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: 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: 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: 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!
Review: East London's Razor is every bit as sharp as his name suggests. One of Southpoint's key MCs, his "Homegrown" EP showcases his broadest abilities beyond hosting the carnage in the crowd. Upbeat, intense and focused, "Act Like You Know" balances fire and funk with skill, "Dangerous" is pure grime drama with lavish clipped strings and venomous bars while "Found" sees him vibing with Asante Justice over a sassy Moony two-step and "Get With It". Elsewhere "Get With It" is the darkest, slickest narrative side Razor's ever recorded, "5" takes us to dreamier pastures while "Easy" shuts us down with a classic pulse riddim and some classically trained wordplay. Cuts!
Review: What an incredible project we have here, as Samba makes a champion return alongside the vastly respected Deep Dark & Dangerous imprint across four more absolute heaters under the EP title 'Kings'. We begin with a look at the charming 8bit flutters and softened harmonies of the title track 'Kings' before taking a dive into the deeper and darker with urgent scattered woodwind melodies and breathy chorus lines of 'Paleluv'. The following track we examine is entitled 'Explain' and barges its way into the centre of the project with rawcus lead synths, slicing through all in their path, before we round up this impressive body of work with the eastern inspired melodic lines and hard hitting bass instrumentation of 'Haru'.
Review: It's always a thrill to see what Deep Dark & Dangerous have in the locker as they here unveil their latest acquisition, handing the floor over to Pushloop who touches down with four tracks of sublime quality, We kick off with the title track 'Loose Wires', which utilizes some incredibly squidgy percussion to give the track a real swampy texture, followed by the rawcus LFO's and demonic chord structures of 'Spicy Grilled Cheese'. Everything then intensifies as the fuzzy 808 subs of 'Pot Cookies' roll into play, before the super punchy snare slaps and booming bass synthesizers of 'Old's Cool' round off another top notch selection from the Deep Dark & Dangerous team.
Review: Within the dubstep community, the one thing that is universally celebrated is creativity and there are few with more of that at their disposal than Oxossi. For this project he teams up with the now infamous Deep Dark & Dangerous team, and what a project it is! The title track "Dark Passenger" is reminiscent of early DMZ, with grinding bass LFO's duetting with haunting atmospherics and dubbed out drum work. Next up we have the phenomenal arrangement of 'Tippy Toeing' which is a goody bag of unpredictable rhythmics and crunchy synthesis. Following this we dive into the intense soundscaping of "Tokoloshe" finishing up with the heavy syncopation of "Ride It". This is a great piece of work for all involved!
Review: Now here we are greeted by two artists who really refuse to be placed into brackets as Brighton's ETCH teams up with the fascinating vocal displays of Nico Lindsay for three tracks of pure fire. We kick off with the carnival inspired drum rolls and poetic lyrical designs of 'Don't Wanna Know', followed by a dive into 'Predator Vs. Prey (Toxin)', a slowly bubbling exploration into bass tones and crunchy reverberations. Finally, we take a look at 'Photosynthesis', a more grime-inspired creation which features 'Tranq Sinatra', showcasing just how creative things can get when you work truly outside the box. Awesome stuff.
Review: It's difficult to not look forward to seeing new music drop via the Subaltern platform, having such a potent back catalogue tends to have that effect after all. We here see them introduce the sounds of MRSHL to proceedings, who teams up with Grim Sickers for a very energetic grimey title track which goes by the name of 'The Crown'. This one comes complete with an instrumental version also which is titled '0-0-7', before we dive into the rest of the instrumental content on the EP. We hear the aquatic tones and in your face substructures of 'Death Dealer, the extremely moving harmonies of 'Endless Mirrors', also known as 'Harp Riddim', before finishing up on the trapstyle drum work of 'Concussion'.