Review: Powerhouse collabo business: Longstanding craftsman Serum joins forces with fast-rising duo T & Oberon for two understated space-travel rollers that shake and shudder with the perfect balance of shades and energy. "Take My Breath Away" is all about the star-gazing; the pads, vocals and extra-sweeping chords live up to the title while a depth plunge bassline ensures maximal weight and punch. "In Too Deep", meanwhile, nods its cap to classic house and tech foundations with a rising riff that wouldn't go amiss in a Stephan Bodzin set, neatly softened by a soulful vocal snippet. Fresh material.
Review: Finally! One of the most in-demand dubs of the year has landed. Following the universal success of "Take My Breath Away", Paul T, Edward Oberon and Serum's dream trio alchemy works again with another anthemic hurricane. Once again perfectly balancing shades with the soaring vocal and urgent bassline, this covers so many styles and joins so many dots it's no wonder every DJ who can get the dub has been hammering it. Now you can hammer it too. Join in if you know the chorus... All we ever wanted was fish.
Review: One of V's strongest partnerships, Paul T & Edward Oberon strike gold once again. "Sleepwalkers" brings out the woke in you with its precision balance of shades thanks to a lingering soul vocal and big boom tunnel drone bassline. "Stomp" explores the contrast furthermore with a stampede build and a coin-flipping high-toned rabbit punch riff. Distinctive, heavy but powered with soul, PT & EO are cooking with a fine alchemy right here.
Review: Prepare yourself for an overhaul of your favourite tunes for 2015 because "Tempt" has come along and blown the competition away. With the biggest bassline this side of the Croatian festival season, and haunting atmospheric synths that take things higher and higher, it's euphoric and downright dutty at the same time. Total pros. "I Should Have Loved You" is just as huge with a rolling vibe, adding menace to a womping bassline that then turns into a loved up, flashback to the '90s. You've got to love these guys's style for bringing something extra to a soulful dancefloor
Review: Some studio partnerships simply work: Phace & Misanthrop, Chase & Status, Edward Oberon and Paul T. With a sound that sits somewhere between those two contrasting examples, they've got soul and grit locked into every aspect of their productions. "Out Of The Dark" rolls with a cool mid-zeroes style electro-ish bassline and a warm vocal harmony while "Surrender" goes for a much darker, twisted finish with space age bass lasers and planet-bashing tones. A very well rounded release that should find fans in all of drum & bass's many corners.
Review: Paul T & Edward Oberon are a duo with a long and distinguished history on Bryan Gee's V Recordings and their sound spans all corners of the spectrum, from the very light to the obscenely heavy. This single is orientated towards the latter and the A-side - 'Look For The Light' - hits especially hard, with a stonkingly powerful percussive line that almost makes the whole tune. That honour, however, goes to the collection of bass sounds that give this tune its propulsion and sense of forwards movement. An absolutely incredible track, with an almost-as-strong B-side. V and the crew have killed it once more.
Review: V Recordings do some of the best compilations in the business and their brand new Foundation series is a natural recognition of that fact. They're not being hyperbolic with the usage of the term 'Foundation' either, because this is truly an overview of some of the scene's most foundational producers. Old-school Dillinja, Krust, Roni Size and DJ Die, amongst others, make up the roster of acts that formed an integral part of the genre back in the day. The new crew is also represented, however, in the form of L-Side, Think Tonk, Nasza Linez and loads more, all of whom bring some of that V-style heat. Wicked album - one for the heads.
Review: Time for a freshness flex: Shogun return to their new and rising talent series Point Of Origin and once again it's a big deal with 15 crucial cuts from 20 outstanding and future-shaping artists; from the already established and massively respected such as Serum, Paul T & Edward Oberon, who follow up last year's massive "Take My Breath Away" with the deep space slinker "Burning", and Paul SG with his decidedly wobbled-out drumstick snapping roller "Holy Moly" right the way through to exciting new energies in the dance like Phaction, with his ghostly-vocalled soul-out "Distant Lovers" and Neve & Crimson's beautifully blue-notated jazz drum dark-out "Solar Rain" and so many stunning cuts in between (Mitekiss, Gerra & Stone, Was A Be, Macca & Loz Contreras, the list goes on) this is Shogun at its most exciting and forward-thinking.
Review: T.R.A.C is one of V's resident dons on the mic and the NYC-based vocalist's 'Life In' album was a sensational display of his talent as well as that of the label. The remix album has been a long time coming and it's jam packed with some of V's best broader talent; Need for Mirrors, Command Strange, Danny Wheeler, Saxxon and more. Maverick Soul delivers in a big way on his remix of 'Welcome to the Stateside', a seriously funky number, as do Artificial Intelligence on 'Pursuit', which they keep true to its roots but make even more melancholy - a proper roller. L-Side nails his take on 'Roarganic Symphony', which is dripping with soul in a departure from his often cutting style. Big LP from the crew.
Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: The words Chronic and Rollers should already have your attention. Throw in Sao Paulo's L-Side on selection duties and you've got a no brainer... This really is the creme de la future creme of international jungle. The purring subs and creepy vocal echoes of Euphorics' "Public Secret", the 1.21 gigawatt electrical current bass of The Invaderz "Underground", Jaybee's loose, slinky roller "Get Nasty", the immense supergroup roller magic of Serum, Jaybee & Dave Owen's "Pure Vibes", L-Side and Roger Bari's late 90s-flavoured space-bound jungle jam "Rock It". The list goes on. As on point as ever, Chronic are constantly smoking.