Original Sin & Jaguar Skills - "Vandals Back" (feat ELE) - (4:18) 174 BPM
So Vivid - (3:42) 174 BPM
Review: The man, the myth, the machine... Original Sin returns with some of his most agenda-setting pieces since Grow Your Wings. Now working with Viper, he's painting with some bright colours: "Expansions" has an early Sub Focus feel but with added amen bull charge and futuristic speedyway dynamics. "Red Mist" continues to curl the cutlass in all directions with its turbo hornets nest bass and cheeky funk on the fills while "Vandals" fires with the strength of a million military lasers. Finally "So Vivid" lets rip with a caustic bass texture that shreds the spectrum with an epic, metallic bassline from somewhere deep in the 23rd century. Don't leave us hanging Mr Sin.
Review: New Year doesn't officially kick off until Viper smack you silly with their yearly "Drum & Bass Annual". 2017's edition smacks even harder than usual with no less than 10 exclusives including a Culture Shock/Dimension style roll out from Misfit, Halflight's "Communication Failure" that has enough power to cause a civil war and North Base's "Woman" that has so much seductive soul power to cause a mess in your trousers. Elsewhere The Voss & NC-17 pay respect to the Book Of The Bad on "Mojave" and Blaine Stranger sends you off to cosmoses unknown on "By Your Side". And that's just a handful of the unreleased cuts amid some of the label's biggest releases in recent times.