Jump-starting his musical escapades with an EP for Four40, Skelecta makes his return and lands utterly upright on the UK's 877 with something of an anthem in the making. "Big Bad Wolf" is a collaborative effort with the one like Hybrid Theory and the duo have cooked up quite the jacker, where Dubfire-style percussion meets warped vocal shots and a militant groove. "Yuandai" is considerably more UK in nature thaks to its stepping rhythm, and "Shells", too, takes care of the grime vibes. Top stuff!
After last year's On My Mind release with Flava D, Royal T is back on Butterz with another sure shot of grimey pressure. As well as the instrumental beats, "Shotta" comes in two versions voiced by P Money and Footsie respectively with very different results. P Money brings a fierce and fiery delivery that pushes the already-hype track into dangerous levels of liveliness, while Footsie takes a more restrained approach with no less presence in his flow. Aside from those show-stealers, Royal T gets to stretch his legs on playful garage house interlude "Limbo" and the adventurous climes of "Glacier" with its melting pot of influences feeding into a truly diverse jam.
For their latest release, Project Allout promise 'pure fire' and 'real big UK garage and bass' from Notion. Well, they've not let us down with Notion stepping up to deliver three tracks guaranteed to smash dancefloors apart from here to Timbuktu. The title track features moody keyboard melodies, sharp 4x4 goodness and even a catchy pseudo rap. "Skankz" brings the bleeps, rave pads and big vocals for some wobbly garage and "How U Feel" mixes speed garage, house and urban vibes for a total sizzler.
Hailing from unlikely new bass capital Denver, Colorado, Ultra Bass have already made quite an impression internationally and to mark their 10th release they have unveiled another label compilation. Boasting '19 monster house and garage tracks straight from underground scenes across the globe', this collection really does perfectly capture the temperature of the scene right now. Highlights include the merciless big bass house steamroller "Feel It", the tropical doom-house tip of "2015 Crew 4 Real" and the bonkers hypo-step of "Magical".
Here we have two new sizzling bass bangers from Bristol's future garage hero James Mannion. He doesn't pull any punches either, with "Come Down" featuring growling bass, ghetto beats and catchy synth riffs, and the sparse title track featuring harpsichord style melodies and a hip-house style rap. Remix-wise, PVC presents some skippy, wobbly 2-step, and Crown Duels delivering the jewel in the EPs crown - a schizophrenic, hybrid of scattered beats, stop/start rhythms, eccentric bass and, of course, that rap.
Amsterdam production unit U Know The Drill first surfaced last year with some rough and ready contributions to split releases on Slapfunk and Music Is Love that evidently impressed UTTU lynchpin DJ Haus. Off The Chain finds the pair debuting on Hot Haus with a two track of rowdy, dressed to sweat house action that sits nicely alongside recent efforts on the label from Steve Murphy and Palace. The title track shamelessly embraces the art of the banger with some absolutely devilish sub bass manoeuvres, whilst "Like Thiz" initially feels a bit more restrained. Give it a minute or so and the Dutch pair unleashes a killer rave drop that ramps up the overall intensity.
London's fearsome rave reveller, Spekktrum, doesn't beat around the bush discussing his sound: "I make bassy stuff," he says. Spekktrum doesn'tdilly dally when it comes to production either, and "Babylon Bass" is a straight to the point, wobble-heavy reggae-step jam. For those wanting a little spice, the VIP mix is gets the breaks out for a dubbed-out assault. Elsewhere Dr Cryptic turns the bass to 11 and injects a lethal dose of 4x4 flow. Meanwhile, Negativ delivers a housed-up rework and Spookz closes with a UKF sizzler.
Conducta is a leader in the future garage movement and here he returns to his own bubbler from last year, Let Go, to deliver a VIP treatment. The result is a sizzling rework that's strictly for the after hours clubs - luring you in with a classic 2-step sound before dropping some big bouncy basslines, a smidgeon of wobble and soulful vocals. Boom!
The chipmunks are coming out to play on this new Bear Fresh release and they're hanging off the catchy hooks, and subsequent basslines of "Deeper" that burrow further underground by the beat once they drop. It's a fanfare of horns and devious triangle percussion on "I Need Your Love" with subtle bubbles of synths and breathy vocals giving this track as deeper disposition. These tracks are overly serious, nor are they too ironic, and they're the perfect tonic for a dancefloor hungry for garage beats, dubstep bass and housey synths.
Boom! Project Allout come swiftly through with yet more half-step talent in the form of Frampster, an artist we know little to nothing about at the moment but who can certainly shake a bassbin like no other! The title track, as the name suggests, is a gun-toting grime jerker with a stop-start motion for total dancefloor destruction and head-nodding madness, while "Appletiser" takes the same stutter but adds in a heavier dosage of bass to the equation. The same goes for "Terminator" and " Yazoo", two evil-as-hell UK bullets for the goons.
'Ghetto bass' hero Herve (aka Joshua Harvey) has been releasing his bottom-heavy party bombs for almost ten years now. His latest missive on his own Cheap Thrills label is a split EP with Jay Robinson, where he gets two tracks and Robinson gets one (we never said it was an equal split!). Anyway, it's classic Herve all the way with "Doughnuts" featuring some fizzy honky tonk piano samples welded to some mid tempo 4x4 and "Everybody Hustle" being this totally slammin' wobble-house monster. Jay then dons his "Shades" for a poundingly good vocal heavy stomper. Total party fodder.
It's been a while since we caught a vibe from Dubstep Rotterdam (or its founder Frenk for that matter) but they're making up for lost time in the best way possible here... Three tracks of distinctive dub dynamite, each cut is tailored for peaktime floor fire. "Danger Dub" is a bulbous bounce-off with a Nepali squidge to its bass tone and a kick so reliable you could trust it with your dog. "Evil Dub" is equally demonstrative - all growling basses and switching time signatures, it could throw the most eagle-eared fans off-guard. Finally we hit "Apollo Dub". A much steadier, more authentic dub-minded joint, lean back on its soft skanks and let the low end whisk you away... Welcome back Frenk.
Style hopping sensation Whistla appears to be in a very good mood indeed and it's all over his latest release. Easy to guess from the titles alone, "Love Is Joy" is crisp, repetitive speed garage soaked in luxurious deep jazzy soft goo. "Feels Like I'm In Heaven" features a jarring electro bassline, warped low vocal samples and perky synthpop top lines. Quality bass explorations!
It's been a sizable amount of time since the Don't Be Afraid main man dropped some new wares of his own, but now Semtek is back in action and appearing on Niche N' Bump with a two-pronged sure shot steeped in modern crossover concerns. The lead track "Bad Teeth" fuses metallic Detroit chord stabs with Yorkshire low end throb, and a laconic house jack makes this a slow and sizzling burner as sleazy as it is weighty. "John Of Worcester" meanwhile amps up some eerie sci-fi synth flurries and drops a cool and deadly break beat over the top of them. It's a considered and hugely effective return to the fray that hopefully spells more Semtek to come in the future.