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Kosheen Solitude

Kosheen “Solitude” – Album Review

Kosheen Records (2013)

Making up for lost time following their five-year hiatus, trip-hop/drum ‘n’ bass trio Kosheen now return with their second studio album in just over twelve months and one which is also intended to “represent the band breaking free from some behind-the-scenes stuff,” Solitude. The band’s mission statement would suggest that a reinvention is on the cards. But disappointingly, the majority of its eleven tracks stick to the same kind of […]


Introducing: Wilkinson

Perhaps the only drum ‘n’ bass artist whose first production was a remix of a Christina Aguilera song, 24-year-old Mark Wilkinson’s career might have started in slightly inauspicious circumstances. But alongside label mates Chase & Status and Sub Focus, his bass-heavy sound is being credited with reviving the commercial fortunes of the genre. Born in Twickenham, South West London, Wilkinson first developed a love of dance music, and in particular […]

Sub Focus Torus

Sub Focus “Torus” – Album Review

Virgin (2013)

Alongside the likes of Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Pendulum, British producer Nick Douwma, aka Sub Focus, has been instrumental in drum ‘n’ bass’s second rise from the underground back into the mainstream. But as on his self-titled debut, the 31-year-old has expanded upon the scene’s usual breakneck speed rhythms and adrenaline-pumping basslines for his second album, Torus. Opening with the booming voice of a U.S. commander sampled from […]


Rudimental “Home” – Album Review

Warner Music UK (2013)

Just six months after DJ Fresh and Rita Ora took drum ‘n’ bass to the top of the UK charts for the very first time, Rudimental’s gospel-tinged “Feel The Love” repeated the feat to confirm that its revival was now in full swing. However, the South London quartet’s decision to embrace the entire urban spectrum on their debut album, Home, suggests they’re not interested in being pigeon-holed as the genre’s […]


Goldie “The Alchemist 1992-2012” Album Review

Rhino (2013)

To the younger generation, sparkly-toothed Goldie is best-known as the James Bond baddie in The World Is Not Enough, the first contestant to be booted off both Celebrity Big Brother 2 and Strictly Come Dancing and most recently, an unlikely comrade of Prince Harry after the pair worked together on a nationwide search for young musical talent. To the drum ‘n’ bass heads of the 90s though, he will always […]


Hadouken! Aim For the Big League on “Every Weekend”

Surface Noise Records (2013)

With their chaotic blend of breakneck speed techno, riotous dub-metal and punishing hip-hop, London quintet Hadouken! once had the whole grindie, nu-rave, dance-punk, whatever you want to call it scene virtually sewn up. But with the whole EDM movement exploding during their two year absence, the band now find themselves competing with the whole US brostep crowd for their third album, Every Weekend. Now on their own Surface Noise Recordings […]


Two Fingers “Stunt Rhythms”: Album Review

Ninja Tunes (2012)

Reviving the Two Fingers side-project he created with British drum ‘n’ bass producer Doubleclick, hugely influential Quebec-based Brazilian DJ Amon Tobin turns his hard-hitting electro attentions to the B-boy era with this lovingly-crafted homage to 80s hip-hop. Unlike 2009’s self-titled effort, which featured guest vocals from grime rapper Sway, Stunt Rhythms is purely an instrumental affair. On the dizzying headrushes of “Lock 86,” a hard-hitting old-skool journey back to the […]


Introducing: Jess Mills

There’s been much made over the fact that Jess Mills, the daughter of Labour Member of Parliament Tessa Jowell, has embraced the world of dubstep, drum n’ bass and trip-hop with such style. As if it’s unfathomable that anyone associated with the world of politics could possibly have anything in common with a sound synonymous with pirate radio stations and London council estates. Not that the 30-year-old should have to […]