Sub-liminal Recordings is a drum & bass label founded by Ben Carvin aka DJ Agro in 2015. Prior to this (2011 onwards), Sub-liminal built up its fan base by throwing regular club nights at Volks in Brighton. DJ Agro, Warhead, Kumo, Too Greezey, Damage Report, DJ Hybrid, Guzi, A N F M and Leaf are all artists that have helped shape the label’s dark, rolling and moody 175bpm sound, with their turbo-charged productions. Sub-liminal Recordings is the parent label to Sub-Division Recordings.
Review: Following up a great release by Yatuza a few weeks ago, label staple DJ Agro returns to Sub-liminal Recordings to follow up last year's ripper "Thuggish", taken from his Bad From Morning LP which receives a couple of nice reworks here. Kent's Teej (Nuusic/Co-Lab Recordings/OCC) gets onboard to take the jump-up vibe of the original into emotive, intelligent drum 'n' bass territory, until Agro takes things back - this time into snarling and ominous techstep realms - with his new VIP mix.
Review: South American Yatuza continues to swathe into the jungle with his precision, chiselled steppy blades. Bringing friends into the mix, he treats us to two killer collabos; Asura joins the party with a six pack of refreshments on the groaning, molten lava style tech feels of 'Slurm' while Mofes links up on the brilliantly twisted funk of 'Na?ve' which hits like a love child of Need For Mirrors and DLR. Elsewhere we're slapped silly by 'Class Is Over' then picked up and duffed up all over again by Leaf on the remix. Slurp it down!
Review: Man like Agro adds more fuel to his album fire with a whole collection of instrumentals for your creative pleasure. Already out as a largely vocal-led album, and received warmly as something of a celebration of MC culture, here come the flips as Agro lifts the bonnet for all to see. 'I Get Gully' is a brand new original while 'Bad From Morning' originally featured Flowdan but is now completely stripped back for the world to see. Elsewhere other highlights include the sexy bassline wriggles of 'Everybody Down', the tension and tearing fury of 'War' (with Dreadnaught) and the off-the-wall bassine bubbles of 'Hit You Like A Creeper'. Vibes from morning.
Review: Agro is Ben Carvin, a drum & bass DJ/producer from Brighton and founder of Sub-Liminal Recordings. After nine years in the game, he has decided it's high time to release a full length - culminating in Bad From Morning. It features 14 killer tracks, many of them in collaboration with some hot names in the UK underground. From the title track; a moody sci-fi roller featuring Flowdan's wicked vocal delivery, to the dark side jump-up throwdown of 'War' (Ft. Dreadnaught & MC Foxy), mad steppa "Head Top" featuring Devilman is reminiscent of that classic Full Cycle sound, while "Everybody Down" with Flirta D is sure to give your subwoofers a good shakedown, as will "The Prophecy" featuring Velocity.
Review: The latest bit over on the voracious Sub-liminal Recordings is from Dreadnaught, and it manages to be both driven in its focus and diverse; led by minimal sounds but with splashes of jump up. 'Risk Taker' is absolute genius, with a snapping percussive line that grounds a flowing, funky, bassline that's unlike anything we've heard in a very long time. You have to hear it, really, and it's followed up by the gully roller that is 'Reach Out', an Alix Perez-esque concoction that has us wishing clubs were open. There is the stomping sounds of 'All That', and the clinical minimalism of 'Skyz'. Bigups.
Review: Shottys fired! Pyro finds another way to spark up the dance with this four bullet bruiser EP that's absolutely steeped in groaning basses. 'Shotty Dub' takes the lead with a humungous low end and very little else. 'Compulsion' follows with a fast-lane pace thanks to its pulsating, technoid bassline and classic house vocal loop while 'Smithdown Bass' flips to alien mode - all scatty, tense and dangerous. For good measure Warhead joins the party with a stinking remix of one of Pyro's older rave smasher 'Bring Me Up'.
Review: Bang! 30 Sub-liminal tracks deeply dug from every corner of the Brighton label's vaults, all packaged up in a new VA concept album: On Air. Perfect for filling a few gaps in your collection, or new ears who've only just experienced the power and gritty funk of Agro's label, every cut is a highlight or a heavyweight. Warhead & Dutta's grizzly 2018 slap-about 'Don't Test' still melts your skin, Leaf's 2020 wonk-out 'Erby' still hit with high grade 23rd century funk, Pyro's 2020 'Tick Yes' will still blackmail you and your family with its sinister undertones. And that's just a mere tenth of this solid collection. Cop it.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro's remix project continues with this monstrous take on 'Tweeter Box' by Sub-Division artist Sinexia. The original (released last year) is a pretty stripped-back affair with a high voltage bassline and generous levels of sub. In true Agro form, the bigger the rig, the better it sounds. Meanwhile the remix from young Belgian Sinexia throws in a whole new layer of steamroller bass textures and pummelling drums for more of a straight up dancefloor dnb style. Box fresh.
Review: Sub-liminal sergeant major Agro continues his remix series with this very naughty twist from Mentah. Taking those big one-note drones and harmonic flutters of the 2020 original - which is also provided on this release - Mentah takes the track apart and rebuilds it with a supersized turbine blast basslines and a new drum kit that switches between crisp neck-snap two-step and bone rattling breaks. Comparable to a track like 'Dirty Chopper' in its relentlessness and bullnosed drive, once again both the remix and the original are 10/10 scenarios for any discerning dnb DJ right now.
Review: Putting the 'ow' into 'meow', Oz kicks right off with 'Hell Cat', an EP comprising four scrammy growlers on the ever-ready Sub-liminal. As with his previous dispatches, the charm is in that rough, angular grit Oz brings to the vibe. It's evident from that first necksnap beat and cat growl on 'Hell Cat' and runs right through to last stuttering break on the juglised finale 'Conspiracy'. It's also evident in the stuttering filtered chops and lip-smacking bassline on 'Clear The Air' and the sandpaper funk bassline revs of 'Murda Dub'. Putting the 'hell' into 'hello', Oz needs you needs your attention. Don't be a pussycat.
Review: Sub-liminal bossman Agro commences a series of remixes of his work and it starts with a biggie; 'Let's Get Frisky' from 2015, now rebooted by rising star Xav who spaces out the elements, whips up a warm, harmonic bassline grunt and weaves in a stunning ravey breakbown. Complete with an instrumental if you find Mr Traumatik & Devilman's pervy bars a little risqu?.
Review: Stance continues his great run of form with this crucial excursion on Sub-liminal. Four tracks deep, each one as sinful as the last, across the EP we're thrown into high voltage bassline lava with the pure gluttony of 'Manhood', we swim naked with pride in the harmonics of 'Sins' and brock-out with pure lust on the grizzly slammer 'Wu Tang Sword' and chow down on the creepy 'Paradox' with pure greed. Thou shalt covet.
Review: Over on Sub-liminal Recordings, Yatuza is landing with an EP that blends the savage sounds of jump-up with effortless use of space and a clarity designed to impress but not overwhelm. 'The Divide' rests on finger-click drum hits that intersperse with a wobbling sub bass and choppy bass staps, it's got that head-nodding vibe to the drums we all love and it's an all-round masterclass of blending funk and aggression. 'Feel The Same' builds up with murderous intent above a body of furious kicks, before climbing the heights of euphoria into stabbing, flowing territory. Beautiful stuff, and we also love the wobbling gargles of the final track, 'Taken', which is just pure naughtiness. Big ups.
Review: Sub-liminal welcome another exciting new name to the fold: PunksVicious. He's from Cambridge and he's every bit as unruly as his name suggests. Gruff, gritty and all warm and distorted, there's a timeless foundational buzz about each of these five tracks. Highlights include the junglised switches and flabby bassline of the title track 'Positive Anarchy' the tension and creepiness of 'Son Of A Ditch' and the face-melting grunt and thrust of 'Hack N Slash'. We need some positive anarchy in our lives right now. Beat the system.
Review: Sub-liminal take a moment to look back over almost six years of hard graft at the future talent coal face. Having been responsible for so many bangers from so many now household names, it's a mean feat boiling it down to this mere 50 heavyweight highlights. All the label's key names are on board; Guzi, Dreadnaught, Nick The Lot, Too Greezy, Kumo, Version, Vital, Pyro, Motiv and many more dust off their past heavers, hurters and head-slappers to reflect on everything Sub-liminal has stood for and encouraged so far. From the deeper, more subtle bubblers (Sam Harris - 'Coffee Machine') to the most outrageous funk-ups (Warhead - 'Cranked') this EP has everything. When the Riddim hits you, you can't say no...
Review: All aboard! RV revs up the engine and invites his mates over for a cruise on Sub-Liminal Recordings. Travel buddies include the likes of Raz, Beat Merchants, Yatuza, Leaf and label boss Agro and the results have more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction. Highlights include the ice cold rave blasts of 'Bumbahead' with Beat Merchants, the pranged out bass and Break style drums on 'Can't Feel It' with Leaf and the full grunt finale 'Anytime' with bossman Agro. Friendly fire!
Review: Uh-oh, Warhead's on the 'Rebound' and he's out on the prowl with some of his most seductive bangers to date. The title track is the sound of him chirpsing you over a meal of rare-cooked basslines and tender stem snares. 'Backstreet Business' slides into your DMs flashing its raw high voltage bassline at your peepers. 'Ozone' is the type of romp that turns the room upside down thanks to those tumbling toms on the fills and that urgent (not to mention classic) vocal sample. Elsewhere 'Good To Me' chats you up in a chippy, all greasy and hungry, 'How Can I' is a gnarly, white knuckle mercy trip to see an old flame while 'Versions' ends the EP with a grumpy, grizzled bassline that vows never to go on the rebound again. Live, laugh, love and all that.
Review: Ever on the forefront of fresh talent, Sub-liminal present another brand new name to our ears: Pyro. Every bit as firesome as his name suggests, his debut EP shows strong signs of promise as Pyro runs us through his gritty, slightly-left-of-centre gutter funk. 'Bring Me Up' hits with a little old school rave flavour, some proper ghetto grit in the kicks and trippiness with the glitches. 'Tick Yes' follows with serious roller clout and just a touch of jumpy riffage in the bass while 'Your Love' brings things to a head with pure unabashed rave energy and a bassline so bouncy you need to hold onto something when it first hits you. Complete with his own remix of Warhead's Sub-liminal banger 'Volume' and you've got an exceptional debut EP. Start some fires today!
Review: So it doesn't feel like we've had much of a summer this year. It also feels like the arts are being hung-up to dry right now. But at least the good folk at Sub-liminal care for us.... To mark the (albeit raveless) sunny season, they've put together a 50 (yes, fifty) track collection from some of the most exciting names in the game. From Dunk to Xav, RV to Warhead, Agro, Guzi, Shayper, Damage Report and so many more, this is the 'Summer Selection' we all totally need and deserve right now. Highlights include the Remarc levels of badness on Guzi's 'Area 51', the tension and staggered creepiness of Yatuza's 'Clich?' and the broadsword swathes of Motiv's buzzy bumper 'Necroplasm'. And that's just three out of 50. Thank you Sub-liminal. We need this more than ever right now.
Review: Some see tiger style as wearing some stripy trackies. Others recognise tiger style as growling at folk and eating raw meat. Others understand it as a deep martial arts state of mind. Manchester's Jammin, however, takes a more holistic approach and represents the tiger style as a melting pot of total sonic savagery that bare sharp teeth on every track and ranges from dark drone monsters ('Tiger Style') to unique hip-hop influenced bleep/croak hybrids ('Countdown') by way of happy slapping jungle bruckage ('Reign Of The Gods') and a sick link-up with NV ('Shovel'). Stylish.
Review: Sub-liminal savagery incoming! Leaf drifts his way back onto the ever-reliable label with two spiky pieces of straight-up dark funk jump-up. "Erby" celebrates the sticky green with a great vocal sample and the most venomous Q&A bassline Leaf's ever done (which is saying something) while "Jamaican Dub" sees Jam Thief Dunk join the fray. Following his recent slew of solo cuts, Dunk's angular, roughhouse grit is the perfect complement to Leaf's leftfield fire. The results speak for themselves.
Review: Few labels are as on-point as Sub-liminal when it comes to new talent. Home to some the sharpest new gen minds to emerge in the last few years, their Myriad collections have always been a succinct snapshot of forefront D&B. The fourth annual collection is no exception as we're treated to smash-ups and stinkers from the likes of Guzi & Dreadnaught, Yatuza, Shayper, Agro and many more. Highlights include the techno rasps of Guzi & Dreadnaught's "All Units", RV's bulldozing rattler "Tell You 1 Thing", Shayper's ghostly rave groaner "Work It Out" and Agro & RV's chest-melting finale "Impact"... And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Myriad by name, myriad madness by nature.
Review: Greasier than Snape's hair after a night swimming in olive oil and pomade, Too Greazy slides insidiously back onto the realms of Sub-Liminal with five new originals. If you've so much as sniffed at a release then you'll know the stains his music makes. Highlights include the beefy, sweaty, stompy homage to your closest relatives "Rotund", the wobbling sub and insistent drums of "Baddest Dan" and the pure darkness of "Pressure". And if all of that isn't enough greasy heaviness for you, then chow down on the Taxman remix and watch your cholesterol levels rocket permanently.
Review: Following the slabs of drum and bass Dreadnaught has released in "Rig Killer" and tracks that made their way to compilations for labels like BYTHEPRODUCER, Virtuous and Within The Woods - Nasty Piece Of Work marks the producer's full debut. Issued by Sub-liminal Recordings out of the UK, Dreadnaught weighs in on the bass, inflicting numbers like "Villian" with murderous dubs vibes that hit the spot alongside subtle tips of UKG buried within the dub of "No Love" and bass of ""Syndicate". Crackly ambient and textural atmospheres float like a dream underneath the jungle rhythms of "Drugs" with stepping rhythms and razor distortion tearing at the tweeters in "Overtime". Straight up street poetry in Dreadnaught's "Blazing The Fire" remix too.
Review: Out of the frying pan, into the "Fire Pit", long-time Sub-Liminal soldier Mentah heats things up once again with this epic six track EP. The title track takes the lead and sets the energy and tone with its scorched harmonics and ruffneck breaks. Elsewhere highlights include the warped elastic bass roars of "Observed" and the pummelling drums and theatrical dynamics of "Break This Down". Topped off with a crucial remix of "No Disrespect" from Jaydan and you've got yourself one of Sub-Liminal and Mentah's biggest EPs to date so far. Fire!
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Sub-Liminal, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Prestige, who, across six tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'It Must Be Destroyed' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a gargling bass and sweeping reeces sit just above and inject all the force. 'A Snake' is also a wicked track, with a lovely, stripped back drum line that's full of moody sonics. Top stuff.
Review: Yatuza is on Sub-Liminal with an EP that's full of minimal destruction He's roped in some of his friends for the release, including Sam Harris, Dr Kick and Aleex SLK in what is a full-throttle release from start to finish. This is clear from the off, as 'In The Dark' dives down deep into murky sonics and minimalist force for session that'll appeal to the real heads. 'Cut It Down' is a naughty roller with a disturbingly scary sub bass & reece bass combination and 'Under Control' ties up the release with more dark atmospherics - quality stuff.
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Sub-Liminal, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Dunk, who, across six tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'Bingo' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a stabby bass and sweeping reeces sit just above and inject all the force. 'Silence'' is also a wicked track, with a lovely, stripped back drum line that's full of moody sonics. Top stuff.
Review: Everyone likes a good compilation, right? What's better than having as big a range of artists as possible in one condensed place? It's essentially an album with the ease of listening of a single, so we're all for it. Subliminal have come out with the 2020 edition in their Riddim Return series and it's packed full of bangers, across a range of styles, and it's one of those albums which doesn't try to be cool or sophisticated by chucking in a few fillers for the sake of diversity - it's just hard stuff here. It works great, with Sam Harris' tendency for muscular minimosity coming on loud and clear on Boom Ting, a wickedly devilish and driving roller.
Review: One of the regular labels we feature are Sub-Liminal, a wicked little imprint that puts out a diverse sound ranging from techy rollers to jump-up steppers and even liquidy numbers. This week they've arrived with an EP from Agro, who, across six tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'Claap Up' is a highlight, its rolling percussive line isn't the paciest but is loping and satisfying, whilst a gargling bass and sweeping reeces sit just above and inject all the force. 'Data Entry' is also a wicked track, with a lovely, stripped back drum line that's full of moody sonics. Top stuff.
Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, a tasty two-track VA single is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - Mentah's remix of 'Eskiboy' - is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. Guzi's remix of 'Mailout Moron' by Too Greezey is another top-level cut, a skippy drum line and menacing vocal samples sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. It's got a futuristic vibe and we're here for it, so you should be too.
Review: Barrelling around the corner and into deep town is Ghxsty, whose newest EP on Sub-liminal Recordings excels in a gnarly, minimal and over the top fashion. The first cut - Isolate - smacks of the recent scene takeover by the likes of Serum and Benny L, it's rambunctious bassline swirling round in huge, naughty sub-bass pulses that'll leave you delighted by their length and scope. 'Simmer' is even more in your face and arguably the better of the two, a delicate balance being struck between percussive weight and the sensitive delineation of its elements. A proper smasher that will give you a naughty bass face and will definitely get your head nodding, a pattern carried across to the other four tunes here.
Review: Prestige is definitely one of the more talented producers out there, with previous releases on a host of other labels and his aggressive sound is back with a vengeance here. Packed with harsh, barking tones and a stripped-back, industrial aesthetic, Prestige doesn't waste any time in laying out the rules: there are none. 'A Ghost' is one of the heavier cuts, with a punching back end and an obstinate feel of solidness that reflects down all the way onto the rest of the tune. 'Magnificent' is the title tune and you can see why, with a KoTR-esque approach to drawn out basslines and tough sonics, all of which come together to round out a sick release from the Sub-liminal crew.
Review: Guzi is landing on Sub-Liminal Recordings once again this week with a sophisticated and incredibly fun release, one which, if you hear out live, is certain to get you moving. There's a carelessness and a freedom to these tracks and it creates a tangible sense of kinetic movement. The title track kicks things off in style and it's 'Area 51' that really takes the cake, a winding, subby track that flips between roughshod amen junglist work and a more rolling, stripped back tip, including powerful, punchy basses all the way. It's a wicked track and definitely the highlight of the release. 'I Can't' feat. Zoner is another absolute banger but one that's deep and wispy in all the right ways, as stuttering drum lines perforate over monochromatic bassline injections. Sick!
Too Greezey - "Fled The Scene" (feat Thunda Banton) - (4:26) 58 BPM
Agro - "Shot To Bits" - (4:16) 180 BPM
Too Greezey - "Time Traveller" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Agro - "Dumpers" - (4:38) 179 BPM
Too Greezey - "The Chant" - (4:28) 58 BPM
Agro - "Simple" - (3:39) 175 BPM
Review: Representing the vibes and history of reggae culture except with a uniquely British urban twist, Agro & Too Greezey drop a five-track testament to his ability as producer here. We've featured his music in the past and every time we do it's a devilish concoction of force and finesse, an amalgamation of ability and acumen. 'Fled The Scene' is as big as it gets, both in terms of its steppy percussion and driving bassline; 'Shot To Bits' reminds of Kings of the Rollers with a bassline that roars out the stops; title tune 'Time Traveller' combines reggae atmospherics with a rolling finesse. Sick EP.
Review: Mentah goes back to last years Time Space & Matter album and picks one of the track ripest for remixing. To be fair, the whole release was ripe but he's picked the rolling, grunting thunder jam "No Disrespect". We respect that decision, especially when the remixes are as good as these... Donny Jaydan gets brutal with his drums and perks up the bassline while the mysterious Lash Lams dusts off the breaks for more of a junglised slap-about. Both the original and remixes absolutely kill it. And we mean this in all due respect.
Review: Give us a big fat smile and show some teef! Nick The Lot hits our playlists once again with another hefty packet of tracks and he smashes it once again. "Over The Moon" sets the tone; groaning, trippy and full of strange samples and sounds, it's the Brighton badboy on his A-game. So is the rest of the EP from the stuttering, star-gazing twangs of "Gunshot" to the guttural bass and savage breaks of the finale "Break Out". Elsewhere things go mental on "Double Drop", "Away" bends mind with its warped bass and "Back Up" is a lesson in heavy subs and choppy drums. We guarantee you'll be on these before you can say 'petty pilfering'.
Review: Warhead returns to Sub-Liminal and once again it's like a riot in both your speakers, your streets and your pants. Trouble, drama, tension and pure ugliness all abound as he hurls us through the darkest corners of his psyche. Lead track "Exploritorium" is an all-out trippy groaner topped with warnings of the woes of finance from outspoken woke MC Mr Traumatik. Elsewhere "Cranked" takes us into snake-like techy roller territory, "Huh" is a harmonic riddle with a hypnotic see-saw riff, "Mucked" is pure tear-up material, all rattly and high voltage and finally "Volume" shuts the EP down with some of the gnarliest moany groany basses he's ever sculpted. Just plain naughty; get exploring.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings are a regular presence on these pages, their music is precise and damaging and they're back this week with a single from Agro. Timbuk 4 is a two-tracker that relies on its wavey concoctions of low-frequency movement to impress, with hard percussive knocks resting nicely underneath. 'Fair Trade' is the B-side and probably our favourite, with Chats MC doing some serious work over a very creative back end. Lovely stuff.
Review: Warhead: Because it's always stinker-o-clock somewhere in the world. "Overdue" is one of his most accomplished EPs so far. Featuring collabs galore but running a consistent heads-down rolling sound throughout the whole release, every track is fire for the floor. Highlights include the pulverising warping bass on "Higher", the seductive vocal and equally sexy bassline on "Swerve" and the pure ugliness of the title track. Respect for Warhead is long overdue...
Review: Forget your daft screechy dubstep variant of the same name, Sub-liminal deal strictly in proper riddims. Wobbly riddims, fat riddims, stinking riddims, gully riddims. They have done for almost five years now, and this new Riddim Return collection is a reminder of just how much ground they cover, how many super talented darksmiths they work with and how much skin of yours their releases will melt. Highlights on this 50 track strong collection (yes, 50!) come from every angle but you'd be mad not to lick a shot from Agro & Raz on their melted bass weird-out "Ah Like It", do air trumpet to Warhead's "Cop Killa" or get wonked the heck out by Leaf's concrete steps on "Hold Up". Dig hard and take a deep breath... You're in riddim country.
Review: To catch a thief you need to think like a thief. And there's no better thief than an invisible one. Ones like Mentah, one of Sub-Liminal's most consistent and bad-assed artists. He scopes everything from the unseen shadows, he knows everything about you and he knows exactly what type of dark funk hitters you need in your set. Hitters like the pranged-out grunter "What's The Catch", the graveyard bare-knuckle fight with a turbine engine that is "A Strange Presence" and the spooky charm and tense build and sheet metal slaps of "I Don't Feel Well." And that's just the half of it. Heavyweight material.