UK-based Serial Killaz is a drum & bass and jungle label run by DJ/producer duo Serial Killaz aka Tera (Toby Scopes) and Vital Elements (Graham Warnock). Rolling onto the scene in 2008, the label has so far thrown out a handful of hefty compilation albums as well dropping heavy artillery from D&B soldiers Voltage, Upgrade, T>I, DJ Limited, Mozey, Saxxon, Kontakt, Exile, Mark XTC, Gold Dubs and more.
Review: Best pals, colleagues, housemates, collaborators; drum & bass's in-house Bert & Ernie AKA T>I and DJ Limited go toe-to-toe on the remix front as they get busy on each other's bangers. T>I takes Limited's skank-happy vibe-out 'Sun' and gives it a good old wonky rattling edge while Limited takes T>I's 'Changes' and completely flips them with a freaky trembling high freq riff and razzy bass revs. Serious swapsie action right here. Don't miss.
Review: Currently unstoppable: Harley D brings the vibes to one of his most consistent stomping grounds - Serial Killaz. As always, the results and wide, far-ranging and full-flavoured as he wriggles and writhes through his palette, tapping into all kinds of emotions. Highlights include the slinky slaps and bubbles of 'Blessed Vibrations', the ruff sketchiness and switchy beats of 'Infiltrate' and the mournful tones and groans of 'Go'. Immense.
Review: It's been a while since we dipped, tripped or slipped the night away to Kontakt on Serial Killaz but here we are as he's back with another generous helping of prime time D&B. Madrush keeps him company on the heavy energy and addictive bass of lead cut 'Start Barking' while previous release highlight 'Planet 9' gets a massive Shafique-front VIP lick. Elsewhere 'Broken By You' is an emotional, dreamy 6am stepper before 'Tremor' closes with EP with a 100 on the Richter scale. Boom.
Review: Following a huge March, which saw Jaydan drop three prominent releases on the likes of Rebellion, DRKMTTR and LoveThatBass, Jaydan returns to Serial Killaz with this firing four track blast-off. 'Snake Hips' flips between soaring sci-fi synths and a wrigglesome Serum-like riff that nags in your brain for days. It's backed by three more savage sessions: both 'Rastaman' and 'All The Remains' are your straight up booming 3am brock-outs while 'Vibration' flips the idea of a droning atonal bass with switch-ups into a staccato riff. Naughty naughty hip-shaking business.
Review: Social distancing begone! StillZ embraces the hurly burly congregations with this straight-up rasping waspy bassline jam 'Crowd Ah People'. The dancefloor pressure is maintained throughout the EP as he's backed up by some good friends. Jay Jay joins the fray on the grumpy bass barks of 'Nasty', Kormz brings heat to the hybrid twists of 'On Road' while Stoyley stops it, starts it again and does that thing on the rattling, rolling 'Dat Ting'. Shaken and stirred, come join the rabble.
Review: There's a strong stench of murderation in the air as Sub Killaz crash land on Serial Killaz with four utterly savage jams. 'Out For Blood' brings us all up to speed on the American duo's visceral vibe as they twist up a funky horn sample with some horrendously grotty basses. Elsewhere 'Bad Ass MF' goes all deep and subby, 'Tryhard' is all slams, blams and badass harmonics while 'In The Night' finishes on a 23rd century jazz flex as a vocal purrs and slurs between the weird bassline textures. Heavy.
Review: Serial Killaz celebrate all top ranking selectas with this XXXL sized bubbler. Big vocals, warm horns, awesome Amen break-outs and a bassline that gets smellier and smellier as the track progresses, it's an instant merry maker jam. Looking for something a little darker, a little slinkier, a little dubbier? Jump on 'Territory' then with its ghostly echoed vocals and shimmering organs. Badness.
Review: Calling all scallys! Calling all wags!! Kleu and MC-du-jour Deefa link up for this raucous collaborative fourpiece. The highlight for many will be '7 Days Straight' where Deefa reads our post-lockdown, rave-hungry minds and says it like it is, but every track is a scorcher; 'Scallywag' is a dark, moody slice of tension, 'Ronin' is pure drama and tension while 'Merlin' is pure black magic as the bassline swathes up and down like a bewitched chainsaw. Lets make up for lost time.
Review: With tracks on the likes of Faded, Invicta and Pick N Mix all within the last four weeks, Harley D now jumps on board the good ship Serial Killaz with an even bigger collection of total, unashamed filthlets. Highlights include the hair-raising turbine style bass rips on the 'The Jungle', the sticky fingered soul and cool instrumentation on the title track 'Bud Business' and the gritty, grunty undulations and rolls of 'You Feel'. But that's only half this EP. Harley D is killing it right now and coming out of a lockdown as a VERY promising banger crafter. We want the D.
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.