Review: Introducing the sounds of Chemical Warfare Vol. 1 a radical attempt to create jump-up so splintered and broken you'll barely recognise it. This is pure party music, there's no time for sophisticated conversations about its merits because you'll be too busy dancing to it Outlaw's 'Sticky Situation' epitomizes the extent of the madness here, with a punched-out percussive line that underpins a grating force of progression and anger, perfectly crafted to give you goosebumps in the dance. The metallic quality to 'Soundboy' is another highlight, and it's safe to say that with these three tunes Outlaw, DJ Sly and Nightshift have done a wicked job. Big tunes.
Review: Back with their second release, Disco Cakes assemble a talented mix of breaks producers of all different styles and collect them on this new, funk-fuelled set. Tom Drummond and JMC have fun with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" on "Again & Again & Again", while big soulful vocals can be found on The Dancefloor Outlaws "Get Your Boogie Down" and Delimentary's "Why Can't There Be Love". Slynk and Ed Solo meanwhile update Skee Lo's evergreen "I Wish" in a whole new breaks-tinted way.
Review: Now entering their third year of Biological badness, Klip & Outlaw set fire to 2017 with this speaker-kicking five-tracker. One sniff of the grunt on "Heat From Jamaica" and you'll be hooked. Funky, forthright, vibes abound throughout - the mischievous Q&A bass on "Clash", the unruly fuzz and gritty charm of "Merk Dem", the spacey strings and almost weeping pitch bends on "Bookie" and the out-of-this-world gutter squirming bass on "Chemical Elements". Go forth and take care of business.
Review: Introduced as members of Biological Beats' Young Gun league, Klip & Outlaw level up as serious game contenders with this full-flavoured EP. Ranging from the gutter-chomping bass-barged jump up they came through with ("Out Of Their Minds") to subverted, honey-roasted soul steppery ("Dedication") by way of robot-tailored future tech ("Heaveness"), this is a highly accomplished EP from drop to stop. Essential.
Review: Klip & Outlaw are partners in crime with a history of collaboration. They've got a criminal record, basically, and this single on Bites is their latest entry onto a rap sheet characterised by some seriously ill behaviour. The title track 'Terror' is a distorted, energetic exercise in how to craft a banging beat and it moves fast and definitely breaks things. Flipside 'The Plug' pitches things up a bit and injects a tad of bounciness, with a skipping break that ploughs quickly through its array of stabbing bass notes. Gritty stuff.
Review: The Dance Floor Outlaws like to portray themselves as gun-totin' breakbeat cowboys, sneakily giving the law the slip while laying down more highly illicit floor-bating mash-ups. Certainly, their particular brand of party-centric breaks - squeezed full of classic R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock and pop samples, and blessed with suitably gargantuan basslines - falls into the "instant floorfiller" category. Each of the four tracks here hits the spot, though it's the all-action lead cut, "Juke Box", that really resonates.
Review: We're beginning to like Klip & Outlaw more and more: "The Grouch" and "Me No Easy" follow last year's savage "Co-Operate" EP with two deadly headshots. The former is a bee's nest bumper with a grizzling riff that's more intoxicating than morning breath and twice as fiery while the latter shakes the soul with a dancehall-tinged vocal from the inimitable Fatman D and warped-out whomp bassline that's designed for straight up batteridge. Easy does it.
High (feat Alicia King - Tesen remix) - (5:15) 175 BPM
Review: Klip & Outlaw are being given the remix treatment over on Klout Recordings by Hizzleguy and Tesen, a fiery double tracker that nicely represents several vibes. Hizzleguy's rendition of 'Co-Operate' is a classic, jaggedly sharp piece of jump-up D&B that's made for no purpose than to decimate dancefloors all across the country with nothing but force. Tesen's version of 'High' featuring Alicia King is similar in that regard with a punching array of bass shards that'll take you straight in the chest, no messing about and no pretence of seduction. This single is for those who want a couple new weapons for their USBs, alternatively if you want to scare your nan. Either way, they're perfect.