Review: Pick N Mix: A place where full fat variety comes as standard and you're guaranteed to leave with a blazing sugar high and the stickiest fingers imaginable. Since launching last year they've been responsible for a whole barrage of on-point fire jams from the most exciting names in the new-gen D&B movement and for their 10th release they've levelled up the selection in a major way. 20 fresh tracks from 20 killer new talents, the vibes here are so palpable you could chew them. Highlights include the techno-like insistency and of Alex SLK's "Gorillaz", savage tear-out in the form of Vital's "The Game", Zoro's Dread-bass warp wonder session "Buss It", Magenta's MC-fronted bash-about "Purpose", the list goes on and on. Sweet!
Review: Cre8ers gonna Cre8: Blackley rallies up the new-gen troops for another batten hatching riot of riff blazing jump up stampers from allies old and new. Label regulars Ironlung and Danger kick off with "Unknown Object", a high frequency squeezer that wheezes with potent levels of toxicity. What follows is a slew of flabby bassline KO sessions. Highlights include Jack The Ripper's darkside stampage on with "Serious" (a track that certainly lives up to its name) Magenta's funky squelches on "Run It", Zeba's sprightly staccato funk on "Party People" and Yoteii's tightly coiled spring viber "Acid Roller". But the true gem of the set has to be "Freedom" by Fanatics. Horny, funky and loaded with wry humour, file under 'switch flipper'. Yes m8s.
Review: Brawlin Beaz always try their best to replicate the no-holds-barred, anarchic nature of life and they do so via the aggressive tones of modern D&B. This is a best-of compilation of tracks that have come out through the label between 2017-2019 and it puts that ethos on good display, featuring some seriously weighty acts like Bou and Dead Intent. The former's contribution is especially potent, a gargling display of production intensity and a lesson to all budding artists out there in how to create a knockout jump-up track, its biting bass stabs teaching you all you need to know. Dead Intent's - 'Tempo' - is equally as naughty but it rests on a much more potent set of drum hits, giving it an extra oomph that you can certainly hear. The others are just as good - check em.
Review: Liondub International's 10 year celebrations continue with a sense-shocking body slam into the future of the label and its ever-growing family of talented artists. Hitting hard like the label's ever-on-point Street Series, the rollcall reads like a who's who in gully talent: Dutta, Bou, Jayline, Vital, BlckHry and loads more. Whether you want to be completely twisted and spat back out by a brass section (Pharoah's "Fire In The Hole") you'd prefer to be hoovered by a jet engine then shot up into the stars (Jayline's "1408") or you're more into the idea of being rattled around in a big tin bassline can (Danny The WildChild's "Body Moves") this future shock has every physical experience contemporary (but heavily rooted) drum & bass can offer. And there's even more to come. Big up Liondub!
Review: Cave is another one of very prolific, very consistent jump up labels who are riding high the wave of fervour spreading through that side of the scene at the moment. For this week's instalment of their mission to madness, they've got Yoteii on board for this riotous four-tracker. 'Megatron' leads you in with hypnotic instrumentation, before laying them out over a subby, rolling drum break, complete with some naughty stabs. 'The Buzz' takes things up a notch in terms of craziness, its squelching, grating bass notes hit all the spots and we're very, very into it. Top EP.
Review: Yoteii always goes big, anyone who's heard any of his music would be able to tell you that. This EP is, unsurprisingly, no different and if anything, it's some of the best stuff we've heard out of the prodycer. It's pacey, it's rolling, it's full of vibrancy and it's all guaranteed A-list dancefloor ready. The first track kicks things off with energetic subtlety, a simple percussive line beneath an entanglement of reece basses and bouncing stabs, it's infectious and it's damn good. 'Funky Machine' is downright naughty, with grating stabs and fluctuating undercurrents of force all coming together to make a Kings Of The Rollers-worthy little number. Absolutely wicked.
Review: Cre8 DnB Music is another one of very prolific, very consistent jump up labels who are riding high the wave of fervour spreading through that side of the scene at the moment. For this week's instalment of their mission to madness, they've got Yoteii on board for this riotous four-tracker. 'Temple Run' leads you in with hypnotic, ancient instrumentation, before laying them out over a subby, rolling drum break, complete with some naughty stabs. 'Ducking Hell' takes things up a notch in terms of craziness, its squelching, grating bass notes hit all the spots and we're very, very into it. Top EP.
Review: Bulletproof take off the silencer and fire shots straight up your gully hole with these two whipslapping re-rubs. Nu Elementz strap up the black belts and add a twisted alien texture to the swooping riff of Yoteii's original while Subsonic polish up the lasers for a brutal angular stepper that's so brazen it's almost Belgian in its proportions. Savage.
Review: Brawlin Beatz has arrived with another four-track VA EP and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Yoteii, Motiv, Gravit-E and Hyn, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Hunted'. You've probably heard this one doing the round, but oh boy what a tune this is: a mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to Motiv's 'Rupture'.