Review: Exile and Benny V crash into each other for some rather funky cosmic car crimes. Four cuts in total, 'Planetary Drive By' sets the tense tone with its atmospheric pads and stalking depth charge bass while 'Funky' lives up to its name its catchy bass riff and vocal call-to-arms. Looking for something with more of a grunt? Look no further than the groaning, grizzly 'Enceladus' before the hype-fuelled 'Rock The Party' concludes business for the day with an almighty wallop.
Review: Dance Concept bossman Benny V returns to the controls with Born On Road / Jungle Cakes affiliate Gella with an absolute bundle of dancefloor dynamite sticks. All classic/foundation sounding in their own cheeky ways (but packing full contemporary punches) each one is great for just hurling into the crowd like grenades. 'Rebirth' is the calm-before-the-storm creeper, 'The Wonderful' is the mischievous Tyke-ish roughouser, 'Damn Hot' is reminiscent of the early 2000s Bristol sound but with modern day bounce while 'Outer Limits' slaps with some fantastic drums and heads down cosmic vibes. Wonderful by name... Wonderful by nature.
Review: Time for the vibes! Dance Concept's Benny V returns with new talent Subcriminal with a collection of upbeat, addictive cuts for your selections. Clearly influenced by Souped Up mate Serum, here we find Benny and Subcriminal chiselling their riff craft on both 'Kraken & Koke' and 'Neptune's Chest' as both cuts spring with euphoric tones and hypnotic hooks. 'Inexsis' takes things to a deeper level with some minor key harmonics and an emotionally charged bridge before the second drop while 'The Ending' brings home the synthpop bacon with more goosebumps than a gooseberry picker's gnarled claws. Epic.
Review: Love the smell of radioactivity first thing in the morning but can never find the right soundtrack? Well look no further as Exile has conjured up the perfect sonic solution for your sunny side experience. Tense, dramatic but warm as deep fried mushroom clouds. It's backed by plenty more heat: 'Get Down' hits with a dreamy, surging, molten flavour with plenty of grunty bass and swaggering drums, 'Danger Time' tickles with a Trex-style sense of theatre while 'Today You All Live' packs the last punch with a mischievous riffy finale. Sunrise, sunset.
Review: Dance Concept boss Benny V teams up again with DJ Uniques, he of Hustlin Beats and Venomous Musik fame, for another serving of killer drum and bass on "Who's Ready". This one is a proper jump-up throwdown featuring the one and only MC Fearless (six time best crowd hype MC winner) on the mic, while you have a proper roller - old school style - on the tough one "Renegade Style" and things get pretty wonky on the darkside stepper "Flash Your Lighter". Some proper breakbeat science to be enjoyed on this offering.
Review: While this current non-raving era will never go down as anyone's favourite, it's safe to say the music has most definitely been on absolute firing form as artists have gone back to basics and delivered raw goods, ready for whenever the dance reopens. Raw good like 'Next Era' from two old sparring partners Benny V and DJ Uniques. Four tracks, four vibes; 'Next Era' is the big bubbler of the bunch, 'Tribal' is strictly for the deep heads while 'I Lied' has a little touch of the mid 90s to it, thanks to its stripped back charm. Last but not least we have the dark funk energy of 'Fallen Error'. Era me now!
Review: Can you smell-a the Gella? You should be able to as he's cooked up some right stinkers here. Following foul funk-ups on the likes of Born On Road, Jungle Cakes and his own Super Sharp Recordings, here he makes his debut on Benny Vee's Dance Concept with four more dirty delights... '1 2 3' is a curmudgeonly roller that growls but never barks, 'We Have Contact' is a scalp-singeing trip back to the late 90s, all jumpy and bumpy with about 20 different basses vying for your attention and 'Feel So Real' takes a touch of jazz, half a bottle of robotic funk lubricant and a vast abyss of cosmic flavour. Comes complete with a mischievous rubber ball bass twist on Benny and K Warren's 'How Ya Feelin''. Absolute stinkage.
Review: Erbman has been doing absolute bits for quite a while now, be that with Crissy Criss and others as well as on solo work, and this forthcoming four-tracker for Dance Concept is a reminder that his ability to craft moody beats is right out of the top draw. The title track, Siren Head', exemplifies this best and moody doesn't begin to cover the grasping force of this track, a lows-heavy and ego-light rendition of pure dancefloor energy, with siren-like synths providing the backdrop for a remorseless escape into clubland. Tickets ready please and leave your baggage on the door. The other cuts move the release over into jump-up territory, and it's the punching stabs of 'Hustlin' which will leave you most out of breath. Wicked stuff.
Review: Dance Concept have developed a reputation for releasing music that broadens the boundaries of drum & bass, and this single from Deploy is no different, featuring an interesting combination of vocal sounds and tougher, dancefloor tones that we haven't heard from many producers. It's a tough nut to crack without straying into cheese territory and Deploy has done a great job in ensuring this isn't the case. The vocals are smooth and soulful, but when the bassline comes in the illusion is shattered and you're brought right back to the club, a shudderingly cool combination of sounds that's jarringly effective. Both tracks pay homage to this method, but if you're not partial to a good vocal then there's an instrumental version of 'Live Your Truth' included as well. Big up.
Review: This single from Benny V and K-Warren is a potent demonstration of drum & bass finesse across two tracks, both of which are rolling and both of which combine solid foundations in the percussion with wobbling movement in the low frequencies. 'Touch It' is the lighter of the pair, with a fluttering main piano lead that floats above the arrangement with serious grace, whilst 'Supernova' is bigger, broader and more rambunctious in its attempt to mess you up. Awesome.
Review: With a fun attitude and the history of UK reggae and soundsystem culture behind them, Souped Up's Benny V and DJ Uniques have teamed up with Raggo Zulu Rebel to create this single, which includes a remix from Aphrodite on the flip. The A-side is upbeat and funky but it doesn't let that prevent it from doing some dancefloor damage, with a pumping bassline that fits well with Rebel's vocals over the top. Aphrodite sadly doesn't make many tunes now so every new one is a cause to celebrate, and the rippling nature of this banger makesthat especially so. Awesome.
Review: These four tracks are from Erbman, one of the scene's best talents and it's a collection of tracks which prioritise genuine vibes and naughty head nodding over pretentious introspection or chin-stroking punditry. Aces High is an exemplification of that worldview, with four system-shaking cuts of jungle-influenced hedonism that range from the funky to the downright dirty. 'CTRL'' falls into the latter of these two categories and it packs a tapestry of different low-frequency slivers and punchy bass notes, all underpinning a raucous set of rolling stutters and vibrato breaks. Wicked stuff.
Review: Are we human, or are we dancers? That's not quite the concept of dance but it comes close to touching on the close relationship between humanity and the poetry of movement, a concept the label Dance Concept seem keen on. Deploy comes in hot with his Isolation EP on the label, a dancefloor orientated number that spans the synthy end club-based pressure to the grittier, techier end. 'Reload' is our favourite, a steppy, breaksy tune that starts tough and gets tougher, spinning out into the depths of low-frequency force and keeping cool the whole way. There's gritty, tough music here and we're definitely into it.
Review: Echo B recently dropped an EP on Flight Pattern that displays his ability to craft soulful, melancholic tones. This release, however, is a heavy and dark construction which aims to punish on the dancefloor, not sooth the soul. Clearly, Echo B is capable of both and our guess is that this dual ability actually makes both sides to his productions even better, even more diverse. 'The Things She Says' is an absolute weapon, with a gorgeous vocal sample that cuts away into a Skeptical-esque stepper with a futuristic, minimal edge but roughshod atmospherics and urban tones. A ridiculously good EP from a serious talent.
Review: Dance Concept have a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best unknown artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Erbman is holding up that standard and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. '187' reels you in with a lovely intro, it's upbeat beginnings quickly regressing to a wail of pure energy that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'Hustler's Delight'' being another highlight. Sick release.
Review: Oi and indeed oi... Deploy instigates yet another dark and foreboding attack. This time on Benny V's Dance Concept. Every track a slugger; "Transform" is a slack kicked sludgy funk up with some furious transitions midway, "Dark Lord" is a mystic damager that will turn your soul inside out with its balance of cosmicity and darkside horse power and "Casting Shadows" taps into the Bristol foundation with stripped back unhurried funk. Finally "You're Mine" closes with the most brutal blend of the collection as a gnarled late 90s techy stepper gets counterbalanced by early rave / Orbitalesque elements. 20 years deep and still pushing forward, Dance Concept don't mess around.
Review: A name we aren't already intimately familiar with is Echo B, but you can be sure that the snappiness on 'Wet Works' opening drums immediately caught our attention. Get ready for a Serum-esque journey through the world of roaring basslines with this tune and you can almost feel the hardware groaning under the strain of creating such nightmarish screeches. 'Are You Mad', well, are you? Echo B certainly seems to be with the sheer audaciousness with which this tune shifts from a relaxing sample into a driving amalgamation of drums and bass. This one rolls and rolls, each section building on the last and each element being given ample room to shine. A statement of intent this release.
Review: Push it higher! Scene OG Benny V tags up with k Warren for this heavyweight, party-pulverising EP. The heat so tangible you can genuinely feel it, "Feel The Fire" hits with a slew of lively stabs, a scorching vocal, a gully switch midway and a perfect refix by King-of-the-moment Bladerunner. Elsewhere "How Ya Feelin'" busses up with an infectious, not to mention venomous bass riff while Erbman & Verdikt get all slinky and wobbly on the remix. Pure fire.
Review: Following a string of sizzlers on Subwoofah, Hocus Pocus and Ruffneck Ting, freshman Erbman licks up a double shot on Dance Concept. "Drunken Style" will leave you woozy from the first drop with its intoxicating riff energy and barrel-chested hurly burly while "The Payback" salutes the sticky-fingered fam with a wry balance of wah-wah funk and big drone bass licks that take us right back to Urban Takeover's glorious, no-holds-barred takeover bid 20 years ago. Authentic.
Review: Way back in 1999 Dance Concept starting promoting parties across the UK and it wasn't long before the brand became an imprint and began releasing tracks from some the scenes biggest names. Benny V & Warren K's 'No Evil' is the perfect track to showcase the labels ethos of no nonsense up front dnb, fast paced, high energy neuro twists, mutating itself through some classic sounds and a tongue in cheek vox. 'Alien Embryo', while sticking in the neuro box, has a harder edge and a 'Dead Limit' feel, as if you're revving up an uncontrollable super bike, the track builds crazy amounts of momentum and just doesn't give up.
Review: Kenji's ripping the jams up right now. Hot on the heels of his last Dance Concept release ("No Love") here he comes with this funkiest batty slapper to date. "BBB" lives up to its XXX theme with a bouncing bass that soon turns red raw. "Success" subverts the idea of a triumphant anthem with a twisted rising riff and creepy arpeggios. Building into a mystic breakdown before zooming from zero to neck-snap; they say success is sweet, Kenji would argue its more savoury characteristics. Slamming.
Review: Straight up liquid drum and bass on offer here from Fresh Kutt , Essex's finest with some seriously in your face remixes by Serum and Bryan V. First up is "Feel" with its fluid and funky production channeling the vibes of old school Calibre or Bristol don DJ Die - This track was championed by Friction on his BBC radio show by the way. Next up is "So Damn Tuff" which lives up to its name, a collaboration with Bryan V which takes on more of a jump style of with its funky and catchy bassline that would make legends like Mickey Finn take notice.
Review: Reopened? Let's go back to 2005 when Benny V and Dfrnt Lvls first released "Oldskool Box", a track some of the old school heads may remember lighting up dancefloors across the UK. The boys have decided that ten years on it was high time to re-visit their favourite co-produced track with a more melodic slant, and so "Oldschool Box Reopened" was born. On the flip, Blame takes on the role of remixing this classic tune, adding a more upfront, synth heavy melody line, adding more power right in the front of the track. This thing's gonna knock you off your feet.