Review: Almost two decades deep into their legacy, DJ Trace's DSCi4 imprint continues to push science right on the razor's edge. The Spy Technologies compilations have always been something of a flagship release for the label and this pandemic special is no exception. Across 14 tracks we're treated to a future shock of dynamic proportions courtesy of a great range of talents from established to brand new and anonymous. Highlights include the springy, tense 'Microbs' from HLZ, the pneumatic drums and high impact wallops of Soul Intent's 'Foundation', Dynamix's relentless, industrial strength 'Murderation' and the epic finale track from the man DJ Trace himself and Emery - 'Curfew'. Lights out.
Review: Feeling the shivers? You will be... Berlin's "Hypothermia" lands on Trace's DSCI4 and it's a pretty feverish affair. Following his appearances on Delta9, this six-track trove is one of his most comprehensive releases to date. Opening with the classic stripped back fast-lane fury of "Rush" and closing with the bulldozer steppage and swinging, deep brass bassline of "Basement 030", it's a lesson in uncompromising, techno-influenced timeless techstep. Other highlights include the dark soul and vocal snippets on "Sailing Into Darkness" and the sleazy, greasy machine funk of "Cyber Girl". Xenon and on and on... This one's on repeat.
Review: Nasty, low down, tech steppin' drum and bass courtesy of DJ Trace's seminal London imprint DSCI4. Toronto's Gremlinz teams up with fellow homeboy Adrian Go on the dark sci-fi nightmare that is "Rice Bowl" which truly plunders the depths of hell; this one's intense and calls to mind the classic sound of Ed Rush & Optical and Trace himself. The UK's Quartz steps up to the plate also with "Tachyon" featuring Nanobyte. A satanic exploration in breakbeat science reminiscent of late 90s experiments by Boymerang.
Review: NeurofunkGrid favourite Ophlot has wasted no time in getting both feet firmly in the drum and bass scene door. After only a couple of releases and a two-hour-long recorded mix that caused something of a stir back in 2012, there hasn't been much movement. Until now. This huge EP sets the scene for an Ophlot-saturated future, where the sky burns black and the earth beneath screams and churns to the tune of the apocalypse. Too dramatic? Just wait til you've heard the chilling electronic roar of "Chain Reaction" and see just how devastating it really is.
Review: America isn't known for its teeth-bearing neuro and sheet-metal flavoured D&B... Glitch on is a mission to change this, and has been for well over a decade now. This DSCI4 release is yet another battle victory with four epic, floor-blazing chapters. Highlights include the elastic bass and hype-raising risers on the title track, the foggy, naval-gazing guitars and oceanic cymbal splashes on "Indiscretion", the hurricane psy pads on "Morning OGK" and the Black Sun Empire grit rolls of "Stare At The Sun". Fractiously funky, Glitch's mission continues unabated.
Review: Following DSCI4's release of the Spy Technologies compilation (and subsequent 7" release) Berlin-based drum and bass duo Survey debut on DJ Trace's long running label. Hardy Schulz & Stephan Albrecht deliver a solid four-track EP of their own productions and "Move In Time" is stripped-back and skeletally tough, while "Warp Resistant" sees pounding drums break and cut through swells of darkly bass. "As You Want" lifts in velocity and by extension power, and this track is all about the percussion, leaving a gnarly "Both Sides" to complete an EP that takes no prisoners.
Review: The "Final Chapter LP" brings together a collection of tracks from the likes of Stranjah, Overlook, Relapse, Parallel & Coincide, Heavy Stereo and My Foul. With upcoming D&B talent in abundance across the album, this is well worth listening to if you like unearthing new music and discovering new names. From the rolling percussion of "Prominence" through such moments as Fade's experimental "Ruff Tactics" and Champa B's old skool "Darkness Through Light", there is plenty for everyone here. Also watch out for Double O's "Concrete Jungle" and Verb & Devastate's "The Killzone". Awesome.