Review: Toronto's Dutty Bass crew sign up some savagery from the rising dualistic duo Bill & Ed. "Keepin It Gangsta" sets the scene with a raffish, loose-collar grumbler before "Massacre" raises the tension with a Safari-era BC feel and "God Grape" dusts off the detuned rave synths and gets creative with a collection of classic vocal samples. Looking for a little old school drifty soul with an absurd switch in the breaks? Jump on "Lionel Joseph". Looking for a little eeriness and graveyard thrill? Get spooked by "Madmen". Looking for a massive ravey wind-up skank-basher? Chow down on "Take Note". Be excellent to each other.
Review: Bill & Ed are coming at you with their VIP and remix edition of Keeping It Gangster, a mammoth 12-track exploration of what their original work can become in different contexts, featuring big names like DJ Hybrid and Saxxon, as well as smaller ones like K Jah and Dcision. It's a very solid LP that's grounded in rough, urban sounds that are sure to resonate with anyone who loves this culture. The DJ Hyrbrid remix of the title track is especially good, with a solid drum base and a lovely bass.
Review: Brizzle newcomer Charlie Chubbs makes his debut on DBA with four flabby originals. Simple in their nature but direct in their energy and hookiness, each cut is built around an effective riff that nags in a Q&A style over some pretty robust beats. Highlights include "The Sound" where the beats switch us up on a dark direction and a classic vocal sample clip is thrown in for mischievous measure and "Peace" where dreamy chords and a piano line create a surging uplift. A decent debut.
Review: Conrad Subs is one of those heavily underrated producers that seems to consistently push out music regardless of how much attention is cast his way. He plugs away and you can tell in the maturity that emanates from his music. The creativity on 'Update Funk' is evidence of that, a funky, infectious synth line running perfectly beneath Valiant Emcee's upbeat vocal work. 'Sneak' is just as creative with its harsh, steppy percussive work that underpins a swinging, wonky concoction of synthy basses that wouldn't be amiss in a Med School or Diffrent Music release. The interesting drums continue on 'Bones' and 'Jackdaw', the former of which is a bitingly dark halftime cut, the latter another steppy bit chock full of stabs and swerves. Another top EP from man like Conrad Subs.
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are a regular here on Juno and for good reason, their proclivity for steadily releasing rough but energetic, whole-hearted cuts is strong and their small size doesn't prevent the release of top-quality music. Dcision is on the label this time with a double-sider and 'Pon Me Side' is the strongest on the release, with a Dispatch-esque feel to its cracking percussion and a torn, broken back end that rips across the range with style. The flip-side goes down an old school route with a load of power in its classic synth work - one for the dancefloor. Mad one.
DJ Direkt & MC Crystalize - "Demonz" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Relentless - (4:23) 175 BPM
Sine Wavez - (4:01) 175 BPM
Terrabyte - (4:09) 175 BPM
Terrorize - (4:06) 175 BPM
Terrybill - (4:06) 175 BPM
Want - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are unique in that they're based over in Canada and whilst you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North, the quality of this little imprint would suggest that we should. DJ Direkt is the latest artist to grace their release page and his Dangerz LP is straight up wicked, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns, nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum but having an element of the lighter side as well. The dominant frame here is rough and tumble beats which aren't precise and clinical but which are packed with dirty sounds. 'Killa Sound' is just that, a powerful roller with an old school edge to it. The title track is also top quality, and this LP just bangs from start to finish.
Review: From Lava to fire, Dutty Bass Audio get real with this powerful package from UK stalwart DJ Lava. Each cut designed to commit arson on sight, it's a total banger riot: "Blinding Lights" goes big on the dramatic horn blurts, "Black Magic" is all about the chainsaw riffs, bubbling subs and savage breaks on the fills, "Get Money" is a surging dark style roller with an empowering aspirational spoken word sample while "Insomnia" goes in on prang vibes with a really weirded out minor key riff. Last but not least Lava tags in his Canadian cuzzie Tru Troopa for the chaos jam of the set. Armed with an insane bassline playing all kinds of theatrical tricks on your mind, it's an absolute brain melter. Take care!
Review: DJ Swindla is landing on Dutty Bass Audio with a seriously cool release, one which sits a bit more on the dark, deeper side of the spectrum compared to the label's normal territory. 'Sneak' get things off the mark with a beautifully rolling percussive basis and sweeping low frequencies that would sound absurdly good through a sound system, and it's a formula which plays well across the following tunes. 'No More' gets even deeper and the blend of dark ambience and tumbling breaks is another highlight of the release.
Review: Ever liked the flavour of some D&B so much you wanted to lick it? Well, now you can, with Dublic's Selections EP. You can't actually lick it but you'll certainly like it, as Dublic has gone for a classic rough sounding approach that seriously lends itself to some underground listening. Just check out 'Alarm', with a classic sample you'll instantly recognise and a bassline that'll shudder your bones, it's a neat exemplification of the rip-roaring approach that's been attempted here. The other tunes don't disappoint either, with a sick vocal feature on the title vibes and more. Big EP.
Review: Faysha is landing on Dutty Bass Audio with an unsophisticated but incredibly fun release, one which, if you hear out live, is certain to get you moving. There's a carelessness and a freedom to these tracks and it's a tangible sense of kinetics. The title track kicks things off in style but it's 'Hey Mr Policeman' that really takes the cake, a winding, foghorn heavy track that flips between wobbling shimmers and jump-up stabs. It's a wicked track and definitely the highlight of the release. 'Ting A Ling' is another absolute banger but one that's deep and bouncy in all the right ways. Sick release.
Review: Following his absolutely annihilating Nuke release, Uncle Grav joins the DBA convoy with three more original stinkers. "Drunk & Wild" is the b-boy riposte Dimension's "UK" was waiting for. "Highway 35" is all about the rasping chainsaw bass and seasick halftime drop while "Vintage" busses up a classic break, woozy horns and a bassline dirty enough to go down for a long stretch. Comes complete with an immense snare-slapping, junglised bassline-fuelled DJ Hybrid remix. Dutty by name, dutty by nature!
Review: Gavit-E was last spotted on Dutty Bass Audio getting "Drunk & Wild". Konz was last spotted on the label suggesting we all "Take A Break". Now together they return to the Toronto imprint in arms... And they're showing us who's boss. "X Wife" is pure drone and groan in the bass metallic way possible while "The Boss" whips up a riot with a rising wobble and all-round sense of sci fi funk. Elsewhere the men go solo... Gravit-e melts our soul down to liquid metal poly alloy with "The Genesis Of Skynet" while Konz finishes us off with a warp-speed sizzler that parps and punches with a Tyke-like sense of menace. Bossing it.
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are unique in that they're based over in Canada and whilst you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North, the quality of this little imprint would suggest that we should. JCB is the latest artist to grace their release page and his Easy Jet EP is straight up wicked, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns, nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum but having an element of the lighter side as well. This lighter side is apparent in the synths on the title track, and it also has a superb percussive feel to it that's punctuated by swollen bass pulses and guided by a genuine sense of purpose. It totally sets the tone for the rest of the release - check it out.
Review: KC is back on the fast-moving train that is jump-up and dancefloor dnb and once more, he's proven adept at bringing to the fore some forward-thinking sounds in that regard. He's a name we know and 'Let's Get Rowdy' - the title track to this release - is certainly a promising sign. Glitchy and with a satisfying sense of lagged out travel, this tune certainly bites hardbut it does so in a fresh, unique manner. 'Girls & 808's' is step-up in sophistication and nastiness, a snappy, stepping drum line pushing up into its metallic bottom line, this one is a proper creeper.
Review: This is collection of edits and it's as fresh, fun and funky as any good disco edit should be. Starting the bunch is 'At No Cost' with a classic guitar and pumping beat, decorated in shimmers and sparkles, get the glitter out. 'Let's Fall In Love' is a sing-a-long, with a deep sub and a tinkling triangle. ''Appelle Moi' is one of those track everyone's heard before, we're loving the new aquatic, echo drips which have been added. 'Bring The Best In Me' is an amazing track, we defy anyone to listen to it and not dance, the jazzy piano, the infectious bongos and that killer vocal, disco done good!
Review: Toronto's Dutty Bass Audio continue to hold a lighter in the air, in dedication to the proper old-school sounds of '90s techstep - and we salute them! Label regulars and locals return for this label compilation, which as the name may suggests features some right rollers! From Konz's darkside breaks on "Breathe" (version remix), the seething minimal stepper by Redline named "Jungle Demon" which is reminiscent of DJ Krust, or Bill & Ed's particularly fierce "Clapped Up" featuring what is undoubtedly the most A1 bassline we have heard all year.
Review: We love the fact that Dutty Bass Audio are based over in Canada and you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North. This fact is made even more prescient by the quality of this little imprint, which consistently smashes it out of the park. Mystical Sounds is the latest artist to grace their release page and Reward EP is straight up dirty, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns but all nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum. The title track has a superb steppy percussive feel to it that's punctuated by swollen bass pulses and guided by a genuine sense of purpose, there's a proper murky old-school feel to this tune and it reminds us quite a lot of Sub Zero back in the day. The rest of the tunes are all wicked as well - go cop this one.
Review: Our great old Uncle Junodownload taught us three things: always stick to a deadline, stay off the breadline and watch out for rising Dose Radio junglist DJ Redline. He was right about the first two, and guess what? He's right about Redline too. Following two cracking EPs on Kevlar and Manic Beats comes this tight trio on Dutty Bass. All lean, all mean; each cut thumps with some exceptional well-spaced drum work, tuned subs and thick toxic grooves that you can imagine going down well with the likes of Randall or T>I around 3am in a rave den near you. Don't take our word for it, take great old Uncle Junodownload's.
Review: It's time for us to take in some exciting new jungle with this one as we see Rough Culture land on the fabulous Dutty Bass Audio with five potent rollers, destined to detonate dances around the country. We kick off with the crunchy drum work and catchy melodic flexes of the title track 'Cali Herb', before moving into sub-heavy drives and catchy vocal licks of 'Champion Skank' alongside the more experimental soundscaping of 'Rollers Choice'. The vibes are lively as we continue forward through this one, landing next on 'Turn Me On' a drum-heavy smasher, driven by explosive breakbeat sampling and sweeping sub tones. Finally, 'Jungle War' arrives with its ramping bass notation and skippy drum arrangements to see this one out with a bang!
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are unique in that they're based over in Canada and whilst you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North, the quality of this little imprint would suggest that we should. Scattyone is the latest artist to grace their release page and his Fees So Good EP is straight up wicked, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns, nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum but having an element of the lighter side as well. The title track has a superb percussive feel to it that's punctuated by swollen bass pulses and guided by a genuine sense of purpose. It totally sets the tone for the rest of the release - check it out.
Review: Dutty Bass Audio are unique in that they're based over in Canada and whilst you certainly don't hear about many D&B labels from the Great White North, the quality of this little imprint would suggest that we should. Snipez is the latest artist to grace their release page and his No Ammo EP is straight up dirty, spanning a cross-section of beat patterns but all nestling comfortably into the dark end of the spectrum. The title track has a superb steppy percussive feel to it that's punctuated by swollen bass pulses and guided by a genuine sense of purpose. It totally sets the tone for the rest of the release - check it out.
Review: Get that radar of yours and whack Dutty Bass Audio on it. A brand new jungle label from Toronto who are launching with this serious statement of V/A intent. Featuring some of the most exciting names to come through in the last few years, K Jah vamps up the force with a brutal homage to the old school, RMS lets us loose with a groaning ode to the mid 90s (with added 22nd century bass groans) and Too Greezey slaps us silly with a widescreen break and expert reverse wobble sitting obesely underneath. Other highlights include Konz' stripped back slinker "Breathe", Brockout's breezy cosmic roller "The Note" and the savage neuro finale that is Skaylz & The Junk-e's "Off The Grid"
Valiant Emcee & Will Miles - "The Ronin" (feat Anastasia) - (5:54) 58 BPM
Valiant Emcee & Will Miles - "Walking" - (5:30) 175 BPM
Valiant Emcee & Will Miles - "Mic Check" (feat Armanni Reign & MisTy) - (4:49) 175 BPM
Valiant Emcee & Will Miles - "Drifting" - (4:47) 175 BPM
Review: Buffalo badboy and veteran US D&B mic man Valiant Emcee comes correct with his debut EP. With a deep timbre bringing clarity to his poetry and storytelling, Valiant deftly wraps his bars around some staunch, snappy productions from Will Miles. The result is an authentic D&B document that nods respectfully at the foundations while striding into a bright future. From the jumpy snake-like pops and locks of "Mic Check" (with fellow US vocalists Armanni Reign and MisTy) to the heads down techy title track, this is a serious statement of intent.
Review: Dutty business: Toronto's DBA crew lay down their second supersized V/A LP of the year and it's an absolute gully jamboree. Ranging from the wobbled-out slaps of Euphonique's "Sound Dead" to twisted drones of Tryptamine's "Gang" via the wily 96 skanks and bubblesome bass of ScattyOne's "Wicked Babylon", Tomoyoshi's funk flipping triplets on "Time & Space" and the awesome halftime sludge of DJ Hybrid's clever Drop Out remix of "Raised In The Jungle" there's genuinely not one even slightly under par track here. Dutty Bass Audio are absolutely smashing the game right here.
Review: Two years after Valiant Emcee's original "Ronin" series dropped, now comes this mammoth remix package. Featuring the likes of Will Miles, DJ Hybrid, Conrad Subs, DZire, Sikka, Diligent Fingers, KC and many more, vibes run the full gamut like VE's bars do. From the darkstepping drama of "The Ronin" (with Anastasia) to the rolling breezes of "Mic Check" (with DJ Hybrid) by way of absolute stinkery (Sikka's remix of "The Ronin", the subaquatic deep dream vibes of Diligent Fingers' "Drifting" remix) Dutty Bass have represented every shade and style to fit the Canadian MC's bars perfectly.
Review: Dutty Bass never fail to deliver and right here they've surpassed themselves with these two bumpy treats from new artist Wrekka. Two sides, two vibes, two chances to knock people sideways: "Addict" warms up with shimmering housey synths before dropping into a nice toxic sludgy roll-out while "Badboy" takes a classic Cutty Ranks vocal and smashes the nan out of it. Wrekka by name, wrecker by nature.