Manchester-based Nuusic is a drum and bass and jungle label that’s put a clear stamp on its deep, dark and dirty, gun finger-inducing sound since 2018. The up-and-coming label, co-run by Joe Mac, Jungglah and Rafiki Dubs, has dropped bombs from selectors: Teej, Jappa, Disrupta, Conrad Subs, Kumo, Too Greezey, Motiv and more.
Review: New sickness from Nuusic right now as Teej whips up more 'Drama' than an Eastenders omnibus. Linking with the unstoppable Slay for the title track, we warm up with a Frank Butcher weight bubbler before getting gradually stinkier and stinkier with bumpers like 'Coin Toss', a grumpier-than-Dot-Cotton VIP of '16 Speakers' (with Jappa) and gully-assed flip of 'Duppy' by man like DJ Hybrid. Just when you thought dnb didn't need any more drama, turns out we were wrong.
Review: To cap off their three-part anniversary celebrations, Nuusic are laying down the heat on instalment number three. Teej has been one of the main players throughout this series, and with 'War Cry', a minimal roller with the guts of a lion and the roar of one too, as finger-clicking drums bear the weight of something much heavier, a snarling bassline that moves in devilish twists and turns. The vibes are also seriously real on J Select's cut, a spacious number that moves in gruff fits and starts, a barking cut with a catchy sample that smacks of proper rave memories. There's luscious depth on 'Always Be Mine', Speaker Louis and Epicentre finish off the series with the stuttering breaks of 'Unity'. What an LP series and congrats to the crew on three years.
Review: Part two of the Nuusic anniversary celebration, and the halfway point is just as good as the first instalment. It's more of the label's most standout tracks from the last three years, and Conrad Subs' 'Little Vibey Thing' is right up there with the best of them, a swing-heavy vocal-led jungle number that's formed of swelling bass touches, crunchy drum lines and a nonchalant gem of a vocal, one that's halfway between hip-hop and soul. Margaman's 'Teach The Roots' is a masterclass in simple vibes, with a clean percussive centre and edges that wallow in bassy reggae, all of which is deliciously built into a crescendo with a superb build-up. Proper dancefloor stuff.
Review: Nuusic have been around for a grand total of three years now, and a three-part celebration of that fact is now here. This is the first instalment and it's a beauty, with a whole host of artists from the Nuusic orbit stepping up to lay down some serious heat. That's what's on offer here and it's a cut from Kumo - 'Skeng Riddim' - that really steals the show, as inch-perfect stepping percussion murderously underpins a rap-driven, bloated bassline sound which drips urban force from every corner. Serious Wretch 32 vibes on this one. Conrad Subs has two tracks, including a wicked rework of garage classic 'Bump & Grind', and Teej also has several contributions; 'Hydro' being the naughtiest, a drawn-out roller covered in old-school class. Yes lads.
Review: Speaker Louis and Epicentre team up and barge down the doors of Nuusic HQ with four absolutely blazing releases. Each track hand-raised with large amounts of studio venom and sonic ruffage, highlights include the skin-scorching bassline and breaks and sunny-side skanks of 'Dead Sound' and the horn-heaved blasts, stuttering savageness and rave nostalgia of the EP title track 'Unity'. Elsewhere our souls are nourished by the vocal-led 'Out Here' and the soundsystem slapping tear-up 'The Gorgon Stare'. Peace, bangers and 'Unity'.
Review: Sniff my dubplate! Nuusic unleash a brand new project dedicated to special dub-level versions from the best in the game. First up on Dub Culture is this powerful shakedown from Teej. Taking the 2019 original from Grimesy and T-Man's energy-level changer 'Quantum Leap' and softening its rough edges, Teej adds a whole other layer of fatness to the subs while keeping T-Man's killer bars clear and central. This is what we call a serious remix. Oh boy.
Review: EPs don't get more diverse and dancefloor ready than this one from Jak, who has roped in Mofes and Kumo to help him craft his devilishly made club-friendly sounds. Rather than a copy-paste exercise, Nuusic and Jak are living up to their reputations by bringing four unique, differentiated cuts to the table. 'Siren' feat Kumo is the pick of the bunch, as a rolling Break-esque drum line cuts through a sparsely arranged but effectively spacious array of Sofa Sound-type bass nodes. Proper sick, and there's clicky tech funk on 'Snow', jump-up force on 'Lace Up' and sub-heavy, sine-wobbling goodness on 'Akimbo'. Big.
Review: Sizzle for the bizzle! Nuusic set fire to the new year with this marvellous collection from young Birmingham-based producer J Select. With previous on the likes of Audio Addict and DNB Allstars, keen ears will already know the high levels at play here as J guides us through his vision of drum & bass. From the stripped back minimalism and restrained growls of 'Don't Want This To End' to the much dreamier intro and sudden vocal tease of 'Free' via the slinky sunny-side up dancehall flexes of 'Playback Riddem'. And that's before we get to the Teej-collaborated title track 'El Sizzlo'. Trippy, fun and precision in the space department, this will singe serious whiskers when the dances open again.
Review: This four-tracker from long-time producer Octo-Pi is impressive in that it manages to do a lot with quite little. Its core components - rolling drums, wobbly basslines - aren't exactly new to anyone, but its the basics of arrangement that give it such an infectious, catchy edge, and which make all of these tracks so memorable. 'The Hurt' gets things out the stocks quickly, with tumbling breaks on the intro that juxtapose the paciness of its main percussive line, and these drums underpin a ferocious set of low frequency oscillations. 'Pogo Stick', featuring Teej, is the only standout, as a choppy arrangement blasts its way along with serious swagger, a weighty number that's dying to be thrown into the mix.
Review: Hot on the heels of the label's massive 'Sound Of Nuusic' release, the Manchester-based label continues to shine the spotlight on exciting new-gen talent. Talent like Ellm who seems to have come out of nowhere and is already packing premium productions. This debut D&B EP covers the board in style - growling junglism ('Draw Out'), space-age bassline funk ('The Breakdown'), double bass funking badness ('Soundboy') and piano-tickled dubwise euphoria ('Parallax') With skills like these on such an early release we anticipate big things from this young artist. Avoid having a nightmare on Ellm's heat... Do not sleep on this!
Review: Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray a drop of golden sun. That's The Sound Of Music, circa 1965. Boh, a banger, an absolute banger. Whey, a drop of golden gunfingers. That's the 'Sound Of Nuusic', circa right about now as the Manchester based label let rip with their third V/A experience. Now an annual thing for the label, it's their biggest collection yet as it's super-charged with blaze-ups from the best in the new-gen game. From Sl8r's opener to Conrad Subs' grand VIP finale by way of cuts from the likes of Teej, Sola, Kuma, Epicentre, Kumarachi, Motiv, Selecta J-Man and many more on-point future headlining names, this isn't just the sound of Nuusic, it's the sound of now.
Review: Conrad Subs has been teasing his next album over the last few weeks and finally it's here, courtesy of Nuusic, and boy what an LP it has turned out to be. Conrad Subs is very confident when it comes to constructing break beats and so it should come as no suprise that they make up a large part of Tides, to excellent effect. 'On a 90s Tip' is an especially potent track, with that classic rave piano sound driving an inch-perfect set of drums and a rolling reece bass. 'Obese' is yet more spectacular stepping sonics, whilst 'Little Vibey Thing' blends R&B vocal infuences with juddering drums and punchy, unforgetablly catchy bass stabs. It's a raw, gritty album and not one to be missed.
Review: Conrad Subs has been doing his thing for quite some time and ahead of his latest album, this time on Nuusic, he's dropping samplers, and this is the second. It's a superb effort as well and he's joined in said effort by Redders, an MC known for his work with Sam Binga and others, and who is on top form here. 'I Got Somethin' rolls out with a heavy dose of attitude, Redders' urban-tinged style dredging up touches of hip-hop as well as funk and dancehall and he sits expertly above Conrad's bouncing, moody beat. The flip is classic jungle and Conrad excels on this terrain, his penchant for breakbeats shining through amidst a stabby rendition of broken dancefloor pressure. This album is going to be immense.
Review: The ever prolific Conrad Subs has an album coming on Nuusic and this sampler is the first glimpse we're seeing of what is certain to be a wicked longer player, especially when bearing in mind the diversity of style on this single. 'Little Vibey Thing' is seriously unique, with a beautifully soulful, modern hip-hop vocal sample that sits above a stabbing bassline and a funky, infectious drum line. This tune is certainly a vibey thing. 'Superior', on the other hand, is a straight jungle banger that doesn't let up from its rollicking amen breaks. Big.
Review: Nuusic are a fantastic little label that have really burst out the stocks over the last couple of years, releasing a plethora of music with the common thread of rudeness and an inability to stand still. Kumo is jumping on this heritage with vigour this week, and Born Soldier rolls out across four tracks with a jumpy attitude that we're incredibly sad won't be heard on a danceflloor anytime soon.'Skeng Riddim' is an absolute percy, as a two-step drum pattern takes you in to a funky, flowing hip-hop arrangement with serious bite. 'Born Soldier' is packed out in the lows, straining against itself the whole way, whilst 'Virus' is another naught little roller. This one pops.
Review: Vici is a French artist who really showed his true colours for the first time on Hyperactivity Music a couple of years back, and now he's on Nuusic displaying a different but no less excellent side to his productions. Stay True is a four-tracker with guts but that's not afraid to have fun, as he ropes in Matt Tracker and Speaker Louis to explore the dividing line betweeen tough, gritty music and lighter touches of funk and soul. 'Dark Path' falls into the former category with its scattered breaks and stabbing samples, whilst 'Stay True' is a brass-laden roller with wind in its hair and a heart on its sleeve. Lovely.
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Akuma by Teej and featuring Jappa, Disrupta and Riko Dan continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Akuma' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. 'War Cry' takes things more rolling with a wicked, snapping snare and a wobbling wall of sine basses to back it up, bringing a lovely clean feeling that's also on '16 Speakers'. Wicked.
Review: Nuusic are going back to their roots this week with a properly wicked four-track jungle release from Veak, a producer who flits around the scene, stylistically speaking, from heavier jump up bits to the type of pummelling jungle he's on here. The title tune is our favourite, with a deathly combination of wobbling sines, smacking snare hits and gilded twists of reese bass. it's a fantastically satisfying track with a level of movement that all the best jungle has. The other three tunes all pop off as well, so be sure to give this one a nod.
Review: Nussic are developing a bit of a reputation for spewing out some of the most venomous beats in the business and their talent for pushing some of the best artists on the jump-up spectrum is undeniable. Motiv is holding up that standard with his debut EP on the label and he's doing it in style, something clear right from the start of this EP. 'Gallows' reels you in with a lovely intro, it's upbeat beginnings quickly regressing to a really sick wall of pure energy that's reminiscent of Kings of the Rollers and insanity more generally. The rest of the release is equally aggressive, 'Fakes' being another highlight. Sick release.
Review: Nuusic put out some damn good music. In fact, we're still reeling from their Sound of Nuusic compilation and that was months ago and so this EP from Disrupta is a welcome addition to the ever-burgeoning world of D&B. Five tracks long, Karma is a moody, raw release that would undoubtedly sound fat through a soundsystem. This is especially true for track one, 'Origin', a diving, sub-heavy piece of work that gargles on the stabs and bounces on the hits. 'Fire' featuring Zoro has a cool, steppy beat pattern and even bigger bassline to match. Top stuff.
Review: Nuusic have had a wicked last 6 months, putting out a big compilation and then lots of smaller releases, all of which blend jungle with more rolling sounds, to great effect. Grimesy is the man of the hour this time around and his EP covers multiple fields, with 'Tribal' as bonkers, steppy banger with a bassline that rips and tears itself around the arrangement. The title track features T-Man and is equally as rough, with an old-school drum sound and a slick vocal overlap, all of which compliment a guttural bassline. The other two are also wicked - shouts to the Nuusic crew.
Review: Conrad Subs' jungle number Leave Dem has been on repeat here ever since it came out on Nuusic's recent compilation, The Sound of Nuusic. So we're excited to hear him back on the label with a full-length EP and it's just as good, with a nicely spicy mix of broken and rolling sounds spread across five tracks. Title track is proper down and dirty jungle, with the old school sampling and roughshod vibes to boot, 'In Check' is more of a rolling thing and doesn't mess around, whilst on VIP duties is his Days Are Numbered - what a rework this is. Simple but powerful. Check this one out.
Review: Nuusic are a fairly new label that really don't mess around and their output tends to land on the tougher, more dancefloor orientated end of the spectrum. Rogue by Teej continues that trend, with four big cuts that are definitely set to blow up the dance. 'Question' has a distinctly Serum vibe to it, with a stuttering jungle break and a warped, stabby bassline that contorts itself around every corner of the range. Agro steps in for a stellar remix of 'Hydro' featuring MC Haribo, with a deep sense of rolling funk that permeated its back end - top tune.
Review: Nuusic have proven that they're more than capable of releasing tunes which don't mess about but which carry an air of respectability as well, music that's for the dancefloor but that doesn't sacrifice itself for that purpose. Kumo fits in with that trend. The Pinger is a release full of stripped back, industrial sounds but that still actually sounds really nice, a T>I esque four-tracker that's weighted in all the right places. Bonus points for the background bongos on 'Stubbed'.
Review: Not to be confused with the Julia Roberts classic, the Sound of Nuusic isn't a Bavarian epic but instead a UK underground epic of compilation sized proportions, with a whole raft of underground talents offering up a diverse concoction of jungle flavours. With Conrad Subs making several appearances, his stand-out contribution is 'Leave Dem', with a funked-up loping introduction that's seriously smooth but which quickly devolves into a stuttering balance of breaks and reece bass action. There's wicked jungle contributions from Kumarachi and RMS as well as Sheffield upstart Charla Green, whose knock-down breaks carry some serious weight. This is a must-listen for anyone who likes their jungle music.
Review: Epicentre isn't an artist we're overly familiar with, but we certainly hope to become so after hearing the quality of this release. 'Deng' features MC Haribo, an increasingly popular MC and someone who sounds sick above a minimal beat which is exactly what 'The Deng' is: growling, groaning basses providing the backdrop for a skipping, satisfying percussive run. 'Surely Dead' is on a junglist tip featuring upbeat, ragga sampling and a wobbling bass on the drop that comes out of nowhere from the previously happy introduction. Both 'Jesus Farda' and 'Max Factor' are back on the minimal thing and both are sick as hell, the latter's pulsating back end taking the cake.
Review: We are thrilled to take a peek at this super sharp new project from Teej which goes by the name 'The Hydro', courtesy of the Nuusic imprint. We begin this four track journey with a darkened plunge into 'Hydro (feat MC Haribo)', which sets the zone perfectly with it's haunted textures and earth shattering sub leads. Next, we are given the pulsating bass patterns and sweeping scores of 'Resonance' before we vacate to the subtle neurotic synths of 'Stygian'. The EP then draws to a close with the rough cut nostalgic breaks and grizzly reese leads of 'Thunder Thighs', topping of a great body of work.
Review: First name Conrad, last name Subs: one of the most prolific and consistent newcomers strikes breakbeat gold once again on new northern collective Nuusic. Each cut pokes a different corner of jungle's dark underbelly; "Days Are Numbered" hums with soulful reggae sunlight a la Potential Badboy, "Rumble" is a serious party track with a brilliant use of a classic sample and darked out rolls, "2 Step Flex" taps deep into a ragga vein, "Sweet Sweet" is all about the dancehall vibes while "Footwork" closes the show with a mutoid bassline that goes through various shades of nasty from reverse wobble to crushed lecky pylon. First name Bad, last name Man.