Review: Three straight up drum and bass infusions here from Instag8 with the Nasty EP. With several outings on labels like Dutty Bass Audio, Raw Motion and Drum Lab, the artist arrives at Maad Ting to present a full palette of club sounds. Pushing a largely liquid tip, you'll find sweet and ethereal touches of dub techno chords in "Nasty" hidden behind flashes of dubstep that soon give away to tear out drum and bass. "Rude Boy" keeps it minimal and dry before delving into a sweet and melodic jazz refrain, while "Falling" embraces heavy hitting jungle next to deeper liquid rhythms, synths and textures. Totally mad and nasty EP, no doubt. Word.
Review: The ever-unavoidable Conrad Subs returns to Maad Ting with another brace of steamroller shock-outs. 'Nothing' sets the tone with its eerie jungle feels and epic break switches before 'Black Monday' twists things up with a bubbly tubular bassline that's not dissimilar to an old Die vibe from the late 90s. Further on we hit the title track 'Seismic' and get thrown off our feet by the Basement Track style bassline and classic house vocal lick before '5th Symphony' goes full-on ghetto with its stampy bashment vibes. Last but not least 'Every Day, Every Night' closes the EP on a stripped back subtly soulful flavour. Plate shifting business.
Review: Maad Ting have a knack for signing music that's infectiously danceable but still gritty and tough, a description that applies perfectly to their latest single from CE. They have absolutely smashed this single, as 'Special Request' featuring Inspire packs funk and melodic progression into the introduction but takes things darker on the drop, a nice duality than lends an element of creativity to an extremely heavy number. 'Easy' is steppier, more stripped back and orientated for the dancefloor, with a sparse but punchy arrangement that smacks of old-school jungle amidst the stuttering breaks. Sick little release.
Review: Jungle label, jungle music, Maad Ting! The Ipswich-based label are back after some killer releases by the likes of Leks, Faysha and DJ Uniques with this new one by DJ Direkt called "Calamity". Direkt gets that old school jump-up vibe in full effect on the opening title track, complete with ragga vocals, while the true stepper "Bunn" will no doubt get the heads down on the dancefloor, reminiscent of Calibre's early Soul:R releases. Finally, he hammers the message home on the fierce roller "Stress". Following up promising efforts on Sub Heavy Audio and Evolution, DJ Direkt sure is one to watch moving into 2021.
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Maad Ting, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Leks who, across three tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'Chat So Much' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a gargling bass and sweeping subs sit just above and inject all the force and pair perfectly with the ragga sample. 'Gas Dem' is breaksy badness, whilst 'Blue Mountain' stretches out the bassline nicely. Top stuff.
Review: Nice up the dance! Venomous hustler DJ Uniques makes his debut on Maad Ting with three bumping bubblers. "Dance Look Nice" sets the scene all nice and toasty thanks to warm chords on Uniques' side and even warmer vox from Jamaican English. Deeper into the EP we shake to find supreme bounce science on "Bushman" while "Big Ups" closes on a bashy flex. Brash amens, rubber ball bass and soothing guitar strums delivered just when you need them. Twice as nice.
Review: Ting when you're winning! Conrad - one of the most prolific artists in D&B this year - lands back on his own imprint Maad Ting after a whole string of releases on the likes of Dutty Bass, Calypson Muzak, Influence, Ten Ton, Original Key... The list goes on. As always with Subby, the focus is purely on the party as he licks up the breaks and bubbling bass for total dancefloor mischief. Old school in both its sonic dynamics and the rawness and immediacy of it all, every track hits the way it should... From the nagging Q&A bassline riff of "Deep Trouble" to the rushy rave energy of "The Rhythm Will Never Die", Conrad is crushing it right now. Get Maad as hell.
Review: Coming from a still relatively new label, Maad Ting is putting out this wicked three-tracker from Destiny, who blends the tones of toughness with the sounds of softness with lovely deftness. 'In My Arms' is the best example, as a punchy bassline and rough drum work rattles out beneath an almost Evanescence sounding vocal line. The other two tracks are equally stripped back, and we're a big fan of this sound.
Review: If you like your jungle then this release should be right up your street, because it's essentially six tracks of straight up jungle heat. Our personal favourite is Pablo G's remix of J.O.E's 'What You Gonna Do', which has a wicked drop that comes off the back of a load of really soulful sampling work. It has proper old school vibes all over it and the whole arrangement works really well. Every other track is pretty much just as good, with wobbling sines, big old reece basses and a truckload of stuttering breaksy magic, Oooh yeah!
Review: After a sizzling string of killer EPs on other labels, the currently unstoppable Conrad Subs returns to his own Maad Ting imprint with this smoking jungle shock-out. Peppered with dubwise vocal samples, Andre The Giant-sized subs and a rolling sense of damagement that's strong enough to crush a warehouse, it's another thoroughbred shockout from the rising star. Go get your radar and lock this man down on it.
Review: Cheeky breaks-heavy jungle business from two UK risers Deep In The Jungle's Conrad Subs and Triplicate Audio's J.O.E. Smelting down some serious reference points over a swinging breaks, bouncy subs and a sense-blurring digidub breakdown, it's an all-out rampage that will drive the floor mad and please any ancient heads in a 20 mile radius. Lord a'mercy!