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Headless (Renewal Album Sampler 2)
Headless - (4:37) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Nowhere Ever - (4:11) 172 BPM
21 Jan 22
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Krisp Biscuit/Take Me
Krisp Biscuit (2021 remaster) - (5:00) 145 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Take Me - (8:03) 154 BPM
Played by: Sikka
17 Dec 21
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Ethics Rebirth (Renewal Album Sampler 1)
Ethics Rebirth - (5:40) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Prima - (3:10) 172 BPM
13 Dec 21
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Gravity Falls/Holy Mountain
Gravity Falls - (7:07) 172 BPM
Holy Mountain (feat Jaise) - (6:05) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Sikka, BasskicksUK
10 Dec 21
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MDZ 25VIP001
26 Nov 21
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Synchronicity EP
Cloud 9 - (4:27) 58 BPM
Hitman - (5:04) 174 BPM
Synchronicity - (4:39) 174 BPM
Shattered Dreams - (4:37) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Soul Intent
29 Oct 21
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Opal - (3:41) 170 BPM
Soosay (feat Euph) - (4:52) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
15 Oct 21
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Call In Me
Call In Me - (6:24) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Phase - "Odyssey Of Noises" - (3:56) 174 BPM
10 Sep 21
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Why - EP
Why - (5:14) 174 BPM
It's Not Too Late - (5:17) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All I See - (5:39) 170 BPM
Unfeeling - (6:07) 170 BPM
Falling Down (feat Ella Sopp) - (5:19) 170 BPM
Review: Not to be confused with Mufasa's evil bitter brother in Lion King, Survival and Script's Scar alias is one of the flagship acts in Metalheadz premiership and this is their first new material since their pre-lockdown album High Fives & Devil Eyes. Heavyweight as ever, each track punches with both emotional and physical energy. Highlights include the toxic sludge bassline on 'Why', the pristine Good Looking dreaminess and gorgeous flutes on 'All I See' and the hurricane soul of the finale track with Ella Sopp 'Falling Down'. High grade material.
03 Sep 21
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Ice Cubes/Red Carpet (2021 Remasters)
Ice Cubes - (6:21) 175 BPM
Red Carpet - (5:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
27 Aug 21
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Urban Style Music / This Is L.A. (Remasters)
Urban Style Music (2017 remaster) - (7:50) 160 BPM
This Is L.A. (2021 remaster) - (7:35) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Soul Intent, I N K
23 Aug 21
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Twisted 3rd Mind EP (2021 Remaster)
Twisted 3Rd Mind - (7:15) 170 BPM
Shine - (7:56) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Skitzaphonic - (7:27) 171 BPM
Deltaras - (7:39) 171 BPM
20 Aug 21
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Wintersun/Control My Mind (2021 Remasters)
Wintersun - (6:28) 171 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Control My Mind - (6:52) 171 BPM
13 Aug 21
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Fragments EP
Forgotten - (7:30) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Depths - (5:05) 58 BPM
Evita - (5:50) 172 BPM
Daydreaming - (5:23) 172 BPM
16 Jul 21
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Far Away (Remasters)
Far Away (2015 remaster) - (7:55) 155 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
It's Yours (2021 remaster) - (5:55) 158 BPM
Played by: Sikka
02 Jul 21
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Silent Reign (2021 Remasters)
Silent Reign - (6:32) 172 BPM
Colony - (6:35) 57 BPM
Shift - (6:30) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
18 Jun 21
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Time Goes By
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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25 Years Of Metalheadz - Part 4
Wanna Dance - (6:57) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
On Top - (6:18) 170 BPM
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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25 Years Of Metalheadz Part 2 (The Series)
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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Paradigm Shift
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.
28 May 21
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Betrayal EP
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!
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
26 Mar 21
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25 Years Of Metalheadz Part 3
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.
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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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25 Years Of Metalheadz Pt 1
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.
23 Oct 20
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Untitled Killa/Persevere
Untitled Killa - (4:59) 170 BPM
Persevere - (5:16) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
09 Oct 20
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The Rainmaker
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.
02 Oct 20
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The Journey Man Remixes Pt 2
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.
25 Sep 20
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The Journey Man Remixes Part 1
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.
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/I Need Your Love (2020 Remasters)
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/Lucid (2020 Remasters)
Hold On - (6:56) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lucid - (6:08) 56 BPM
07 Aug 20
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Obsession (2020 Remasters)
Obsession - (7:09) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Tear Out My Heart - (7:04) 173 BPM
Played by: Mandidextrous, I N K
17 Jul 20
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Channel (2020 Remasters)
Channel - (8:59) 55 BPM
Channel Beyond - (6:36) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
No Mans Land - (7:04) 165 BPM
10 Jul 20
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A Different Perspective
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.
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
19 Jun 20
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Basic Principles (Remasters)
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.
12 Jun 20
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A Different Perspective
A Different Perspective - (5:39) 172 BPM
09 Jun 20
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Universe/Lose Control (2020 Remaster)
Universe - (7:24) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lose Control - (6:58) 175 BPM
Played by: Conrad Subs
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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.
10 Apr 20
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Sting Blade EP
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.
21 Feb 20
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Exiles EP
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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Helios EP
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/Eyes
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/Love Or Death
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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High Fives & Devil Eyes
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!
15 Nov 19
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Eternal EP
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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Transpose EP
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.
30 Aug 19
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