Danger, Jack The Ripper & Steezy - "No Surrender" - (4:26) 175 BPM
Danger & Nkid - "Ya Don't Know" - (3:53) 175 BPM
Review: Walking Dead Recordings are back on the fast-moving train that is jump-up and once more, they've proven adept at bringing to the fore some forward-thinking sounds in that regard, courtesy this time of Danger. They're a name we know and 'No Surrender' - the title track to this release - is certainly a promising sign. Glitchy and with a satisfying sense of lagged out travel, this tune certainly bites hard but it does so in a fresh, unique manner. 'Ya Don't Know' is step-up in sophistication and nastiness, a snappy, stepping drum line pushing up into its metallic bottom line, this one is a proper creeper.
Jack The Ripper - "Direction Course" - (4:25) 175 BPM
Jack The Ripper - "In Your Eyes" - (4:02) 175 BPM
Jack The Ripper - "Changed" - (4:24) 175 BPM
Died This Way - (4:28) 172 BPM
Review: Digital Terror have proven that their more than capable of releasing tunes which don't mess about but which carry an air of respectability as well, music that's for the dancefloor but that doesn't sacrifice itself for that purpose. Jack The Ripper fits in with that trend. Directions is a release full of stripped back, industrial sounds but that still actually sounds really nice, a T>I or Original Sin esque four-tracker that's weighted in all the right places. Shout out to Master Error for the feature too on he absolutely wicked 'Died This Way'.
Review: Brawlin Beatz are one of the most prolific jump-up labels around. We regularly feature their releases and they almost always smash it out of the park, this time being no different. Access All Areas is a fiery EP, featuring Jack The Ripper, Raptcha, J-Select and more, that epitomizes the type of jump-up, but also slightly different flavours as well, that, in more ways than one, has defined D&B over the past couple of years - no-nonsense, uncompromising and proudly nonchalant about what you think. It's just pure attitude, dancefloor- based music at its best and music that simply does what it wants, there's no pretentiousness or image-orientated concerns - it's just D&B. Big, big tunes.
Review: Jack The Ripper quite often pops up on this site with some of the filthiest jump-up around, and this time he's coming at your ears with a six-tracker of outsized proportions, courtesy of one of the best breakthrough labels of recent times: Walking Dead Recordings. Every single one of these tunes is laden with a feeling of roughness and they all pack that jump-up vibe we all know and love so well. The title track, '10th Commandment', takes the cake for us just because its drums have been nailed so damn well and the sample work is superb. Well played Veak.
Review: Murderation station: Jack The Ripper steps over to the perennially on-it Cre8 with four solid slap-downs. "Feel The Beat" stretches and flexes with a nice amount of elasticity in the groove and some crafty use of a heritage rave sample while "Minimal Dance" provides a stark playground for some of the most disarming bass textures JTR has ever conjured. Deeper into the EP we hurtle for the grunting funk of "Glory" and the creepy twisted chimes and toxic bass of "What's Up". Deadly.
Jack The Ripper - "Elephant Riddim" - (3:44) 175 BPM
Review: DJ Eazy shakes, wakes and bakes the dead once again with another zombie slaying V/A release on his Walking Dead imprint. Each cut bangs in its own unique direction; Prestige goes for the Belgian bullseye with a stark laser lashing Q&A riff, Eazy gets all theatrical with a spot of orchestral stabs and operatic chants while Vital dusts his chainsaw off with wry limb-losing stepper. Need another tree to hug? You're in good company as Jack The Ripper gets all droney and groany with a vicious Serum-style bass shredder. Time to branch out.
Review: No questions asked, no hesitation: When Jack The Ripper tells you to pump it up, you just do it, okay? A swaggering heavily swung two-step leads the charge, a plunging bass texture adds the weight while a classic rave vocal hits the message home. Trust us, you'll be pumping all the way to bank. "Samples" switches our focus to Jack's trust dagger as his signature stabby bass and razor sharp drums draw blood on every 16... Before healing you with subverted euphoria on the breakdown. Two serious vibes, one powerful release... Pumping ain't easy yo!
Jack The Ripper & Danger - "Nowhere To Hide" - (3:46) 175 BPM
Two Mind - "Popcorn" - (4:28) 175 BPM
Danger - "Minimal Sound" - (4:33) 173 BPM
Review: Squeezing a third release out of 2016, Two Mind's Big Freaks Audio deliver their first V/A EP. We say V/A EP, we actually mean four massive sticks of dancefloor dynamiate with all artists bringing their sharpest, starkest and deepest sounds. Two Minds himself takes two cuts: "Bad Things" is a gutter-chomping wood saw bass riff that scuffs with mischievous aggressive funk while "Popcorn" is a bumping subby roller than you could imagine on Innerground or V. Elsewhere we find Jack The Ripper and Danger building post-Brexit bridges between the UK and Europe with a jugular-cutting riff on "Nowhere To Hide" while Danger closes business a switch-flipping stripped back jam that you could imagine Loxy or Alix Perez playing. We say "Bad Things", we actually mean very very good things.
Review: Ripping up the rules at every opportunity, JTR returns to the ever-ready Cre8 stable and he's rolling deep with his own crew of emerging names. First up comes Manchester's Solix who co-pilots a stinking rampage jam where the bass croaks and the beat pokes. Deeper into the EP we find the prolific young producer tagging in with US, Germany and NZ collective BlackMask for theatrical string-scorcher "The Monster" and Woodz helps bring a little Charge power to the party with the laser-blazing "Get Your Own Groove". Finally, we see Southend happy slapper Alphaze getting mucky with the alien stabs on "Tribe" while "Warfare" brings us to a white knuckle finale with previous collaborator L>SP. Five d8s with Cr8 m8s, this ain't no b8.
Review: Ripper by name, ripper by nature - Cornish Jack has well and truly obliterated 2016 with his sharp, angular take on jump-up. Nasty enough to keep the fakers at bay, funky enough not to alienate folk (and usually armed with a well-considered and wry sample), "The Coolest" is yet another example of dagger-drawn signature. Waspy basses nip and tuck over concrete beats while the spoken word does its thing. Looking for a little more chaos in the basses? Head for Eazy's mix. Cool.
Jack The Ripper & Danger - "The Past" - (3:42) 175 BPM
Review: Long-time cohorts and collaborators Danger and Jack The Ripper crash into each other once again, this time on Profound Beats. The Ripper man takes the lead with two solos; the rampant wasps nest bass shredder "Disko" and the brittle metallic zaps and slaps of "Random". Danger joins the fray for the final two bumpers of the package; "Go" is a woozy, drunken bass wriggler while "The Past" kicks us into the future with absolute sheet metal textures that double up and subvert in a really funky way as the track develops. Bottom's up!
Review: This release honestly doesn't mess around. It carries a serious sense of potency because D&B of this type simply isn't about sophistication, it's about making something so filthy the audience won't even understand what hit them. It's proper music, basically. Jack The Ripper and co have certainly accomplished that here, I mean just have a listen to the rippling sines, percussive naughtiness and bassline badassery that is 'Eerie', a beautifully spacious tune that still manages to make you feel like you've been attacked by a dog. This is a crazy release from start to finish and one well worth picking up.
Review: One of jump-up's most prolific and unavoidable banger merchants of 2016 continues to stab his way into 2017 with this insane four-track EP for Bass Legion. "Degrading" flips and hops to a lean metallic robotic guttural funk, "Communication" is a straight-up savage session with an unruly bassline that absolutely kills on double drops. Further on we're blindsided by one of JTR's most unpredictable drops on "Let Your Body Move" while "Message" is a 3am asylum anthem with its detuned dripping tones causing serious panic in the dance. Murderous.
Review: Bass Legion's first V/A EP since their innovative Liquid Essentials EP last year, The Underground Series will see some of the label's heaviest regulars stretching and flexing their skills across the genres. It kicks off right here with the drum & bass edition. Highlights can be found in every track but only a fool wouldn't relinquish themselves to the trippy melting tones of Vital's warped "Breaking Barriers", Kre & Basshoven's luxury frog chorus on "Bite The Bullet" and Freek's future-flexing Original Sin-style fire up "City Of Tomorrow". And that's only half of it... Bring on the second edition!
Review: Fresh from recent outings on Sub60 and Wobble Infection, JTR makes his debut on the increasingly unavoidable Digital 101 imprint. With a signature sound that's raw enough to cook bacon, if you know how Jack rips, you'll already know the level of chaos on offer here. If not, you'd be advised to jump straight on the stuttering bass abrasions of "Let It Out", the emotional synth breakdowns admit the heavyweight bass grit on "This Is My Show" and the sleazy, loose springiness of "Still Legal". Plain naughty.
Review: Murderation! Jack The Ripper is firing through the releases like his namesake shredded victims: his fourth release in just over two months, it's badman business as usual as he cooks up three happy-slapping shredders, each one peppered with the commanding charms of MC Kolapse. From the bleak broken glass riff of "Armageddon" to the higher-end middy bass and ghostly breakdown of "Search & Destroy" by way of the straight-up grit of the loaf-smoking "Kilo", it's instant dancefloor carnage from the dangerous D&B dagger-wielder.