Review: Metalheadz may be in its 26th year of operation, but are still turning out high grade weaponry as innovative as any label out there. The London label's busy schedule continues apace with a blistering new one that finds Adred collaborate with four distinctive talents. First up is Commix with the dense and drilling "Interface 01", while a second effort "Recall" goes deeper and more mysterious. Dave Owen co-pilots on "2 Times", another restless banger with fizzing synths and flurries of drums, and elsewhere solo cut "Amenity" from Adred makes the most intense moment of the whole 2 discs. This is no nonsense stuff from start to finish.
Review: 2019 sees Metalheadz turn 25 years old, but Goldie's iconic label continues to turn out razor sharp EPs from talents old and new. HLZ is the latest to take things forward with this expertly executed four tracker. Featuring an array of raw, uncompromising tunes it spans a wide range of moods: "Eternal" is a brain frying stepper, "Ultradogs" is more a deeper, headier, atmospheric and cerebral track while "Hidden Memory" mixes up devastating bass with icy hi hats and snaking synths. "Hyperion" closes out with soulful vocals drifting above clattering drum work and will take you into the next dimension.
Review: Cor blimey governor, this'll put lead in your pencil. Radio 1 broadcaster and all-round badman Rene LaVice teams up with early 2000s donny hitmakers Future Cut for this incredible EP on Metalheadz. "Nine Strings" is pure breakbeat venom. Thunderous bass, grizzly funk and severe amounts of evil in all the right spaces and places, this is real grown up stuff right here. "Eyes" on the B carries just as much weight and horsepower but comes with just a smidgeon of deep dream soul.
Review: It's another Headz special! Bristol's finest Utopian, the man like Mako, delivers his debut solo album and it's every bit as deep, detailed and sense-slapping as you'd expect it to be. From the brilliantly brutalist "One Reality" to the rave-melting halftime switching "Flip It" via the bouncy harmonics of "Hoxton Home" and the depth plunge bassline and Subtitles-style rawness of the stripped back arrangement on "Offline", like all Metalheadz albums - and indeed Mako productions - this is a properly considered, thoughtful and detailed body of work. Essential.
Review: Oh gosh. Last spotted on the mothership label in 2015 on Mikal's "Where They At" EP, Danger Dutchman Nymfo returns to Metalheadz with his first full EP for the label. It's every bit as heavy and badass as you'd hope it to be. "Sting Blade" rolls out with a skinny-fit break and a bassline so flabby and bulbous it folds over the edges. It's backed by two more monoliths; "What's Happening" sees fellow Dutchy Martyn join the action with just a touch of classic Blue Note style jazziness. Finally, "No Choice" settles the matter on some 23rd century twisted Optical style funk. Easily one of Nymfo's finest moments so far (which is saying something).
Review: Scar aka Script and Survival have straddled the divide of underground and more accessible drum & bass for years. After various outings on Metalheadz, they're now signed up exclusively and offer a brand new album that mixes up historic ideals, new school visions and hard hitting grooves in equal measure. There are future rollers like "State Of Delusion" next to sublime and soul infused gems like "Funk Control" and "Stolen Memories". "The Seeker" goes deep on a wave of razor sharp synth work and "High Fives & Devil Eyes" is the darkened late night stepper that will awaken any floor. An accomplished album that works away from the club as much on a hefty sound system.