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Herbsmoke/Sail On
COLAB 005
01 Jul 05
Drum And Bass
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Aries - "Herbsmoke" - (6:48) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Visionary - "Sail On" - (5:50) 58 BPM
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Herbsmoke (TC remix)
COLAB 009
03 Apr 06
Drum And Bass
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Aries - "Herbsmoke" (TC remix) - (4:53) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strider - "Legends" (feat Shox) - (6:41)
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Played by: Lost City
Hard Goin EP
COLAB 029D
09 Dec 13
Drum And Bass
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Hard Goin - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vega - (4:30)
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It's Disgusting - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Heroes & Villains - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Strangest Feelings - (5:41) 175 BPM
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Kill The Snake EP
COLAB 039D
14 Aug 17
Drum And Bass
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The Purpose - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Teach You A Lesson - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Kill The Snake - (4:37) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Technology - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Famous On Earth - (5:14) 173 BPM
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Right On Time - (4:29) 57 BPM
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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)
Frost Bite
COLAB 016DG
12 Jan 09
Drum And Bass
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Frost Bite - (5:32) 175 BPM
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Midnight Express - (4:50) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Want You EP
COLAB 033D
26 Oct 15
Drum And Bass
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Difference - (5:16) 173 BPM
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Rain - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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El Yunque - (5:01) 172 BPM
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Wind Up Toy - (4:08) 174 BPM
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El Ratone - (4:36) 170 BPM
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Want You - (6:22) 173 BPM
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Played by: IKON-B
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.
Blessed
COLAB 024DG
22 Aug 11
Drum And Bass
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Blessed - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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End Is Nigh - (4:39)
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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.
Roots EP
CO-LAB 026D
12 Nov 12
Drum And Bass
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Roots - (4:45) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reject - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Highly Strung (feat Dialogue) - (5:00) 175 BPM
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Codename - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Bounty Hunters
COLAB 025DG
02 Jul 12
Drum And Bass
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Bounty Hunters - (4:47) 175 BPM
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Free Texts - (4:54) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Spaceriderz
Getting Dead
COLAB 021DG
07 Jun 10
Drum And Bass
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Getting Dead - (5:20) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Medieval - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Quake
SUMO 002DG
14 Dec 09
Drum And Bass
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Quake - (5:39)
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Terra Hawks - (5:47) 177 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Death Star
SUMO 003DG
08 Mar 10
Drum And Bass
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Death Star - (6:16) 177 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Search Party - (6:18) 177 BPM
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Don't Understand/Can't Take Away
COLAB 015
01 May 08
Drum And Bass
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Don't Understand (Taxman remix) - (5:33) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Can't Take Away - (5:34) 173 BPM
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Step Out The Box EP
COLAB 028D
24 Jun 13
Drum And Bass
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Suckers - (4:54) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Skorponok - (4:24) 175 BPM
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Step Out The Box - (7:35)
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Smugglers - (4:22)
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Abandoned - (5:34) 175 BPM
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Company 7
CO-LAB 007
07 Nov 05
Drum And Bass
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Company 7 (Dan Miracle remix) - (5:32)
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Suburbia (Roughcut remix) - (5:59) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Don't Understand
COLABDG 012
19 Mar 08
Drum And Bass
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Don't Understand - (5:52) 178 BPM
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Go To Work (VIP mix) - (5:08) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: J Cut
Straight Out The Lab (LP Sampler)
COLABLP 001SAMDG
29 Apr 08
Drum And Bass
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Ambush - (5:38) 175 BPM
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Metal Flange - (6:18) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Imparla
COLAB0 17DG
13 Apr 09
Drum And Bass
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Imparla - (6:50) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ambush (VIP mix) - (5:33) 175 BPM
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Straight Out Tha Lab
COLABLP 001DG
04 Jul 08
Drum And Bass
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Don't Understand (Taxman remix) - (5:35) 175 BPM
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Things You Left - (5:44) 173 BPM
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Good Sound - (3:49)
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Roll That - (5:19) 182 BPM
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Captain Nemo - (5:38) 173 BPM
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New York City - (5:56)
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Ganja Fire (Majistrate remix) - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Good Sound (Benny Page remix) - (5:33) 180 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cant Take Away - (5:27) 173 BPM
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The Beat - (5:54) 178 BPM
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The Killing Curse - (6:08) 180 BPM
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Version Creation - (5:54) 180 BPM
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Lab Rollers Volume 4
COLABDIG 004
04 Nov 13
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Paper Business" - (4:26) 175 BPM
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Cabin Fever UK - "Pull The Plug" - (4:29) 175 BPM
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Saxxon & Jinx - "Playin Tough" (feat Gigante) - (5:52) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dub Motion - "Fever" - (4:37) 173 BPM
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Played by: Spaceriderz
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.
Deep In The Lab Volume 3
COLABDIGI 007
13 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Never Enough" (feat Hannah Collins) - (6:04) 175 BPM
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Ceph - "Solitude" - (5:20) 174 BPM
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Simula - "Truth Serum" - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Skore - "Roger" - (5:38) 172 BPM
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Metal Work - "Simple" - (4:24) 174 BPM
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Zere & Gabriel Habit - "Codeine" - (7:43) 174 BPM
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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.
Lab Rollers Volume 1
COLABDIG 001
18 Jul 11
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Go To Work" (P45 mix) - (5:19) 178 BPM
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Dialogue - "Vorgore" - (4:04) 175 BPM
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Roartex - "Calima" - (5:10) 174 BPM
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Heist - "Call It A Day" - (6:41) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lab Rollers Vol 1
COLABDIG 001
18 Jul 11
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Go To Work" (P45 mix) - (5:19) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dialogue - "Vorgore" - (4:04) 175 BPM
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Roartex - "Calima" - (5:10) 174 BPM
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Heist - "Call It A Day" - (6:41) 175 BPM
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Lab Rollers Volume 2 EP
COLABDIG 002
02 Apr 12
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Far Away" - (4:56) 174 BPM
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Harvest - "Intruder" - (4:34) 175 BPM
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Aesthetics - "Amazon" - (4:30) 175 BPM
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Dave Owen - "Loose Lips" - (6:42) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Metal Flange
COLAB 018DG
03 Aug 09
Drum And Bass
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Lomax - "Metal Flange" (Heist remix) - (5:57) 172 BPM
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Heist - "Shes Cold 2" - (6:00) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Different World EP
COLAB 031D
17 Aug 15
Drum And Bass
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TipToe - (4:50) 174 BPM
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Lovesick - (4:58) 170 BPM
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Psychosis - (4:53) 172 BPM
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Meltdown - (5:27) 59 BPM
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Grizla - (4:39) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Ulterior Motive
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.
Abstract Part 1 EP
COLAB 038D
10 Apr 17
Drum And Bass
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Southside - (5:16) 173 BPM
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Worn - (4:38) 173 BPM
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Hellion - (4:27) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lifeline - (4:36) 58 BPM
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Rapsody - (4:32) 172 BPM
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Candor - (5:13) 172 BPM
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Played by: DUBRA
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!
Abstract: Part 3
COLAB 042D
15 Jun 18
Drum And Bass
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Sunshine - (4:32) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Give Me A Sign - (4:06) 175 BPM
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J - (4:26) 174 BPM
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Technical Error - (5:57) 172 BPM
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Vampire - (4:30) 174 BPM
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As She Goes - (5:01) 171 BPM
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Abstract Part 2
COLAB 040D
26 Jan 18
Drum And Bass
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Stay - (4:35) 172 BPM
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Icy - (4:55) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Replacement - (5:29) 172 BPM
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Not There - (5:19) 172 BPM
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Assasin - (4:12) 172 BPM
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Four Seasons - (5:20) 173 BPM
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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.
Hubba Bubba
COLAB 022DG
25 Jun 12
Drum And Bass
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Hubba Bubba - (5:32) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pins n Needles - (5:34) 174 BPM
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Played by: S Man
December
COLAB 019DG
25 Jan 10
Drum And Bass
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Pleasure - "December" - (5:08) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Moonshine" - (5:11) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Control EP
COLAB 027D
25 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
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Control - (4:06) 177 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad News - (5:14) 177 BPM
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Push It (Saxxon remix) - (5:51) 175 BPM
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Flipnosis - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Played by: Rich Raw, S Man, Alert
Souped Up
COLAB 020DG
05 Apr 10
Drum And Bass
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Souped Up - (4:49) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Push It - (5:54) 175 BPM
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Played by: Spaceriderz
Lab Rollers Volume 3
COLABDIG 003
03 Sep 12
Drum And Bass
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Serum - "The Name Game" - (5:16) 175 BPM
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Harvest - "No Vision" - (4:39) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Plasta - "Visibility" - (4:33) 172 BPM
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Flaco - "Got To Have" - (5:18) 175 BPM
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Souped Up
COLAB 023DG
13 Jun 11
Drum And Bass
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Serum - "Souped Up" (Heist remix) - (5:13) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heist - "Rum Goblin" - (5:10) 175 BPM
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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.
The Reluctant EP
COLAB 036D
07 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Death Wish - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Machine Routine - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Reluctant - (4:30) 175 BPM
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You Know - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Word Of Warning - (4:18) 178 BPM
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Clear Em Out - (3:40) 175 BPM
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Review: Austrian D&B heads know the score. Quite literally when it comes to Vienna jump up merchant Skore. Returning to Heist's Co-Lab laboratory for his first full label EP, we get straight to business as he lays down basslines so filth they could make an adult entertainer blush. Highlights can be found in every track but you'd be mad not to immerse yourself in the mechanical chaos of "Machine Routine", you'd be a fool not to play air machine gun to the AK47 funk of "Word Of Warning" and you're a braver man than us if you don't feel total awe and fear from the sheet metal bass on "Clear Em Out". Power time.
Sucka Beats
COLABDG 011
26 Nov 07
Drum And Bass
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Sucka Beats - (5:10) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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All I Want - (5:51) 173 BPM
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Alter Egos (Part 2)
COLABDG 010
06 Aug 07
Drum And Bass
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Got To Work - (6:09) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lazy Bug - (4:58) 175 BPM
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Sucka Beatz/All I Want
COLAB 011
01 May 07
Drum And Bass
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Strider - "Sucka Beatz" - (5:11) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heist - "All I Want" - (5:59) 173 BPM
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Lobster Pot/Twister
COLAB 032D
12 Oct 15
Drum And Bass
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Lobster Pot - (4:50) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Twister - (6:07) 175 BPM
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Review: Two heavily swung slap-jams from T>I and Upgrade on Heist?s Co-Lab: ?Lobster Pot? is gritty swinger that nods deftly at jump up without delving too deep into the garish shock and awe side of the sub-genre. ?Twister? takes the fusion to a new level as an Urban Takeover style bassline wraps itself around the sharp two-steps and rusty amens snigger and smirk from the back of the class with witty junglist sharpness. Partnerships like this are what Co-Lab was invented for.
Roll The Tops
COLAB 035D
14 Mar 16
Drum And Bass
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Fractions - (5:57) 175 BPM
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Velvet - (6:00) 174 BPM
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Minimal Genercide - (5:51) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Funk You! - (5:51) 175 BPM
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Hi-Z - (5:55) 175 BPM
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Low Ace - (5:56) 175 BPM
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Review: If anyone knows how to slap down a classic bass groove, it's T>I. The man behind some of the south coast's naughtiest raves throughout the last 20 years, there's very little he doesn't know about dark rolling dynamics. Proof can be found on each of these six tracks with highlights including the lean stark funk of "Fractions", the Ram Trilogy-style tones of "Velvet", the awesome cymbal smashing and splashing on "Funk You!" and the eerie textures of "Low Ace". Straight to the tops.
The Next Step EP
COLAB 041D
27 Apr 18
Drum And Bass
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Switches - (5:54) 175 BPM
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Toe Punt - (5:55) 174 BPM
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Mechanical Grip - (5:52) 175 BPM
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Spud Gun - (5:53) 175 BPM
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Vlad The Inflator - (5:56) 175 BPM
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Next Step - (5:52) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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10 Years Of Co-Lab
COLABLP 001
08 Dec 14
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Ambush 2014" - (5:40) 175 BPM
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Serum - "Snapback" - (5:48) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Flannel Chat" - (4:56) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Majistrate - "Sour Power" - (4:05) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Its Got Teeth" - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Pleasure - "Rarse" - (3:41) 175 BPM
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Harvest - "Branded" - (4:38) 175 BPM
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Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket - "The Comeback Of Adam West" - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Flaco - "Got To Have" (Heist remix) - (5:12) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Skorponok" (Yatz remix) - (4:29) 178 BPM
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Harvest - "Lockdown" - (4:38) 175 BPM
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Heist - "Suckers" (Ceph remix) - (4:31) 175 BPM
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Flaco - "Furnace" - (4:42) 174 BPM
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Heist - "Bounty Hunters" (Voltage remix) - (5:10) 175 BPM
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Ceph - "Isolated" - (4:24) 175 BPM
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OZ - "Brain Knot" - (5:34) 172 BPM
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Played by: Ulterior Motive
Review: This intense collective of artists and record labels representing all angles of drum & bass is celebrating a massive decade at the forefront of the genre. Ten years is a long time when it comes to music, but over the label's lifespan it has released music from some of the greatest and most criminally overlooked producers around. From dark, underground anthems to hyped-up, high-powers roof-raisers, this exceptional LP contains some of the finest tunes ever to be committed to release by Co-lab. Fromt he likes of Heist, Serum and Majistrate to the mighty precision and restraint of Russia's own Ceph, this is a landmark release you need for your collection. Just don't let it gather dust - air it regularly, as loud as your neighbours can bear.
Deep In The Lab Vol 2
COLABD 006
22 Jun 15
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Common Ground" (feat Regina) - (6:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Glen E Ston & Flaco - "Prima Donna" - (5:58) 174 BPM
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Ceph - "Depressive Kidz" - (5:00) 176 BPM
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Sycamore - "Broccoli" - (6:23) 170 BPM
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Oz - "Bleed" - (4:36) 172 BPM
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Vigorous & Staytment - "Love Don't Love Me" - (7:01) 170 BPM
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Played by: Zen Dub
Review: An immensely enjoyable compilation to stick those hungry chops around, Co-Lab's success has been off the charts over the past decade and this saucy little collection goes some way into explaining why. Kicking off with something smooth and intense from Heist, don't be fooled, this isn't an LP where one sound rules all. Expect fresh liquid rollers, harder, techier beasts, old school, jazz, soul and funk, all cable tied into this one neat package just for you. Isn't that thoughtful?
Deep In The Lab Volume 1
COLABD 005
26 May 14
Drum And Bass
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Heist - "Save It For A Rainy Day" - (5:51)
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Lowriderz & Ceph - "Secret Place" - (4:33) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Oz - "Comedown" - (5:26) 172 BPM
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Silent Type - "Predictable" - (4:26)
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JS9 - "Make Your Move" - (5:26) 170 BPM
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Vigorous - "Missing Pieces" - (5:16) 170 BPM
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Played by: Lowriderz
Review: What we have here are six slices of crisp, clear-cut drum and bass fit for the finest dungeons and dancefloors in Europe. Essex-based Heist kicks things off with the widescreen magic and soaring beauty of "Save It For A Rainy Day", a tune that leads into a false sense of security as Lowriderz & Ceph unpick the good vibes and transform the skies to black with "Secret Place". "Comedown" is Oz's mashup of Laza Morgan's "One By One", a thing of melancholy beauty, adding depth and sadness to a straight-up dancehall pop tune. Silent Type shares "Predicable", with intricate breaks that are anything but, JS9 plays with euphoric, minimal and ambient sounds in "Make Your Move" and finally "Missing Pieces by Vigorous plays back into the dance with a big beat and sexy jazz melodies. A stunning output from a truly exciting line-up.
Beer Money EP
COLAB 037D
12 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Beer Money - (4:30) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Worries - (4:28) 175 BPM
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Churn - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Clueless - (4:53) 172 BPM
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Hard Steps - (4:23) 175 BPM
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Hidden - (4:33) 172 BPM
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Review: Get a round in: Version's out to play and he's looking for some drinking buddies. "Beer Money" takes the lead with a lumber-shifting chuggy bass riff that burps right in your face. "No Worries" purrs with a warm soul like a few glasses of good red, the rising staccato riff on "Churn" is sprightly like a gin and tonic on a summer's day while the insanity inducing shredder "Clueless" is three jaegerbombs on the head. "Hard Steps" is the dry scotch, taking no prisoners with its savage bass croaks and gurgles while "Hidden" licks with a loose, low-swung swagger - just a like a good spiced rum. Bottom ends up!
Different Perspectives EP
COLAB 034D
30 Nov 15
Drum And Bass
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Different Perspectives - (5:42) 170 BPM
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Vigorous & JS9 - "Phases" - (4:32) 172 BPM
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Trench - (4:32) 170 BPM
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Vigorous & JS9 - "Breast" - (4:28) 174 BPM
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Grumble - (4:31) 172 BPM
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Hustle & Bustle - (4:33) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Zen Dub
Review: Vigorous by name, vigorous by nature: no stone is left unturned during the course of this ruthlessly detailed Co-Lab debut. From the glitchy, Dispatch-style wriggles and twists of "Different Perspectives" and "Trench" to the classic stripped back mid 90s feel of "Phases" by way of neuro-edged star-gazing on "Breast" and "Grumble", Vigorous has explored a much darker sound to some of his previous outings. Signing out with the unfettered mischief of "Hustle & Bustle", it's a fitting gesture from an overwhelmingly rude EP. Important.
When The Smoke Clears
COLAB 030D
16 Feb 15
Drum And Bass
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Intro - (3:00) 170 BPM
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Jazz Tickles (feat Nicky Blackmarket) - (5:01) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghost - (4:20) 178 BPM
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Brixton - (4:41) 175 BPM
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Step On Necks - (4:32) 175 BPM
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How It Should Be Done - (4:56) 175 BPM
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Divine Force - (4:27) 175 BPM
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Unexplainable - (5:23) 175 BPM
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In My Soul (feat Regina) - (4:00) 57 BPM
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Outro - (1:40) 172 BPM
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Review: Forgoing drum and bass momentarily to give an electro-trance-fuelled introduction that could rattle Alan Braxe's cage, the rest of this Voltage LP gets straight down to sample-riddled business. Hard, fast and showing now mercy, there's a lot of power in this list of punchy set builders. Samples come from places you wouldn't expect either: "Step On Necks" sounds badass enough to have sections lifted from an original mafia movie when in fact it has dialogue from Robin Hood (not the Men In Tights version). Voltage might be grounded in jump-up drum and bass, but there are definite flashes of Break, Calibre and Optive & BTK too, creating a much bigger, much more interesting picture. Expect good things.
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