Review: Blackley is the DJ and producer who originally became known for his trademark mixing style across 6 CDJs, a fast and furious style that saw him chop and change between subgenres, tempos and producers. That diversity has come to life on this Cre8 Dnb Music remix ep, featuring Sub Zero. Harley D, Tyke and Jaydan, four producers who certainly know how to make a jump up record. The story here is one of flexible force, from the old-school studded stabs of Sub Zero's take on 'Actions', to Tyke's garbled funk on 'I Like IT', all the tracks have flair, they move well and hit hard. Lovely.
Review: Got a lighter? Good. Not got a lighter? Time to take up smoking. Your doctor will hate you for it, your loved ones will tell you about your smelly breath, you might die younger but boy will Blackley and renowned MC duo Starz & Deeza will love you forever. And being as they've given us one of the most euphoric, feel-good intros Cre8 have released so far, taking up smoking is the least we can do. Positive vibes through-and-through, you'll be thrusting your lighter around the place for months on end to this. Massive.
Review: Uh-oh Certified is pulling a moony and it's not a pretty sight. Sweaty bodies everywhere because there's no way you can't move to it. Out of tune singing everywhere because there's no way you're going to hear basslines like this and not want to singalong. In short, a pure riot because the energy is too good. "The Moon" subverts a cheeky horn sample out of nowhere, "Naked Drums" hits with riff infection but bubbles with cheeky rave synths, the sci fi ping pong bassline on "Biscuit" is just plain scrumptious while "Hearts Of Hearts" (with Silent Storm) closes the deal on the most twisted note of the EP; all spiralling harmonics and a strange Q&A, you might just say it's certifiably gully.
Review: Ever feel like life is a simulation? Like this is all a fabrication for some great dark puppet master and we don't actually exist in this world? Danger does, and he's making a break from the matrix to see what's out there in the real world. "Sleep Paralysis" breaks our cranial plug from the machine its spiked out riff while "This One" revitalises our weak machine-sustained bodies with its low rumbling rolling bass turbulence and "Simulation" confronts us with the raw horror of the actual reality we've been trapped in thanks to a high voltage lighting bass hook. Klay joins the fray for the penultimate blast of wokeness as "In Put" stabs and slams with a vicious staccato before a VIP of Danger's past glory "Touch Of Generations" sends us back to our portal, safe and snug in our cosy simulations. Home sweet simulated home.
Review: One track head shots: CRE8 cut straight to the chase with this inaugural "Singles" series launch. From the big bosser Blackley himself, "Eradicate" is a roaring riff heavy tear up that sits somewhere between Macky Gee and Mefjus thanks to its tight balance of infectiousness yet out-right technical muscle. With a deliciously trippy breakdown thrown in to boot; who needs more tunes on a release when you've got tracks as firing as this?
Review: One of Vienna's many talented D&B troopers, Dorian makes his Cre8 debut with two understated rollers that wouldn't have gone amiss back in the era... Ten gallon subs, rolling drums and a groove so heavy it could make Randall blush, "Bluds" is all about the jungle swing while "Call It What You Want" takes more of a melodic bassline approach with a hook that's reminiscent of Moving Fusion's late 90s work. Authentic.
Review: Blackley's CRE8DNB community continues to develop at pace with their second sensory-assaulting collective EP. Dub Berzerka opens with hammer horror strings before Ironlung updates his battle bash parade with grizzly one-note bass hits on "Killer". CRE8 founder Blackley joins the fray with a swinging, mischievous funk-up "Roll It Out" and Damage Report get straight up silly with the rising detuned bass spirals of "Make U Famous". Jaxx and Sidejobz bring up the rear; the former getting creative with spoken word samples and an AK47 bassline, the latter gets all kung-fu with black belt bassline skills. Brutal.
Review: They might be averaging 2.5 releases per year but man are Blackley's Cre8 killing it. Every single release has been rammer-jammer with talent, ideas, fusions and energy. The "We Cre8" series epitomises this spirit and attitude the best as we're bombarded with heaviness from the off... "Medusa" teases with a starlit arpeggio on the intro before snapping your neck with a waspy bass drop, "War Mongers" is a much fuzzier, no-nonsense skin-scorcher, "Touch Of Generations" fires more lasers than an unruly robot while Jaxx provides balance with the springier funk of "Leaf Of Life". Rounding off with stern spacious bass tones of "Hemp Seed" and the timeless roller "Showdown", this is the best "We Cre8" edition yet.
Review: Kentish warlord Ironlung continues his aggravated assault on the D&B scene with two superlative happy slappers: "Stop Talking" is a tonked up bassline batterer that tips its cap at the work of Majistrate and Turno with its uncompromised attitude. "Cold Blooded" strips things back a little with less emphasis on the samples and full focus on a bassline so dramatic it makes the Cray Twins look like Teletubbies.
Review: Heavy breathing intensifies: Ironlung returns to Cre8 with four outrageously stinking peaktime slammers. "Life's A Break" takes a well known rap vocal and wraps it around an abrasive bassline tear-up, "Mutton Dressed As Lamb" pays homage to the matriarch in your family with pure laser venom while "Supper Time" feeds us with high carb, full-fat twisted harmonics. Finally "Jack Sparrow" celebrates the seafaring cult of pirates with a very infectious bassline that's got "sing along" written all over it. Easily Ironlung's biggest release to date. Stay oxygenated!
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music are one of the most prolific jump-up labels around. We regularly feature their releases and they almost always smash it out of the park, this time being no different. Ironlung's 'Time Bandit' is a fiery single that epitomizes the type of jump-up that, in more ways than one, has defined D&B in 2018 - no-nonsense, uncompromising and proudly nonchalant about what you think. It's just pure attitude, dancefloor based music at its best and music that simply does what it wants, there's no pretentiousness or image-orientated concerns - it's just D&B. Big, big tune.
Review: Rewind to December 2015: Blackley's Cre8 lay down the gritty gospel with the second volume of the label's "We Cre8" series. Fast forward to now: two serious remixers have been brought on side to update demonstratively. Firstly Jaydan adds a rasping, alien sheen to the spiky unpredictable riff while Klay throws toxic waste on the riff of "Rampage" to give it a melting, pained aesthetic that will bend all minds within a 20 mile radius. Cre8tive.
Review: Murderation station: Jack The Ripper steps over to the perennially on-it Cre8 with four solid slap-downs. "Feel The Beat" stretches and flexes with a nice amount of elasticity in the groove and some crafty use of a heritage rave sample while "Minimal Dance" provides a stark playground for some of the most disarming bass textures JTR has ever conjured. Deeper into the EP we hurtle for the grunting funk of "Glory" and the creepy twisted chimes and toxic bass of "What's Up". Deadly.
Review: Ripping up the rules at every opportunity, JTR returns to the ever-ready Cre8 stable and he's rolling deep with his own crew of emerging names. First up comes Manchester's Solix who co-pilots a stinking rampage jam where the bass croaks and the beat pokes. Deeper into the EP we find the prolific young producer tagging in with US, Germany and NZ collective BlackMask for theatrical string-scorcher "The Monster" and Woodz helps bring a little Charge power to the party with the laser-blazing "Get Your Own Groove". Finally, we see Southend happy slapper Alphaze getting mucky with the alien stabs on "Tribe" while "Warfare" brings us to a white knuckle finale with previous collaborator L>SP. Five d8s with Cr8 m8s, this ain't no b8.
Review: Jaxx has been kicking us up the jacksy (Jaxxy?) with his ruffled Bristol-inspired bass for a hot minute now. Every track getting straight to the point with firm focus on the left-sided groove and genuinely memorable basslines, he's not released a duff track to date. This is no exception: "Remember" shakes and slaps with a depth plunge elastic bassline and mild skanks in all the right places while "The Thicket" is an absolute barnstormer with a venomous bassline that will leave you wanting a shower moments after you've dropped it. Barmy.
Review: Cre8 DnB Music are regular appearances here for two main reasons. Firstly, they release a hell of a lot of music. Secondly, it almost always hits hard and in good order. So, with that in mind, let's take a look at the CRE8LP Part 2, the second instalment in a Cre8 album, courtesy of JTR. 'Super Jam' is without a doubt the highlight of the EP, with an infectiously funky arrangement that's grounded in a glitchy sense of progression and movement. It goes hard, but in a way that's not off-putting or over the top. That's the general impression of this EP: jump-up, but not trashy jump-up. Just the way we like it.
Review: Cre8 DnB Music are regular appearances here for two main reasons. Firstly, they release a hell of a lot of music. Secondly, it almost always hits hard and in good order. So, with that in mind, CRE8LP Part 3, the third instalment in a Cre8 album courtesy of JTR, is here and it's been a bit of a wait since we wrote about Part 2, but it's been well worth it. Track one is without a doubt the highlight of the EP, with an infectiously funky arrangement that's grounded in a glitchy sense of progression and movement. It goes hard, but in a way that's not off-putting or over the top. That's the general impression of this EP: jump-up, but not trashy jump-up. Just the way we like it and another wicked release from the Cre8 crew.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music are barrelling into 2019 with this single from JTR and, listening to it, you can tell why they've decided to put this tune at the forefront of their New Year release schedule. Those stereotypical jump-up drums remind you what territory you're in before the tune even gets going but jump-up's tendency to sometimes err on the unappealing isn't present here at all. The drop propels you into a spacious arrangement characterised by a funky, uplifting and yet gnarly array of bass synths which are dying to be mixed out on a system. Sick track.
Review: JTR comes returns to Cre8 with another ripper. A hefty one track scud as part of the label's ever-developing singles series, "Wicked" lives up to its name with a woozy, raffish distorted swampy feel that rolls up and down the spectrum while the drums roll relentlessly. Perfect for those surprise switches and double drop scenarios. Wicked and bad.
Review: Cre8 DnB Music are back on the fast-moving train that is jump-up and once more, they've proven adept at bringing to the fore some forward-thinking sounds in that regard. Klay isn't a name we know but 'Human Music' - the title track to this release - is certainly a promising sign. Glitchy and with a satisfying sense of lagged out travel, this tune certainly bites hard but it does so in a fresh, unique manner. 'Ghaungar' is step-up in sophistication and nastiness, a snappy, stepping drum line pushing up into its metallic bottom line, this one is a proper creeper. 'Aka Manah' finishes things up in screeching fashion - top stuff.
Review: L3mmy Dubz is an artist who you've probably been seeing more and more of recently, as his own distinct brand of jump-up is starting to garner attention and turn heads. Aeon is the latest instalment of that journey, a four-tracker that hits hard and doesn't any prisoners - not even useful ones. This is exemplified best by the title track, which just goes, any time you think it's going to break down it just comes back bigger and better. 'Happy Pills' will certainly make you want to take some, a grating mash of pure energy that's matched in the subtlety of 'Hunted', which takes things down in terms of loudness but up in terms of sophistication and production value. Finishing off with 'Neurostar' and boy, what a finish, as glitching, techy stabs rattle all over the place and shove you along with them. Sick EP.
Review: L3mmy Dubz has developed a bit of a reputation over the past couple of years for his outlandish approach to making jump-up that sounds, well, bloody insane. He never holds back but this release on Cre8 DnB Music is actually somewhat more restrained, with L3mmy experimenting with a few different styles and textures. 'Komorebi' is interesting, with hypnotic stabs making up the main arrangement in a stripped back roller. Check these out to hear something slightly different.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music do one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and, not for the first time, they've roped in Magenta to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Black Dragon' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Cre8, with the punching stabs of 'Get Out' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Totem'. Big stuff.
Review: Magenta lands on Cre8 DnB Music with Break, a four-tracker with no other intention aside from punching you in the face, nicking your wallet and laughing at you as it steps over your body. That's clear from the off - the title track smacking of Souped Up rollers as it powers past in a flurry of pitched up synth notes. 'DJ' starts off deliciously funky, a gorgeous piano that riff tricks you into thinking it'll be a smooth ride, a deception which becomes clear on the riotous, squelching drop. 'Addiction' steps up the game in terms of drums, it's heavy hitting snare perfectly accompanying a track that very quickly, gets ridiculously fat. 'New Day' isn't exactly similar to LSB's tune of the same name, it's significantly more pissed off and certainly drunker, something evident in its screeching, siren-esque synth lines and diving sub bass. Tune!
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music do one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and, not for the first time, they've roped in Magenta to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Dust' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Cre8, with the punching stabs of 'Cult' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Tatar Riddem'. An honourable shoutout also has to be made for the title track, which sees Magenta take things in a halftime direction - big stuff.
Review: Manchester is fizzing with new-gen bassmiths right about now, and Niterider is leading from the front. Joining him on his first Cre8 EP is fellow Manny mandem Bou who kicks off with the wild reggae fusion on "Tumble Weed", elsewhere we see the 'Rider get mean with a waspy Q&A on "Fame" then pure savage with the rattling techy jumpy hybrid "The Niterider". Finally we head south to Kettering for a grimey alien shockout with Meladee. Watch the ride.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music are barrelling through 2019 with this single from Phadix and, listening to it, you can tell why they've decided to put this tune at the forefront of their release schedule. Those stereotypical jump-up drums remind you what territory you're in before the tune even gets going but jump-up's tendency to sometimes err on the unappealing isn't present here at all. The drop propels you into a spacious arrangement characterised by a funky, uplifting and yet gnarly array of bass synths which are dying to be mixed out on a system. The flipside is just as good - sick stuff.
Review: Fresh from the Cre8 DnB Radio Show comes the crew's backbone - Rowney, DJ Blackley, Certified Sickness, Fineprint and Jaxx all make an appearance to bring the cult radio station to a club near you. Filled with the upfront sounds you'd expect with the creative twists you might not, each producer adds a touch of the unexpected, making this a release you don't want to miss. Highlights include the hyped jump-up of "Not This Time" to the strange, kung-fu film inspired mania of "Get To The Point". There's "Reactor Faliure"'s techy build-up to Fineprint's brutal "Chop Off your Arm" and finally the downright filthy final track "Twisted Tones". After this you'll be a Cre8 convert.
Review: Released the same week he appears on Diamond Audio's Fresh Batch album, "Euphoria" is yet another massive reason to keep Manchester monster Solix on your radar. Four tracks of wild, full strength and forward thinking D&B, we kick off with the XXXXXL sized riff theatrics of "Ain't Telling Me" before being plunged into the groan zone on "Euphoria", hurled into halftime slipperiness on "Do You Like Music" and pulped by the moolah mashing "Money". A collaboration with Basstripper, it's nothing but eastern horns, sandpaper basses and a tight pacey twostep. Get euphoric.
Review: Cre8 Dnb Music are one of the most prolific jump-up labels around. We regularly feature their releases and they almost always smash it out of the park, this time being no different. Tesen's Planet Earth is a fiery EP that epitomizes the type of jump-up, but also slightly different flavours as well, that, in more ways than one, has defined D&B over the past couple of years - no-nonsense, uncompromising and proudly nonchalant about what you think. It's just pure attitude, dancefloor- based music at its best and music that simply does what it wants, there's no pretentiousness or image-orientated concerns - it's just D&B. Big, big tunes.
Review: Easily one of the strongest new UK jump-up labels to have emerged in the last two years, Blackley's Cre8 continues to rep the spectrum with another blistering V/A collection. Highlights include the trippy dual-tone bass riff on Rowney & Propz's "Look Further", the pure gutter-tones of Blackley's "Question", the "Night Flight" style beats and tubular sub on Dorian's "Warface" and the early Die-style bass burps on Fineprint's "Drop Danger". Creativity never sounded so strong.
Review: Who 8 all the pies? Judging by the naked obesity of the cuts on the latest instalment of Cre8's latest V/A EP, these guys did. Highlights from this unashamed gully feast include the harmonic chimes and razz bassline of bossman Blackley & Meladee's "WDYP", the squelching Krustian bassline weirdness of Dutta & Jammin's "Say My Name" and Sublimit's darkstepping ricochet bass rips on "Snake Pit". With plenty more to chow down on, this Cre8ive banquet is gonna feed you for months on end. See you l8a m8.
Review: Cre8ers gonna Cre8: Blackley rallies up the new-gen troops for another batten hatching riot of riff blazing jump up stampers from allies old and new. Label regulars Ironlung and Danger kick off with "Unknown Object", a high frequency squeezer that wheezes with potent levels of toxicity. What follows is a slew of flabby bassline KO sessions. Highlights include Jack The Ripper's darkside stampage on with "Serious" (a track that certainly lives up to its name) Magenta's funky squelches on "Run It", Zeba's sprightly staccato funk on "Party People" and Yoteii's tightly coiled spring viber "Acid Roller". But the true gem of the set has to be "Freedom" by Fanatics. Horny, funky and loaded with wry humour, file under 'switch flipper'. Yes m8s.
Review: Cre8 DnB Music is another one of very prolific, very consistent jump up labels who are riding high the wave of fervour spreading through that side of the scene at the moment. For this week's instalment of their mission to madness, they've got Yoteii on board for this riotous four-tracker. 'Temple Run' leads you in with hypnotic, ancient instrumentation, before laying them out over a subby, rolling drum break, complete with some naughty stabs. 'Ducking Hell' takes things up a notch in terms of craziness, its squelching, grating bass notes hit all the spots and we're very, very into it. Top EP.