Review: Our dear old grandpappy Juno Download always used to say 'don't hate the player, hate the game' but it turns out he was wrong... 'The Game' is something to be cherished and loved, as man like Midway reminds us right here with this powerful four-track collection of wobblers and classic late 90s dnb textures. Hitting with that pungent Dope Dragon / Kartoons vibe they range from full-on anti-Weightwatchers flabby basslines ('The Game'), grizzlier steppers with toxic reeses on the fills ('Dem A Deal Wit'), snarling futuristic hurters ('Times Up') and more contemporary sounding bone-rattlers ('We Roll') The game is afoot!
Review: Big And Heavy Recordings is a new digital drum and bass label run by Leks DnB, MrDJAcee, DJ Ballistic and Faysha, focusing on the bigger and heavier sounds of drum 'n' bass and jungle. Their latest release comes from Temper Dee, and not much is known about the upstart producer other than his real name being Craig and he hails from Norwich. He really brings the action on his extended EP here tiled Speaker Blow, featuring the dark and atmospheric techstep of the title track and "Buss It" reminiscent of classic Optical or Matrix, while "9mm" is a heavier roller made for the club, and ending with the wonky jump-up throwdown of "Nah Care".
Review: Ikon-B is letting loose an onslaught over on Subway Soundz with a tight sounding EP. 'Teleport' is a dark, moody stepper that doesn't care about rules and certainly doesn't care about feelings. The main bass on this tune oozes quality and packs some serious weight, reminiscent of the Souped Up crew. 'We Are All One' is slightly less crazy but it definitely is still on the crazy end, as bouncing bass notes inject a whole load of force into the arrangement in an infectious, rolling manner. Tasty bits here.
Review: Big & Heavy is the best small label that you might not have heard of and Vies is repping their brand in serious fashion this week with the release of Menace, a well engineered and precise piece of production that walks several different subgenre boundary lines. 'Can't Take The Heartbreak' is the most jump up of the three, with a twisted set of basslines that move and ooze into one another superbly and a sample which is simple but works so god damn well. 'Menace' lands on the minimal, roller end of things as shuddering curtains of fluid sub bass coat the arrangement in moody underground tones. 'Dibby Sound' finishes things off in wobbling, oozing fashion - unreal.
Review: Next up we dive into a very exciting new four track apparition from the Big And Heavy Recordings team, who welcome DJ QT inside to deliver four tracks of gritty energy, kicking off with 'Murder Time', a monstrous amalgamation of subtle reese lines and powerful drumlines. From here, 'Ready Up' gives us an epic melodic structure before descending into some hard hitting sub-tacular flavour, before we take in some classic reggae horn sampling within the junglist drum breaks of 'Sound Clash'. Finally, the title track 'Super Duper' is deployed onto the track listing, sending a bag of classic breaks into the chopper for a truly special finale, made all the more special by an eerie vocal line that seems to float throughout the whole mix.