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.
Review: Snake killing: a highly dangerous occupation practiced only by the likes of Chuck Norris, Bear Grylls, Andre The Giant (ask your dad) and stone cold vibe-firing junglists like DJ Limited... A man who's not missed a trick lately. Following releases on Serial Killaz and Biological Beats he returns to Heist's Co-Lab with a six-pack that contains some of his best tracks to date... "Kill The Snake", an absolute blinder of a riff track that mixes with everything and sticks in your head like pure gorilla glue. Other crucial cuts include the flabby wobbles of "Famous On Earth", the stripped back theatrics of, switches and guitar glitches of "Right On Time" and the classic off-beat shake down of "The Purpose". Tl,dr: Absolute murderation (of snakes and soundboys)
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.
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?
Review: It's been a while since Flaco last blessed our playlists with freshness. Making up for lost time, he's back with six breezy originals on Heist's Co-Lab. "Difference" is an instant recall to his Innerground material thanks to the jazzy vocals and swooning chords, "Rain" is a darker midnight rave jam, "El Yunque" is a little more subversive, lean and wobbly (think Jam Thieves or Unreal), "Wind Up Toy" is a Jaydan style gutter grinder while "El Ratone" is a much breezier roller that nods gently towards more soulful pastures. Finally "Want You" brings us back down to reality with dreamy vocals and synths so cosmic you'll start considering buying shares in dream catchers.
Review: Rushing D&B goodness from producer Harvest, who steps up to Co Lab's roster with these two very hyped and very cool tunes led by "Blessed" - a jump-up banger with some minimal bass rumble that gets nicely countered by a furious set of buzzing hats and snares. With a glistening breakdown built in as well as some dubby fills, it's a delight for DJs and ravers alike, while the more low-end heavy "End Is Nigh" makes for a more mean and menacing flipside.
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.
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.
Review: Kicking this comp off with Heist's terminally insane sample-fest "Paper Business", it's pretty obvious from the start that nothing is going to be what it seems. Don't get settled into that bassline then, because the jingle bells and hip hop (yes, both of those things at the same time) of "Pull The Plug" pulls up with all the cheeky charms of a loveable delinquent. Saxxon's smooth grooves mix perfectly with Jinx and Gigante before disappearing into a haze of souped-up bass, and finally Dub Motion get in on the insane action with swing sampling and shoulder-shrugging beats. These mad professors need to get loopy in the lab more often.
Review: Heist: one of drum & bass's darkest forces behind so many of talent's careers, so many big producer's mixing desks and so many of our go-to bangers... Both as a label owner and producer. Here he plays the role of both as he leads an expertly-curated collection of innovative styles with a breezy vocal soul roller "Never Enough". Bringing up the rear Ceph gets sci-fi and spacious on "Solitude", Simula gets a cosmic funk on with the Lynx-esque "Truth Serum", Skore's fuses classic hardcore dynamics with Detroitian synth tones on "Roger", Metal Work charm us with delicately layered liquid keys on "Simple" and Zere & Gabriel Habit sign off with the darkest cut of the collection. Fresh and full of exciting new talent, Heist is killing it this year.
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.
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!
Review: Who are Oz? Where are they from? Are they a she or he? Is it solo or a group? Why are they so good? So many questions and no answers - except this bare fact.. The music is tremendous. Classy drum & bass with clear roots in all the right places and the perfect amount of weight, space and energy, the music does all the talking. From the necksnap drums and groaning bass of "Rhapsody" to the psychedelic build and dangerously wobble-some drop on "Hellion", this is an exceptional exercise in timeless underground instrumental drum & bass. More please... Whoever you are!
Review: Backed by some of the biggest names in the game, this EP comes hot on the heels of Oz's appearance on Co-Lab's "Deep in The Lab" compilation. not a lot's shared about this/these artist/s but what we can say is that the likes of heist, Noisia, Hazard and Friction have been all over it and with good reason. The whole EP is darker and more disorientating than a caved-in mineshaft and as heavy and about as subtle as a truck full of anvils, this guy is the master of deftly-prepared noise. Brace yourselves for the impact.
Review: More "Abstract" theory as the shadowy Oz returns to Heist's Co-Lab to continue what he started in spring 2017. Multi-shades, multi-styles, this is real melting pot business you're just as likely to hear in Break set as you are a Turno set. Six tracks in total; soul heads should jump and flex to the dulcet vibes of "Replacement", "Four Seasons" and "Stay", those who love a flabbier bassline will enjoy getting jiggy to "Icy" and "Assassin" while those who love the Bristol-style jazzy and grainy sound will go all gooey in the heart for "Not There". Real D&B for real DJs; it's time to stop Co-Lab and listen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Long-time wobble specialists, Serum & Heist, team up for a slice of upfront D&B destruction on this latest Co Lab release. With some nicely filtered choppy samples and heavy hitting drums, Heist's remix of "Souped Up" is armour enough for the dancefloor, however it's the flip, "Rum Goblin", which provides the aural stimulation here. The David Axelrod-esque samples give the tune an organic feel that synths just can't convey. Don't be fooled by the lush, spine-tingling intro though - the bass and drums are still truly damaging.