Review: The seventh volume in Beat Machine's ongoing "Swinging Flavors" series of singles arrives on vibrant turquoise vinyl. This time round, it's a relatively new artist at the controls: Breaka, whose debut 12" on Holding Hands tickled our fancy earlier in the year. Happily, "Damn Hot" lives up to its title, brilliantly joining the dots between the snappy drum machine snares, cut up vocal samples and incessant hustle of Chicago Juke, the crunchy breakbeat since of old school jungle, and the futurist intent of contemporary drum and bass. It's really rather good, all told, with Danny Scrilla's flipside remix - a spacey fusion of intergalactic synthesizer melodies and ruffneck early '90s jungle tropes - also hitting the sweet spot.
Review: OOOF! Metalheadz come through with two absolutely brutal VIP versions of Dom & Roland cuts, pressed up JA style on 7" for proper dancehall selectors! First up is a VIP of "Unofficial Jah" last year's refix of Goldie's "Jah" by Dom which went down a hellish 2 step route to devastating effect; this new version amps up the sub pressure, weighs down those kicks and adds plenty of delay and dub. Any Metalheadz fam that locked into the label's Christmas podcast last year will know all about the "Outta Endz" VIP on the flip which is a masterpiece in unrelenting Jungle production. Do not sleep!
Danny Byrd - "Blaze The Fire (Rah!)" (feat General Levy - Stray remix)
Raiden - "Dove From Above" (feat Klose)
Review: Hospital's now legendary Sick music series hits its third chapter and the label have decided to tease us with two well selected cuts that span the myriad palate of D&B with ease and grace. First up is Stray's remix of Byrd's latest floor-slayer "Blaze The Fire". His blunderbusting, shin-kicking amen action acts as the perfect bed for General Levy's toasting, making it the perfect shock out joint. Raiden's "Dove From Above", meanwhile, is a much more contemporary vocal cut. All metallic and grunty, it spits attitude. Sick indeed.
Review: The wait is almost over, "Beatbox Master" is the first, double A-side single from one of the most hotly anticipated drum & bass albums of the year. Logistics' profile has been rising steadily over the course of the releases so far and is set to reach a new plateau with the release of the "Now More Than Ever" album in late September. "Beatbox Master" has big siren synths and rumbling subs with a future electro feel that Logistics has made his own, the vocoding and human beatbox elements make this a memorable kick off. "Girl From Mars" is a massive DJ and dancefloor favourite, with support from Andy C thru to Fabio this roller has made it into sets across the globe the undulating bassline and urgent snare rolls keep this exciting all the way through. Limited 7" version features an alternative track on the AA side called "Machine" which could be best described as indie rock dnb with Logistics providing the vocal and a bassline Peter Hook would be proud of.
Review: Top ranking Dirty Dubster Bazza Ranks teams up with one of the most distinctive, entertaining and versatile MCs in the game Dynamite MC for this serious system heater. Bubbling with dancehall delight, Dyna's vocals fit like a glove and get us geared up for the summer months ahead. And if you need something with more of a darker punch check the D&B remix that's armed with a classic sample you can't run away from. From sunny side to the far side, this one brings the feels. Don't let it pass you by.
Review: Not a lot is known about this Berlin-based project right now, besides rumours of a full album of originals later on this year. For now we have two awesome bootleg/edits... "My Wild Love" gives The Doors a smoky, mid 90s rolling D&B twist they've always deserved while "Twisted" takes Wayne G's heavily sexual spoken word hard house anthem from 1997 a Latin twist that no one could ever have predicted... And is about a trillion time better than the original. We need more of this.
Love Gets Sweeter (vs The dancefloor Outlaws) (5:07)
Review: The clue's in the title... Two anonymous stitch-ups that will tear-up your floor with serious badness. "Oh Diggity" takes TC's version of Bashmore and takes it for a romantic walk down Blackstreet while "Love Gets Sweeter" busses up a bit of Mr Quaye with a sugar-sweet jungle feel that's perfect for the summer ahead. Subtle as a hammer.
Istari Lasterfahrer - "They Don't Give A Tiny, Bad Smelling Pile Of Something About Us"
Moonwhacker - "Phoney"
Saoulaterre - "I Wish I Was A Grey Face"
Parasite - "MJ Crush"
Hayate & Pioughd - "Zeke Over Neverland"
Minus KTV - "CREAM"
Error 23 & Repogirl - "No Shot Til Monday Drop"
Review: Double 7" concept package with 8 tracks and 4 locked-grooves. 8 keep it up with the man from Neverland, who's been ripped by his label. Flip yourself through grinding digital punk, junglecore cutups, electronique, collages and sample terrorism. M Jackson ripped by Minus KTV, Saoulaterre, Istari Lasterfahrer, Hayate & Pioughd, Redcode, Parasite, Error 23 & Repogirl, Bruno & Michael are smiling with skipper... limited repress!! Tip!!