Review: Fresh from earning his Technique stripes Cologne-based Brian Brainstorm makes his Liondub debut: "Already Dead" comes with such an arresting sample he switched it into two furious forms: a skank-happy jungle version and a foul stanching jump up mix. Deeper into the EP you'll find Annix-level bass chaos on "Run Choon", classic Moving Fusion style warbles and wobbles on "No Mercy Tonight" and an authentic ode to jungle's original roots on the sub-squeezing, sample-smashing "Unity". Lighter!
Review: Last spotted on Liondub showing us no mercy whatsoever, Cologne's Brainstorm returns the label's Street Series with another fistful of fire. Rich variety is clear from the off as we glide to the smooth subby sounds of opener "Brooklyn Dub" before getting hurled headfirst into a Hoogs-level jump-up riff bash. Further on we shock out to whistling, breezy jungle on "Right Now" while things get pure ugly with two gritty early-2000s style riff cuts with Ricky Tuff. Serious street smarts.
Review: Liondub International present their sixth "Street Series" release from the series, this time running a debut from new UK producer Certified Sickness. "Judgement Day" pushes on with murky intros and breakdowns powered by abrasive sampled breaks and dive-bombing basslines. "Plane Trip" sees him take on a more experimental side as he flips airline samples into the beats - think more Final Destination than two weeks in Marbella. "In Love" contrasts the seriously catchy title vocal hook against slabs of distorted bass and a rolling backbone. Stormin makes an appearance on the microphone for the EP's most brutal moment; "Drum & Bludclart Bass" explodes over fierce bass stabs, slow, deliberate breaks, and the barest suggestion of a reggae feeling. Finally, Certified Sickness pushes his sample-heavy style to breaking point in "Cursed Forever", where horror movie samples meet jump-up mayhem. One for the hard crew.
Review: Climbing up the camo netting with stealth, Spanish duo follow up their assassin IM:LTD EP with their broadest bounty to date. Full focus on the drumwork, "Badman" does that rolling halftime thing that Om Unit does so well, "All Kind Of People" and "Just A Herb" take us even darker into the dance with raw tribal spaciousness where the heart-stopping kicks command the situation. "Rainy Riddim" continues the visceral drum patterns but with a subtle and floaty jungle icing while "Selassie I" is straight up jungle naughtiness, all rattling amens and twisted mentasms. Finally "Kill It Properly" bids us adieu with a wonked percussive agenda similar to Digital. This isn't called the "Badman" EP for nothing.
Review: Conrad Subs is rising up the ranks so rapidly, some people are using his name as rhyming slang for 'naughty dubs'. Chow down on this edition to Liondub's ever-sick "Street Series" collection and you will be too as some of his most beautiful and his most sharpest and unruly designs are on display right here. The title track "Magnify" is a gilded dreamer laced with soul but behind the vibes there's a whole cannon of gully locked and loaded. From the stripped back minimal funk and style of "Transfixed" to the absolute breakbeat bombardment of the brilliantly-titled "Splurt", highlights swing from every possible rafter.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is usually home to label's rougher, gullier material. But for their fourteenth volume they've invited London soul merchant Contra for a silkier, timeless session. Each cut rolling with lean elements and premium-positioned elements, they celebrate 1994 just as much as they look forward to 2024. Highlights are the surging vocal sample on "Days Of P", the darker jungle roughage of "Like A Ghost" and the glistening, Bungle-style cosmic rolls of "Kokoro". Straight from the heart.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is one of the longest running and best introductory series' in the business, pulling through some lesser known talent on an almost monthly basis with condense yet expansive collections of music. This time it's the turn of Cool Hand Flex who lays down the gauntlet from the outset with 'London Groove' - a huge rolling number with towering high points that tumble down into jarringly cool low points. It's a bit of a ballad to be honest. 'Sight & Sound' is the other highlight, a pummelling jungle tip with a wobbling sub and deliciously satisfying percussive snaps.
Review: Damage Report steps up to the Liondub International label with his biggest release yet. This five-track EP offers a variety of sounds to fill a range of moods to suit the drum and bass dancefloor. For something deep, rolling and slightly off-kilter there's "Got Something" and staying on a mellow tip there's also the title-track "Substance". For bigger beats check out "Move N Sway" and "Nothing As Bad", while "Crack It" is a nasty digi-banger.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is one of the longest running and best introductory series' in the business, pulling through some lesser known talent on an almost monthly basis with condense yet expansive collections of music. This time it's the turn of Danny The Wildchild, who lays down the gauntlet from the outset with 'Fresh' - a huge number with towering high points that tumble down into jarringly cool low points. It's a bit of a ballad to be honest. 'Body Moves' is the other highlight, a pummelling roller with a wobbling sub and deliciously satisfying percussive snaps. Big.
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of Dez, a producer comes with some serious junglist heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'Burundanga' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other four are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about - the Liondub crew kill it yet again.
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of Dispoze, a producer who comes with some serious junglist heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'Doubts' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other four are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about.
Review: Chasing the chem trails left by his label mate and peer RMS last month, the mighty DJ Hybrid makes his Liondub debut with this precision six tracker. As always with the Coventry killer, there's no filler in sight and a full range of flavours on offer; "Stay High" eases us in with soulful west coast finesse before "Prime Time" gets busy with sinewy alien funk and early 2000s Dope Dragon hookiness, "Breathe" brings the sunny side dubwise feels before hurling us into a deep jungle swamp, "No Way" is all about the Critical style stripped back minimal rollage before "Shockin Out" hits us upside the chops with some absolutely foul jungle wobbles before "Special Request VIP" brings us home on a rocket made of sirens and classic reverse basses. No stone left unturned; this is DJ Hybrid at his broadest and baddest.
Review: The man, the myth, the absolute legend DJ Sly makes his debut on Liondub's Street Series and it's about ruddy time too! Following the likes of Cool Hand Flex, Trex, Macky Gee, Motiv and many, many more, Sly jumps headfirst into the EP in the way the series was intended: pure floor fire tailored for nothing but mix creativity and crowd bashment. From the screaming high voltage growls of "Dark Number" to the utterly disgraceful bass tones and ravishment of the soundsystem slapping finale "Disco Hall", Sly hasn't just added to an already killer series but levelled it up. Essential.
Review: Dutta's doing the business harder than a tonked up Lord Sugar this year, and this seven track LionDub EP could just be one of his biggest releases to date. All battle stations manned, all bass bases covered, highlights include the rampant stabs and psychotic triplet swagger of "Boxes", the warm chords and slurring riff of "Bristol", the sweet sticky laser stabs of "Jaffa Cake Cookies" and the low-down skankology and cheeky Mario samples of "My Style". Powerful.
Review: Drum and bass duo Fineprint come straight out of Long Island and Chicago for their debut on the seventh volume of Liondub International's long-standing "Street Series". The pair present their uniquely cinematic, hard-hitting style over five high-pressure pieces, carefully finessing that sound on title track "Gargon", pushing militant jump up drums and bass blasts to control the pace. For "Hypnosis", the foundation flexes even stronger muscle while backing sounds get twisted, and "Rockaz" begins with sampled reggae references but soon switches to harder, jagged bass patterns and rigid breaks. "The Clash" takes a similar tact, amplifying the contrast with extended reggae samples worked against hammering bass and drums. On the complex tip, "The Konkrete Skank" begins ominously in break-driven ambient territory with wobble basslines accompanied by the EP's trickiest percussion. Well worth the full listen.
Review: Freeze is the next artist to join the hallowed group of producers who have come through via Liondub's Street Series, one of the scene's longest running exemplars of how to push new talent and a constant source of filthy underground bangers. Dangerous is certainly within that category and all seven tunes here don't mess around in instantly reaching for the big red button marked 'naughtiness'. 'Touch Me' is especially potent, a vocal sample leading its hook of belching bass stabs that wobble in tandem with its irresistible energy. The toughness continues with the foghorn majesty of 'With You', which rolls out with pure abandon, and the low frequencies are even better on 'Socialite', which isn't the most social piece of music - it's far too dark and heinous for that. This is a proper shakedown from the Liondub crew.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is one of the longest running and best introductory series' in the business, pulling through some lesser known talent on an almost monthly basis with condense yet expansive collections of music. This time it's the turn of Higher Sector, who lays down the gauntlet from the outset with 'Kill A Rat' - a huge jungle number with towering high points that tumble down into jarringly cool low points. It's a bit of a ballad to be honest. 'Forces' feat. Sam Harris is the other highlight, a pummelling roller with a wobbling sub and deliciously satisfying percussive snaps. Lovely stuff.
Review: Liondub International have greeted the unrepentant winter chills with their brand new $treet $eries, which they say gives rise to a host of new styles and names. Taking a look at this first release, it's going to be a ride and a half. Leicester-based Hoogs has travelled the spectrum of jungle, ragga, reggae and dancehall to get where he is now, and this release shows his diversity to full effect. From the choppy beats of opener "Murda", through jump-up stabs and samples of "Outcast" and hectic roller "Mountain People", there's no doubt he loves the heavier things in life. Picking up the pace once again in "Pussy", he experiments with percussion and bass with a seriously tweaked low-end and frenetic beats ending up on final track "Haunted", a treacherous stepper with a drop fit to crumble the mightiest soundsystems. A series to watch.
Review: Lifting us up through the darkest of times Hydrolikz secures his place in the Street Series hall of fame with five examples of French jump-up brutality. As always with this Liondub International series, the energy is set to max and the artist is given a blank canvas to showcase their widest of styles. In the case of Yung Hydro here the styles range from savage, gnarling power tool funkery ('Lift Off') to tripped-out melting laser bass a la Belgium ('Octopus') and all jump-up styles in between. Raw!
Review: Liondub's Street Series continues, as ever, now in its 33rd instalment and still as fiery and energetic as always. It's quite rare you see a release series hit that sort of number, so shoutout to the Liondub crew for giving a platform to some of the sickest lesser known acts around. Jayline isn't exactly lesser known, instead he's been tearing up dance floors for a few years and this release shows you why. 'Network' kicks the release off with fat synth lines that simply don't care what you think, an attitude which continues into the jungle stutters of 'Bacardi & Coke', 'Anglo Saxxon' and 'Like A Bird'. The latter of these three is the highlight, with a soaring sample that overpins a bouncing, stabby back end that reminds us of a Fracture cut. Overall, big tunes - Liondub continues the onward march.
Review: Liondub Street Series continue their consistent assault on the dance with one of their biggest series editions to date: a full LP length collection from Birmingham OG Jinx. 10 tracks in totally, the full spectrum of vibes are on offer right here as Jinx demolishes everything in sight... From carnage rave juice like "Blow Your Horn" to the much funkier, elasticated rubber ball bass of "Get With The Groove" by way of the space-aged grizzles of "Eliminate Sound", it's Jinx at his broadest, baddest and heaviest. Essential Street Series business.
Review: It's been a big year for J.O.E with proper scuds on the likes of Sub-Heavy, Calypso Muzak, 24 Karat and Dubplate Dread, now he seals the deal with a spot on the hallowed halls of Liondub International's Street Series. Seven tracks in total, J.O.E's gone in every angle with highlights hitting hard: 'Wait' is a nod towards the catchy, intoxicating Q&A style of Serum, 'Watch Me Dance' flips between a cheeky house sample and a savage coiled spring bassline while 'Patch This' strips things right back to the bare essentials - a sexy sub and rattling drums. And that's not even half of it. 90 thumbs up.
Review: After a slew of slugs and rattlers on Cre8, west country monster slam-dunks his way onto Liondub International's ever-coveted Street Series collection. As always, the canvas is blank and the size is XXL as the young producer goes in deep with seven cuts ranging from the pure venomous rifle bass filth of 'Spirits' (with Toxinate) to the dreamier euphoria of 'Heartbeat' by way of the laser bass mischief of 'Selecta'. All cuts primed for the dance - whenever those golden times return - if you're looking for 'Trouble', you've got it!
Review: Latvia might not be your first stop for up and coming jungle stars, but Liondub International has definitely found one in Kenji. For the 10th volume of "$treet $eries", first track "Gun Proof" blasts out straight rudeboy style with bass bombs and a layered synthesizer backdrop. With tempo and temperature rising, "In Yo Crib" kicks down the door with rough bassline-led jump up. The title track strips it further back to roughneck basics with plenty of space and "Look at the Sky" deploys the same skeletal tactics in a roller. Closer "Primary Force" fills out the sound palette with warring sample layers and techy nonchalance. Think again about Latvia!
Review: Gun fingers fallen off? Don't worry, Kenji's packing heat and he's more than happy to share. "Bustin At Em" is a physical shaker with bold layers of drums, tribal gong smashes and a naggy riff that won't quit. "Gunz" shoots from the hip with its stop/start drums and Urban Takeover style reverse bass lick. "Inaccurate" adds a little more danger to the blend with icy pads and two basslines that appear to have a knife fight before our very ears while "Nevermind" and "Ya Don't Test" both play deftly with breath-taking cinematic string samples. Bullet time!
Review: Volume 30 of Liondub's Street Series is courtesy of Kumo, the latest in a long line of artists to participate in this well-known EP saga. Liondub's sound is rooted in the underground of the UK urban scene, drawing especially heavily on jungle and ragga influences and this release is no different, if not slightly heavier. 'Technique' is an absolute slammer, moody wobbles of basic bass force curl and slide underneath a stuttering percussive line, injecting loads of groove into a proper weighty number. The other tracks all conform to this; 'Wiretap' has superb drums and a genuine sense of attitude to its bassline; 'Identification' takes things minimal over the top of a head-nodding double kick drum. Sick release.
Review: Liondub's Street Series is one of the longest running and best introductory series' in the business, pulling through some lesser known talent on an almost monthly basis with condense yet expansive collections of music. This time it's the turn of Lost City, who lays down the gauntlet from the outset with 'All Rude Boy' - a huge jungle number with towering high points that tumble down into jarringly cool low points. It's a bit of a ballad to be honest. 'The Way You Move' is the other highlight, a pummelling roller with a wobbling sub and deliciously satisfying percussive snaps.
Review: Launched in earnest back in late 2013, Liondub's $treet $eries has lived up to its billing as a platform for new names to shine on. Arriving at their 16th volume, it is the turn of the brotherly London production unit Luktenstein to get their moment in the spotlight, and Josh and Tom Ludlow grip it with both hands. House of Death brandishes a weighty six productions from the Luktenstein studios, kicking off in impressive fashion with "Stranger" which cranks up the adrenalin factor from zero to ten skilfully over the course of the five minute duration. Despite this being their apparent debut, Luktenstein's mastery of rhythm and bass is evident throughout, be it the rowdy jump up style of "Lose Your Heads", the full on rinse out of the title cut or the rolling junglisms of "What the F*ck".
Review: Macky Gee has earned respect all the way probably thanks to his dramatic and modern take on drum and bass. In the 11th Liondub $treet $eries release, Macky quickly gets down to business, as the RnB flavas of "Be The One" gets crushed under a massive bassline. Title tune "Black Widow" takes a similar approach but switches the bass into filthy overdrive. "Seduction" keeps things on a minimal tip with nothing to dress its rude, battering bass and drum styles. He shows a more supple side on "Anxious" with rattling breaks and experiments in texture and drama. Final tune "The Hood" takes ghetto hip hop into jump up, hitting it hard right to the end. Macky Gee, we salute you.
Review: Bass Junk bossman Mamoet steps out from his Belgian laboratory for a feature on Liondubs' super-respected Street Series. He's brought a whole bundle of spiky, aggy jumpery with him for the ride. "New York" wriggles with bee swarm strings, "Kingston" is all about the ruded out bass riff while "Mad Ting" is the sketchy, dramatic prize centrepiece. Rounding up the EP we have "Fire" and "Higher". The former flexes some dreamy flutters before hurling us into the gutter while the latter hits with some hardcore wobble and preach. Amen to that.
Review: Rumour has it that Margaman got his name from his love for margarita cocktails. Some say he got his name for his love for margherita pizzas. There are others who say he loves margarine over butter. Meanwhile at Juno Download we have no idea how this longstanding man who came through on the likes of Dread, Mix & Blen and Mac 2 in the mid 2010s, and been on some of the most on-point new-gen labels in the game in recent years, got his name. But boy do we love his sounds. From the bubble and bounce of the title track 'Jungle Trek' to scorching BC-esque inferno 'Earthbound' via the gorgeous harmonic subs of 'Deep In The Jungle', Margaman hits like a fine cocktail, fills you up like a proper pizza and is as smooth and fat free as margarine. Yet another perfect addition to Liondub International's ever-collectable Street Series.
Review: Following their first blast into Brooklyn on their new Street Series, Liondub International returns with another debut departure, this time from Bristolian talent Mindstate. Previously associated with Brian G's Chronic label, he has worked with Blak Twang,Congo Natty, and Rodney P and his style, heavily imbued with dub elements and vocals, is a shoe-in for Liondub International's signature style. Title track "Vibes" takes heavy dub elements and rubs them against hard jump-up and dirty bass, setting the tone for the release. Wild and tribal at times, there's no way the dancefloor will be still for any of these riddims. Get involved.
Review: With releases on the likes of Euphonique's Subwoofah and Bou & Dutta's Diamond Audio to his name, Motiv continues to rocket up the ranks with this generous trove of rollers and groaners on the ever-on-point Liondub. Covering his full spectrum, the EP is one of the most comprehensive and heaviest showcases so far. Highlights include the tsunami tidal wave bass moan on "Vultures", the spacious introspective piano on "Unforgiven" and the jittering funk on the dense high pressure roller "Time Of Darkness". Motivation to get back on the controls; Motiv ain't messing around.
Review: LionDub's Street Series has to be one of the most on point and consistent V/A EP series in recent D&B times. Every collection comes from a genuinely exciting name in the modern game, they're loaded with shades and stank and roll and slap in equal measure. Now hot on the heels of DJ Hybrid and RMS (among many others) comes Dread affiliate Mr Explicit with five more potty mouth party pieces; "Dub Lion" actually roars, "Iron Maiden" has a bassline that does actually sound like heavy metal... Actual metal, though. Being melted at over 1000 degrees. Elsewhere "The Mash" steps and sizzles with a cheeky nod to Virus while "Warfare" drones ominously like the sky is falling under a nuclear cloud. "Who's Laughing" closes yet another excellent street session with true dark style theatre.
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of NC-17, a producer who got his name making liquid but who comes with some serious junglist heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'A Better Tomorrow' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other four are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about.
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of Niterider, a producer who got his name making bangers and who comes with some serious heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'Illegal Op' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other five are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about.
Review: LionDub hit the streets of Berlin for some guttural gully pressure from long-standing producer/singer partnership Phantom Warrior and Soultrain. You might recognise Soultrain's ruffstuff throaty flow from "Mo Fire", made famous in the early 2000s with a Bad Company remix. You may also feel strong parallels with Ragga Twins or what Run Tings do with Blackout JA - a perfect balance between industrial strength beats and dancehall toasting. From the Enei-style future funk of "Raver" to the early Clipz style midrange bass textures on "Blood" to heads-down rule-ripping bassline roll out "Heavy Like Tank", this is proper soundsystem-shaking material from start to finish.
Review: Weighing in at a naughty seven tracks, Liondub have effectively squeezed the best part of an album out of Raz right here for their 26th "Street Series" volume. Unlike most albums, however, this is 100 percent floor damagement. From the metallic robobloodclart call to arms on opener "Blood" or the sudden drop into dusty orchestration on "Not Ready" through to finale fire pieces such as the sci-fi shoot out "Short Cut" and the glitched-out drum wriggles of "You Make Me" via dubbed out technoid synth ripples of "Murder You", Raz is on the roll of his life right here. Enough bangers to keep you sweet till Christmas.
Review: LionDub's Street Series continues its regular fresh talent dispatches with Scottish upriser Rize taking care of business on their 18th chapter. Flexing between standard D&B tempos and a classical 160 jungle pace and covering everything from dubwise rollers ("Babylon") to breezy hardcore breaks ("Bad Habit") to stark metallic tech ("Hydra") Manchester-style percussive murkage ("Maasai") deep space halftime ("Umbra") and cosmic hip-hop, this is one of the broadest Street Series collections so far... And a solid reason to keep Rize well and truly on your radar.
Review: Liondub continue to squeeze near album-sized collections out of their mates. And this one comes courtesy of the currently unavoidable RMS, a man often spotted on the likes of Deep In The Jungle, Hocus Pocus and Dubsoul. Here he makes his Liondub debut with seven soudboy slayers and highlights include the subtle gamey flutters and stripped back steppery of "Woldwide Tingz", the dark shreds and lasers of "Insiders" and the carnal urgency of "Gutrot" where the vocal washes over the grunting bass with mesmerising trippy effect. Cool and deadly.
Review: Long-distance thing: Runnah continues to bubble up the ranks with a debut on Liondub Internatty's long-coveted Street Series collection. Packing five tracks in total, each one reps a different Runnah style. "Avatar" is the good old 800 metres. Stately, pacey and no frills fun. "Gypsy Gang" is the 100m sprint; those technoid synths and that rasping bassline getting you quick off the blocks. "Emergency" is a half marathon; its weight is measured, considered but hard as nails. "Secret Weapon" is the ultra marathon. Freaky, relentless and full of surprises. Finally "Avocado" is the 200m hurdles, jumpy, fast and full of grunty bumps. On your marks...
Review: Premium Belgian business right here. And we're not talking about the beer; Skankage makes his debut on Liondub International's check-on-sight Street Series with five serious sonic assaults. Easing us in softly with the roughhouse tech slams and grizzles of 'Rollin Since 99', we're then hurled into a maze of contemporary dancefloor danger; 'Feel The Vibe' is a Gee'd up salute to the modern day bassline singalongs, the minimal croaky dark-out 'C2H6Cd' is every bit as toxic as its title suggests while 'Broken Wings' flips the flavours for a deeper, prowling take on D&B. Last but not least 'Over The Horizon' brings the EP to a grand conclusion with epic high frequency riffage that celebrates everything that's great about Belgium's D&B sound both past and present.
Review: Last spotted burning up the place with Blackout JA on Original Key, Speaker Louis continues his inner-city damagement with a coveted spot on Liondub International's long-standing, future talent celebrating 'Street Series'. It's demolishment from off as the flabby bass of tracks like 'Foundation' and 'Lift Off The Roof' go all-in with the bubble butt bass swings while cuts like 'From The Top' flex that classic Urban Shakedown bouncy Q&A funk and 'Soundboy Gonna Cry' just wormholes from Speaker's speaker right into your hips and won't quit until you've won at least six skanking contests. Lord a mercy.
Review: Liondub's renowned Street Series continues in full force and this next instalment is courtesy of Stranger, a producer who comes with some serious heat on this one. All five of these cuts mean business and our favourites are the steppy bits, 'Bad' especially, which combines apocalyptic vibes with urban sonics to create a powerful patchwork of force and energy, all underpinned by a broken percussive line. The other four are also strong and we're definitely looking forward to hearing these out and about.
Review: San Diego badmen Sub Killaz take the wheel for Liondub's not-stop EP joyride. It's gnarly business from the off as "Raised By The Block" and "Faces Of War" both hit hard with devilish riff dynamics. "Only You" strips the vibe back to a '99 sharp step and a well-tamed cushiony sub while "9 Pound Hammer" pokes and stabs gleefully with Annix-style keenness and "Salt Water" winds us down with shimmering piano strokes and hazy R&B style vocal snippets. Something for everyone.