Review: 32 years after they first bonded over a mutual love of hip-hop, Oxford drum and bass duo Total Science are still going strong. You'd have expected their form to dip in that time, but this two-tracker - a second collaboration with French pal Samy Ponsar AKA War - is as on-point and exciting as the pair's classic works. A-side "What Now" is particular potent, with the trio peppering a surging bassline and fizzing D&B drums with all manner of crazy effects, redlined percussion hits, reggae vocal samples and dreamy chords. If anything, flipside "Cool & Deadly" is even better, primarily thanks to snappier beats, dub style sub bass and more loved-up chord sequences.
Ill Truth & Satl - "In Your Soul" (feat Charli Brix - Lenzman remix) (5:17)
Total Science & FD - "3 Way" (4:54)
Review: One look at who's involved here should raise any drum and bass head's eyebrows. All genre A-listers, it's one of those release schedule entries that's guaranteed to get everyone excited, and thankfully the pudding is just as tasty as those ingredients. Break & Kyo lead the charge with 'Past North', a summertime anthem-in-the-making opening on acoustic guitar chords that wouldn't sound weird on a Me One record. Definitely one for festivals, boxfresh percussion ensures it fully fires off once the poppier elements temporarily subside. That said, DJ Marky's 'Hard Hands' trumps it for crisp drum work, delivering some typically exotic vibes. Ill Truth and Satl's 'In Your Soul', or at least its Lenzman remix, keeps the sexy and smooth warmth alive, with '3 Way' closing out on a dub-influenced tip courtesy of Total Science and FD.
Review: Oh gosh. Total Science ante up for the summer with this exceptional V/A EP on their CIA imprint. Kicking off with a crucial new remix of their classic "Nosher" by their new hybrid gang comprising of themselves, DLR and Hydro, full breadth and variation abounds as we dip into the gilded soul of Zero T & Phase's "Talk To Me", the gnarled grizzles and dubby danger of their own "Devils Gate" with Scar member Script and the grand finale; a heavyweight purring roller from two of the most respected newcomers in the game right now: Ill Truth and SATL. Each one a persy for different chapters of the night, any further information is classified.
Review: One of Break's most consistent and striking vocal collaborators, Kyo gets the Symmetry spotlight with this A-list collabo EP. "Who Decides" sparks up the dance with an electrified high voltage sneering bassline and loose percussion that only Break can cook up. "Murder Tonight" is a lot sexier than its title suggests thanks to Kyo's surging tones and Total Science's expert manipulation of the think break. "Where I Stand" sees Kyo teaming up with Mikal for the most stripped back and steppy affair while DLR and Mako's OneMind unit join her for the final, and darkest, chapter of the EP "Play To Lose" where Kyo hits her gutsiest, rawest soul notes. No decision necessary.
Review: One of the most highly revered and rotated vocal D&B tracks from the past six months is back, this time
with an ice-cold twist ready to take us into the frosty autumnal months. Drawing in the talents of Critical
playmate Break to add his deft touch was always going to result in one thing – absolute dance floor
devastation! Oozing class while smacking up the dance is something many producers can only dream
of….the masterclass starts here.
Drifting pads with sexed-up guitar touches intro the ‘Redlines’ remix before the drums kick and we’re
away on a blues-infused excursion with full vocal riding on top as the chords roll out. Don’t be fooled
though as the fun’s just about to start! A quick repeated refrain and suddenly in crash the amens,
edits and the most gut-wrenching sub to demolish the place. Vocal teases run throughout together
with swathes of guitar but it’s the sheer tearout that wins in the end. Absolutely fantastic.
Flipping things over and Total Science come back with the classic sounds of ‘Scaremonger’.
Seemingly an ode to the vibes of yesteryear, this one bounces with the best of them. A hot twostepping
break carries the stabbing b-line that morphs subtly as this wicked bubbler moves along with
ease. Proper Total Science doing what they do best.
Review: One of the most consistent production outfits across D&B's 25 year spectrum, Total Science pay homage to the most crucialist of crucial eras: Blue Note. The lead track takes us right back to the mid-'90s with cavernous space and sheet metal scrapping textures. "Soul For Sale" is a jazzier jaunt with spasmodic synth flurries and a two-step so sharp you'll lose your lobes. "Contraband" weaves such strong drum magic you could be convinced you've gone 20 years back in time while "All Massive" is a straight-up heads-down affair. Noteworthy.
Total Science & SPY - "Past Lives" (feat Kevin King - Lenzman remix)
Break - "Slipstream"
Calibre - "Clipper Man"
8 Bitys & Q Project - "Low End Theory"
Serum - "Vendetta"
Riya - "Stolen Moments" (feat Zero T)
Review: Some things are worth waiting for: it's been 11 years since Total Science's debut Tuned In collection. Not ones to fire out releases willy-nilly, they've toiled hard to curate an immaculate compendium that celebrates drum & bass's most timeless, enduring aspects. Over three plates we're treated to some immense cuts that will tickle all D&B DJs flavours. Break's outrageous sub session "Slipstream", Calibre's dubcentric stepper "Clipper Man" and Serum's ghetto-bang drama screamer "Vendetta" are just three of these gems. Get tuned in or go home!
Review: Remix alert! Zero T's been given the keys to Total Science's 2002 stonker "Lightweight" and he's nailed it with distinction... Where once the percussion was the main attraction, Zero's taken the bubbling bassline and made it much juicier and warpish. Adding a whole layer of additional FX and sounds, it's the perfect complement. Meanwhile on the B Mutated Forms add just a teensy bit more welly to their already walloping "Best Served Cold". Heaviness.