Review: Now THIS is how you launch a label. Response and Pliskin present Northern Front's first release and it contains three highly respected names across the game. First up is a collab with Deadman's Chest, "Control State" sets the glacial tone and some cold hard truths over a hardcore jam that stinks of 1992 before Digital joins the fray and adds a little cosmic poetry, mystical pads and hurricane breaks on "True Story". Finally, Need For Mirrors glides into the mix and brings a deeper, rolling vibe on "Ruins", a track that gets darker the deeper as we progress. Three blinders, three totally different shades. We can't wait to hear what the Northern Front deliver next.
Abducted (Digital's 'Is This A Dream' remix) (5:20)
Review: Blimey! As if Digital's originals aren't heavy enough, here come some absolutely flaming versions. "Waterhouse Dub" gets a savage tonking from Kiljoy that flips the breaks but retains all focus on that iconic riff of the original. US genre-flexers Sight Unseen take "Strictly DnB" to some dark, disturbing places behind those big warm horns while the main man himself takes on his own "Abducted" with a stark stripped back steppy feel that gives the bellowing subs. No one does it like Digital, right down to the remixers he gets on board. Massive.
Review: The mighty Digital steps forward with two stunning slabs of sound system science. "Strictly DNB" lashes and splashes with such a bright, energetic amen you'll swear you'll never miss another sermon at your local church ever again. Loaded with vibrant dub skanks, if you've caught any of his recent sets, you'll know how much this kicks off. Flip for "Time Out". A bubbling dub odyssey rolling at halftime tempo, it's Digital showing his roots and more reflective side with rich, precision sonic science. Pure class.
Review: The mighty Digital delivers the second vinyl instalment of his Total Control album and it's a devilish dark affair. The moment those drums on "Total Control" hit you with hardcore mischief, you know what type of mood Digital is in right here. No prisoners taken! Dig deeper for the crystaline rave ripples "To Meeeeeee" with long time compadres Spirit and Q Project before "So Fine" closes the show with crafty rolling breaks and dubwise dynamics. Digital is in a good place right here.
Review: If you know anything about Steve Digital, you'll know this; he flipping loves a co-lab. And here, to kick off another big year for Function, are three. "Out Of Control" sees him team up with Sight Unseen for a sizzling reese piece that's not dissimilar to Digital's work with the late great Spirit. Keygenlog tags in for more of a techno inspired jaunt all sinewy acid and splashing cymbal power while Gremlinz feeds Digital after midnight to create a church level piece of rolling emotion. Also included is a crucial slab of venomous jungle ruffage "Bitter Switch". Pow.
Review: Soul quenching jungle juice from a veritable don on the Liondubnb label. Digital continues to kick seven shades of sonic shizzle out of the year with these two unruly shakers! "Sound Bizness" is a straight up power jam, all rusty amens, tight edits and even tighter twists on the drums. "Come Again" takes us back to the hardcore era with instant-impact detuned synths, bubbling basses and a snare that slaps so hard it needs an ASBO. Heaviness.
Review: 2014 has had Digital sprayed and stamped all over it... The jungle don has returned and he's done so with serious creativity and muscle. "Damage" is home to a hundred basslines, each one vying for attention over a robust, rusty breakbeat. Watch out when the classic rips and sneers drop mid-way. Carnage. Flip for a slab of modern minimal mastery as Digital reconnects with Spirit and brings dubstepper Nomine into the fold. Steppy, stark and slinky with huge dollops of dub dynamic, fans of Exit and Cosmic Bridge will be all over this.
Review: 2014 seems to serving long standing Drum & Bass producer Steve 'Digital' Carr very well so far, with the "Mini Cooper" contribution to the fourth Platinum Breakz compilation from Metalheadz complemented by a 12" for the Rupture label and now this debut for Horizons! It's not hard to see why "Figjam" is the lead track here with a knee shattering combination of razor sharp reeeses, crisp amens and heavy basslines making it a contender for moody anthem of 2014. Don't sleep on the B Side though as Digital drops a sly 23rd century stepper with hints of Detroit hi-tech jazz on "Waiting" whilst "Therapy" weighs in with a more dub-focused sound that will appeal to fans of D Bridge.
Review: DLR, Script and Digital working together - it's a D&B dream come true. Martyna Baker's soft, sultry vocals on "Blue Room" add more depth to the velvety smooth synths and bass. With tight, techy drums punching through the suaveness, this totally is a seductive little number. On the other side, "Mini Cooper" shows Digital's dubby side, teaming minimal production with a big bad set of rubbery tyres. Two totally different styles, one massive release from one of the scene's biggest labels. Get involved.
Review: Phantom Audio legend Digital returns with a demonstrative reminder of his heavyweight abilities and there's a unique vibe to "Shaka Zulu". A deeply tribal affair, it punctures with a dancehall drum arrangement that gives the groove heaps of space, allowing the dramatic bass textures to rip a clear riffy message. "Archive", meanwhile, is more like the traditional Digital you'll know from time: turbo-charged breakbeat science with icy pads and a bassline that slaps your chops so hard you can lose teeth just by holding the vinyl. For real.
Review: Hands up who loves Digital? Take that love and double it because this time on the legendary outsider label Ingredients he's taking us through his exceptional range of influences, picking inspiration out of the air and showing off all the exciting things drum & bass can be. "Red Tape"'s mixture of old and new vibrates happily through old dubby grooves, feeling exhilarating and familiar all at the same time. "The Pain" takes on a more experimental purposefulness, collapsing tricky, top-end percussion into deep, resonant bass. "Downtown" finishes off the trio with a look at the roots of the genre, stepping up with junglist mentality and a fresh underground sound.
Review: One of Drum & Bass's most consistent producers demonstrates there's still plenty to offer on this 12". Dread vibes are in abundance on "Weatherman" with a nice rolling beat cascading in and out of the mix atop some BIG sub bass. On the flip Digital teams up with Scottish producer Morphy for the laidback dubby half time skank of "Shanty". Top release!