Review: South east soundboy DJ Limited is on a mission to bring the drums back. Naturally he's doing his bit for the cause with some precision chiselled beats himself; the pneumatic two-step beneath the wasp-in-a-jar bass wriggles of "Bring The Drums Back", the punctuating snares providing stability beneath the mentasms on "Bounce", the turbo swing beneath the Nu:Logic-esque bass tones on "But I", the broader full fat amens on the skank-happy "Revolution", the thunderous rolls beneath the lightning neuro nuances of "Matter", the classic steppy drama beneath the gut-tickling bass on "Don't Just Stand There". In fact DJ Limited hasn't just brought back the drums, he's brought back the classic all-corners, no-stone-unturned approach to EPs full stop. Very impressive from the drums upwards.
Review: DJ Limited... Now there's a producer you'd be proud to take home to your parents. Strong, efficient but charming and funky; he's the hero we all need right now (but most of us don't deserve) "123" is one of the tunes that all DJs can drop, regardless of what ridiculous pigeonhole they've camped up in - steppy, minimal, left-of-centre, it's kinda reminiscent of Enei, Eastercolors & Noel's "Cracker" in the way it complements any type of mix and really stands out. "Baby" is more on the dancefloor side with its cute Q&A and soulful one-word vocal snippet. Think somewhere between Break and Voltage and you're in the right territory. Don't sleep.
Review: Fresh from waggling his snake around the gaff, DJ Limited returns with two more phenomenal slabs of riffy gritty bass funk. "Smoke 'Em Out" is a fat 20 skinner with rolling Hazard-style drums and a bassline so bulbous and vital you'd swear it was on its third trimester and about to give birth to septuplets. "Ain't No Love", meanwhile, flexes a classic sample around a savage distorted bass drop before opening up the strings and vocals over the beats. Big up the double negative crew - there's plenty of love around here for DJ Limited!
Review: Biological Beats and DJ Limited is somewhat of a fiery combination, the pair of them together packing a back catalogue of music that, more often than not, is downright dirty. Louder is a vindication of that and the selection throughout this release is so on-point and so in-touch with current styles of D&B it's a little absurd, you can almost picture the videos on Facebook as each of these drop. 'Gunfinger' featuring Fatman D is the unique one of the bunch, a steppy, Diemantle-esque cut that chops and changes the whole way through; 'Bad Tune' is our favourite, its wobbling sub-bass riff guides you down into a steam-train bassline that sounds a lot like a Serum cut or similar. The other five are also all definitely worth your time.
Review: Click click click BOOM: Limited returns to Bio HQ with five more far-reaching, all-encompassing thoroughbred D&B wounders. "Click Clack" thumps with a loose flabby bassline that flaps and flops around the swinging kicks, "Lighter Up" wheezes and groans with a 40 a day rasp and a hook that's more addictive than nicotine, "Listen Dis" brings the feels with pristine pianos before hurtling us into a savage grotty bass riff while "Turn Up" barks like a classic Playaz jam circa 2001. The EP climaxes with gully abandon as we're treated to a full sub-soaked VIP overhaul of one of Limited's earliest cuts "Two Left Feet". Turn up!
Review: DJ Limited is a wanted man right now. Nicky Blackmarket, Sigma and Ed Rush all want a piece, but nobody even knows his true identity, yet. Teamed with Fatman D on "London Slums", Limited absolutely kills it with tune after tune of serious hurters. For total annihilation, look no further than "Biological Warfare", or the smooth-starting "Orders", however there is a more technical side to this production guru too, which is audible in both mixes of the immense "London Slums". Currently taking late night radio and dancefloors everywhere by storm, it's this year's biggest contender. Get in the know.
Review: Now this is what you call an EP... Eight tracks full and not one of them filler: Premium has levelled up once again. Honing his well-chiselled sinewy sound with basslines that sound like no one else, highlights across the floor-focussed fire-up include the strange metallic insistency of "Dizzy", the warped and densely textured treatment of Fatman D's vocals on "Murda Dem" and the jarring nasty of "Friendzone". That's just three of the eight tracks he's crafted for this EP... Dig deep and find your own personal highlights.
Review: Tearing up the dance on Low Down Deep, Sweet Tooth now Biological Beats: 2016 has been a busy old year so far for Dominator. Weighing in at five tracks, this one is his biggest release of the three... Littered with expertly dug samples and basses so toxic you'll need your doctor on speed-dial, highlights include the spiralling cinematic strings on "Horror", the hissing snake-like hi-hats and burpy bass on "WAT" and the hater-baiting "Ride On Us".
Review: We don't need to tell you how important this EP is. Commemorating a year since he tragically left us, each of these massive VIPs are a reminder of just how much of an impact Dom had on the game and how much he inspired his peers. You already know the tunes, you've no doubt heard these VIPs dropped in the dance, these are special moments in time that celebrate one of jump up's brightest souls. All proceeds go to Dom's family. Rest In Peace Beast From The East.
Review: Fatman Dee's dusted off his big black book of contacts and commissioned some huge remixes for this all-out version excursion. Turno takes the lead with a full fat-and-gristle shake-up of Dominator's "Holes In Ya Chest" while Voltage adds an array of unique sonic twists and designs on his take on "Willy Wonka". Dig deeper for the unstoppable Decimal Bass letting loose with a confident swagger on "Shoot Dem" and Konichi sets his space lasers to stun on "The Shuttle Skank". Finally DJ Limited lays down not one but two remixes of Jayline's "Peanut Butter On Toast". Part one rolls with some really cool old school middy tones while part two combines an early TC style squelch. Both are exceptional.
Review: Biological Beats have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Filthy Habits & Jeopardize are holding up that standard and they're doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Jiggy Jiggy reels you in with a lovely intro, its beginnings quickly regressing to a siren-like collection of stabs which exude pure energy in a way that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'The Venom' being another highlight with its gargled expressions of bouncing force. Sick release.
Review: Get ready for some decent, sub-rattling jump-up. That's not to say this isn't special - it's an LP packed with surprises - all we're saying is that sometimes what you want is a good old fashioned brock out. And that's what Flat T has provided, by the kilo. From rapid fire amen breaks, to washed out techy synth riffs, each one of these 17 tracks on this mega release is a different trip into this Suffolk-based producer's collection of influences.
Review: Longstanding roller merchant Flat T returns to Biological with five high grade stampers: "Energize" opens with dramatic strings before a robot takes us down a long dark tunnel where data glitches sideswipe and tubular subs knock us clean off our feet, "Get Me Out Of Here" is pure hornets nest nastiness while "L Bass VIP" adds more rattling amen action and more deviant notes on the sub arrangement. Elsewhere "Minerals" takes us so deep underground we hit precious gems while "My Home" sees Flatty flexing his end-of-night Liquicty style vocal muscles. Lighter!
Review: Biological Beats are back with the Star Sign series this time and they present to you the master of the basslines: Mr Flat T. This is the guy that brought you the classic and timeless track "L-BASS". Trust us when we tell you to hold onto your hats: this is going to be weighty! Featuring Mr Traumatik on the truly evil sci-fi roller "Positive Persistance" and the vocal talents of Alicia King ("Wasting My Time") and Zarah Jones ("Sunrays"): you know this is going to be a blend of dirty smooth drum and bass! Other highlights on here include the dark stepper "Bazooka" giving a brazen nod to legends such as Optical and Matrix.
Review: Complete, unadulterated filth. Back with energy that can't be from this earth and showing off a full range of nasty bass-driven tunes, Hizzleguy returns to Biological Beats with an arsenal of relentless high energy drum and bass. You just can't beat it. Packed with tunes he produced alongside fellow destruction fanatics Riff Raff, Dub Berzerker, Kahlil and Stranger, there's no escaping this noise. And, with an entourage of supporters like Nicky Blackmarket, Hype and Majistrate, why would you want to?
Hizzleguy & Agro - "Back To The Future" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Buddha Cheese - (4:25) 175 BPM
Pussyhole - (4:26) 175 BPM
The Virus - (4:26) 175 BPM
Whoopsi - (4:26) 175 BPM
Yoga Flame - (4:26) 175 BPM
Review: One word to describe this guy? Filthy. As you'd expect from an EP with a warning as a title, this isn't for the faint hearted. Weighty, battered bass thumps down into the foundations, packing serious dancefloor appeal into these snappy, quickfire releases. With nods to both the jungle and the North European neuro sounds, there's an enticing mish-mash of destruction whichever way you turn. There's a fair bit of experimentation too, like in "Whoopsi" where retro gaming takes a wrong turn somewhere and ends up deep in jump-up country. If you're looking for screwface opportunities, you've found them here.
Review: Hizzleguy is part of the incredibly healthy jump-up scene at the moment, part of the next generation of artists in at side of the scene coming through and re-energising not just jump-up, but the whole of D&B. Biological Beats is one of the most prolific labels in this movement and Hizzleguy's Fist of the North Star EP is the their latest hellish piece of work. The beats here are big, bad and don't care about your feelings, with the title tune exemplifying the approach taken: gargling basses and pounding percussive lines. Top release.
Review: Long standing rootsical bassmith King Yoof on Biological Beats... Now this is a partnership you can set your watch by. Providing, of course, you only ever check your watch when it's 'gully o'clock'. Which it certainly seems to be right now as both cuts crush it on an obese level; "Killing A Soundboy" bumps with a big belly bassline, skipping beats, stacks of space and a very cheeky sample on the breakdown. "Get High" is equally flabby in the low end area. Think DJ Die. Think Bristol rollers. Think about your local watch fixer who's fresh out of work because everyone's setting their timepiece by this release. Pure regicide.
Review: Now entering their third year of Biological badness, Klip & Outlaw set fire to 2017 with this speaker-kicking five-tracker. One sniff of the grunt on "Heat From Jamaica" and you'll be hooked. Funky, forthright, vibes abound throughout - the mischievous Q&A bass on "Clash", the unruly fuzz and gritty charm of "Merk Dem", the spacey strings and almost weeping pitch bends on "Bookie" and the out-of-this-world gutter squirming bass on "Chemical Elements". Go forth and take care of business.
Review: Introduced as members of Biological Beats' Young Gun league, Klip & Outlaw level up as serious game contenders with this full-flavoured EP. Ranging from the gutter-chomping bass-barged jump up they came through with ("Out Of Their Minds") to subverted, honey-roasted soul steppery ("Dedication") by way of robot-tailored future tech ("Heaveness"), this is a highly accomplished EP from drop to stop. Essential.
Review: KY is one of those artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and after a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, he's back on Biological Beats with a fierce two-tracker that shows off some serious production improvements over the past couple of years. 'Weapons' is the stronger of the two, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. 'Badman Test' is very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top-level cut to round out the release. Yes mate!
Review: KY's Nah Ramp EP has landed on Biological Beats, a label that always manages to inflict audio-based biological warfare on its listeners. This release is no different, from the haunting chants of its title track, a pummelling concoction of force that reverberates in ways you didn't quite think were possible. It's not all immediately aggressive, 'Better World' slowly bringing you in with a seduction and temptation that's matched in its criss-crossing daggers of low-frequency quality. The rest of the EP is sheer jump up quality; 'All Over It' and its grating snares; 'Mysterious' and its dystopic ambience; and 'Keep It Fresh' with an alien vibe and crocodile smile. Quality all the way through.
Review: It's a good time to be a Leaf fan right about now... Hot on the heels of his double-whammy "Pick N Mix" EPs on Serial Killaz, he steps up to Biological Beats with six more heavers. We kick off with a trio of co-labs: Manchester mandem Bou joins the fray for a rolling skank-up on "Selecta", man-of-the-moment T>I gets mucky on the iced-out stepper "Roller Derby" while Too Greezey brings a little bass slime to the sharp and stabby "Ghetto". Leaf finalises the deal with three killer originals: the sub-stacked cymbal-slammer "Yeah Bassline & That", the grotty sniper "Woobie" and the EP's most out-there scud missile "It's A Jungle". Massive.
Review: Liz-E is one of those artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and has had music released on SGN-LTD and other wicked labels. After a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, she's back on Biological Beats with a fierce two-tracker that shows off some serious production improvements over the past couple of years, as well as a pivot to a more jump-up influenced sound. 'Rapture' is the stronger of the two, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. 'Slap' is very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top level cut to round out the release. Yes Liz!
Review: Bio mainstay DJ Premium doesn't do EPs by halves; no pussyfooting around with slim-line one or two trackers... He always licks up a feast. Case in point: "Sour Diesel" a collection of peaktime jump-up slammers that buzz with off-the-wall sonics and brute force. From the classic rave feels of "Keep On" to the grizzly gutter-sounds of "The Gallows" and "Soul Diesel" to the hardcore-meets-Prototypes style laser bending of "Jump Up". Just like its sticky namesake this "Sour Diesel" is actually super sweet.
Review: Profile gets his collab flex on with four moments of uncompromised dark jumpy roughage. "Hellbound" sees him colliding with Puppetz for an unrelenting shaker that's characterised by some really twisted melting sirens on the fills while "Shut Your Trap" (with Fatman D) smacks of mid 2000 era Playaz, all mischievous and barking. Finally Sub Killaz enter the fray with "Big Poppa" and "Private Stock"... Two biggie blazed blunts with the sharpest laser basses this side of Brussels. All prophet, no loss.
Review: Biological Beats have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best unknown artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Profile & Sub Killaz are holding up that standard and they're doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Link Up' reels you in with a lovely reggae-influenced intro, it's upbeat beginnings quickly regressing to a siren-like wail of pure energy that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'Rebel Boy' has a really interesting, stabby bassline and 'Sword Style' switches things up in a really cool way. Banging.
Review: Serial collaborators: Ginger ninja Premium and Octave co-bossman Profile collide once again for two more straight-up, no-nonsense rumblers. "Killer" lives up to its name with its gruff, sandpaper bass and immense snare thwack that hits harder than any kicks possibly could. "Do It Right" takes us deeper into their combined nightmares with iced out synths and a drop into a higher-pitched detuned bassline, loose funky shakers and amen fills so crafty they'll sweep your shockproof Casio. Authentic.
Review: Hungarian drum & bass doesn't get any nastier than from Puppetz, a duo spliced together from Spawner and Screepy and reanimated via the Biological Beats label. Filthy and hard-edged, even the sweetly titled lead track "Living Together" from this Puppetmaster EP is a barrage of snares and kicks driven home with doomy samples and revved-up bass. As stripped back as jump-up could be without losing that dancefloor appeal, if you've not heard "Bleed" out yet, oh man are you in for a treat.