wrap tightly around a serious groaning bass hook while "Think First" whips up a storm with a classical lead that plunges into a crisp and infectious riff. Dig deeper into the collection for a frenzied Q&A-characterised master blaster ("History Making") and a thundering orchestra-charged harmonically-heaved shredder ("Art Form") Serious rawness.
Review: Dominator sadly passed away last year, and to celebrate his legacy Low Down Deep have released a full LP of his music, including collaborations galore. The first tune features Nu Elementz and its satisfyingly solid, with punmching bass stabs and a rock-hard percussive base to go with them. All of the tracks on this release are just big, from the glitched-out width of 'Better Late Than Never' featuring Majistrate, to the subtle yet funk-infused rhythm of 'Atomic Playboy' featuring Ego Tripping. Scene legend Heist makes a couple of appearances on 'Sway' and 'Cowboy' and Sub Zero tears up the place on 'Terror Notts'. This is sick EP that does justice to another D&B figure who was taken too soon. RIP Dominator.
Review: Hurters don't come much more heavy hearted than these. Just over a year before he was tragically taken away from us, Dom's legacy lives on with two important additions to his hugely influential back cat. The long-awaited "History Making" VIP finally enjoys a release complete with its beautifully trippy melted jazz breakdown while A.M.C is given Dom and Turno's classic "Bomb Squad" and gives it an explosive twist of its own. Rest in peace Dom.
Review: Suffolk's D-Stortion Records are back with an impressive bunch of breakbeat science upstarts that aren't messing around. Take for instance Dominator & Heist with their fierce DJ Krust influenced stepper "Trouble"; that strings section in the middle is just classic! Next up Dominator teams up with Upgrade on "Couldn't Care Less" which rolls and growls away ferociously in a purist techstep tradition. Dominator, again, shows us his skills in conjunction with Invictus; this time on the dark and suspenseful sci-fi beat futurism of "Infected", which brazenly wears its Virus Recording influence on its sleeve and we can dig that!
Review: Jump up heads, it's time to get nasty. A year after the release of this notorious dancefloor killer, Filthy Habits have taken to the lab once again to remix "No Cure" for the late summer crowds and boy are we grateful. Packed to burst with dirty bass and hard-spanking snares, there's not a pair of dunks in sight that could resist skanking to this. "Boiling Point" on the other hand raises up the salute to Turno's production skills with a faithful remix from Filthy Habits. Still dark, still destructive but with a sleeker, meaner level of devastating realness, this roller is going places. The favourite by far.
Review: These are the breaks! Super-longstanding D&B bastion Drum&BassArena unleash their first EP in over 10 years with a special dedication to the driving drum fusion that's powered all our favourite jungle jams: The breakbeat. It's an all-star cast too... Bladerunner does his thing with a classic subby wobble and skippy breaks, Shimon gets his bouncy skank on with Darrison on "Believe It" while June Miller, James Marvel & MC Mota flip the breaks into a steppier, more fractured dancehall/jungle/madness switch up on "Don Dada". Those in need of a hardcore injection of rave purity should seek and support John B's ruthless "ENERGY" and A.M.C & Turno's glacier-blasting tech-jump melter "Ice Cold". Dedication's what you need.
Review: Four of Low Down Deep's heaviest club cuts over the last two years enjoy a new coat of VIP arms, bringing them all back up to date. Already in demand due to dubplate pressure, each cut adds new bassline and riff twists that will cause knowing gun fingers across the dance. Logan D & Dominator's "Giant Killer Bees" goes switch-heavy, Turno's "Gladiator" enjoys an emotional explosion on the breakdown, Majistrate's already tongue-in-cheek "Amsterdam" gets even sillier while Heist's infamous "Moose Knuckle" keeps its sci-fi haze intact while folding the bass riff inside itself. Serious VIP business.
Review: Manchester's North Base is normally found on labels like Shogun Audio and Audioporn, while Turno can usually be found on Low Down Deep or Sweet Tooth. Here though, these mighty titans collide on the Viper Music label. The results are typically explosive. A one-track release, "Third Eye" is a single epic that compensates for like, four of other producer's cuts. Beginning with moody synth work and an ominous rap from Harry Shotta, all mayhem arrives at 1:28 when the fierce metallic bassline and stop/start steppy beats blow up. Dancefloor chaos (in a good way).
Majistrate & Pleasure - "No Way Out" - (4:55) 174 BPM
Cabbie - "Cut The Talk" - (5:11) 175 BPM
Review: Pleasure, Turno, Guv, Majistrate, Dialogue, Cabbie... Could Sweet Tooth possibly fit more heavyweight jump up barons onto one EP? Pleasure presses the ignition with the cold and unforgiving "Bushwaka" before Turno switches the game to chaos mode with another one of his trademark atonal hard-scuff basslines. Elsewhere we find Dialogue balancing classical strings with classical jump-up sub wobbles ("Hold Your Hats"), Guv getting lively with hype-charged risers and a snappy hornet bassline ("Wu Tang") and Majistrate and Pleasure going toe-to-toe in an ardent no-holds-barred gully bass battle ("No Way Out"). Cabbie closes the show with the no-nonsense "Cut The Talk". Game over.
Review: Selector! Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series welcomes a bonafide legend to the controls: Ray Keith. Digging deep across the board he's put together over 40 killer tracks from an obscene rollcall: Serum, Vital, Dillinja, Bladerunner, Margaman, T>I, DJ Hybrid, Turno, Filthy Habits, Ed Solo, Deekline and many many more artists are responsible for the savage soul and badman bounce on offer as we're rattled and shaken from pillar to post. From the naughty ragga skanks and turbo reverse bass lashes of Deekline & Ed Solo's "Hot This Year" to Ray's very own seminal "Chopper" via Bladerunner's evergreen breezer "Jungle Jungle" via two mixes and 10 FX tools, this is one of Jungle Cakes' tastiest ever projects to date. Big up the Dark Soldier
Review: Oh lordy lordy lordy, what the hell is happening in 2018? Remarc has just brought his seminal Dollar label back with his first new material in years and attention is essential: "Bad Man Tune" is all about the subby wriggles, alien switches and understated savageness that runs deep beneath the tightly sprung beats. Elsewhere Serum boots the 1994 classic "Drum N Bass Wise" into the future with a nasty venomous bassline and twisted mentasms while Bladerunner challenges us to a duel with some pistol-toting drum shots and sense-blurring energy. Finally Turno seals the deal with his own "Forward". With its loose swing, moody bass variations and white knuckle drum momentum it's the perfect way to end the EP... And leave us demanding more very soon. Remarc! You know what to do...
Review: Dark and menacing is how Turno's playing it with "Judas" and to be honest, he's nailing it. Ram-packed with techy madness and hard and fast snares, this is jump up for the connoisseur. "What You Thinking" is a total turnaround in style, choosing smooth rolling bass and the heartfelt vocals of Pretty P. Come mid-set, this'll be a must-play. Two blinders.
Review: Let Serial Killaz send their years of experience your way in the form of Turno, a man who's been cracking skulls and making waves for a few years but is only now starting to get the respect he deserves. Working with a few carefully chosen peers on this full-length release, expect bass that batters through like a freight train, snares that break teeth and ingenious sampling that leaves the nightmarish result to your imagination. Be careful - once tunes like "Bounty Killa" are in your head, you're done for.
Review: Non-stop manoeuvres: Turno's gripping the game by cohones this year. Flexing full axis, you never know what to expect, which makes every release even more of an exciting prospect. Fresh from laying down the law with Majistrate on Playaz, here he returns to Sweet Tooth with two left-of-centre jump up cuts: "Get Back" gets its funk on with a croaky bass and alien lasers while "Cattivo" goes for a deeper bass riff that doesn't sound a million miles away from early Clipz. Definitely no bad thing.
Review: Take a glance at the SoundCloud page for UK producer and DJ, Turno, and you'll see glowing testimonies from the likes of Majistrate and Nicky Blackmarket. And with good reason too, as Turno has put in the studio hours resulting in a wealth of music for Higher Stakes, Serial Killaz, Sweet Tooth Recordings and more these past few years. Dubz Audio belongs amongst this clutch too, and Turno's return to the label arrives with a brutal VIP take on his 2014 rinse down "The Iceman". Evil enough in original form, this 2016 edition officially upgrades "The Iceman" to screwface factor 10. Complementing this, Turno teams up with Dreps for the razor sharp "Team Drums," which has instant classic written all over it.
Review: Feel the Power! Turno begins to wrap up his biggest year to date with his debut album on Low Down Deep. Delivered across the course of several EPs, the action starts right here as Franco fires up in all directions: "BMT" pays homage to the big men with a bouncy early 2000s-style bass riff and rapid chats from the MC like Kombo. "1989" rolls us back to the foundations with iced-out hardcore textures while "Lucifer" is a straight up sandpaper funk with enough grit to exfoliate you down to the bone. Finally we hit "Iris", a piano-laced moment laced to the core with breezy, soul-shuddering vibes. Power up.
Review: Power up! Turno lets rip with the second part of his debut album. Once again it's an all-out sesh of the most eclectic order with a firm focus on the heavier side of his repertoire. Kicking off with a classic roughhouse Turno jump-up sound on the title track we're then hurled into a tech-teased bassline hurricane on "Covenant" while "Decapitated" genuinely lives up to its name. Finally we hit "Jekyll & Hyde". A deep Shogun-style stepper with lean elements and an iced soul, it's a fitting way to end the second powerful instalment of an artist who's absolutely smashed this year to pieces.
Review: Cor blimey. We all know how heavy Turno's "Power" was. One of the most powerful tracks he'd made at the time he named his album after it, anyone on remix duties had big shoes to fill... So it's a good job Low Down Deep have called in the best possible guys for the job: G Dub. Absolute legends from jump-up's most important era (and ever since) Sub Zero and Original Sin's G Dub alias go to town on the original, completely flip the arrangement, add their own take, textures and brazen sense of rolling energy. A powerful tune needs a powerful remix. This bangs.
Review: Turno is without a doubt one of the big success stories from the previous couple of years and he's one of a handful of previously marginal jump-up producers to have rode the wave, a wave of their own talent as well as that of scene tastes, right into the middle of the scene. Gemini is his first full-length release on Shogun sister label Elevate and it's a banger that crosses several different sub-genre divides. 'No Chance' featuring Inja is our favourite, though, a proper foghorn number which perfectly suits Inja's famously menacing, skipping tones. It bends, swerves and bashes its way all the way through in fabulous fashion. Lovely.
Review: Feel the burno, it's Mr Turno! He's back with this third and final part of his debut album and once again it covers all the right bass places; "Clockwork" will have you skanking to the turbine old school Bristol bass vibes, "Black Jungle" (with A.M.C) will have you speaking in tongues to robots by the time it's finished pulverising your mind, body and soul while "Revolution" brings forth the iconic MC calls of Spyda and wraps them up in a reese so fat it needs its own postcode. Power up!