Review: Following up some great releases recently on Original Key and Liquid Bass, Ipswich-based DJ and producer Conrad Subs is back this week on Deep In The Jungle with his new one entitled "Calm". It's a proper old school junglist roller featuring the lyrical skills of MC Neat, and some beautiful soulful vocals by Sammie Hall. Despite the title, the Jungle mix is more of a techy stepper with an early aughts sound to it, and we liked it all the same. Also featured are some instrumental versions for your rinsing pleasure.
Review: Grand Theft Audio 50 LP is the largest project in the label's history; a 50 track album featuring 25 brand new ones, and another 25 from their extensive back catalogue. They released them over four editions in late 2021,but here it is in its full entirety and, again, we'd like to stress that it's a whopping 50 tracks! From the fierce breakbeat science of Sl8r & Somebody Else's "Facking Jungle M8", to the dark side jump-up of Nothing To Lose & Echidna's "Cyclops" (Intraspekt remix), the widescreen cinematic rhythms of Cynical Gene's "Emerge" and Nvrsoft & Sola's emotive vocal drum 'n' bass roller "Falling" - there's plenty more where they came on the Manchester label's impressive celebratory compilation.
Review: It's been a fairly epic few weeks for Grand Theft Audio as they unleashed several editions in their 50 LP. Here, we have the fourth and final edition which sees them go out all guns blazing - seriously! A whopping six tracks on this one: Nvrsoft & Sola's emotive vocal drum 'n' bass roller "Falling", the Full Cycle style stepper by Nothing To Lose, Echidna & Charlie B titled "Downpour" (feat Dubbul-O - Charlie B remix) and the widescreen breakbeat science of Raedford's "Tidal Groove" reminiscent of classic Optical are just some of the highlights.
Review: Defining moments don't come much bigger for artists than debut albums and here's Rowney's first ever LP. At long last.zzzz Shadow Demon member, long-time representer and previous G13 label bossman, here he comes correct with this multi-flavoured 17 track beast that shows his true range and breadth. From the housey riff and squelchiness of the opening track 'So Good' through to the emotional and inspiring finale 'Better Late Than Never', this is the sound of an artist going in on every direction from every angle. Featuring collabs with the likes of Joely, Diligent Fingers, Kezman, Sammie Hall, Trigga and of course his Standard Procedure mates Toddlah and TNT, vibes flex from soulful to savage and switch at a flick of a bassline. Definitive.
Review: Set up seven years ago, Manchester-based Grand Theft Audio Recordings is a label releasing quality music from across the drum & bass spectrum. The Grand Theft Audio 50 LP is the largest project in the label's history; a 50 track album featuring 25 brand new tracks, and another 25 from their extensive back catalogue. On part one of the four part series here, we've got the fierce breakbeat science of Sl8r & Somebody Else's "Facking Jungle M8", the minimal steppa "Run Dat" by Erbman in the vein of classic DJ Krust, as well as the emotive mentasms on darkside roller "Full Circle" by Dom Hz and the subterranean neurofunk of "Eski B's "Tsunami".
Review: Ready for the remix! Sola and Sammie Hall's massive 'Dreaming' EP gets the remix treatment from a whole slew of talents. Aries lights the fire with a killer twist on 'Close To You' as the euphoric intro drops into something very dark and foreboding. He's in good company as many other step up with fresh new versions: Rowney shows off his deep and uplifting side on 'Dreaming Of You', Grand Theft Audio's own Vektral adds a whole new level of electrified grit to 'The Stars', American rising talent Airglo takes us around the solar system with his take on 'Lost In The Moment' while Jfal closes the EP with a savage tear-up twist on 'Hangar'. Bumping.
Sola - "Can't Let Go" (feat Sammie Hall) - (4:15) 172 BPM
Sola - "Lost In The Moment" (feat Sammie Hall) - (5:20) 174 BPM
Sola - "Dreaming Of You" (instrumental) - (5:18) 172 BPM
Sola & Jfal - "Another Lesson" (feat Sammie Hall - extended vocal edit) - (4:57) 172 BPM
Review: Bringing the feels: Grand Theft Audio bosses Sola link up with the ever-present skills of songwriter Sammie Hall for five barbed soul originals that are all steeped in heavy emotion. 'Close To You' sets the scene with a fastlane bassline, Hybrid Minds style keys and Sammie pouring her heart out. Elsewhere 'Dreaming Of You' takes us up above the clouds, 'Another Lesson' is a contemplative, piano-laced cut drifter, 'Can't Let Go' is the big dancefloor bruiser while 'Lost In The Moment' plays the all-important lighter-raising moment. Something for every stage of your set, Sola and Sammie have smashed this one.
Review: Who hasn't got misty-eyed memories of spending hours engrossed in the pure, pixelated ultra violence of Tekken? Certainly lots of the top dance producers do, because they've all been drafted in to re-work music from the game's latest instalment. Italian duo Crookers put "F.F.Y.R" in a big headlock before bouncing it start-stop style all over the shop to pumpin' effect. Ed Banger chief Busy P delivers a '1999 remix' of "Tekken Piano intro", dropkicking it in an ever so funky French touch way. Logistics fire a round of super fast D&B karate kicks at "Night Falls (ending). A stand out track though, is the retro house piledriver remix of "Hall Of Judgement" by Waze & Odyssey - a big TKO!