Review: Choose Conrad Subs. Choose Deep In The Jungle. Choose a lifetime of being happy-slapped by amens and tickled in the gut by long rumbling subs the size of elephants. Choose collaborations with DJ Hybrid like the swaggering "Rinse It". Choose absolutely slamming Urban Takeover-style 96 era jump-up "Rough Beats" and skank so hard you give yourself a hernia. Choose sexy vocals like the ones on "Through My Eyes". Choose the insanely brutal slammage of "Imperial Roots" and feel like you need to take a long hot shower afterwards and still feel like you're covered in engine oil. Choose this EP and double dropping every track tune fi tune. Choose bludclart jungle. It's the ravers choice...
Review: Conrad Subs is a regular on this website because he releases such a wide range of music, so consistently and on such a diverse array of labels. This time he's back on Original Key, a German imprint, with a five-tracker that spans the spectrum from rolling techiness to reggae-infused, hip-hop jungle. It's title track 'Babylonians' that really caught our attention and Conrad Subs has previous in long, loping dub introductions that then flip into jungle pressure ('Leave Dem' - look it up). This time around there is less reece bass but even more percussive heat, as a flurry of stuttering breaks intertwine with your own expectations to form a shuddering bed of deeply urban sounds. Lovely.
Review: Not many people pump out music at the rate of knots managed by a certain Mr Conrad Subs, a highly prolific producer whose styles ranges widely all over the scene, from stuttering jungle strikes to flowing liquid lusciousness. Here he's firmly sitting down in the heavy chair, wiggling his bum and getting comfortable, as he lays out across four-tracks on Ten Ton Beats in spectacular fashion. 'Fatman' is an especially potent slice, as sharp wooden drum hits permeate throughout its wobbling, swelling bassline that packs a shedload of attitude. He also teams up with Damageman on 'Finally', a powerful weapon that makes tidy use of a cool little sample to give that extra bit of oomph to an already big drop.
Review: Hurtling towards their one year anniversary in style, Damageman's Sub Heavy Audio dish up their first substantial V/A EP with this epic five track exploration from some of their clear players. All wriggling and writhing around stripped back stinky vibe, each cut hits the spot with clarity and precision. Stand-out moments include the deft vocal sample twists and turns of Rodeo's "Moves", Damageman and Craftmus's springy black magic slap-about "Wicked Spells" and the sweeping, star-gazing rushes of Dec James' "Supernova" but all five cuts here deserve your full attention. Heavy is as heavy does...
Review: Conrad Subs has more than one release out this week and it's entirely different to this one, proof of his stylistic flexibility, especially considering how hard he's killed this rolling liquid two-tracker on Liquid Flows. 'Keep Holding On' stays away from the common liquid mistake of neglecting the bassline, instead its gentle yet energetic melodies sit above a wide, deep and satisfying low end. 'Tropic Thunder' also packs a big back end but also heightens the feeling of frivolity and lightness with its upbeat stabs and funky flow. Lovely.
Review: Sub Heavy soldier since one of the earliest releases, Conrad Subs returns to Damageman's imprint with two certified stink-ups. "Tough Enough" is the unruly, roughened sort. All bruisy and gruff. The type you wouldn't take home to your parents even if they promised to be on their best behaviour. Then we have the obese nature of "Fatty". A tune so rude you wouldn't even take it to your postcode due to its dark skank stench, classic rimshot breaks and unwieldy weeping basslines. Savage, raw and authentically jungle. This ain't fat, it's just big boned. So will you be when you watch it pop in the dance...
Review: Conrad Subs' jungle number Leave Dem has been on repeat here ever since it came out on Nuusic's recent compilation, The Sound of Nuusic. So we're excited to hear him back on the label with a full-length EP and it's just as good, with a nicely spicy mix of broken and rolling sounds spread across five tracks. Title track is proper down and dirty jungle, with the old school sampling and roughshod vibes to boot, 'In Check' is more of a rolling thing and doesn't mess around, whilst on VIP duties is his Days Are Numbered - what a rework this is. Simple but powerful. Check this one out.
Review: Conrad Subs and Joe are in this game to do serious damage to the eardrums of those who listen and this single seems like it was made with that objective in mind. The first tune, 'Sloppy' is clean and sparse in the drums which lends extra clarity to the bassline, an elongated expression of moodiness with a quality injection of additional bounce. 'Close To Home' strikes a similar chord but does so with more vigour, a haunting sample fills up the highs whilst a driving back end pushes the track forwards with pace and momentum. Big single.
Review: Conrad Subs is rising up the ranks so rapidly, some people are using his name as rhyming slang for 'naughty dubs'. Chow down on this edition to Liondub's ever-sick "Street Series" collection and you will be too as some of his most beautiful and his most sharpest and unruly designs are on display right here. The title track "Magnify" is a gilded dreamer laced with soul but behind the vibes there's a whole cannon of gully locked and loaded. From the stripped back minimal funk and style of "Transfixed" to the absolute breakbeat bombardment of the brilliantly-titled "Splurt", highlights swing from every possible rafter.
Review: When you hear the world gladiator, what image comes into your mind? For most, it'll be the traditional image of Roman-era combat, or maybe even Russell Crowe's rendition of that combat. Conrad Subs and Danny Styles clearly have a different conception about what it means to be a gladiator, one that's rooted more in the urban-edged nature of modern jungle and D&B than the bloody struggles of antiquity. Conrad Subs kicks things off with 'Next Chapter' and its quintessential Subs, with some classic sampling and a spicey, bouncing bassline that wraps itself round the stuttering drum break. Danny Styles' Bad Man People is a rolling, warped number than ramps up the intensity even more - wicked stuff.
Review: If you like your jungle then this release should be right up your street, because it's essentially six tracks of straight up jungle heat. Our personal favourite is Pablo G's remix of J.O.E's 'What You Gonna Do', which has a wicked drop that comes off the back of a load of really soulful sampling work. It has proper old school vibes all over it and the whole arrangement works really well. Every other track is pretty much just as good, with wobbling sines, big old reece basses and a truckload of stuttering breaksy magic, Oooh yeah!
Review: Put this release on, close your eyes and you can almost see Boomtown: the sprawling crowds, the bucket hats and the fat stacks of speakers undoubtedly blaring out something that sounds a lot like Conrad Sub's Boombox EP. A combination of ragga jungle and harder flavours, this release epitomizes the feel-good yet moody take on music so common to this side of the scene. 'Batty Rider' rolls and rolls, with Break-esque sub-bass dives and growling sine wobbles that beautifully transform into rowdy jungle. 'Flood Out' features some more chilled out jungle atmospherics that still pack a punch, once more containing a mid-way switch into naughty breaks. The other three also all absolutely slam - sick release.
Review: Conrad Subs is one of those heavily underrated producers that seems to consistently push out music regardless of how much attention is cast his way. He plugs away and you can tell in the maturity that emanates from his music. The creativity on 'Smash' is evidence of that, a funky, infectious bass line running perfectly through the centre of the track. 'Sayonara' is just as creative with its harsh, steppy percussive work that underpins a swinging, wonky concoction of synthy basses that wouldn't be amiss in a Souped Up or Dispatch release.
Review: With upwards of 20 releases this year, it's been a crazy busy 2018 for rising new-gen breaksmith Conrad Subs. He's not showing any signs of slowing down either as this return to DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint proves... There's a wry nod to speed garage on the Rip Groove saluting "Special Request" and the 187 Lockdown referencing "Come Selecta" while elsewhere we have rapid ragga chats on "XXL", deeper sci fi funk on "Sound Killa", absolutely savage breakbeat shattery on "Lions Dub" and stone cold jungle finale "Run The Track". Pure drum craftsmanship, watch out for the sweet bluesy sample on the intro because it's the only respite Conrad's going to give you. Just the way it should be.
Review: If you ain't misbehaving, you ain't worth saving... Hybrid's Audio Addict return to the ravey series they set in 2016 with another hard-slapping six-piece. Do-no-wrong Kumarachi reminds us why he's boss with a stuttering jungle roll and demonically pitched vocal samples, Conrad Subs calls on everyone's favourite macabre aged WWE wrestler by way of twist think break devilry while Hybrid fine-tunes his 20/20 vision with a stinking halftime romp. Elsewhere Riffz lashes out on the razz snares, the mysterious Scartip skins us alive with his rim shots and Habitat strips things back with some beautiful time-stretched drum work. Be good now.