Shine On Through (feat Mountain & Karina Ramage) (4:11)
Kosa (feat Keeno) (5:58)
The Encounter (feat Bop) (5:40)
Miles Ahead (feat DJ Marky) (4:11)
Morning Sunrise (feat Danny Wheeler, G Force & Blu James) (4:55)
Tokyo '96 (feat SPY) (5:24)
Show Me How You Feel (feat Lorna King) (4:52)
Dive (feat Polaris) (5:42)
Liberta (feat Urbandawn) (4:34)
Living For (feat Paul T & Edward Oberon) (5:28)
Transparent (feat Whiney) (4:57)
Mystic Crystals (feat Technimatic) (5:16)
Nexus (feat Pola & Bryson) (4:13)
Merchant Blessing (feat MC Conrad) (4:31)
Review: Makato is often cited as one of the pioneering founders of Japan's drum & bass scene. He's now up to his sixth studio album and it finds his airy, rolling, sweet flowing beats all present and correct. "Tomodachi Sessions" derived from a series of collaborations with close friends who have all played a part in his 25 year career. DJ Marky, S.P.Y, Bop and MC Conrad all feature and lend their own personalities to an album that offers celebratory hands in the air tracks like "Shine On Through" next to more late night dancers like "Transparent" and melodic explorations like "Show Me How You Feel".
Review: Om Unit takes it to the bridge once again. His label's first V/A collection since its evergreen "Cosmology Selections" in 2017, it's another vast plain ripe in sonic depths and textures from some of the most left-minded, boundary-fusing captains in the bass game. Featuring two crucial link-ups from the bossman himself with two kindred spirits Djrum and Synkro plus a whole cosmic cornucopia of voyages from the likes of Danny Scrilla, J:Kenzo, Vromm and stacks more, every track is a highlight in its own beguiling way. No label flares with the same level of dark vitality, there's more than enough for our brains to chew on right here.
Review: Rewind to 2014: the duo previously known as Technicolour & Komatic galvanize everything they'd done before with a debut album that boosted them several levels. Four years later and Desire Paths remains a vast and vibrant set rich in emotion in all directions. From evergreen soulful, highly strung roll-outs such as "Beneath The Skies", "Music Is Music" and "Night Vision" to darker pacers like "Innermost" and "Tectonic" via off-piste surprises like the jazzed out "Mucky Jeff", this debut album stands the test of time perfectly. Last pressed two years ago, now's your chance to grab the vinyl if you missed it before.
Review: After the game-changing success of his debut album, "Timeless", Goldie could have easily repeated the same trick and cashed in. Instead, he went completely the opposite direction and indulged himself in an hour long orchestral symphony (many years before the current trend for such shows became a thing). Collaborations with Noel Gallagher (the vulnerable "Temper Temper"), personal tracks that address his mother, and a long lost suicide note. Musically, the now 21 year old "Saturnz Return" is mostly dark and broody jungle that will re-wire your brain, though "Digital" and "Fury - The Origin" offer moments of soaring beauty.
Review: Last year, D&B heavyweights Serum, Voltage and Bladerunner joined forces to deliver two rave inspired EPs of heavyweight club jams under the Kings Of The Rollers alias. Here the experienced trio offers up its eponymous debut album, an unashamedly heavyweight affair packed to the rafters with punchy rollers, mind-mangling tech-step tear-outs and gargantuan future D&B anthems. It's a little more varied than their DJ-friendly EPs, with the pandemonium-inducing smashers being joined by a variety of vocal numbers (see the Inja-sporting "M-O-V-E", grandiose "The Sky Is Falling" featuring Lydia Plain and thrillingly weighty MC Bassman hook-up "Rockers") and occasional forays into jazzier and more melodious territory. Yet for all the subtle variety and surprise diversions, it's the sheer club-ready heaviness of the whole thing that really sets the pulse racing.
Review: Although Naibu producer Robin Leclair has released some tidy singles over the years, his immersive, dreamy and soulful brand of drum and bass is arguably better suited to the long-playing format. All five of his previous albums have been full of deep and musically expressive treats; "Manoeuvres", his first LP for nearly three years, follows a similar blueprint. Highlights are plentiful, from the weightless ambient bliss of "Float" and hot-stepping, club-ready warmth of "Red Hand", to the poignant vocal D&B-soul of "Distant Light" and the intergalactic symphonic shuffle of "Achille". This is drum and bass to get lost in; we can think of few finer things.
Review: Alix Perez rallies up the troops once again for another smouldering selection of futurism from a truly all-star cast ranging from Tsuruda to Bredren. Playfully writhing amid that dark but so fertile bass hinterland that joins jungle, hip hop, beats and all shades in between, once again we run the gamut from somnambulant soul (Halogenix's super deep "Trouble") to lively steppy warped D&B (SubMarine's "IWY", Razat's "Simplicity", Monty's "Decisions") by way of the unclassifiable (Alix's switchy swampy beast "Poison Ivy", Deft's "Trips"). And we do say so with that awesome sense of unknown, unease and tension that Alix, his label and his equally innovative affiliates have made themselves known for. Welcome to the future.
Review: Shogun duo Technicolour and Komatic cut their third album to deluxe wax comprising two white 12"s and two coloured 10"s... And it sounds every bit as good as it looks. Soulful yet varied in its scope and range, it's the most confident and clearest LP the duo have given us so far as it ranges from the darker, gnarlier minimal twists of "True Believer" to the more signature flourishing orchestration of cuts like "Weightless (feat Lucy Kitchen)" and naked introspection such as "The Nightfall (feat Jono McCleery)". And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Potential drum & bass album of the year.
Review: Prolific producer Christoph De Babalon has always been hard to pin down. In recent years, his releases have tended towards experimental electronica and techno, though he started out in the '90s making scattergun drum and bass on Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore Recordings. It's these roots that he returns to on "Exquisite Angst", his second full-length of 2018. Starting with the unearthly ambient sounds of "Gaseous Invertebrate", De Babalon fuses sharp, ruffneck jungle rhythms, creepy field recordings, out-there electronics, IDM melodies, fuzzy hip-hop beats, sludgy sounds and scattergun percussion hits. The result is an inspired, mind-altering sound soup that rewards repeat listening sessions.
Review: Many years and many more 12"s have passed since Coco Bryce's last full album slapped us around the senses, but the wait has been worth it. "Night On Earth" captures the flying Dutchman in his most lucid state as he rolls out his acutely on-point contemporary jungle across two 12"s. Highlights include the dreamy breezes and cosmic touches of "Vertigo", the trippy Vibertisms of "Killing Me", and the darker steppier paranoia of "Polar" but let's face it; if you've so much as sniffed at a Myor release in your life you'll already know that every track is a highlight. There's no stopping Bryce right now.
Review: Skee Mask, who only recently was found out to be called Bryan Muller, comes through with his second LP to date, making a wonderful follow-up to 2016's Shred. Compro is, ironically, comprised of a much more explorative palette of sounds, with many corners of the album veering off into otherworldly ambient, often through a striking new-age sensibility. The most impressive element of this album is its flow and evolution across its 12 tracks, sounding a lot more like one single-minded thought rather than a collection of disparate dance-not-dance tunes. The quality of the recording is noticeable, too, with tracks like "Rev8617" or "Via Sub Mids" sounding professional, both in vision and style. Through an intricate collage of breaks, samples, polyphonies, and subtle electronic manipulations, Skee Mask has truly mastered his own art, and is giving a new direction to the wider 'UK rave' sound. BIG.
Review: Despite beginning their ascent through the bass music ranks in 2010, it was 2016 brilliant debut album "Paradise Lost" that turned Delta Heavy into global underground stars. Since then, anticipation has been building for this belated follow-up. Happily, there are no signs of the duo succumbing to "difficult second album" syndrome; in fact, "Only In Dreams" is, if anything, even more effervescent than their lauded debut. It's still rooted in drum & bass and dubstep, but this time round they've blurred the boundaries between disparate styles of bass music even further, with an impressive list of guests and collaborators - Kuuro, Rae Hall, Zeds Dead, Muzzy and Modestep included - taking turns to make their presence felt.
Dip Vertigo & Dr Apollo - "Red" (feat Josh Phillips) (4:47)
Walk:r - "Solis" (5:32)
Review: Three words: "Police In Helicopter"... One of the biggest dubplates last year is finally here, and it's joined by 24 other exceptional bangers as the Hozzy team roll out another absurd stack of "Sick" freshness from across the board. Genuinely on point tune for tune highlights include Pete Cannon's outstanding drumfunk lash out "Ella", Flava D's first D&B tune (the breath taking "Return To Me"), a bone shaking duet from the next gen gems Unglued and Bou ("Ascendant Man"), both Fred V & Grafix's first solo tunes since they split and an absolute neck breaking gully snapper from Lakeway in the form of "War Dub". And that's just scratching the surface, this is a humungous V/A album and it's here in all its glory on vinyl. Hot enough to burn down a cane field or two...
Bcee - "Back To The Street" (feat Philippa Hanna - Bcee's remix) (5:02)
Saikon - "Eastern Shimmer" (4:50)
Johnny L - "Bass Break" (Nu Tone remix) (5:09)
Villem - "Reflections" (feat Jevon Ives) (5:01)
Airshots - "Can't Catch Me" (feat Ben Shemel) (4:51)
Seba - "My Love" (6:37)
Anile - "Turn Around" (4:49)
Bcee - "Hand On My Heart" (4:55)
Riya - "We Belong" (feat Maverick Soul & Frank H Carter III - Bcee remix) (5:23)
Low R - "Other Side" (feat Anna Pancaldi) (5:19)
John B - "If U Need Anything" (5:17)
Utah Jazz - "Handle It" (feat DRS - Pola & Bryson remix) (5:18)
Dexcell - "Missing Pieces" (5:16)
Macca & Loz Contreras - "One Love" (5:14)
LSB - "My Squeeze" (6:22)
Zerozero - "Before" (feat Lameduza) (4:53)
Bcee - "Wanderer" (Black Barrel remix) (6:01)
Villem & McLeod - "The Sea" (feat Heidi Vogel - Bcee remix) (4:24)
Walk:R - "Wallflower" (5:39)
The Vanguard Project - "Is This Love" (feat Lucy Kitchen - Dexcell remix) (4:59)
Review: 14 years after he launched the label via a collaborative 12" with pal Lomax, BCee's Spearhead Records has finally notched up a century of releases. To celebrate, the veteran producer/label owner has gathered together a killer selection of previously unheard cuts. There's plenty of gems to be found within the 24-track selection, with highlights including the dub-wise D&B skank of Bungle's "Northern Dub", the elongated sub tones, jazzy breaks and dreamy melodiousness of Redeyes' "Outlines", the angular bass-weight and sunshine shuffle of John B's "If U Need Anything" and the drowsy deep jungle revivalism of Technimatic and LSB's "Sight Lines". As you'd expect, there are some great contributions from BCee dotted throughout, including a sublime personal "re-fix" of his own "Back To The Streets".
Review: And the Shogun album heat just keeps on coming... Fresh from launching Ed:It's album series, Friction's label flings Document One's debut upside our features. And it's another essential addition to our collections. As an act renowned for covering the spectrum and subverting the styles, the album format is perfect for the Oxford duo as they guide us through the spectrum... Launching with sing-along sunny-side jungle ("Shutdown") and closing with epic Sigma-esque gospel business ("Newborn") they pack every shade and style in between from soothing chime-laced deepness ("Temporal"), introspective soulful steppers ("Fortitude") and absolute grizzlesome grit ("Holy Moly") A highly accomplished debut album.
Violent Circuit Autonomy (feat Lewis James) (5:11)
Your Bit Crushed Heart (4:48)
Lost In A Memory (2:07)
Filtered Scenes (6:23)
Wij Zijn (feat Lewis James & Kid Drama) (4:38)
UR A Star (feat Alia Fresco - reprise) (5:17)
Review: Ten years after his debut solo album Gemini Principal, Exit bossman, D&B sage and ardent futurist Darren White tells us where he's at with his sophomore A Love I Can't Explain. Taking us several thousand leagues into his abyss, the vibe is heavy, moody, pensive and synthetic. Created on a whole arsenal of outboard machines, and not a sample in sight, this is dBridge in his most creative and narrative; political themes can be felt in the slo-mo autonomic purrs and glides of "Monitored Meanings", tension, pressure and hope combine somewhere in the distant future on the Lewis James collaboration "Violent Circuit Autonomy" while "Nachtlus" takes us even deeper into the machine where the distortion and textures are so strong you sense you can feel the circuits throbbing around you. Closing with his regular set opener "UR A Star" (a cover of his brother Steve Spacek) he leaves you writhing in the sudden twist of light at the end of a long dark tunnel. Immense, perplexing and built to last... This is an album we'll keep coming back to for years to come.
Conversations (feat MC Fats & Cleveland Watkiss) (3:49)
City Slickers (with DLR) (5:44)
The Edge Of Time (feat Kyo) (4:38)
Sunset Dub (5:07)
Time To Fly (5:25)
Looking For That (5:16)
Take Me Away (5:14)
Review: Given his impressive track record and length of service, you'd expect Break's latest full-length - his first studio set for three years - to be pretty darn hot. It is, of course, with the Symmetry Recordings owner gleefully flitting between jazz-funk tinged soulful rollers ("Last Goodbye"), ruffneck revivalist jungle ("Keepin' It Raw", "Jungle Desire"), on-point dancefloor collaborations (Total Science hook-up "Dog's Dinner" and DLR hoe-down "City Slickers"), skanking D&B steppers ("Conversations"), deep and picturesque liquid funk ("The Edge of Time") and frenetic, bass-heavy smashers ("Sunset Dub" and the suitably snappy retro-futurism of "Time To Fly"). It is, then, a pretty impressive, on-point collection of razor-sharp D&B club cuts.
One Tribe - "Is This All" (feat Gem - Instinctstrumental) (7:07)
Lennie De Ice - "We Are IE" (5:01)
Zero B - "Lock Up" (2012 Remaster) (5:32)
Wots My Code - "Dubplate" (3:52)
Foul Play - "Being With You" (6:40)
Noise Factory - "The Future" (4:31)
Fallout - "The Morning After" (Sunrise mix) (8:31)
Review: This year marks three decades since the launch of Rage, the weekly London club night that not only made Fabio and Grooverider stars, but also proved hugely influential in the development of hardcore and jungle. To celebrate, the long-serving DJ duo is offering up an epic compilation of Rage favourites split over four double albums. Part One offers a great introduction to the series, flitting between familiar favourites (the throbbing, bass-heavy Dub of Leftfield's "Not Forgotten", Lennie De Ice's hardcore anthem "We Are I.E"), lesser celebrated gems (the dreamy deep house of One Tribe's "Is This All"), proto-jungle classics (Wots My Code's sub-heavy, bleep-sporting "Dubplate", Foul Play's lusciously hazy "Being With You") and genuine rude boy smashers (Noise Factory's "The Future").
Review: Deep in the trenches of the acid house revolution, Fabio & Grooverider were experimenting with a darker blend of sonics week in, week out at Rage, one of the UK's formative acid house nights. Detroit and Belgian techno, US house, UK breakbeats, hip-house, Sheffield bleeps were all in the mixing pot as they started to pioneer a sound that would eventually become jungle. Celebrating 30 years since this seminal event, they've curated a series of albums that join the dots between the movement's cornerstones. From Frankie Bones' "Just As Long As I Got You" (from his fabled Bonesbreaks series) to the much darker side of Balearic king Nightmares On Wax in the form of "Aftermath", these are some of the many key records Fabio & Grooverider dug for to create a culture that's just as strong now as it was when it began 30 years ago. One of a four part series, each one is a keeper.
The Guyver Meets Threshold - "Pain" (Jedi Hifi remix) (5:59)
Tim Reaper - "Redux" (5:24)
Skitty - "Get Away" (5:55)
Prophets Of Soul - "Young Sinners (Street Crime)" (5:30)
Enjoy - "Criticize" (6:10)
Alpha Omega - "Atmosphere" (6:53)
Equinox - "Feelin' You" (7:37)
Threshold - "Bad Nah Bloodclarrt" (Theory remix) (5:22)
Djinn Album Mix (MP3 CD)
Review: Fire in the hole! Stretch's AKO Beatz stable levels up with their first full V/A album. Taking off where the Unknown Elements series left us, the album brings together AKO affiliates and like minds to form a who's who in jungle in 2018. Double O's dreamy "Regions", Kyam's jazz licked stepper "Home Time", Tim Reaper's funk slapped "Redux" and Enjoy's wild break wizardry on "Criticize" are just a handful of the many peaks on this massive four 12" vinyl bounty. Essential.
Sam Binga X Lewis James X Rider Shafique - "Ever Fresh" (3:22)
Taso X Fracture - "Lose You" (3:43)
BSN Posse - "No Matter How Far" (3:54)
Moresounds - "Shut Up" (4:30)
Falty DL - "A Day At The Races" (5:09)
Groves - "Hennessy Brown" (4:38)
Proc Fiskal - "Soundwise" (4:30)
Dream Continuum - "Ride Away" (4:35)
ONHELL & Sigrah - "On Sight" (3:28)
DieMantle - "Be Right There" (3:47)
Fracture - "Dropping You" (4:38)
Sully - "Qualia" (5:30)
Review: Astrophonica's first Fracture curated "Gradient" compilation, released in early 2017, was something of an overlooked delight; a killer collection of imaginative and occasionally off-kilter drum and bass cuts that defied lazy categorization. Happily, this follow-up is, of anything, even better. Compare and contrast, for example, the razor-sharp, hot-stepping ragga/dubstep/D&B fusion of Sam Binga, Lewis James and Rider Shafique's "Ever Fresh", and the thrilling jungle/acid house fusion of Luke Vibert's brilliantly bonkers "165 303". Or, for that matter, the sax-laden depth of BSN Posse's half-time "No Matter How Far", or the bass-weight dubstep heaviness of "Hennessy Brown" by Groves. Throw in similarly impressive cuts from Falty DL, Sully, Dream Continuum and Fracture himself, and you have a wonderfully diverse and on-point set of tracks.