Review: Shake what your momma gave ya! Shake your booty to the well-tamed but still vicious vibes on Addicted's addition to Liondub International's long-standing new-talent breaking Street Series. Shake your head at the breathlessness and techno elements of 'You Got', shake your first in the air at how ruff and stampy 'Let It' (with Warhead) is, shake your feet to the bubbly, swampy groove of 'Bop', shake your braincells to the ridiculous roughage of the bassline on 'With You' (with Tee). Wake and 'Shake'.
Review: Just like when you put a shell to your ear and hear the sea, if you put one of these 'Shellerz' to your ear it will actually slap your nan. True story. Just ask the Born On Road crew. Coming out the lockdown locker with a whole stack of new-gen banger craft, this is the first in a series and the name says it all; yung Toxinate will shell your chubby cheeks with his junglized 'Bumbaclart Wobbles', J Select will shell your grey matter as he rolls you up and sparks you alight with 'Skunked', 4K will shell your bare hide with the outstanding bassline and surging harmonic MC vocals of 'Murda Ross' while Toby Ross will shell your soul and make your bones rumble with 'Respect'. Get shelled soon.
6blocc & Capitol City Rockers - "Budda Bye 2014" (feat Johnny Osbourne - vocal mix) - (4:26) 160 BPM
Various Artists - "Benny Page, Deekline & Ed Solo Present Welcome To The Jungle" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:26:44) 177 BPM
Review: Jungle Cakes shake us and bake us once again as label owners Deekline and Ed Solo lure long time friend Benny Page into their lair for this incredible 58 track collection. Created as a mix but all tunes available for your own persy armouries, as always with the 'Welcome To The Jungle' series, we're treated to sounds and styles across the entire dnb spectrum. Expected everything ranging from Benny's own bubblers to more dancefloor styles such as Blaine Stranger's 'Dragon' and Octo-Pi's 'This Sound' via rugged jump-up uppercuts such as Lockerz 'The Funk', crucial jungle licks like Exposure's remix of DeJay's 'St Paul's Jammin' and pure futurism like Filip Motovunski's 'Ninja'. And this isn't even the tip of the jungle iceberg here, there's so much to digest here. Huge.
Review: The super prolific Master Error returns with more masterplans, this time on Gradient. As the title suggests, there's a strong game of balance here as we veer and steer between bonkers and pure grot. On the bonkers side we have scatty riffs like that of 'Just A Game', the much deeper, twisted faraway soul of 'Need You' while on the grot side we have the disgusting title track, the rusty Cortina starter engine funk of 'Why Waste Time' (with Flint), the laser blazing craziness of 'Who You Messin With' (with Gino) and the corroded toot toots of 'Magenta'. Terroriffic.
Review: While many folk went and got a dog during lockdown, yung Teezy here went and made his own 'Puppy'. Much cleaner than a mutt that bites all your furniture and makes a mess everywhere, this puppy growls softly and jumps buoyantly over the chiselled beats. There are plenty more dogs in the kennel, too; 'Denial' is a sleek Doberman of a tune, all pointy, pacy and tense, 'Heaven' is a golden retriever, all sweet when it wants to be but deep down a working dog , 'Bass In Ya Head' is a loyal staffy, all bubbly and up for mischief while 'Acknowledge' is a Dachshund, all snake like and with a bassine that yaps away cheerily before 'Rolling Deep' roars in like a rottweiler, all beefy and bulky but doesn't have to say much to make its presence know. You gonna bark all day little doggy?
Review: This various artists release from Born on Road is packed full of twisted sounds for you wrap your noggins around, and there's a sick blend of aesthetics and styles amongst all the filth. 'Turbulent Times' by Gray and Rider Shafique is wobbly and rolling, it packs all of its energy into the sub-bass and just flows out with style alongside some wicked MC work. 'Pieces of Eight' by Trex is a monstrosity of energy, with a superb drum section that packs more character into the arrangement than you can wag a finger at, whilst Bruk edges in over the top with 'Waps', showing what a hefty dose of technoid energy can bring to the beat. Big.
Review: Established in 2011, High R8 Digital is a Milton Keynes based drum and bass label, aiming to bring you quality tracks from producers around the world. Their next release is the debut of Amplify, with a massive six track EP titled Enemy Of The State featuring collaborations with some esteemed label staples. The title track is the gnarliest, sci-fi inspired techstep we have heard this side of Ed Rush & Optical, while the dark and stripped back stepper "Boss" is another original track, and "Optimal" sees him team up with Master Error. On the particularly impressive roller "Depth" he buddies up with Clarkey.
Review: Following up some impressive releases by the likes of Euphonique, Xav and Bruk, UK drum and bass label Audio Addict returns with this intense offering by Akas aka Steve Wise. It is titled Reset and features the euphoric liquid drum and bass vibe of the title track, "2 Many Times" is a more emotive number nails that Marcus Intalex vibe of old, while things take a much darker turn on "Fall Out" (a collaboration with Ovadose) and finally going out all guns blazing on the snarling techstep of "Here We Go".
Review: Celebrating the fact that many of us have come out of lockdown with a few extra pounds of Terry, Formula salutes the phatter folk of the land with this obese six-track EP on Bagged & Tagged. Flavours ranging from the chubby sci-fi bass lasers of 'Double Crossed' to the porky sub wobbles and heavy stench of 'Hoofs' via the blubbery off-beat savageness of 'Phat Man', there's plenty of weight to move us back on the floor this summer and shed some pounds. Comes complete with the chubby 'Neck Back' with Diligent Fingers. Fat.
Review: Take your head out of the stars and keep your focus on the critters; aliens are heading your way and Hoax has the ultimate battle plan. 'Space Invaders' is a straight-fire shoot-em-up with its rising riff cascading up and up like rifle fire. 'Pyramids' gives you something to hide behind as they return fire. Robust and rolling, it provides ample coverage. 'Big Up' is the ultimate return fire with its obscene bassline bending and lolloping all over the spacious breaks before Skantia comes in and cleans up the situation with his remix of 'Space Invaders', a track that doesn't just wipe out alien invaders but most planets in a 50 million light year radius. Big up indeed.
Review: From Toronto to NYC, Dungeon Kru land on Liondub International once again with another trove of gully treats. Five tracks, five completely different takes on the stripped-back minimal sound. Highlights include the hardcore-influenced pitched vocal pace and late 90s Full Cycle style bassline stamps of 'Loaded', the space ping-pong trippiness off 'Everytime', the ominous hollow bass tones and a theatre of 'Seriously' and the awesome twisted vocal and off-beat funk of 'Exactly'. Premier Kru.
Review: Agro is Ben Carvin, a drum & bass DJ/producer from Brighton and founder of Sub-Liminal Recordings. After nine years in the game, he has decided it's high time to release a full length - culminating in Bad From Morning. It features 14 killer tracks, many of them in collaboration with some hot names in the UK underground. From the title track; a moody sci-fi roller featuring Flowdan's wicked vocal delivery, to the dark side jump-up throwdown of 'War' (Ft. Dreadnaught & MC Foxy), mad steppa "Head Top" featuring Devilman is reminiscent of that classic Full Cycle sound, while "Everybody Down" with Flirta D is sure to give your subwoofers a good shakedown, as will "The Prophecy" featuring Velocity.
Review: As always with the now infamous 1985 Music imprint, they have assembled the great and good to explore the darker realms of electronic dance music, primarily focussing on dubstep and neurotic drum and bass flavour through this fabulous new 'Atlas' compilation. The names involved are pretty mind-blowing with a roster including the likes of Alix Perez, Drone, Headland, Foreign Concept, Safire, DRS and many more heavyweight names. The entire project has a touch of finesse and musical class about it, from the beautifully processed drum clanks of 'Nibiru' from Visages to the stunning vocal processing of 'Do Me No Good' from Nymfo. There really isn't a low point to this project with the sweeping soundscapes and electronic destruction of Deft's 'Scars' original being a real high point for us!
Review: Attention drum and bass heads this Modulation EP explores all four corners of the genre with an extra stepping collab between Dunk & Mjay called "Too Bad" - killer micro-tear-outs. For a dash of liquid grooves it's all about the steady and hi tempo rhythms of "Deep Blame" that step up to meet the gnarly metallic pulses and skittering percussion of "1986". This saves both "Galaxy Buds" and "Zulu King" for something snare heavy, frenetic and head bobbing (if you can't get those knees up). But for the real adventurous DJs out there it's all about the crazy drum programming, pulses of roaring bass and wicked vocal samples in "Modulation".
Review: Calling all scallys! Calling all wags!! Kleu and MC-du-jour Deefa link up for this raucous collaborative fourpiece. The highlight for many will be '7 Days Straight' where Deefa reads our post-lockdown, rave-hungry minds and says it like it is, but every track is a scorcher; 'Scallywag' is a dark, moody slice of tension, 'Ronin' is pure drama and tension while 'Merlin' is pure black magic as the bassline swathes up and down like a bewitched chainsaw. Lets make up for lost time.
Review: Low Down Deep is a platform from some of the best aimed at showing off some of the baddest jump up and heavier sounds floating around at the moment. This full length album is a rare occurrence for the label, and from label regular Filthy Habits it, is exactly what we want and is name Kaleidoscope presumably because it offers up a dizzying range of dancefloor friendly stuff. The first track is a steppy, stripped back and choppy piece of work that vibrates and ricochets all the way down the range, a process repeated until it's drilled into your skull. There are no features here, it's all Filthy Habits, and tracks like 'Delirious', 'Mortality' and 'Night Terrors' all show a commitment to tough sonics that makes this album so damn good. Unstoppable.
Review: Dance Concept boss Benny V teams up again with DJ Uniques, he of Hustlin Beats and Venomous Musik fame, for another serving of killer drum and bass on "Who's Ready". This one is a proper jump-up throwdown featuring the one and only MC Fearless (six time best crowd hype MC winner) on the mic, while you have a proper roller - old school style - on the tough one "Renegade Style" and things get pretty wonky on the darkside stepper "Flash Your Lighter". Some proper breakbeat science to be enjoyed on this offering.
Review: New sickness from Nuusic right now as Teej whips up more 'Drama' than an Eastenders omnibus. Linking with the unstoppable Slay for the title track, we warm up with a Frank Butcher weight bubbler before getting gradually stinkier and stinkier with bumpers like 'Coin Toss', a grumpier-than-Dot-Cotton VIP of '16 Speakers' (with Jappa) and gully-assed flip of 'Duppy' by man like DJ Hybrid. Just when you thought dnb didn't need any more drama, turns out we were wrong.
Review: Berlin banger man Smuggler pinches our souls and takes them across state lines with this exceptional collection on Liondub International's coveted Street Series. You all know the drill here; a generous collection of dancefloor blaze-ups from an exciting new gen artist with no holds barred and a full reflection of where they're at musically. With the breezy emotional euphoria of 'Cherry Blossoms', the despicably ruff funk of 'Some Ain't Right' and the high voltage sizzles and wonky slaps of the finale 'Can't Help It', it's safe to say Smuggler's definitely delivered. And that's only half of the collection. Let's hit the streets once again.
Review: S.P.Y - can look back over his career with Hospital Records, Shogun Audio and Metalheadz and feel pretty good about his contribution to drum and bass. Looking to the future, DARKMTTR is the artist's new label project dedicated to contemporary, new forms. Keeping the piano rolls fresh and drums liquid in "I've Been Missing You", the groove stays the same in "Alpha Centauri" only with a heavier bassline added to compliment its menacing atmospheres and low end swagger. Breaking it down some in the title-track with rip-roaring synths and tear-out breaks, a slightly stripped back but loaded number of low end frequencies thrum underneath a barrage of chaotic drums, white noise and epic drops in "Bad Monday". DARKMTTR has arrived.
Review: Remix alert! Voltage's massive 2020 album enjoys a few cheeky re-rubs from his nearest and dearest. First up comes fellow roller king Serum with a restrained twist on 'Natty Love' before man of the moment Waeys flips 'Life Of A DJ' into a moustache-twisting mash-up. Deeper again into this remix opus we hit Voltage's partner in crime Harriet Jaxxon who absolutely destroys 'Save Me From Myself' before ol' bumchin steps in himself for the final reboot with a VIP of 'Endless Dreaming'. A very well balanced EP.
Review: Bristol by way of Oxford's Computer Integrated Audio return with their latest cache of drum and bass weapons, courtesy of label heads Total Science whose track "Fallen Angel" receives a techy and rolling dose of restrained fury by Leonardo de Jesus Silva aka L-Side. This also happens to be his debut CIA Records release. The next execution comes directly from the Brazilian hot shot himself in the form of the darkly dystopian and atmospheric stepper "Untouchable" which is reminiscent of classic No U Turn or Virus material from back in the day. Serious!
Review: Dispute is not a man to argue with! Here he is, back on Bites with some serious artillery. 'Contract Killer' is pure sniper business with its pugnacious high frequency riff leading the charge. It's backed by equally heavy weapons - 'Afraid' is ominous, tense and growly, 'Murder' is more about the bounce and the groove while 'Paralysed' is all about the jumpy, nagging riff before 'Shut Up' offers the final word on the matter with its barking style bass tones. Simple but effective and to the point. Efficient, like all good contract killings should be.
Review: L-Side's debut album came out some time ago now, and this is the long awaited remix EP, featuring some of the best artists in the game giving L-Side's tunes the once over. Break steps up and nails it as per usual, taking those perfect vocals and stretching them over a punishing bassline; thank god we're back in clubs soon, because this is going to kill it. Dogger & Mindstate work their lounging piano magic to great effect, and Spirit takes the essence of drum and bass and rolls it out with a monstrously stabbing bassline. Alibi close things on a head-nodding, subby note that will have you moving for sure. Sick.
Review: Dominator, the jump up legend taken from us far too soon, is being given the remix treatment of by a whole load of legends, including Upgrade, DJ Limited, T>I and Telekom & Flat T. The result is varied, moody release that touches beautifully upon all the elements of urban-edged dance music, including naughty rollers, stuttering jungle-influenced tracks and everything in between. T>I's remix of 'Hooked' very much falls into the latter category, with a rigid but solid break that underpins the wispy sense of ambience provided by the constant pads looming over the arrangement. The others are equally sick, especially Upgrade's storming remix of 'Business Man'. RIP Dominator - what a tribute this is.
Review: The ever-unavoidable Conrad Subs returns to Maad Ting with another brace of steamroller shock-outs. 'Nothing' sets the tone with its eerie jungle feels and epic break switches before 'Black Monday' twists things up with a bubbly tubular bassline that's not dissimilar to an old Die vibe from the late 90s. Further on we hit the title track 'Seismic' and get thrown off our feet by the Basement Track style bassline and classic house vocal lick before '5th Symphony' goes full-on ghetto with its stampy bashment vibes. Last but not least 'Every Day, Every Night' closes the EP on a stripped back subtly soulful flavour. Plate shifting business.
Review: Last month Instag8 was going 'Psycho' on Drum Lab. The month before he was begging we listened to him on Kevlar. Now he's taken our brain to other 'Dimensions' on this new Raw Motion tear-up. 'Crazy' sets the tone with its rattling Serum style snares and curmudgeonly basses while other highlights include the rough and the smooth of the feel-heavy 'My Love' and the well-restrained soul, grit and depth of the finale 'Torn Apart'. Pay close to attention to the twilight strikes of the title, too. Heavyw8.