Review: Every now and then a producer comes along who changes the game with a forward thinking new approach to a familiar sound. Hailing from Leeds Dan Smith, aka 1Point5, is gearing up to be one of those guys. This, his latest for In:Flux, boasts three fresh new jams - the dubby, percussive moodiness of the title track, quirky, skippy 4 x 4 of "Brock 2000", a collaboration with GLVR, and the wobble/2-step mash up "Sun Comes Up". There are also three remixes, the best of which is the distorted crunch of Tik&Borrow's pounding rework.
Review: Clean Shirt, dirty beats... The adventures of London bassline baron continue as he lays down another superlative (and slightly sweary) pair of bangers on In:Flux. "Lovely Chap!" is all about the gutter-chomping riff, relentless kicks and occasional drops into language your mum isn't going to like very much. Speaking of parents, "Daddy" continues CS's menacing message with lower-pitched, moodier bassline that swings along beneath cosmic synth strikes and yet more hammertime drum work. Lovely.
Review: Lucian O'Neill aka The Colonel lands firmly upright on the excellent In:Flux Audio with a bunch of hybrid tracks spanning pretty much every UK genre to date. "Bad To The Bone", for instance, is a break-ridden, trombone-led piece of two-step magic, while "Where Are We going?" is a wobbly slice of UK garage surrounded by sci-fi melodies, and "Confused Face" takes grime and spins it around its neck to create a veritable slice of electronic fusion. A similar in-out through dubstep, grim and garage is reserved for "No We Don't" and the excellent "Dem Ah Holla" featuring JPoet on the ones and twos. This stuff's red hot, check it!
Review: Stroud/Bristol dude Fiyahman is a bit of an expert in conjuring up moody 'grime house' cuts for labels like Sika Records and Second To None Music. Now he's hooked up with yet another killer label, In:Flux, to deliver a two new original joints. "Tobacco" kicks things off with some nice skippy UKG vibes, whilst "Wine & Dub" is hazy, ecstasy-infused 2-step fizz-out. Pavv takes the former into leaner, electro-step territory, whilst Tik&Borrow take a different route via brooding and slow electronica.
Review: We are very excited to see the guys at In:flux make a very potent return to their release schedule with this one as they employ the talents of Fork & Knife, an artist who is continuing to impress upon every drop he lands with. We kick this one off with a look at the industrial drumwork and pulsating bass tones of the title track 'Acid Pan', before landing on the super creative rhythmic twists and eski style synths of 'Goblin Choir' and downright grimey carnage of 'Tombstone'. On remix duty, we see Dunman step forward for an extremely vibrant dubstep rethink of 'Acid Pan', with label founders Tik&Borrow working their steppers magic on 'Tombstone'. Tasty stuff all around!
Review: Fork & Knife always seem to provide us with the freshest, most exploratory bass sounds available, but they really come into their own every time they go anywhere near the In:Flux Audio label. These are 4 powerful bass bruisers, ear-shattering and self-destructive at every turn; "Good Morning", "Logan" and "'Sneak" all blast out some pretty ridiculous levels of wobble on us, pushing the limits of what is deemed acceptable in a club. And we love that kind of gear. Bless up, In:Flux!
Review: We are thrilled to see the In:flux Audio massive back doing what they do best as they get ready to unveil this fantastic new selection from Imajika, exploring the more dubstep side of the labels sound. We kick off with the eastern inspired plucks of the title track 'Cap'n Morgan', which is
followed up by high energy drum switches and gnarly bass blips of 'Glockin Out' and of course the spooky, piano riffs and lethal, rawcus synthesizer work on 'Spare Change'. This is then followed up with a couple of fantastic remix projects, with J Kong getting to work on 'Glockin Out' and Arkwright refurbing 'Spare Change' into an atmospheric roller.
Review: After a very lucrative last twelve months for the In:Flux Audio camp, we are pleased to see them start to round out the year in style as they present us with this collection from J Kong. We begin with the title track 'Nonsense', an out-there amalgamation of dubstep and breaks, pushing unpredictable drum cuts with warbling bass tones and vocal hits. Next up we have the punchy bass grinds of 'Ruthless', which follows by example, being lashed with original sound design. On remix Duty, J69 and Inner Realm get busy on their intuitive recreations of 'Nonsense', with Dr Oscillator following up in style with his weighty rethink of 'Ruthless'.
Review: Nidus: The focus of infection; the place in which bacteria have multiplied. The clue is in the title here... "Nidus" is an instant source of raw sickness that infect your entire dancefloor when dropped appropriately. "Come Wi Di Tune" follows suit with crafty MC vocal shots, another classic J69 toxic bassline and chop-slapping drums. Finally "Baby" sees J69 dust off his guitar and show us how ballads are done up north. Not really, it's actually the darkest strutter on the EP. Get to know.
Review: When Nasty FM's Tik & Borrow gave birth to In:Flux Audio, little did they know that they'd given birth to a monster. The At The Speed Of Life EP is sound the sound of urban Britain in the future. In other words, it sounds like how garage will sound for everybody else in 2025. There are three scorching tracks on here, with the title track leading the charge with its deep and hard grind, "Meth" sees a party-friendly MC rap layered on a deep speed garage joint and "Soon Come" wraps things up nicely with a more melancholic, yet bassy, jam.
Review: One half of a London duo also featuring Tee, Karl Vincent has taken the step of exploring further options with this essentially solo offering. That said, he ropes in a host of collaborators to assist him on these five bangers, including Tee who appears alongside Dephex on the beefy 2-step influenced opener "Outer Space". Elsewhere Swedger appears on the chaotic heavy roller "Buzz", Link provides extra drama on the orchestrated 4 x 4 pounder "Escape", Tik & Borrow inject some techy edge on "Cops & Lawyers" and Dephex returns for some dubby UKG on "On The Run".
Review: This joint EP of fresh new roster talent is a pleasingly varied affair in which the In:Flux crew get to flex their creative A&R muscle. The two artists showcased here couldn't be any more different - Karl Vincent & Tee provide two raw cuts of rowdy and snarling garage ("The Tiger", "The Piano) whilst Chute is all about tough, but euphoric raw house ("To The Knuckle", "Hot Mess").
Review: When the In:Flux label opened its doors two years ago, the first person they signed was the one and only Mr C. Lately he has been off collaborating with bassline hero Krissi B in semi-secret, and 2CB comprises the first fruits of this new creative partnership. "Future Vibez" begins with a hyped up 2 steppy beat, bleepy 8-bit melodies, crystalline synths and slightly silly chipmunk vocals. Elsewhere 'Watcha Laffin' At' has a speedy dub groove and short, sharp percussion, whilst "OA", is a buzzsaw bass stomper that sounds a little bit like the theme from Rhubarb & Custard (Google it).
Review: As we lead up to In:Flux's 5th birthday celebrations, they have gifted us this enigmatic 5 tracker from Mattik, supplying us with a potent hit of original bassline flavour. The title track 'Can't Step' is a groovy wobbler, whilst 'Dead! (VIP) raises the energy with intense LFO's and sharp drum designs. This one also comes complete with a bag of remixes for 'Can't Step', The first being a stripped back mix from Jagwa and the second being a funky inspired shakeout from Dark Moon. Finally we finish up with PZP's rapid fire rework, pushing out niche sounding bass instruments and vibrant grooves.
Review: Modec makes his debut on the UK's Young In:Flux imprint and it's a two-track, two-remix affair. "Bonsai" is a swinging UK garage belter boasting some pretty sweet chord work; John Stuckey remixing it into a sparser, half-stepper and Cateran coming in with a heavy dub version for the floor. Finally, "Mangrove" ties things off with another mass of swinging percussion shots and one mean bassline to rock the system. Belters!
Review: The newly founded In:Flux imprint launches its second release after Tik & Borrow's mutant drum-core single, and it's in the form of an extended collaborative release. Mr C goes in for the kill with three monster house mutants packed with enough low-end to send the dubstep boys into twist. Dr. Oscillator's "The Heist" is a similarly gritty and wobbled-out 4/4 lick, while Tik & Smuggla's "Scuffa Kid" goes into a more broken, swinging garage mode. These guys are setting up their own sound fast, so don't sleep and get to know.
Review: 253 is the number of miles between Mr C's Huddersfield home and Pavv's pad down in Brighton. That hasn't stopped them from teaming up for a split EP though, and here they both perfectly capture the sound of In:fluX. There's a tough, no nonsense vibe throughout the EP, with Pavv dropping the deep and dirty wobble-garage hybrid "Don't Look" and the epic, trance-bass delirium of "The Fantasy". Mr C also steps in to deliver the skippy future-bouncer "Dance With Me" which sustains the already high standard of quality on offer here.
Review: We were thrilled to see this one appear in the release listings as In:Flux Audio make their welcome return alongside the truly unique sounds of Nekst, who steps forward for an explosive six track project. We begin with the title track 'Nekst Level', a neurotic bassline roller, driven by its skippy drum textures and sumptuous synth design. The neuro themes continue on 'Lab Notes' as powerful LFO movements come into play before we hit the final original 'Essex Street' which features a fantastic vocal appearance from Orla O'dwyer. On remix duty, Tik&Borrow send 'Nekst Level' to the stepper factory, Brent Kilner reworks 'Lab Notes'; into a bassline belter and Pavv uses his unique 2-steppy style to overhaul 'Essex Road' into a UKG inspired wobbler.
Review: The In:flux boys really have had one hell of a year. We have seen them land top quality releases across bass, dubstep, grime, garage and funky, allowing them to showcase just how versatile an imprint they really are. We are on collaboration alert for the next one as Nekst teams up with Re-Flex for three scorching originals, kicking off with the sneaky percussion and grizzling bass leads of 'Venom', followed by the electrifying synthesis of 'Hand In Hand'. We finish up the more stripped back techy flavours of 'Storming', before Pelikann, Sample Junkie and Sekt-87 all arrive on top form for remix duty!
Review: It's been a fantastic start to the year for the ever-ready In:Flux Audio imprint, who have been pulling out all the stops to continuously level up their release catalogue. We hear see them join forces with the infamous Pelikann, a producer no bass head should have any trouble recognizing. We kick off this EP with a look at the lethal synth tones and rowdy drum work of 'Enzyme' before dipping into funky inspired drum work and big room synth melodies of 'Shaolin'. We are also gifted two high profile remixes of 'Enzyme', the first of which comes courtesy of Hadean who brings demonic vibes with his synthy rethink, before In:Flux founders get to work with a UK funky inspired overhaul. Great stuff!
Review: When the mighty Pelikann last appeared on In:Flux Audio he was sharing the limelight with Tik & Borrow. Now though he's graduated to having own full release...and it's a killer! There are four originals featured: the title track - all hypey high frequencied wails and jump up beats. Jay Robertson delivers a standout remix, where deep house bookends a minimal abstract malfunctioning robot of a tune. Elsewhere we find the doomy urban growls of "Laughing Cow", the all-out 4 x 4 assault of "Your Mum..." (all intense wobbles and paranoid effects) and the dubby return-to-the-source old skool dubstep flail-about "Soundboy". Safe sounds.
Review: For their latest output, In:Flux have decided to combine north and south, with Southampton's Pelikann sharing the stage with Leeds/Sheffield act Tik&Borrow. The former delivers the mechanical mid pace grind of "Lie Low" which is sped up and turned into a nastier piece of work by King Hydra and a snarling bass beast by Tik & Borrow. The latter also produce the dark, "Parallax", an irritable percussive monster that gets reworked into awesomely sinister UKF by Karl Vincent & Tee and into an otherworldly 2-step/4 x 4 hybrid by Pelikann. A complete meeting of minds.
Review: As ever with an In:Flux Audio release, we were very excited to see what treats were in store as we dip into RRRITALIN's brand new EP, which takes the title of 'Early Gurning Centre'. Right from the off we are thrown into the centre of the rave tent as the rapid fire drum and breaks flavours of 'DTI' hit the ground running, before the tempo increases further with the acidic expressions of 'Signal'. The intensity continues to escalate further as 'Koopya's truly incredible drum arrangements launch with devastating effects. On remix duty, we are blessed with three hard hitters as Sample Junkie, Kanji Kinetic & Hadean get busy on 'Signal', whilst Audio Gutter revamps 'DTI' with some steppers sauce.
Review: The unstoppable In:Flux Audio continues its path to glory with this raunchy six-tracker from the young Sample Junkie. He has only put out a handful of tunes thus far, but the way these bangers are sounding on the speakers means that the name Sample Junkies should be here to stay. "Aku" and "Yes Jah" kick the release off with a boisterous, mean-faced swarm of wobble bass and percussive pyrotechnics, while "Snake Charmer" manages to drop a blockade of chunky 4/4 beats into the equation, thanks to the help of Hurtdeer. There's two remixes of "Aku", the first being an extremely hardcore bit of techno-step from Hadean and the second, from Reso, a flow of nu-school d&b to life all the heads onto the dancefloor; Dave Skywalker reworks "Yes Jah" into one of the nuttiest, most audacious reinterpretations of bro-step that we've heard this year - watch out for those jungle breaks!
Review: As far as consistency in the UK bass scene goes, there aren't many who have been setting high levels for as long and as often as In:Flux Audio, who have carved out their niche UKG style with real finesse over the last few years. This EP see's Sekt-87 step up with three absolute beauties. We kick off with the title track 'Soundboy' which is a real classic UKG roller, complete with crunchy bass patterns and rolling 4x4 drums. The same can be said of 'Bells Of Time' before we move into the speed garage influenced piano riffs and subtle percussive movements of 'Piano Theme'.On remix duty, Tik&Borrow step forward for a dubstep-driven rethink of 'Soundboy' which works perfectly to seal the EP up.
Review: Scots producer Swedger, named after local slang for ecstasy, is a busy man, producing under other alias and stints on radio too. Here he though, he presents two explorations of his beloved 'dark bass music' on the Weaponry EP. "Ammunition" kicks things off with a bang, being an accelerated, space-garage anthem. Next "Weapon" is an abrasive, deep tribal house work out. Remix-wise, Wolf Big Boo brings some quirky haunted 2-step to the fore, Tik& Borrow, bring heavy bass crunch in abundance and Thorpey delivers some attitude-heavy UKF indeed. Lastly Dr Oscillator represents the DnB fans with a mercilessly hyperactive epic.
Review: In:Flux Audio now have rough n' ready wide boy Thorpey on their books. The Powah EP starts as it means to go on with the snarling, metallic riffs of "Outta My Way" which combines pitched up RnB vocals with a pounding electronic onslaught (turned into deep and sinuous tropical grooves in Pharoah K's rework). The title track meanwhile is a particularly rabid example of harsh 4 x 4 mayhem...with cowbells on top! Label dons Tik & Borrow deliver a frenetic scattershot DnB version and Sample Junkie turns in a hyper accelerated jump up version that'll put hairs on yer chest.
Review: Borrow has spent years developing his drum & bass-orientated sound. Now teaming up with Tik, they are aiming to forge a sound that mixes the D&B with dubstep and garage and they're not doing badly at it either. Here we get four forward thinking tunes including the linear 4 x 4 slammer "Hold Up", the sci-fi 2-step of "Down Up" and the breaky UKF-meets-wobble of closer "To Move".
Review: Tik&Borrow return with a sizzling new jam, the Interstellar EP, on their own very fine In:Flux Audio label. "4th Dimension" begins an EP of high BPMs and even higher thrills as a furious melange of hoover bass, 4 x 4 beats and Yello-esque vocals growls. There's also a VIP mix of "Warperz" (recorded with Luciv) that takes things in a spacey dubstep direction. After that there are remixes of the lead track - Pelikann incorporating synth-pop lines with scattershot beats, Vital Techniques go for classic, skippy wobble on their version and lastly Fiyahman brings the fire on his fast and loose closer.
Review: Tik & Borrow joined forces last year with the sole intent of fusing their DnB past with their garage-step future. Here they chose their own In:Flux label to release their latest tune, "Neuromancer", which is a forward bouncing wobbler, made even more lean by Thorpey. Elsewhere, highlights of the many mixes include Little Mester's deep and moody bass throbber and 1point5's delicate two-step influenced rework.
Review: In:flux are a record label we will always find time for at Junodownload, especially if they are able to keep up this fantastically consistent run we find them on currently. We are very pleased to see label founders Tik&Borrow return home for the first time in what feels like forever for a wavy new project, kick starting with the reesey shuffles and gnarly dubstep infused sound design of the title track 'Angel'. This is closely followed by evil tastings and almost metallic synthesizer runs of 'Arkham', before we jump into two very tasty remixes. Both Ali McK & IYZ and Aztek rework the title track, with the first being a grizzly roller, the second being a more sublow inspired recreation, focussing on soft drums and eerie atmospherics.
Review: Underground heroes Tik & Borrow always bring it strong, and here on the Vision EP it's business as usual. There are two new jams here: the juddering behemoth that "Dirge" - all punishing beats, electronic belches and elastic band bass. Like a drunk Mr Oizo. Great. Rico Tubbs gives it a lively bassline makeover too. Then there's the creepy killer's basement vibes of "Hung" - turned into raw 4 x 4 by Killjoy - and lastly the percussion and heavy synths-laden "Vision".
Review: It's an awesome time to be a part of the In:flux Audio camp as they here touch down to celebrate their 50th official release, which they do with some serious dubstep style. We kick off with a track entitled 'Arcsine', a moony, choppy roller, driven by gritty bass design and haunted pad textures, before the robotic stutters and sharp grooves of 'Listen' roll into play. We finish up the originals with the chiseled bass stabs and well placed vocal stamps of 'Tangarine', before RUFUS! And Cartridge touch down for some excellent remix additions! Tasty stuff as per from the In:flux camp!
Review: Tik&Borrow return after an extended break from their home label In:Flux Audio with an absolute mammoth of an LP. Known for their uniquely energetic style of sound design and general arrangement their new 8 track project entitled 'Neurality' is a homage to what the Leeds based duo are all about. Our highlights include the incredible, neuro inspired composition of 'First Child', the downright carnage of 'Vision VIP' and the bassline infused stylings of 'Come Selecta' in collaboration with UK bass heavyweights: Tengu. It's been a long time coming but what a return to the centre of the In:Flux limelight this is for the dynamic Tik&Borrow duo!
Review: The guys at In:Flux really do deserve a lot of credit for their tireless contributions to the UK bass scene over the last few months, having made themselves one of the most prominent Northern imprints within the wide span of the genre. We are here to celebrate and enjoy this compilation celebrating five years of activity from the label. They pull out all the stocks for sure, inviting the likes of Brent Kilner, Pavv, Pelikann, Dr Oscillator, J69 and more to join in the party, with our specific highlights coming from Tik&Borrow themselves, the leading forces behind the project. We look forward to many more years of the In:Flux wave continuing to run!
Review: If we're talking bass, then In:Flux Audio surely has to be in the running for most prolific label of 2016. The unstoppable collective is always full of tricks up their sleeves, and this Selection Box compilation is exactly the sort of thing we wanted to hear from them; a rough and packed collection of their best and most definitive moments of last year. From pseudo jungle, weird, amorphic dubstep, and killer speed-house, there isn't much that sounds wring with this release, and even the most demanding of bass-heads are likely to find something that they'll churn out week after week, floor after floor.
Review: Tik&Borrow's In:Flux Audio label has developed its strong reputation not least due to the duo's discerning ears. A new Get Fluxed comp always means more of their expertly curated selections. This time round there are 12 cuts that provide something for everyone on a bass tip. Highlights includes the buzzsaw breakbeats of T&B's own "Junction Box", the sinister afterhours garage of "Too Close" by Connerz and heady, dub-tech mayhem of Joedan's "High Times". Also an extra shout-out goes to the digi-dancehall roof-raiser "Get Funky" by King Hydra.
Review: In:Flux Audio open their first Get Fluxed compilation with the ludicrous bounce of Swedger's "Shellsuit Temptress", and it gets even sillier with the tinges of electro-swing in 1Point5's "Villian". There are more streamlined, deeper passages though, like Pavv's remix of "Hold Up" (neat vocal samples to boot) to Prude Lerude's "I Need Your Love". For beats more stripped and torn check Ramage's "Happy Days" and the Samphet's "Badman", but the best old school UKG flavours come through on Gammy and Mr LA productions. UK garage never sounded so 2015.
Review: Influx:Audio is a label celebrating the thriving bass scene of their native Yorkshire. One of their shining stars is Pavv (ironically from Brighton) who has made a big splash in the UK bass scene with releases for the likes of U Wot Blud? Here they invite him to reveal his top artists and tunes happening right now and he doesn't disappoint, delivering 10 bleeding edge jams including the space-age UKF of "Things I Do" by Deadbeat UK, the percolating bass gargles of "Nod Ya Head" by Spookz and Pavv's own quirky take on wobble-heavy 4 x 4, "Everyday".
Review: Let's put on our classics and have a little dance shall we? Sheffield's Wolfe takes the reins for the latest In:Flux "Presents" compendiums and brings in 11 exclusive cuts for the ride. Shoulder barging slime comes in the form of Tik & Luciv's "Wobble", pensive screw-face steppery comes via the unstoppable Cellardore while twisted two-step is dished out liberally by both Wolfe and Arctic. Plus, in time with the warmer seasons, there's also a sweet twang amid proceedings; Dr Nick's head-holding soul shock-out "What 2 Do", the yearning, cooing vocals on "Back 2 95", the finger-flexing key-stroker "Bruthas & Sistas" and the turbo-gospel of "So For Real". For reals.
Review: As one of the most prominent labels in the UK Bass scene, In:Flux Audio have consistently delivered banging release after banging release, and the most recent edition of their 'Get Fluxed' compilation series shows they have no intention of stopping this trend. They bring some of their classic roster into the field of play as Pavv, Tengu, Zemon and Fiyahman all make return appearances. For us however the highlights lay in Hamdi's super groovy 'Zing Zoom Zoom', which channels vibrant bass instrumentation with super punchy drum riffs. Another instant favourite would have to be the speed garage inspired arrangement of 'Trigga Finga' from bassline high flyer Sekt-87 and In:Flux founders Tik&Borrow.
Review: Get Fluxed Volume III couldn't have come at a better time; the summer heat is out and these garage drums aren't exactly gonna play themselves now are they!? Featuring Martin McFly's infamous Nike spacers on the cover, this jam-packed comp of goodness features all of the label's biggest names and, of course, the creme-de-la-creme of UK house music. Sitting somewhere on the hardcore continuum between garage and breaks, the likes of Pharaoh K, Joedan, Pelikann and Krissi B, among others, set out what will surely be THE bass release of the summer in terms of DJ playback. This is the sort of gear you hear out on the beach at Pula's mighty Outlook festival. Sun's out, bass out.
Review: In:Flux let rip with a second massive V/A album of the year and it's an all-out bass riot featuring some of the label's most exciting names and affiliates as they tear each other's cuts apart and rebuild them in their own unique (and consistently gully) ways. Highlights include the spring two-step savagery Pavv's own VIP "Don't Look", the sci-fi spookiness and graveyard bass of Tik&Borrow's take on "Jah Victory", KXVU's tripped out wave-synth take on Pelikann's "Laughing Cow" and Pelikann's jacking bassline take on "No 6". Not a dull moment, In:flux aren't messing around mate.
Review: As a label and collection of artists, In:Flux have been consistently impressive for some years now and there are few ways better to summarize this than a compilation. This 13 track collection, entitled "Selection Box 2017" is bursting at the seams with bassy goodness. We see long term label favourites Palize and Tengu all make fantastic appearances as well as a few absolute heaters from Connerz, Zemon and the wonder kid of the moment: Hamdi. This release also features exclusive VIP mixes from Clean Shirt, Dr Oscillator and J69, making this a must grab for all 4x4 fans.
Review: Following on from another string of exciting releases, we are thrilled to see the return of In:Flux Audio, and the fifth edition of their extremely popular compilation series 'Get Fluxed'. The line up for the selection is potent to say the least, seeing high profile returns for the likes of J69, Nekst, Fiyahman, Swedger and more, along with the introduction of some eyebrow raising newcomers! For us the highlights on this one simply have to include the dancefloor destroying old school UKG flavours of 'The Massive Crew' from Sekt-87, along with Teotek's neurotic thrillride in 'Tunnel Driver'.
Review: Following Wolfe and Pavv, old bashy big beak Pelikann steps up for the new V/A compilation. Hand-picking his current floor-fired faves from the freshest of the forefront, highlights hurl and heave from every nook, crook and cranny. The brutal bombardment of WATSN's "123UH", the toxic slurry bass of Odd Nature's "Bait", the breakneck steps and broken glass bass of Brent Kilner's "Never See Me" are just some the rude, crude floor-punches... And that's before we get to Pelikann collaboration with with Tik&Borrow in the form of the sweary, bashy tribal slammer "Giv A Fuk". No zeroes... Only heroes. Big up Pelikann each and every.