Review: Expect much skanking and rejoicing from this herbal-tinted remix release, refixed and sharpened up by none other than the Serial Killaz. First up, "Uprising" goes on a high-energy jungle flex, rolling hard and fast with plenty of upbeats and plenty of vibe. Marcus Visionary steps up next for his take, rewinding back to the old school and adding the sounds of the street to toughen up the proceedings. Serial Killaz then get back to another co-effort for a dance-friendly Radio Edit and finally an instrumental mix takes centre stage. No beat was left unturned. Fire!
Review: K2 & Raze lock and load their 5 Guns artillery for a Serial Killaz shoot-off and it's non-stop carnage. Loaded with savage Hench-style half-step dubstep, doomy underground steppers, screaming middy basses and aggy dynamics throughout, highlights include the paranoid harmonics on "Ninja Technique", the trippy high-end trap lead line on "Radar" and the devilishly dungeon-bound tech stepper "Cursed". Number one with a bullet, this is a great reflection of where bass music is at right now.
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.
Young Love (Marcus Visionary remix) - (6:44) 174 BPM
Young Love (Inna Culture remix) - (5:34) 174 BPM
Young Love (Serial Killaz radio edit) - (3:48) 174 BPM
Young Love (Serial Killaz instrumental) - (6:37) 174 BPM
Review: Smoochy lovers rock D&B: Canadian artist teams up with Angelo Pantin for a sunset skanker that has potential to bless as many airwaves as it does dancefloors. Soulful, organic and rolling, this is authentic reggae jungle. Remix-wise label bosses Serial Killaz add a subtle touch more grit, Marcus Visionary strips out the instrumentation and rebuilds it in his own unique way while Inna Culture thunders up the drums for added kick. Cain.1.... Marvellous.
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.
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: For those who don't know: the Serial Killaz are Drum & Bass/Jungle producers from the UK signed to Congo Natty and Playaz Recordings and in addition are now running their own Serial Killaz label, which serves up this killer by DJ Hybrid entitled the In Too Deep EP. First up he teams up with Section on the fierce breakbeat onslaught of "Give You More" which is reminiscent of classic Dom & Roland. "Regrets" is a dark roller with sampled R&B vocals providing a nice contrast to the nefarious elements; killer bassline on this one by the way! The title track is deep old school style drum and bass that's no doubt a nod to classic sounds by DJ Die or Krust while the jump up vibes of "Moving On" close the EP out nicely.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make way for the latest hype ting from Serial Killaz in the shape of "What A Ting" - and what a ting it is. Characterized by a roots reggae/dub vibe mixed with futuristic jungle breaks and fat bass sounds, it's found its way into the record boxes of the likes of Public Enemy's DJ Lord, Rusko and many others as well featuring on Diplo's Mad Decent blog and receiving massive worldwide radio support. Here he teams up with UK MC Parly B for his firin' debut, and what a massive boost it is for the roots-loving contingent. Packed with riddim and blazing lyricism, it's the stuff that dancefloors were made for.
Review: Spark up! Original nuttah Levy's 2008 pro-green dancehall hymn gets the remix treatment from Serial Killaz and Madd Ice and it needs to be heard to be believed. Serial Killaz step up with their most feel good reversion to date; taking the 60s "Wipe Out" surf riff and applying it to a bristling 170 framework, the busyness of the blend complements Levy's urgent chats with perfect energy. Guaranteed to light up the dance! For something much darker head for Madd Ice's heady, jump up jungle homage... Gunshots galore, it's 1996 all over again.
Review: Dark and full of weighty, meaty basslines, this EP isn't messing about. Kicking off with a jungle riddim as befitting the prestigious Serial Killaz name, things quickly dissolve into the depths. Rocking minimal beats and writhing bass, Jam Thieves take as much from the likes of Skeptical and Loxy as they do their jump-up brethren, each track pushing the limits further than the last making way for some serious dancefloor carnage in "Gangsta Brown"'s rapidfire percussion and the final clicks and stomps of "Mad Man". Contemporary D&B with a hellfire twist. Get it and wreck it.
Review: The time for upfront D&B to adapt is now and Jam Thieves know where to take up their weapons. Adding a deep edge to their mix of influences was a stroke of genius, ramping up the intensity with a new wave of minimalism, tech soundboards and an influx of fresh production values. Keeping things bleak and sharp in the minimal "Africa" and "Tarantino" with its darkly demure bassy demeanour, this is a new side to the Serial Killaz label, an almost seductively mature sound from some serious talents. Get yourself immersed in this.
Review: Jam Thieves return with a collection of straight up bangers courtesy of the Serial Killaz fam. A shoe-in for 'duttiest bass of the year', "Cry Blood" opens up proceedings with a sky-shattering dubline that'll send dancefloors into a frenzy. It just gets better from there, with bass-heavy, thunderous tune after bass-heavy, thunderous tune and when T>I gets involved, things get really serious. If you were expecting to get some work done during "Business Meeting" think again. This dark and dangerous roller runs deep and demands your attention. Some real deal drum and bass right here, make sure you get your fix.
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: As Kitcha steps out on his own for the first time with his debut EP for Serial Killaz, it's hard to know what to expect. The onslaught of styles right from the off is a quick snap back to reality then, as hip hop meshes with junglist breaks and deep rolling vibes to create one of the label's most diverse works this year. Kitcha offers darkness in different forms throughout each track, and unlike most producers he chooses to mix it up, not settling for the standard build and drop, pushing the dancefloor to its limits. "Shadow Lurker" has already decimated many a decent night out - long may it continue to do so.
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: 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: Serial Killaz are beginning to expand their premiership fraternity and they've picked the right man to set the agenda; Leaf's already been heard in the sets of Rene LaVice, TC, Noisia, Hype, Marky and loads more. You can tell; each of these lean constructions carries no flab... Just concentrated detail on every sparse element. The block percussion on "Monsoon", the Critical-style robofunk of "Advice", the sample savviness and pneumatic drum pressure of "Wu Style" while the bassline on "Gunman" literally barks orders over a shattered amen. There's a reason the big guys are playing his tracks.
Review: Massive Madd Inc tune "Lock Dem Off" gets serious remix treatment from drum and bass royalty. Dancefloor insanity ensues. Serial Killaz take the first shot with a typically dangerous build up followed by the largest dancehall wind the drum and bass community could handle. Voltage rumbles through on a dark bass tip, Liondub switches off the hysteria and pares things back, taking a minimal glance at the original. Paleface takes an Old Skool garage turn, changing the vibes completely and logan hunter tackles a deep house remix head on. You've never heard Madd Inc like this before.
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: 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: 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: 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: Listening to "In Your Eyes" is like being transported back to the late 1990s, evoking lost-repressed memories of packed dancefloors going nuts to ragga-jungle anthems and fun-but-silly jump-up cuts from the likes of Aphrodite. Of course, it's a little more cultured than that, but the furious jungle rhythms, well-chosen reggae vocal samples and rumbling basslines hark back to simpler times, when drum & bass hadn't become the multi-million dollar global industry it is today. "Lovely Woman" is a little sweeter and more soulful, concentrating more on its reggae inspirations. That said, it still features a blistering breakbeat and titanium-clad riddims.
Review: Jungle revivalist outfit the Serial Killaz join forces with old Digital Soundboy specialist Benny Page for "Walk & Skank", which then gets a remix from Northern Lights. First up, it's the Northern Lights remix of the aforementioned "Walk & Skank" - a thumping piece of tomfoolery with smacking drums, booming bass and the original jungle vibe still shining through. Watch for the old skool rave switch! Then Serial Killaz remix reggae-drenched "Crying Out" into a modern day jungle classic.
Review: Are you ready for some Serial Killaz-style soundboy madness? Taking their hyped-up sound to another level with the help of Upgrade, "Killa Klash" takes a huge bass vibration, whacks it through years of reggae stylings and winds up the hybrid monster of jungle, jump-up and ragga. Don't ask us how, don't ask us why, it just works, dammit. It just works! On the flip, "Gunshots" has the bouncing swagger of a tune that knows it's owning the dancefloor. Both are massive, don't sleep.
Review: Veteran junglist, DJ, promoter and artist T>I continues to deliver some seriously heavyweight rattlers; "Music Takes Me" lights the five-track bass bonfire with its loose shaking percussion and classic diva vocal snippet. Deeper into the heat we explore: "Jabz" executes that stripped back grump bass jump-up thing perfectly, "Watcha Man" takes us on a dark romp with soaking wet bass bounces and a well-positioned toaster vocal while "Them Bells" stretches out ominous chimes over a punctuated drums and elastic sub and "Relentless" is a dark track tailored for clubs with its tripped out bassline and Voltage undertones. Each cut on-point and catered for the dance... The best thing is it's the first part - meaning plenty more of the good stuff to come too!
Review: Hot on the kicks of his inaugural "Circuits" collection, scene soldier T>I continues to flex his floor-centric range with five more surefire slappers: "Changes" has a squiggly bleepy texture that balances just the right amount of weird funk with humour. "Hammerhead" lives up to its title with added drills and saws (and heads) while "Judgement" does a really trippy stretchy bass thing that's guaranteed to turn heads. "Let It Roll" will be the highlight for many with the juicy oozing out of the subs at toxic levels while "My Size" takes everything you know about T>I, jungle and life itself and burns it with fire. Deliciously twisted.
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: 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.