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Silent Reign - (6:32) 172 BPM
   
Colony - (6:35) 57 BPM
   
Shift - (6:30) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
METH 035X
18 Jun 21
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Time Goes By - (6:44) 172 BPM
   
Moruga - (5:34) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Two of the scene's most established producers and a pair for whom Metalheadz is a familiar friend, John B & Digital are back on the label with a joint single. This one is proper business and although the elements used are basic, the results are spectacular and prove once more that vibey drum & bass is best left simple, raw and full of energy. That description aptly describes the B-side to this, as Digital and John roll things out amidst a flurry of hats and snares, topped off by an archetypal bassline that stretches its legs in satisfying fashion. The A-side is almost liquid in its lounging atmosphere, but it too has a naughty kick to it that reminds you just what label you're on. Superb.
META 082
18 Jun 21
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Wanna Dance - (6:57) 57 BPM
   
On Top - (6:18) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Mauoq, Sikka
Review: The 25 years of Metalheadz march continues and this time it's the job of Mark System, one of the label's most reliable stalwarts and an all-round incredible producer. For this single he's gone full old school jungle, and the results are acid-inflected masterclasses in how to construct stripped back drum & bass beats. 'On Top' is the highlight of the single, and the bounciness in the drums moves with clear precision through rolling waves of progression, a true journey through clubland sound that really lives up to the 25 year legacy of this label.
MDZ 25004
11 Jun 21
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Da Base II Dark (remastered) - (6:04) 176 BPM
   
Da Base II Dark (Stealth remix) - (6:31) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: One of several big labels with pivotal anniversaries this year, Metalheadz continue their streak of 25 year releases with this monster, a single by Asylum featuring remakes of his legendary track 'Da Base II Dark'. In its remastered version, the original shines even brighter, as those timeless drums rattle to the beat of the aspirations of the 90s, and subtle yet strong bass notes creep into your consciousness, around funky touches and supreme attention to detail. The Stealth remix takes it to an entirely different place, one of pure violence and unadulterated dancefloor hedonism, a smash and grab raid designed to steal your dignity and leave you in a daze. Pure brilliance from the Headz crew.
MDZ 25002
04 Jun 21
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Big Drama - (4:52) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blue Opium's Kiss - (5:09) 58 BPM
   
Paradigm Shift - (7:05) 174 BPM
   
Coded Warehouse (feat Deviant) - (5:50) 57 BPM
Review: This joint release by Inner Terrain and Wreckless is classic Headz from start to finish. The drums are perfect, the basses gargle with other-worldly aggression and the textural quality of every element is daubed in underground material. The title track is an ideal example, as a monotonous and hugely entertaining introduction needles into your soul, a foreboding prelude to a drop that's indistinct and spaced out, the focus here isn't on pure adrenaline but the construction of a journey through industrial soundscapes. 'Big Drama' is one of the dancefloor-facing cuts available, with a suspenseful build that collapses into the sheer ecstasy of punching stabs and shuddering frequencies.
METHXX 026
28 May 21
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Betrayal - (6:03) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Manhunter - (7:16) 172 BPM
   
Mirror Image - (6:25) 175 BPM
   
Response & Pliskin - "The Pusher" - (7:02) 175 BPM
Review: This debut EP from Response goes back to the classic Headz formula; honest drums, basslines that won't quit and stripped back sense of purity. It's more barebones and relaxed than the label's recent work and it's a flip that works extremely well, as Response rolls things out with a feeling of careless abandon. That's not to say there isn't toughness on here, however, as 'Manhunter' pushes growling bass barks underneath an outer layer of crisp hi-hats and back alley snare hits. 'Betrayal' is space-age, Bukem-style luxury, a panoramic journey through celestial tones that makes you feel lighter than air; this is proper liquid. An all-round masterclass!
METHXX 025
07 May 21
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Kaeya ('96 mix) - (6:17) 155 BPM
   
Kaeya (Rage mix) - (7:22) 191 BPM
   
Kaeya (D&B mix) - (5:43) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
METANOVIP 001
26 Mar 21
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Drum Trip (Detboi's Trip remix) - (8:01) 174 BPM
   
Drum Trip (Wheeler Rebuild) - (3:32) 130 BPM
   
Drum Trip (Madcap remix) - (5:24) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drum Trip (Detboi's Low Ends & Amens remix) - (6:03) 191 BPM
   
Jupiter (2021 Rebuild) - (6:16) 159 BPM
Review: Metalheadz's march towards twenty five years continues, as does their revisitation and exploration of back catalogue classics, with a twist. Episode number three takes the furious sounds of Kaotic Chemistry's 'Drum Trip' and 'Jupiter' and reworks them, with production courtesy of Detboi, Madcap, Wheeler and Kaotic Chemistry themselves. Madcap's take on 'Drum Trip' is clean and precise, with a rolling drum break that builds through a gorgeous reece line for an instantly classic sound, one that's tied with the Metalheadz aesthetic both past and present. Detboi makes two contributions, and it's his Low Ends and Amens take on 'Drum Trip' that impresses most, with the rhythmic diversity he's become known for on full display, and Detboi sprints through downtempo breaks, stuttering claps and rusty percussive textures in his quest to create something with moodiness at its core. Finally, Kaotic Chemistry themselves turn 'Jupiter' into a fractious version of its former self, one which perfectly straddles the divide between jungle experimentalism and modern toughness. Seminal.
MDZ 25003
26 Feb 21
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Coercion - (5:25) 58 BPM
   
Weird Nightmares - (6:37) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Folding Water (feat Artilect) - (6:52) 172 BPM
   
Haxan Magic - (6:02) 172 BPM
Review: If you like your drum & bass packed with eerie soundscapes and created more with the intention of imparting an experience than packing out a dancefloor, this is the EP for you. It's classic moody Headz, and Quartz channels the hazy smoke-filled vibe of Blue Note and pumps it through an apocalyptic filter, transposing classical breaks onto futuristic landscapes. 'Folding Water' is perhaps the EP's darkest outing, as hypnotic kicks ground a steampunk aesthetic of churning metal and furious percussive energy, one with abstraction at its core but traditional breaks music in its heart. Superb release.
META 081
19 Feb 21
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Up All Night (remastered) - (7:48) 175 BPM
   
Up All Night (Data 3 remix) - (6:33) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Up All Night (remastered - Epic mix) - (9:18) 174 BPM
Review: There are few intros as iconic as that of John B's 'Up All Night'. It's the tune which launched the career of drum & bass' glitter adorned, pop fusion superstar, and what a way to make an entrance. Featherweight flutters and foreboding stabs aside, this three-tracker presages a broader 25 Years of Metalheadz release that will surely be one of the year's best, a part-nostalgia, part-future looking release that charts the history of drum & bass' most seminal imprint. 'Up All Night' gets a 2021 remastered relick, whilst Data 3 step up and flip proceedings on their head with a deeply techy, superbly engineered dancefloor remake that's been blowing up the virtual and physical dance for some time now. Finally, John's 'Epic Mix' stretches out the intro and amps up the suspense, as clattering breaks cement his place in the history books. Utterly superb.
MDZ 25001
15 Jan 21
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Journey Into The Reverb - (4:56) 58 BPM
   
Magnetic Sound - (5:38) 57 BPM
   
Metalwork - (5:39) 172 BPM
   
Random Space - (5:35) 58 BPM
   
Strident - (5:15) 57 BPM
   
Resampled - (5:29) 170 BPM
   
Turn It Around - (5:14) 58 BPM
   
Subterrestrial - (5:18) 170 BPM
   
Doesn't Matter - (6:50) 57 BPM
   
Mikal & Visionobi - "3Rd Eye" - (5:16) 172 BPM
   
Scrapyard Dub - (4:34) 57 BPM
   
Break It - (4:57) 170 BPM
   
Mikal & DJ Thor - "Method" - (5:17) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mikal & RIOT - "Obeah Man" - (5:17) 172 BPM
   
Breaks & Pads - (6:57) 57 BPM
   
Wheels - (5:41) 172 BPM
Review: Mikal is without a doubt one of the best purveyors of breaksy music around. It's slightly criminal that he doesn't get landed with this title more and hopefully his new album - Metalwork - changes things. It's a sensational album, a truly impressive tour-de-force of halftime and breakbeats, a showcase of just how raw and unfiltered drum & bass can be. It's exceedingly hard to pick out standouts because they all work so well, but 'Metalwork' itself is something special; a spacious, cutting edge track that rests on a monstrous kick-snare combination and just goes from there. The expansive bassline of 'Scrapyard Dub', the furious breaks of 'Breaks & Pads'...it doesn't get much better.
METACD 020
23 Oct 20
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Untitled Killa - (4:59) 170 BPM
   
Persevere - (5:16) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
METAFRVIP 001
09 Oct 20
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The Rainmaker (feat Khadija) - (6:29) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unadorned - (6:08) 172 BPM
   
Interdimensional Espionage - (5:17) 57 BPM
   
La Bodega - (5:51) 172 BPM
   
Opulence - (5:47) 170 BPM
Review: John Rolodex was one of the premier beat merchants of the Noughties, with a string of hit EPs on both Metalheadz and his Machinist imprint. It's been a decade since then, but his recent revival has brought new music to first his own label and now Headz, with The Rainmaker EP reminding all of us just how talented this man is. It's classic Headz and classic Rolodex, as underground percussion collides head-on with subterranean, low frequency shudders. The title tune sets the tone; a fractious, junglist construction that sees tumbling breaks raucously clash below a juxtaposedly smooth vocal hook, a proper crossover breaks number that reminds us of Goldie's previous work. The other tunes stretch things out a bit, as 'Unadorned' bounces through the shadows with an-almost foghorn approach; 'La Bodega' growls its choppy melody; and 'Opulence' clicks in the percussion and snarls in the bassline.
METHXX 024
02 Oct 20
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The Mirrored River (Grey Code remix) - (5:40) 170 BPM
   
Run Run Run (Calibre remix) - (5:46) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Think Of You (Jubei remix) - (5:16) 170 BPM
   
The Ballad Celeste (Lenzman remix) - (5:36) 172 BPM
   
Redemption (feat Mike Banks - Jon Dixon edit) - (7:55) 64 BPM
   
Castaway (DieMantle '155' remix) - (4:36) 156 BPM
   
Goldie & Ulterior Motive - "I Adore You" (feat Natalie Williams - Total Science remix) - (5:30) 172 BPM
   
Prism (Dom & Roland remix) - (6:08) 57 BPM
   
Redemption (Jay Clarke remix) - (7:13) 64 BPM
   
The Ballad Celeste (Lenzman instrumental remix) - (5:36) 172 BPM
Review: Part two of the Goldie remix album is yet more serene blending of light and dark sounds, with some of the scenes best - including Grey Code, Lenzman, Jubei and Calibre - all pitching in with some of the best music of their career. The Grey Code remix of 'The Mirrored River' has been a long time coming, its debut originally at Outlook Festival in 2018, and what a remix it is; the original's towering vocals being flung headfirst into a cacophony of knife-edge breaks and tumbling basslines. Lenzman ebbs and flows with a typically funky rendition of 'The Ballad Celeste', whilst Calibre has his second contribution with a remix of 'Run Run Run', an utterly brilliant rolller that builds to soaring vocal heights abed a string section from your dreams, before cutting off into quintissential Calibre goodness. The culminatory part to a 2020-defining album.
METACD 012R2
25 Sep 20
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I Think Of You (Digital & Spirit remix) - (6:51) 172 BPM
   
Truth (Zero T remix) - (5:40) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Redemption (Jon Dixon Ambient mix) - (7:54) 160 BPM
   
Prism (Phase remix) - (7:28) 173 BPM
   
The Mirrored River (Artificial Intelligence remix) - (4:33) 174 BPM
   
The Ballad Celeste (Mako remix) - (4:18) 172 BPM
   
Castaway (Diemantle '145' remix) - (7:25) 145 BPM
   
Redemption (Mathew Jonson remix) - (7:34) 64 BPM
   
The Ballad Celeste (Subjective remix) - (4:26) 173 BPM
   
Truth (Zero T Instrumental remix) - (5:40) 174 BPM
Review: Goldie's 2017 magnum opus - The Journey Man - has gone under the surgeon's knife of some of the best artists in the Metalheadz roster and the result is a sensational two-part collection of sounds from across drum and bass and beyond. This is the first part, and it kicks off with a classic old-school remix from Digital & Spirit, two artists who have done so much to define the modern Metalheadz aesthetic. Their take on 'I Think Of You' is powerful, underground and fractious in equal measure, a turn-of-the-century roller with wonderfully sharp stabs and a creepy atmosphere courtesy of the original's whispered vocal sample. It contrasts with Zero T's gorgeously nonchalant take on 'Truth', which rests on sunny day guitar flicks, rolling out with abandon and driving away over the horizon on a swell of soul. There are more ambient takes from Mathew Jonson and Subjective, whilst Diemantle get funky with a superb 145bpm take on 'Castaway'. There are many others as well - unmissable.
METACD 012R1
25 Sep 20
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Outer Origins - (4:20) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Things - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
No Choice (feat Satl) - (4:11) 175 BPM
   
Intrepidity - (4:06) 162 BPM
   
Signs Signs - (4:29) 175 BPM
Review: Artificial Intelligence are back on Metalheadz for their first label EP in three years, a seriously long time considering the foundational role Headz played in their evolution and we're all so happy to see them back. As you would expect, this release takes a step away from the genre of liquid they've been pioneering on Integral for the last few years, and instead blends harsh rolling sounds with lighter flicks to create a diverse, rough and ready piece of work. 'Outer Origins' is certainly tough, with loping drums that flow with restless energy and an expansive, growling bassline that oscillates in the gutter and only goes up from there. 'Good Things' is lovely, spacious liquid that moves through shimmering synth spasms; Satl joins for the minimal soul of 'No Choice'; and title track 'Signs Signs' is warm and evanescent in its movement. Gorgeous stuff.
META 085
11 Sep 20
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Basic Principles - (5:18) 155 BPM
   
I Need Your Love - (5:12) 156 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MET 003X
14 Aug 20
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Hold On - (6:56) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lucid - (6:08) 56 BPM
METH 036X
07 Aug 20
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Obsession - (7:09) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tear Out My Heart - (7:04) 173 BPM
Played by: Mandidextrous
METH 040X
17 Jul 20
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Channel - (8:59) 55 BPM
   
Channel Beyond - (6:36) 55 BPM
   
No Mans Land - (7:04) 165 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
METH 031X
10 Jul 20
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A Different Perspective - (5:39) 172 BPM
   
Destination - (6:02) 57 BPM
   
Introspect - (5:17) 172 BPM
   
Untitled Piano - (5:27) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Starship - (6:01) 57 BPM
   
The Love We Had - (5:40) 172 BPM
   
Skyline - (6:26) 172 BPM
   
Purple Sky - (5:41) 172 BPM
   
Beacon - (5:39) 57 BPM
   
Urban Decay - (6:02) 172 BPM
   
Sabotage - (6:03) 172 BPM
   
Control (remix) - (6:22) 172 BPM
   
Crime In The City - (5:37) 172 BPM
   
Gangway - (6:01) 172 BPM
   
Resistance - (5:38) 172 BPM
   
Rebel Force - (6:20) 172 BPM
Review: Metalheadz have been rolling out the artist albums this year, with stellar contributions from Adred, amongst others. This time it's the turn of Friske and he continues the trend of incredibly well thought out, resonant breaks-based music that makes you consider the meaning of life whilst blasting your face off at the same time. A whopping sixteen tracks long, there are too many highlights to mention them all but 'Destination' is certainly up there, as subterranean shudders creep into the arrangement underneath an inch-perfect set of clashing, cracking drums. There are no features on this album, it's pure Friske and all the better for it. Top stuff, and if you're into Mako, Autonomic or anything else clever and crushing, this one is for you.
METACD 019
26 Jun 20
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Dispatches #1 (2017 remaster) - (6:59) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dispatches #2 (2020 remaster) - (8:21) 55 BPM
METH 025X
19 Jun 20
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Basic Principles (2015 Remaster - Alex Reece Reprieve) - (5:13) 160 BPM
   
Basic Principles (2020 Remaster - Wax Doctor Rollout) - (6:55) 53 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Basic Principles (2015 Remaster - Dillinja 'Step 1') - (5:06) 160 BPM
Review: The word 'seminal' is thrown around with a reckless abandon these days and it's not always used with an appropriate level of respect, but this single from Metalheadz is undoubtedly one of the occasions on which its use is warranted. Throwing all the way back to 1994 is Alex Reece, one of the pioneers of Jungle's early foray into the lighter side of things, and his single 'Basic Principles', which also includes a remix from Dillinja on the flip. It's rough, fractious and reminiscent of the heady era from which Headz first came, a proper journey back in time. Legendary.
MET 003RX
12 Jun 20
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A Different Perspective - (5:39) 172 BPM
METACD 019BTI01
09 Jun 20
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Universe - (7:24) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lose Control - (6:58) 175 BPM
Played by: Conrad Subs
361640 5246553
01 May 20
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Heartstone - (4:31) 57 BPM
   
Offline - (5:20) 57 BPM
   
Light Cycle (feat Andy Skopes) - (5:40) 58 BPM
   
Liquid Groover (feat Villem & Fields) - (5:18) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Window - (4:58) 57 BPM
   
Flip It - (5:10) 176 BPM
   
One Reality - (5:11) 59 BPM
   
Holding You - (7:21) 58 BPM
   
The Scenic Values - (4:51) 58 BPM
   
Hoxton Home - (4:53) 57 BPM
   
Oh Really - (4:35) 57 BPM
   
Passive Aggressor (Ambient Work) - (7:26) 57 BPM
Review: It's another Headz special! Bristol's finest Utopian, the man like Mako, delivers his debut solo album and it's every bit as deep, detailed and sense-slapping as you'd expect it to be. From the spacious drums and grizzly bass on the opener "Heartstone" to the rave-melting halftime switching "Flip It" via the bouncy harmonics of "Hoxton Home" and the depth plunge bassline and Subtitles-style rawness of the stripped back arrangement on "Offline", like all Metalheadz albums - and indeed Mako productions - this is a properly considered, thoughtful and detailed body of work. Essential.
METACD 017
10 Apr 20
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Sting Blade - (4:13) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What's Happening (feat Martyn) - (5:09) 57 BPM
   
No Choice - (4:54) 172 BPM
   
Lie Detection - (4:53) 173 BPM
Review: Oh gosh. Last spotted on the mothership label in 2015 on Mikal's "Where They At EP", Danger Dutchman Nymfo returns to Metalheadz with his first full EP for the label. It's every bit as heavy and badass as you'd hope it to be. "Sting Blade" rolls out with a skinny-fit break and a bassline so flabby and bulbous it folds over the edges. It's backed by two more monoliths; "What's Happening" sees fellow Dutchy Martyn join the action with just a touch of classic Blue Note style jazziness, "No Choice" settles the matter on some 23rd century twisted Optical style funk and "Lie Detector" shuts things down on a deep purring emotional one. Incredible. Easily one of Nymfo's finest moments so far (which is saying something).
META 084
06 Mar 20
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Amenity - (6:00) 172 BPM
   
Interface Pt 1 (feat Commix) - (5:54) 174 BPM
   
Radon Test (feat Cory James) - (5:12) 172 BPM
   
2 Times (feat Dave Owen) - (5:24) 174 BPM
   
Rainmaker (feat Strategy) - (4:38) 170 BPM
   
Garrison Place - (4:36) 170 BPM
   
Recall (feat Commix) - (6:27) 57 BPM
   
Take Me Back - (6:54) 53 BPM
   
Autofacs (feat Jamal) - (5:18) 172 BPM
   
Never The Same - (4:19) 159 BPM
   
Bad Break (feat DRS) - (6:03) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sci-Fi - (5:45) 170 BPM
   
Flesh Wounds (feat Robert Manos) - (4:53) 172 BPM
   
Albiorix (feat Danny Rhodes) - (5:02) 174 BPM
   
Before Your Eyes - (5:55) 53 BPM
   
Left Behind - (4:15) 158 BPM
Review: After such a massive year in 2019 with their 25th anniversary celebrations, you could forgive Metalheadz if they took their foot off the gas for a second as we hurtle into a new decade. But no, if anything they're ramping up again. And Adred's debut album is proof. From that introductory headbutt of a tune "Amenity" right through to the turbo-charged emotions and floatiness of the finale "Left Behind", the longstanding NYC artist has created a monster of a debut album here. Dedicated to his father, featuring the likes of Commix, DRS, Jamal, Strategy, Dave Owen and exploring every shade, style and sound that's inspired and drove him for the last 16 years of production, Adred has delivered a quintessential Headz album here. Essential.
METACD 018
21 Feb 20
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Exiles - (6:44) 165 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Misdemeanour - (4:56) 170 BPM
   
In My Head - (5:00) 168 BPM
   
Dead Cert - (5:45) 57 BPM
   
Altered Destiny - (4:57) 170 BPM
   
Stacks - (5:40) 160 BPM
Review: Cor blimey governors! Zero T and Beta 2 don't muck around when they get together, do they? Last spotted on a collab flex on Dispatch last year, here the pair lay the foundation smack down on Headz with this massive six track EP. Tapping right back on the classic deep jazz sound the label has always celebrated and championed as the much as heavier stuff (think Hidden Agenda, Sci-Clone, J Majik) each of these cuts will whisk you away to places you didn't even know existed. The gilded Rhodes on "In My Head", the slinky, lithe bassline of "Misdemeanour", the star-gazing poignancy of "Stacks", the list goes on. Yet another exceptional EP from the mothership.
META 079
07 Feb 20
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Dante (feat Becca Jane Grey) - (6:20) 170 BPM
   
Archangel - (5:53) 167 BPM
   
You & I (feat Astrid) - (4:31) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Juniper - (4:53) 172 BPM
   
Helios - (7:04) 172 BPM
Review: It's almost exactly a year since Grey Code's last EP on Headz and how time has flown, the young Bristolian has clearly matured his sound since Reverie and the result is Helios. Spanning five tracks, Helios is more expansive sound design and penetrating percussion, created not only to damage dancefloors but to excel in its intricacies as well. From the pulsating acid vibes of 'You & I' to the furious, footwork influenced scurrying of 'Dante' feat. Becca Jane Grey, Helios is exceptionally good. 'Juniper' takes the cake for us though, with a ferociously creative beat pattern and absurdly well-made drums that bang even harder than we thought possible. Excellent.
META 083
31 Jan 20
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Nine Strings - (4:43) 170 BPM
   
Eyes - (4:31) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deeandbee - (6:41) 57 BPM
Review: Rene La Vice and Future Cut is, to be honest, quite a strange combination both in terms of their musical history and their stylistic divergence. We couldn't be happier to see them together, though, especially considering how incredible this release is, a three-tracker which packs all the heaviness that Metalheadz has built its reputation upon. 'Nine Strings' lays a soaring vocal over the top of a gully, no-holds-barred junglist break-out, a vibrantly powerful set of elements all working together to create a jagged, punchy track of club-sized proportions. 'Eyes' is incredible as well, a roller with a rolling reece bass and an attitude to match, something carried over into the final tune 'Deenandbee'. Awesome stuff.
META 076
24 Jan 20
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Hexagon - (6:15) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Or Death - (6:06) 172 BPM
Review: Fresh from launching their own label for their collaborations last year, longstanding compadres Seba and Paradox land on the Metalheadz mothership once again with two outstanding lessons in D&B realism. "Hexagon" is glacial and furious. Original late 90s rudiments; the beats are pneumatic, the flavours and cosmic, the vibe is barbed and tense throughout. "Love Or Death" takes us down an even darker drumfunk rabbit hole where the breaks do all the talking. Absolute slap-about business with no holds barred in any element or ingredient. What a way to kick off the new decade for both Paradox, Seba and Metalheadz.
META 080
17 Jan 20
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Circle Of Trust - (5:34) 167 BPM
   
State Of Delusion - (5:13) 172 BPM
   
Stolen Memories - (5:36) 172 BPM
   
Can't Do Anything With It - (0:53) 163 BPM
   
Nothing Lasts Forever - (6:46) 172 BPM
   
Funk Control - (4:47) 172 BPM
   
First Sound - (3:47) 171 BPM
   
The Seeker - (4:55) 172 BPM
   
Thinking Out Loud - (0:50) 152 BPM
   
Pauline - (4:52) 172 BPM
   
High Fives & Devil Eyes - (5:33) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deep South - (4:07) 172 BPM
   
Nomad - (1:09) 160 BPM
   
Torn Apart - (5:48) 172 BPM
   
Eternal (feat Eleanor Higgins) - (5:14) 57 BPM
Review: Second albums are meant to be difficult but you tell that to Survival and Script and they'll laugh in your prudy little face: Scar's follow up to The Orkyd Project is another remarkable body of work. The first of a three album deal the London duo have with Metalheadz (the first ever deal the label have ever offered any artist) High Fives & Devil Eyes is a powerful jolt of timeless D&B that dig deep into every corner of the genre. From the alluring intro of "Circle Of Trust" to the deep, introspection of the finale "Eternal" via the wonky-assed "Pauline", the scuzzy gritty bass of "First Sound" and trippy funk of the album title track, the only difficult thing about this second album is working out which tune you want to play in your sets first. High fives all round!
METACD 016
15 Nov 19
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Eternal - (8:11) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ultradogs - (6:48) 174 BPM
   
Hidden Memory - (7:54) 170 BPM
   
Hyperion - (6:20) 174 BPM
Review: HLZ is one of the slew of producers who have recently been popping up on Headz and releasing amazing music, the likes of Grey Code, Phaction and others. This isn't HLZ's first rodeo however as he first released on the label about five years ago, a pedigree which shines through in the detailed, physical approach he takes to his music. Eternal follows Luther on Dispatch earlier this year and it's as good, if not better, a trend that's set from the start by the title tune. A haunting vocal sample overlays jungle breaks on the intro, but just when you think it's going to be jungle, an amazing pacey main rolling percussive line comes through and blows you away. Proper HLZ, proper Heads.
META 078
25 Oct 19
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Lotus - (5:40) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Transpose - (6:25) 172 BPM
   
The Hardcore (feat SR) - (5:18) 172 BPM
   
Shaman - (6:02) 172 BPM
   
Into My Mind - (5:40) 172 BPM
Played by: Martyn
Review: Metalheadz thrive on dark, industrial sounds, the sort of music that the label was built upon in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with stuttering jungle breaks and rolling beats all placed within an overarching veneer of blackish intent. Jem One has absolutely nailed that sound with this release, and it's deliciously weighty. 'Shaman' is a rolling number with brooding undertones, it's subtle and not explosive but all the better for it, as it slowly creeps up on you with the stealth of a ninja and the weight of a freight train. Title track 'Transpose' is quintessential heads, with foreboding synths and bubbling, grating bass underneath. Top stuff.
METHXX 023
30 Aug 19
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Elevate With Me (feat KSR) - (5:21) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lost Meaning - (5:43) 170 BPM
   
Hear The Sound - (6:25) 172 BPM
   
Leah - (6:57) 57 BPM
Review: Unstoppable Russian artist Black Barrel follows his slew of Dispatch EPs this year with yet another level up: Metalheadz. As any debut on Goldie's blueprint label should, it's a chance for him to reveal even more depths and textures to his nature. Opting for the glacial soul and star-gazing side to the Headz sound, these are BB's deepest tracks to date; the soaring vocal and elastic space bass of "Elevate With Me", the Nucleus and Alaska-style oceanic ripples of "Lost Meaning", the heads-down cosmic grit of "Hear The Sound" and the savagely emotional finale "Leah". Each track hitting right in the feels, Black Barrel keeps on shooting.
META 077
23 Aug 19
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Naked Fuse - (4:16) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Divide & Rule - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Knuckle Duster - (5:20) 174 BPM
Played by: Hex
Review: Long-time Metalheadz mate AMIT returns to the label for the first time since 2012 with three unruly schematics. "Naked Fuse" lights the touch-paper; necksnap breaks, graveyard pads and groaning low end creating more and more tension on every 32. Deeper again we strike "Divide & Rule", a killer drilling halftimer with those big spacious rolling tank-like drums AMIT is best known for while "Knuckle Duster" closes the EP with a total K.O. Ain't nobody getting up even if the count was 100. No one darks man out quite like AMIT.
META 075
14 Jun 19
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Vanta Black (instrumental) - (5:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Benny L & Inja - "Vanta Black" - (5:25) 174 BPM
   
Low Blow (VIP) - (4:53) 175 BPM
Review: It's finally here! After almost a year on dub, man of the moment Benny L and Metalheadz drop one of the most anticipated and distinctive tunes of the year so far. Wheezing under pure reese bass pressure, restrained and stripped back to the barest of bones, every miniscule element from the pranged pads to the skippy hi-hats and funky little double kicks plays the perfect role as Benny takes us darker than ever before.... Not once but twice as Inja joins the fray on "Vanta Blackin" adding a sharp-tongued twist to this unique noir narrative. Actually make that thrice because they've thrown in the even longer-awaited VIP of Benny's breakthrough "Low Blow" for good measure. Blacker than black.
METAVB 001
07 Jun 19
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Urban Angel - (4:33) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Devotion (feat HLZ) - (7:37) 174 BPM
   
Antidote To Chaos (feat Villem) - (6:24) 172 BPM
   
Understand - (7:10) 172 BPM
Review: Phase is a Dutch talent who's been doing big things for a few years now, releasing on some of the best labels in the biz and generally being an all-round top guy. His second full-length outing on Metalheadz is here and it's a masterclass in how to balance hard-edged, tough sonics with a sense of sophistication and retrospection. It reminds us a lot of Grey Code's EP at the start of the year and we love it. 'Devotion' features HLZ and is the roller of the bunch, with spacious sampling and wispy pads nailing the breadth, whilst a driving percussive line and subtle yet forceful bass notes nail the depth. Outstanding.
META 074
31 May 19
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Stalker - (4:51) 172 BPM
   
Hide In Plain Sight - (5:18) 170 BPM
   
Sleep Talk - (4:32) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hey You - (4:55) 172 BPM
Review: A year has passed since Script and Survival last blessed us with their rugged wares but the wait, as always, has been worth it. Four tracks of authentic, bulletproof block-knockery, it's the sound of two men who love the 90s rudiments as much as they love their machines; "Stalker" lives up to its creepy name, all dark, creepy and persistent. The tension-wrought "Hide In Plain Sight" takes a much more of a cinematic twist with its sample, drawn out strings and grainy synth squiggles while "Sleep Talk" takes us down a much darker, tribal route that nods more towards the Samurai style of the craft. Last but definitely not least, "Hey You" finishes the EP with the most emotional, soul-stirring piece of the EP. Lingering pianos, unhurried, deep-breath pads and bassline so warm and voluptuous you want to live in it; like all Scar releases it leaves us hungry for more... Let's hope they don't leave it a year to wait.
META 073
17 May 19
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Captivate (feat Robert Manos - Marcus Intalex remix) - (5:53) 174 BPM
   
Happnast (feat Dave Owen) - (4:52) 172 BPM
   
1238 (feat Ant TC1) - (5:19) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
New Soul - (4:42) 57 BPM
Played by: Hex
Review: Captivating us since he first emerged on CIA in 2015, US jungle representor Adred fires off another four track flare on Headz, this time on their Platinum series. Once again traversing the widest spread ranging from breath-taking Marcus Intalex remix of the Manos-fronted title track to the gnarled dark rolls and stuttering drums of "Happnast" (with fellow New Yorker Dave Owens), everything about this EP is acutely on point. Elsewhere we find Ant TC1 getting elbow deep on the dreamy steps of "1238" before "New Soul" brings us back down to reality softly in a deep dream haze. D&B bliss.
METHPLA 029
03 May 19
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Critical Impact & DRS - "Crazy" - (4:32) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Critical Impact & Fats - "Far Away" - (4:09) 175 BPM
Review: Critical Impact lives up to his name once again with two big MC cuts that have been doing the rounds for the big boys on dub for a while. "Crazy" brings a little Manchester heat as DRS digs deep into his complexities for a unique chorus hook and class A spitfire bars over an almighty, skin-melting Critical Impact drone bass. "Far Away" flips the vibe for something a lot more soul soothing as Fats does his dreamy dulcet thing over a purring subtly jazz-tinged roll out. Crazy good.
META 071
19 Apr 19
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Adred & Commix - "Valley Groove" - (5:22) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Adred & Ant TC1 - "Stuck In A Loop" (feat DRS) - (5:01) 57 BPM
   
Adred & Ant TC1 - "Stuck In A Loop" (instrumental) - (5:01) 57 BPM
Review: New York's Adred returns to Metalheadz with two outstanding cuts right here. Both of which feature some major league collaborations, too. The wonderfully deep "Valley Groove" takes the lead with Commix on board; dreamy, purring and laced with just a smidgeon of hazy jazzy undertones, it's a total lesson in restraint. "Stuck In Loop" (with Ant TC1) maintains the soulful tendencies but with much more of a barbed touch as DRS lays down his lyrical raw emotion. Both are absolutely stunning.
META 072
12 Apr 19
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Arctic Berry (Introduction) - (1:02) 157 BPM
   
Cool Breeze - (5:35) 174 BPM
   
Rain (feat Children Of Zeus) - (4:37) 172 BPM
   
Misty - (4:53) 172 BPM
   
Hollis (Over & Over) - (4:53) 58 BPM
   
Easy Now (Generations Interlude) - (1:09) 156 BPM
   
Roseland - (5:19) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pictures Of You (feat DRS) - (5:02) 172 BPM
   
Blu Life (feat Artificial Intelligence) - (4:52) 58 BPM
   
Noodles (feat LSB) - (5:34) 174 BPM
   
What Remains (Meursault's Theme) - (0:46) 152 BPM
   
Old Song - (4:59) 172 BPM
   
Flatbush - (4:51) 174 BPM
   
School Days - (4:52) 174 BPM
   
My Heart - (5:33) 173 BPM
   
Food (feat Konny Kon) - (5:11) 174 BPM
METACD 013B
29 Mar 19
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Hard Truth - (6:34) 174 BPM
   
Aviatrix (feat Riya) - (5:58) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rah - (4:02) 174 BPM
   
Without You - (4:51) 174 BPM
Played by: Kyrist
Review: Phaction is without a doubt one of the most talented producers in D&B at the moment, with a genuinely diverse back catalogue and a talent for deftness that's unmatched by many. This is his debut EP on the legendary Metalheadz and it sees him taking his sound in a darker direction, away from the usual liquid haunts and into proper Headz territory. The title track shows that right from the off, a barrelling mix of wispy sampling and forceful back end construction. 'Aviatrix' seems him returning to business with past collaborator Riya in hugely atmospheric fashion, rumbling sound-scapes abound and grating basses fill in the gaps for a tune that walks the boundary between light and dark. Definitely the highlight of an outstanding release.
METHXX 022
22 Feb 19
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Reality Check - (4:57) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Redemption - (5:01) 174 BPM
Review: Total Science and Jubei releasing a joint single on Metalheadz is about as legendary a combination as you can get, isn't it? The three artists have shaken their heads together and come out with a classic old-school release that relies on a thick sense of rough vibrancy in all areas of production. You can feel the history on this one. 'Reality Check' is the roller of the single and boy, you really can't beat the weight of the drum sounds on this one and the percussion is the main attraction here: rough and ready to roll. 'Redemption' is steppier and more breaksy but no less fluid, with a groaning pulse of a back end and a rave-influenced synth line which contrasts beautifully with the lows. The boys are back.
META 069
15 Feb 19
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Pearl - (6:02) 172 BPM
   
King's Rock - (5:57) 174 BPM
   
Saturn - (5:41) 172 BPM
   
Ethics - (5:13) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Grey Code & Phase - "Head State" - (6:26) 172 BPM
   
Piece Of Me (feat Think Twice) - (5:17) 172 BPM
Review: Metalheadz crack open a fresh bottle of 2019 and spray it all over the shop with the effortless class of Grey Code. Previously spotted on Dispatch and Demand, here the Bristol producer levels up once again with his broadest, most startling release to date. If the big synth flourishes of "Pearl" don't knock you off your feet with cosmic glee, the orchestral swoops and drama of "Kings Rock" most certainly will. You'll stay KO'd for the duration of the EP as he continues to draw out more science; "Saturn" is pure tech wizardry that nods respectfully to the late 90s while "Ethics" is a powerful intergalactic trip with futurist technoid elements. Concluding the generous six track EP are the incredible deep dream euphoria of "Head State" (with Phase) and the planet bounding funk of "Piece Of Me". Outstanding D&B craftmanship here. No reprieve, no surrender.
META 070
11 Jan 19
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The Volume - (5:58) 58 BPM
   
Arjunas Kiss - (6:03) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Endless Days - (6:03) 172 BPM
   
Just Living - (6:02) 57 BPM
   
State 08 - (5:57) 174 BPM
Review: Metalheadz are back, back again with another jungle EP (what else?), and this time it's the job of Jem-One to be in the hot-seat. We're not overly familiar with this man, but that doesn't stop this release being a non-stop array of steady bangers. The cool sort of bangers too, not the ones you see on Facebook. 'The Volume' epitomizes this and as snarling reeces and blackish suspense conflagrate into bottomed out breaks, you're left wondering how Metalheadz manages to make such forward-thinking music that sounds like it was recorded twenty years ago. That combination of eras and styles is endemic to this release, and that's why it's just so, so good.
METHXX 021
30 Nov 18
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Arcopia - (6:53) 170 BPM
   
Azha - (6:43) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Last spotted on Metalheadz in spring 2017, longtime sparring partners Paradox & Nucleus return to the mothership with more timeless examples of precision vibe conjuring. Both weighing in at almost seven minutes, neither "Arcopia" or "Azha" cut any corners. The atmospheric former ripples with restraint, lava-like funk and strong traces of Detroit techno in its DNA. The latter, meanwhile, is a much darker tunnelling piece of work, all tubular, metallic and more haunted than a mucky night on the Ouija boards. Breakbeat premiership class.
META 067
23 Nov 18
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Hall Of Mirrors - (5:49) 57 BPM
   
Quartz & Survey - "End Title" - (5:14) 57 BPM
   
Quartz & Gremlinz - "Oblong Druid" - (5:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tunnel Vision - (4:33) 58 BPM
   
Ghastly - (6:06) 172 BPM
   
Goodbye (Alone Inside) - (5:13) 173 BPM
Review: Having cut his teeth on IM:LTD, Warm and DSCI4 it was only a matter of time before the ice slab bruises and shards of Quartz crashed down on the Headz mothership. And man do they hit hard. Six tracks in total (with two collabs with Survey and Gremlinz) every cut strikes the soul... The pulsating electrical current of "Hall Of Mirrors", the vicious halftime data spikes and caustic code cascades of "Oblong Druid" (with Gremlinz) and the grumbling, rumbling dungeon echoes of "Ghastly" are just three of the many highlights here.
METHXX 020
26 Oct 18
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