Review: This single is the coming together of three of D&B's best. Duncan Spirit sadly passed away last year, but his spirit still lives on in the amazing music he was a part of, something helped to be kept alive by his partners in crime Digital and Total Science. This single epitomizes the stripped-back and subtle yet forceful qualities which make all their music so good. 'Salvation' in particular, its waves of wistful pads and punchy drum lines push the tune on despite no immediately grabbable hook to hold you there, a wobbling bass providing impetus enough. 'Cookie Monster' is a more aggressive creature, a more broken percussive line perhaps but a solid enough back end that wobbles its way up and down the range. Quality stuff from four masters of the game.
Digital - "Deadline" (Need For Mirrors remix) - (6:00) 174 BPM
Seba & Jr Vallo - "Wasabi" - (6:16) 175 BPM
Total Science & War - "Second Wave" - (5:41) 174 BPM
DJ Trace - "Spirits" - (5:20) 170 BPM
Digital & Spirit vs Flava & Dissect - "Primal" (Resound remix) - (4:55) 57 BPM
Drumsound & Bassline Smith - "Gods Never Die" - (4:34) 174 BPM
Klute - "Sick Of It All" - (5:39) 172 BPM
Review: The one and only Digital celebrates his label's 50th release with this incredible V/A collection featuring some of the most important names and artists in the movement. Calibre, Klute, Kiljoy, Need For Mirrors, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and many more all feature on the album, ensure the Function signature broadsword, open-armed sound remains as developed and varied as it's known for being. Highlights include Calibre & Jet Li's drum-heavy drama stepper "Least Loved", the unabashed bashment of Digital's own "Dub Conscious", Seba & Jr Vallo's epic growler "Wasabi", DJ Trace's wild breakbeat ruckus "Spirits" and Klute's insane "Sick Of It All". These are just examples of a completely killer collection with no filler whatsoever... All contrasts, shades, styles and energies, Digital doesn't not mess around!
Review: Synthesis is the fourth Digital album and it might be his most ambitious undertaking yet! The album's sixteen tracks see the UK producer working alongside a swathe of high profile contemporaries. The danger with projects such as this, is the lack of cohesion and binding theme but its clear Digital conceived Synthesis as a display of all that's good in the current scene. Exceptionally well produced and engineered, it's nigh on difficult to pick out a highlight here with the likes of Om Unit, Nomine, Villem, Spirit and the mighty Klute excelling in their bass science explorations alongside Digital. An album to really sink your teeth into.
Review: It's that time of year again! The scene's longest-standing platform Drum&BassArena step up with their annual flagship album and once again it's a fitting salute to all corners, all shades and all styles of the rich, wide scene. 60 tracks deep comprising absolute bangers and bliss-outs from the likes of Chase & Status, Noisia & Phace, K-Motionz, Rockwell, DJ Hybrid, GLXY and Seba, it's also home to exclusives from Kyrist, Brookes Brothers, Bou & Simula, Kanina, Kove and A.M.C & Turno. From jungle to jump-up, liquid to dancefloor and complete with three killer mixes for life when you're not practicing your double/triple/quadruple drops, Drum&BassArena continue to celebrate the widest possible scene.
Review: Drum&Bass Arena: The longest-standing, and one of the most respected, platforms for all things jungle D&B celebrates an impressive 20 years in the game with this ridiculously hefty document that pays respect to the genre's every twist and turn. From scene-shattering megahits ("Tarantula", "Feel The Love", "Rock It", "Afterglow") to unarguable historical underground scene-smashing megabangers ("Machete", "Aztec", "Nasty Ways", "The View", "Champion Sound", "Turbulence", "Up All Night", "Deadline", Ram Trilogy's remix of "Pacman") by way of tracks that may have slipped under the radar ("Defcom 69", "What's Wrong", "Song For Lovers") the whole album is loaded to the lips with some of the most important records the genre's enjoyed in the last 20 years. Time to get nostalgic, time to fill those holes in your collection, time to educate your dancefloor. Here's to another 20 years!
Usual Suspects - "Tribute" (A Personal Tribute To MC Kendo R.I.P) - (7:14) 170 BPM
Loxy & Ink - "Shine V.I.P" - (8:21) 170 BPM
Jonny L - "Part Of U" - (5:27) 180 BPM
Marcus Intalex & ST Files - "My Soul" - (5:11) 175 BPM
Sonic & Silver - "Innacorner" - (7:10) 170 BPM
Klute - "Unwind Yourself" - (6:40) 173 BPM
Spirit - "Solitaire" - (6:23) 173 BPM
Hidden Agenda - "Relentless" - (7:31) 174 BPM
Teebee - "White Venom" - (6:50) 170 BPM
Total Science - "Screwball" - (5:12) 58 BPM
The Invaderz - "Revealed" - (6:54) 170 BPM
Review: Reviewed by Klute: Well this brings back many memories for obvious reasons and its nice to listen and think back to this time. In the early 2000's Metalheadz moved its Sunday sessions over to the Limelight at Cambridge Circus in London and I remeber going religiously every Sunday around the time this LP was being compiled, so we all heard most of these tunes being tested out in the club. Great times. Stand outs for me are Jonny L, Marcus intalex, Spirit, Total Science, myself of course and most of all The Invaderz masterpiece Revealed. Still to this day my fav ever tune from them. Great compilation.
Review: Double decade business: Total Science celebrate their label's big two-oh with an on-point collection of ageless constructs from friends old and new. Naturally, everyone arrives to the party in their sharpest finery; Break's cheeky rave references on the juiced up "Unified", the ugly undertones and system-melting weight of Total Science, Digital & Spirit's incredible "Apply The Pressure", Calibre's cosmic ping-pong jam "The Trot", Nymfo's dreamy harmonic heaven "Game Of Love", The Invaderz swashbuckled drum session "Be Around"... Not one player has tailored a shabby garm, ensuring well-suited jams for decade to come.
Review: A time for reflection: Total Science closes down their 20th year of C.I.A case files with another precision reflection over past conquests and gully accomplishments from their collection of labels. Ranging from one of Calibre's first ever cuts (the raffish, wonderfully unkempt "Tempo Dub") and Bad Company's stupendous grime-funk twist on "Champion Sound" to Break's 2012 gritty slapper "Rare Earth" and Digital's life-changing, amen-smashing bassline slammer "No Reality", Spinback and Quiff have dug deep through the ages for some absolute gold here.