Review: Critical Matter lives up to his name once again with two certified barn-melters on Shiftin Beatz. "Phantoms" snarls and bumps with a dark twisted funk that could be compared to DC Breaks when they're in shredder mode. "Night Error" flips with a long, drawn-out cut-throat groaning bassline that cuts through the mix with cutlass dynamics. Situation Critical.
Review: Following his gnarly jump-up juice on Soundbully earlier this year, UK up-and-comer Fatality gets busy on Basildon-based imprint Shiftin? Beatz. Sporting a deeper, leaner steez throughout the release, each of these four cuts sit pretty in axis between the likes of Shogun, Playaz and Critical as naked drums punctuate with chiselled power and persistence. Highlights include the immersive sub arrangement and faraway string tones on ?Did You Hear That?? and the creeped out neuro moans of the cheerfully titled ?Dire Suffering?. Talk about living up to your artist name.
Review: This EP was always gonna be a winner for us, we were already big fans of the original tracks and the VIP's breath new life into them. The music floats in the dark and merky underground world where techy, nuero rollers meet noisey jump up bangers, it's a great place to be. 'Afterlife VIP' starts the EP with twisted basslines, a shuffling drum pattern and awakening risers. 'Let's Play' gets out the jump up classic pneumatic tool kit sample pack, with low drops and an onslaught of pounding drums. 'Smile VIP' is our highlight of this EP, it's itchy to the pointy of skin crawling and the bass deadly. 'Say What' is a high energy stepper, which centers around an uncommon glassy type of noise.
Jayline - "Mutiny" (feat MC Co Defender) - (4:34) 175 BPM
Jayline - "Mutiny" (feat MC Co Defender - vocal dub) - (4:34) 175 BPM
Jayline/Omega G - "Submariner" - (4:27) 175 BPM
Review: There's something about MC Co Defender's vocal style that instantly recalls a million classic rave tape packs. Serious command with a less is more approach, fuse it with Jayline's switches between jagged bass and soothing jazz chords and you've got yourself a timeless slice of classic rave-primed jump up. Looking for more of a heads-down stepper? "Submariner" will hit the spot. Gruesome.
Review: Having bubbled for quite some time on labels such as Soul Trader and NWS and Marvellous Cain's RIQ, it's Shiftin Beatz where K-I has truly flourished with a whole slew of rollers over the last two years and this "Love Letter" EP is his most accomplished full spectrum release to date. All styles covered as the young London artist expresses his passion for all forms of D&B: the hurricane vocal tear ups ("Love Letter") the soulful subtleties and restrained barbed groaners ("Never Change", "Like You VIP") the tunnelling dark style rollers ("The Sith", "Pull The Trigger") and the whirlwind emotional moments ("The Journey") The full trip, navigated with love, K-I is in full control.
Review: It's been a while since we last saw Kezman on Shiftin Beatz. During that time he's learnt a valuable-but-tough lesson: crime doesn't pay. Making foul, dirt-chomping Hazard-style basslines does pay off, though. As proved on these two midnight murkers. "Crimes Don't Pay" harbours higher-end middy wasp bass while "Tongue Twister" takes the tones down an octave or two for something much more harrowing. Criminally decent.
Review: Palindromatic drama from Peer Pressure affiliate Martyn Nytram as he makes his Shiftin Beatz debut with four deep, stern jungle rollers. "Eyes Wide Shut" undulates with subby prowess before iced out pads take over and a sharp one line from Raphael brings the vibe together. "Feel You" follows on an even icier tip as its elements create a sensation of walking through a dark alley in the fog at night. Creepy business. Elsewhere "Run This" strips back to a bulging widescreen sub and classic breaks and "Like A Drug" adds a paranoid feel with the sweeping reverse pads and occasional drops into Critical-style bass glitches. An accomplished EP from a UK artist on the rise.
Review: AK and Digibit release the third volume of "Shift'D" and once again it's time to lifted. The emphasis is on the label's freshest talent with a clear focus on range and depth; Martyn Nytram sets the scene with a grizzling techy stepper, Stompz nods his cap towards to the Headz foundation with alien groans, tight two-step and late-entering jazzy chords, Critical Matter lays down a vicious wasp-like tech stomper than wouldn't have gone amiss on Virus during Audio's tenure while label newcomer Project concludes the story with a genuinely singular fusion of sunset guitars, brimstone beats and a trippy high end bass that really brings together. Gifted.
Review: Bristolian upstart Monstrosity serves up four cups of jump-up juice so strong that just a sniff will turn you green and hairy. "War Machine" is a Konichi-style bone-shaker with its clipped bass hits and cement-style drums. "By The Numbers" takes Full Metal Jacket samples and wraps them around broken glass bass groans. "Fear" takes us deeper into the darkness with church bells and interesting kick arrangements while "Nasty Place" lives up to its name with more deep throat bass and string samples straight out of the most nail-biting horror flick you ever did see. Gruesome.