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!
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...
On About (Remix) (Citrusfly remix) - (4:27) 175 BPM
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: 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.