Formed in early 2020, there isn’t another label quite like aspirational Bristolian young guns Invicta Audio. Despite still being in their infancy as a platform, the close-knit team and head-honcho Anton Bailey (AKA Viatic UK) have gone from strength to strength in their short time in the scene, picking up fans, followers and plaudits at a truly astonishing rate. Whether it’s their colossal 9000 Soundcloud followers that were achieved in just over 9 months, their praised inclusions in press behemoth UKF’s essential foreshadowing ‘20 For 2020: The Labels’ & ‘Top 21 Labels To Look Out For In 20201’ features, or momentous nominations for DJ Mag’s ‘Best Breakthrough Label’ & DNBArena’s ‘Best Newcomer Label’ awards, Invicta lead from the front, delivering the very best in weighty, grotty drum & bass whilst simultaneously treading new sonic paths alongside. Additionally, as well as being ever-present in the events and promotional arenas, they’re pushing forth with one of the finest release rosters in the game: Jam Thieves, Sub Killaz, Magenta, Kontakt, Oppidan, Just Eden, Conrad Subs, Napes, Refracta and plenty more have passed through the doors with aplomb. One thing is certain, the sun is shining blindingly bright for all associated with Invicta Audio.
Review: Following his sublime excursion on Incurzion earlier this year GLM makes his debut on Invicta and brings along a few friends for the vibe. The EP kicks off with the deep dark soul of the title track 'Way Out', a slinky cut laced with subtle cosmic elements, before we hurtle deeper and deeper into GLM's rabbit hole... 'Suffocate' (with Addicted) leaves us breathless with its little savage flairs that pop up and die down just as quickly, 'Feel It Comin' (with Jammez) is pure dark matter soul with its big vocal and gnarly bass shreds before 'Wait For You' seems GLM go solo for a moody heads down finale. No way out from this one.
Review: Time flies when you're smashing out high grade new-gen bangers: Invicta already strike up a year of business and celebrate with this powerful V/A collection from friends and familiar faces. As always with Invicta the range is right across the board as we slide and glide from smooth soul (H8TO - 'This Place', Refracta - 'Touch') right the way to utterly gutterly filth (Gonda - 'Bulll', Harley D - 'Forever') and all banger styles in between. Other highlights include Phizical's super-slinky 'Feeling', B-Plexx's soaring vocal work-out 'Too High' and Jam Thieves' moody creeper 'Black Light'. Happy birthday Invicta!
Review: Invicta Audio are doing us all a massive solid with this release, simply because compilations featuring incredible artists are just the best and the more music we get towards our ear drums the better. The Echo LP is a jump up inflected, minimalistic release that doesn't take many prisoners. 'Bad Bitch' by Harley D, featuring Scotty, is a perfect example of this, as his vocals lead you in with a distinctive tone before a broken drop emanates with some serious force, subterranean wobbles abound and it's an all-round moody listen. The rest of the LP is just as strong - big up the whole team.
Review: Everyone loves a proper compilation, right? What's better than having a range of artists in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Invicta have come out with the second edition of their one year anniversary celebration and it's packed full of jump-up bangers, one of those albums which doesn't try to be cool or sophisticated by chucking in a few fillers for the sake of diversity - it's just hard stuff here. It works great, with Harley D's 'Forever' the highlight, its jungle influences blending well with a punchy sub-bass and gargles jump up synth tears, a properly stepping track that just oozes class and shows how much Harley D's production has come on in recent times. Sick album guys.
Review: Gonda & Rise join the Invicta fray with another sampler from the label's '1 Year Of Invicta' anniversary release. 'Hold Up' takes the lead. Originally a free download from Gonda last year, Rise switches up the beats and gives the bassline a wry twist while 'Bull' sees them linking for an all-out bassline slap-about. Big swing on the beats, cheeky on the riff and venomous bars. Invicta smash it once again.
Review: Invicta have been making some serious waves the past year or so and with a growing recognition that they're one of the best labels releasing a consistent slew of music, they're celebrating their evolution with a multi-part LP. This is the first instalment and a whole crew is on things with a six-tracker of frightening proportions, packed full of solid percussive strikes and flowing basslines. 'Dance Girl' has a seriously funky rhythmic pattern and a slick array of basslines, whilst 'Life' takes things in a funkier direction with ragga sampling and a fluid concoction of sub-heavy bass magic. There are also more melancholic, deeper sounds, as B-Plexx nails the liquid vibe on 'Too High' - top.
Review: Invicta raise the birthday alarm with the first sampler of their first-year anniversary collection. Both bubbling with big vocal hooks, Bookey steps up first with a massive conscious reggae hook. Powerful lyrics packing a punch over a turbo-charged sun-kissed skank, this will be firing out of rigs all summer as the raves re-open. Joining Bookey is Invicta debutant H8TO who also goes in on the vocal focus but this time with more of a soulful flavour as he rolls out a house-flavoured bop with a nagging bassline hook and a breakdown to melt to. Happy birthday Invicta.
Review: Naughty enough to make you have daddy issues, Froidy follows up appearances on Invicta and DnB Allstars Vas with his debut EP and, as he dutifully hints with the title, he's well and truly brought it. The title track features a Ragga Twins sample over a tense dancefloor bassline while the rest of the EP gets progressively darker and heavier; 'Diickhead' is a whole maze of bass flavours and textures tightly woven over rattling beats, 'Give It Up' counters a dreamy, almost trance-like breakdown with a series of killer depth plunge basslines while 'Mad Shots' closes the EP on a mean and meaty one thanks to some well sculpted bass drones. Don't slip on these Froidy ones.
Review: Well lookee what we have here... The rising styles of young Brum artist Bookey with his debut EP on Invicta. Four tracks deep, featuring mates like Harley D, PDX, Joely and JustJo, the release covers the full spectrum from epic steam engine bassline chuggers ('Sundown') to deeper emotional numbers ('Standing Tall') via outrageous bassline groaners that will absolutely melt systems the minute we're allowed to rave again ('Take Me') and absolute hooky howlers like 'The End'. Lookee, hooky, Bookey.
Review: Bristol beefcake Formula makes one of his biggest moves so far with this killer debut on Invicta Audio. All four cuts hitting with realness and showing a different side to the young producer, highlights include the deep-space wriggles and sultry house vocal snippets on 'You & Me' and the all-out party flavours of 'Bad Boys'. Switching from a classic twangy riff even your mum knows to a groany, gutter-chomping drop is a dramatic and funky move. We need more music like this.
Review: Oh gosh! Few labels are delivering the future like Invicta right now. Since launching the official label in October 2020, they've been a relentless source of tomorrow talent via huge VA collections like 'Alumni', 'The Excursion' and now 'Mercury', a seven-track set from a wide range of exciting rising new-gen names. Every track is a heater but exceptional highlights include the contrast of dark and light on Drowzee's 'Free Fall', the sultry echoes and rasping electrified riff of Stoyley & Substance's 'Pressure' and Harley D & Scotty's provocative wriggler 'Bad Bitch'. Bad to the bone. And there's plenty more en route... Another massive Invicta VA drops next week!
Review: Bubbling under the surface, honing his craft for several years, Harley D has come into his own in recent times with killer thumper bumpers on Serial Killaz, Cre8 and now this savage package on Azzah B's Invicta Audio. Whether he's paying homage to Senor Souped Up, the synth or the blood plasma we're not sure but 'The Serum' covers all of Harley's corners. 'Runaway' purrs with a really unusual sounding bass tone and far-away voices in a way that could be compared to Halogenix. 'One More Night' flips between bighorn blasts and galaxy-bounding liquid cascades. 'Can't Say No' is bubbling, stripped-back sexy D&B. Last but not least we have the title track 'The Serum'. Laced with cavernous amounts of space and chest-rattling breaks, it's the ugliest, gnarliest cut of the bunch... And it leaves us wanting more. Bring it on Harley.
Review: Jam Thieves are the Brazilian duo who have developed a reputation for their unique blend of skipping minimal and gargled jump up funk, and this single on Invicta will not disappoint fans of that sound. 'Joker' blends a fearsome sub bass with well placed ripples of twisted low frequencies, which scream across the range with all the energy of red hot shrapnel. 'Blunt' is well named, as it has less sharp edges but instead swirls and percolates with muddy force that's focused in the lows and based on minimal, tapping percussion. Awesome.
Review: With an already massive following and vaults of free download albums to their name, Invicta Audio come correct with the full label and launch with the twisted sounds of Jando. Four tracks in total, each one tickles a different corner of the minimal / hybrid playground. 'Corrupt' is the techiest cut of the bunch with its neuro-like build up drop into revved up barky riff and it's followed by three more trippy head-benders; 'Ignite' is a all about the fluttering high end harmonics, 'New World Sound' is pure prang funk while 'Verdict' closes the show with soothing pads and a drop into the scattiest bassline of the release. Imagine a metal ping pong ball bouncing down an aluminium tube and you're in the right dance.