London-based Dubz Audio is headed up by none other than DJ Guv. Slingshotting onto the scene in 2008, Dubz Audio is an adrenaline-inducing jump up label that never holds back on the bass. The label has shelled out ammunition from the likes of: Bou, Dutta, Hedex, Turno, Upgrade, Dub Motion, Profile, Jaydan, Decimal Bass and of course, DJ Guv himself.
Review: Guv's Dubz Audio gets Latte reloading his big guns again with this turbulent slab of electrical friction. Highly sprung with a tightly coiled riff that leaps around all over the groove, there's a strong sense of dizzy funk and dancefloor carnage as Latte brews up mischievous funk that slaps but soothes in equal measure. Stirring stuff; Latte should really be called Double Espresso. Feel the buzz!
Review: Hedex continues to own the game right about now... Hot on the heels of his recently curated By The Producer collection (an immense VA that reps the new-gen like few albums have in recent years) comes "Let Me Go" on Guv's Dubz Audio. A powerful one-track bruiser with a big ravey riff and sudden stop/start twists and a nasty old DA flavoured bassline, it's an instant smash for one of the hardest working men in the scene right now.
Review: Jaydan has become firmly entrenched within the new school of jump-up, his dirty tones being present at raves up and down the UK as well as across the channel. This single does things right - kicking off with 'Wind It Up' - which is just pure attitude encapsulated in a 170 beat and some basses. 'It' is a lighter note to finish on, a recognizable sample flung out over a luscious backdrop of wispy pads that gradually escalates into something a tad darker. A quality single with lots of variety.
Review: Cranium crusher Hedex returns with his first originals since his album The Weekend in January this year and once again he's lighting fires hotter than the entire country's firefighting forces can handle. Two tracks are all you deserve right now: the thugged out high pitched laser blazer "Ragequit" and the glitched out air raid dark funk tear up "London". Welcome back Hedex.
Review: Dilate's back with more of his nutty designs. Once again, like his previous Dubz Audio release late last year, it's grottier than a night out with a bunch of weightlifters on white cider. Twisted, heavy, face screwing but madly addictive; both cuts here blaze with strong singalong riffs that will rattle around your brain for days with all their metallic swampy charm. "Velocity" hits more of a rasping laser lick while "Takeoff" is all about the soggy wet riff. Both absolutely annihilate.
Review: Hedex: the hero we need but have never deserved. The man behind some of the bounciest, most out-there jump-up with no fear of formula or convention has finally delivered his debut album and it's every bit as sharp and uncompromised as you'd hoped it would be. The madcap trip of "Gameboy", the unnerving tones and chords on "Dreaming", the paranoid sense-attack of "Finer", the twisted dark hypnosis and double-edged bassline fury of "Trance", the list of highlights goes on and on. Live for The Weekend.
Review: Imagine the data-spiking sounds that would rattle through your mind if you plugged you brain up to the biggest super-computer in the world... That's the type of intensity Dilate creates right here on the jittering staccato slammer "Tornado". "Fire Riddim" continues the seismic sensations with a jagged riff that scratches back and forth with the furious funk the title suggests. Duck and cover!
Review: Hizzleguy and Shabba D: there's sheer devilry in this collabo scenario. We know it. You know it. Your neighbours are going to know it very soon, too... "Chop Chop" has a touch of the psycho about it thanks to its staccato, spiky riff. "Kill Dem" lives up to its name and all: savage, high-frequency sound designs spur around the spectrum as Hizzle's hefty drum arrangement pushes you into next week before your feet can say otherwise. Sweet murderation!
Review: Rumour has it if you look into the mirror and say "Profile & Sub Killaz" 500 times both acts will appear behind you and lay down a brutal b2b set of obscene proportions. Failing that you can always just jump on these two crucial bass bullets; "Candy Man" has a bee swarm bassline that hovers menacingly right above your head, pranging the dickens out of you with every move you make. "One Love" continues to flex grunt muscles but with added soul power from a classic rave vocal sample.
Review: Dilate returns to Guv's Dubz Audio with two dead cert shoe-off scenarios: "Spread Terror" is all about the rubber-ball bass and ricochet lasers as we're flung, sprung and bunged from wall to wall on wheels made of swaggering triplets. "Fruitloop VIP" sees the London artist returning to his last Dubz original and really rolling out the warm, buzzy, subby bassline with big-tease results. A fine spread.
Review: One for the Heds... Cambridgeshire's Hedex returns to Guv's Dub with two almighty crowd-bumpers. "Orange" is every bit as zesty as you'd hope; the nasty, teeth-baring harmonic riff carries a strangely uplifting melody before dropping into breakdown of pure trance euphoria. "Smokers" is more to-the-point thanks to its grunting bass riff, sweeping drum elements and techno-like aesthetics in mid-section. Smoking.
Review: Hype's go-to banger dealer in recent times, Guv lives up to his name once again with this thundering gully quartet: "Angles" spits with a refreshing bass texture that's unlike anything being used right now, "Survival" takes the riff to a higher end of the spectrum with a strangely timed vocal sample and sudden drops into manic sci-fi speedway licks. "Execution" is as ruthless as its title suggests while "Chopper VIP" twists up the mentalist riff from last year's tried and tested smasher. Work the angles.
Review: Frequently flexing around A.M.C's signature Titan sound (but not afraid of a little liquid soul when the time is right) Dub Motion reminds us who's boss with two more muscular peaktimers. All riff and iron trousers, "It Can Hurt You" is a real barnstorm banger with jump-up energy but techy weight. "Into The Dark" takes a deeper route with evocative synth arpeggios, a breathy vocal but equal gravity in the drums and low end. Two sides to one very heavy coin, Dub Motion's currency is high right now.
Review: Guv's Dubz Audio imprint goes from the strength to strength, consistently identifying the originators in an increasingly cluttered market. "DAPVA" is the label's first v/a collection, featuring one of the label's most consistent artists (Hedex) and three label debuts from men who need no introduction. Hedex is all about the heavily coded funk in the riff, Dilate conjures up a cool subby roller with added industrial strength percussion while Ironlong brings the one-note riff hype in a similar way to Tyke or Hazard. Finally, K Motionz closes the show with some subversive drama as the build craftily teases into a hair-raising drop you'd never expect. Damagement.
Review: Take a glance at the SoundCloud page for UK producer and DJ, Turno, and you'll see glowing testimonies from the likes of Majistrate and Nicky Blackmarket. And with good reason too, as Turno has put in the studio hours resulting in a wealth of music for Higher Stakes, Serial Killaz, Sweet Tooth Recordings and more these past few years. Dubz Audio belongs amongst this clutch too, and Turno's return to the label arrives with a brutal VIP take on his 2014 rinse down "The Iceman". Evil enough in original form, this 2016 edition officially upgrades "The Iceman" to screwface factor 10. Complementing this, Turno teams up with Dreps for the razor sharp "Team Drums," which has instant classic written all over it.
Review: Handle "Caution" with caution: Hedex returns to Guv's Dubz Audio with two more soul-snapping sample-subverting bass blazers. After a hype-heaving intro, "Caution" drops into a twisted croaky bass drop that's kind of reminiscent of "Diplodocus"... The rest is history. "Don't Stop" has a similarly savage bass attack but much lower in the tone and timbre department and a sprinkling of sprightly synths for good measure.
Review: Following three sledgehammer EPs on Serial Killaz and Sweet Tooth in the last six months, Upgrade dents Guv's Dubz stable with two shatter-packers: "We Run It" is modern day jump-up, all staggered growls and sharp steppy drums. "Reload" shows Upgrade's deeper, rolling side with a meticulously placed hip-hop sample, velvet subs and a siren-surged breakdown. Reloads guaranteed.
Review: Disgusting convulsions spew out of this EP from the outset, as title track "Forever" rips its bassline to shreds and disassembles the gutted pieces. Strictly for the twisted out there, the sheer level of sample manipulation at work here is mind-bending. Pushing the boundaries of jump-up with this release, Hedex has opened the floodgates for producers who are getting the feeling things are a little too soft out there in the underground. Makes sense - if a little bit is good, more should be amazing, right?
Review: DJ Guv returns to his home label Dubz Audio with another load of gun slingers, four high-tech drum and bass cuts for the big systems all rewired in VIP format. Inside, there's a second VIP remix of "Gangsta" - a half-stepping mutant version of the original - a robotic, neurofunk screamer in the new version of "Spinning Method", Guv and badboy Majistrate's "Dirty Cops" is given a further jump-up twist, and "Limb By Limb" heads into twisted bleeps and hard-hitting snares for the corner dwellers. An EP for those of you who attend the Playaz nights at Fabric on a frequent basis...NASTY stuff.