Review: As one of two Zed Bias releases we see drop this weekend, we are thrilled to take a trip down memory lane as he brings us the first of his 'From The Vaults' series, unleashing 10 original rare UKG cuts for us all to enjoy. The project features some very recognizable riddim names, including the long awaited instrumental version of the classic 'Neighbourhood' anthem, alongside the spacey breaks of 'Ring The Alarm's instrumental cut and rave-ready energy of 'Voicemail'. Our highlight from this project has to be the moody rolls of 'Life Is What You Make It', a stunning archived collaboration with Jhay Palmer, perfect for the after party!
Review: Not only do we see Zed Bias put together a selection of Rare UKG cuts this weekend, we also see him unleash this, the 'Various Dubs & Bass Nuggets' edition of his brand new 'From The Vaults' series. Made up of 10 previously lost or unreleased creations, this is an absolute gold mine for any UKG fanatic. From the lo-fi vibes of 'Subway BB' and nostalgic rhythmic expressions of 'Spiritual (extended VIP)' to moogy bass patterns of 'Hypno', the project holds something for everyone. We would like to make a special mention to the stunning arpeggiated harmonies of 'Primeval Source' and of course the unpredictable melodic layout of 'Luther', which land as our two highlights of this legendary selection.
Dem Dem (feat Killa P/Chunky/Trigga & Slay) - (4:45) 107 BPM
Feeding Frenzy - (3:58) 110 BPM
Off It's Head - (5:15) 80 BPM
Dem Dem (feat Killa P/Chunky/Trigga & Slay - PART2STYLE remix) - (3:51) 80 BPM
Review: Here we are gifted an unusual yet inspiration link up as we see the combined forces of both Zed Bias and Metrodome link up for a super choppy footwork party as they lay down four tasty tracks on Maddstyle. Firstly, we witness an even craziest link up as Killa P, Chunky, Trigga & Slay lay down some hard hitting, high energy vocal lines across the breadth of 'Dem Dem', giving us some serious rave ammo. We also witness the jungle infused latherings of 'Feeding Frenzy', followed by the super punchy drum sub combos of 'Off It's Head'. We finish up with a smoothened take on the lead vocal track as 'PART2STYLE' gets busy with lofi, spacey, synthy rework. Amazing stuff!
Give Up The Ghost (Calibre remix - feat Nasrawi) - (6:25) 171 BPM
Pick Up The Pieces (Skeptical remix - feat Boudah) - (5:19) 170 BPM
Review: Following last year's exemplary album from the Manchester-based soul man Zed Bias, Exit unleash the first batch of remixes, and they come from two of the best in the game. Calibre first "Give Up The Ghost" with rolling subtleties and a warm, alluring drive that only he can do. Skeptical takes care of the second remix with a similarly on-point twist on "Pick Up The Pieces" where a menu of alien tones and textures lurk and linger in the cavernous spaces. Both deliver.
Review: Vehicle have been contributing to the contemporary nu-disco scene like few others labels and, to them, nothing is an obstacle, and no genre or style should be excluded. Zed Zeppelin's dub version of "Heartbreaker" is a refreshing disco take on the original, with its riffs still intact and rolling; "Stop Your Pressure" by MJJ takes Michael Jackson to a next level; J Hammond's "Fantasy" is a disco beauty; The Militia's version of "Roxanne" by Police moves those infamous vocals to new and interesting pastures; Timmy Tommy's "Live Together" is an devilish little monster that manages to fuel house with a crazy set of organs.
Review: Fresh from his "Hammerhead" escapades on Aquatic Lab, Dave Jones dons his Zed Bias guise for another slippery bass session. This time he takes the footwork formula and twists it inside out in a way only he knows how: "Driftin" soothes with jazzy chords and velvet vocals from Zoel Violet, "Fever" is all about the dense physical drum arrangements while "Hipbounce" is a sonic sandstorm of soca and occasional UKG bass belches. Unique as always.
Review: Oh boy... Dave Jones has blessed us with six Zed Bias album (his eighth album in total if you include his Maddslinky LPs, and you really should) and the world immediately feels like a nicer, warmer place. Building on his deep foundations of space-aged soul, roomy drum arrangements and raw emotions, Different Response is riddled with timelessness and atmospheres that resonate with every corner of the dance from soul to jungle to techno; the slight vapour trails of Dego and powerful vocal pull of Eva Lazarus on "Restless", the gully gospel of "Lost Souls" with DRS, the cosmic synths and rattling footwork of "Just Like Ohm" and the badded up turbo bruk of "Jibba Jabba" are just some of the many delicious highlights on offer here. No one does it like Zed.
Review: An undoubted favourite from Zed Bias' recent "Blasonic Hotsauce" LP, "Night Lovers" features Skream/Magnetic Man vocalist Sam Frank fed through a mighty vocoder over a uncharacteristically slow, syrupy electro-funk beat that brims with post-midnight neon goodness. Greenmoney rework "Night Lovers" into a sped-up tropical banger, complete with lashings of Latin carnival percussion, while Rinse's Scratcha DVA keeps things warm and enormously future-funky thanks to some wavering synths and a deep set of kicks and hats. CRST also does wonders with the single, providing a Blawan-esque mix of percussion and soft synth stabs.
Review: For years mankind has been pouring hot sauce on his chips to give them extra welly - now you can pour it on your DJ set-up for added 'oomph' too. Not physically (please DO NOT pour real sauce on your decks!) but metaphorically as Canadian stadium smashers Zeds Dead head up a very spicy EP on Diplo's imprint. "Demons" is a riveting slab of half-step drama complete with horror strings and all the trimmings. "Mr Sub" follows and lives up to its name with some slinky, sexy sub-bass fun. "Playa" is the hype-hungry track of the bunch thanks to a hair-raising high-end bleep riff, "Rave" meanwhile takes the new school breakbeat style and subverts it with contemporary menace, and "Trouble" finishes the set with Hudson-style halfstep psychedelia. Very hot indeed.
Neon Steve - "Hadouken" (Neon Steve remix) - (4:39) 128 BPM
Collapse (Memorecks remix) - (2:12) 133 BPM
Review: Having first made a name for themselves as more of a dubstep leaning act, Canada's Zed's Dead recently turned a few heads with the housier Somewhere Else. Now they've gone one step further by releasing a whole selection of remixes of the EP and it's a winning gamble that's paid off. Highlights include the EDM-styled electro-pop retake of "Collapse", Valentino Khan's apocalyptically tough tropical bass remix of "Hadouken" and the left field half-step productions of Neon Steve and Memorecks.
Review: Zed Bias on Digital Soundboy: Hook-ups don't carry much more weight than this. "Heavy Water Riddim" is a tight weave of rain stick magic and layers of mesmerising percussion. Loaded with sudden riddim switches, it's both minimal and full bodied and builds to a deadly breakdown by way of ominous synths. "Hurting Me" engages Zed's more soulful mode thanks to its emphatic synths and insistent Kerri Chandler-style hook. Once again representing himself as a true player in all groove fields, Zed Bias has delivered something very special here.
Review: Bass hero Zed Bias (aka Maddslinky) has been delivering some sizzling jams on a host of like-minded labels of late. Now's he's hooked up with 81, a sub-label of Swamp81, and he's taking no prisoners with two raw cuts of nasty electro - the minimal sleaze-bounce of the title track and the dark tropical claustrophobia of "Chokehold". Restless electronic beatmaking at its best.