Review: It's an all-out bass brawl at Digital 101 HQ as Midlands duo Asylum collide and divide for five straight-up terror cuts. Together they provide the main bulk of the EP with the hair-raising staccato bass cuts "Impulses" and "Override" and the deeper, Bladerunner-style "The Music". Rounding up the EP they play solo roles; DJ Rodeo does that menacing mischief thing that Konichi does so well while Traumatize gets weirded out and croaky. Forward thinking.
Review: DJ Grimeminister's Digital 101 Recording returns with a full length by Damage Report, previously releasing on Liondub International. First up "Simple" is grime at drum and bass tempo to rather interesting effect. "Know How We Do" however sticks to the formula with its stabbing bassline that morphs into nasty sub bass complete with tight beats. "One More Thing" sounds like a Dilinja jam; enough said! "Nothing Happens" sets the scene with its murderous film samples on this truly evil one. "Out In The Streets" is the real highlight here as its meticulous breakbeat riding a rollin' bassline, complete with female vocal samples. Finally "Impulse VIP" is a simple yet effective stepper reminiscent of the classic "Warhead" by DJ Krust.
Review: Belgian fusion: Danger cooks up a brew that punches with a power his native church Rampage will love but rolls with an amen-shattering feel that's reminiscent of Digital or Fracture's work. The combination works: "Fire & Death" sits somewhere between DJ Vapour and Annix, "1879" is a straight up droning grumbler, "Traitor" is a classic bouncy jump-up track circa early 2000s while "The Voice" is pure metallic menace. No holds barred and no stones unturned.
Review: Dead Intent always has a knack of making tunes that aren't just straight up big, but also resonate in a slightly more sophisticated fashion. His new TN4 EP on Digital 101 dos exactly that and our favourite is 'Like You Don't Know', which has a wonderfully diving main bassline which pulsates and literally drips with force. The other three all pack a similar approach to dancefloor energy, with strands of rolling jump-up fraying all over the place. Banging EP.
Review: Who names an EP after themselves? You might need an ego the size of the western world but that ain't stopping Flexxa who's put his nom de plume to an EP of equal stature. As huge as you'd expect with a few surprises thrown into the mix to give you a bit of dancefloor shock, this is an unashamed party smasher of a release. Not one for subtle sounds, everything about tracks, like "Dreamz" and "Piranha" point towards messy basslines and messier nights, giving everybody a piece of what they really want - some noise. It's good to let loose every once in a while. Spin this and you'll know what we mean.
Review: All you have in this world are your balls, your word and the ridiculously raw output of Digital 101. Here we find Flexxa's Montana-mashing "Rip Tide" enjoying a trio of remixes from two key names in jump-up: stealth dons Modified Motion & Faction and peer-cited new breed badmen Nu Elementz. The former delivers two twists - a higher-pitched Belgian style stamper and an all-out filth-flinging tech scrapper. The latter, meanwhile, lash out with a metallic brain melter that has such a grotty, weirded out bassline you might lose items of your clothing just thinking about it.
Review: Once a duo, now two solo artists doing a collabo; Flexxa & Enta break and enter into the top of our playlists with five slabs of utter fire. "Be Sneaky" is as cheeky as its name suggests with its warped reverse bassline trippiness, "Bizness" is all about the sopping wet samurai lasers while "Maximum Power" rasps out a venomous Q&A that morphs, mutates and raises in tone throughout. Elsewhere Enta twists up Flexxa's "Dreams" with wriggling riffage while "The Agenda" is a knuckle scuffing sandpaper funk jam that's made of 100% toxic ingredients. Cheeky.
Review: Heavy breathing junglist veteran Ironlung closes the year the way he started: brutally. With seven releases in between, this is a fitting end to a prolific year: "Atomic" has a "Link To The Past" style hair raising energy, "Jack In The Box" whips up a storm with a techy Need For Mirrors-style bass funk while "Ninja" scuffs the spectrum with a waspy Hazardian riff. Looking for some weirded-out rifle bass? Look no further than "My Style". In the need of more funk and uplift? Look no further than "New Game". Full house.
Review: Active in the game for a decade but only recently getting the hype he deserves, Ironlung has been representing the darker, more twisted side of drum and bass in clubs around the UK for years. He's dedicated to his cause. Needless to say, "Out Of Time", the first track on this two-piece is a techy storm of compression and dark undercurrents, heavily laden with danger thanks to Ciara's sexy-deadly vocals. "The Master" returns to the main man's tamed high-energy style, bouncing and only just kept under control. fans of the darkness, this is for you.
Review: Fresh from recent outings on Sub60 and Wobble Infection, JTR makes his debut on the increasingly unavoidable Digital 101 imprint. With a signature sound that's raw enough to cook bacon, if you know how Jack rips, you'll already know the level of chaos on offer here. If not, you'd be advised to jump straight on the stuttering bass abrasions of "Let It Out", the emotional synth breakdowns admit the heavyweight bass grit on "This Is My Show" and the sleazy, loose springiness of "Still Legal". Plain naughty.
Review: Merkery by name... Absolute badman by nature! Having delivered the goods on the likes of Agitated Audio and Manic in the past, here he comes with four slabs of blazing jump-up fire. "Hold On" is a big old floor sweeper riff that sits somewhere between the gutter and the sewer, "Rudeboy Skank" is all about the rising paranoid bass stabs and spaced out drums and "Jungle Hell" lives up to its name with horror film samples and a processed chords that are reminiscent of the drum & bass sound around the early 2000s. Finally "Noir" takes us down a rabbit hole we may never recover from. Warped bass and weirdness all the way - don't have nightmares.