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Verdikt – Nuttin But Trouble EP

Verdikt - Nuttin But Trouble EP


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Verdikt’s back in the Ruffneck Ting fold and he has brought his high-grade weaponry.  A total of seven heat seeking DnB missiles are contained within the ‘Nuttin But Trouble EP’ so be warned and be wary. When that bass hits your speakers you’re gonna know about it!!!

A big shout to Dazee, the label owner of one of DnB/Jungles’ finest labels. And a big shout to the collective of talent on Ruffneck Ting that includes Verdikt. If you love your DnB with that 90’s ethos of tumultuous beats n’ bass, start with this fantastic release and work your way back through one of the scene’s most essential back catalogues.

Verdikt – Left In The Dark EP



Verdikt joins Ghetto Dub for four straight up DnB/Jungle bangers!!! The title track ensues with bustling breaks leading into suspenseful jazzy pianos and horns and hefty subs. ‘Um Bongo’ goes in with sirens blazing and does not let up!!! Ravey riffs and effectual beats make this a real winner. ‘Enter’ channels late 90’s Metalheadz sounds into a potent mix of vicious beats, dark cinematic strings and skanking basslines. ‘Wicked Man’ goes back to the jungle in reverent homage to the 94/95 sound right down tot he letter!!! Ghetto Dub keep killing it with every subsequent release, get on this!!

Deep In The Jungle Anthems 3

Deep In The Jungle Anthems 3


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From its early 90s roots all the way to 2017, Jungle is alive and well and you can thank DJ Hybrid’s Deep In The Jungle label for that. Deep In The Jungle bursts into 2017 like Ridley Scott’s Alien bursting a hapless victim’s abdomen with a 33 track strong 3rd volume in the self-titled compilation series.

A cursory glance at the album cover reveals the talent on hand for this huge LP. How about Sound shifter, K Jah, DJ Vapour, SR and Brian Brainstorm just for starters!!!

How about the massive gunshot firing, siren blaring slice of 94; that is DJ Hybrid’s What else VIP’ or the vehement eruption of amen breaks that comprise Sound Shifter ‘Murder’.

What about K Jah’s rugged stepper remix of DJ Cautious ‘Rough Love’ or DJ Vapour’s oldskool Jungle refix of DJ Hybrid ‘Timeless’ or even SR’s mutant jazzy ‘Tokyo Soul’. And that’s just for starters!!!

Vinyl Is Better 2 [Kniteforce]

Vinyl Is Better 2 [Kniteforce]

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Kniteforce Records continue the oldskool revival with ‘Vinyl Is Better 2′. Original artists and fresh talent unite for a compilation of 1991-1998 inspired Breakbeat Hardcore, Hardcore and Jungle. These brave individuals took the banner and ran with it. In the name, and spirit of a sound that to quote the artist Q Bass “never dies”

This album is made up of 12 eminent musical offerings of the 90’s rave brand. Let’s dive into them….

Nicky Allen ‘Here Dis’

Breakbeat Hardcore stalwart, prolific producer and dedicated DJ, Nicky Allen returns to the Kniteforce fold with some 1994 style feverish breakage. ‘Here Dis’ begins with a dark intro similar to the classic ‘Some Justice’ by Urban Shakedown. As things progress, melodic pianos and mad synths enter the fray to ensure plenty of variety.

Alex Jungle ‘A Feeling You Cannot Understand’

Alex Jungle demonstrates his polished production with a tune that can aptly be described as ‘the Kniteforce sound’. The swirling, sugary synths temporarily mask a flurry of hard 91-92 era Hardcore/Jungle Tekno pads.

The Trip ‘The Snowball’ (Mannik Remix)

Mannik’s remix of original Kniteforce anthem ‘The Snowball’ brings meritable comparison to Boogie Times Tribe ‘The Dark Stranger’. A dark breach in the hull of happiness that is ‘Vinyl Is Better 2′. A torrent of angry hoovers and buzzing riffs fight for your attention on this murky reversion to 1993

Bucksta ‘Let’s Get Ill’

Bucksta probably won’t make you ill but he will make you dance!!! It’s time for some Rave Breaks fun with ‘Let’s get Ill’. Some ‘pump yo’ fist’ Hip Hop vocals should get the testosterone flowing. Along with the call to action vox, hard Belgian mentasm stabs and thumping breaks are the perfect construct for serious mayhem. Oh yes, and watch out for the speed up/slow down mid section!!!

Ant To Be ‘You Know What’

From the inception, we are in 92 era Reinforced Records territory with Ant To Be’s submission to this absolute asset of an album. Close your eyes and you could be listening to Manix!!!

Audio X ‘Echoes’

Another Rave Breaks veteran weighs in and biy do they weigh in!!! More oldskool than Rave Breaks, ‘Echoes’ bathes us in a sea of acid riffs and euphoric keys. Put this tune in the dictionary as an additional definition for ‘rush’!

Dj Luna-C ‘Technical Shmecnical’

Luna-C pops in to say ‘hello!’ with ‘Technical Shmecnical’. How do you describe this? Adjectives like ‘Rapid’, ‘Jolly’, and ‘Exhilarating’ come to mind. Melodic madness at full throttle, play it loud and dance to it like you have no inhibitions at all!!

TNO Project ‘Here Comes Da Feelin’

TNO Project has such a crisp and authentic sound you would think he is an original Kniteforce artist. Here we have the classic juxtaposition of dark and light that lies at the very heart of Rave music. This will give you goosebumps!!!

Empyreal ‘Things Like This’

We’re sure a certain Mr Matt ‘Slipmatt’ Nelson would adore this track. Pure audacious Happy Hardcore. How can you not love the slamming kick drums and super saccharine melodies of ‘Things Like This’?

Demcore ‘Summer’ (The Timespan Remix)

Now this is interesting, now you know what it would sound like if you combined 1998 style vocal Happy Hardcore with its 1992 predecessor. Nice little nod to The Prodigy on this track, see if you can spot it!!

Dj Deluxe ‘You Take My Love’

A welcome rejoin from one of Kniteforce’s latter day veterans. Fast paced Hardcore Breaks with a stand-up and smile voluminous piano hook and alternating funky stabs.

Saiyan And Cru-l-t ‘High Da Way’ (Luna-C Remix)

You know when you don’t want something to end, right? This album is tremendous. If you love your oldskool rave/hardcore, you can’t be without this grand compilation and what a way to finish!! Luna-C’s supercharged energy burst of a remix is one way of saying ‘we won’t go out quietly’. Enormous revelry in just under five minutes, phew!!!

Hydro – Ethos EP

Hydro - Ethos EP

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Hydro drops some intelligent bassweight (thats Drum & Bass weight!!) for Methlab. 3 tracks of super high production level beats known as the ‘Ethos EP’

Ethos is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘characteristic spirit of a culture’ and these 3 tracks have a character all of their own. Musical worlds and rifts in time collide over 3 tracks of pure power. The subtle and the sharp meet in a dark futuristic room where Hydro, Villem, & War craft the sound of the future

Gradual – Space Penguins EP

Gradual - Space Penguins EP


Gradual are giving their Space Penguins EP away for free!!! That’s 3 massive tracks of slammin’ DnB goodness worth their weight in gold yet totally 100% Gratis

Those who know about Gradual & Technique Recordings know we’re talking about artists and a label who care about bringing the very best, bassiest, brilliantly produced DnB bangers you can think of. Hit the download link and get some of that free fiyah on the double!!!

VA- Sub Slayers 50

King Yoof - Back 2 Hackney (2017 VIP)


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Since 2009, Sub Slayers have helped define the UK/Global Bass music scene with countless classics from the likes of King Yoof, Toronto Is Broken and many other top artists

Sub Slayers 50 celebrates a momentous milestone with fresh VIP of 5 of the best tracks from the Slayers back cat. Fresh 2017 VIPs of King Yoof ‘Back To Hackney’, Toronto Is Broken ‘Spirit Song’, Wizard ‘Phenomenon One’ Featuring Rebel MC/Lady Chann, SKMA ‘Chesire Cat’ Featuring Fumin’, and US Bass/Jungle/DnB legend Skanx a.k.a 6Blocc ‘Afrika’ all tell a bass loaded story of the label’s journey and what the future holds. To quote David Boomah ‘Forward Ever, Backwards Never’, clearly the ethos of Jay Cunning’s premiere bass music imprint for 2017 and beyond….

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Weapons for the weekend!!!!

Oli Hodges – Best Of 2016

13 Records label boss looks back at a year of quality Deep/Tech House content including a host of remixes By EssPea, David Grant, and several more rising stars in the underground house scen


Wind Horse Sampler 6

Wind Horse Records has firmly established itself as India’s premier Deep House label and now takes it to a whole new stage with Wind Horse Sampler 6 featuring incredible contributions from artists like Igor Gonya, Farhan, Master Kenton, Hans Seance plus more. Don’t let prejudice blind you from high concept House music. Wind Horse have curated an album that deserves it’s place next to the Beatport & Traxsource chart toppers, that is indisputable


Cozzy D – 809 EP

Cozzy D’s ‘809 EP’ out on W&O Street Tracks features the uplifting 90’s Rave Techno stomp of ‘Keep Up’, the bouncing drum assault ‘Chicago Everywhere’ and the bleepy title track, but then you should have purchased this one already!!!


Samurai Breaks – Silverback EP

This man is a tune machine!! We’re not sure if he even sleeps but we do know he is prone to knocking about the Footwork Jungle bangers, here’s 3 of ‘em out on Ground Mass, one got played by none other than Noisa!!!


Floyd La Lunar ‘The Nano’

There’s nothing small about Floyd La Lunar ‘The Nano’, rather it’s a positively huge jazzy slice of House music with marching drums, blissful pianos, and warm aesthetics that are worthy of units much larger than ten!!!


Mark Jenkyns – OFUNSOUNDMIND029

2 techno slammers from Mark Jenkyns!!! Pounding drumbeats and synths are the oh so perfect ingresients for ‘Transmission’ while ‘Kiss It’ on the flip side gets trippy and acidic, we love this!!   


Doorly & Tan Dem Feat. The Voice of Mike Skinner- Tonga Peak Times (Confuse Dem)

Weird, wonderful and quirky is how Doorly launches their Reptile Dysfunction label. ‘Tonga Peak Times’ is a funky number full of abstract sheen and a vocal you won’t foget any time soon!!!  


Joris Dee ‘In My Mind

From the heart, soul, and mind of Chicago House, Joris Dee get’s us lost and locked in his new groove on Paraiso


MESA ‘Hesitate’

Distinctly different House music full of deep heart filled melody, dance and think deeply to MESA ‘Hesitate’


Lee Coombs presents Katherine Ellis and Phazon – Experiments EP

Kickstart 2017 by going back to the very beginnings of House music. Freakin909 have been exceptional from release one but even by their high standards, this release is in a league of it’s own. Pure analogue 88′ style from Lee Coombs, these tunes will have you picking your jaw off the ground!!!

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