Liondub International, born on the foundations of original reggae music, primarily hones in on roaring jungle and drum and bass but occasionally swerves into 140 bpm and dancehall territories. The label was founded by DJs and producers DJ Liondub and Marcus Visionary in 2008. Over the years Liondub International operated from Brooklyn, Toronto, London and Kingston (Jamaica) but is now run solely by Liondub in New York City. The label joins the dots between sub-labels Blacklion Movements, Liondub Street Series, Liondub-ODT Muzik and Liondub45. Liondub International has seen releases from artists including: Bladerunner, DJ Hybrid, Serial Killaz, Aries, Bou, Macky Gee, Euphonique, Jayline, Sub Killaz and Riko Dan.
Review: Many artists are making those gruff, random barking bassline noises right now but few do it with the wit and timing of yung Lupo. Always hitting you when you don't expect it and always cutting out the mix in a really crisp way, Lupo's basses are hitting serious spots... Especially on this new Liondub International EP. Highlights include the 8-bit spirals and decaying, swaying bass riff on the title track, the vocal twist and snarling bass of 'Loving You' and the long awaited VIP of his erstwhile bubbler 'The Funk'. Soundboy lick a shot.
Review: No retreat no surrender! DJ Hybrid and Madrush MC link up on Liondub International for this dark lesson in tension. Stripped back, menacing but never erupting over the top, this is the epitome of a dancefloor creeper. It's backed with an instrumental and a fresh Hardcore Junglism take on DJ Hybrid and Liondub's 2015 slap-about 'Boom In 93'. Booming back at ya!
Review: Numa Crew's T-Kay returns to Liondub International with another precision collection of tear-ups and twist-outs, all done in his signature withheld and unhurried style. 'Jah Know Star' brings the swing with a warm and ready bassline, 'Jungle Simple' brings the wriggles with a bassline that wouldn't have gone amiss on Ram during the 'Nightflight' era while 'Reach Out Massive' hits with much more distorted bassline. Wrapping up the EP, 'Pull Up' lives up to its name with its epic synths and brilliantly stretchy late 90s Bristol bassline before 'Shakabass' closes the EP in a similar party-minded style. Reach out and reload!
Review: Lordy lordy lordy, when Kumo named 'The Beast' he wasn't joking. Surely one of his biggest tunes to date, this epic tear-up flips between early 2000s Ram Trilogy / BC style bassline chaos and slinky, ice cold minimalism with great effect. It's backed by equally effective missives including the 'Caribbean Swing' (croaky, steppy and fired up on the fills) 'Death Wish' (sci-fi bubbles and deep space bass lasers) and '6 Million Ways' (a sizzling high voltage update on one of jungle's most classic vocal samples) Beast tier badness.
Review: Pure 2021 soul; Liondub teams up with the rising styles of Faysha and renowned Jamaican vocalist Ras Ajai for a beautiful and restrained moment of affirming, empowering jungle drum & bass. Honest and very stripped back to just the pianos and Ras's vocals, it's an emotional moment. Need something with a little more grit? Look no further than Dunk's remix with its sweeping alien basses and stark feeling of tension. Complete with instrumentals, all mix scenarios are covered right here.
Review: Watch out for the red lights! When it comes to contemporary jungle partnerships it can't get much more on-point and exciting then DJ Hybrid and Rider Shafique who've linked up for this haunted-yet-badass slice of timeless, emotional breakbeat science. Complete with an instrumental and a crucial 2021 update on DJ Hybrid's infamous banger 'Shockin Out', this is a very serious release from Liondub International.
Review: It's always a pleasure to see established international veterans get involved with the Liondub release schedule, with this latest link-up being exactly that in it's final form. P Skinna & Liondub join forces to provide a sumptuous instrumental creation for the one and only Busy Signal, taking the title 'Happiness'. This is a certified summer anthem within the dancehall realm, with Busy's trademark vocal manoeuvres and expressive melodic tones giving the perfect helping of spice to P Skinna & Liondub's sizzling instrumental creation, resulting in another banger for the Liondub International archive!
Review: Next up on Liondub International's Uproar Audio series are beasts like Kumarachi and Epicentre who continue their longstanding tradition of bassline arm-wrestling on this walloping 'Riddim' EP with three new collabs on this pulsating, twisted EP menu of bass faces and loin girders. 'Done Already' slaps with a grungy, toxic feel, 'Supply Chain' is a like a stern headmaster of a tune, dishing out admonishments like confetti at a wedding while 'Worldwide' takes their thick, sludgy, stinky collaborative signature to XXXXL levels. Complete with two hair-raising solo tear-ups from Mr Kumar himself, this EP will take a long time to digest. The riddim is gonna get you...
Review: International bass music label Liondub presents the second single taken from DJ Hybrid's forthcoming full length LP titled Diary Of An Everyday Junglist. The full LP has been lovingly crafted by him over the last two years, and features a stunning array of collaborators. The single in question is titled "Diggin Through The Archives" where the Coventry-based producer serves up the main mix, which is an old school flavoured junglist roller featuring the talented Taja on the mic, followed by a handy instrumental version. As a bonus, you are also treated to the emotive darkside stepper "No Way" (2021 remix) calling to mind classic Marcus Intalex.
Review: From Toronto to NYC, Dungeon Kru land on Liondub International once again with another trove of gully treats. Five tracks, five completely different takes on the stripped-back minimal sound. Highlights include the hardcore-influenced pitched vocal pace and late 90s Full Cycle style bassline stamps of 'Loaded', the space ping-pong trippiness off 'Everytime', the ominous hollow bass tones and a theatre of 'Seriously' and the awesome twisted vocal and off-beat funk of 'Exactly'. Premier Kru.
Review: Over the years, Liondub International really have established themselves as one of the most exciting imprints to work with when it comes to incredible new drum & bass creations, with this new five track collection from Dunk offering up exactly that. We begin with the neurotic bass growls and sharpened drum punches of 'True Funk' which kicks us off with an energetic introduction, followed by sub-busting basslines of 'Alien Family' which sweeps between haunted atmospheric drips and vibrant drum crunches throughout its wavy journey. Next, Illament joins the party for some additional work on the pleasantly distorted bass tones of 'Taken' before 'Total Love' strips the drums back for a swaying sensation, topped with more of those juicy basslines. Finally, the powerful drum processing and clinking percussive slaps of 'Riddim' gives us one hell of a finale, rounding off this wicked selection Dunk with a suitable bang.
Review: Now, as we finally enter a new unlocked lease of life, things are about to go a whole load harder and a whole load sicker. Including Mr Sikka himself. A longstanding junglist with a discography that boasts many bangers on DJ SS's Formation imprint, here we find him in pure gully mode on Liondub International. 'Excite' sets the scene with its ruffage energy and toxic bass textures before we're treated to a wide spread of sickness. The pranged out tension and hollow bass tones on 'Momma's Boy', the rush-fuelled rave essence of 'Taken' and the eerie vibes of 'Burnout' are just some of the heavy highlights. Go harder, go Sikka!
Review: Let's talk about dub organisation. Essentially if your dubs are a mess, then your life is a mess. You need to keep things in order and have your weapons ready to pull out and chop off a soundboy's head at any minute and you can't do that if your dubs aren't organised. Good job Liondub and Faysha and Red Fox are on hand to help you get things in order. Just drop this and the lyrical energy and euphoric feels will give you the clarity and motivation you need to sort your dubs out. Nick The Lot's warm and bubbly remix will give you the buzz to make a whole bunch more dubs, too. Stay organised!
Review: As if launching his debut album on his own label Boom 93 this month wasn't quite enough action from Brighton's DJ Hybrid, he's also back on Liondub International with Martial Taktics and MC Foxy on this bouncy, Trex-style bubbler. Complete with OG Foxy doing the business on mic, it's another instant classic from one of the hardest working men in jungle. For good measure he's remixed his and Haribo's 2018 Liondub smoking jam 'Stay High' into a riffy Serum-style chest-ratter. All done in his own unique and vibey way, Hybrid records are impossible to sleep on. Them's the rules.
Review: Woi and indeed oi, Veak continues his blazing run of form with another swag bag of badness on Liondub International. So heavy we get the VIP before the original, 'Black Bombay' ignites the fire in ruffage jungle spirit before he treats us to a whole smorgasbord of sickness; the 'Basement Track' style garage vibes of 'Echo', the stinking early 2000s Ram flavours of 'Put Up Your Lighta', the deeper, introspective steps of 'Under The Influence' and the ridiculously tense deal sealer 'Feel The Rush'. Each cut primed for those moments when we're finally able to let loose again, Veak is killing it right now.
Review: Toby Ross is unleashing an onslaught over on Liondub with a tight sounding EP. 'Jah' is a dark, moody stepper that doesn't care about rules and certainly doesn't care about feelings. The main bass on this tune oozes quality and packs some serious weight, reminiscent of the Souped Up crew. 'Beyond' is slightly less crazy but it definitely is still on the crazy end, as gargled bass notes inject a whole load of force into the arrangement, whilst a chopped up vocal adds that little extra. Tasty bits here.
Review: Jayline and Liondub are back, back again, the label which ceases to pump out music which pummels you, pleases and you and punishes you in equal measure. This time around the badman himself has worked on a five track EPand it's a percy, with slices of trademark damage that tread a wicked line between over-the-top jump-up, junglist fire and deeper, more considered cuts. 'The Galapagos Islands' is the best example of that, as the drums roll out into oblivion and a gargling expression of bass energy lights up the top end of the range in stabby, serious fashion. We also love the atmospherics of 'Sahara Desert', which sees floating vocal samples layered over in Technimatic fashion. Energy, energy.
Review: Move along now, nothing to see - Russian jump-up Donnie Alex Prestige is currently 'Invisible'. Luckily there's plenty to hear though has he crash lands on Liondub International with four of his finest stripped-back sensations. 'No Oxygen' takes the lead with a real groaning, moaning bassline and pared back drums, 'Invisible' stinks with a burbling bassline and wafts with jazzy pads in the distance, 'Snacks' is more of an upbeat jam with skippier kicks and a Souped Up style funk while 'Get Nothing' gives everything with its addictive barking riff and strange twists on the fills. See hear.
Review: Big tings on Cave, Biological Beats, ByTheProducer already this year, now Liondub International... Yung Tox here is one what you earthlings call 'a mission' right about now. Once again he continues to develop his style as he fuses different elements into his jump-up blend. From the dark trip wormhole twists and turns of 'Exorcism' to the frankly genius rhythm and percussion of 'Free For All', this is Toxinate in his broadest and baddest form. Fans of his earlier twisted grot won't be disappointed either when they hear 'Cyber Pimp' and 'Hard Times' either. Demon-slayingly savage.
Review: If you couldn't tell from the previous two editions on Liondub International, perhaps 'Criminal Minds Volume 3' will finally make you realise that Vital is above the law. With beats as brazen as these, he's got more diplomatic immunity than everyone ever involved in the Lethal Weapon franchise put together, and still he continues; the ringtone neck-wringing of 'Compulsion To Kill', the swaggering grunts and classic sample of 'Positive Vibes', the tension and paranoia of 'Good To Me' and ruffneck drama of 'Unorthadox' are all so badass they instantly come with a get out of jail free card. Naughty naughty.
Review: Flat T lands on Liondub International with a clubland focused journey through drum & bass' rougher side. This label doesn't have a reputation for holding your hand and this is clearly evident throughout High Rollers Vol 2, none more so than on 'Listen'. With a barebones, stripped back approach that's reminiscent of Digital or Spirit, Flat T combines old-school sampling with a distinct rawness to emphasise the track's low-frequency weight. This style is replicated across the other tunes to varying degrees but there's one constant: unadulterated sounds with the aim of serious dancefloor pressure. If that's your thing, then this EP is certainly for you.
Review: Previously known as Dutty Dubz, G!FT keeps on giving with this epic five tracker on Liondub International's new Uproar imprint. Kicking off with a Gremlins-sampling happy slapper 'Mogwai', he soon pushes down a rabbit hole of dark, tunnelling bass weight. Watch out for the turbine bassline and Q&A on 'Fear', the metallic alien purrs and wheezes of 'Punishment', the theatrical blasts of 'Jungle Horn' and the quacking barmy finale 'Right Down'. Don't feed after midnight.
Review: Fresh from dubiously bootlegging the Thomas The Tank Engine theme, New Zealander Burnzy comes correct with some 'Proper' material on Liondub International. Arguably his biggest release to date, it's a six-track attack that covers a lot of ground. Highlights include the slinky guitar-plucking funk and ludicrously wonky bassline fun of 'Hands Up', the turbine engine ruffness of 'Nobody Else' and the smouldering emotional weight of the finale 'Lying To You'. We choo-choo-choose this!
Review: Time for some premium positivity; Jayline returns to Liondub International alongside friends Smash and Deadlee MC and they're packing some 100% proof venom. 'Star In The Making' pack an anthemic punch as a glistening intro and hook flip into a high voltage scorching 'Link To The Past'-style bassline. It's backed by the even heavier 'Vanity'. Giving foghorns a 2021 reboot, this one rattles with about 50 shades of bass textures and hits like a locomotive, steam roller and tugboat combined.
Review: As ever with the Dungeon Kru, we are happy to see them back at it again, returning to Liondub International for a top quality display of collaborative energy across nine outstanding originals. The team invite the likes of T-Kay, Bandit MC, Yatuza, B-Plexx and more onboard to deliver a wide range of drum & bass and jungle creations, all doused in that classic dungeon energy. There's a lot to take in with this selection, from the super gnarly bassline growls of 'Navy Seal' alongside EzTee and ELE to the super choppy, unpredictable bass slices of 'Number 1' with SUV. It's definitely a project we would recommend exploring on long play, with our highlights including bouncing drum designs and clever dubwise sampling of 'Ganja Riddim' alongside Maurizzle, next to the screaming bass crunches of 'On Fire', which features additional work from Falco.
Review: RISE is on Liondub International and is giving all of us a lesson in how to produce tough, stripped back sonics which carry more attitude than a charging bull. 'Crossbow' is the best example of this, as a no-nonsense drum line penetrates a precisely placed array of gully bass pulls and hair-rising low-frequency pushes. 'Feline' is more classic jump-up, as a potent blast of stabs combine into the type of hands-in-the-air dancefloor action we've come to expect from the genre. Proper stuff.
Review: For an artist with a name as old school as Pharoah, this man sure has some futuristic sounds. Following his previous epic dispatch on Liondub International ('Mirage'), once again he hits with more cosmic feels. Funky, forward-facing and full of surprises, there's a young Bensley or Whiney deep in the mix when you hear the glitches and shiny soul of cuts like 'Party' or 'Threshold' while darker sounds like 'Ganjaman' or 'B.I.G' show plenty of promise on his gullier aspects. First dynasty levels of talent here. Keep your eyes on this king.
Review: The life of Brain: get up, make a banger, sleep, repeat. An inherent vibes man, he's clearly not tied by any one subgenre and just makes straight up dnb heaters from the soul. It's been this way for a long time for the German gully merchant and Liondub International have been part of the journey since the very early days. Now comes the latest chapter; five originals with some of the finest vocalists in the widest jungle circles: Daddy Freddy ,Brother Charity and Yemi Bolatiwa. Highlights include the utter ruffness of 'Original Wicked Man' and the velvet soul of 'Off My Mind'. Lighta crew!
Review: Bassface Sascha and DJ Phlex are back on the fast-moving train that is jump-up and once more, they've proven adept at bringing to the fore some forward-thinking sounds in that regard. They're a name we know and the name of this release - Pioneers - hints at their long-standing role and is certainly a promising sign. Glitchy and with a satisfying sense of lagged out travel, 'Frozen Solid' starts strong and certainly bites hard, doing so in a fresh, unique manner. 'Burst a Bubble' 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 and it's such a shame that it won't be heard in the rave anytime soon.
Review: Everyone's favourite tea leaf returns, this time with a special release on Liondub International. Five tracks in total, all powered by his usual bulldozer charm and funk, this is one of this broadest EPs as we cross the gully board. From the sweet sultry vocals and soul of 'Holding Back' to the late 90s tear-up sound of 'Sound Business', Nick runs us through his highest and lowest emotions across the EP. Other highlights include the oddball off-beat growls and groans of 'Freak Show' and the warm as toast title track 'Bullet'. You're nicked son.
Review: The dust has barely settled from their destructive Riko Dan collaboration, but Lost City maintain the fire with this incredible link-up with another iconic MC. This time is Spyda taking the mic reigns as he calls for jungle unity over a premium bounce beat. Bashy, fat and stamping, it's got more than enough space for Spyda's sermons and -like all essential soundsystem shakers - it comes with a collection of equally crucial versions. We can't get enough of this one!
Review: 'Glory' glory hallelujah, we're barely a week into 2021 and Conrad Subs has already dropped a humungous EP on our laps. Coming via the ever-consistent and check-on-sight label Liondub International, it's a full-spectrum exploration as the Ipswich artist digs deep across the board. 'Higher & Higher' starts us off on a deeper note before 'Glory' goes all in with a raw, rough Dread-style sound before 'Ultron' straps us into a rocket and shoots us beyond the known galaxy. Wrapping up the EP we have the techno influenced 'Scatter' and the cheekiest, junglised head-chopper of the set: 'Murda Style'. Killer material.
Review: It's been a hot minute since we last saw a brand new dancehall project that excited us as much as this one as Blackout JA teams up with Liondub International for a twelve track selection, channeling dancehall music into 2021. The list of collaborators for this one is the first thing that stands out for us, with the likes of Daddy Freddy, Ranking Joe, Blakkamoore, Echo Minott, Sophia May, YT, Ricky T & a bag more all getting involved with wicked contributions. It's an album that represents why dancehall still holds a key place in dance music in 2020. There are a couple of clear highlights for us across this release, with 'Love Dancehall' alongside Navigator & Sophia May being a really cool throwback to the original toasted dancehall sound, followed up by the super crunchy arrangements of 'Hidden Truth' with Souls Liberation providing a perfect outro track.
Review: Feel the wrath of Blackout Ja and friends as he tags in long-time friend and collaborator Liondub for an empowering version flex. The beat is 'Rocking Time Riddim' from Liondub and Jugganaut. A dancehall vibe, warm and rolling with funk and roots samples in equal measures, it's a bop unto itself but for most it's all about the title track 'Wrath Of Supreme'. Lead by a reflective story on life's highs, lows and the need for gratitude and humility, Blackout is joined by Blakkamoore and Ranking Joe for a powerful piece of music that sounds great now... And will sound all the sweeter through a system when we can finally dance again in the future.
Review: Liondub have a history of blending ferocious cross-genre sounds with penetrating vocal lines, and this EP from Lost City and Riko Dan is no exception. 'Soundboy Calling' is the main item, a stepping, punchy number with an almost afrobeat vibe to the drums, a funky groove that belies its swelling bassline and frenetic energy. There's a JNGL remix and instrumental versions of both, and the JNGL flip amps up the movement and injects a tonne more energy, turning the original into a straight-up breakbeat banger. Vibes inside.
Review: Times they are a turning, and a changing, and a turning some more these days. But don't worry, Liondub International and Exile are on hand with a fiery five-piece of bassline grizzlers to distract us from impending doom. Highlights include the cool contrast of trancey arpeggios and raw grunting bass on the title track 'Turn Of The Times', the horny, breezy funk of 'Choices Choices', the pacey energy and classic vocal sample on the fills of 'Beat Drop' and the insane beats and Sweet Shop-style bassline on 'Break It Shake It'. Time's up, ready or not.
Review: The team over at Liondub have been on a serious roll over the last few weeks, supplying us with some seriously exciting new releases, with this new corker from Blackout JA and Kandiman being no exception. The pair join forces for a classic-sounding dancehall shellout over Liondub & Rumble's explosive '2020 Skandal Bag Riddim', deploying sharpened snare slaps and digital blips alongside a lethal bassline rhythm. It's dancehall in 2020 perfectly summarized and we simply can't get enough of it!
Review: Last spotted on Drumsound & Bassline Smith's Technique (and, before that, streaming live sets with an IRL live drummer) Tesen has definitely made his mark on 2020. Throw in his most comprehensive release to date on Liondub International and you've got yourself some serious talent right here. Highlights include the screaming harmonics and raw tension of 'Ignite', the wonky funk and juicy subs of 'Final Straw' and the UK-style slammage drums and big horn theatre of the album-only exclusive cut 'Wookie'. Turn that growl upside down.
Review: Reload and come again: our 'Juno Download Selects' edition with the mighty US dnb HQ Liondub International continues for another session. Once again featuring an A-list rollcall of now household names, it's another reminder of how much heat Liondub International have cooked up over the years, supporting artists from their earliest moves. Highlights on this set include the turbo slammage and necksnap switches on Jayline's 'Anglo Saxxon', early hurly burly from the man like Macky on 'Black Widow' and the always-devilish bubbles of Motiv's 'Vultures'. And that's just three of 15 crucial example's of Liondub International future-focused benchmark. Get to know!
Review: Link-up, look smart; we've connected with one of the most exciting labels in dnb for a collection of their biggest hitters, rising stars and highest sellers: Liondub International. Headed up by Eric Liondub in NYC, Liondub International have broken and nurtured more new talent than most put together, and these first few volumes showcase. First up come these 15 examples as the likes of Kumo, Bou, Jayline, DJ Hybrid, Saxxon and many more all deliver timeless heaters. Highlights include Sub Killaz' broadsword skank-up 'Murderah', Brian Brainstorm's junglised slash-up 'Kill A Drumpan' and Bladerunner & Johnny Osbourne's ever-sweet 'Night Fall Dub'. All this and plenty more; whether you've been following Liondub since day or you're new to their consistent onslaught, there's plenty to catch up on here. Selector!
Review: Parly B is a vocalist who doesn't need much introduction, his releases over nearly 10 years have done that for him. He's landing on Liondub for an album and blimey, it's a big one. He's roped in a wide range of artists on production credits and the results are predictably fearsome, especially 'Black Lives Matter' featuring Sikka, who stretches out Parly's vocals over a stepping, funky yet bad boy beat. FleCK knows how to lay things down, and Parly is at his best on 'Lyrics Spree'. Big stuff.
Review: Liondub is doing what it does best with this EP: fusing the heritage of dub and reggae with tougher, more modern sounds. The original is a stepping ragga record that lopes on its percussive base, providing the infrastructure for Blackout Ja's vocals which land with menacing intent. JNGL is on the remix and he flips the original upwards into 170 territory, rolling out the drums whilst keeping the vocals true to the original. There are also two instrumental versions to go along with the single, allowing those of you who like things more stripped back to get your fix as well. Generous.
Review: Spaow is back doing his always rough and ready thing and this time it's over on the mighty Liondub International, a label for whom the lack of raves has meant anything but a decline in heavy music. Spaow's ability to murk up the dance has never been in question and Jungle 3000 is another verification of his dancefloor credentials, especially the title tune, which flips from a multitonal, driving bassline into chopped up stabs and murderous breaks. 'Dog Mouth' flies the flag of old school, punchy jump-up, whilst '1997 Street Art' steps with the beat of the streets and 'Sun Yourself' is just bloody good fun. Well played.
Review: It's been a long time since we have been anywhere close to disappointed with a new Liondub International release, with this latest heavyweight collaboration continuing to apply the pressure, as Riko Dan, Trigon & Dave Gee join the Lion Dub team for a hard hitting new single entitled 'War Dub'. Right from the off we can tell we are in for a raucous affair as demonic horn lines and sizzling sublines provide the perfect skeleton for Riko Dan to run riot upon, unleashing a blistering display of clash-ready lyricism. This drop comes complete with the instrumental version for good measure, making it a must grab for any 140 DJ.