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 A N F M, who, across five tracks, spans various tones and styles, all of them rooted in a sense of dancefloor aggressiveness and all of them top-notch. 'Hitman' 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. Top stuff.
Review: Agro a-go-go.. The Sub-liminal bossman breaks down the doors of 2017 with four absolute flatteners. The story starts with "The Music" where a crisp, warm skank and vocal are soon shoved into a murky pool of low-end riffage, jump-up with added funk in the groove, this will spark up any dance in any corner. "Vengeance" follows on a meaner tip as stern bass and sudden amen flurries lick upside your senses and "Cold Roads" has one of the coldest drops Agro's ever created - sinister, moody and tubular, it is 1997 all over again. "Crush" concludes this fearful tale with the help of equally rising Leaf. Slapping and buzzing with a mild nod towards the Bristol sound and Clipz in his early prime - there's mischief in the moodiness. We'll let the music do the talking from here on.
Review: Agro is back on Sub-Liminal for a six-track EP that is Sofa Sound-esque in its emphasis on rough, vibrant percussion and rolling, dastardly basses. Every track on here is perfectly crafted for the dancefloor and it's all rooted in that wicked UK D&B sound that we know and love. The title track features Killa P on vocals, his tones wafting above a wobbly and pummelling back end which switches up into jungle for extra damage. 'The Cut' is similar but even heavier, with the obligatory Wu-Tang Clan sample that grounds it in a sense of history and nostalgia. Banging stuff.
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: Fresh from his super bad excursion with Too Greezey, Agro returns to Sub-Liminal with five more originals. "Ambush" compounds the dust of the wild west for a gun-toting shoot-out style banger, "That Time" is a stretched-bass jump-up affair where Too Greezey plays a cool cameo while "Deep Plot" does the stampy tripletty thing with the kicks over a 40-a-day chest-rattled bassline. Rounding up we have serious heads-down rolls on "Not Fools" and madcap Hazard-style riffage on "Watch Closely". Heavy.
Review: Having let off some serious stinkers on Hybrid's Audio Addict earlier this year Agro returns to his own imprint with five more blunt-nosed scudders. Once again, it's an understated affair which hits best with its low-swung technique - more rolling than jumpy, more grumbling that shouty, it's the type of tunes you'd expect to hear Randall play at 3am. Highlights come in the form of every track but don't sleep on the elastic bass stretches and sultry vocal on "All The Time" (with Raz), the ludicrously flabby bass on the brilliantly titled "Big Food Mover" and the epic, not to mention sandpapery, collabo between Aggers, Greezey and Kumarachi "AZR". Score settled.
Review: First there was dark... Then Agro came along with some disgusting gully riddims and the light was so strong man invented shades. Seriously; this man has yet to release a duff tune and here are two more examples of his scorching illuminations. The title track is understated, low slung and weighted in rich treacle bass while "Crazy Game" (with young upstart Guzi) sheds more light on the darkest, dankest of corners with a vicious fog horn Q&A and a breakdown that opens the gates to Hades itself. Time to get lit.
Settle The Score (Too Greezey remix) - (3:42) 175 BPM
Silver Lining (Guzi remix) - (4:30) 174 BPM
Step Back (Warhead remix) - (4:26) 178 BPM
Review: Agro goes under the knife from four heavyweight bass fiddlers and it's a not a pretty sight... Tyke gives "Tank" a whole new harmonic body of armour, Too Greezey pumps the dickens out of "Settle The Score", Guzi gets his sharpest sheet metal out and adds some shred aesthetics to "Silver Lining" while Warhead soups up "Step Back" with added variations on the bass riff and proper barbed wire drummage. Blood everywhere.
Review: Agro is on Sub-Liminal with an EP that's full of, well, agro. He's roped in some of his friends for the release, including NV & Mentah, Leaf, Charlie Rotten and Toxinate in what is a full-throttle release from start to finish. This is clear from the off, as 'Don't Play' dives down deep into murky sonics and minimalist force for session that'll appeal to the real heads. 'Godfather' feat Lead has a unique percussive line that lends it an almost halftime quality; 'Gorgon Sound' is a naughty roller with a disturbingly scary sub bass & reece bass combination and 'Thinking Bout U' ties up the release with more dark atmospherics - quality stuff.
Review: Agro returns to Sub-Liminal with his fattest EP stack since last summer's "Settle The Score" and the word murderation springs to mind. The stench of deadliness is high the moment the stripped back kicks leave room for blessed sub wobbles on "Step Back" and the stank remains thick throughout; the slimy bass melts on "Silver Lining", the pungent jungle rolls on "It Came From Under Me" and the neck-snap steps and harmonic grunts on "Tank" are just some of the many highlights. Stinking.
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: Smashing down the doors of 2018 with a cheeky multi-artist EP: Sub-Liminal start business for the year with two deadly amazement sessions. Firstly Subzero takes Agro's 2016 smasher "Dub Fi Dub" and tears it a new one with a whole new layer of diesel powered bass while Version runs point with "Plissken", a scuffed-knuckle sandpaper funk roller that's loaded with electrified sizzled bassline and rattled drums. Pure power jams.
Review: More fire from the south coast crew: two originals each and two collaborations, Agro and Too Greezey lay down the Sub-Liminal sermon. Highlights include the froggish wobbles on Agro's "The Genius", Greezey's Formation-style jungle roll-out "Lose Focus", the sun-kissed skank-packer "Don't Mek Me Get Dark" and the walloping classic early Playaz bass vibes on "It's Only Right". Bad to the bone.
Charlie Rotten - "The Myriad Part 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (16:49) 181 BPM
Review: Sub-liminal are one of those very prolific, very underground labels that tends to go unnoticed yet releases some absolute bangers. So, getting a whole compilation full of them from a variety of up and coming producers is only going to go one way - hard. The first tune - 'Iggy' - from Garry K & RV is an instant stand out, a wobbling riff of force and hurting energy, all tied up in a jump-up sized package. 'Vultures' by Zapya and MC Karter is another top-level cut, a skippy drum-line and menacing vocals sit above a fiercely minimal roller that clicks and clanks with satisfying precision. There are a bunch more excellent tunes on this release, so go check them out.
Review: "If You Can't Beat Em" demands you raise your lighters. Bad news for non-smokers. Good news for skankers thanks to the swaggering, well-measured dub hook that really digs in on the breakdown. Incredible news for the mandem who love a gully riff. "Jazz Hands" puckers up with more of a classical smooch thanks its majestic swooning piano intro before going all-out sloppy snog with its butt-grunting bass tones on the drop. Two killer tracks loaded with contrast... These are hard to beat.