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Cash Flow
Cash FlowPREORDER
Cash Flow - (5:10) 173 BPM
Cash Flow (instrumental) - (4:33) 173 BPM Hot
Played by: AGENT K
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COLAB 076D
14 Jun 24
Drum & Bass / Jungle
4th Dimension
The Void - (6:37) 175 BPM
4th Dimension - (5:58) 174 BPM Hot
So Real - (6:26) 174 BPM
Visions Of Neon - (6:00) 165 BPM
Levitation - (7:12) 172 BPM
Ocean Colour Scheme - (5:44) 174 BPM
Hypersurface - (5:42) 174 BPM
Disintegrate - (5:42) 174 BPM
Your'e Already Dead - (5:39) 174 BPM
Surface Gravity - (6:37) 174 BPM
Review: Shim Shimah who got the keys to the beemer? Probably Shimah himself judging by the state of these purring futuristic grooves. Taking us right into a new dimension with his debut album, Shimah shows us how far he's come since his early moves on Playaz around 10 years ago. Flexing a vibe that one part sci-fi, two parts heavyweight and fully unique, Shimah's sound hits with that cosmic vibe that could fit between myriad of D&B subgenres with ease and style. Highlights include the album's twinkling title track, the heavy emotion and autonomic style halftime intro on 'Levitation' and rich trance elements of 'Disintegrate'. Stunning.
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COLABLP 005
29 Mar 24
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Disintegrate
Disintegrate - (5:42) 174 BPM
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COLABLP 05S 2
15 Mar 24
Drum & Bass / Jungle
So Real
So Real - (6:26) 174 BPM
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COLABLP 05S1
01 Mar 24
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Heist Sound
Tidal Wave - (5:19) 175 BPM
Unicron - (4:30) 175 BPM
Rum Goblin - (5:09) 175 BPM
Jazz Time - (4:53) 175 BPM Hot
Watermelon Girl (feat Sahala) - (5:38) 175 BPM
Creeping Dub (feat Studio 12) - (6:22) 173 BPM
What Once Was - (6:46) 173 BPM
Imparla - (6:46) 175 BPM
90% Rusk - (4:53) 175 BPM
The Verdict - (4:52) 175 BPM
Pum Pum Stabber - (5:44) 173 BPM
Fathomos Gob - (4:51) 175 BPM
Sleep In Ya Eyes - (5:13) 175 BPM
Violent Rain - (7:17) 170 BPM
Go To Work - (5:09) 178 BPM
Arcade - (4:25) 175 BPM
Moose Knuckle - (4:53) 175 BPM
Ambush - (5:36) 175 BPM
Step Out The Box - (7:31) 58 BPM
Cavansite (feat Hannah Collins) - (5:16) 175 BPM
Review: Drum & bass powerhouse soldier Heist looks back over 20 years of releases with this massive career-spanning collection of bangers. A reminder (if needed) that he deals strictly in timeless dancefloor weaponry, he's got every flavour your set could possibly need from the subtle jazzy class of 'Rum Goblin' to the high voltage nuclear outrage of 'Unicron' and everything in between. Whats more, they're timeless and whether they came out in 2005 (the sax-blasting pant-wetting 'Pum Pum Stabber') 2015 (the creeped out warbler '90% Rusk') or 2021 (the sweet soulful 'Watermelon Girl') they all hit with the same subversive and solid sense of funk. Big up Jim.
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HS 001
13 Oct 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Without You / Vertigo
Without You - (3:39) 175 BPM Hot
Vertigo - (4:23) 175 BPM
Played by: DJ Ollie, AGENT K
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COLAB 075D
12 May 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Can't Break It Down
Can't Break It Down - (4:49) 175 BPM
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COLAB 074D
14 Apr 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Heist Presents - Proteges Volume 02
Various
BlckHry - "Alone" - (4:26) 173 BPM
Chesta - "Action Junkie" - (3:44) 175 BPM
Cymbolic - "Flexout" - (4:53) 172 BPM
DJ Zent - "Awakening" - (4:32) 175 BPM
Entopy - "This Moment" - (3:46) 174 BPM
IV - "Fiesta De Janko" - (4:27) 174 BPM
Jack Spencer - "Bad Boys" - (4:55) 172 BPM
Korben Dallas - "Impulse" - (4:50) 175 BPM
Lash Lams - "Ill Shit" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Luyah - "On Fire" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Morgy - "Asylum" - (4:34) 175 BPM
Moving East - "Dream Killer" - (5:20) 174 BPM
Muayfever - "Vampire Demon" - (4:53) 175 BPM
Ni-Trixx - "Voices" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Reubs - "Comply" - (5:05) 180 BPM
Sintilla - "Hear About It" - (4:07) 58 BPM
Steryx - "Maximum" - (3:40) 175 BPM Hot
TNT Sounds - "Transcend" - (5:53) 178 BPM
Review: Following the inaugural release of Heist's next-gen focused Proteges collection in December 21, 'Proteges Volume 02' maintains the message and continues to fly the future flag for D&B. Some names you might recognise, like Blckhry, DJ Zent and Steryx, while others are much earlier on their release journey but still already hitting levels high enough for Heist to put his name to. Highlights across the 18 track set include the space-bound cosmic soul of Entropy's 'This Moment', the lucid ragga-splattered dark funk of Jack Spencer's 'Bad Boys' and Lash Lams' high energy buzzy jump-up stinker 'Ill Shit'. And that barely the tip of the iceberg of this powerful new talent showcase. A Co-Lab co-sign has a lot of currency.
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CLR 005
10 Mar 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
El Dorado Part Two
Colombia (Teej remix) - (3:39) 174 BPM Hot
Fidget (A-Audio remix) - (5:16) 173 BPM
Badman (Dunk remix) - (4:57) 174 BPM
Robust (Sequences remix) - (5:36) 174 BPM
Review: Remix alert! US donnie Atlantic Connection gets the reboot treatment from some high grade talents on Heist's Co-Lab Recordings. Teej, A-Audio, Dunk and Sequences all get busy in their own unique and funky way. Teej opens up the EP with warm soundsystem rollage as he whips 'Columbia' into more of a UK vibe, A-Audio get dark and tense with 'Fidget', Dunk really hones in on the dubby flavour and warmth of 'Badman' before Sequences close the EP on a gritty, angular robotic flex. Get connected.
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COLAB 073D
10 Feb 23
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Totoro EP
Totoro - (4:39) 172 BPM
Mojito Sun - (5:38) 172 BPM Hot
Carousel Bass - (5:17) 58 BPM
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CLR 004
14 Oct 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Balance
Never - (5:36) 174 BPM
Come On - (4:13) 174 BPM
Paloma - (3:51) 174 BPM
Logic - (4:08) 174 BPM
Intangible - (5:58) 174 BPM
El Yunque (VIP) - (4:57) 174 BPM Hot
The Salsa Roller - (4:41) 174 BPM
My Heart - (4:25) 170 BPM
Promise - (3:21) 174 BPM
Turnaround - (3:49) 172 BPM
Shrimp Wheel - (4:35) 174 BPM
Space Ghost - (4:49) 58 BPM
Review: A few steps ahead of the current new generation who are taking names and changing the North American drum & bass game, Flaco's been doing bits in the US scene for over 20 years now and here we find him coming correct with his precision debut album Balance. Delicately treading the line between dark, light, soulful and heavy, the album is a powerful snapshot of Flaco's skills and musical might. Highlights include the Detroitian ice of the dark stepper 'Logic', the burning Latin fire and full flavour funk of 'The Salsa Roller' and the understated subtle bubbles of 'Turnaround'. Massive album, this one keeps on giving on every listen and every play.
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COLABLP 004
30 Sep 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Logic
Logic - (4:08) 174 BPM
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COLABLP 004S2
16 Sep 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Never
Never - (5:36) 174 BPM
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COLABLP 004S1
02 Sep 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Break The System
Break The System - (4:53) 58 BPM
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COLAB 072D
12 Aug 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Black Magic/It's All Mad (Explicit)
Black Magic (feat Collette Warren) - (4:16) 172 BPM Hot
It's All Mad (feat Busta) - (4:35) 174 BPM
Played by: Dunk
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COLAB 071D
22 Jul 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Backward Never EP
Backward Never - (5:22) 174 BPM
Tinto De Verano - (4:33) 172 BPM
Garlic Butter - (4:30) 174 BPM Hot
Darker Tunnel - (5:18) 57 BPM
Review: What a powerful collection we have here as we see the one and only Jaxx land with almost superhero-like momentum onto Co-Lab Recordings, equipped with four rave-weapons for us all to enjoy. First up, 'Backward Never' is a wicked display of subtle percussive clinks and sub-rumbling basslines below, before 'Tinto De Verano' the steadily rising sweeps of 'Tinto De Verano' are let loose for a bit more of a stripped back adventure. We then dive into the growling, synthetic synthesizer belches of 'Tinto De Verano', which through a minimal drum backing becomes all the more potent the longer it extends. To round off, 'Darker Tunnel', a seriously stripped back crunchfest, focusing primarily on three elements, the uniquely squeaky snare drum curdles, the folded over kicks and of course a mind-numbing bassline below.
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COLAB 070D
03 Jun 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
The Siege
The Siege - (3:42) 176 BPM
Review: Not content with heading up the best live drum & bass band you could possibly imagine in the genre, Dr Meaker is also responsible for some of the bubbliest, purest party productions. Take this badass fusion 'The Siege'; his first track of 2022 and it's an absolute timeless howler. All mid 2000s Playaz energy but with mid 2020s funk and production standards, drop this in the mix and it will cut through any blend with all the frolics and finesse you need in these topsy turvy times. Essential.
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COLAB 069D
29 Apr 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Remixes EP
Gyaldem (Jeopardize remix) - (4:27) 176 BPM
Warhead - "Soundboy Slaughter" (Disrupta remix) - (4:26) 175 BPM Hot
Teej - "Solstice" (Atlantic Connection remix) - (4:06) 174 BPM
Warhead - "Gobsmacker" (Dunk remix) - (4:37) 173 BPM
Teej - "Fatal Attraction" (Oz remix) - (5:46) 176 BPM
Review: Now here's a rollcall you can set your watch by... Jeopardize, Disrupta, Atlantic Connection, Dunk and Oz all on one release dicing and splicing, chopping and popping with some of Warhead and Teej's releases on Co-Lab. The results spea for themselves and range from big 3am drone horns (Jeopardize) to theatrical breakbeat rattlers (Atlantic Connection) to classic mid 90s sounding vibes (Oz) Bangers o'clock!
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COLAB 068D
01 Apr 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Mojo EP
Understand (feat Polarized) - (4:35) 174 BPM
Mojo - (5:38) 174 BPM
Killa - (4:24) 174 BPM Hot
Nasty (feat Chamba) - (4:33) 174 BPM
Irie - (4:13) 172 BPM
Review: Jack Gilbert aka J:Rover makes his debut here on Co-Lab Recordings, after some promising releases on labels like Sine Audio, Transparent Audio & Midas Touch. The Mojo EP is another great example of this rising producer's great potential and features the seething neurofunk steppa "Understand" (feat Polarized), the back to '94 junglist roller that is "Killa" as well as "Nasty" (feat Chamba) which is reminiscent of Calibre's classic material on the Soul:r imprint. He closes out the EP with the dub-infused low-end theory of "Irie".
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COLAB 067D
11 Mar 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Ascend
Ascend - (4:30) 175 BPM Hot
Calling - (4:12) 175 BPM
Review: Fresh from their recent heaters with man like Diligent Fingers, Manchester duo Shadre & Salvage return to Co-Lab with two space aged funk-ups. 'Ascend' is a real dark soul number with a prowling cat-like bassline, soulful vocal and musical elements laced tightly into the mix. 'Calling' takes us deeper again with a rumbling minimal vibe, gruff harmonics on the bass and a twisted, trippy vocal sample. Proper 3am bizzle, we reckon Shadre & Salvage are going to have an excellent 2022.
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COLAB 066D
11 Feb 22
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Bounce EP
Bounce - (4:55) 174 BPM Hot
I'm Not Finished Yet - (4:27) 175 BPM
Kool Kids - (4:28) 175 BPM
The Road - (4:01) 174 BPM
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COLAB 065D
31 Dec 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Heist Presents: Proteges Volume 01
Various
Ben Snow - "Refugee" - (4:08) 174 BPM Hot
Blackphil - "A Horrid Realisation" - (4:37) 175 BPM
BlckHry - "Big Guns" - (4:29) 175 BPM
Clearance - "Got Nothin" - (5:40) 172 BPM
DJ Form - "Chicken Biryani" - (4:35) 175 BPM
DJ Zent - "Technique" - (5:17) 176 BPM
IV - "Breath Out" - (3:03) 174 BPM
Jeopardize - "Grasshoppers" - (4:39) 175 BPM
Jhitzu - "Show Me" - (4:30) 174 BPM
Krucial - "Pumpkin" - (3:43) 174 BPM
Luyah - "Unknown" - (5:14) 174 BPM
Paste - "Golden" - (5:17) 172 BPM
Proximo - "Ripping It Up" (feat Dan King) - (4:41) 175 BPM
R4NS0M - "Dominus II" - (6:01) 57 BPM
Red Math - "Dungeon Master" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Reubs - "Duk'em" - (5:10) 180 BPM
Sidewall - "Crunch" - (5:53) 174 BPM
Statera - "Love The Way" - (4:31) 175 BPM
TNT Sounds - "Savagery" - (4:32) 176 BPM
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CLR 003
24 Dec 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Golden Triangles EP
Golden Triangles - (4:26) 172 BPM
Move Like That - (3:54) 172 BPM Hot
Different Ways - (4:23) 172 BPM
Foreign Groove - (4:39) 172 BPM
Review: After making a very strong impression with their first release on DJ Trace's DSCI4, Clearance continues to impress their debut on Heist's Co-Lab. Deep but bubbly and plenty of bounce, each cut puts real focus and emphasis on the warm, fat basslines. 'Golden Triangles' is pure spring and all win while 'Move Like That' wriggles and tickles with a slightly dreamier charm which could be compared to a young Break. Deeper into the EP we have the darker vibes and sterner bass tones of 'Different Ways' while 'Foreign Groove' finishes the EP on a lamenting vocal soul tip. A very interesting release from a promising new talent.
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CLR 002
10 Dec 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
El Dorado Part One
Colombia - (4:13) 174 BPM
Robust - (4:53) 174 BPM Hot
Badman - (5:20) 174 BPM
Fidget - (4:29) 173 BPM
Review: USA representing! Long-time Stateside operator Atlantic Connection steps up to Heist's Co-Lab Recordings with a homage to his new home - Colombia. 'El Dorado' weigh in at four tracks heavy and there's a wonderful breeziness of sense of space running throughout the EP as he celebrates his new location. Highlights include the crisp drum work and jazzy vibes of 'Fidget', the Zinc-like bongo bubbles and infectious bassline of 'Robust' and the dubwise heat of 'Colombia'. Bring on the next chapter!
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COLAB 064D
19 Nov 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Meraki Music
Motiv & Anya Asia - "Halcyon" - (5:23) 170 BPM
Bridge To Nowhere - (4:35) 174 BPM
Motiv & Collette Warren - "Cloak & Dagger" - (4:36) 174 BPM
Acting Up - (4:28) 174 BPM
Motiv & Sahala - "So Easy" - (4:51) 174 BPM
Butternut Squash - (4:30) 174 BPM
Motiv & Dunk - "Twister" - (4:34) 175 BPM
Blackhole - (4:27) 174 BPM
Motiv & Teej - "Air" - (4:30) 174 BPM Hot
Shifting - (4:36) 174 BPM
Motiv & Charla Green - "Take Me Away" - (4:33) 175 BPM
Astral Traveller - (4:28) 174 BPM
Review: West Midlands / Essex joint venture Co-Lab Recordings UK is run by Benny Colab & Heist who present their latest release by Manchester's Motiv, who follows up a great collaboration with Collette Warren on "Cloak & Dagger" a few weeks ago. The track acted as a teaser for his much anticipated full-length release here, titled Meraki Music. Featuring a dozen impressive tracks, all in collaboration with other talented producers and vocalists. Highlights include the emotive liquid drum 'n' bass of opener "Halcyon" featuring lovely vocals by Anya Asia, the seething neurofunk trip "Twister" with Dunk, as well as the darkside techstep of "Air" with Teej and the bittersweet beats of "Take Me Away" with singer Charla Green.
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COLABLP 003
12 Nov 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Cloak & Dagger
Cloak & Dagger - (4:36) 174 BPM
Review: Co-Lab Recordings is a joint venture by Benny Colab & Heist, run between the West Midlands and Essex respectively. Their latest release comes from London's Collette Warren, who collaborates with Motiv again to bring you a liquid drum and bass roller in the form of "Cloak & Dagger" in the tradition of legends like LTJ Bukem or Marcus Intalex. The tracks' soulful and emotive elements are the perfect backdrop for the breathtaking vocals that play centre stage throughout.
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COLABLP 003S2
29 Oct 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Acting Up
Acting Up - (4:28) 174 BPM
Review: Ahead of his debut album Motiv unleashes this warm and toasty roller - 'Acting Up'. Loaded with house-inspired sounds and flavours, there's some lovely organ style sounds on the bass, a big belting vocal and a funky groove that we guess would be described as liquid but it's got much more beef on the bones and spirit than a lot of liquid tracks do. Think Sl8r, think Marcus, think Manchester - this is proper soulful drum & bass.
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COLABLP 003S1
15 Oct 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Velizy (Dub) EP
Rock Dem - (5:37) 175 BPM
Run It - (4:53) 174 BPM
Velizy (dub) - (5:37) 174 BPM Hot
Put It Under - (5:11) 174 BPM
Bring It Up - (6:00) 174 BPM
Review: Bonjour! Paris's FX909 makes his debut on Heist's Co-Lab with four proper breakbeat bubblers. Each one tickling a different corner of the dance, he's treated us to a wide spread as 'Rock Dem' nods at the early 2000s, super-driven dancefloor style of jungle while 'Run It' pays homage to the mid 90s with a much bubblier bassline jam. Elsewhere 'Velizy' is all about the rattling breaks and big, dubby ghostly vibes in between the elements, 'Put It Under' has a classic late 90s Bristol vibe with added Detroit pads before 'Bring It Up' brings the keys and the feels for a powerful jazzy finale. What a well-rounded and highly vibed-up EP.
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COLAB 063D
17 Sep 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Classy EP
Classy - (3:10) 174 BPM
Breezy - (4:36) 170 BPM
Furnace (Teej remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM Hot
Jungle (dub) - (5:14) 174 BPM
Ghoul - (4:52) 174 BPM
Review: Flaco is one of the most versatile and experienced producers in the game, and he's working alongside a label with this EP that shares an equally illustrious pedigree. This EP is what it says it is - Classy - as Flaco rolls out with abandon across several different cloths and textures, a diversity that really makes all five tracks shine. 'Breezy' is the gulliest of the lot, a growling, flowing number which moves and sways with relentless melodic progression, each bass sound gently yet destructively moving through one another. Teej steps up with a minima, finger-click remix of 'Furnace', and 'Jungle' scratches an itch for all of you who like things rough and breaksy.
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COLAB 062D
21 May 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
The Waves EP
The Wave - (5:10) 174 BPM Hot
Money Boy - (4:08) 174 BPM
Turtleneck - (5:15) 172 BPM
Admission (feat Illament) - (4:49) 174 BPM
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COLAB 061D
09 Apr 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Transhumanism EP
Where Do We Go From Here - (6:08) 173 BPM
Flux Ropes - (6:04) 174 BPM
Transhumanism - (5:52) 172 BPM Hot
Fallen - (6:08) 174 BPM
Review: Shimah is one of the most consistent purveyors of rolling damage around, and this time around he's landing on Co-Lab Recordings. He's back with the Transhumanism EP, another drum-focused, gritty piece of music that relies on the barebone essentials to do the talking. There are diamonds among the rough and 'Flux Ropes' exemplifies his sonic approach perfectly; its whispering waves of synthy leads build and rise, breaking on the drop into a skipping, bouncy arrangement that's as infectious as it is creative. There's low frequency mayhem on 'Transhumanism', and 'Fallen' ties up the EP perfectly, with clattering drums and pummelling walls of low frequency energy. Unstoppable.
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COLAB 060D
26 Feb 21
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Gobsmacker EP
Battering Ram - (4:33) 172 BPM
Gobsmacker - (4:39) 172 BPM Hot
Real Bad (feat Resume) - (4:34) 175 BPM
I Want More - (4:39) 172 BPM
Review: Warhead is back on the warpath! Not content with tearing Co-Lab up with his and Teej's 'Activate' EP earlier this year, he's back with another four-piece suite of slap-downs and blast-ups. 'Gobsmacker' says it all. A slithering percussive wriggler, all steppy and stripped back and laced with a tense dark funk, it's the type of tackle you'd expect from the Eneis or DLRs of the world. Elsewhere 'Real Bad' is a Harley Davidson of a tune that revs up behind you menacingly with its lamp on full beam, 'Battering Ram' is a roundhouse kick of chaos, all scratchy and grizzled and 'I Want More' is another minimal mission where the percussion does all the chatting... Before that killer sample kicks in. Wow. We want more, too.
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COLAB 059D
27 Nov 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Iceberg EP
Ghetto Clan - (4:30) 175 BPM Hot
Iceberg - (3:46) 174 BPM
Dark Soul (feat Illament) - (4:35) 174 BPM
Zombie Dog - (4:06) 175 BPM
Review: Dunk is one-half renowned duo Jam Thieves, and his new excursion into the solo game is already beginning to bear some significant fruit. He's an absurdly prolific producer and has several released out and forthcoming already, with this four-tracker on Co-Lab the latest to see the light of day. It's classic Dunk, whose trademark blend of stripped back percussion, powerful subs and jump-up touches has been finely tuned over the last few years. 'Iceberg' is the perfect example, as a settled groove falls into place beneath oscillating, fluttering lines of gravelly bassline textures. 'Zombie Dog' flows with abandon and growls into its muzzle, whilst 'Dark Soul' featuring Illament is a skipping roller with deadly precision and a gungho set of jump up stabs. Big, big stuff.
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COLAB 058D
16 Oct 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Bumpa EP
Bumpa - (4:30) 174 BPM
So Good (feat J Select) - (4:28) 174 BPM Hot
Eroded - (4:06) 174 BPM
Cali Burn - (4:35) 57 BPM
Review: Bumpa car. Bumpa clart. Bumpa package right here from one of 2020's finest D&B success stories Disrupta. Following the heat of his Born On Road EP, now the young Londoner makes his debut on Heist's Co-Lab with four more slabs of unabashed D&B fun. Highlights include the tongue-in-cheek wriggliness of the title track "Bumpa" and the junglised bashiness and forthright gulliness of "Cali Burn". But that's just scratching the surface; Disrupta by name, disruption by nature.
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COLAB 057D
21 Aug 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Activate EP
Activate - (4:31) 174 BPM
Eclipse - (4:26) 174 BPM
Warhead - "Rasclart" - (4:28) 175 BPM Hot
Teej - "Osiris" - (4:22) 178 BPM
Review: Heist's forever consistent Co-Lab invite Warhead and Teej over for a bit of musical mischief. Two of the most exciting new names to emerge from the underground in recent times, naturally they hit the spot with two link-up tracks and two solo originals. "Activate" packs a heavy punch with a bassline sludgier than quicksand mixed with treacle while "Eclipse" is a heads-down gritty one with an almost techno flavour to its bass warps and loopy percussion. Elsewhere Warhead goes full-on rudeboy with the savage "Rasclart" while Teej hurls us into a dank slimy-walled dungeon with "Osiris". If you can find a more on-point new-gen collabo this month we'd like to hear it.
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COLAB 056D
24 Jul 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Chaos Theory EP
Chaos Theory - (5:12) 175 BPM Hot
Scripture (feat Duskee) - (4:30) 175 BPM
Escalation Protocol - (4:33) 174 BPM
Solstice - (4:30) 174 BPM
Review: Co-Lab have always been able to push music that's made for the dancefloor but whcih draws upon disparate strands of the genre's stylistic heritage, from the rawness of jump-up to dabbles in the lighter side. Teej also has that flexibility and his Chaos Theory EP shows that he knows his way around a minimal tune, as all four tracks flex their muscles in a subtle manner that's not right in your face but still makes its presence known. 'Escalation Protocol' is just that, with a withering, stabbing sub-bass and snapping percussive line that just rolls and rolls. Top stuff.
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COLAB 055D
12 Jun 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
State Of Mind
Altor - (4:04) 175 BPM
Pain - (4:53) 175 BPM
Bitter & Sweet - (4:32) 172 BPM
Shout - (4:08) 172 BPM
Cut - (4:02) 175 BPM Hot
Green Lane - (4:27) 175 BPM
Show Me - (4:27) 175 BPM
Caught Up - (4:08) 175 BPM
Look Down (feat Carasel) - (4:28) 172 BPM
Badman - (3:51) 175 BPM
Emergency Call - (3:46) 175 BPM
Going Back - (5:34) 172 BPM
Look Down (instrumental) - (4:28) 172 BPM
Review: Heist and Benny Colab have been teasing this album for several weeks now with a string of samplers, and the full thing is finally here. It's punchng percussive madness the whole way throug, a no-holds barred album which knows when to go all out and when to take a step back. There's luxurious instrumentation blended with grittier tones and 'Green Lane' is exactly that, as harp strings tug on your heart strings above a gully concoction of dusty basses and knock-back drum loops. Carasel features on the excellent 'Look Down' and it's another highlight from a super cool album.
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COLABLP 002
15 May 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
State Of Mind Sampler LP 2
Caught Up - (4:09) 175 BPM
Review: We recently covered the first sampler from Oz's forthcoming album on Heist and Benny Colab's Co-Lab Recordings and this time around it's the second sampler. Oz is back and it's more heavyweight beats, as 'Caught Up' rolls out with abandon amidst a plethora of shakers and some seriously banging low frequency stabs, all of which come together to produce a track of big club sized proportions. Wicked.
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SOMS 2
01 May 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
State Of Mind Sampler LP 1
Bitter & Sweet - (4:32) 172 BPM
Review: Heist's Co-Lab Recordings is a prolific outfit that releases music from a range of small-but-sweet artists, and this time it's the turn of Oz to step up to the plate and deliver his contribution to Co-Lab's burgeoning back catalogue. 'Bitter & Sweet' is the first track from a forthcoming album project and it's a percy, with a crisp, penetrating drum line that underpins a murky yet harmonic bassline and some floaty, soulful sampling. It's a true crossover tune that sounds big and yet walks lightly on its toes - lovely stuff.
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SOMS 1
17 Apr 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Cloak
Cloak - (4:49) 175 BPM
Review: Heist is always chipping away at the background doing his bit, just focusing on what he does best: producing and releasing sick music. His own Co-Lab Recordings is once again the destination for this newest concotion and it's a badboy single track release called Cloak. Heist's usual production wizardry is at place and there's a reason he has such a big reputation for sound design, with suspenseful pads echoing up into groans of low frequency force before being forced back down by its mechanic, snapping drum line. It's a crafty piece of work and one that will please all those who like their music rough and ready.
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COLAB 054D
03 Apr 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Blood Pressure EP
Blood Pressure - (5:23) 172 BPM Hot
Millionaire - (4:53) 170 BPM
Stay For Me - (5:29) 175 BPM
Talk Fi Dem - (4:42) 170 BPM
Review: Bang! Two weeks after his "90s Dreamer" on Born On Road, Manchester murker Kumo gets busy on Heist's Co-Lab imprint with "Blood Pressure". More dark, dank stinkage; each cut hits the soul hard. The title track takes the lead with its switchy drums, laser bubbles and grumbling, knuckle-dragging bassline, "Millionaire" is a classic old school hummer (think old school Dread business) with a sub that could eat you alive, "Stay For Me" is pure heads-down rolling bizzle while "Talk Fi Dem" closes on a big old ravey blast. Full pads, full euphoria and a nasty little slinky drop. Feel the pressure!
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COLAB 053D
20 Mar 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
The Key
The Key - (4:26) 175 BPM
Review: Filthy Habits and Jeopardize - two savagely on-point basssmiths usually spotted lurking around the G13 camp - land on Heist's Co-Lab imprint with this absolute barnstormer of a banger. Running drums, big flabby basses and a drive that can cut through any mix and knock crowds off their feet; both acts' longstanding collaborative history can be felt in every detail here. Tracks like this are built to last. They got the key... But what is the secret?
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COLAB 052D
14 Feb 20
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Full Metal Packet EP
Ointment - (5:53) 175 BPM Hot
Packet Monster - (4:49) 175 BPM
Goombas - (4:26) 175 BPM
Metal Packet - (4:57) 175 BPM
Review: Heist & T>I are two of the best guys around for the dirty, attitude filled side of the scene which blurs into the techier bits on the one hand and the pure jump up bits on the other. This release fills in the gaps in all the right ways and it comes on Heist's own Co-Lab Recordings, a seminal imprint. 'Ointment' is grating and harsh in its guttural funk and approach to destruction, with an array of stabs and basses all mashing together in harmony. 'Packet Monster' is more classic T>I sounding basses, laid over a snapping, snarling drum line. Excellent stuff here.
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COLAB 051D
20 Dec 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Abstract Remix EP
ICY (Heist remix) - (5:14) 173 BPM
Give Me A Sign (Warhead remix) - (4:28) 175 BPM Hot
Assassin (Teej remix) - (4:24) 176 BPM
Played by: Conrad Subs, DJ Hybrid
Review: Co-Lab Recordings is Heist's label and is accordingly renown for putting out hard-hitting beats faster than you can say 'f**k off', a testament to the production and curation skills of the man himself. This time the focus is on Oz and the wider Co-Lab crew, as Oz gets his Abstract EP remixed and updated with some fresh new twists. The Teej remix of 'Assassin' is definitely up there as one of the best on the EP, a deeply growling track that is packed with attitude and foreboding notes of synth and sample-based power. Heist himself steps up for the remix on 'I.C.Y', flipping this one into a wobbly number with a wide, slapping snare drum and plenty of angst. Bangers galore here.
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COLAB 050D
01 Nov 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Live Your Life EP
Zoots (feat Wednesday Amelia) - (5:42) 174 BPM Hot
Live Your Life - (4:34) 172 BPM
Funk Lick - (4:23) 175 BPM
Pressin' Buttons - (4:24) 175 BPM
Review: Jaxx has killed this EP. It's called Live Your Life and consists of four sharp-edged but nicely melodic dancefloor numbers that are aimed at causing destruction, but not indiscriminately. Our favourite is 'Zoots' featuring Wednesday Amelia, a long-time D&B vocalist who has worked with some of the best producers around, who appears on this track over what begins as soft tune with lovely guitar licks, but which descends into a bassy, wobbly number. The rest are harder, with 'Pressing Buttons' standing out for its snapping drums and grating, industrial bassline. Wicked EP therefrom the Co-Lab crew.
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COLAB 049D
27 Sep 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Sludge
Sludge - (4:58) 175 BPM
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COLAB 048D
13 Sep 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
One Part Jungle EP
One Part Jungle - (3:51) 178 BPM
Tun Up The Bass (feat The Ragga Twins) - (4:08) 178 BPM
Jack It Up - (4:27) 175 BPM
Champion - (4:12) 175 BPM Hot
Review: Heist's Co-Lab Recordings always tends to put out music that rests on the foundations of UK underground, the cross-over influences of soul, reggae, jungle and D&B. it's always a fresh sound and it always brings up connotations of Boomtown, free parties and sunny afternoons. Two legends of the scene - Aries and Nicky Blackmarket, have teamed up for a dual EP and it's wicked. 'One Part Jungle' is best of the four, with a bright and cheerful introduction that's laden with samples and flipped into a wobbling, subby roller with oodles of energy and momentum. 'Jack It Up' goes down a more jungle direction and is packed full of punchiness and sharp edges - banger.
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COLAB 047D
30 Aug 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Process EP
Process - (4:48) 175 BPM
Back To The Funk - (4:31) 175 BPM Hot
Command The Vibe - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: Exile is most definitely NOT in exile. He's flipping everywhere! This year alone has seen him drop fire on the likes of Formation, Technique and Serial Killaz. Now he's on Heist's Co-Lab with three savage burn-ups. "Process" has that great riffy vibe where you'll be humming the three cascading notes for days. Simple but really really effective. "Back To The Funk" balances a lush mid-2000s soulful vibe before dropping into chunkier contemporary bassline business before "Command The Vibe" comes running up all sweaty and brazen and attaches itself to you like a middle age spread. Good old whole some flabby bass fun, Exile's on a roll over here.
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COLAB 046D
19 Jul 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Cloaked EP
Gyaldem - (4:27) 176 BPM Hot
Warhead - "Soundboy Slaughter" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Cloaked - (4:26) 175 BPM
Teej - "Fatal Attraction" - (4:24) 176 BPM
Review: Two highly respected members of the new-gen gentry collide on Co-Lab for this perfectly symmetrical release. Two tag-team cuts, one solo piece each, Warhead and Teej go in from every angle; "Gyaldem" takes the lead with a classic Bristol rolling vibe with hip-hop samples but for a weeping bassline literally cries into the mix. Their second collaboration "Cloaked" continues the wry sample theme and baggy space in the groove, but this time with a much sterner wobble to the bassline. Elsewhere Warhead's "Soundboy Slaughter" rolls its sleeves up and dusts off its pneumatic kick drums and timestretched break fills for a white knuckle 23rd century dancehall jam while Teej's "Fatal Attraction" gives us a deep breathing introspective cheerio. Cloakers gotta cloak
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COLAB 045D
17 May 19
Drum & Bass / Jungle
Roly Poly
Roly Poly - (4:56) 175 BPM
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COLAB 044D
21 Dec 18
Drum & Bass / Jungle
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