Review: A collective formed from latter day Digital Soundboy Benny Page, Dope Ammo and Resinate, Goldstarr bring the ruckus with this release, plus bonus track "Funkadelic" for added fun. "Crazy" pairs a winding b-line with catchy cooing vocal, "Valley Of The Shadows" esque hollow echoing sound and firm, punchy drums. "Come Out To Play" urges us to do just that with souped up bassline, high octane energy and pounding Pendulum style drums setting the pace for the duration. Bonus card "Funkadelic" adds a sultry sexiness to the proceedings and rounds things off in style.
Review: Since launching, Dope Ammo's eponymous label has proved itself a peerless outlet for the rude and rowdy end of the drum and bass spectrum and sign off on an excellent year with this two track release from Biga Ranx and Resinate. Dope Ammo himself comes correct on a killer remix of Biga Ranx's "Badboy Comedy" deftly dropping between vast waves of jungle pressure and toasting breakdowns - real peak time business here. In contrast, Resinate opts for the screw face approach on "Universe", with stripped back drums letting the harsh mid range hook dominate.
Review: If you like your D&B rude and rowdy then the Dope Ammo imprint should be up your street, and this release is no exception. This split single features a Dope Ammo & Benny Page remix of Biga Ranx's "Brigante Life" as well as a Dope Ammo remix of Wicked Squad feat. Lady Saw - "Hypnotic". The former is a ragga-drenched cacophony of pulsing vocals, driving beats, swaggering beats and grouchy bass which is infectiously catchy and should be a sure fire hit on the dancefloor. The latter blends the sonorous female vocal of Lady Saw with rough and ready beats, bludgeoning bass and a dancefloor driven punch.
Review: As a celebration of their 15th anniversary, Dope Ammo release unto the world this duo of dancefloor D&B with an attitude The Bride herself would be proud of. A pure indulgence for Tarantino fans everywhere, Levela's remix of "Kill Bill" adds another dimension of attitude to an already insane track. With a drop made for destroying dancefloors and snatches of Uma Thurman threatening to kill anyone in her path, it's more than an homage, it's a perfect accompaniment to any respectable Kill Bill memorabilia collection. "Cold Rock A Party" is the flipside, remixed by jungle producer DJ Oder. With a deep groove matching nasty, sexy female vocals, the chorus drops into a frantic explosion of noise and genre mashups as jungle vibes intrude on squealing top end shreiks and writhing bass. Drop this and watch the screwfaces appear.
Review: The unique sound of Dope Ammo is back for Influence 3, featuring a whole host of vocal talent and guest producers. Their special sound is exemplified by the first track, 'Wishing On a Star', which transitions perfectly from a floating, soulful vocal into a hard-hitting stepper with a rumbling reece bass. 'Oldtimes' is similar, with a funky vocal matched by an even funkier synth line that'll remind you of the Brookes Brothers or Danny Byrd. One of the most unique tunes is 'Babylon Falling', a downtempo number that oozes soul and funk from the vocals and packs a sick Motown feel into ever crevice. 'Flying' is another good downtempo tune, as is 'Im Good', but the quality on the D&B is what'll keep you listening and 'Badman Inna Ends' with Redders is arguable the best - powerful stuff.
Dope Ammo & Taiwan MC - "Babylon Falling" (Ed Solo remix) - (4:37) 175 BPM
Dope Ammo & Broomers - "Oldtimes" (feat Martin Carr - Kleu remix) - (4:58) 174 BPM
Dope Ammo, Broomers & Kathy Brown - "Saturday" (Benny Page remix) - (3:04) 178 BPM
Repent (Dope Ammo remix) - (3:21) 172 BPM
Review: Dope Ammo have a seriously unique sound and it's meant that they've stayed remarkably consistent for quite a while, with this EP coming packed full of VIPs and remixes from the likes of Ed Solo, Benny Page and Kleu. The Ed Solo remix of 'Bablyon Falling' is probably the biggest on the release and has a wonderfully curving bassline that blends and moves with a real feeling of power, if you've heard many other tunes by this man you'll know what we're talking about. The Benny Page remix of 'Saturday' is lovely and funky and the EP is finished off nicely by the solid weightiness of Dope Ammo's own remix of 'Repent'. Another good release from the Dope Ammo camp.
Review: Remix klaxon! Dope Ammo's 2018 album Influence continues to spawn sweet fruit as the second part of the remix album drops. Once again it's packed with promising talent: Levela shows his most soulful side with the skank-kissed "Badman Inna My Ends", Blackley brings the dancefloor riff on "How We Get Down" to life in a whole new epic way, Brain Brainstorm beefs up "Flying" while Exile brings the whole package to an emotional ending with a super-groan bassline twist on "Wishin' On A Star". Influential.
Review: Two rambunctious, post-jungle remixes here which deserve a shout out from the likes of Blade Runner and Dope Ammo & Resinate. First up the former goes in on Goldstar (aka Benny Page)'s cut "Crazy", adding a '96 style intro to it; then as the tune drops it's all old skool bass groans and thunderous sub bass lurches, with fast, rattling breaks adding pace above. Accompanying this of course, is the Dope Ammo & Resinate re-lick of "Effective Styles", which is all fidgety drum rolls and gratuitous jump up mayhem.
Review: An old favourite from the Dope Ammo back catalogue form yesteryear gets a 2012 refix on their own self-titled imprint, Dope Ammo Recordings. "Better Believe" is a pumping jump up monster with oodles of banging bass and Skibbadee-esque rude boy vocal hook. Smashed up, bashed up and given the refix treatment, this sounds bigger and badder than ever with driving bass, pounding mid range and plenty of urban attitude. The DA Firm remix is another killer cut which focuses more on the vocal with razor sharp delivery and punchy beats.