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Bobble Head EPEXCLUSIVE
   
Maui Mowie - (5:17) 174 BPM
   
Bobble Head - (4:50) 58 BPM
   
Captivate - (5:17) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sound System - (6:18) 175 BPM
   
Machine - (4:50) 175 BPM
   
Insipid - (4:15) 175 BPM
Played by: ZEBA, Juno Download
Review: Listen mate, when Bruk calls you a bobble head, you better pay attention and pay respect. He doesn't just tell anyone their heads are made of bobbles. He's too busy in the studio cooking up serious flames like the ragga-touched, full-fire slap-about 'Maui Mowie' and the finger-clicking dark and jazzy swinger 'Captivate', or releasing on crucial labels like Bagged & Tagged, Audio Addict and By The Producer, to be flinging around observations unless they weren't completely necessary. So deal with it, you're a bobble head... And this whole gosh-darned gully EP is tailor made for you.
BNT 016
05 Mar 21
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Second Sight EPEXCLUSIVE
   
The Force & Psych - "Trouble" - (4:45) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stop The Show - (4:45) 175 BPM
   
Second Sight - (4:31) 175 BPM
   
Made In England - (4:45) 58 BPM
   
World Of Dead - (4:43) 175 BPM
   
The Force & Jeopardize - "Fight Night" - (4:45) 175 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: Ruffneck Ting are a label perfectly placed on the border between jungle and jump-up, and this EP from The Force displays their aptitude in selecting the best of both strains. It's a gentle, subtle yet damaging release, one which flows upon a bed of soul yet comes out with fists flying at the other end. 'Second Sight' has the type of funkiness that only reggae music can provide, with stabbing bass touches providing lift and sensation to its clattering, rough and tumble drums. 'Stop The Show' is heavier and has more weight packed behind its stuttering percussion, its bassline wonderfully bouncy and dripping with the sunny skies, eyes closed heritage of reggae and dub music. Wicked.
RNT 061
04 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
Dutta - "Conversations" (Alcemist remix) - (4:34) 175 BPM
   
Dutta - "If You Never" - (4:46) 174 BPM
   
Burt Cope - "Combat" - (4:26) 176 BPM
   
T>I & Dutta - "Lava Cake" - (5:53) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flipnosis - "Cloud Nine" - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Top Dolla - "Timeless" - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Lumia - "Dubmarine" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Leaf - "Cold Blooded Murderer" - (3:40) 175 BPM
   
Rosco - "Bat That" - (3:50) 175 BPM
   
StillZ - "Behind The Truth" (feat Fullstepphill & BPMC) - (4:14) 176 BPM
   
Jenks & Acp - "Big" - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Klay - "I Miss HNGR" - (4:31) 175 BPM
   
Euphonique - "Shake It" - (4:22) 176 BPM
   
Hood - "Suspense" - (4:27) 174 BPM
Review: Informal are rapidly picking up speed with their releases, and this week they're following up their previously successful compilation with a third edition, this one equally packed to the rafters with both new and old school talent. It's a tour-de-force of the tough side of the genre and it's exemplified by 'Lava Cake', courtesy of Dutta and T>I, producers who know their way around the controls and who prove it once more, as stabbing bass notes and hypnotic vocal samples cut across its snapping, rolling arrangement with all the force and subtlety of an underground train. Jenks and Acp maks an appearance on the superbly gruff 'Big', whilst Dutta gets deeper than usual on 'If You Never'. Quintessential drum & bass that makes for essential listening.
INFORMAL 017
01 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
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Various
   
AMPLIFY - "Highrise" - (4:42) 175 BPM
   
Concept One - "Kickin" - (3:51) 174 BPM
   
Elbi - "Boot It" - (5:07) 174 BPM
   
Hexa - "Shanghai Knights" - (4:21) 176 BPM
   
JAK (UK) & DJ Hybrid - "Kilimanjaro" - (4:10) 172 BPM
   
Metal Work - "Changes" - (4:38) 175 BPM
   
Rantik - "Basilisk" - (5:18) 172 BPM
   
StillZ - "Between" - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stompz - "Funk Accellerator" - (4:54) 176 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: Feeling fine for Northern Line! Rantik and JAK's fledgling young label comes correct with their first full paid release. It's a VA and it's a beauty. Continuing the exceeding weight and exciting breadth of the sound they've built up through free downloads, these nine tracks rep the Newcastle label's parameters with deadly intent and features some very exciting new-gen names. Highlights include Hexa's pranged-out swinger 'Shanghai Knights', the volcanic bombastic bounces and blazes of Stompz' 'Funk Accelerator' and the Metal Work's gritty punisher 'Changes'. And that's just the tip of this northern iceberg. Firing.
NORTHERNLINEREC 0
27 Feb 21
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London - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Culture - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Recognition - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disconnected - (4:28) 175 BPM
Review: Vital is a drum and bass producer/DJ from Bournemouth, on the south coast of the UK. He has had releases on Subliminal Recordings, Samurai Bass Audio, Bulletproof Recs and Twisted Beatz. The Recognition EP features the wonky bassline action of "London", while "Culture" similarly infuses the street sounds of grime to impressive effect. Stepper "Recognition" has a somewhat dark jump-up vibe reminiscent of the True Playaz sound and "Disconnected" channels that classic techstep/neurofunk style of all on this roller from the darkside.
ORC 001
26 Feb 21
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In Love - (5:09) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Status Concrete (feat Natty D) - (5:09) 175 BPM
Review: K Jah kicks the doors of 2021 down with the launch of debut album Ravers Delight. This is the first sampler and it sets the scene perfectly. 'In Love' takes a classic vocal snippet and wraps it up all sassy and sweet around a harmonic bassline that nods respectfully towards the likes of Sir Clipz and Professor Serum. 'Status Concrete' digs deeper into a dark, moodier sound. Tension in those big drone basslines and full command from Natty D's vocal, it's very clear K Jah's door kicking is going to continue for some time to come. Delightful.
NATTY 056
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Changes - (3:36) 122 BPM
   
Live Together - (5:12) 106 BPM
   
Papa Piper - (4:27) 105 BPM
   
Just Begun - (4:20) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: St Albans-based Hansi serves up four more covers on this latest addition to the long-running 'Funky Grooves' series on his own Viking Grooves. 'Changes' gets the ball rolling, rendering Black Sabbath's classic heartbreak ballad in a tortured, southern soul style - it's almost like Otis's revenge for the Black Crowes! The other choices of cover on the EP are perhaps less surprising - Timmy Thomas's 'Why Can't We Live Together', Run DMC's 'Peter Piper' and The Jimmy Castor Bunch's 'It's Just Begun' - but in all cases Hansi puts his own distinctive spin on the original, making for an EP with more than its fair share of attention-grabbers.
VK 020
26 Feb 21
Funk
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Backstabber - (4:56) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Backstabber (Kontakt remix) - (8:46) 175 BPM
Review: Hoax has been doing absolute bits for quite a while now and this forthcoming two-tracker for Audio Addict is a reminder that his ability to craft moody beats is right out of the top draw. 'Backstabber' exemplifies this best and moody doesn't begin to cover the grasping force of this track, a lows-heavy and ego-light rendition of pure dancefloor energy, with old-school brass textures providing the backdrop for a remorseless escape into clubland. Tickets ready please and leave your baggage on the door. The flipside is a remix from Kontakt, and he flips the bassline completely into a different beast, a remorseless set of stabs which hit with abandon. Insane.
ADDICT 087
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Take Me Away - (5:13) 175 BPM
Review: Bladerunner presents some high fidelity drum 'n' bass in the tradition of Goldie's Metalheadz sound on his new offering "Take Me Away" where angelic female vocals contrast the most fierce and rolling amens and the gnarliest bassline you'll hear this year. Courtesy of his imprint Hi Resolution, where 2020 was a banner year for the UK artist, with anthems such as "Bassline Terror", "Don't Break It" and "The Fall" (with Nectax) cemented his status within the d 'n' b scene.
HR 12
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Drum Trip (Detboi's Trip remix) - (8:01) 174 BPM
   
Drum Trip (Wheeler Rebuild) - (3:32) 130 BPM
   
Drum Trip (Madcap remix) - (5:24) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drum Trip (Detboi's Low Ends & Amens remix) - (6:03) 191 BPM
   
Jupiter (2021 Rebuild) - (6:16) 159 BPM
Review: Metalheadz's march towards twenty five years continues, as does their revisitation and exploration of back catalogue classics, with a twist. Episode number three takes the furious sounds of Kaotic Chemistry's 'Drum Trip' and 'Jupiter' and reworks them, with production courtesy of Detboi, Madcap, Wheeler and Kaotic Chemistry themselves. Madcap's take on 'Drum Trip' is clean and precise, with a rolling drum break that builds through a gorgeous reece line for an instantly classic sound, one that's tied with the Metalheadz aesthetic both past and present. Detboi makes two contributions, and it's his Low Ends and Amens take on 'Drum Trip' that impresses most, with the rhythmic diversity he's become known for on full display, and Detboi sprints through downtempo breaks, stuttering claps and rusty percussive textures in his quest to create something with moodiness at its core. Finally, Kaotic Chemistry themselves turn 'Jupiter' into a fractious version of its former self, one which perfectly straddles the divide between jungle experimentalism and modern toughness. Seminal.
MDZ 25003
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Sleepwalker (feat Charlotte Haining) - (5:49) 174 BPM
   
Girl On A Bike - (4:12) 58 BPM
   
One Day At A Time (feat Lalin St. Juste) - (3:53) 174 BPM
   
Can't Stop, Won't Stop - (5:48) 172 BPM
   
Instincts (feat Lea Lea) - (3:50) 173 BPM
   
Jonas - (4:44) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shelter (feat DJ Rae) - (5:03) 174 BPM
   
Helarctos - (5:04) 174 BPM
   
Souled Out - (4:18) 172 BPM
   
Warm Glow (feat Ed Scissor) - (4:14) 172 BPM
   
Shift Break - (4:13) 174 BPM
   
Sweeter - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
No Quick Fixes (feat Pete Simpson) - (4:11) 174 BPM
   
The Moment (feat Lea Lea) - (4:37) 174 BPM
Review: One of Hospital Records' most renowned liquid craftsman is back. Nu:Tone has been a foundational artist on the label, releasing his first album in 2005 and following it up with four more seminal LPs. Little Spaces is arriving after a long break of 7 years, and we're ecstatic to see him return in such good form. It's an album that stays true to the Nu:Tone and Hospital traditions of bubbly, feel-good music and this entire piece of work ripples with the sort of good vibes that we all need right now. 'Souled Out' is a perfect example, a nonchalant track grounded with a simple four-note melody that slowly progresses amidst luscious guitar flicks and deft rhodes riffs. 'Girl On A Bike' is more stepping funk, and the album weaves through vocal features from DJ Rae, Ed Scissor, Lalin St. Juste and Lea Lea. An absolutely gorgeous piece of work.
NHS 414DD
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Dungeon Kru & Visuals - "Pushing" (Dunk remix) - (4:45) 175 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & B-Plexx - "Blow Up" - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & EzTee - "Navy Seal" (feat ELE) - (4:24) 174 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & Liondub - "Fearless" (feat Bandit MC) - (4:29) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dungeon Kru & Falco - "On Fire" - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & Maurizzle - "Ganja Riddim" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & Yatuza - "Flip The Swtich" - (3:55) 175 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & SUV - "Number 1" - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Dungeon Kru & T-Kay - "Big Bloodklat Tune" - (3:44) 175 BPM
Review: As ever with the Dungeon Kru, we are happy to see them back at it again, returning to Liondub International for a top quality display of collaborative energy across nine outstanding originals. The team invite the likes of T-Kay, Bandit MC, Yatuza, B-Plexx and more onboard to deliver a wide range of drum & bass and jungle creations, all doused in that classic dungeon energy. There's a lot to take in with this selection, from the super gnarly bassline growls of 'Navy Seal' alongside EzTee and ELE to the super choppy, unpredictable bass slices of 'Number 1' with SUV. It's definitely a project we would recommend exploring on long play, with our highlights including bouncing drum designs and clever dubwise sampling of 'Ganja Riddim' alongside Maurizzle, next to the screaming bass crunches of 'On Fire', which features additional work from Falco.
LNDB 056
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Human - (4:34) 175 BPM
   
Seduction - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Carousel (feat Fanatics) - (4:01) 175 BPM
   
Got You (feat Master Error) - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: The Next Gen Audio team are definitely an imprint with a knack for sniffing out powerful new releases, which is exactly what they have found here with this spicy new selection from Amplify. Kicking off with 'Human', we can tell we are in for a high energy ride as sizzling synth pulses lead the way atop clean breaks, before 'Seduction' sends us a little more leftfield with some unusual bass processing that just seems to work. Next, Fanatics join the party for 'Carousel', a super gnarly exploration of high ended bass stabs and choppy drum manoeuvres before 'Got You', alongside Master Error gives us a classic jump up outro, again pushing some super colourful bass designs for forward for a hell of a splash.
NXTGN 003
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Gunthumb - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Pimp Shit - (4:26) 180 BPM
   
CTRL FREAK - (3:45) 175 BPM
   
Upside - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Time's Up (feat AnnaDisclaim) - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Drowzy - (4:26) 175 BPM
Review: present at raves up and down the UK as well as across the channel. This is his latest release on the inimitable Pick N Mix, and it shows off his credentials properly, as he's roped in all the tightest sounds you can think of for big six-tracker. We especially love 'Upside', which is just pure attitude encapsulated in a 170 beat and some basses. 'Pimp Shit' smashes it in a pummelling number that honestly doesn't seem like it gives any fucks, and that theme is brought to life even more fully in the diving sub tones of 'Drowzy'. Banging stuff.
PNM 020
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Less Is More (2003) - (6:27) 174 BPM
   
Break & Mark System - "Super Blue (2004)" - (5:14) 172 BPM
   
Sneaky (2004) (feat Kyo) - (5:36) 174 BPM
   
Come Closer (2005) - (4:57) 174 BPM
   
Legna (2005) - (6:00) 174 BPM
   
Break & Nico - "All In (2006)" - (6:08) 170 BPM
   
Take Me There (2006) - (4:52) 174 BPM
   
Sabotage (2006) - (5:56) 174 BPM
   
Bongo Fire (2007) - (6:17) 174 BPM
   
High Punch (2009) - (6:59) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Get Hot (2010) - (5:16) 174 BPM
   
Himself (2012) - (6:29) 170 BPM
Review: There are few things as exciting as a new Break LP dropping into the inbox. That tangible feeling of excitement is made all the more intense by the knowledge that any new music from the Bristol-based master is 99.9% certain to be incredible. Dusty Demos is no different, and it says a lot about Break that even his discarded music from years gone by is still right up there with the best of it. The tracks in this album span 2003 to 2012, and one of the earliest is 'Super Blue' feat. Mark System, who gets involved in a luxurious, lounging piece of music that's at its best in its crisp percussive highs and swelling, summertime pads. 'All In' from 2006 is foreboding as hell and packed with movement, whilst 2007's 'Take Me There' is possibly the dirtiest tune on the whole EP, with a torn bassline that moves in furious gestures. It's classic Break that spans the whole stylistic and temporal spectrum - unmissable.
SYMMLP 009
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Big Money - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Revenge - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Night & Day - (5:07) 175 BPM
   
Technique - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: The name of this release - Big Money - is reflected in the colourful and playful artwork. It's the first ever EP from a brand new label, Tin Pan Sound, and we're hoping that this is the beginning of a flourishing new imprint. You can tell from the off both that this might be the case, and that this is a release which doesn't take itself too seriously; part of that nonchalant approach to music that stresses having a good time over chin-stroking analysis and perfect mixdowns. The title track is a rattling jump up stepper with a powerful undergirding of low-frequency pulses and tones, there's a slick little vocal over the top and it all comes together very nicely. The others are equally tough and straight shooting - big ups.
TPS 001
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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The Divide - (4:12) 175 BPM
   
Don't Be Absurd - (4:07) 174 BPM
   
Feel The Same (feat T Zone) - (4:05) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Taken - (4:12) 174 BPM
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.
SLR 087
26 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Serious Time - (3:03) 175 BPM
Review: Benny Page and MC Spyda have the first single out on Spyda's brand new label and with this single they take you on a rough and ready journey through rolling D&B, one that's characterised by its reliance on the best elements of the older school of 170 sonics: big drum hits, reggae-infused MC work and a complete lack of pretentiousness or over-engineering. 'Serious Time' is exactly that and we love the spoken vibe that rolls out over the whole tune, a proper piece of mic duty from one off the stalwarts of the scene.
BTA 001
24 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Barren - (6:02) 140 BPM
   
Change With Me - (6:19) 70 BPM
   
Calibre & Cimone - "Time To Breathe" - (5:50) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Has To Happen - (6:25) 140 BPM
   
Feeling Normal - (5:03) 141 BPM
   
Calibre & DRS - "Badman" - (5:44) 138 BPM
   
Good Times - (7:19) 140 BPM
   
Calibre & DRS - "Say Enough" - (6:01) 139 BPM
   
Miami - (5:12) 138 BPM
   
Predictable - (6:36) 138 BPM
   
Man Got Sandwich - (5:41) 136 BPM
   
Wrong - (6:04) 139 BPM
   
Regular Bull - (5:16) 127 BPM
Review: When we are discussing the modern greats of electronic music production, there's no way we can have that conversation without Calibre's name coming into the mix and blend. This brand new album via the team at Signature takes the title 'Feeling Normal' and is a straight up masterclass, from the stunning breakbeat-driven soundscapes of 'Barren' and 'Man Got Sandwich' to the colourful post-garage designs of 'Feeling Normal' and 'Time To Breathe' alongside Cimone. It has a touch of everything and the quality levels just don't seem to dip, regardless of whatever genre or style we are hearing. There are also some serious highlights, with 'Badman' alongside DRS being a somber, post-dubstep homage, 'Has To Happen' being a sumptuous, emotive roller and 'Predictable' being a futuristic steppers delight. Incredible work as expected!
SIGLP 016
26 Feb 21
Bass
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Crossbow - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Earthquake (feat P.A.B MC) - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Feline (explicit) - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Badman - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Analysis - (4:26) 175 BPM
Review: RISE is on Liondub International and is giving all of us a lesson in how to produce tough, stripped back sonics which carry more attitude than a charging bull. 'Crossbow' is the best example of this, as a no-nonsense drum line penetrates a precisely placed array of gully bass pulls and hair-rising low-frequency pushes. 'Feline' is more classic jump-up, as a potent blast of stabs combine into the type of hands-in-the-air dancefloor action we've come to expect from the genre. Proper stuff.
UPROAR 02
22 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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London - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Dada - (4:29) 175 BPM
   
Change - (4:32) 175 BPM
   
Wrong - (4:26) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Young Guns was originally set up in 2012 by Biological Beats head honcho MC Fatman D as a brand new event concept, showcasing fresh talent at live events across the country. Since 2015, they have evolved into Young Guns Recordings and here they present their latest courtesy of Hyn aka Chris Haynes, an emerging artist from Bristol with his twisted sound that has been heard previously on Brawlin Beats, OnlyJungle and Helix. The London EP features the wobbly grime bassline of the title track, the minimal roller "Dada" reminiscent of classic DJ Krust and the darkside tehctsep thriller "Change".
YGUNS 0054
22 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Party - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Threshold - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Ganjaman - (5:44) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cuttle Fish - (5:31) 174 BPM
   
B.I.G - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
Our Life - (4:26) 174 BPM
Played by: Juno Download
Review: For an artist with a name as old school as Pharoah, this man sure has some futuristic sounds. Following his previous epic dispatch on Liondub International ('Mirage'), once again he hits with more cosmic feels. Funky, forward-facing and full of surprises, there's a young Bensley or Whiney deep in the mix when you hear the glitches and shiny soul of cuts like 'Party' or 'Threshold' while darker sounds like 'Ganjaman' or 'B.I.G' show plenty of promise on his gullier aspects. First dynasty levels of talent here. Keep your eyes on this king.
LNDB 055
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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The Chopper (Bou remix) - (5:12) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Chopper (Traumatize VIP) - (4:46) 174 BPM
Review: Ladies and gentlemen can we have your attention please? We are now ready for take-off so please fasten your seatbelts! At long last, the Dark Soldier unleashes two of the most in-demand remixes of one of his most seminal tracks 'Chopper'. Famed for its massive Shy FX remix back in the day, once again the tradition is maintained as Bou and Traumatize bring the seminal vibe into the 2020s. Both now pretty legendary on dub, Bou brings the bubbles and Zinc-like swing while Traumatize brings the twisted chunky swagger. Essential.
DREADUK 44
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Akimbo - (4:27) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lace Up - (4:59) 171 BPM
   
Siren (feat Kumo) - (4:33) 172 BPM
   
Mofes/JAK (UK) - "Snow" - (4:23) 175 BPM
Review: EPs don't get more diverse and dancefloor ready than this one from Jak, who has roped in Mofes and Kumo to help him craft his devilishly made club-friendly sounds. Rather than a copy-paste exercise, Nuusic and Jak are living up to their reputations by bringing four unique, differentiated cuts to the table. 'Siren' feat Kumo is the pick of the bunch, as a rolling Break-esque drum line cuts through a sparsely arranged but effectively spacious array of Sofa Sound-type bass nodes. Proper sick, and there's clicky tech funk on 'Snow', jump-up force on 'Lace Up' and sub-heavy, sine-wobbling goodness on 'Akimbo'. Big.
NUU 024
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Trouble (feat Singing Fats) - (5:10) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Scatter - (4:13) 173 BPM
   
Empty Soul - (5:59) 175 BPM
   
Trouble (dub mix) - (5:10) 175 BPM
Review: Madcap and the late Andy Skopes' Trouble EP on Dispatch exemplifies why this label is so legendary, and why Andy's premature passing was such a tragic loss for our scene. His music is living on, however, and him and Madcap have rolled out a true piece of dancefloor precision on this one. The title track is pure magic, a ducking and diving number that drops to effortless depths in its quest for low frequency excellence, a vision aided along by MC Fats' typically deft vocal work. There are superb breaks on 'Scatter', and fractiously deep jungle tones on 'Empty Soul' that's paired with a hauntingly melancholic vocal sample. Unmissable.
DIS 163
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Rampa - "2000" - (6:16) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Emanuel Satie - "Departure" - (5:50) 124 BPM
   
Solomun - "We'll Never Have Today Again" - (7:40) 123 BPM
   
Gregor Tresher - "Nostalgia (Is The Enemy)" - (7:15) 130 BPM
   
Joseph Ashworth - "Eavesdrop" - (7:12) 125 BPM
   
Pig&dan - "Trauma" - (7:31) 128 BPM
   
Josh Wink - "Nuclei" - (8:25) 129 BPM
   
Ricardo Tobar - "El Eterna" - (12:01) 124 BPM
   
Tiga & Roman Flugel - "Look To The Sky" - (5:32) 128 BPM
   
Planetary Assault Systems - "Raww" - (6:13) 133 BPM
   
Jacek Sienkiewicz - "Digitavi" - (9:01) 137 BPM
   
Andr? Galluzzi & Daniel Stefanik - "The Regulator" - (7:32) 126 BPM
   
Extrawelt - "Murder Ballet" - (6:50) 131 BPM
   
Petar Dundov - "Overtone" - (8:29) 123 BPM
   
Sebastian Mullaert - "Kikaqu" - (14:28) 127 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that Cocoon is celebrating its 20th anniversary, but what's not difficult to grasp is that Sven Vath's imprint is marking the occasion in style. Rampa and Emanuel Satie kick-start this compilation with emotive, tranced out tracks - in particular Rampa's "2000" is particularly poignant - while Cocoon mainstays like Gregor Tresher and Ricardo Tobar up the pace with the musical but clubby techno of "Nostalgia (Is The Enemy)" and "El Eterna" respectively. As always, Cocoon strikes a flawless balance between showcasing local producers and international names; 20 Years is no exception and features frazzled acid from Josh Wink as well as steely percussive bangers courtesy of Planetary Assault Systems and Jacek Sienkiewicz.
CORLP 049DIGITAL
19 Feb 21
Techno
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Suspended - (3:50) 175 BPM
   
You & Me - (3:49) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bad Boys - (3:12) 175 BPM
   
Hurricane - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: Bristol beefcake Formula makes one of his biggest moves so far with this killer debut on Invicta Audio. All four cuts hitting with realness and showing a different side to the young producer, highlights include the deep-space wriggles and sultry house vocal snippets on 'You & Me' and the all-out party flavours of 'Bad Boys'. Switching from a classic twangy riff even your mum knows to a groany, gutter-chomping drop is a dramatic and funky move. We need more music like this.
IA 009
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Coercion - (5:25) 58 BPM
   
Weird Nightmares - (6:37) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Folding Water (feat Artilect) - (6:52) 172 BPM
   
Haxan Magic - (6:02) 172 BPM
Review: If you like your drum & bass packed with eerie soundscapes and created more with the intention of imparting an experience than packing out a dancefloor, this is the EP for you. It's classic moody Headz, and Quartz channels the hazy smoke-filled vibe of Blue Note and pumps it through an apocalyptic filter, transposing classical breaks onto futuristic landscapes. 'Folding Water' is perhaps the EP's darkest outing, as hypnotic kicks ground a steampunk aesthetic of churning metal and furious percussive energy, one with abstraction at its core but traditional breaks music in its heart. Superb release.
META 081
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Cinnamon Roses (feat HMD & Redeyes) - (3:50) 170 BPM
   
Us (feat Vangeliez) - (4:56) 174 BPM
   
Running Back (feat Need For Mirrors) - (5:56) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Roonies (feat Mindstate) - (4:35) 172 BPM
   
Like Uh (feat Vangeliez) - (4:32) 174 BPM
   
Our Time (feat Dogger) - (3:57) 172 BPM
   
Save Me Now (feat Vangeliez & Maverick Sabre) - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Never Made It (feat Mindstate) - (4:29) 174 BPM
   
I Wish (feat FD) - (4:35) 172 BPM
   
Light In My Memories (feat Think Tonk) - (4:32) 58 BPM
Review: DRS is back on his own Space Cadet imprint with a six-track collection of absolute beauties. Its DRS at his liquid-lounging best and he's recruited an all-star collection of artists to help him out, including Mindstate, Maverick Sabre, Vangeliez, Redeyes - the list goes on. We're especially taken by HMD and Redeyes' 'Cinnamon Roses', which takes a sultry, new-school hip-hop vocal line and stretches it out into a bouncing, funky and trendy liquid cut. There are floaty piano riffs on 'Us', darker touches on 'Running Back', and soaring soul on 'Save Me Now'. That's just the beginning of the Light Language, and with this album DRS is showing us all once more that he's the most diverse, wide-ranging MC in drum & bass. Legendary.
SPACECADET 005
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Hollie-May/Various
   
DJ Hybrid - "Badboy" (Bish remix) - (3:43) 175 BPM
   
Martial Taktics - "Bang Bang" - (4:07) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Conrad Subs - "When Its Time" - (5:11) 174 BPM
   
Toby Ross - "Jungle Ting" - (5:07) 175 BPM
   
Epicentre & Diligent Fingers - "Run Up" (Crossy remix) - (4:47) 175 BPM
   
Substrate - "Jakar" - (5:05) 176 BPM
   
Janaway - "Know Dem" - (4:27) 176 BPM
   
Charlie B - "Atmo Jung" - (4:05) 174 BPM
   
Next Chapter - "Stab In The Dark" - (4:32) 174 BPM
   
Toby Ross - "Chit Chat" - (5:07) 58 BPM
   
Oram - "Cronus" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Outsider - "24/7 Junglist" - (6:15) 174 BPM
   
K Jah - "Quest" - (5:10) 175 BPM
   
Skerce - "Murder Sound" - (4:49) 175 BPM
   
Veak - "Badass Blunt" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Substrate - "Put It Down" - (5:11) 176 BPM
   
Sempra - "Celestial" - (5:11) 164 BPM
   
Slaine - "Engine" - (4:50) 58 BPM
   
Juic-e - "2999" - (8:04) 160 BPM
   
Zar - "Fade Away Dub" - (4:47) 170 BPM
   
Breaksmiths - "Ruffa" - (6:39) 174 BPM
   
Skerce - "Jah Jah" - (4:10) 58 BPM
   
Conrad Subs - "Heavyweight Slice" (VIP mix) - (5:14) 174 BPM
   
Redline & Jumanji - "Wheel Up" (Veak remix) - (4:08) 175 BPM
   
Opius - "Belly Of The Beast" - (5:00) 176 BPM
   
Shayper - "Embers" - (4:28) 172 BPM
   
Sikka - "One Man Crusade" - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Nexen & Prospa - "Primitive" - (4:53) 174 BPM
   
Simatics - "Ripper" - (4:59) 174 BPM
   
Sum - "Running Out Of Time Dub" - (4:45) 58 BPM
   
Shorty - "The Champ" - (4:28) 58 BPM
   
Twiz - "5x" - (4:27) 58 BPM
   
Martyn Nytram - "Bass Instinct" - (5:26) 57 BPM
   
Veak - "Dub Fi Dub" - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Hollie-May - "Deep In The Jungle Anthems 7 Part 2" (continuous DJ mix) - (47:19) 176 BPM
Review: The second chapter in Deep in the Jungle Anthems 7 is upon us, and there is yet another cacophonous blend of fractious jungle riddims inside. Drawn from artists across the scene both old and new, this LP is the second leg of a journey that's pull you deep through the spiky, rough edges of a the jungle. The crashing force of K Jah's 'Quest' is a good example, as repetitive breaks needle their way into your soul amidst a wobbling sub and jazzy samples. Bish is on remix duties for label boss DJ Hybrid and his tune 'Badboy', which samples possibly one of dance music's most iconic film lines and does so amidst a relentless, rolling instrumental. Sick - there are over 30 tracks inside so get involved.
DEEPIN 083P2
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Harley D & Serks - "Evacuation" - (5:27) 57 BPM
   
Scream - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Buss Up - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
OK - (4:16) 180 BPM
   
Got To Know - (5:15) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Harley D is back, using his force to compel you to pull ugly bassfaces and throw your drink with an EP that doesn't hold back. It's not the kindest on the ears but then again its not supposed to be, it's a monograph in hard-hitting sonics and dastardly tones. 'Evacuation' is undergirded by a booming snare drum and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous bassline, a pitched-up monstrosity of dancefloor proportions. The others feature more big synths, but with emphasis instead on forward movement and a roughshod approach to crafting textures with a focus on sonic destruction - top release.
DTR 087
19 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Cha-Ha - (6:43) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Another Dream - (5:03) 110 BPM
   
Another Dream (Das Komplex remix) - (8:30) 113 BPM
   
Cha-Ha (radio edit) - (4:13) 121 BPM
Review: You've all seen the meme where Batman's punching Robin. Now just imagine Robin's saying "You need lots of elements for a killer dancefloor tra-" and Batman's cutting him off with "No, you just need a rolling funk loop, some sax parps and a few James Brown-style vocal shouts", and you know pretty much all you need to know about 'Cha Ha' - file under "absolute bloody dancefloor devastation ahoy!", whether you opt for the 4:13 Radio Edit or 6:43 Original. The accompanying 'Another Dream' is a pleasant-enough meandering, midtempo instrumental that comes with a spacier, more stripped-back Das Kompex Remix, but it's the title track that's the must-have.
LUV 032
19 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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In A Lonely Place - (7:36) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In A Lonely Place (David Holmes rework) - (5:20) 110 BPM
   
In A Lonely Place (Keith Tenniswood remix) - (13:26) 105 BPM
   
In A Lonely Place (Hardway Bros Axis dub) - (7:49) 100 BPM
Review: Released in memory of Andrew Weatheral, IWDG presents a collaboration between his brother Ian Weatheral and Duncan Gray that turns in a cover version of New Order's "In A Lonely Place". Turning in a deep and sidewinding track of pumping toms, treated guitars and electronic drums to the slightest touches of dub, it's given a remix three-way remix hook. Pushing harder at a post punk sentiment, the Hardway Bros Axis dub focus on the original's guitars and bassline, with David Holmes turning in something cooler and kissed by breathy vocals and that classic post-punk inspired touch. Keith Tenniswood adds a percussive rhythm track to his version in addition to setting off a buzz of electronic percolations and cosmic effects. A place for good company.
RGC 028DL
17 Feb 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Various
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Dedman & Koax - "Flatline" - (4:40) 174 BPM
   
Azrah & Kidsonic - "Substrate" - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dreamskape - "Nightshift Kru" - (4:50) 172 BPM
   
Ivy Wubs - "Dark Spice" - (4:46) 174 BPM
   
Stelphy - "Two Minds" - (3:02) 172 BPM
   
Sudley - "Wasted" - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Thread - "Compulsive" - (5:42) 174 BPM
Review: This VA EP from Subconscious Audio is a wicked showcase of what creative producers can do with the minimal template, as 1 moves between sub-genre influences as diverse as liquid to jump up. 'Dark Spice' is pure gas, as a loping, heavyweight bassline touches down again and again, a relentless monotony that grinds you down with its sheer size and heft. Female vocal samples are ever present on this release and they juxtapose with the black sparseness of their surroundings, something especially apparent on 'Nightshift Kru', which packs a fat set of drums, a sub-heavy low end and shining vocals in the tops. Unreal release and an unmissable album from Subconscious crew. Bigups.
SA 01
15 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Awayo - (6:37) 119 BPM
   
Disco Down - (6:25) 121 BPM
   
Swing That Thing - (6:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dream Walking - (7:02) 109 BPM
   
Disco Down (Get Down Edits remix) - (7:17) 119 BPM
Review: Five very solid contemporary funk/disco jams make up this EP from Andy Buchan a native of Leeds. The vaguely Afro-tinged 'Awayo' itself marries fluttering funk guitars to synth strings, female wails and some hefty bottom-end squelch, while 'Disco Down' ain't nothin' but 6m40s of rolling groove. The lively, jazzy 'Swing That Thing' takes us into housier, more uptempo territory; then we drop back down into 'Dream Walking' (think the Bee Gees with added funk sleaze) before 'Disco Down' gets reworked for house floors, with a vocal chant added, on the Get Down Edits Remix.
HOTDIGIT 081
15 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wankelmut - "Lost In A Moment" (extended mix) - (5:27) 124 BPM
   
TCTS, Boston Bun & Andrea Martin - "Without You" (extended mix) - (5:10) 124 BPM
   
Technasia, Green Velvet & Siege - "Suga" (Siege extended mix) - (6:11) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leftwing & Kody - "If You Wanna" (extended mix) - (5:26) 125 BPM
   
Mark Knight & Rene Amesz - "All 4 Love" (feat Tasty Lopez - Danny Howard extended mix) - (6:38) 126 BPM
   
Qubiko & Angelo Ceci - "The Mazzo" (extended mix) - (5:42) 126 BPM
   
Martin Ikin & Chenai - "You" (extended mix) - (5:52) 124 BPM
   
Alex Preston - "You Do It Right" (extended mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
   
Hannah Wants - "Bad Love" (extended mix) - (6:09) 126 BPM
   
Tube & Berger & Like Mike - "Pineapple Tacos" (extended mix) - (4:56) 127 BPM
   
Illyus & Barrientos - "Disco Hearts" (feat Laura Davie - extended mix) - (6:02) 127 BPM
   
Eskuche & Mikey V - "Pushing Me Away" (extended mix) - (6:34) 128 BPM
   
Danny Howard - "In Need Of Acid" (feat Mr. V - extended mix) - (7:18) 128 BPM
   
Dombresky & Boston Bun - "Stronger" (Mat.Joe's extended PRIMA mix) - (5:54) 126 BPM
   
Beatchuggers & Brokenears - "Soulshaker" (feat Rahmlee - Brokenears extended mix) - (5:41) 125 BPM
   
Max Styler - "Something Beautiful" (extended mix) - (6:05) 126 BPM
   
Siege - "Work This" (feat Sweet Pussy Pauline - extended mix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
   
Blvckr - "Missing Title" (extended mix) - (5:10) 126 BPM
   
Friend Within & D.Ramirez - "Let It Move Ya" (extended mix) - (5:32) 124 BPM
   
Fran Ares - "Carnan" (extended mix) - (6:40) 126 BPM
   
Wankelmut & Anna Leyne - "Free At Last" (Mousse T. extended mix) - (5:49) 125 BPM
   
TCTS & Todd Terry - "Get Freaky" (extended mix) - (4:53) 125 BPM
   
Funkagenda & DJ Eako - "Africa" (extended mix) - (4:57) 125 BPM
   
Alaia & Gallo & Michelle Weeks - "I'm Going Up" (extended mix) - (6:29) 125 BPM
   
Mark Knight & Tuff London - "Don't Give Up" (feat Cagney & Lacey - extended mix) - (6:20) 122 BPM
   
DJ PP - "Sol Antyl" (extended mix) - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
Amine Edge, DANCE & Clyde P - "Hilton" (extended mix) - (6:45) 126 BPM
   
Danny Rhys, Matt Weeks (UK) & Mr. V - "Damn Good" (extended mix) - (6:12) 124 BPM
   
Morixo & CHANEY - "Good For Me" (extended mix) - (4:18) 128 BPM
   
Jimmi Harvey - "Only Your Love" (extended mix) - (5:23) 125 BPM
   
Siege - "This Moment" (extended mix) - (6:13) 125 BPM
   
Lewis John - "Lighter" (extended mix) - (5:54) 124 BPM
   
Franky Rizardo - "Gritty Fuze" (extended mix) - (7:08) 126 BPM
   
Piem - "Work" (feat Yemi Bolatiwa - Lauren Lo Sung extended mix) - (6:04) 128 BPM
   
Tone Troy, Artwerk & ShiShi - "Yesterday" (extended mix) - (6:28) 125 BPM
   
Andrea Oliva & Danny Howard - "Dancing, No Sleep" (Danny Howard's Deeper extended mix) - (6:56) 128 BPM
   
Luke Lamor - "I'll Tell Ya" (extended mix) - (6:22) 126 BPM
   
Martin Badder - "Surrender" (extended mix) - (3:46) 125 BPM
   
Amii Watson - "Higher" (extended mix) - (5:52) 125 BPM
   
ATFC & Gene Farris - "R U" (extended mix) - (5:47) 126 BPM
   
Crazy Fluke & Iglesias - "Obey" (Iglesias extended mix) - (7:12) 126 BPM
   
Mat.Joe - "Off Ma Mind" (BluePrint extended mix) - (6:28) 125 BPM
   
Sebb Junior & Oggie - "Feels Good" (Jack Truant extended mix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
Kaz James & Nick Morgan - "Dazed" (extended mix) - (7:30) 122 BPM
   
Ryan Blyth - "Right Back Here" (feat Katt Rose - extended mix) - (4:12) 125 BPM
   
Demuir - "Don't Drink The KoolAid" (extended mix) - (5:29) 126 BPM
   
Ricci G & Josh Goodwill - "Ride With Me" (feat Emily Williams) - (2:48) 126 BPM
   
Rene Amesz - "Vispas" (extended mix) - (6:47) 125 BPM
   
Capa (Official) & Diana Miro - "The Lights" (extended mix) - (5:53) 124 BPM
   
Sllash & Doppe - "Back To The House" (extended mix) - (6:03) 124 BPM
   
SOHMI & Chris Simon - "Sparks" (extended mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
Paige & Nihil Young - "Losing Control" (extended mix) - (4:58) 124 BPM
   
James Hurr & Glovibes - "Champion Lover" (feat Frankco Harris - extended mix) - (5:58) 124 BPM
   
Anthony Attalla - "Feel It" (extended mix) - (5:59) 126 BPM
   
GAWP & DJ Rae - "Something Real" (extended mix) - (5:46) 124 BPM
   
Ki Creighton - "Energy" (extended mix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
   
GRAZZE, Dan Soleil & Deeparture - "Unfolding" (extended mix) - (6:53) 123 BPM
   
Tru Concept - "Rhythm Of The Night" (extended mix) - (3:56) 123 BPM
   
Frederick, Kusse & Fibi - "Gimme That Funk" (feat Eric Redd - extended mix) - (6:44) 124 BPM
   
Armitage - "Do It To Me" (extended mix) - (5:55) 122 BPM
   
Kinnerman - "Like Us" (extended mix) - (7:07) 126 BPM
   
Jacq (UK) & Phonix - "I Feel Good" (feat SJ Johnson - extended mix) - (6:12) 125 BPM
   
Lorenzo De Blanck - "Higher" (extended mix) - (6:50) 126 BPM
   
Pagano - "Take That Feeling" (extended mix) - (7:04) 124 BPM
   
Papa Marlin & Bondar - "Sexy MF" (extended mix) - (5:39) 126 BPM
   
Kaniun - "Egomaniac" (extended mix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
   
Rich NxT & Christian Burkhardt - "Basics" (extended mix) - (6:43) 127 BPM
   
Scott Costello - "All To You" (extended mix) - (6:13) 124 BPM
   
David Herrero & Ben A - "Native Drum" (feat C1 - extended mix) - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
Federico Fioretti (IT) - "Sakura" (extended mix) - (6:22) 122 BPM
   
Wankelmut - "Toolroom House Party Vol 5" (mixed By Wankelmut) - (1:17:26) 125 BPM
   
TCTS - "Toolroom House Party Vol 5" (mixed By TCTS) - (1:16:29) 126 BPM
   
Siege - "Toolroom House Party Vol 5" (mixed By Siege) - (1:17:47) 126 BPM
Review: Despite the setbacks brought forth by the pandemic, we're confident that Toolroom will still have a stellar year as always! With that in mind, the fifth edition in their 'House Party' series' looks to be the biggest yet, with a whopping 70 tracks to keep the party going for days on end. As a bonus, label signees such as Wankelmut, TCTS and Siege (who appear with contributions to the compilation personally) provide a continuous mix each - bringing the party to your house. Other highlights come from a wide variety of artists within the tech/house spectrum such as: legends Technasia and Green Velvet with the aforementioned Siege on the mighty "Suga" (Siege extended mix), the ascendant Luxembourger Amii Watson with the sensual mood music of "Higher" and the Fuse London affiliated Rich NxT teaming up with minimal techno vetran Christian Burkhardt on the slinky and hypnotic "Basics" - plus many more.
TOOL 101801Z
26 Feb 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Is It Possible - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Sinister - (4:34) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Furniss has taken a rather original approach to this jump-up two-tracker, with both tunes rolling out the introductions before flipping into their dancefloor iterations. 'Is It Possible' is our favourite of the two, with a eerie atmospherics and punchy drums leading you in on the build and laying the groundwork for what turns into a stabby rendition of dancefloor destruction. 'Sinister' is a even more raucous but still carries some funk nonetheless, this time that infectiousness being transposed onto an even darker context. The album art is the final nice touch to what is an incredibly slick release. Well played boys!
PROREC 013
12 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Positive Anarchy - (4:04) 174 BPM
   
Rudely Awoken - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Son Of A Ditch - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Vish Flex - (4:18) 178 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hack 'N' Slash - (4:27) 175 BPM
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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.
SL 5086
12 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Vortex - (4:42) 175 BPM
   
Troubles - (4:45) 175 BPM
   
Wah Do Dem - (4:54) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dead House - (4:45) 175 BPM
Review: For our next look at the Juicy Fruit Recordings crew we take in this vibrant new four track display from S Man, who we can safely say has delivered the goods once again. We begin with a look at the title track 'Vortex' which combines super punchy drum breaks with a devilish lead synth instrument that finds itself moving freely around the mix. This is then followed by the constantly shifting drum displays and gnarly, horn-like bass pulses, emerging from the mix like a monster from the deep, before we take in 'Wah Do Dem', a party-inspired rethink of Eek A Mouse's classic reggae singalong. We then finish off in style as the sweeping bass synth patterns and crunchy percussive arrangements of 'Dead House' give us a finale to remember!
JUICYFRUIT 023
12 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Lovable (Dextrous remake) - (5:43) 158 BPM
   
Lovable (Benny L & Shimon remix) - (4:39) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lovable (Harmony remix) - (5:39) 165 BPM
   
Lovable (DJ Dextrous VIP) - (5:49) 172 BPM
Review: Next up from the Audioporn team we see them unveil a fantastic new collection as the classic 'Lovable' from DJ Dextrous & Erin Jordan gets taken to the chopping block for a bag of exclusive remixes. We begin with Dextrous' own remake, combining spacey synthesizer pushes with pulsating breakbeat action for a throwback shakedown. From here, we then move into the high energy jungle breaks action of Benny L & Shimon's remix, who combine for a sub-heavy system-slapping roller, before Harmony then supplies us with an even more intense mash up, upping the energy levels even further. Finally, DJ Dextrous delivers his much more modernized VIP creation, utilizing those beautiful piano lines and powerful sub bass designs to build a colourful update, rounding this selection off with an emotional flutter.
APORN 0100
12 Feb 21
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Lighta - (4:34) 175 BPM
   
Rebels With A Casue (feat Brother Charity) - (5:27) 175 BPM
   
Champion Sound (feat Daddy Freddy) - (4:35) 175 BPM
   
Off My Mind (feat Yemi Bolatiwa) - (4:32) 175 BPM
   
Original Wicked Man - (4:31) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The life of Brain: get up, make a banger, sleep, repeat. An inherent vibes man, he's clearly not tied by any one subgenre and just makes straight up dnb heaters from the soul. It's been this way for a long time for the German gully merchant and Liondub International have been part of the journey since the very early days. Now comes the latest chapter; five originals with some of the finest vocalists in the widest jungle circles: Daddy Freddy ,Brother Charity and Yemi Bolatiwa. Highlights include the utter ruffness of 'Original Wicked Man' and the velvet soul of 'Off My Mind'. Lighta crew!
LNDB 054
12 Feb 21
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Klay - "Yami" - (3:57) 175 BPM
   
Metal Work - "Mega Punch" - (4:05) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Gradient continue their upward curve with the latest link-up in their 'Connected' series as two more currently unstoppable new gen artists collide for a two-track tear-up. Klay kicks off the release with the grotty, spiked-out 'Yami'. Nodding heavily at that early Konichi sound, all robotic gritty funkular business, it bites into any mix you drop it with. Metal Work's 'Mega Punch' is similarly spirited in its aggy energy but with added wobbles in the bass and twisted robo vox on the fills. It's a knock-out!
GRA 005
12 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Bushwa - (6:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bushwa (Smagghe & Cross version) - (10:39) 120 BPM
   
Mantella - (7:19) 118 BPM
   
Golden Ratio - (6:02) 117 BPM
   
Bushwa (Smagghe & Cross Beat Tool) - (7:44) 120 BPM
Review: Pre-pandemic, James Dyer was a rising star on the Bristol club scene, with a trademark sound that tended towards the cosmic, chugging and otherworldly. Here he makes his production bow as Chez de Milo on local label Futureboogie, beginning brilliantly with the throbbing, paranoid and wide-eyed 'Bushwa', where intense, undulating acid lines, bleeping melodies and seriously spooky pads bubble away atop a thrusting, bass-heavy groove. His love of bleeps and ambient techno era electronics is further explored on 'Mantella' and the more dubbed-out, sub-heavy trip that is 'Golden Ratio'. Also worth a listen is the Smagghe & Cross version of 'Bushwa', which features two long dark and driving sections of trippy dancefloor pleasure divided by a brilliantly bizarre ambient breakdown.
FBR 079
12 Feb 21
Deep House
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Affirmations (feat KinKai - original mix) - (4:50) 174 BPM
   
So Good (original mix) - (4:50) 175 BPM
   
Tug O War (feat Abnormal Sleepz - original mix) - (2:44) 150 BPM
   
Love Won't Do (original mix) - (5:22) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Phenomena (original mix) - (4:11) 174 BPM
   
Affirmations (instrumental mix) - (4:50) 174 BPM
Review: Echo Brown is the newest addition to the North Quarter roster, and following appearances on label compilations, he is now appearing with a six-track EP in that signature long-form, North Quarter style. Struggles is diverse and comes with something for everyone, from the lounging hip-hop roller that is 'Affirmations' feat. KinKai, to the stripped back funk of 'So Good' and the stepping rap verses of 'Tug O War'. 'Love Won't Do' is our favourite, an Ivy Lab-esque percy of a deep one, with gentle, featherweight drums and a superb vocal sample that hangs above the instrumental in delightful fashion. 'Phenomena' rounds things out in choppy dancefloor fashion, and there's even an instrumental of 'Affirmations' to get your teeth stuck into. More amazing stuff from the Dutch crew.
NQ 022
12 Feb 21
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The Box (feat MC Bassman) - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Gravy Bones - (4:25) 175 BPM
   
Dragon Fist (feat Ego Trippin) - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blue Zushi - (4:24) 175 BPM
Review: Dutta is back, using his force to compel you to pull ugly bassfaces and throw your drink with an EP that doesn't hold back. Its not the kindest on the ears but then again it's not supposed to be, it's a monograph in hard-hitting sonics and dastardly tones. 'The Box' feat. MC Bassman is undergirded by a booming snare drum and percussive clarity, but the action happens in the steadily melodic but still raucous bassline, a pitched-up monstrosity of dancefloor proportions. The others feature more big sounds, with emphasis instead on forward movement and gruff, no nonsense textures. Another sick EP from the Mancunian on one of the scene's the best labels.
SOUP 0036
11 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Sota - "Pumpers" - (4:31) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Supreme Being - "Bring It" - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Heist - "Midnight Resistance" - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Complex - "Dark Hill" - (3:43) 175 BPM
   
The Force - "Sick Boy" - (4:28) 177 BPM
Review: Introducing the sounds of The Usual Suspects Part 1, a radical attempt to create jump-up so splintered and broken you'll barely recognise it. This is pure party music, there's no time for sophisticated conversations about its merits because you'll be too busy dancing to it. Sota's 'Pumper's epitomizes the extent of the madness here, with a punched-out percussive line that underpins a grating force of progression and anger, perfectly crafted to give you goosebumps in the dance. The metallic quality to 'Bring It' is another highlight, and it's safe to say that with these five tunes, Sota, Supreme Being, Heist, Complex and The Force have done a wicked job. Big tunes.
LDDR 174
10 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Weight Off Your Shoulders - (4:25) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Be Strong - (4:30) 172 BPM
   
Got You Here (feat Dub General) - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Nice One Mate - (4:30) 173 BPM
   
TJA Bro (feat 2Stars) - (4:46) 175 BPM
Review: Last spotted on Murky telling us to 'Prepare For Take Off', Jaxx is now back on the label and fully out of orbit with this rocket-powered five track attack. All wriggly and highly filthed, Jaxx's sound continues to hit the funkiest spots between jump-up and minimal; there's a nice whiff of Die to the title track 'Weight Off Your Shoulders', 'Be Strong' balances a sweet vocal element with a buzzsaw bassline while Dub General features on the tense, growling behemoth that is 'Got You Here', 'Nice One Mate' is a low-swinging grumbler with cheeky jazzy flourishes before 'TJA Bro' closes the EP on a grizzly early 2000s Full Cycle style message. The Jaxx Action!
MURKEP 024
09 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Keep On Movin - (5:13) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Back To Basics - (4:52) 174 BPM
   
Back To Life - (6:06) 174 BPM
   
Yeah - (5:17) 174 BPM
   
Yeah (Rolla mix) - (5:16) 174 BPM
Review: Jappa is in this game to do serious damage to the eardrums of those who listen and this single seems like it was made with that objective in mind. The first tune, 'Keep On Movin' is clean and sparse in the drums which lends extra clarity to the bassline, an elongated expression of moodiness with a quality injection of additional bounce. 'Back To Life' strikes a similar chord but does so with more vigour, a haunting sample fills up the highs whilst a driving back end pushes the track forwards with pace and momentum. Big EP.
BLR 013
05 Feb 21
Drum And Bass
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Good Thing! - (5:35) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Up We Go! - (4:54) 125 BPM
   
HEAVY - (5:12) 126 BPM
   
My Reflection - (4:48) 120 BPM
Review: Alexander Lay-Far is undoubtedly one of the most talented house producers of his generation: an artist whose love of expansive instrumentation is matched by a keen sense of what works on the dancefloor. His first outing on Marcel Vogel's Lumberjacks in Hell imprint is typically impressive, though the artist's liberal use of hip-house style breakbeats is a surprise. This being Lay-Far, they come laden with intricate musical details on both 'Good Thing' (think saucer-eyed female vocal snippets, deep sub-bass and poignant piano motifs) and 'Up We Go' (dusty jazz piano, funky jazz-funk bass and colourful chords). Elsewhere, 'Heavy' is a rave-ready fusion of broken beat and breaks rich in old school stabs, while closing cut 'My Reflection' adds US garage swing and UKG bass to jaunty jazz-house musicality.
LIH 040
05 Feb 21
Deep House
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Kumo - "2 Shots" - (5:12) 175 BPM
   
A N F M - "Ah Like It" - (4:51) 172 BPM
   
Guzi & Dreadnaught - "All Units" - (3:47) 175 BPM
   
Too Greezey - "Analogue Visions" - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Nick The Lot - "Away" - (4:27) 176 BPM
   
Mentah - "Bad To Worse" - (4:29) 178 BPM
   
Too Greezey - "Baddest Dan" - (4:52) 175 BPM
   
Agro, Devilman, DJ Hybrid, Kuedon & Bubzie - "Blazing The Fire" (DJ Hybrid instrumental mix) - (3:01) 175 BPM
   
Pyro - "Bring Me Up" - (4:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Too Greezey - "Canoodle" - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
Agro - "Clap Up" (feat Diligent Fingers) - (4:00) 180 BPM
   
Sam Harris - "Coffee Machine" - (4:34) 175 BPM
   
Jammin - "Countdown" - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Warhead - "Cranked" - (4:32) 172 BPM
   
Yatuza & Master Error - "Distance" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Dreadnaught & Kumo - "Drugs" - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Mentah - "Fire Pit" - (4:34) 58 BPM
   
Damage Report - "Flat Peak" - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Dunk - "Funkytown" - (4:33) 172 BPM
   
RV - "Grey Matter" - (4:31) 174 BPM
   
Too Greezey - "Heros" - (4:25) 175 BPM
   
Mentah - "Into The Glass" - (4:35) 175 BPM
   
Leaf & Dunk - "Jamaican Dub" - (3:01) 175 BPM
   
DJ Hybrid - "Kung Fu Master" - (5:51) 176 BPM
   
2N - "Last Night" - (4:16) 175 BPM
   
Agro & Too Greezey - "Lose Focus" - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Leaf - "Lucky House Grin" - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Prestige - "Magnificent" - (3:39) 175 BPM
   
Kumo & Warhead - "Oh My God" - (4:45) 175 BPM
   
Too Greezey & Leaf - "Peekaboo" - (4:27) 175 BPM
   
Version - "Plissken" - (4:30) 173 BPM
   
Ghxsty - "Power Trip" - (4:25) 175 BPM
   
Motiv - "Prompt Demise" - (4:24) 174 BPM
   
Too Greezey - "Rotund" - (5:15) 175 BPM
   
Version - "Sensorz" - (4:27) 173 BPM
   
Vital - "Spiritual Vampires" - (4:21) 176 BPM
   
Guzi - "Stamp" - (3:44) 175 BPM
   
Warhead - "Start The Attack" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Too Greezey & DJ Hybrid - "Super Bad" (DJ Hybrid remix) - (4:49) 175 BPM
   
Dreadnaught - "Syndicate" - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Agro - "The Cut" - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Jammin & NV - "The Shovel" - (4:24) 175 BPM
   
Mentah - "This Life" - (5:22) 176 BPM
   
Pyro - "Tick Yes" - (4:23) 175 BPM
   
Nectax & Scudd - "Trouble Riddim" (VIP) - (5:14) 175 BPM
   
Yatuza & Alex SLK - "Under Control" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Fena - "Viral" - (5:56) 175 BPM
   
Yatuza & Dr. Kick - "Walk Away" - (4:28) 175 BPM
   
Shayper - "Work It Out" - (4:52) 174 BPM
   
Dialogue - "World Wide" - (4:24) 175 BPM
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...
SLR 085
05 Feb 21
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