Review: Here's the 411... Say some gangster is dissing your taste in drum & bass, just give them one of these bangers. Yes, the ever-creative (and hugely prolific) Bou has shown us that drum & bass truly has Moe limits if you're coming from the right place. Other highlights across the epic six-track spread include the necksnap breaks and death frog bass texures on "Blame It", the percussive-focussed riff on "Time & Place" and the hornets' nest bassline that buzzes murderously on "Clash". Arguably one of Bou's best EPs to date.
Review: Fresh from their celebratory EP series, Digital Terror bring German troublemaker back into the fold with two savage showdowns: "Future Shock" fuses a warning on technology's rampant developments with a grizzly distorted bassline and tribal beats in a way that's reminiscent of both the neuro and UK jump-up sounds. "Kicks", meanwhile, is more of your straight up jugular-punching jump up with a Tyke-style bassline that takes no prisoners whatsoever.
Review: Hello is that the police? We'd like to report a murder. Damage Report is killing it right now. Another naughty bullet in a chamber that's already fired off five release shots this year, "Polluted Shadows" continues his rich run of undiluted bass beef form. Highlights on this collection include the box-of-bees bass fuzz of "All That", the snake-like subby funk of the title track and the weirded out twists and grizzles of "Alone". There is no doubt he'll kill again soon.
Review: Danger by name, dangerous by sound: the rising Belgian brute dents the Digital Terror discography with four more bruising steppers. Collabo-wise "Turbulence" sees him teaming up with Nightfang for a laser-shooting riot act while "Empty Space" sees him barking at the moon with Kanine with some really pranged out bass groans. Solo-wise "About You" gets sexy on the vocal element yet militant on the guttural, spiked-out bass tones and "Extinction" is a mammoth of a track, stampeding with a harmonic bass riff and a relentless beats. Warrior level: dinosaur.
Review: Currently ramping up the vibes on his Informal imprint, Dutta takes time to serve up a slice of cake or four on Digital Terror and it's a bass banquet that's every bit as scrumptious as you'd expect from a man who officially wants to marry BBQ pizza bases. Expect ruffage of every flavour: the spicy ("The Pain" with Sl8r), the glutinous ("Painkillers"), the meaty ("LA Kush Cake") and the sweet ("1608") All best served with some type of fizzy beverage, Dutta's cooking up bare feasts right about now.
Review: American bass label Digital Terror is back, after impressive releases by Pish Posh, Sub Killaz and Dutta. 2018 has proven to be a landmark year for the NYC/LA joint venture - pushing a slew of hard hitting tunes from the drum'n'bass landscape, while supporting both new and established artists alike. Always one to combine forces and create its own identity beyond the average, the collaborative projects in DTR's back catalogue sport some heavyweight combinations and the latest pairing of Eazy and Bou leaves no warning. From the wonky "The Shimada Clan" which is reminiscent of classic DJ Zinc, the gnarly techstep shenanigans of "Snakes & Blaggers" or "Karate" (Eazy Remix) featuring the most razor sharp sub-bass we've heard all year - all killer, no filler.
Review: The fineprint is usually there to trip you up, to conceal things from you which might've altered your decision or outlook on something. Fineprint isn't like that. Unlike his namesake, with Fineprint you get exactly what you think you get: an array of blustering synths and seams of relentless drum lines all tied up into one. His from Chi 2 NY EP does this better than usual, especially on 'Mash', which epitomises exactly what's good about his productions. Banger on bangers.
Review: Sleng your tengs love, you've pulled... Fineprint return to Hokilla's Digital Terror with a high strength four pack of rave juice. "Sleng" sets the scene with a classic reggae sample and a waspy, early 2000s Bristol stuff exhaust pipe bassline while "On Sum" brings serious wobbles on the multi-layered bassline and woozy drunken beats. Elsewhere we get intimate with a mysterious entity called "Frank White" and experience what life is like when you combine slimey funk elements with industrial strength bass shreds before "Mo Fo's Downstairs" blasts us off with a 21 laser salute. Vicious, unrelenting and grotty in all the right places; trust us, you'll be slenging these down the hatch for a long time to come
Review: Just in case you didn't know already... US jump-up wizard Hoogs is an absolute monster on both dials and decks. So much so, he's written a tune about his people. "A Monster" is every bit as punchy and gnarly with its one note bassline scorching like a blow torch. "Goo Zit" is every bit as mucky and grotty as you'd expect from such a title while "Jungle Demon" whips up some trippy juju with its off beat bass and strange string textures. Last but not least we have "Ouija" that's funky, unpredictable and wily enough to not just have a chat with the dead but wake them up and make them dance. Monstrous behaviour.
Review: Ironlung's latest release comes courtesy of the eagle ears of Digital Terror, who has clocked that there's some serious potential in this producer. Hard and fast and uncompromisingly set on making dancefloors crumble each track is testament to this London-based producer's love for the darker stuff. This is not gateway music. If you've never experienced high pressure jump up before, get ready to have your mind blown clean out. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Jack The Ripper - "Direction Course" - (4:25) 175 BPM
Jack The Ripper - "In Your Eyes" - (4:02) 175 BPM
Jack The Ripper - "Changed" - (4:24) 175 BPM
Died This Way - (4:28) 172 BPM
Review: Digital Terror have proven that their more than capable of releasing tunes which don't mess about but which carry an air of respectability as well, music that's for the dancefloor but that doesn't sacrifice itself for that purpose. Jack The Ripper fits in with that trend. Directions is a release full of stripped back, industrial sounds but that still actually sounds really nice, a T>I or Original Sin esque four-tracker that's weighted in all the right places. Shout out to Master Error for the feature too on he absolutely wicked 'Died This Way'.