Review: Here's hoping you're ready to bounce because "Feel It" hasn't just been produced, it's been rubberised. With enough cranked up energy to power the central London, and bass that's cheeky enough to give the Playaz crowd a run for their money, Bass Antics are filling up dancefloors like no other. "Playback" takes things back to the old school in more ways than one, using '90s drum and bass techniquea against soundboy vocals and garage bass stylings, it's a proper mash-up. Get your head down and start skanking.
Review: This is an absolutely wicked release. You know those EPs which perfectly tread the line between playfulness and gullyness? This is one of them, a release which is a breath of fresh air whilst still managing to pack a recognisable punch. The title tune is our favourite, with a lusciously funky main piano line that stretches out over the drums, intermingling with the vocal sample and resting above the bassline in purely satisfying fashion. 'Bend Back' takes things in a harder direction, with stuttering jungle stammers and a wonky bassline that wobbles around like a pig in mud. Banging bit of work, this.
Review: Murky Digital are a label who do what their name might suggest in that they release digital murkiness on a regular basis. No Escape is an EP from Euphonique that brings together MC Frost, Guzi & Madrush MC and Saxxon, all of whom have helped contribute to dastardly naughty tracks. 'Switch' is up there with the best of them and it's all about that bassline, an almost foghorn of groaning, fiery proportions which rattles its way through the arrangement. MC Frost also impresses on 'No Escape, a sub-heavy roller which will please the more minimalistic heads amongst you. Banging stuff.
Review: Murky Digital don't tend to put out music that's weak, thin or otherwise not suitable for the dancefloor. Jaxx's Prepare For Take Off EP is a testament to that, all five cuts do some serious damage and the release overall is certainly on the sharper end of the spectrum. 'Take Off' is the best of the bunch and it's got a rough, Sofa Sound edge that injects a satisfying level of oomph into the arrangement, there's a serious vibrancy in the bass-drums relationship and it's a pleasure to listen to. 'Stacks' is a close second and its incredibly unique concoction of swirling basses and gargling pulsars adds a wicked futuristic element, all of it underpinned by a creative, stepping percussive line. There's a wicked variety here and everything feels accurate and well-placed - well played to the Murky Digital crew.
Review: Murky Digital are a label who do what their name might suggest in that they release digital murkiness on a regular basis. Black Lagoon is a various artists release that brings together Jaxx, Euphonique, Vital, Damageman and Tarz, all of whom have contributed dastardly naughty tracks. Vital's 'Bank Robbers' is up there with the best of them and it's all about that bassline, a foghorn of groaning, fiery proportions which rattles its way through the arrangement. Damageman also impresses with 'Low Signal', a sub-heavy roller which will please the more minimalistic heads amongst you. Banging stuff.
Review: Konz has absolutely smashed this one. Brand new on Murky Digital, Paper Man is a minimal collection of forceful tones and subby wobbles, each track has this funky, stepping feel to it and there are some seriously dirty bass touches. 'Blinded' is exactly that, with a jungley but excessively clean drum line, this track just rolls out and out with a wicked progression that takes you on a tour through futuristic, grating soundscapes. DJ Hybrid also lands on the remix for 'Paper Man', which he hasn't changed much except to ground even further into a solid bed of sine waves and snapping snare cracks.
Review: Make like a tree and Leaf: one of the most innovative artists to breakthrough in recent years, Leaf's left-of-centre, gutter-chomping textures and twisted dynamics have become a staple of the more underground side of D&B and a buy-on-sight situation. This EP is no exception; the distorted tubular grunt of "Glitch", the twisted strings and gammon sample in the breakdown of "Muck Meat", the offbeat harmonics and faraway soul of "Luv" and the freaky sci-fi stepper funk of "One Jah"... Each and every cut a stone cold singular thumper. Time to branch out.
Leaf - "Dup Up The Dance" (BassBrothers remix) - (4:06) 175 BPM
Saxxon - "Long Haul" - (4:48) 175 BPM
NiteRider - "River Monster" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Fena - "Audible" - (4:34) 172 BPM
Meladee - "Connoisseur" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: Niterider, Saxxon and more are landing on Murky Digital with the Wolf Man EP and, as you can probably tell from the name of the label it's coming out on, it's a seriously murky bit of work. This is obvious from the first tune, a BassBrothers remix of Leaf's 'Dup Up The Dance', which expands hugely down into the back end with penetrating force, swaying and moving as it goes. The rest of the release is powered by the same relentlessness and 'Long Haul'' carries an expansive back end that undergirds a sequence of menacing sampling, whilst 'Audible' possibly has the most creative bassline on the release in a wicked display of dancefloor heat. Sick stuff.
Review: Niterider is landing on Murky Digital with his Dub Elevator EP and, as you can probably tell from the name of the label it's coming out on, it's a seriously murky bit of work. You wouldn't think that from the start of the title track though, which leads you in with a luscious bit of elevator music but that quickly devolves into a pummelling expression of force. The rest of the release is powered by the same relentlessness and 'Killa's' carries an expansive back end that undergirds a sequence of menacing hip-hop sampling, whilst 'The Wob' possibly has the most creative bassline on the release in a wicked display of dancefloor heat. Sick stuff.
Review: T>I has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, he's put out two sick EPs on scene-leading label Critical Music and you can tell from listening to his music that his sound is being constantly refined. For this single on Murky digital he steps up with one original and one remix, and the it's the former of these two that is the highlight for us. 'Fine Balance' is just that - finely balanced. There's a tangible synergy between the bouncing yet penetrating drum line and the pulsating, subby back end that pushes down on the range with devastating monotony. T>I is a top producer - just check out the evidence.
Review: Usually when man hits road with a VIP it goes harder, right? Not in the case of this fugly roller from a true king among junglists T>I. Here he's taken the heavily supported and highly distinctive bassline of last year's banger "The Gorgon" and pressurised it into a much more physical sub bass sensation to subtle heads-down effect. The same can be said for his take on Damage Report's "Snooper" as he switches out the in-you-face weirdness of the OG bassline and teases us with the texture over a much more dense sub twist. Basically the bigger the systems you play this on, the better they sound.
Review: Greezey by name, successful producer by nature: this slick-haired south coast hero continues to demolish in every direction as he makes his EP debut on Elsta's Murky Digital. Four tracks in total, each one primed for different corners of the dance "Most Wanted" slaps down straight in the centre of jump and tech with a subtly twisted wobble on the bassline, "My Way" is the rumbler of the set with a groaning bassline that murmurs ominously beneath the surface while "Love Dem Style" takes a disco dodo and slaps it back into existence with a barbed soul focus. "Headache" closes the show on a deeper, slinkier flex with lilting keys, a tightly-coiled two-step and a stern message in the sample. Most wanted by name, essential by nature...
Review: Elsta's Murky Digital look back over five years of uncompromised murk-mastery and handpick 15 of their favourite moments. A great way for us to fill any holes in our collection and a timely reminder of the label's timeless weight and sense of dark groove; highlights and power points rattle and slap from every corner. Key cuts include T>I's humungous subbed-out roller VIP of "The Gorgon", Zero's twisted orchestral cascades on "Corrupt Cop", Fena & Barbarix's urgent vocal-looping sizzler "Devoted" and Too Greezey's husky dusty dark jazz charm on "Take My Hand". Here's to the next five years.
Review: Growing in volume, presence and prominence with every release, Murky up their game once more with the first part of their heavyweight V/A album Turbid Transcendence. Highlights rattle and smoulder from every corner; the almost ballad-like bass groans of Too Greezey's "Sequence", the hot-stepping jungle drum rolls of Raz & RV's "Shadows", the pure dungeon tones and pensive grit of Damageman & Craftamus's "Demons" and T>I's blubbery rubber subs on "Run Flats" are just some of the key points on this killer first chapter. And with eight more bruisers to come, this is only half of the album so far. Big.
Review: After the undeniable popularity of the first edition of Murky Digital's 'Turbid Transcendence' compilation, we were stoked to see that a second part was hitting the stores, and what a selection it is. We hear a range of rollers and minimal drums from start to finish, including Bass Antics and Nino's sub heavy 'DAT TUNE' and the high calibre creeping collaboration 'What Do You Know' between Filthy Antics and Jeopardize. For us the additional highlights have to be the explosive percussive rolls and grinding subs of Euphonique's 'Damage', along with the crispy drum processing of Tarz's 'Late Night' and Fena's volcanic 'The Lizard King' arrangement, complete with lethal bass growls and flavourful drum combos.
Review: Vital really isn't messing around! Two weeks have passed since his debut album and already Vital is back on the strong stuff. Five tracks of pure bass grizzle, he ain't letting up. The title track busses up amen slurs on the breaks, a farted-out b-line riff and classic house stabs on the riff, "Wanted" revs like a Dodge Tomahawk and don't be fooled by the title of "Barbed Wire", it's actually flabbier than your dearest relative. Wrapping up we have the foggy thuggy moans and tones of "No Stopping" and the toxic jungle slammed climax "Staring At The Speaker". Vital? Mental more like... These kick serious jacksy.
Review: Hasta la vista m8; Fresh from announcing his debut album on Low Down Deep, Vital steps over to Murky with one of his biggest releases so far: "Termin8". Heavier than liquid metal poly alloy, moodier than learning your foster parents are dead, each cut here rattles with Vital's signature foreboding funk. Highlights include the stern tones and minimal meanness of "Disrespect", the big humming turbine sub blasts on the title track "Termin8" and the sci-fi tension and sudden dramatic blasts on "Scared To Look". He'll be back...
Review: Vital is back in your line of sight this week with this stinker of an EP, one that slots right into the foghorn trend taking the scene by storm at the moment, so if you're into your gully rollers this will be an EP for you. It's five tracks long and every single one of them slaps, with a no holds barred approach to creating grating basses and skipping drums lines that are tailor made for the dance. The title track is the perfect example, with its sparse percussive underpinning and wavey, jagged collection of basses. Top stuff.