Unaccustomed as they are to wrung-out remix 12"s, with Stagga's 'Sick As Sin' smacking speakers everywhere this summer, Rag & Bone present the Ultra VIP rework that smacks even more. Carefully staying true to the original and not interfering with its initial blast, this version tweaks just enough to recapture and reload that moment when the tune first dropped and demanded endless rewinds. On the flipside are two utterly brand new bangers that each provide prime time ammunition in their own right. 'Face Gets Splat' is a grime driven number which embodies trademark Stagga production with the lyrical talents of Y Dot Tzer J Bone getting into a metaphorical battle with other MCs, while 'Tha Criss Gurge Supply' pitches down a little with a haunting swagger all of it's own, coming on like more of a deep rolla for the fully dubstep intoxicated.
Welsh producer Stagga bursts onto the dubstep scene with a refreshingly new take. With a legacy in hip hop and fresh from a debut basswise release on Rossi B & Luca's Rudeez imprint, Stagga now serves up three undisputable slabs of wonkiness for the ever-industrious Rag & Bone.
Canadian producer Excision, head of Rottun Recordings, turns out two monster tracks for Rag & Bone, built to inflict maximum floor damage. Both are custom-made for fans of hard-edg dubstep; 'Wasted' is a flint-hearted exercise in cruel beat precision and the addictive qualities of filthily overdriven sub bass tones, while 'Serious Business' repeats the trick on powerfully hallucinagenic drugs. Excision is one of the rising stars in the increasingly global world of dubstep and is part of a new wave of producers hailing from the Americas. Support for previous releases from the likes of Distance, Evol Intent and Warlock and he has just finished remixing Pendulum.
Coinciding with his track on the imminent 'YM002' EP on ScanOne's Yellow Machines, the mighty Blackmass Plastics delivers an exceptional action packed four tracker that fuses heavy 4/4 bassline sounds with dirty electroid breakiness. It's been a while since we've heard something uptempo from the man who creates more tunes per hour than anybody else, but then he has been busy knocking out some excellently twisted dubstep tracks as both BMP and Crooked One. On top of this, man of the moment Kanji Kinetic (Trouble & Bass, Rag & Bone, Coin Operated) gets enlisted for remix duty and serves up an epic fix of 'Future Past' complete with old skool references and contemporary bassline flavours. The 'Mutate To Survive' EP will please many ears. Blackmass Plastics' pedigree is second to none. Already responsible for two well received solo EPs on Rag & Bone, he has also been a regular contributor to the musical output of Combat Recordings, both as artist and remixer of the likes of Scorn, King Cannibal, Cursor Minor, ScanOne and Dexorcist. Releases have also surfaced on the French label SMB, Dead Silence's Audio Illusion, Digital Distortionz and Bow Wow. And somehow he still finds time to run the 'true to the core' labels Dirty Needles and Thorn Industries.