Review: Have Serial Killaz just dropped an essential summer anthem? Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Yes and here's why... The legendary MC Spyda leads with a classic dubwise vocal that instantly hits the soul, the euphoric bassline is reminiscent of those big Brookes Brothers tracks around 15 years ago and the whole flow just has summer festivals written all over it. And if that's not enough of a massive summer anthem for you, check the deeper UKG style soul of 'Mind Games'. Not always known for their deeper tracks, Serial Killaz once again remind us of their talents with something very special here.
Review: Serial Killaz don't tend to put out music that's weak, thin or otherwise not suitable for the dancefloor. Shayper's Take a Stand EP is a testament to that, all four cuts do some serious damage and the release overall is certainly on the sharper end of the spectrum. 'Sunsets' 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. 'Breathe' 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 Serial Killaz crew.
Review: Jam Thieves are a prolific duo with a history across a litany of labels, and this time around their immediately recognisable style is landing on Serial Killaz. That style consists of punishingly stripped back percussive lines that give ample room for jagged basslines to breath, a minimalist take on jump up funk that's designed for the club. The title track is a breakier version, with rattling hats and stumbling snares that weave through a concoction of low frequency force with the grace of a gazelle and the energy of an elephant. 'Heavy Duty' is the other standout, its snare is obscenely good and the bassline ripples with metallic textures, a sharp, pointy track that'll double drop with the best of them. Brilliant.
Review: What a year it's been for Gold Dubs. Not content with releasing his debut album 'Champagne & Asparagus' earlier this year on Born On Road, or releasing on the likes of Kingston Express, Bun Dem Out and Jungle Cakes, he now returns to Serial Killaz with another epic dispatch to shut down 2020. Going straight in on the slammers, 'Distress Call' is a wild brock-out while Cheshire Cat prowls in the picture with the outrageously heavy battle song 'Rise Up'. Elsewhere 'Now' is a stinker of intoxicating proportions while the title track 'The Jungle Is Changing' ends the EP on the naughtiest number of the collection. Pure chaos incarnate, laced with a range of scorching basslines, this one is going to sound so good from a rig the minute we can rave again. Go Gold or go home.
Review: Lord have mercy! Long time badmen Exile & Mark XTC return to Serial Killaz with another soul-pounding original and two humungous VIPs of past bangers. 'Pull Up' strips things right back to the finger-clicking funk vibes and a bubblesome bassline before bringing additional murky elements into the mix; big growls and even bigger amen flurries. Two VIPs are also included on the release as 'Take Me Away' and 'New Dawn' both get go-faster stripes and nitro injections for these turbulent times. As if the originals were stinky enough, these VIPs take things to a whole new ballistic level. Pull up or shut up.
Review: Oooh you're a popular soul aren't you? Upgrade's sent you a request... What are you going to do? Do you accept within seconds and send him your demos and a few revealing photos of your set-up to the curmudgeonly growls and sudden double bass flares and heavenly breakdown of 'Base'? Do you leave him hanging for a few hours, playing it cool before gleefully accepting to the slinky subby jungle rolls of 'Function'? Do you take a screenshot and share it for clout to the rough gutter chomping grizzles of 'First Request'? Or do you wake up and realise it's all a dream because he blocked you years ago for harassing him for dubs to the subtle creepiness and strange jazzy sci-fi rolls and rumbles of 'Gangbeats'? Choose wisely.
Review: Serial Killaz' eponymous label are dropping their latest EP and it's a monstrous five tracker from Exile, who has an impressive CV when it comes to making drum & bass that's geared for the dancefloor. The title tune sets the tone from the offset, as crashing drums warp around a pummelling bassline that hits ground zero with all the force of an explosive weapon. 'Eliminate' feat. Dread MC is on a slightly different tip and makes for a broody, contemplative roller which you can feel has a scary amount of latent, aggressive energy. Eksman joins the team on 'Blueprint Stamp' for a carnival jungle number, and 'Religion of Funk' finishes things off on a penetrating, bouncy note. Lovely stuff.
Review: Drippy, trippy, slippy sounds from man like Kontakt on Serial Killaz right here. Having previously appeared on the label's albums over the years, this is his biggest release on the label so far and it showcases his full-flavoured, high energy style in the broadest, baddest way. Instant impact is felt from the soaring industrial strength bass of "Disassemble" before we're hurled into a maze of total gully. "Planet 9" has a touch of trippiness to its melting textures, "Grave Yard Shift" is a minimal twisted piece strictly for the spaced out 6am weirdos and "Entropy" digs a fast track tunnel directly to the Devil's bedroom. Finally he closes the EP with "Witness This". A collab with Serial Killa Vital Elements, it closes the EP on the wonkiest, skankiest groove possible. Get slippy...
Review: Regroup and lounge, put on a couple of pounds, Russian hair-raisers Lowriderz retreat back to Serial Killaz after a few heavyweight missives on Original Key and it's badboy business as usual. With a strong foundation vibe running throughout, "Back" goes all-in with sandpaper funk bass and classic rap sample while "Dub Horn" and "No Shop Talk" kick up a little raggamuffin jungle mischief. Elsewhere "Dubplate" is a classic snub-nosed jump-up gutter puncher while "Stop" twists up another seminal vocal over an Annix-style rifle bassline. Business is booming.
Review: They've bounced around in their "Bootleg Clarks" long enough! It's time for bredrins Exile and XTC to go in properly with their debut collaborative EP. One legend, one fast-rising new name: together they fuse the perfect edge of contemporary, no-BS D&B. "Soothes My Soul" starts the engine on a big diva balls-out vibe, "Burning Up" ups the euphoria to even higher levels while "Morse Code" is pure heads-down batteridge. Finally "Oh Yeah" ends on a moody note where grunting shred basslines drop in and out while a heavy percussive break shunts with techno grity. Schooled.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.
Review: The newest offering on the renowned Serial Killaz imprint is courtesy of Ozma, whose sound is perfectly suited for a label which has been built on the reputations of its founders, which is substantial after years of bringing their jungle-jump up crossover to UK clubs. The title track kicks off with a powerful introduction to build suspense before flipping into a pitched-up monstrosity of jump-up proportions - certified club banger. The rest of the release is moodier and darker, with techy yet raw tones abounding on every cut. 'Iron Hammer VIP' is the perfect example, with a rough, diving back end that's akin to the lovechild of DLR and Serum except over a halftime beat. Big release.
Review: It's a Newcastle thing! Kastro and Scudd land on Serial Killaz with this massive five track collabo-fest. Each cut hits with the gruff rolling goodness both individuals (and their north eastern mates like Skantia, Stompz and Nectax) are known for. Highlights include the warm dubby horns and Die-style wobbles on the bass of "Ease Out", the dark abrasive horns of the title track "LDN Ting" and the dramatic staccato hook of "Who We Are". With both men shooting out original solo tracks on the EP too, this is a major step up for all concerned. There's something big bubbling in the north east right now. Pay attention.
Review: There aren't many artists in the scene who are more experienced with combining the tones of reggae with the pace of D&B than Serial Killaz, in fact, for many, the name is almost synonymous with the fusion of sounds the sub-genre represents. Dez is holding up the mantle on their label this time around with his Dub Organizer EP, a four-track wobbler that powers through both sides of the sound with ease. 'Dubplate' is probably our favourite, just because of how funky the intro is (bonus points for the Rodigan sample), and the naughty way it suddenly flips into low frequency stress. Banging.
Review: Some combos just work: bread and butter, salt and pepper, rice and peas, T>I and Saxxon. Top Norwich lads, top roller merchants and perfect gully bedfellows as they unleash the first of a whole barrage of collabo bombs. Four cuts, four reasons to slap an elderly hairy-faced family member, highlights include the unruly swagger and lead-like drums of "11.55", the paranoid string whirlwind of "Sundown" and the pure nastiness of "Tracker". Sun ain't gonna set on these for a long time boi.
Review: Serial Killaz is back with their latest EP, which is pretty impressive stuff and a welcome sight after their little break. The title track is wide, forceful and ceaselessly crazy, an arrangement of limit-breaking synths coming together in a surprisingly melodic arrangement - one for the raves. 'Jungle Lock', 'Hush', 'Harmonic Drones and 'Fully Armed' are all in a similar vein, just pure dancefloor killers with the energy to keep you going once the sun starts hitting your face. This is a non-stop EP from a crew who have been in the scene for a long time.
Review: Exile & Mark XTC have been around the block a few times now, each with a string of pretty banging releases under their belts on a range of cool labels. This time it's the turn of Serial Killaz to play host to their dark and dirty sounds, a sound typified by opening tune 'Take Me Away', which dives down from a soaring vocal sample into a blend of shuddering bass murmurs. 'Instinct' features the MC GQ and, after starting on rattling jungle breaks, rolls out on the drop into a deeply satisfying jump-up inspired piece of dancefloor damage. Yes boys!
Review: DJ Hybrid on Serial Killaz... Before you even press play you know this is going to be trouble. And you'd be right; every track on here is firing lock stock and barrel into the heart of the dance. The title track shows a different side to the Audio Addict / Deep In The Jungle bossman as he gets much moodier, steppier and spacier in the mix than he's done before. It's back by a whole slew of damagers including the outer-planetary wobbles of "Tell You Something" (with Replicant), the gnarly, dog-barking bassline stepper "Push" and a body-slamming ghetto-style rump-shaker "Upside Down" (with My Selecta). And that's barely half of what's on offer here. DJ Hybrid is absolutely slamming it once again this year. And we know he's got plenty more locked in the chamber this year. Skillz!
Review: Newcastle representing! Deep in the vital north east D&B trenches, Nectax steps up to Serial Killaz with five cuts of absolute rolling stinkage. "Paradox" hits both hard and soft thanks to its submarine bass and sultry rave vocal while "Hologram" takes us down the deep dark groaning path on a no return ticket. "Greedo" is every bit as chubby as it sounds thanks to an old school sounding tubular bassline and a proper cheeky breakbeat shuffle, "Dice" puts everything on red and wins the game thanks to its cantankerous bass grumbles and processed rave vocal while "One More Sunset" flips the vibe for a dusty, subdued deep-out. Easily Nectax's most accomplished and comprehensive EP to date. More please.
Review: Previously spotted on Peer Pressure, Mozey makes his debut on Serial Killaz with four outstanding stamping sessions. It kicks off with "Back To Funk", a deeply swung cut with a playfully stabby bassline and killer build ups. "Your Imagination" is all about the tension in the rise and a beautiful purring bassline that rides beneath the roomy staccato laser grunts. "Greetings" flips for a reggae skank up on the build up before lunging into a bassline of Taxman proportions while "Tribal Killaz" maintains the soundsystem vibes with steel drum funk on the riff and Ragga Twins doing total damage as always. "Screwface" brings home the finale bacon with its swaggering triplets and trippy laser mid range bass flurries... If this doesn't live up to its name for you, you've had too much botox son.
Review: The newest offering on the renowned Serial Killaz imprint is courtesy of Exile, whose sound is perfectly suited for a label which has been built on the reputations of its founders, which is substantial after years of bringing their jungle-jump up crossover to UK clubs. The title track kicks off with leafy rainforest soundscapes and a David Attenborough-esque sample, before flipping into a pitched-up monstrosity of jump-up proportions - certified club banger. The rest of the release is moodier and darker, with techy yet raw tones abounding on every cut. 'One Of Them' is the perfect example, with a rough, diving back end that's akin to a the lovechild of DLR and Serum. Big release.
Review: 2018 was a certified vintage for Serial Killaz' self titled label as they dropped a stunning slew of singles, EPs, albums and mixtapes. In case you missed anything, these are just some of the many heavers, heaters and hurters that dropped throughout the year. Highlights include the toad-like bass and Spyda's iconic vocals on "Imitation Soundbwoy", the island charm and snaking rolls of Limited's "Sun", DJ Vapour's absolutely pummelling hardcore slap-about "Damage Your Sound" and Leaf's other-planetary freak-out "Night Time Vultures." Sing when you're killing.
Review: Real Playaz - after a short hiatus - are back with two EP's in a single week, which is pretty impressive stuff and a welcome sight after their little break. The title track is wide, forceful and ceaselessly crazy, an arrangement of limit-breaking synths coming together in a surprisingly melodic arrangement - one for the raves. 'Street Talk', 'Safe Space', 'Monster Club and 'Quaalude' are all in a similar vein, just pure dancefloor killers with the energy to keep you going once the sun starts hitting your face. 'Rastafari' is a bit different, a wobbling, junglist stepper with appropriately ragga sampling and siney sub bass dives that lend it a slick feel. Playaz are back.
Review: In terms of legendary status for labels over on the jungle/jump-up side of the scene, it's pretty hard to beat Serial Killaz. Run by the duo of the same name, the imprint has arrived with the second instalment of their mixtape series and it's unsurprisingly good. Full of big tunes from guys like Serial Killaz themselves, Vital Elements and Upgrade, it's the latter of these guys that takes the cake with 'Steel Drum'. You've probably heard this one doing the rounds and it's actually already been released, but oh boy what a tune this is: a screaming, siren-lake mash of grating metallic synths and punching drums all come together to make an unstoppably good piece of music. Don't sleep on the rest of these tunes though, and a special mention goes to DJ Hybrid's 'Beatbox' - naught jungle vibes.
AJ Mutated & MC Busta - "PHD In Junglism" - (4:07) 172 BPM
Review: Amongst junglist circles the name Serial KIllaz carries connotations of infamous immediacy and downright heaviness. Their label of the same name pumps out a consistent stream of bangers and mash that tend to straddle the jungle/jump-up nexus that's so popular at the moment, and AJ Mutated's Uneasy EP is no different. From the warped weight of the first tune and title track, to the rolling force of 'Swerve' and the glitched out funk of 'Pipe Dreams', this release gives from start to finish. An honorary mention to MC Busta for his performance on 'PhD in Junglism' as well, lovely bit of vocal work.
Review: DJ Hybrid sparks up once again. This time flexing on Serial Killaz imprint, it's another generous package that stretches across the board and back. "Puff Puff Pass" pays homage with the sticky icky with a drawn out fog horn bassline, "Ready To Rumble" adds a little vocal sensuality to the glacial bass while "I Challenge You" is more of a tech edged affair with another scorching electric bassline. Dig deeper for the frenzied rifle breaks and creative humanised textures of "Beatbox" (with My Selecta) and the savage breaks and Dread bass warbles of "Hear The Drummer". If that's not enough there's an uncut stinker VIP of "Moving On" thrown in for good measure. No one is doing it like DJ Hybrid.
Review: Time to get those fingers green once again as Leaf fires off the second part to his "Pick N Mix" series. Once again, it's an all-out assault of skanks, rasps and gnarly gurning dynamics that don't just make a crowd dance but electrify it. With its excellent vocal sample and potty bass "Jah" is the definition of 'fire' and DJs should call the local fire brigade before planning on dropping it, "Riddim" groans under the bass pressure before twisting you with an array of percussive elements, "Get Down" shows Leaf at his more stripped back, steppy and crispy, "Tosh" pays homage to the don with a block-snare bashment serenade while "Inner Connected" reminds us of Leaf's more soulful side. Job done... Just like any good pick n' mix, all flavours are covered - and every single one of them is sweet.
Review: Got some shoes? Good. Got some hands? Good. Now what we need you to do is use your hands to remove your shoes and throw them directly at Leaf when you see him. Tunes as outrageously dope as these deserve nothing less. "Bumbaclart" is a severe shredder that threatens to leave you skinless, "Wu Style" pays homage to the clan in the fugliest, most toxic way possible, "Rollz" is a space-aged stepper with more tech grease than a rave in a bakery while "Hard To Find" takes the hazy dulcets of Alice Winzar and twists them through the future machine to show you how bleak reality might become if mankind continues being idiots. Shoes off, all off.
Review: The Force ain't mucking about this year. Having slapped us silly on both Heist's Calypso and his longest standing supporters Ruffneck Ting, he now makes his debut on Serial Killaz self-stamped label. As always with Serial Killaz, there's no room for fillers or weak joints so The Force goes in balls deep with four distinct strains; "Pussy Sound" is the deeper roller of the set, "Serious Sound" buzzes with high end rasping bass sound that fluctuates tangibly and jazzy housey chords play havoc on the breakdown while "Your Love" takes a soaring soul vocal and intoxicates it with a treacle thick reese bass to breath-taking effect. Hats go off the most, though, for "Hipster". The sheer rudeness and out-there feels of the tripped-out reverse organ bass. Ridiculous. Drop it and watch your floor go bananas.
Review: Serial Killaz feel that people need an education on what a dubplate actually is. The title track provides a staple amount of reggae infused new school jungle. "Gang Related" has been thrashed by DJs currently supporting this EP and for a valid reason. The label claims "It's a nasty piece of filth that belongs in the gutter, the type of track you would only dare to drop in a really moody dance." They then up the ante on "Colour", with plenty of funk and wobbles. Then "Hit The Streets" brings the vibe into new territory with plenty of panic ridden vocals, rumbling basslines and skippy swing breaks. Lastly 'Ready' features well known vocal samples, gunshot effects and no-nonsense production make this an amazing end to the EP.
Review: They've been doing it for years, but junglists finally have an actual reason to throw a "Temper Tantrum". With all the venom of 100 online beefs and 10 MC scraps and one gentle nudge down the stairs, "Temper Tantrum" is seriously peaktime and sets the seismic tone for the whole EP. The nutty rises of "It's Possible", the hornets nest buzzes and stings of "Terrorick", the jazzy subversion and palpitating bass of "Blow" and the sinewy Clipz-style bass snarls of "Run This Again" all follow with fittingly electric results. Go ahea...Lose your tempers.
Review: We've barely recovered from his EP on Radius last year and Dez returns with another forthright four-tracker, this time on Serial Killaz. "Full A Ganja" sets the scene with fine-tuned balance of synth, skank and a deadly riff-heavy drop. "Mr Kali" sees him teaming up with Franko 'man of the mo' Turno with a space-aged metallic hook that's countered with just right amount of dubwise soul. "House Of Madness" lives up to its name with a loose drum swing, subtle creepy hammer horror strings and a fittingly head-twisting hook. "Rockers" shuts us down on a whole new rhythmic flex; minimal alien dancehall with a dangerous edge, it's an innovative way to climax yet another forward-thinking EP. Don't leave us hanging Dez.