Review: Nuclear Bass are doing what all music fans love and putting together a fat compilation of artists that all represent a distinct strand of dancefloor-focused drum & bass. Each act has several contributions, an unusual but welcome format, and Jedi's part-roller-part-jungle track 'All I See' is an especially potent addition to the mix. Longtime producer Falco makes a fiery contribution with the choppy yet heavy VIP of 'Beerpong Contest', and L-Motive finishes things off with the growly, wobbly 'Sublime'. Wicked.
Review: Tear out season has arrived and it's Spaow on the front line, a producer garnering a name for his devastating basslines. Turning Japan's capital on its head with "Tokyo Lofo", a wildly loose mash up of warped industrial basslines and jungle extractions make it through interludes of traditional asian instrumentation held together by an snippets of a liquid rhythm. "Geko" of the digi-flip rains down some neon spook in its melody before falling prey to huge halftime beats, stutter effects and tripped-out percussion. Parents be advised Adult Themes.
Review: Liondub International have a very important release out this week, as they pay tribute to Sugar Minott, who died exactly ten years ago this week. Tribute does exactly what its name would suggest, as a Liondub come out with eight remastered and remixed cuts from the singer himself. It's a touching piece of music that's matched by Minott's wonderfully smooth vocal talent, from the remastered version of legendary reggae cut 'Praise His Name' to the hard-hitting jungle VIP of 'Borderline' by Minott and Marcus Visionary. There's dub, reggae, jungle and drum & bass all wrapped up into one. Superb.
Review: Greasier than Snape's hair after a night swimming in olive oil and pomade, Too Greazy slides insidiously back onto the realms of Sub-Liminal with five new originals. If you've so much as sniffed at a release then you'll know the stains his music makes. Highlights include the beefy, sweaty, stompy homage to your closest relatives "Rotund", the wobbling sub and insistent drums of "Baddest Dan" and the pure darkness of "Pressure". And if all of that isn't enough greasy heaviness for you, then chow down on the Taxman remix and watch your cholesterol levels rocket permanently.
Review: Following the likes of Ray Keith, Nicky Blackmarket, General Levy and many artists of high don calibre, Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid are the next to take the controls as Jungle Cakes' Welcome To The Jungle series. As always, the selection digs deep across the board to include classics, absolute bangers that have been criminally forgotten and no less than 10 exclusives made strictly for this album. From the sun-kissed soul and key-tickling evangelist jam "Salvation" to the absolute rave carnage of "What's Going Down", the boys have gone in on this collection maintaining its still spotless reputation as one of the most consistent and prolific mix series available in the genre. Pay close attention to the Jukebox Jungle track, too. This needs your loving.
Review: Bryan Gee and V Recordings do not mess around. They never have in the past, they're certainly not right now in the present and judging by this highly anticipated Future album, they're going to mess around any time ahead. 25 tracks from some of the biggest, best and baddest names in D&B (Dillina, Serum, Benny L, Paul T & Edward Oberon, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bladerunner, Saxxon, the list goes on) this one's been a long, long, long time coming... And it's been well worth the wait. From L-Sides massive remixes of Dillinja and Krust to Need For Mirrors super-revved "Lambo" to Benny L's incredible remix of "Days", this sums up why Bryan and his label are as influential and respected in the game as they are today. Don't mess around.
Review: Murky Digital are a label who do what their name might suggest in that they release digital murkiness on a regular basis. No Escape is an EP from Euphonique that brings together MC Frost, Guzi & Madrush MC and Saxxon, all of whom have helped contribute to dastardly naughty tracks. 'Switch' is up there with the best of them and it's all about that bassline, an almost foghorn of groaning, fiery proportions which rattles its way through the arrangement. MC Frost also impresses on 'No Escape, a sub-heavy roller which will please the more minimalistic heads amongst you. Banging stuff.