Review: Renowned for their harder take on the D+B genre, Renegade Hardware step up with their newest release which comes from long-term badman Audio and upcoming talent Inside Info, who impressed with his EP on Viper not so long ago. "Fall Back" brings in the lyrical talent of MC Stapleton and pairs the acerbic spoken vocals with razor sharp snares, pounding bass and spaced out SFX. An industrial undertone adds an aggressive edge. Next up, Audio joins forces with Inside Info for a truly menacing number with a Calyx & Teebee circa "Warrior" feel, pumping beats and grizzled synths. Gnarly!
Review: Dutty Audio's Brazilian drum & bass badman BTK takes no prisoners when he goes in. "Megahertz" is a full-on dancefloor destroyer, best heard on an 100ft system as the end of the world approaches. For those on a non-apocalyptic tip, fragmented breaks and a deep bass groove give the title track seriously addictive headphone appeal too. After an insane build-up, the rapidfire roll of "Be Yourself" smashes straight into neuro funk filth with the type of bassline that gets crowds of thousands screwfacing in harmony. It's a beautiful thing
Review: It's not clear whether Auckland-born, London-based Cern got his name from the institution that houses the Large Hadron Collider, but it seems possible on the basis of his sharp, beefy productions, which hit with all the impact of a particle accelerator on the Nostromo EP. The title track could well soundtrack the corridors of the ship of the same name in the Alien movie, as tense subs and atmospheric synths pepper the rolling breaks; it's a similar story on "Organism", whose warbling bass cuts through the air like ice. "Formless" meanwhile is a more frantic affair, combining footwork style rhythms with sparse textures, while "When The Time Comes" finishes off with a more traditional D&B roller filled with emotive piano chords, albeit one that rattles along like its shaking itself to pieces. Highly recommended!
Review: As we approach the next release from the legendary dark D&B label, it's pleasing to see Cern make a welcomed return to the airwaves. Teaming up with Teknik in "Traitor", this one packs a punch with grinding subs, squelchy bass, rough breaks and a good dose of Hardware's techstep badness. The accompanying "Schemer" sees Menace take Teknik's place for an enormous slab of tear out tech-ed up D&B, with sharp, crisp drums, menacing atmospherics and glowering bass. If you like your D&B dark, dirty and badder than bad, then this is for you. There's a reason Stapleton came up with the lyrics "Renegade Hardware, heavy like so".