Review: Dutty Audio are turning ten years old this week and boy do they know how to live large and celebrating larger, as their 10 Years of Dutty Audio compilation brings together some of the biggest names in drum & bass for a firestorm of crushing basslines and hammered up hits. Chromatic, Mefjus, Teddy Killerz, Level 2, Neve and Optiv & BTK are amongst the heavyweights on the release and it's a stellar lineup for the label to have secured. Level 2 brings one of the more considered, stripped back cuts of the compilation with 'Nothing To Fear', which has a bounciness that belies the undertones of ferocity which lie beneath it. Mefjus is on top form as per with his remix of 'Whatever', and Neve is back to his usal breaksy, creative tricks with 'Space Cowboy's'. Wicked stuff.
It Gets Rough Sometimes (Gydra remix) - (4:48) 174 BPM
Review: Dutty Audio continue their originals/remixes release series with two power hour twists on last month's "Authentic" episode. Gridlok, as you'd expect, tears "Megahertz" apart and rebuilds the parts with enough venom and beef to flatten you and your entire fraternity. Gydra follows suit with an equally turbo charged version of "It Gets Rough Sometimes" by switching out the classic BC-inspired reese bass for a more modern neuro hammertime fluctuation. Chaos guaranteed.
Review: It's remix o'clock at Dutty Audio Towers as label bossman passes on the parts to a wide range of scene talents: Klute takes the lead with an iced out twist on "Be Yourself" as he manipulates the vocal loop in a different direction. Current Value follows with yet more of his seemingly unstoppable tech science as a wasp nest bassline rattles in 23rd century style. Newcomers Hanzo & Randie bring up the rear with a heads-down neuro take on "Infection" where full emphasis is placed on the sci-fi bass textures. Finally Gydra gets all mechanical and pneumatic on "Inception", giving the original's iconic riff a Blackout style jump-up sense of turbo-charged energy. Feel the burns.
Review: The clue's in the title... Authentic D&B is the order of the day as Brazilian neuro professor BTK digs deep into the tech psyche with old friends and new. The second of three parts, here we find him teaming up with Loxy's longtime cohort Ink for eight troublesome blunderbusses. Highlights include the tribal off-beat percussion magic of "Not Going Back", the snow blizzard pads and classic jungle stabs of "5 Elements" and the rocket chase sci-fi race of "Dr Umbougu".
Review: Yes, yes, yes and another ten yesses. This release is something we approve of. Opening with force thanks to Emperor's incredible remix of Optiv & BTK's "Let It Loose", this commemorative release from one of the scene's best labels is a big deal. Next up, Mindscape's "Do It Like This" gets a brain melting remix from Maztek as it rips through your chest, and ready yourself for the retaliation as Mindscape gets to do a number on Maztek's "Sinestesia", forcing seismic bass into tight punches of hard-stepping goodness. Final tune "Nothing To Fear" sees Kyrist unleash neurofunk hell, the perfect way to round off a pretty much perfect release.
Review: BTK's Dutty Audio heads due north from Brazil to Canada for a two-track expo from Nightfall bossman Psidream. "Skin Return" is a gruff, ruff cut that scuffs and scratches with every gritty bass element. Simple but oh-so-deadly, it's the ultimate answer to the age-old question 'what is a naughty roller?' Dig deeper for "Snitch". More rampant, dramatic and uncompromising than the title track, it's not dissimilar to the work of Audio. Comparisons don't get any bigger.
Review: A delightful triplet of remix tracks here, brought to you on the Dutty Audio imprint from serial badmen Optiv, BTK and Borderline who get given the remix treatment by Mefjus, optiv and Teknik respectively. Kicking off with Optiv & BTK - "Whatever (Mefjus Remix)", it's all power booming subs, robotic voiceovers and raw, neuro mayhem with plenty of punch. Next is BTK - "Drop It (Optiv Remix)" which is all grinding b-line, grouchy SFX and hissing hi hats a-plenty, whilst Borderline - "Thinker (Teknik Remix)" is a proper 3am rinse out tune with plenty of bite.