Review: Having blasted 2016 to smithereens with his Manic Beats album, Czech overlord Aliman returns to Audio Overload with four straight-up slabs of danger. "Dramaturg" squeezes the senses with a big sandpaper bassline while "Hades" twists minds, souls and bodies with its warped sample and trippy samples and "Ride" hits with a gnarlier knuckle as the bassline buzzes with high voltage. "Wo" finishes the EP on a far out funk flex as a jaunty, offbeat, clipped bassline snaps and pops amid some serious fighting talk. Firesome.
Review: Czech badman Aliman returns to Audio Overload with two more poisonous steppers. "Speeda" lives up to its name with an insistent soaking wet acid riff and relentless sense of energy while "Exa" takes us much deeper into the bassline slurry with its warped groaning metallic bass texture and harmonic percussive textures. Proper devil funk business, Aliman continues to impress...
Review: The Captain & Krusty; the name sounds like a dynamic crime-fighting superduo, the tunes sound like dynamite fist-fighting superfunk. Raw, rough, loose and laced with the right levels of mischief; "Hell No" is all about the sandpaper bass that scratches back and forth with a caustic groove while "Addiction" warns us of the potency sticky-icky by way of a sprung two-step and a really nicely polished tubular bass croak funk. Hell yes.
Review: Just when you thought the winter couldn't get any bleaker along comes Chilly with an icicle reach-around. Usually spotted on Dubstomp 2 Bass, here he makes his debut on Audio Overload with two more frozen funk-ups. "OMG" has that classic turbine sizzling bass groan bedrock, big laser strikes and creepy vocal elements while "Voices" kicks off with a warped bassline riff but soon irons out the creases in your soul with some disarming chimes and precision positioned breaks. Shiver your timbers mate.
Review: We're not quite sure how Chilly manages to put out so many releases, to be honest, because they're just always on it. Always on a mix of labels, this time it's Audio Overload. The title track is refreshingly futuristic, creative synth work and stepping drum smacks forming archways of diving bass force, a joy to listen to and we'd imagine pretty devastating on the dancefloor. 'You' sees Chilly on more familiar territory - naughty jump up that makes you want to hit your nan. 'Forget Me' is different again, a pummelling, fluid back end laid out beneath a rolling set of drums. Yes mate!
Review: A collection of artists land on Audio Overload this week for a jump-up release that genuinely stands out from the crowd. There's a lot of competition in this field at the moment and quite a few releases which aren't up to scratch or don't differentiate themselves enough to get noticed properly. They do both here and it makes for a rip-roaring release that'll have you clenching your fists and scrunching your face with regularity. 'Free It VIP' is just astonishingly powerful, its synths aren't anything new but the force that emanates out from them suggests some seriously good production value. 'Make My Day' is the roller of the bunch and, packing with movement, its momentum is just unstoppable. Top release.
Review: Audio Overload welcome the return of Derby dangerman DJ Mackz. Or Big Mackz as we like to call him round here. You will too when you hear these absolute venom cuts. Four in total (his largest EP for the label to date) there's a strong early 2000s jump up vibe. Think a young Clipz or D*Minds with a whole load of fun samples deep in the melting pot, the whole EP is non stop riot from the sweet reggae sample on the opener "Resolution" to the dancehall feels and high voltage Belgian style riff of the closer "What They Have" by way of the hurricane screams of "Riding West". If you haven't made any resolutions this year yet, now is most definitely the time...
Review: The currently unstoppable Evil Intention returns to Audio Overload with four more slabs of brutal D&B dynamite. "Atlantic City" is all warped up and twisted with a bassline that flicks itself inside out over hammer-horror beats, "Ready To Go" is all about the eerie sci-fi textures and liquid venom bass, "Old Skool" adds a little synth spine-tingles before kicking us in the teeth with a 1.21 gigawatt bassline while "Mongwlon Beef" takes us out for lunch with a chewy, juicy, city wok-slamming vibe. Evil is as evil does!
Review: Intentionally brutal: Audio Overload sees Birmingham bass grizzler Evil Intention return with two more brittle, rasping, sinewy blasters. "Atomic" kicks up dust with its hardcore-like drum roll and build-up before swooping into a caustic grotty mid-range riff while "Remember My Face" adds a little uplift in the chord department before feeding us to the bassline lions once again. Armed with precision impact drums on both cuts and a rough and ready finish, both of these absolutely slam the dance.
Review: Oh gosh! Evil Intention returns with his second heavyweight slammer of the month and it's one of his grizzliest constructs to date. "Fear" kicks things off with unhealthy levels of oddball croaks built around a well crafted infectious Q&A riff "We're Gonna Die Out Here" is pure laser medicine, healing your sore soul with ever blast and alien gurgle, "Take It Away" is the sound of a gang nicking a job lot of chainsaws from B&Q and letting them all off at the same time while "Wiredo" is as weird as its name kinda suggests; all sandpaper bass and twisted harmonics, it's a brutal way to end a brutal EP. Deliciously evil!
Review: There ain't no stopping Brummy badmen Evil Intentions this year. Barely a quarter into 2018 and they're already on their third Audio Overload EP. This is one of their heaviest to date with four absolute scorchers so hot your hair is singeing as you read these words. "Modern Science" is the brute-force masterblaster of the set, "Remember" is all about the laser bass swathes while "Bad Boy" pays homage to Belgium with its belligerent bouncy insistency. Also included is a turbo-charged VIP of their pitched-up vocal bone-shaker "First Time". Evil intentions, generous actions... We're getting mixed messages right now, and we don't want them to stop.
Review: With some seriously spooky artwork, Evil Intention has landed on Audio Overload with a hard-hitting double tracker which combines a penetrating sense of attitude with a non-nonsense approach to musical arrangements. 'Game Over' has an 8-bit, Souped Up vibe in its arrangement that feels slightly cheap but is perfect for a crowded dancefloor, especially with its underpinning in some weighty percussion. 'Did I Stutter' is the heavier of the two and grounded in glitchy atmospherics and a sense of space which makes it a pleasure to listen to, its snapping drum line providing the ground rock underneath. Yes boys.
Review: Despite track title and the somewhat dirty bass, we think 'Misery and Suffering' is a fun, energetic track which will have the dance bouncing around. 'Musical Experience' follows the very over used noisy jump up formula with similar tones and samples, but there's something about this track that makes it stand out.
Review: Evil Intention - precision execution... There's no messing around with this brand new Sheffield-based producer. In keeping with Audio Overload's dominant heavy bass riff sound, both cuts speak venomously with forked tongues. "Dub" licks up with a sublime jazzy, hip-hop like sample-based hook before unceremoniously flipping into a guttural bassline that's so rude it would make the mayor of Gully City blush. "Problems" eases off the contrast and just goes straight into the darkness with a tangled, nagging hook of basses. Problems? We got 99 of them but Evil Intention ain't one.
Review: Evil Intention has handed a big release to fans of the dirty jump-up sound over on Audio Overload. From the beginning, you can tell 'Morpheus' is going to be heavy and as menacing bass strabs build up into preparatory drum skits, your feelings are confirmed. A growling hurry rushes out to meet you; powerful and more than willing to shove you around. 'Future Simulation' is the B-side, a glitchy mash of jump-up, permeated by rattling arrays of bassy synths and an ever-present sense of movement. Nice and solid, this release is a statement of intent from Evil Intention.
Review: Birmingham's Audio Overload now present two of their newest signings . Coming from the South West is Prospex firstly. Making big moves down in the region, the guy just gets better with every track the label claim, and "Nocturnal" is testament to this. A dark and fierce techstep stomper in the vein of classic Ed Rush & Optical or Trace. Secondly is Sheffield based Evil Intention, who again delivers another storming track that keeps his momentum rolling. "Conquer" is a twisted and paranoid roller that is again on the techy tip and gives an unrepentant salute to the late nineties sound of drum & bass popularised by seminal acts like No U Turn and Virus Recordings. This one is truly for the heads!