The UK's Pelikann glides mightily high on the nu-dubstep waves these days, and he's landed firmly on the Saucy clan's catalogue with a fluttering blend of percussion-driven squelchers. "Wolf" is a sludgy, four-to-the-floor monster with plenty of wobbles and grizzly low-ends, and backed by Hywel's more stripped-back version. "Hear Me" is, of course, dark and menacing, and filled with horsepower, but the groove is leaner than its predecessor, leaving the club slashings up to the remixer, Distro. The aptly named "Fak Off" ties things off with deep bursts of power drums and bass stabs, followed by Grande's housier version of the original. Mean.
Flinging double negatives like a clown hurls custard pies, AC Slater builds on Night Bass's generous debut release with his second full-fat EP of the year. With a sound and attitude that's been cemented into the bass scene psyche for a decade, you know what to expect from him: BS-free floor-fire with added humour... And that's exactly what we get. "The Chirp" is a Dirtybird-level jacker, "Skywalker OG" taps deeper into the classic house roots with an air of late 90s Van Helden, "Waterverb" flips the trap bird before dropping into some seriously silky 4/4 wobble while "Not No Love Song" vibes with classic rave synths and a speed garage style drop that's not, not, amazing.
Formula's F2 off-shoot follows up PVC's grimey debut with two show-stopping UKG cuts from the fast-rising Tuff Culture. "It Could Be" treads a fine line between sexy and sassy with its polished keys and honeyed vocal sample and utter filth with its growling bassline. "Close", meanwhile, goes on a My Nu Leng flex with strutting 4/4 drums and an array of ghostly bass tones. Gutter business.
German up-and-comer Da Freyzaz galvanises the Soul in Soul Revolution with five slice of two-step sunshine: "Fall In Love" is a short, sweet vocal velvet number that could easily find itself on a radio playlist. "Everything U Told Me" taps into the 90s house sound with over-layered M1 synth tones, "Like A Chic" goes wild on the vocal processing over a hip-flaring 4/4 groove while the title track reaches for the lasers with lavish synth blasts over a razor sharp step rhythm. Finally we hit "Used". The darkest track of the set, this one is all about the bassline... And likely to be used and abused across the board. Bubbly.
Nidus: The focus of infection; the place in which bacteria have multiplied. The clue is in the title here... "Nidus" is an instant source of raw sickness that infect your entire dancefloor when dropped appropriately. "Come Wi Di Tune" follows suit with crafty MC vocal shots, another classic J69 toxic bassline and chop-slapping drums. Finally "Baby" sees J69 dust off his guitar and show us how ballads are done up north. Not really, it's actually the darkest strutter on the EP. Get to know.
Minty freshness from Salzburg's Demuja on Kry Wolf's evergreen SOS label. The title (and Majora's remix) track dives head first into the beat scene with a broken drum arrangement and synth tones so icy and unforgiving you'd be forgiven to think they're from Detroit. "Listen" follows with a much warmer synthetic salvo and classic house vocal snippets while "Square" is straight up jacking house that wouldn't go amiss in a Sneak or Farina showdown. Finally we hit "Just The Drums" wherein the switchy, sketchy samples and jitters wrap themselves around the beats so tightly they become the rhythm themselves.