Cruk – Valhalla / Bring The Ruckus [Breed 12 Inches]

Breed 12 Inches bring us two new slices of pristinely crafted, high octane neurofunk from Sheffield-based producer Cruk. Valhalla leads the charge with epic breakdowns and future funk synth work underpinned by a pretty tearing bassline and a percussion section primed for maximum impact.

Over on the flip Bring The Ruckus takes absolutely no prisoners with low end that’s been scuzzed to the max and some choice Wu-Tang sampling. Danger! Check the clips below and hit up Beatport to grab this now.

Classic Track: DaVIP & Encode – Vamonos

Lifted sublabel Breed 12 Inches has been responsible for some absolute stompers since it’s inception in 2008, the biggest and badest of which is undoubtedly DaVIP & Encode’s appropriately named Vamonos.

If you’re looking for subtlety or soul then this one probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a track that will slay floors every time however, this is the one. The first time I heard this track the response was pretty much “fuck off!”, and it still hits just as hard now…absolutely slamming!

Rusty K / Centra – Riot / Collide [Breed 12 Inches]

Lifted Music sister label Breed 12 Inches return after a lengthy hiatus with a storming double-A side from two producers who are sure to become big news over the coming year. Rusty K steps up on Riot, hitting that signature Breed sound in a big way with a huge synth lead and equally massive warped bass action; full on main room destruction.

The flip comes from Centra, who some of you may recognise from his collaborations with Emperor. Collide heads for darker territory, stripping things back to drums, bass and minimal atmospherics. For all this may lack in catchy synth leads it more than makes up for it with punchy, heaving hitting snares and an evil sounding bassline. As we’ve come to expect from the Lifted/Breed camp, this is absolutely essential neurofunk business. Watch out for the release dropping at all good digital outlets from Jan 27th.

Mefjus & M-Force – Abandon / Struggle & Pain [Breed 12 Inches]

Breed 12 Inches return with another firing piece of neurofunk, this time from relative newcomers to the scene Mefjus (who’s just signed to the mighty Critical Music) and M-Force.

A side Abandon kicks the release off with some chunky basslines and sci-fi-esque melodies, while over on the flip Struggle & Pain is a tidy MC led number with eerie pads and a melancholy lyric laid over a slightly more stripped back beat.

Grab the release now from your favourite digital outlet!

October Roundup

So much great drum & bass has come into the inbox this month, it seemed like a good time for another roundup post!

First up, Ingredients have been going from strength to strength with their recent releases. The 29th label release saw them release a quality wee EP in the form of Mis En Place Pt. 1, featuring some great tracks by Villem, Mark Recoil and Foreign Concept, alongside my pick of the EP, dBridge‘s smooth remix of Kodo‘s The Jackal.

Not content to rest on their laurels, the label are gearing up for their 30th release with a 12″ from newcomers Ruffhouse, with a very tribal feel to it. Fans of the recent Loxy & Resound album on Exit should definitely have a listen to this.

Shogun sister label SGN:Ltd are back with another beauty from Technimatic (formerly Technicolour and Komatic) and as we’ve come to expect from this duo it’s smooth liquid vibes all the way. Unfinished Business leads the release but it’s She Knows It on the flip that really caught my attention.

Utopia Music‘s 10th release sees legendary producer Break teaming up with Fields, label owner Mako & Villem on a heavy techy roller. The deep atmospheric intro lulls the listener into a false sense of security before the drop, all clattering toms and low end growl.


French label IM:Ltd are back with a new EP featuring a versatile selection of tracks from a number of relatively unknown producers. You can check out the whole EP below; my picks of the bunch are Nuage’s Above Time (a lovely piano lead deep roller) and Atmospherix’s In This Life, which features some beautifully crisp breaks and a warm, simple bassline that proves just irresistible.

Critical are back with another deep release, this time featuring collabs with the vocal talent that is Riya. A side Injustice sees Riya teaming up with Sabre for a beautiful deep roller while the b-side switches production to Foreign Concept for an autonomic style melancholy half stepper. Essential purchase as usual from the Critical stable!

RAM‘s new sister label ProgRAM are back with another chunky dancefloor number from Kove in the form of Iodine/Open Ground which does the business exactly as you’d expect.

Last but not least, Lifted sister label Breed 12 Inches are back with an absolutely phenomenal release from Memtrix, who at the young age of 16 is already setting the world of drum & bass alight. Mind Control and Slipper both deliver some seriously heavy neurofunk business…one to watch for 2013, definitely big things coming from this guy!