Review: Bristol bass man D-Code comes through with a devilish debut EP: "Popshow" sets the scene perfectly with its switches between wild breakbeats and gruesome bass tones on the main riff while "X-Rated" lives up to its name with a toxic metallic bass hook. Bringing up the rear are the radar-style ping-pong riot "Prolong", the guitar-strumming soul switch-out "Quicksand" and the straight up and physical feverish jump up funk of "Impossible". A highly accomplished debut EP.
Review: Codebreaking, body-shaking, earthquaking sounds: Bristol's D-Code make their debut on Boylan's On Point Audio with two super-slamming bassline cuts. "Trouble Makers" is all about the vicious sandpaper funk on the bass textures while "Infidel" has a great twist in its tale as it breaks down from a rough distorted bassline into an arm-raising ravey signature before dropping back into the chaos. Killer business.
Review: Killaz by name, killer by nature; Vital Elements and Tobie Scopes' continue to set the agenda as DJs, artists and as label owners. This third annual mix-up is certainly no exception as they plough through 59 tracks - many of which are brand new exclusives - to paint a picture of exactly where drum & bass is at right now. A thick smelly melting pot, everything is thrown into the mix: Upgrade's spine-trembling harmonics on "The Voice", ruded-out bassline badness from Voltage ("My DJ"), various jump-up hybrid creepers from Russian newcomer Ozma, brand new dark wobble lava from Serial Killaz themselves ("Rudebwoyz") the list goes on and on. This is a huge package and it comes with a superb mix too. Treat yourselves or defeat yourselves.