Review: The Next Gen Audio team are definitely an imprint with a knack for sniffing out powerful new releases, which is exactly what they have found here with this spicy new selection from Amplify. Kicking off with 'Human', we can tell we are in for a high energy ride as sizzling synth pulses lead the way atop clean breaks, before 'Seduction' sends us a little more leftfield with some unusual bass processing that just seems to work. Next, Fanatics join the party for 'Carousel', a super gnarly exploration of high ended bass stabs and choppy drum manoeuvres before 'Got You', alongside Master Error gives us a classic jump up outro, again pushing some super colourful bass designs for forward for a hell of a splash.
Review: Benny Page and MC Spyda have the first single out on Spyda's brand new label and with this single they take you on a rough and ready journey through rolling D&B, one that's characterised by its reliance on the best elements of the older school of 170 sonics: big drum hits, reggae-infused MC work and a complete lack of pretentiousness or over-engineering. 'Serious Time' is exactly that and we love the spoken vibe that rolls out over the whole tune, a proper piece of mic duty from one off the stalwarts of the scene.
Review: Bladerunner presents some high fidelity drum 'n' bass in the tradition of Goldie's Metalheadz sound on his new offering "Take Me Away" where angelic female vocals contrast the most fierce and rolling amens and the gnarliest bassline you'll hear this year. Courtesy of his imprint Hi Resolution, where 2020 was a banner year for the UK artist, with anthems such as "Bassline Terror", "Don't Break It" and "The Fall" (with Nectax) cemented his status within the d 'n' b scene.
Break & Mark System - "Super Blue (2004)" - (5:14) 172 BPM
Sneaky (2004) (feat Kyo) - (5:36) 174 BPM
Come Closer (2005) - (4:57) 174 BPM
Legna (2005) - (6:00) 174 BPM
Break & Nico - "All In (2006)" - (6:08) 170 BPM
Take Me There (2006) - (4:52) 174 BPM
Sabotage (2006) - (5:56) 174 BPM
Bongo Fire (2007) - (6:17) 174 BPM
High Punch (2009) - (6:59) 174 BPM
Get Hot (2010) - (5:16) 174 BPM
Himself (2012) - (6:29) 170 BPM
Review: There are few things as exciting as a new Break LP dropping into the inbox. That tangible feeling of excitement is made all the more intense by the knowledge that any new music from the Bristol-based master is 99.9% certain to be incredible. Dusty Demos is no different, and it says a lot about Break that even his discarded music from years gone by is still right up there with the best of it. The tracks in this album span 2003 to 2012, and one of the earliest is 'Super Blue' feat. Mark System, who gets involved in a luxurious, lounging piece of music that's at its best in its crisp percussive highs and swelling, summertime pads. 'All In' from 2006 is foreboding as hell and packed with movement, whilst 2007's 'Take Me There' is possibly the dirtiest tune on the whole EP, with a torn bassline that moves in furious gestures. It's classic Break that spans the whole stylistic and temporal spectrum - unmissable.
Review: The name of this release - Big Money - is reflected in the colourful and playful artwork. It's the first ever EP from a brand new label, Tin Pan Sound, and we're hoping that this is the beginning of a flourishing new imprint. You can tell from the off both that this might be the case, and that this is a release which doesn't take itself too seriously; part of that nonchalant approach to music that stresses having a good time over chin-stroking analysis and perfect mixdowns. The title track is a rattling jump up stepper with a powerful undergirding of low-frequency pulses and tones, there's a slick little vocal over the top and it all comes together very nicely. The others are equally tough and straight shooting - big ups.
Review: This latest selection from Incurzion Audio is yet another top quality project, this time welcoming Dedman inside for some incredibly well produced goodness. The title track 'My Heart' packs a serious subby punch, combining heavily effected vocals with epic bassline action, complete with a Myth's big room remix, adding an extra sense of depth to the original creation. From here, the glitchy bass designs and colourful percussive arrangements of 'Terri Chango' are let loose before we take in the neuro-inspired synth action and super choppy drum drops of 'Backbeat Steeze'. FInally, Kidsonic joins the party on 'Deep Down' for a futuristic roller, focussing on high ended synthesis and vibrant sub-bass below. Awesome work.