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 LP investigations into Time, Space & Matter earlier this year, young Mentah peels back the fa?ade on more of his personal tribulations with "This Life". The title sets the tone with a raffled harmonic drone bassline and rattled breaks, "Curveball" is flabbier than your dear old lady with its loose lapping bass seeping over the edge of the drums before "Bad To Worse" goes in with the higher frequency bassline and sweet shades of dub. For his final hoorahs Mentah brings the big drone drama on "Louanne" and "Lock The Door". Both armed with turbine bass blasts that echo for days, they've got horse power enough power to keep your car running for months without petrol.
Review: Following his "Bloodclart Dubplate" EP this spring, Warhead returns to Sub-liminal with another generous five pack punch up that ranges from divine funk to guttural low end filth. The title track is one of Warhead's funkiest cuts to date with its urgent vocal and spacious sense of soul and freedom. It's joined by the sweeping gully drones of "Embers", the knuckle scuffing gritty bass of "Kill Ya Quick", the dizzy tribal rolls and jittering grizzles of "Start The Attack" and the siren blazing hair raiser "Watch It". As if that's not generous enough, there's an insane Dutta remix thrown in for good measure, too. Thinkin bout this?
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: Ooof! Sub-liminal are spoiling us right here: 19 tracks and a mix killer mix from gully professor Too Greezey. Loaded with upfront exclusives, VIPs and classics in equal measure. One moment we're squelching and squirming to the wet bass on Warhead's "Bad Trip", the next we're gurning and turning to Benny L's Dillinja-esque remix of Hybrid & Agro, the next we're spooking out to the Clipz-style harmonies on Guzi's "Business" VIP, the next we're writing out our last will and testament to Agro's incredible mix of Leaf's "New Life". That's just scratching the tip of this murky iceberg, there are myriad other bangers awaiting your attention, just tuck in.
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: Bangers for breakfast, stinkers for tea... No matter what time you link up with Leaf, he's always cooking up something chronic and full flavoured. Take "Goat", a wonky, creaky weirdo of a tune, that comes complete with a little animal magic. Take those loose and spacious Die-style breaks on "Run The Riddim". Take those evocative, eerie Oriental strings on "Lucky House Grin". Take the rubber ball bass and necksnap bounce of "Hold Up", the croaky toad bass of "Save Meh" and the pranged out sci-fi funk of "Conscious State". In fact take the whole lot because it really doesn't get much better than this. Leaf is killing it right now.
Review: Barrelling around the corner and into deep town is Guzi, who's newest single on Sub-Liminal Recordings excels in a gnarly, minimal fashion. The A-side - 'Call' - smacks of the recent scene takeover by the likes of Serum and Benny L, it's rambunctious bassline swirling round in huge, naughty arcs that'll leave you delighted by their length and scope. '369' is slightly less in your face but arguably the better of the two, a delicate balance being struck between percussive weight and the sensitive delineation of its elements. A proper roller that won't give you a naughty bass face but will definitely get your head nodding.
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: Remix time... Sub-Liminal look back over the last few years of releases, pick some of their many great rolling moments and get the artists to remix swap. It's gully grooves from the off as Hybrid adds a much darker dynamic to "Super Bad" and breaks up the reggae sample while Too Greezey injects serious drum muscle and switches out Hybrid's signature junglized basslines on "Kung Fu Master". Leaf follows with a darkened, clipped and steppy twist of Agro & Too Greezey's dubwise "Don't Mek Me Get Dark" and finally Agro smooths out the angular attitude of Leaf's "New Life" with a lower swung, funkier perspective. Great concept, killer versions.
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: 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.
Review: DJ Agro's Sub-Liminal unleash their largest message yet with their debut compilation They Myriad Vol. 1. A chance to catch up, a chance to fill holes in your collection, a chance to realise the amount of next gen, hugely-hyped talent the label has... Damage Report, Dialogue, Too Greezey and Leaf lead the way as he run the label's vast gully gamut. From Fena's Moving Fusion-style womps on "Right Place Right Time" to Agro's gutter-chomping subversive Urban Takeover style bass roller "Not Fools" via Leaf's savage staccato stepper "New Life", the whole collection reflects just how much exciting D&B can be found just beneath the all too shiny surface.
Review: Two and a half years deep into their dark star safari Sub-Liminal continue to shred up the dance with a crack team of heavy bass innovators. Bass riffs galore and aesthetics so unforgiving, every track is tailored for the most underground floor... The worming low-end mashery of Too Greezey's "Modulation", Leaf's oddball drum funk and melting trumpets on "Shoot Off", Warhead's brutal technoid mutations on "A'Gwarn" and Tyrant's absolutely annihilating "Nuclear Bomb" are just four of the 14 high level bangers on display here. There's nothing subliminal about the message on this one: not picking up on this is a criminal offence.
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.
Review: If you're looking for twisted brass-textured bass designs then look no further than Guzi and this walloping four-track chop-slap sesh for Sub-liminal. "Stamp" goes all-in with the widescreen bassline that licks up and down the spectrum with mischief while "Game" takes a similar bass texture and thrusts its into a deeper rolling groove and "Take Your Time" jumps sideways for more of a hornets nest style buzzing bassline, all sinewy and electrified. Finally "Crazy" lives up to its name with groaning fog horn bass and a tripped-out cascading riff. Watch out for the key-change!
Review: Two highly respected new gen roustabouts, two tunes, one massive reminder of why Sub-Liminal are killing it right now. Vital takes the virtual A-side with an epic riff monster that rises and rises with venomous stripped back charm while Agro flips the vibe with "I Set This Ting", a much nastier, groaning paranoid number that's more warped than a night out with a timelord. Ting when you're winning.
Review: After a string of slamming EPs, Sub-Liminal mainstay Mentah delivers his debut album and it's a powerful piece of work. Punchy and concise at nine tracks, the focus is fully on the floor and hyper-charged with an on-point modern jump-up hybrid sound. The type of cuts you can imagine Randall playing at Breaking Science, 4am, the basslines wobble, the textures drone ominously, the riffs never get too OTT and they all seriously hurt! Highlights include the Benny L style swampy bass on "No Disrespect", the nan-slapping foghorn heaviness of "Alone In The Light" and stinking distorted tripletty finale "Grudges" but that just not even half of this universally heavy tale. Big up Mentah.
Review: Pure bounce: Too Greezey reminds us of his funkier side with crucial Urban Takeover-flavoured bassline funk. Simple, effective and guaranteed to get some monkey moves on the dancefloor, "Sloshpot" pays homage to the sound that inspired a whole generation while remaining top of the class on production dynamics. His remix of long-time collaborator Agro's "The Genius" is equally lean and supple but with more of a mechanical turn of the century twist.
Review: Sub-Liminal solider Mentah continues to dig deep into his craft as he unleashes two more disturbingly heavy workouts. "Shadow Of Doubt" is a real grumbling, bone-shaking rattler with a warped bassline that echoes with deep unease. "Autoguns" fires with more of a laser-lashed edge as rough metallic bass textures groan with alien aggression. Both hitting that sweet spot between tech and dancefloor with serious attention to detail and dynamics, these kill it... Undoubtedly.
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: 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: 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: Sub-liminal sleepers this one is for you... The UK label have just repurposed and repackaged some of their many successes on this epic 20 track compendium. Ranging from the white knuckle neuro pace of Fena's "Viral" to Dominator's gamechanging grumpy-bass twist on Agro's "Noise Complaint" via Dialogue's ultra-grot wobbler "If You Can't Beat 'Em", Tyrant's Nightflight-style jungle slap-about "Bomb", Agro's sinful stepper "Tank" and many more, this is a perfect snapshot of the label's breadth, weight and uncompromised sound so far. Riddim stinkers.
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: 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: 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: Young Worthing warrior Mentah continues to go loco in the Sub-Liminal kitchen cooking up no less than five fiery courses. Five! Each dish is a feast in itself, loaded with gruff groaning basslines, swinging drums and precision dug samples. Those with a penchant for gluten will fatten up nicely on the moaning bass tones of tracks such as "Can't Fool I" and "The Rules", those looking for a little citrus zest will be all over the electrical buzzy tones and block snare bumps of "Clear" while those who go straight for dessert should lap up the sweet treacle bass of "If You Need A Name". More? Look no further than the EP title track "Orders To Move". Grills set to murderation, this is cooked to perfection.
Review: Guzi, with the speed of an Uzi and the glamour of Gucci, is landing on Sub-Liminal Recordings with an unsophisticated but 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's a tangible sense of kinetics. The title track kicks things off in style but it's 'Shadow' feat. BP MC that really takes the cake, a winding, subby track that flips between wobbiling shimmers and jump-up stabs. It's a wicked track and definitely the highlight of the release. 'Shroud' feat. Peggy Sewage - great name - is another absolute banger but one that's deep and wispy in all the right ways. Sick release.
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: 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: Manchester's Motiv makes his debut on Sub-Liminal with two deadly creepers. "Necroplasm" flutters with the most delightful wobble you could ever find wrapped around a roller. Slinky, low slung and coded with deep dark funk, it's tailored made for sly switch ups and double drops. "Prompt Demise" is equally stripped back but rather wobble, the bassline warps between two notes in the aggiest, uneasiest way possible. Proper.
Review: Unabashed D&B funk from one of 2016's most exciting D&B success stories, Too Greezey continues to showcase a slippery, sub-funked style of underground D&B that taps into the mid 90s core while looking confidently into the future. "Mysterons" is a devilish stepper with enough chewy funk to kneed ten tonnes of dough while "Analogue Visions" is so low-swung it could swipe your trousers. "Be Mine" showcases his flipside with a slammer that nods at a classic Ram style with its brutal Trilogy style fills while "Darkest Day" rattles and rolls with a classically trained Q&A funk. "Just Wanna Love You" shuts down this particular chapter on a jazzy liquid flex that takes you back to High Contrast's or Logistics' early work. Show some love.
Review: Three things are certain in life: death, taxes and Taxman smashing your sensory organs with every remix he ever delivers. Here we find him in fierce form on last year's mischievous one-note dungeon hummer "Mysterons". Adding that signature scratchy high pitched grainy texture to the A of every bassline Q, this is Taxman at his most savage and playful. Elsewhere we find Professor Greezey cooling us down with "Heroes". A much more stripped back bassline shaker with subtle-but-strong jazz undertones and blissful keys, it's the perfect foil to Taxman's obscene remix.
Review: DJ Hybrid just won't let up. Consistently smashing 2016 to pieces with crusher after crusher, his sense of classic rudiments and contemporary dynamics is nothing short of precision. As proved once again on Sub-Liminal: "Murder Soundboy" rolls with the understated grit of a mid 90s 31 cut. "Kung Fu Masters" retains this foundation feel with a mid 90s grizzler vibe that Serum executes on the regular while "Know Your Enemy" is all reese bass and sirens with moody ominous results. Remix-wise Benny L plays the consummate edge lord with steroid drum twists. Murderation.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings are sick little imprint that push out a wicked, diverse range of stuff from more sultry cuts to harder hitting numbers. The latest release on the label from Too Greezey is certainly in the latter category and Mailout Moron is a biting four-tracker, each slice adding up to one seriously tasty pie. The title track is the highlight, with a pretty funny intro playing on the stereotype of the bedroom producer we all know, who thinks they're the bees knees after a single set. The track itself is spacious but penetrating, with a set of pointed, techy basses that expand out into a shuddering wave of ghostly force. It sets the tone with style and the next 3 tunes don't disappoint.
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: 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.
Review: Sub-liminal Recordings is one of those small, low-key labels that every now and then actually releases some pretty outstanding music. This time it's the turn of Yatuza , whose music is a lot more exciting than his name might suggest, his four-tracker here rolling out in delicious fashion. 'Illusions' is the first, a spooky, spacious introduction giving way to a subtle, pulsing back end that sits perfectly underneath a skippy percussive line. 'Give It Up' is in a similar vein but manages to amp up the drum-pressure even more with a fantastic percussive line, as its sneaky little bassline creeps in underneath this to transform it into a proper little roller. Sick EP.
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.