Review: Bulgarian badman L 33 has become one of neuro's leading lights in recent years, having established his brute force and technical muscle on Addictive Behaviour and Program two years ago. Now chowing down on the finest brains in bass, he's ready to flex his musical martial arts on an XL LP level with Karate. Wax on: the loopy MC menace and sandpaper groove of "Grime All The Time". Wax off: the staccato stabs and militant woodblock KO of "Creatures". Wax on: the toxic drop on "Drop It Down Low". Wax off: the intense laser-mania of "Disco Funk". We could wax on and on and on all day... File under deadly chops (black belt level).
Review: Man of the moment Benny L has had an incredible rise over the last two years, guided and nurtured by Ram Trilogist and Audioporn founder Shimon, Benny's groaning, rumbling basslines have become a benchmark that sit right up there with Serum and Voltage as the best in the contemporary game. Case in point: "Low Blow", a tune that's been unavoidable at festivals throughout the summer and famously made Goldie pull the best bass faces the Mixmag live stream has ever seen. It's backed by three other crucial rollers: the iced-out Headz homage "Route Zero", the thunder-striking drum-shattering "Hold It Down" and the whirlwind sense-zapper "Home." Four absolutely crucial cuts from one of this year's most essential rising drum & bass stars.
Review: Faysha is over on The Foundation and with this four-tracker takes 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, creative sampling and a complete lack of pretentiousness or over-engineering. 'Come With It' is exactly that and we love the sample that rolls out over the drop and the funkiness of the double bassline whilst 'Drop It Down Low' finishes things off in style as well with more wicked sampling and rolling basslines, this time of nostalgic rave sounds aplenty. Lovely stuff.
Review: Inspired by the lack of pigeonholing in today's bassline scene, the much respected Low Pitched have rustled up their first album, Low Pitched Presents: Resonate, which aims to capture this aforementioned musical diversity. They haven't held back either, packing a whopping 23 new jams on this album, truly laying claim to having all bases covered. Highlights include the juddering low-end juggernaut "Patterns" by Clexx, the crisp, floating in space 2-stepper "Rowdy" and the truly next level, otherworldly rhythms of "Swedger" by Sketchman. A snapshot of a scene in full bloom.