Review: Featuring some big names amongst the impressive tracklist, this mini album of D&B-shaped treats was first released in 2005, and as you'd expect, it's got the sound of the old school running right through it. From veteran producer Skitty's smooth rolling 90s flavas through to Seba and Lenk's winding, experimental take on an old-school roller, each tune is a throwback to the golden age of drum & bass, thanks to Bassbin's current mission to make these absolute gems available to the public once again. A must-bag.
Review: Known by many in the drum & bass scene as one of the most important seminal albums in the history of modern D&B, This Too Shall Pass was released in 2006 on Bassbin to widespread critical acclaim, followed by a slow-burning reverence from fans new and old over the years. The tracklist is dotted with tunes many bassheads would class as up there with the greatest: from the dubby lilt of "Lead Me On" and the intricate driving Amens and synthy static of "Morning Star" to the washed out swing jazz of "Unireverse" and the beautifully mournful reverb of "Black Sunshine", this is a re-release that's been a long time coming. RIP Bassbin, and thank you Rohan for making masterpieces such as this available to the buying public once more.
Review: In 2010 London/Kent based label come agency come promoter Digital 6 started from the bottom, fast forward 7 years and they have built a solid following and are well respected by peers, critics and most importantly fans of music. This mammoth album show cases the 'Best Of' the imprint with a massive 36 tacks. Ranging from the gloriously sun-kissed, ragga jungle tips 'Let's Go This On' and 'Stay Strong VIP' to the hard hitting hip hop dipped 'In The Hood' and 'Gotcha Back'. The album also comes with some interesting remixes like the dark and brooding jungle remix of '50,000 Watts and the beautifully sinister remix of Portishead's 'Humming Darkside'. If you're into eclectic, well-crafted quality drum and bass, this album is well worth the long listen.
Review: Get yourself an amen, sample some Nas, job done. The first track on this hard hitting release from three of the jungle scene's most unsung upcoming heroes does exactly that, and why not? This attitude of balls-out madness continues into "Flip It", with a fevered jungle explosion of epic proportions. What a bass sound too - like a huge, fuzzy heartbeat pumping riddims out your speakers and smashing up your dancefloors. Yeah, it's fun and it's cheeky but who said D&B had to be stony faced all the time?
Eti Stroki (feat White Shadow & SLK) - (7:36) 180 BPM
The River Of Life - (7:15) 180 BPM
End (feat Nelver) - (2:30) 180 BPM
Review: Russian D&Bster Lion and owner of SLK Records steps up with his 14-track album, featuring collaborations with the likes of Nelver, Bassoff, Lost Generation, DJ Rastr and White Shadow. From opener "Japan 2011" with its mournful strings and gently lilting liquid breaks through the gratuitously heavy, pumping techstep influenced cuts like "Atlantida" and "Vostok", to the experimentalism of "Premonitions" and straight up dancefloor bangers like "Invasion" and "July", there really is something for everyone in this package. Check the quirky lyrics on "Eti Stroki" whilst you're at it!