Chords is a fresh new producer in the DnB scene who has made a significant impact already with 2 releases on RAM records and a featured track on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 6′, that very track ‘High Groove’ gets a full release alongside a brand new DnB & a House track. ‘High Groove’ blends blissfull summery sounds with a growling underbelly of techstep bass, ‘Summit’ keeps up the pressure with more warm and cold sounds running in perfect unison and then we get ‘Goodbye Groove’, a slick bassline house rework of ‘High Groove’ that hits all the right spots.
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Nemesis Recordings continue to bring together some of the best artists the current DnB scene has to offer and these 3 producers need no introduction, already well known for their quality output, NC-17, KC & Soulculture, 3 of the 4 tracks are colabs between NC 17 & KC and perfectly combine NC-17′s pummeling bass assault with KC’s futuristic rolling funk, for the 4th track, Soulculture joins this mighty production team and we’re headed into Jungle territory, dubby/ravey pads meet growling Neurofunk for a unique and captivating track and this writers personal fave from a firing EP of quality assured beats…
Rico Tubbs is back with the ‘Babylon Fall’ EP, the title track takes it back to the late 00′s Niche/Bassline sound with a thumping 4×4 kick, punchy basslines and old skool jungle style drop featuring the ‘Babylon Shall Fall’ vox made famous by Splash ‘Babylon’ back in the 90s. Remixes come from Phatworld with some Mutant Bass bizznizz, Jack The Hustler with an old skool Double 99 style Garage mix and Slick Shoota’s excellent Jungle/Footwork remix, BOOOOM!!!!
Its round up time again and we have some great tracks to showcase here, Addictive Behaviour have a new EP out from L 33 & Detail, the aptly named ‘Godzilla’ by Detail really is a beast of a track, energetic and furious Neurofunk that rips through the cranium with a marauding bassline that sems to represent the movie monster the track is named after!!!! L 33′s ‘Bring Down’ is dark and deep with nice bleepy pads and Hip Hop style vox, 2 tracks to get the crowd going ape!!!!
Virus Syndicate’s new EP features colaborations with various artists including a great half step DnB colab with Maztek, everything from Grime to Trap through to DnB with trademark hard hitting bars from Virus Syndicate
In the run up to a great forthcoming LP of stunning colabs, we get the 2nd in the series of MC Fats Collective EPs ‘We Gotcha Vol 2′, sheer quality is an understatement, its clear the artists involved have pulled out all the stops for an exceptionally good remix package, just wait until you hear the album!!!! Kudos to Mackadena, S.P.Y, A Sides & TC for a set of tracks featuring the vocal talents of the legendary Jungle/DnB MC that will simply blow your mind!!!
Classic 90s Jungle/DnB Joker Records is having its back cat remastered and made available for digital download for the first time ever courtesy of Asbo Audio, the label was set up by bona fide legends Bizzy B & Pugwash to put out big dancefloor anthems and that they did, there are countless gems from this label all of which you can now buy via the Asbo website, theres some free downloads too like this one below, follow the link to download and check out the growing re issued back cat whilst you’re there
The prolific hardcore breaks don, Paul Cronin has just dropped this fresh freebie, pure old skool vibes to get you rockin!!!!
He also has a brand new EP out too, 4 tracks of full on ‘ardcore mayhem proving once again you can’t keep this sound down, hardcore will never die!!!
Slowing things down a bit, we have Taiki Nulight’s bass reworking of the hugely popular Major Lazer tune, plenty of chopped up breaks on this badboy, pretty damn sick!!!!
Darkhalf lays down some deep, mellow 140 beats to soothe your mind, a great taster for his forthcoming EPs on Music Of Life & Stay On Target Records, this is going to go down really well among the 140 Jungle heads and rightly so, this writer hasn’t stopped listening to it since he first heard it!!!!
Bay B Kane’s classic ‘Code K’ LP is getting a reissue soon and in preparation, we get the great 2012 VIP of 92 dark jungle classic ‘Hello Darkness’ for free download, rolling breaks like only Bay B Kane does!!!
From a legend to a talented new producer known as Alex Breako from Greece, ‘Deep Love Pt 2′ is out now on Kode 5 Recordings and is a modern classic in this writer’s opinion, fantastic break edits, a classic 94 Formation/Bassment Recs feel, sweet soaring pads that give away for darker stabs midway building back into a perfect crescendo, this will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, its that good!!!
And to finish this round up, a great freebie from The Monaco Cruisers that kicks off with lovely layered breaks before kicking into some nice melodic piano and a dreamy drop with vocals from Just Jack, very mid 90s feel to this one, a must have tune!!!!
Brace yourselves for a BIG round up of tunage!!!!, From Canada, we have Pinto with a new EP of Chicago/Detroit influenced DnB beats, a great blend of modern bass sounds, title track ‘One Vibe’ is a buzzing energetic track with lazer like bass while ‘East Row’ is a slick slice of half step DnB, go get this!!!!
Next up, we have a new release on the legendary Renegade Hardware imprint from Chroma, 2 grizzling beasties known as ‘Territories’ & ‘Brain Strain’, these Geordie lads know how to make some pretty menacing DnB, hints of Dom & Roland can be heard, the production is ultra slick too, this is pretty damn BIG!!!
Boomsha Recording’s latest release sees the return of Visible Sound with some finely crafted 140/Future Jungle beats, weighing in with a whopping 6 tracks that vary from lush deep jungle riddims to some dark bass heavy tearout, this writer can’t get enough of just how good this is
Radio 1 don Crissy cris has a thundering 2 tracker out on Technique Recordings ‘The Trinity EP’, 2 absolutely slamming DnB toons with a filthy dubstep remix to boot from alter ego, Dead Exit, favourite for this writer is the epic ‘Rinsin’ Selection’ BOOOOM!!!!
For the next release on Sub Slayers, something pretty special from King Yoof Ft Rony Blue & Mr Williamz, this is an absolute anthem, 140/Future Jungle at its very finest, King Yoof’s next level production, Rony Blue’s sweet vocals which remind me of Lindy Layton (remember her?), some sick toasting from Mr Williamz, this is as good as it gets, the boys at Slayers have thrown down the gauntlet and set a mighty challenge, this writer is completely genuinely enamored by this classy piece of music, hear it for yourself, don’t take my word for it, you’ll hear just how good it is for yourself and you wil be reaching for your wallet, trust me!!!!
Along with the original, we also get a great package of remixes from House to DnB to Dancehall Reggae from Oscar Luweez, Capitol 1212, Toronto Is Broken, Gold Dubs & King Yoof himself, all first class but the original is just the one!!!!
Following the success of their 2013 release ‘Delta’, elemental soul outfit Shapeshifter will be performing a series of UK dates this spring, beginning at The Bongo Club in Edinburgh on 9th April 2014.
The tour will then move on to Brighton’s Concorde 2 on the 11th, before concluding in the capital with a show at The Forum in Kentish Town on the 12th.
NZ Shapeshifter boast a stadium-sized sound which adds layers of depth-charge bass, jazz, funk, rock and electronica to barrelling breakbeats, capable of morphing from rolling drum ‘n’ bass to pummelling guitar-driven jams to horizon-shifting electronic soundscapes.
‘Delta’, their fifth and most recent album, is their most fearless release yet – embodying the spirit of experimentation in its innovative all-analogue instrumentation of vintage synths, horns and guitar. These are showcased beautifully in the sublime opening chords of ‘Arcadia’, through to the junglist jabs of ‘Shadowboxer’ andd elevated trance progressions of ‘Diamond Trade’. Having morphed through elastic electronic textures to bedrocks of soul and rave, their sound is constantly evolving to motivate dancefloors worldwide.
From the taste-making Bongo Club, an independent all-round artistic hub with an international reputation, to Concorde 2 – Brighton’s premier indie venue – as well as The Forum, one of London’s major live entertainment stages, NZ Shapeshifter have picked the perfect platforms for showcasing their multi-faceted brand of music.
With record-breaking tours in their home country of New Zealand, scene-setting appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Parklife, sold-out European performances, four EPs and five LPs (three with platinum sales) under their belts, this multi-award-winning electronic outfit packs a serious punch – and this UK tour promises to deliver more of their trademark energy.
Program is a DnB imprint that is on fire, with 2 great releases under the hat already in 2014 from EastColors & Teddy Killerz, its the turn of Hungarian producer Kelle and what a fine EP we have from him here, solid futuristic DnB on the minimal tip in the shape and fantastic form of ‘Respirator’ & ‘Radiophobia’, 2 tracks which have appeared on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 6′ compilation. ‘Respirator’ is an aptly named track, I’m sure that’s no coincidence either as it has a wonderful raspy sound to it that builds and builds in tension and atmosphere
‘Radiophobia’ is a veritable lesson in quality production with deep penetrating beats and bass along side hooky and powerful pads and devastating drops
Kelle-’Respirator / Radiophobia’ is out on Program Records on the 13th April 2014, you can pre order it from iTunes
The Bristol dons, Loadstar are back on the back of an incredible 2014 including a critically acclaimed debut album, remixes for the likes of Emile Sande and an essential mix for BBC Radio 1 with a fresh new EP due out on the 6th April 2014. Like the Frankee EP reviewed here previously, the 2 tracks on offer here are totally contrasting in style ‘Under Pressure’ goes straight for the jugular with an all out jaw smashing bass attack that will get crowds calling for the rewind while ‘Stepped Outside’ is a thoughtful and melodic roller featuring a very talented vocalist, a track with great crossover appeal that deserves mainstream attention, it would seem that the Loadstar boys intend to continue blazing a trail in 2014 and with quality productions like this, this writer is assured that they will..
To paraphrase The Whispers from all the way back in 1979, and the bass goes on!!!! each day brings a fresh array of bangers, so much so its hard to keep up but hey, thats what we’re here for right? So, without further ado, lets get started with 2 tracks from the mighty Top Drawer Digital, the first one is free, Strange Rollers’ back to 91 Shades Of Rhythm stylee remix of DJ L.A.B’s ‘Touch’, it just doesn’t get better than this…..
And the 2nd TDD offering is the latest label release, a sick future jungle workout from Odeed & Wish with shades of 00′s Nu Skool Breaks and a really cool vox sample too….
Sub Slayers have a massive new compliation out, Series 02 ‘Jungle’ curated and mixed by Birmingham badmon, Gold Dubs featuring a truly Sub Slaying selection from 140-174bpm featuring heavy hitters including RackNRuin, Gold Dubs, 601, King Yoof, Rhythm Riders and many more, an absolutely essential selection of jungle….
Ben & Lex drop a classy EP under a new alias of Simian Frenzy featuring the vocals of U.K Hip Hop legend Rodney EP and a superb package of remixes from Deekline, Skitz & The Sea & Bazil. Quality Dub, Breaks & 140 Jungle…
With Australian Jungle imprint Rising Lantern due to make a comeback soon, here’s a timely free download by Melbourne’s Mshcode in his awesome dubbed out future jungle style, some deadly subs on this bad boy!!!!
Out now on Passenger Records is the new EP by Ellis Dee & DJ Twista featuring Marie Louise on vocals ‘Next To Me/Be The One’ sees this duo return after previous releases on Sub Slayers with 2 prime cuts of quality uptempo string driven and vocal led breaks and 140 jungle/bass…..
Delta Heavy need no introduction for DnB heads and lovers of bass music in general, this duo is one of the biggest names in the scene and they make a heartily welcomed return with the ‘Apollo EP’, the title track has been an opener of Andy C’s sets for a considerable time, one listen of it’s electrifying Neurofunk sounds tells you why while ‘The World Is Yours’ is positive and uptempo with multi layered bass stylings, now its no secret that this writer is an old skool hardcore head at heart so when I turned my attention to the final of the 3 tracks ‘Badboy Style’, I was more than pleasantly surprised, the distinctive dark mentasm riffs reminiscent of Doc Scott under his Nasty Habitz alias circa 92 are strapped onto a contemporary bass pattern making for one of the freshest takes on the rave sound I have heard in a long long time, in short, this is an EP that needs and deserves to be in your collection….
Sumer is here!!!!! Well, the clocks have gone forward anyway so what better time to curate a selection of Bass, 140 & DnB Bangers?
Kode 5 drop another huge on a King Kong kinda scale release with Prime Attack’s ‘The Feeling’, a little history on Prime Attack is appropriate here, if ‘where were you in 92′ applies to you (see what I did there?) then you may recall ‘How Many Ravers’ by Prime Attack
This writer remembers it from a compilation ‘Red Hot & White Labels Vol 2′ featuring a nice picture of a troll on the front, a compilation I bought at the tender age of 13yrs old……
So whats the connection you may ask? ‘The Feeling’ was the B Side to ‘How Many Ravers’ and can be found on the current release along with a brand new remix bringing it up to date for 2014, its worth having for both though as that 92 original will have tingles running down your spine even if you weren’t around back then!!!!
And now on to some dreamy string laden footwork jungle by the aptly named Beach Club on Dred Collective, pick up this lush string laden amen tastic EP for a quid from their bandcamp….
On the bass tip, Son Of Kick has a new release due out on the 28th April, 2014 on Midification Records, a truly different production which starts by slowly winding up the tempo of a nice grimey beat featuring Lady Leshurr’s bars and a nice Jazzy/Soulful drop completely off kilter with a sweet chorus from Paigey Cakey, has to be heard to be believed, all conventions are thrown off and it works so well, genre defining forward thinking bass music at its very finest
You can pre order ‘Hours’ by Son Of Kick Ft Lady Leshurr & Paigy Cakey from iTunes
One half of Shed Edz, James Breakthru has put together a remix of rave classic ‘Narra Mine’ b Genaside II in a 140/electro breaks crossover stylee which this writer is feeling, a great uptempo remix with plenty of squelchy bass…
Strange Rollers take it back to 1994 with a rinse out jungle reworking of Buju Banton’s ‘Operation Ardent’ for the brock out crew, horns and lighters at the ready!!!!
To round things up, we welcome back seminal 90′s imprint, Impact Records, founded by DJ Seduction, home to many a much loved rave anthem, 2 of which are brought up to date for 2014 by Stormski & DJ Nicky Allen….
Well, it seems its time I round up some bangers for you and believe me, bangers they are!!! We welcome back one of this writer’s favourite DnB imprints, the mighty Asbo Audio who have a huge release in the shape of Birmingham producer, Jinx with his ‘O.G Call EP’, 4 tracks where the beats literally slam, trust me, the beats sound incredibly phat and the theme of the tracks is a 90′s Gangsta Hip Hop style featuring some amazingly warped/mutated bass with P Funk overtones, makes me think of Tru Playaz/Urban Takeover/V Recordings in the late 90′s/early 00′s. These bad boys won’t just smash the dance floor, they will annihilate the dance floor, seriously heavy!!!!!
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Theres no shortage of quality DnB around at the moment, add into the mix a free compilation by Formation Records ‘World Of Drum N Bass Miami’ put together as a free showcase for the upcoming Miami Music Week, this compilation features a heavy weight line up of artists, highlights include a speaker booming slice of raw DnB Energy by Tribe Steppaz & Chuck B-’Klash Army’ and plenty of other hitters by the likes of Teddy Killerz, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, DJ SS & more…
Silent Code turn a classic into a modern classic, namely, the timeless jungle anthem ‘Spiritual Aura’ by DJ Rap/Engineers Without Fears bought slap bang up to date with this duo’s first class production, get raw!!!!
Out in 2 days time and available to pre order, Titan Records present Callide with an epic 2 tracker ‘Drop Bombs’ & ‘Pulse Wave’, 2 slices of banging, laser shooting bad ass DnB in Callide’s inimitable style, punching beats, razor esque stabs and tons and tons of energy and vibe, after a great 2013, this talent is still on fire and on point in 2014 as amply displayed by this must have EP!!!
The latest release on Future Followers is Cotti’s ‘Wheres Tony Gone EP’, a vibrant and bubbling journey through bass music from Glitch Hop to some crazily catchy Hybrid Trap/Dubstep featuring quality remixes by Savage Roots and Gawtbass
Fresh from Kut Off Records, Manion’s ‘The Truth EP’ takes in breaks, 140 Jungle & DnB with elements of Trap & Dubstep and lashings, I mean lashing of dutty dutty bass!!!!! ‘Tell Me The Truth’ is a great uptempo vocal roller while ‘Thought You Were Doing It’ gets gangsta on yo’ ass with some tribal riddims and trap infused pads and vox, ‘Beast Walk’ & ‘Killahs’ shows Manion in DnB mode with some rinsing bizznizz, watch yer bassbins!!!!
Radiokillaz remix the Iconic Daddy Freddy & Asher D-’Rough And Rugged’, originally released way back in 1988 on Music Of Life, its a free download and a nice little taster for their forthcoming official release with Daddy Freddy due out on Passenger Records…
Frankee is a producer true to the spirit of DnB. A Bucker of trends, never afraid to experiment, always ready to mix it up genre wise with devestating results from the filthiest of bass to the warmest of melodic sounds
The example in point is this EP, a veritable Jekyl & Hyde, first up is the a side ‘Gully’ a track that can aptly be described as a thunderous beast, relentless and funky at the same time, ‘Gully’ takes it to the next level, a sure fire dancefloor mayhem weapon!!!!
The b side totally flips the script, a beautifullu crafted tune,melodic and melancholy featuring prisiting, rolling breaks. Vocals are supplied by Janine Small and this opus proceeds to buld with some big room synths leading into a drop that is simply jaw dropping!!!
‘Away’ has been a regular in Andy C’s sets for months and also featured on his ‘Nightlife 6’ compilation, both tracks make for a stunning release and will leave Frankee’s name in your head, indeed like this writer, you will be eagerly awaiting future material from this incredibly talented and diverse producer….
Worldwide release: March 24th 2014