Renegade Hardware Presents: The Final Chapter – Horsementality [Review]

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Horsementality is another part of The Final Chapter, and it contains thirty tracks and it also features various artists or, Horsemen rather all mashed up together for this apocalyptic release.

There are no remixes or even a single VIP in this LP, just strictly original mixes in their sheer glory. It’s open sesame with ‘Codified’ with Ahmad & Akinsa; and also on the second track sees Ahmad again, now collaborating with Loxy & Gremlins on the mysteriously sounding ‘Serial Killa’. On that collaborative note for a bit, there’s some interesting team-ups on tracks like ‘Renegade’ featuring MC Fokus ripping the mic; ‘Shamanism’ with Fade & Survey; and Philth & Agman Gora filling up ‘The Void’; all just a fraction on the extensive list. Of course, with so many jams to go through, there’s a lot of hits and bangers to check out, with a few other examples being the likes of Digital & Spirit bringing the heat on ‘No Fear’; Verb’s ‘Life Cycle’; ‘Born Again’ with Voltage; and DJ Chef taking it to ‘The Streets’ with a sound straight from the gutter; and not forgetting what Ink & Cymatix managed to come up with, with a number called ‘We’. With all said, still does not cover the D&B destruction brought forth by the Horsemen on these final days.

The Final Chapter series has lined up the very best tunes destined to be timeless indeed; they are D&B classics that will stand the test of time. Renegade Hardware is ending things on a super note, and surely inflicting wrath with this final project.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

Complete Album Link:

https://soundcloud.com/renegade-hardware/sets/renegade-hardware-presents-the-final-chapter-horsementality

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Renegade Hardware Presents: The Final Chapter – Rewired [Review]

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Rewired closes The Final Chapter series for Renegade Hardware, and it is a remix project that contains eleven tracks in total, all re-wired, and reworked by an array of artists.

There’s remixes that span throughout the recent years, proudly done by Zardonic; Incognito; Sinister Souls; SKRU; to name just a few, to a chunk of iconic tunes from back in the day. The first track on the list is a 2011 remix by Skitty, for Dylan & Ink’s ‘California Curse’ which is something reminiscent of Hip-Hop, the NWA; with those sped up Gangster RAP samples on a D&B beat. We also find that Konflict’s classic, ‘The Beckoning’ has two remixes done on it; one by Stealth; and Jade also recalling it with a nice loudness. Also, Volatile Cycle comes with that mind blasting, hard Tech-Step rewiring for ‘Downer’, originally done by Gridlock and; not forgetting Slang Banger’s tweak of a Resonant Evil joint titled ‘Troubleshoot’ which, maintains Resonant’s tradition of the Dark-Step sub-genre. The finishing line is marked by Zardonic & Joanna Syze with ‘Rodina’, the Barbarix remix. It makes a cinematic entrance before, dropping to a captivating hard-stepper of a groove thus; making it a perfect one to end things with.

When it comes to The Final Chapter collection as a whole; it is only wise to possess all of these LPs simply because they are already classic works; as much as they are definite must-haves in the music collection.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

Complete album link:

https://soundcloud.com/renegade-hardware/sets/renegade-hardware-presents-the-final-chapter-rewired

Renegade Hardware Presents: The Final Chapter – Neuroware [Review]

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Renegade Hardware has always been a prominent Drum & Bass label which has been around for two decades. Unfortunately, they are closing the curtain with The Final Chapter, a series of VA (various artists) compilation LPs. Now, starting with Neuroware

It comes packed with thirty-one tracks in total, and a huge artist line-up to go with it to create this raw, Neuro-filled serving. Some of the collaborations that are found in it are between Impak & Trivision; Nickbee & Limel; Volatile Cycle & Kritix smashing in with ‘Checkpoint’ also; comes a four-way collab between Nymfo, Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris with a number called ‘Refractor’. A VIP version is included in the mix as well, in the form of ‘End Game’ which was done by Trilo and features Stapleton murdering the delivery. Another wicked feature is in ‘Days Of Rage’ where, MC Mota brings in the lyrical play in it as well, when the song returns on the second drop. As for the solo side of things, there’s the likes of North Base; Cruk; and many others, with the likes of Malux working on that ‘Cryptic’ and; Aggressor Bunx starting things on a rough edge on ‘Let It War’ being the first track. Basically, to cut things short; there is just a lot going down herein that is sonically super.

The LP is armed with sheer hard-coreness to the teeth, and filled with heavy-hitters to the brim. The Last Chapter – Neuroware is just one part of the massiveness that Renegade has cooked up for their final showdown.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

Complete album link:

https://soundcloud.com/renegade-hardware/sets/renegade-hardware-the-final-chapter-neuroware

Inperspective Records – Andy Skopes – Who Are You/Laterality [Review]

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This release sees Andyskopes being the artist to drop the third, and final chapter to Inperspective Records’ conceptual releases titled the Teddy Bear Trilogy of which, the London-based label has been releasing in succession until this last one.

‘Who Are You/Laterality’ comes after ‘Flying Swords/Perplexed’ by Infamy and; ‘Dorsiflexsion/Karmic Sprain’ by Earl Grey. In this third instalment, Andyskopes takes it to some other places with these joints. Firstly; ‘Who Are You’ brings about nocturnal atmospheres; and a vibe that takes it straight to the Jungle. The drum track is banging and relentless with a berserk Amen break beat. Similarly with ‘Laterality’, the drums dominate and drive the song, and take different forms as they filter through it. It also has added percussions; some creepy, eerie pads; and an interesting choice of speech samples to complete the whole dark and enigmatic theme. So basically, we have here a fusion of Jungle, atmospheric and Intelligent Drum & Bass composed with exceptional production techniques which, brings to light as to how deep and psychologically inclined this record is.

No lie; this is really some timelessly good stuff, for many days to come. Preferably, and as intended; the whole trilogy is recommended as a unique and classical collection that summarises Inperspective Records’ musical ideology.

Words By: Tsheola Asavela

Druid Records – Seibel – Overclocking/Level Up [Review]

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Seibel is an artist who initially hails from Russia but, is now based in Cologne, Germany. He has an extensive discography, and has now added to it with two mind boggling singles; a release that marks Druid Records’ twentieth thus far.

With this release, the man Seibel is travelling on that freeway tip with the pace, action, and adrenalin as the theme which; are amongst the attributes of Drum & Bass music. I mean, considering the titles of these two joints says it all. We got ‘Overclocking’ to start with, and it packs a serious punch whilst, pretending to be calm with that simple 1-2 Step beat; the subtle sub-bass; and those stalking, scary effects (FX) that pop-up throughout the song. And then, comes in ‘Level Up’ which clearly describes the vibe that it is on, as soon as it drops. Now, we like how this song starts and ends, merely because it is one of those unique tunes that stand out and are easy to remember. From the unheard-of-before snares; to the distorted “check it out” (or something like that) voice clip; and the overall weirdness in the synthesis of the track, this one is definitely a one-of-a-kind with all due respect.

It’s a shame on us that we didn’t know Seibel before this because, we definitely dig the type of style he’s on as a producer; and how creative he is as an artist. If you are like us then, start from this release, and go back in time to his previous work and you shall be impressed, without a doubt.

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

https://soundcloud.com/seibelaudio/sets/level-up-overclocking-forth

Soul Trader Records – Precision & Subdivision – Jazz Night EP [ Review]

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Jazz Night EP, is a result of a dope team-up between Precision and Subdivision, two artists/producers both hailing from Leeds, in the UK. The two-single collaboration is presented by Soul Trader Records.

This is that sophisticated, smooth, and mature Drum & Bass we find in Jazz-Step, as well Liquid/Soulful D&B. On first play, the title track ‘Jazz Night’ which commemorates the iconic genre that has revolutionised music up ‘til today. Every element of the tune is superbly Jazzy, and made lively by the chorus of stand ovations and historical sound clips. The next track is a Liquid jam called ‘You & I’, and it is quite a relaxed and touching love song; a D&B ballad that speaks of bliss. Safe to say, that Jazz Night EP has that vintage feel to it whilst, not forgetting to keep it modern at the same time, more especially with the title song itself.

This EP is something that your father would definitely get down to, period. And, as for the rest of us, this is the kind of D&B we just relax and unwind to, no matter the weather. Safe to also say, that it is a classic piece of music.

Words By: Tsheola Asavela

http://classic.beatport.com/track/you-and-i-original-mix/9134923?utm_campaign=bp_share&utm_source=bp_share_twitter&utm_content=bp_share_track&utm_medium=bp_share_track_9134923