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The Force – Videodrome EP – Serial Killaz

The Force steps up to the Serial Killaz label with a monster collective of jump up anthems strictly aimed at ripping a gaping hole in your bass bins.

Everyone loves a singalong bassline right? If that’s the case then you’re onto a winner here with both ‘Street Talk’ and the EP titled ‘Videodrome’ containing incredibly infectious pitched up high jinx. Double timed kicks and snare roll through like a VHS on fast forward which guarantee a ton of swinging jaws across the dancefloor. Gurning you say?

A Serial Killaz release wouldn’t be official without a nod to jungle and ‘Rastafari’ certainly delivers. With roots as deep as to be expected, The Force know how to craft a jungle riddim and with elements of ‘94 combined with 2018, it’s one of those sneaky riddims that will surprise even the most dedicated of train spotters.

Both ‘Safe Space’ and ‘Monster Club’ take the stance of murky and muddy basslines that leave an almost hard step like vibe behind their destruction of the speaker stack.

Licking shots with ‘Quaalude’, a final love letter to Clipz and a sure fitting one at that. Ride the impressive wave of layered up basslines and feel the vibe, which after all, is what this and every other Serial Killaz release is about. VIBES

THE FORCE (aka Jay Garratt) is a Drum & Bass Producer and DJ who has over ten years of release history under his belt. In that time THE FORCE has produced music for DJ Silver’s Nemesis Recordings, D*MindsStereotype’, J Majik’s ‘Infrared’, EZ Roller’s ‘Intercom’ and Micky Finn & Aphrodite’s ‘Urban Takeover’ and ‘Shakedown’ imprints, to name a few. During this time THE FORCE has enjoyed DJ support from many of the scene’s leading heavyweights, including Andy C, Grooverider, Hype, Ed Rush & Optical, Bassline & Drumsound, DJ Fresh, DJ Hazard, Adam F, Crissy Criss, Roni Size, DJ Die, Krust, Twisted Individual, Nicky Blackmarket, London Elecktricity and TC.

THE FORCE first cut his teeth in 2000 DJing at various nights in Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Initially holding residencies at Stealth (Wolverhampton) and Aura Orange (Birmingham). THE FORCE also played many other events in Birmingham at the time, notably H.O.G, Atomic Jam, Raveology, Pro-Session, Autumn, Break Thru and Flashback. Through his love of DnB, and the connections he made DJing at these nights, THE FORCE began on the sordid path of music production, a path he is still following today. In 2003, after two years of hard graft in the studio, things started to fall into place when he got his first release on Sudden Def Recordings, with the techy roller ‘The Subject’. Shortly after this, Micky Finn got in touch, impressed with a demo CD he’d been sent, which lead to two years of releases on Micky’s and Aphrodite’s Urban Takeover and Shakedown imprints, with one EP including a remix of Urban Shakedown’s classic ‘Arsonist’. Around the same time THE FORCE gained the attention of the EZ Rollers and scored two releases on their ‘New Skool Blazers’ series.

In 2005 THE FORCE released ‘Faithless’ on J Majik’s Infrared and ‘What Happens Here?’ on Calypso Muzak both of which brought him to the attention of D*Minds who signed him exclusively to the Bristol-based DSTYLE camp, alongside D*Minds, TC, Jakes and Eddie K. During this time THE FORCE had several releases on the camp’s Stereotype imprint, notably ‘Dub 2 Africa’, ‘Dropzone’, ‘Something Out There’ and ‘The Story’. He also became a resident at RUN, their infamous weekly night in Bristol. It was at RUN where he played alongside many of the scenes leading producers and DJs and befriended many of the Bristol faces, a time he remembers fondly.

In 2008 THE FORCE set up his own label, Rebel Bass Records, with the first release ‘Welcome To Earth’ spending two weeks in the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Drum & Bass Charts. A massive jump up track that always smashed up the dance and guaranteed a rewind every time. The success of ‘Welcome to Earth’ was followed by a run of 12” and digital EP releases on Rebel Bass, with stand out tracks ‘Anther World’, ‘Fightin Talk’, ‘One Scratch’, ‘Darkside’, ‘Ball of Fire’ and ‘Need U Now’ getting spun in clubs all over the world.

Although his releases have slowed in numbers, THE FORCE is still going strong. Over the last couple of years THE FORCE has once again started working with other labels. In 2013 he had two successful releases on Silver’s Nemesis Digital Recordings, mostly notably ‘Spread Out’, a deep jungle roller, and the ‘100 Years a Day’ EP. Now in 2018 THE FORCE has found things going full circle with his music being snapped up by another label, this time in the form of the legendary Serial Killaz , a label he is very much looking forward to working with.

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