Review: Acid Lab gets all two-face on this new EP for burgeoning jungle imprint Convoluted Records. First up are two collabs under his Ahmad alias; "Grinder" sees Gremlinz join the fray with a nasty hornets nest bassline and pitched breaks that seem to melt through the LFOs while Parallel helps him unleash the soul of Beelzebub himself on "Judgement Day". "Jericho" closes on a savage jungle note with haunted choral effects and broadsword breaks. For a label called Convoluted, this sure cuts straight to the point.
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: 7th Storey deliver the Globex goods once again as Tim Reaper recruits the label's usual motley lot for an en mass exploration of hardcore / jungle fusion. Each track untitled as standard, Dwarde joins the fray to bring the tension on their hunchbacked prang roller on "Track 1" and the velvet deep jungle sojourn that is "Track 3" while Mr Sensi tags in for the jungle techno, more four-beat oriented bulldozing on "Track 2". Finally, "Track 4" sees Dwarde, Reaper and Gand getting mucky in hardcore heaven. Play the corporate game!
Review: Don't fear this Reaper... Reaper Recordings is a mysterious brand new label with little information besides their dedication to the jungle craft. If this launch release from Ghosty (AKA Hungry Ghost) is anything to go by, they're not mucking around. "Dead Already" is a powerful subby slammer with eerie top lines and drums that could pierce concrete while "Forward" takes more of a sassy soul approach on the musicality but still drops deep into gully science when it needs to.
Review: Transmute continue their climactic return to form with this hair-raising V/A three-tracker. Hot on the heels of DJ Trax' EP earlier this year, once again it's a powerful document that nods sagely in all jungle directions. Greanleaf takes us back to a Moving Shadow mindset with lush airy breaks and jazzy touches while Drum Cypha unleashes his inner beast with a white knuckle hardcore homage. Finally Contact Lost gets dreamy with a little techno sensibility in the hypnotic chords. The story ain't over yet...
Review: Heiner Kruse has been rolling out razor sharp drum & bass on his Basswerk label since the turn of the century. His third studio album "Changes" finds him teaming up with long time collaborators Kingz, creating a heady brew that spans trip hop, downtempo, snappy tech step and more atmospheric pieces in between. The likes of "We Keep Destroying The World" and "Sincere" may have plenty of bite, but they're still executed with a smooth, smoky finish that makes this fine home listening material too. Kingz takes a socially conscious approach to the lyrics which suits the moody atmosphere, rounding out another fine turn from one of Germany's leading exponents of deep D&B.