Review: Actions stations! Not content with releasing the first ever album trilogy in D&B with Most Violent Year (or releasing a full collabo album Short Cuts with Dauntless earlier this year) NC-17 continues to slay with another jaw-dropping body of work - Enter The Violence. Weighing in at 13 tracks and featuring collabs with the likes of Myth, Universal Project, Quadrant and Dungeon Kru, it's another full assault of the senses that digs deep into some of the most timeless and crucial ingredients and aesthetics of drum & bass. Highlights include the disgusting slimy funk of 'Slug Trail', the twisted groove and energy of 'Date With the Devil' and the pure urgency and drama of the title track 'Enter The Violence'. Fighting talk!
Review: If you've been trying to get in touch with Dub Head lately, now is your chance to link. He's picking up a 'Missed Call' and it's all for you. As always with Dub Head, especially on Dispatch, the whole EP is stripped-back and rumbling with underground prowess. The title track purrs like a tiger ready to pounce, 'In My Mind' is all about that XXL sub while 'Soulseek' brings a little soundclashy flavour into the mix. Last but not least we have 'Crater' that plunges you deep into the dank, dark ground in a way only Dub Head can. Call us straight back!
Review: Something exceedingly warm and slippery right here on Dispatch... Jam Thieves gets deep across four system-primed tracks. 'Bling Run' just oozes dark funk but keeps things reined in at all times. 'Spike' takes that notion to an even deeper level, going in on a stripped back subby warm funk that could be compared to Sir Skeppy. Deeper again 'Sunday' purrs like some type of robotic leopard, ready to pounce on its prey before 'Boomerang' closes the EP with a barking bass texture that's constantly evolving in a really clever way. This will definitely keep coming back to you.
Review: Dispatch Recordings has released a new two-track EP featuring a collaboration between Genic and Trakker titled "All That Matters", as well as a remix of Genic's "Chonka" by Black Barrel. "All That Matters" is a powerful and melodic track that showcases the skills of both Genic and Trakker. The track combines driving basslines with intricate melodies, creating a sound that is both danceable and atmospheric. Black Barrel's remix of "Chonka" is a dark and funky take on the original track. The remix adds a new level of energy and excitement to the track, making it perfect for any dance floor.
Review: Representing Canada and Australia on a UK label... 'Short Cuts' is a truly international celebration of drum & bass from two outstanding and forward-thinking craftsmen - NC-17 and Dauntless. Both currently in epic states of creative flux (NC-17 with his album trilogy and Dauntless with massive collabs like Current Value) the pair get stuck in and take the sound to some far-out places. With vibes ranging from the twisted jump-up scrapes and screeches of 'Devils' to the warm and funky Virus style 'Microchip Convention' to the euphoric, rising sense of hope on 'Vertigo City', this is unique body of work and a great example of when collaborations are more than the some of their parts. There's some serious alchemy going on here.
Review: Brazilian flavours! The now solo Jam Thieves gets busy on Dispatch with this epic new album entitled Blue House. Deep and minimal vibes all the way, highlights include the ice cold 'Temple Meads' (big up the Bristol massive) the trippy fizzles and frazzles of 'Orange Dog', the rough, jaunty funk of 'Badman' (with Welsh upstart Bennie) and the pure sci-fi drama of 'In My Soul' (with NC-17) All primed and ready for winter clubland hurtery, this is a massive Dispatch collection.
Review: The man, the myth, the Sofa King: DLR looks back over his dubs and serves up a selection of his own specials from across his time on Dispatch Recordings. Each cut taking its own unique twist and designed to twist melons of any fans of the originals, the oldest cut on here is 'Set Up The Set' from way back in 2012 where DLR murders out a whole new section and layer of basses. Elsewhere we're reminded of IMANU's original Signal guise on the grimacing 'Human Behaviour VIP' and EBK and Gusto's 2015 collabo-banger from DLR's Seeing Sounds album in 2015 gets an unruly alien funk twist, too.
Review: Exactly a year after the inaugural volume, NC-17 drops the third part of his immense 'Most Violent Year' series. One of the most prolific yet intensely considered bodies of work Dispatch have ever released, each album has gone in on the details and celebrated the whole span of D&B generations while remaining fully future-focused. This collection might well be the most wide-armed as the Canadian artist flips between vibes like the technoid Renegade fire of 'Blood Warden' to the grungier bassline stink of 'Punk Drunk Love' within the first two tracks. Complete with collaborations with the likes of John Rolodex, Exile, Philth and Logam and explorations ranging from Loxy-style percussive grizzlers ('Wolfen') to the wide-armed swagger of 'Romeo Is Bleeding', NC-17 has completed a unique truly special trilogy right here.