Bolton's Digital Abyss are committed to releasing the 'deepest and dirtiest bass' and with the Dark Matter EP it seems their A&R skills are on fire. This EP compiles output by six different producers, all of whom have a mastered various forms of bass and house. Highlights include the Green-Velvet-goes-4x4 vibes of Aaron Jackson's killer "Stank", Burkie's totally warped garagey take on Robin S' "Show Me Love" and the stark, precise and sinewy UKG of Nick Hannam's "Shapes".
Bristol's shady Apexape and Chris Lorenzo (of Cause & Effect fame) have teamed up, and with their sizzling anthem "Got To Give" appearing in two forms, it's a match made in dancefloor heaven. The 'heavier' mix is just that - with a descending doom-bass riff luring us into the kind of bass-house Hades to which you must surrender. The 'lighter' mix is only slightly softer with bouncy and percussive garage-house intonations abound. 'Listen Up" is perfect mid-set fodder - all skippy beats and lovely deep synth washes. A class act.
You can rely on Paul Arnold's Fat! Imprint to deliver the goods when its comes to blistering, garage-inspired house belters! On the label's latest release, De Contrebande and Development join efforts to produce three, bass-heavy tech scorchers for your shaking pleasure. "Tell 'Em Like It Is" contains one of the tastiest basslines we've heard in yonks, and the same goes for "Die Tryin'", where the duo blend bass and house into perfect unity. Put quite simply, "Pee In A Bush" is a brain-melting grenade for the dancehall!
Better known for the expertise on funk, Jalepeno recently took a punt on house producer Marcus Jakes, and it's really paid off. Following the success of "Up To Me", he's back with a new track and he clearly can't contain his joy. "This Much" is an epic accelerator, escorted along by a deep rolling bassline before giving way to hands-in-air piano and evangelical vocals. Fans of the darkside are catered for too with SLK delivering a haunting, breaky techno version.
Deckstar and Steve Brooke's Nu Wave label has been on a roll as of late, releasing some of the best new artists around when it comes to funked-out house music. This time, label newbies Ryan & James are accompanied by Chris Pottinger on a full remix EP of their "Ain't Nobody" tune. Chris Gresswell provides a deep, subby bassline, while Cavna is in a party mood with his sample-fuelled, old-school house refix. High Society step up and deliver another bouncy house version, while Boy Raver and Pianoman team up to deliver a Chicago-inspired bomb made purely for a hot, sweaty summer dancefloor.
A lazer-bending fusion of big room and grime, Deckajam make their mission statement loud and clear: they've come to devastate the largest of crowds. With soul-stirring vocals from Laura Bayston and demonstrative rhymes from Voodoo Browne, "We Don't Care" is a heady blend that melts down genres as quickly as it hypes crowds. Remix-wise there are some really nice twists. Ice Cream legends Light Work and DJD both turn in UKG gold; the former gets rugged and raffish with a chunky 4/4 and time-stretched vocals while the latter weaves a spell-binding web of organs and lolloping two-steps. Prefer your bass of a more contemporary nature? Jump on NJC's spacious and steppy remix. Trust us, you will care about this one!