Review: Bare Up, bare stinkage: Rampage-affiliate Bare Up unleashes his biggest tune to date in the form of "Ask Somebody". Obese in width and weight, full focus is squared plainly on the hooky riff that mutates and melts before your very ears before turning into a dramatic key-stroking riot on the breakdown and a cheeky twist on the second drop. Immense... If you're getting a bit of foghorn fatigue right now, this is the perfect tonic. You better ask somebody!
Review: BLCKHRY is one of those artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and after a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, he's back on Pick N Mix with a fierce EP that shows off some serious production skills. 'BOP' is one of the stronger tracks, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. 'Cream' is very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top-level cut to round out the release. Yes mate!
Review: How deep is your love for BLCKHRY right now? If the answer is anything but 'very' or 'as deep as the Mariana Trench, mate' then you need to do some serious soul searching. One of the most prolific and consistent members of the Pick N Mix family, he's defied the curse of 2020 with a continuous slew of gritty, stripped-back hitters. 'How Deep' is no exception as we're bumped and blasted from b-line to b-line across this massive six track EP. Highlights include the twisted riffcraft, classic vocal lick and harmonic suspense of 'Mine', the energy and dark vibrancy of 'How Deep' and the absolute gutter funk of 'Check'. And that's just half of this release. Time to dig deep!
Review: Brand new UK duo Bunnerz make their debut on Pick N Mix with this punchy, varied stink-fest. The healthy vibe range is clear from the off as opener "Settle Down" kicks off with spiky jump-up intent before "10 Stripes" follows on a moody, groaning sewer note. Other highlights include the rifle-like midrange bass fluctuations on "Reaction", the cheeky swagger and funk of "Recon OG" and the hectic twists and turns of "Merked". An impressive debut; keep Bunnerz on your radar.
Dekane & Royle - "Everybody Is Going To Die" - (4:23) 175 BPM
The Plant Of Evil (Phenom remix) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: TJ's freshly launched Pick N Mix kicks back with more sweet beats. This time it's with rising Welsh bass battering ram Dekane and, like all the best pick and mix selections, it's bulging with flavours and treats. Highlights include the menacing drone and apocalyptic breakdown atmospherics of "Royalty", the Jaws style tension of "Right Beside You", the trippy harmonic Q&A of the brilliantly titled "Everybody Is Going To Die" and Phenom's outstandingly vicious remix of "The Plant Of Evil". Wicked indeed.
Review: Following releases on the likes of Overview and Delta9, Austrian deepsmith Division makes his debut with super on-point crew Pick N Mix. Proper tunnel vision business, if you know Division's sound you'll already have an idea of how hypnotic and immersive these will be. Five originals, one remix, all killer - highlights include the scattergun kicks and flabby subs of "Complication", the graveyard aesthetic of "Step In" and that purring cavernous sub on his Master Error co-lab "Possession". United we stand, Division we fall in love with...
Review: So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job's a joke, you're broke. Your love life's D.O.A It's like you're always stuck in second gear. When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month Or even your year, but DJ Gaw will be there for you. He's got Friends with a capital F. Mates likes Metalwork, Kumo, Parallel, Citrusfly, Magenta and Offline. Together they are most definitely there for you with raw co-lab fusion. Highlights include the ruff stuff bass grunts on "Mad Ting", the well-humoured mid 2000s style bassline funk of "Stingray Dub" and the deeper charms of "About You". Each friend bringing out a different side to Gaw. Each friend reminding us how on-point Pick N Mix are. They'll be there for you.
Review: Over on Pick N Mix Audio, Drowzee is landing with a single that blends the savage sounds of jump-up with effortless use of space and a clarity designed to impress but not overwhelm. 'For Me' rests on finger-click drum hits that intersperse with a wobbling sub bass and choppy bass staps, it's got that head-nodding vibe to the drums we all love and it's an all-round masterclass of blending funk and aggression. The flipside builds up with murderous intent above a body of furious kicks, before climbing the heights of euphoria into stabbing, flowing territory. Beautiful stuff.
Review: Hexa is landing on the always consistent Pick N Mix with a full-length LP for your ears. 10 tracks long, Point of Contact blends more rolling and melodic sounds with the groaning, jump-up influenced bits that we know well from both him and the label. 'Magento' features the always good Sydney and it packs fantastic drum work, with snapping snares interlocked with shakers and big kicks to propel the vocals and bass onwards. 'The Korubo Tribe' is more massive and made for the dancefloor and it's in this area that the LP excels, especially alongside tunes like 'Cosmos' and 'Point of Contact'. Wicked.
Review: A disruptor on the drum and bass scenes for a few years now Hexa makes his way to Pick N Mix, a label with a storied discography that's getting bigger by the month! Having released with other labels like Audio Addict and most recently with a contribution to Dilate Recordings, Hexa's swung minimal style surfaces in mini LP form. Drawing from woozy Wu-Tang-esque samples in between liquid rhythms, heavier bass and steppy percussions sections, you'' find that in tracks like "Vicious Cycle", "The Manchu", "The Box" and "Train" - all tips! "On Guard" introduces a heavy rave element with UKG vocal stabs alongside the bassline driven "Absence of Light". Top pick.
Review: Pick N Mix head up north for some Geordie grit as another one of the Toon's fizzy D&B community shines a scene spotlight on the city. This time it's KL who serves up a six-piece of gritty harmonics and distorted, curmudgeonly bass. Beyond the epic title track, highlights include the tense, graveyard-style deepness of opener "Buzzkill", the savage, haunted groaning of "Smoke Out" (with fellow Newcastle murker Hexa) and the twisted rifle riddim and savage steps of "Radiant". Now stop: "Hammerfist" time.
Review: Pick N Mix do one thing, and that's pump out absolutely wild cuts of destructive D&B. That's their sole mission and, not for the first time, they've roped in Magenta and friends to help them accomplish it, a producer who is more than familiar with the peculiarities of dancefloor pressure and twisted sonics. 'Distress' is arguably the best cut on the EP, with absolutely wicked drums undergirding a Serum-esque display of dragged-out bass wizardry and gurgling force - the back-end on this track doesn't take any prisoners. The other tunes are trademark Magenta, with the punching stabs of 'Slave' and the stepping aggressiveness of 'Champion Style'. Big stuff.
Review: Nautik is one of those artists with a low-key fantastic back-catalogue and after a bit of a slow-down in terms of output, he's back on Pick N Mix with a fierce EP that shows off some serious production skills. 'Super' is one of the stronger tracks, an expansive, growing number that starts in small pieces and gradually puts itself together, each synth sounds wicked and the combination of all of them is next level. 'Clowned' is very creative and has a unique rhythmic structure that some won't like but that others will love and regardless, it's a top-level cut to round out the release. Yes mate!
Review: London/Portsmouth duo Neman make their debut on the ever-sweet Pick N Mix with two jams of the highest order. File 'On Your Mind' under 'bubbler' thanks to its bouncy Q&A bassline that flips through the keys in style. 'Send4Me' just be filed under 'slinky, hip-swinging bashment D&B'. Think Youngstar's blueprint dubstep/grime beat classic 'Pulse X' but buzzed up to D&B tempo and twisted for dark prangy tones of 2020. Tracks like these don't leave your mind for a long, long time.
Review: If you love expertly made drums, this will be the EP for you and although the basses are potently heavy, they rest on a foundation of percussion that's just pure vibes. It comes from Parallel on Pick N Mix, one of the best new age jump up labels, and it's a six tracker of devastating proportions. 'Man of Many Skill' is a proper roller, a track packed with sheer guts, as a movie sample spreads out above a direct, pummelling bassline that finds its excellence in its own simplicity. 'Rockers' has a fantastically infectious drum line that bursts with movement, while title tune 'Dream' has wide synth lines and an edge-of-the-seat, stepping drum line. Pitch perfect.
Review: Feeling fruity? Zest up your life with Refracta and the PNM crew as the young Scottish artist juices up vibey contemporary, cheekily left-of-centre, dnb with hard-hitting health messages. The results are as full flavoured as you'd expect; highlights include the tangy jungle nuances under the soft skin of 'Peach', the big horn drama and serious vit-c punch of 'Grape', the scurvy-defying, piano-tickling, breakbeat-busting 'Lime' and the euphoric charm of 'Passion Fruit' that's so potent it won't just keep the doctor away for a day like your common or garden apple but it'll keep that GP away from your door for months.
Review: Coming in hot off the back of some great releases is both Sota and label Pick N Mix, who have collaborated on the producer's 8Bit EP, a six-tracker that spans a variety of sounds, all of which are driving and filled with purpose. Title track '8Bit' is a jagged roller with a great flowing feel to the percussion and an arrangement chock a block with funk and soul, despite its constituent elements being far from soulful. That's the sign of a good heavy D&B track and both producer and artist have nailed it.
Review: Skull-thumping fun... Rising London artist Space Bootz kicks the Pick N Mix doors down with two crucial stripped-back wrigglers. "Thump" takes the lead with a crucial spoken sample and trippy wobbled-out bassline slinking in and out of the tight breaks. "Item 9" takes the twisted feeling to new levels as he plays with higher frequencies on the bassline and sharpens up the breaks to true necksnap proportions. Unexpected item in the banger area!
Review: Pick N Mix: A place where full fat variety comes as standard and you're guaranteed to leave with a blazing sugar high and the stickiest fingers imaginable. Since launching last year they've been responsible for a whole barrage of on-point fire jams from the most exciting names in the new-gen D&B movement and for their 10th release they've levelled up the selection in a major way. 20 fresh tracks from 20 killer new talents, the vibes here are so palpable you could chew them. Highlights include the techno-like insistency and of Alex SLK's "Gorillaz", savage tear-out in the form of Vital's "The Game", Zoro's Dread-bass warp wonder session "Buss It", Magenta's MC-fronted bash-about "Purpose", the list goes on and on. Sweet!
Review: Pick N Mix need no introduction. Sticky fingers, stinky bangers; TJ's imprint is at the very forefront of dnb's exciting new generation. Now they raise the game once again, amplifying their message with arguably the most important album in the genre this year: 'The Black Excellence' is 100% created by artists and creatives of colour from the artwork to activation and it slams down any question of lack of diversity in the game. Featuring the likes of Amplify, BLCKHRY, Dilligent Fingers, Kyst Cortez and so many more, it runs the entire range of sounds from deep and soulful ('Be Free') to dark and slinky ('Settle') to savage and rasping ('Legion') and reflects how exciting and wide-range the dnb sound is when it comes from a diverse place. More albums like this, please.
Review: Categorically one of the most prolific producers in the game right now, Vital follows up his rather "Violent" on Dub Voltage with another generous sledgehammer six pack. Groaners and stinkers galore, like all Pick N Mix releases, these cuts are tailored for the dance and creative DJ pleasure. Highlights include the foul stench bass screams and grumpy subs of "Hauling", the crucial spoken sample and dirt bike revving bassline of "They Will See" and both the treacle like bass sludge and graveyard breakdown of "Ridin High" and its gnarlier, gruffer version. Chop up both cuts for maximum effect and they won't see you for dust.