The original bad-boy DJ Hype and partner in crime Pascal have just dropped a very significant release on the drum’n’bass massive. While it would be impossible to qualify the most significant tunes ever released on Hype and Pascal’s Playaz label, the tunes they have sewn up for their new release are definitely close to the top of the list. The VIP EP, aka Very Important Playaz, is a collection of some notable tunes from the label’s historic catalogue, tossed in with a few newer bangers from artists currently on the Playaz roster.
Before Friction launched his massively successful Shogun Audio label, he released Robocop with co-producer Nu Balance on the Playaz label back in 2003. This track was a watershed moment for the Brighton DJ/Producer, delivering his name to a global audience. On the new VIP EP, fellow Playaz alumni Taxman gives the track a full rework, while keeping the tune’s original catchy lead synth melody. The lazy drum pattern on this remix gives the tune a different swing absent from the original. Another rinsing VIP rendition on this EP is DJ Hazard’s Food Fight. This version is what d’n’b’ers colloquially refer to as an up-front ‘stepper’, with its bouncing rhythms and aggressive synth timbres. Next up is Original Sin and Taxman’s classic tune Casino. Original Sin has given the original edit a huge injection of distortion and saturation, making this remix exponentially grittier than its predecessor. Also featured on the EP is a smashing VIP rework of Alaska by Erb n Dub & Legacy and Driller Killer by Jaydan.