Review: Hospital's very own Austrian super duo hit back hard with their fourth full length LP releasing two years of hard work and studio time out into the open. No doubt made with packed dancefloors across the globe in mind, we of course all know and love the addictive keys and white static of "All Night" like it was our very own, but there's much more to see here. Featuring a whole host of fresh influences from French house, funk and indie-electronica, there's more to see here than your average smash-hit D&B album. Even if you think this isn't for you, trust us, "All Night" is. It so is.
Review: Messrs Pritchard and Spacek have only just dropped a killer new album on us in the shape of 93 Million Miles and now they add more fuel to the fire of critical acclaim with this EP. Not only do they serve up a VIP version of one of the album's strongest moments in "Out In The Streets" but two further new arrangements as well. We have to start with the VIP though which marries the bouncing digital dancehall meets juke of the original with an all encompassing assault of explosive jungle rhythms. We checked the small print and it comes with a guarantee to cause screw face at festivals and warehouses across the globe this summer. Check the flip for the righteous future boogie of "Caveman Style", which is nestled alongside the skittering rhythms and creeping Nintendo head nod vibes of "Seek Em Step". This release also comes with digital bonus track "Looking For The One".
Review: As LionDub International charges into 2014 with new releases and a newly-unveiled Street Series, we welcome their latest newcomers, REDS, a recently-minted East London drum and bass duo who proudly offer their solo debut featuring vocals from India's Delhi Sultanate and remixes from Canada's jungle don Marcus Visionary, the inimitable Mungos Hi Fi out of Scotland, and Dublin's Dirty Dubsters. Switching through bouncy dancehall vibes to the deep, dubby sway of Von D's delightfully filthy dubstep mix, there's plenty to get those feet moving here. Raise your hands and lower your caps, it's about to get messy.
Review: If you like your music subtle and cerebral then look away now. Our man Deformer is far from this. Expect skullstep meets brostep in a nightmare from hell in this four-track EP on Prospect; kicking off with "Hybrid" we are immediately plunged into a dark and distorted world with pounding drums, driving beats and plenty of tearing guitar riffs and ragged out sounds. "Freaqks" takes things to the next level with a gritty soundscape full of pummeling sounds and smacking snares; whilst "Syko" is dominated by pumping drums with an almost gabba like aesthetic, and then we have the squealing "Counterculture" before digital bonus "Nosebleed" finishes things off.
Review: Let's just list the amount of stone cold bass OGs on this collection: Krust, dBridge, Om Unit, Danny Scrilla, V.I.V.E.K, Von D, Moresounds, AU, Oris Jay & Chris Innersound and whole load more of soundsystem culture's most innovative craftsman working at the deepest levels of the low end coalface all feature on this immense and forward thinking document. Including the curator Amit himself. Every track is a highlight, each one and abyssal, immersive experience but essential highlights include the toxic bass bounces of Moresounds' "They Can't Handle It", the 23rd century UKG of Oris and Chris's "They Can't Handle It" and Krust's big screen masterpiece "Escape From Finland". Amit deserves a holiday. Or a massive trophy. Or both. Bass compilations don't get much bigger than this.
Review: Rinse FM DJ and all round star, Marco Del Horno teams up with Emi Green and releases "This Town Is Ours" with an enormous remix package featuring SPY, Dream, Kavsrave, Bondax, Last Japan v Skanky plus an acoustic and instrumental version of the original. Defiant tones, stern beats and rude grime lyrics dominate the original but then SPY adds trademark liquid sparkle with true D&B finesse, with soaring strings and rolling breaks, whilst the Dream remix is a Doctor P screech special and Kavsrave's an uber cool re-lick. Bondax's is a pumping 4/4 mix with reverberating vox and hissing beats and Last Japan vs Skanky's version is a rolling viber to finish things off.
Review: Everybody loves a good VA, it's just wicked getting a whole big album full of tracks from different artists - the definition of a kid in a candy shop. This one from Uncommon has a cool combination of bigger and smaller acts, from the mighty Kasra to lesser known quantities like Resist. Kasra's 'Needles' is a standout, a fiercely minimal slapper that gargles and gurgles its way straight into your brain, and for anyone that is into the Critical sound: this is the tune for you. Kanine, another rising star, hits hard on 'Searching', a tune that reminds us of the recent Klippee tracks over on Lifestyle Music. All in all, this is a very solid little VA - yes yes!