Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.
Review: Alix Perez's 1985 sets the bar again... Edition 3 is another instalment of their spotless V/A series which covers the label's broad range of shades. This one is a game of two halves as the first five tracks flex around the 140 region with crucial slabs from Halogenix's Lordel alias and dubstep men of the moment Ternion Sound. Meanwhile the second half flips to D&B with a whole clutch of impressive designs; Visages' "Memories" is a mournful stepper, Bredren get bad-ass with the thumpy, bumpy "Only One", Machinedrum brings some outstanding soul on "Braided Leaves" and Perez delivers three of his finest. Bring on Edition 4.
Review: Man like Macky Gee slams back with his fifth studio album and it's an absolute tirade of the senses with a serious all-star cast of cameos ranging from D12's Bizarre to neuro don Mefjus. A full-on tour (not sorry) of his influences and ambitions, we're treated to bassline ("Destiny"), bouncy bass house ("Another Level") trancey D&B ("Demand") dubstep ("Take Me" - with Franky Nuts) and graveyard creeping jump-up ("Revenge") Complete with all the grotty riffy magic he's known and loved for in between, this is his ambitious and rounded album to date and a big stylistic twist from the Gee-man. Massive.
Welcome To London (J.Sparrow remix) - (4:24) 140 BPM
Welcome To London (J.Sparrow remix - clean) - (4:24) 140 BPM
Welcome To London (J.Sparrow remix - instrumental) - (4:24) 140 BPM
Review: Following on from the fantastic response to its original release last year, Tru Thoughts have supplied us with an absolute gem here as they welcome back the legendary Flowdan for an official remix of 'Welcome To London'. This was one of Flowdan's more spooky creations, operating at a slower tempo, which has been completely revamped by the wonderful Jack Sparrow, who takes the acapella and sends it to an entirely new dimension, speeding up to around the 140 mark and layering it between sumptuous, bouncy bass taps and inventive drum work to give a fantastic original an additional dash of magic!
Review: Burt Cope and Wang Records? What an absolutely fabulous combination we have on our hands here as we welcome two of the brightest outfits in UKG. The single itself takes the title 'Desire' and forms itself into a blissful arrangement of colourful melodies, beautiful vocal additions and well processed drum chops. With the track constantly expanding across different rhythms and harmonies, this is a direction we are absolutely loving from Burt Cope and when the nightlife of the UK reopens, we can be sure to hear this brightening up evenings around the country.
Review: Krafty Kuts & Bomb Strikes, two names that when combined leave us with potentially incredible results. They join forces here to curate and design the fifth edition of 'Bass Funk', showcasing some of the most prominent faces across the entire breadth of breaks. The tracklisting for this one looks pretty monstrous, featuring the likes of A Skillz, Dubra, Arteo, Fort Knox Five, K+Lab & more. There are a couple of immediate stand outs however, with the latin horn melodies and vibrant rhythms of Ninjula's 'Spanish Princess' and the pure rawcus devilry of 'AI' from the legendary Delta Heavy both standing out!
Review: When we dive into the Breakbeat Paradise catalogue, it's clear to see that they are one of the real leaders across the breakbeat genre, with this latest powerhouse drop from Nasa Funk being a perfect example of why. The original of 'Gonna Work It' is a super wonky creation, slapping together quirky vocal lines with stuttered live drum rhythms and an overall funkadelic feel. The remixes however are what bring this release to life, with four impeccable recreations being brought forward. Prosper & Stabfinger give the track a vibrant 4x4 lick of paint, alongside JayL Funk's smooth hip hop recreation and Mount Ten's spacy overhaul. Finally Cayetano sends the track down a crunchy halftime route to round us off in style.
Eddy Seven & JMan - "Deep In The Jungle" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Technology - (3:39) 140 BPM
Look To The Future - (5:42) 140 BPM
Junction - (5:03) 140 BPM
Negative To Positive - (5:02) 140 BPM
Roman Road - (4:10) 140 BPM
Trash Trap - (4:36) 140 BPM
Alladin - (4:36) 140 BPM
Delhi Trotter - (5:32) 140 BPM
Sahara - (4:08) 140 BPM
Violet - (4:36) 140 BPM
Review: As far as dubstep labels go, there aren't many with the same infectious mindset as Hatched, who continue to pump incredibly high quality music out there with impeccable speed. Their latest offering comes to us from Eddy Seven, who smashes together a stunning 13 track selection, showcasing just how varied and forward thinking the dubstep sound can be in 2020. From the electronic blips of 'Technology' and swirling middle-eastern melodies of 'Delhi Trotter' to the minimal sub textures and percussive sub rumbles of 'Junction', this project covers the full spectrum with serious finesse. Our favourites have to include the killer three way with Ben Verse, who returns for the big room bass slams of 'Ready For The Winter', alongside the sweeping vocal melodies and emotive harmonies of 'Violet'. Amazing work!
Review: Two names we are extremely fond of link up for this one as we see Phossa land for another solo outing on the incredibly consistent White Peach Records, giving us four system-ready slaps. We kick off with the title track 'Touch', an emotive ball of chiming melodic lines and sharp drum work, followed by almost R&G hybrid vocal slices and unpredictable percussive explosions of 'Lotus'. Next, the euphoric lead synths and crunchy drum designs of 'Untitled' provide us with more emotional harmonics, with the more mysterious arpeggio-based structures and super-swingy rhythmic layouts of 'Static' rounding off the EP in style!
Review: Well, it seems to be every week that we welcome a brand new drop from the Four40 team this year, however this latest drop is something truly special as the veteran imprint celebrates nine years of activity with a scintillating selection, showcasing some of their most important roster members over the years. The tracklisting is vast, featuring a colossal 51 tracks from the likes of Vital Techniques, Mistakay, PVC, Enigma Dubz, Tuff Culture, Earthnut and more. With such a stacked release, picking highlights is pretty tough, but for us the two stand outs boil down to super spooky drum twists and moody textures of 'You Or Me' from ZeroFG, alongside the classic Skepsis remix of 'VIP', originally featuring Hybrid Theory and Trilla.
Review: It's really hard not to love what the team at FKOF have been up to over the past few months, with their release schedule being incredibly consistent to say the least. Their latest drop sees Crowley & E S P join forces across four bangers, starting off with two solo runs from Crowley. Firstly, we hear the moogy subs and minimal drum structures of 'Stoic', leading into 'Luv:Daze Dub' with it's incredibly vibrant melodies and subtle breaksy textures throughout. Next, the pair link up on 'Rosetta', another stripped back yet incredibly potent piece of dubstep design, jam packed with eerie atmospheric delays. Finally, E S P runs out on solo duty with 'Jah', a super organic sounding creation, providing this EP with a perfect finale.
Review: Whenever we see the Artikal imprint appear in the forthcoming releases section of the store we can't help getting a tad excited, and this latest four tracker from Sabab is the perfect example as to why. We kick off with the dungeon-ready sub warbles and dubby drum delays of 'System Skank', followed by the intense bassline LFO's and eerie, distant atmospheric pad structures of 'Piercing White Light'. The haunted feelings continue as we move forward with the spacey snare smacks and grizzly synthesizer designs of 'Fittest Of The Fittest', reminding us of early Dub Police work, with the EP then rounding out with 'Unity', a futuristic dubwise adventure, driven forward by extensive chord delays and an overall chilling feel.
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water where Cartridge is living right now, but blimey! This new selection from him on the super-consistent Locus Sound imprint is yet another showcase into his dubstep-driven brilliance, kicking off with the sub-shattering low end and unpredictable drum manoeuvres of 'Iron Lung', before 'Two Of Us' combines fluttering melodic inputs with lethal bass growls. Next, 'Tek Time' unleashes a stunning soundscape of glitchy lead synth designs and haunting string jerks, before rounding the EP off in style with the crunchy bass exploits and groovy percussive marches of 'Brute'. Awesome work!
Review: Whenever we see an ENC catalogue number pop up in the store, we know we are in for a good time, with this latest drop from Ducker adding to Encrypted Audio's incredibly consistent catalogue. We begin with 'Blood Run', which combines subtle percussive influxes with spacey pad textures and high energy drum runs. This is then followed by the bleeping melodies and haunting arpeggios of 'Bookworm' before 'Digitalize' gives us a really original sounding thump, pushed by gnarly subs and warbling synthesizer lines. Finally, 'Haunting' deploys a rawcus bass lead over heavily delayed drum slaps and more minimal rhythmic sections to really hit home the final run!
Review: Blawan has opted for an unhurried schedule for his Ternesc label, putting out an EP a year for the most part. Following this approach, Immulsion follows 2019's Many Many Pings. It gets off to a raucous start with the pounding kicks and gated riffs of "40 Spiral", before Blawan follows it with the rolling break beat-led "Rain". From there, he takes the sound deeper with the 'Come To Me In Full Electric' take on the title track, while the 'That Kind of Kink' version of "Immulsion" sees the respected UK producer up the ante again with a lean but funky tribal rhythm.
Review: So at this point in time, it's hard to imagine Alix Perez making a stale tune, as he lands here on the wonderful 1985 music for another twisted collection of heaters. We kick this one off with a look at the spooky overtones and warbling synthesizer growls of 'Ravana', before the shivering LFO designs and glitchy melodic plucks of 'Lifeline' stutter into play. Next, 'Post-Mortem' arrives with more lethal reese bass action driving the stripped back drumwork forward in a blaze of system energy, before rounding off with the catchy arpeggiator flexes of 'Ends' alongside Headland. What a project this is!
Review: When we saw this one land in the store we could barely contain our excitement, seeing Imajika and Subaltern on the same project together, what more could we ask for? The project holds five beefy originals, kicking off with the title track 'Stagger', a system ready march, driven by high energy percussive lines and pulsating subs. This is then followed by 'Unti Pundi', which deploys more spacey goodness and vibrant bass tones before 'Inside The Sycamore Root' unleashes a much more swampy style of composition, complete with growling synthesizers and aquatic percussion. We then dive into the super wonky LFO designs and creepy atmospheric feelings of 'Stoker' before finishing up on 'Walking Through The Elephant's Foot', an eerie, post-dubwise delight. Amazing work!
Review: No mucking about Hardcore Energy. No nonsense breaks, hardcore and jungle. MKII in full effect! With basslines resonating here as much as pianos, tracks in this M1 EP are shrouded in hall reverbs and supreme compression to bring you the best in hardcore bliss. "Energy '92" kicks things off straight up with classic amen breaks that eventually succumb to breathy atmospheres and mellow chords, with stripped back jungle receiving the same treatment in "Make Me Feel" - while it's breaks and '90s free rave in "The Power", to trance and hip-house in "One".
Review: We love to see new music from the Macabre Unit team, a solidified imprint with dubstep and grime who very rarely seem to get it wrong. They've hit the nail on this head with this three tracker from Inertia, who kicks us off with the almost satanic, choir-like pad textures and choppy drum structures of the title track 'Stronghold', before 'Parasite' leads us down into the subby depths for a dungeon-ready roller, jam-packed with writhing reese tones from from start to finish. Finally, 'The Infected' lets loose a much more punchy set of drum sounds in combination with swampy bass tones to rund this one out in style!
Review: Hailing from different countries across Europe but united by label owner Renaat Vandepapeliere's love of percussive tracks, the contributors toVolume 5 deliver a fine dance floor compilation. It starts in introspective mode with the stepping rhythms of Tension's "Pure Black Skies" and Hala Bahma's "My: Emi", before moving into deep tripped out techno courtesy of Primal Code's brooding "Tridimensionale". On "Oracle", Optmst introduces a more accessible approach thanks to the use of dreamy vocal samples, while the human voice also makes an appearance on Hermetics "Escaping Samsara", with dreamy chants unravelling over an undulating tribal rhythm. It makes for a vivid climax to another volume of RV Trax.
Review: The latest edition of the the Sum compilation series features a mixture of established and upcoming producers. First up are The Reason Y and T?mas Sinn, who deliver the tough, reverberating groove of "Trip Tales". Meanwhile another emerging act, Risa Taniguchi, impresses with the deep, tunnelling techno of "She" and Eme Kulhnek drops the mesmerising, hypnotic groove of "Efforts". Mindful of electronic music's rich heritage, Second State has also commissioned some of Europe's most established artists to contribute to this edition; Quenum drops the clicky minimalism of "Fact Action" and on "Zurich" the veteran producer Secret Cinema, combines gritty drums with atmospherics to devastating effect.
Review: As ever, we have been delivered a real education in future-breakbeat flavours from the Hypercolour team as they invite the wonderful sounds of Luke Vibert inside for a full length, 13 track LP from the wonderful Luke Vibert. The tracklisting is jam packed with goodies, exploring the more experimental side of the breaks genre circle, with the post-rave chord plucks of 'Sky's The Limit' and 90's style bounce of 'Feel One' being two perfect examples. There's variation throughout as well, with the more punchy drum arrangements of 'Ecstacy' and scatty chord progressions of 'Beef' also hitting home well. Overall, it's a great look into the musical mind of Luke Vibert who has put together a very impressive body of work.
Review: It's pretty clear that Vital Techniques have not let the lockdown period slow down their inspiring work ethic as they get busy sourcing four explosive remixes to their vibrant collaboration with MC Pean entitled 'Bun Up The Ting'. We kick off with J69's old school niche bassline rethink, adding extensive wobbly bass designs and high energy drum runs into proceedings, followed by Soulecta's nostalgic UKG flip, perfect for the sunshine. Next, Danny T & Tradesman switch it up with a crunchy grime recreation before Sublow Hz sends the acapella into the jump up blender for the final overhaul, giving this project a fantastic amount of variety from start to finish.
Review: To look back over the last 18 months of Duploc releases would take us hours and hours, but we are sure we wouldn't be disappointed to do so. Their consistency and efficiency has set a fantastic example to the rest of the dubstep scene, which is why we couldn't wait to dive into this brand new mega compilation entitled 'Duuplates Collection'. Featuring a tracklisting consisting of stepper heavyweights such as Rygby, Ternion Sound, Hebbe, Mr. K and more, we knew we were in for a treat from the off. The project is a goliath in its field showcasing twenty bombshells, certain to cause havoc in dances worldwide. Our immediate stand outs would have to include the crunchy drum slaps and hypnotic chime melodies of 'You Said' from ColtCuts, alongside the highly energetic vocal switches and lethal bass drives of 'Left Behind', a masterpiece from ENiGMA Dubz. Incredible work!