Review: Bass heavy business prevails once more on the latest release from Ammunition Recordings. The title track from Centra's Skyline EP kicks off with a textured intro full of background noise, curious murmurings and rough, skittering breaks. The trance-like palette of sounds and shifting, jingling SFX return at various points throughout the track, whilst driving, battering drums shape the tune from below. Arguably, the b-side is where it's really at on this one; "Metropolis" sees Centra really come into his own. Metallic, percussive beats line the intro with stomach-lurching stabs and heavier-than-thou Phace-style thumps. One for fans of the heavier side of D&B, no question.
Review: After a purposefully poignant bleepy computerized intro full of shimmering scales and trancey synths, "Full Cycle" drops into a filthy tear out monster with superb production skills on display - tight, punchy drums, industrial almost Noisia-esque SFX and buckets of energy. "Disorder" takes over with a post-apocalyptic intro, rather reminiscent of "Desert Orgy", swiftly falling into a neuro-infused banger with tense, pelting beats and syncopated rhythms. Grating, metallic textures add to the sense of impending doom. One for the tech heads, no question.
Review: Diode's "Binary" gets given the hefty remix treatment. Maize & Phlex go in with a dramatic intro dominated by epic stabs, falling into an electro-infused banger with searing SFX and bleepy synthlines aplenty. Kodin taps into a tough, techy sentiment, with pattering drums and stripped back flair. Defazed then takes over for a trance inspired trip into euphoria, with massive synths and revolting bass belches. Soulstorm channels a moodier vibe with snapping snares, whilst Kryteria provides a whomping, bass heavy version. Brainpan then completes the package with a punishing dubstep remix, which rounds things off nicely.
Review: Blasting out of nowhere with a series of industrial screeches, eerie sci-fi atmospherics, the title track of the Arms Race EP is a full-throttle exploration into pounding electro-infused techstep tomfoolery with a discernable dubstep influence. Next up is "Rank Dominator" - a cacophony of broken beats, stabbing synths and whirring sub bass - before "Derp" kicks in with a Feed Me-esque soundscape, punchy drums and electrifying SFX. "Night On The Ferris Wheel" is a surreal, psychedelic journey into the unknown with an ardent experimental edge.
Review: A D&B newcomer, but one who could definitely make a big noise if these two new tunes are anything to go by. British producer Emperor gets shifty and grimy on "The Sovereign", with time-stretched snares mixing up against rising sine synths and a dirty low-end. On the title tune "Warface" however, things are kept solely for the floor thanks to some almighty kicks and a winding bassline. A must-buy if twisted D&B is your game.