Review: And the winner of the best rhetorical question of the day goes to Are You Gunna Hold It Down? Blatantly we are when the sounds are this heavy. 002 for the label now, once again it's very cheeky white label business, fully anonymous in the credit department and the vibes are set extremely high. "The Woods" is an oil pneumatic machine, the likes of which you'd expect to hear on Osiris while "Stumble" hits on two sides; the ghostly graveyard overtones and that flabby old bassline undertone. Think Distance and you're in the right sonic ballpark.
Review: Bunker and Rygby collide with Riko Dan and Luciferian for two slabs of premium 140. "W.O.R.K" rolls up its sleeves from the off. Sporting serious fire bars from Riko, the message is clear - if you want something you've got to work for it. "British" has a more sobering note as Luciferian paints an honest picture of the UK and its many many frustrating foibles. Also included are two exceptional instrumentals that carry serious weight even without the MCs doing damage on them. Vinyl-only, don't sleep on this.
Review: If you're looking for some "militant dubstep bass weight" (as the accompanying hype sheet calls it), then we'd heartily recommend this limited-edition outing from Foundation Audio founder Chad Dubz and occasional label artist Quasar. They hit the ground running with creepy, atmospheric and spaced-out A-side "Fantomatique", where fizzing electronic noises, dubbed-out synth sounds and frankly foreboding audio textures drift around a tweaked wobble style bassline and head-nodding deep dubstep beats. Flipside "Vox Dub" is even more dubbed-out, with mangled, mutilated male vocal samples and echoing background chords weaving in and out of another bassbin-bothering, mind-altering late-night groove.
Review: At long last. While world events have left his last certy gold bangers like "Rikers", "Jungle Kitchen" and "Dyrge" seem like they're now from a whole other age, the enigmatic Commodo returns with more essential dark dreams. Each cut hits with that uneasy sense of mystique and soul; "Loan Shark" flings out strange but strong rays of light so it can skulk along in its own deep shadows, "Contraband" lures us deeper into the shadows with a fantastical narrative. Part Orient, part theatrical, there's a power in these unhurried, restrained hooks. Finally the heavier piece of the set; "Hot Pursuit". Much more brazen in its kicks and scattered industrial percussion shots, there's an off-grid funk rumbling away here and a western guitar twang strong enough to have you demanding duels with your nearest and dearest.
We A Talk (feat Dread MC & Rider Shafique - remix) (4:38)
We A Talk (instrumental remix) (4:39)
Review: Talk is cheap but these sounds are rich. A big moment from Ishan Sound as he lays down the smokiest of steppers beneath Dread MC and Rider Shafique. A true graveyard creeper loaded with enough feels to get the undead raising their lighters, it's one of the biggest 140 moments this side of lockdown. The vibes continue with a crisp instrumental and the sharper instrumental bumper "Red". Power sounds. Less talk, more listening.
Review: Lord a mercy, it's Lord Jabu and he's bearing down heavily on the Locus Sound who finally follow up last summer's killer 001 from SBK. Three tracks full, each one full of drama and spooky storytelling. "El Molino" takes us on a midnight graveyard stroll, all shadowy and pranged while "Swarm" brings the funk with a powerful 2007 flavoured widescreen bassline. Finally "Buccaneer" does a sea shanty on your mum and dad's bed, its creepy bassline not caring if the sheets become untucked. Scandalously good.
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique - Eusebeia Truth & Rights remix) (4:45)
Review: Fresh from releasing the Birthmark and Eusebeia album, Bristol's Earthtrax returns with some old friends. Obeah is at the steering wheel once again, tagging in two exceptional MCs. Man like Trimetheus dissects the craft and graft of badmanism on the lead track; "Dead In This Ting" lives up to its name as his rifles out shots with clarity and venom. "Bad From Mi Born" sees him re-linking with Rider Shafique. Picking up where they left us on the label in 2018 with "Fix Up", it's another smoky, midnight stepper. And this time it comes courtesy of a classic jungle mix from Eusebeia. Get deaded.
Review: Oofff.... Ragga tip business from Sub Basics right here as he lands on J:Kenzo's Lion Charge with two special lick-ups. 'Walk & Skank" is exactly what you'd hope it would be... The classic Jah Screechy sample that SL2 flipped into a rave monster all those years ago. No dibby-dibby cheese on this one though, just pure anthemic pressure. "Forward" carries the same weight. Creeping into the light with warm harmonics and a prowling, almost techno-like lead, it's another killer cut from the Temple Of Sounds don.