Review: A bunch of furry murderous Russians on Serum's Souped Up... What can possibly go wrong? Total carnage from the off, "Bun Dem" is serious sandpaper funk. Gritty, growling and unrelenting; it's not just rough around the edges, it's rough right down to the core. And it's back up with three more audio nasties... "Excited" is a staccato riff damager that nods to the mid 2000s jump-up where everything was maximal. "Beggar" follows suit but comes with a more sinister edge; like it's asking you for change but is actually ripping off your whole identity. Finally we hit "Knock Knock", a track rife in organic drums and scary bassline textures, it sets everything up for the all important punchline... You have no choice but to deliver.
Review: Nais has been doing the rounds in the Neurofunk world for a little while now and he's making his first full-length appearance on Eatbrain alongside Nuklear and Teddy Killerz. This release is predictably huge, with plenty of jump-up influences creeping in to its stylistic make-up and the combination of various strands of dancefloor heinousness is pretty banging. 'Selecta' is a tumbling, jagged roller than rests on a heavyweight drum line, it moves with a constant feeling of effortlessness and there's an addictive feeling of fluidity to the arrangement that seeps through into your unconscious. Great work.
Review: Eatbrain are stepping into darker territory over on the Hungarian Eatbrain imprint with their Negative Thoughts EP, a release that brings in elements of the Neurofunk sound within the context of nightmares, that feeling of sleep without your eyes closed, the creeping sense that you need to drift off but the foreboding feeling that unconsciousness is out of your reach. 'Shinkjuko' is a highlight, with a deeply rolling and fluctuating bassline that injects both funkiness and heaviness in equal measure, an impact topped off with some wicked synth work. Shout out to the teddy bear crew!
Review: Everyone's favourite stuffed animals are back on Eatbrain with an unsurprisingly fiery EP. Teddy Killerz just pack a certain type of craziness into their music that lends itself superbly to Budapest-based Eatbrain, their tendency for super-charged basslines and raucous percussive force fitting in well with the Central European neurofunk powerhouse. Chopping Machines fits a diverse range of dancefloor sounds into five tracks; 'Chop It' features an astoundingly solid back end; 'Chopping Machines' carries a dystopic prescence with its gargling synths; and 'Afrika' delves into deeper territory with a roving sense of travel. Another top EP from the boys.
Review: Ahead of their highly anticipated album Nightmare Street, menacing Russian genre-melters Teddy Killerz throw a left hook with this savage one tracker: classic neuro rolls, multi-layered bass textures, orchestral stabs, a dynamic second drop and a killer sample comprise to ensure this goes down strictly at peaktime and power hours. Absolute filth.
Review: Teddy Killerz are the cute, furry-faced bastions of horror and they've teamed up with Nais and the Playaz crew for this full-throttle display of dastardly sound design, monstrous bass construction and downright disgusting choonage. 'Twinge' is our favourite of the two, with a drum line that's constantly shifting and morphing across different patterns and punchy synth stabs, it's sharp on all edges and fiercely no-nonsense. The flip packs even more energy and it's what we've come to expect from all parties involved in this sick little single.
Review: Teddy Killerz are the cute, furry-faced bastions of horror and they've teamed up with the Eatbrain crew for this full-throttle display of dastardly sound design, monstrous bass construction and downright disgusting choonage. 'Vibe' is our favourite of the two, with a drum line that's constantly shifting and morphing across different patterns and punchy synth stabs, it's sharp on all edges and fiercely no-nonsense. The rest of the tines pack even more energy and it's what we've come to expect from all parties involved in this sick little single.
Review: Massive new label launch! The phenomenal Russian Neuropunk podcast (which regularly clocks up over a milli views per show) has elevated into label mode with Teddy Killerz' Garud and Gydra's Bes at the helm. This massive three tracker launches this significant moment in Russian drum & bass with one collaboration and two solo workouts; the Gydra/Teddy Killerz collab "Miles High" takes the lead with its screaming turbine energy and rocket blasting riffs, it's followed by a heads down roller from the furry fire handlers before Gydra close the set with the subverted rave hammer "No Kidding" where a punctuated bassline does some serious pounding before a dreamy breakdown unfolds... Just like the bright future of this label. Go ahead Neuropunks, make our day!
Review: A new name has recently emerged on the ever-reliable Bad Taste Recordings and it is that of the Teddy Killerz. Comin atcha with a unique and aggressive sound that blends tech-y industrial D&B and dubstep together, this next release from them as they team up with NPhonix is just as awesome as ever. First up is title track "Scary" which, true to its name, is frightening from the off with its eerie, creeped out intro, bludgeoning beats and stabbing bass coupled with grinding mid range wobble. "Earth Shaker" is another one which does what it says on the tin with notable aplomb. A sparse intro lulls us into a false sense of security before the aggressive, warping beats kick in and the tune drops with a tumultuous wobble of bass into a thunderous dancefloor destroyer.
Review: Hello! Currently smashing the jacksy out of the drum & bass scene with releases on on Bad Taste, the Russian duo prove, once again, that a stupid name doesn't mean stupid music. In fact these are so good, they fizz with the textbook tear-out breakbeat mischief Hardcore Beats first became renowned for. "The Exorcist" is the true buzz-cut. Sprung with a classic drum roll, the bass mutters all sorts of sonic swearwords into your sweet innocent ears as an eerie topline weaves a psy-like web above you. "Busted" is more your chubby bass-blusterer while "Dysfunction" takes a drive down 4/4 electro-tech drive. Naughty.