Review: It's been a long time coming, but we are very excited to now see the 1Forty imprint dropping their releases through Juno, with this latest compilation project being the latest, showcasing just how strong they have become as a musical imprint and brand. They here return to their grimey, 140BPM roots with four absolute heaters, kicking off with a high energy, war-ready combination between the legendary Killa P and rapidly rising Fork And Knife. Next up, NothingNice arrives on production duty with more heavyweight flavours, over which Dizzle Kid & Killa P provide the vocal artillery before 9TRANE teams up with Fork And Knife for a monstrous 4x4 roller, dripping in OG grime energy. Finally, Hayz takes old school to an entirely new level as he employs super nostalgic synths and melodies over minimal, authentic drum patterns on 'High Top', to put the finishing touches on an awesome selection!
Review: Whenever we see the Uprise Audio name flickering into action within the store, we know we are guaranteed a treat or two. We aren't disappointed as they welcome in Asylum for two original heaters, kicking off with the fluttering arpeggios and grizzly bass tones of the title track 'Green Rolex'. On the flipside, the party steps up a gear as we are introduced to an array of vibrant bass synthesizer curls and haunted atmospheric design on 'Micro Dose', providing an excellent contrast to the A-side and rounding up an excellent double drop.
Review: It's an exciting time for the Project Allout team as their latest roster reshuffle starts to come into play. We are gifted four grimey originals from Casement on this one, who makes one hell of a debut appearance. The title track 'Lunar' is a magnificent fusion between eskimo themes and breaksy drum designs, with the following recording 'Hide' running riot amidst an avalanche of square wave synthesizers. Next up we have 'Bill Collector' which works together skippy drum loops and a steadily building layer of atmospheric pressure, before 'Portal' rounds everything off in serious style with its high end emotive melodic structure, packed with unpredictable plucks and harmonic musings. Excellent work.
Review: It's extremely difficult to not get excited at the prospect of a new Terrorhythm release, and our excitement is truly justified after a listen through this brand new project from Tracksuit Goth. We begin with the high pressure 808 triplets and rolling percussive weaves of the title track 'Blacksmith' before 'Scum' lowers the tone with a more minimalistic approach, focussing on eerie atmospheric notation. The stunning high ended melodies, subtle horn influxes and rolling drum designs of 'Picnic Rope' then follow in style, before the super grimey synthesizer slides of 'Like The Old Days' put a fantastic final dash of finesse onto the whole project.
Review: This a collaboration we were super excited to see, as Manchester legend Pete Cannon teams up with the rapidly rising sounds of Patrice and rapidfire vocal slaps of Snowy for a top quality new single via Loefah's legendary Swamp 81.imprint. In typical Swamp style, this one delves into the dark and dingy realms of bass music, combining gnarly low end drones with colorful percussive rolls and eerie synth melodies, giving the whole track a real sense of finesse. This one also comes complete with a Snowy Dub version for good measure!
Review: UK bass scientists, Spooky, is coming out of all corners at the moment, and he's up on our charts with two EPs this week, the present Fiesta EP, and also a double-header featuring Boylan, both out on the new and rampant Oil Gang label. "Fiesta" is nothing short of a total feeding frenzy, a broken, snare-heavy stepper with dub sirens and Caribbean influences; the sort of tune that would no doubt destroy a club in half, whereas "Cherry" takes a completely different approach; its docile ska bounce trips over hard-hitting snares, yet more dub sirens, and just a general feeling of total curbside swagger. Both excellent tunes that go way beyond the normal confinements of grime and two-step. Bangin'.
Review: It's excellent to see the team at Chameleon Audio finally getting the previous pieces of their back catalogue onto our platform, this time around we see our very own KXVU land for his 'Lion Cub' EP. We kick this one off with the super skippy drum work and warbling bass tones of 'Cub Bubblin', followed by the evil string drives and menacing melodies of 'Rafiki Riddim'. Next 'Shenzi' lands with a real punchy presence, driven by sinister string leads, before we round the EP off with 'Zira' a more alien-like harmony of gnarly synths and choppy drum slaps. Excellent stuff as per from the cub!
Review: As ever, it's an exciting prospect to see a new Hypho release drop in the store, especially when he's in the rich mane of form he currently resides in. This release sees him put together three scorching original creations, kicking off with the potent sub textures and spooky atmospheric synth pressures of 'Efnol'. Next up, we see the super combo of Hypho and Rakjay recombine for yet another banger on the title track 'Edge', a tribalistic roller brimming with percussive power. Finally, OldGold joins the party on the super tech drum textures and bubbling pops of 'Regulate', which puts a glossy finish on a fantastic overall project.
Review: As one of drum and bass' perennial figures, Jubei has spent the past few years putting out solid releases via respectable outlets like Critical's Modulations and Ingredients, but it's on Metalheadz where he's rooted most of his well-known back catalogue. Using this release to unleash his experimental side, Jubei picks his way through D&B and dubstep tempos as he collaborates with the likes of Consequence, Marcus Intalex, and even the big-in-the-game names of Goldie and dBridge. Also featured are DRS, SP:MC and Flowdan, lending their famous vocal talents to the LP which also hosts bonus track "State Of The Art (dub version)", a cold-hearted stepper from the depths of Jubei's twisted imagination. You'd be out of your mind to miss this.
Review: Hospital's poster boy comes storming back after the success of January's digital-only release "Give & Take" with the second single taken from his highly anticipated sophomore album "2" which is out at the end of June. "Come Alive" marks a departure from the norm, with Netsky making a foray into drumstep territory with plenty of live indie band influences, soaring vocals and pounding drums. Accompanying the original are three excellent remixes; Culture Shock provides a souped up D&B version, whilst Rockwell offers up a typically intricate, regurgitated interpretation and Submerse a sumptuous 4/4 remix which will appeal to those across the board.
Review: While it might be tricky in these open-minded times for Scuba to shatter preconceptions the way that he did with his Sub:Stance mix a few years ago, this compilation should be seen really as a celebration of the man himself as a DJ. After launching with a decidedly minimalist approach, the mix meanders between pacey techno, bluesy broken beat and rolling dubstep tempos. At times the flow feels unsteady, but then it just rings true that he put this mix together for himself. Without a dancefloor to look after, who knows where many of our favourite DJs might take us?
Review: Beatcamp badman P Jam flexes some serious fire on this feisty five tracker for Project Allout: "Spaz Out" is all about the heavily layered percussion and bass drama, "Liquid Adrenaline" investigates the exciting period when garage, breaks and dubstep first fused over a decade ago, "Juice" is a much jauntier affair with a fractured staccato riddim and paranoid stabs, and "Cheeseberry" is 100 per cent aggression as angular edits slamdunk each other with raw, techy grit. "The Beckoning" closes the show with a series of sniper-precision breaks and smoggy subs. Not a dull moment, you best do as the EP title suggests...
Review: Fresh from coughing up "Green Phlegm" all over the dance last summer, J Beatz returns with deep sea scudder. All synth horns and rifle snares, like its namesake, this is capable of going deep deep deep in the mix and it won't rust for decades to come. Remix-wise Project Allout have spoilt us with highlights coming from Spooky (twisted metal crunching sounds), Deadbeat UK (speed garage vibes) and Dubzta (uptempo rippage). Powerful.
Review: You might recall Flowdan from his recent album, Distaster Piece, but the man's style and swagger has probably been imprinted in your subconscious thanks to his part in the infamous Roll Deep cartel. The man was one of the group's long-term vocalists but, over the last few years, he's been concentrating on his own productions. This extended EP focusses on his "Grime" tune, a dancehall-flavoured gunshot riddim with plenty of aggy vocals and blaring percussion shots, but you also get an original mix of the deep and murky "Groundhog Day", a lo-fi tune with the Animai's vocals sounding more like street poetry than grime. There's a sinister remix of "Horror Show Style" from Shades, a proper bass attack that brings us back to circa '03, followed by a more tribalistic version from Telemachus. Cop it and you also get a selection of instrumental mixes, along with some juicy acappellas - hold tight!
Review: Those who missed out on this Floating Points obscurity on its initial vinyl release must be pretty happy right now. You see, Eglo originally released it a couple of months back as an ultra-limited, single-sided 10" single. For those who don't buy vinyl, it's actually something of a bonus to see "Sais" get a digital release, as it's a pretty hot slab of contemporary broken beat. With a weighty dub bassline, mournful strings and snappy, jazz-influenced beats that weigh in somewhere between classic bruk and 2-step garage, it's easily one of Floating Points' heaviest releases to date.
Review: Daryl Nurse aka Youngster is not cite often enough when we talk about grime, dubstep, and the evolution of both these genres. But, the UK bass scientist is very much up there on our list, and we're big into his sound from the early 2000's. Out on White Peach this week is a reissue of his '02 bombshell "Bongo", a raw and minimalistic bass stepper with a wild set of cowbells, stop-start rhythms and a nasty, unforgiving bassline for the heads. That's not all, though; there's three remixes to sink your teeth into: Hi5Ghost chucks in an added layer of slicing percussion sounds for total damage, Deep Medi associates Kahn & Neek slow the whole groove down to their singular, cerebral levels, and Impey drops his broken gunshot riddim version, aptly called the 66668 Bar remix. Fire!
Fabric Worldwide LIVE 92: Preditah - (1:11:46) 140 BPM
Review: Pure headphone and home-listening inspiration: Peditah's Fabriclive mix comes strictly mixed form and it's a straight up snapshot of bass music's raw and healthy state right now. Bulging with bangers and exclusives from the likes of DJ Q, Wiley, Bassboy, C4, Mr Virgo and loads more, the Brum badman takes us from the sublime house of Black Loops to the riotous grit of Solo 45 and all shades in between. Fluid and fiery, all recorded in one take, Preditah's delivered one of the most on-point mixes Fabric have released in a long time. Essential listening every time you touch road.
Review: Following on from a very strong run of releases to kick start the first half of the year, we are very happy to see Southpoint back on their album steeze, this time bringing forward the well renowned abilities of grime producer, MC and DJ: Jakebob. The album consists of 12 heaters, some vocal and then some instrumental, all showcasing just how energetic grime can be, with his signature, eskimo inspired sound weaved flawlessly throughout the project. For us the immediate stand outs have to be the reggae inspired construction of 'Woki', the sharp, grimey slices of 'R Riddim' and of course the demonic string structures of 'Outside'. Excellent stuff!