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Bristol's bass supremacy is under threat from Sheffield's formidable Project Allout, who have literally gone all out by rounding up 21 heavyweight jams to prove it. With such heavy ammo who is foolish enough to try and resist? Not us, and if we really had to pick, some of our favourites would be Adam Mac's doomy, empty rainy street vibes on the haunting "Cold Side", the accelerated, pinged up, soulful 4 x 4 banger "Deep" by Deadbeat UK and the percussive dancehall infused synth bass monster, "Likkie Vibez" by Juzlo. The Allout revolution, don't fight it, feel it!
Reading's bass champ Sunday Roast has loaded up with five dancefloor straddling beasts here on the Barbarian EP. Never one to take prisoners, he's not about to start now. Highlights include opener "Core', a fire breathing bass dragon of a thing with cowbells and bounce in all the right places, "Freak" is a 4 x 4 peak time jam that goes heavy on the 808s claps but it's the sizzling bass throbs and housey pianos riffs of "Day Pitch" that really wins this battle.
For those who don't know, Hypho is a rising talent in the bass game and his quest to reach the top level has gotten closer thanks to this latest injection of low frequencies for the 877 label. "Wartime" is the perfect lead tune, a string-led pseudo grime instrumental with a perfectly executed percussive rhythm, and "Pinch" follows a similar path thanks to its slithering beats. There is a collaboration with Squane on "Hack", a futuristic grime roller with a mean collection of beats and hollow melodies, which is followed by Majora's remix of "Wartime", a more uplifting version of the tune, and a Vital Techniques reinterpretation of "Pinch". Smoking bangers guaranteed!
Pure, unadulterated filth, that's what this Wittyboy exclusively deals in. We bet he chuckles demonically with the knowledge of the bass-induced mayhem that follows him in his wake. Here the mischievous Londoner returns with three new punch lines for the mighty Chip Butty. First up "Shakedown" is all about setting the tone with some classic 4 x 4 bounce, next "Back-Up Plan" deals out some seriously nasty staccato breaks and finally there are dancehall MC vibes added to the skippy beats of the purely evil "Warlord". Witty? This is no laughing matter!
Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers label has now reached the fifth instalment of the increasingly respected Sub Slayers Series. He's scored a real coup here, by signing up rising 21-year old producer Toronto Is Broken to both curate the tracklist and provide an exclusive mix too. The focus this time round is firmly on garage and bass, and there are 26 bleeding edge selections to explore. Highlights include the aquatic synth pads and bottom end rumbles of Sourkrush's "Giving Me Life (Dead Belly mix)", the haunted soul-step of "Laundry Time" by Atomic Drop and the grimey dancehall of "Twinkle" by Gella.
These guys are a self-professed Muscovite 'musical tandem' who specialise in deep house and garage with old skool flavours. Here they've teamed up with the Night Bass crew to unveil the Weegle EP. Russians know toughness and these guys are no exception delivering three dancefloor pulverisers for our listening pleasure. The title track is peak time mayhem, with a catchy ghetto chorus married to the skippiest beats and crunchiest bass you've ever heard. Elsewhere "Next Level" is a UKF with extra punishing bottom end and lastly "High Volume" delivers the wobble with nowhere to hide.
Representing the south coast massive, duo Tengu have been crafting premier league house/garage/bass jams for a few years now. "Dirtyyy" is probably their toughest club banger yet, with swollen bass undulations and tropical rhythms a plenty. Forbid also steps in to add some more rolling housier vibes to the tune before the guys return with Albzzy for a low slung DJ tool, all sparse 4 x 4 drums and haunting synths. Rounding things the pair are joined by Karl Vincent for the hard-hitting "Kaifeng" which shows us just how fun the dark side of speed garage can be.
Bass mad Leicester DJ, Deelay, has been rinsing it since the age of 16, inspired by the early pirate radio days and heroes such as EZ and Todd Edwards. Here he rocks up with two new cuts that will make everybody sit up and take notice, and dance even. Maybe. "Like They Know" is a clever slice of rolling bassline house that's steeped in vintage garage sounds and dreamy organ chord progressions. On the digital flipside "Break" is a speedier affair -all hypey swishes, relentless stabby riffs and urgent skippy beats.
Yes. It's time for Flava D to take the control of the Fabriclive series, and we'd been expecting this one for quite some time. Danielle Gooding has been a big part of the club's Friday night dynasty over the last three years, and her DJ sets are always an utterly safe and reassuring collection of UK house and anything bass-related - you know you're in safe hands when you jump onto a dance floor guided by Flava D, it's that simple. This thirty track monster spans all the subgenres and styles of bass, with new and unreleased music from the likes of Champion, Myd, Randomer, Negativ, Skapes and many others. You know the drill: new Fabric mix compilation = buy and download that s*** on sight.
Exclusives
DOCTOR NICK - Hot Air (NM Records) - exclusive 22-07-2016
HYPHO - Wartime EP (877) - exclusive 29-07-2016
SUNDAY ROAST - Barbarian EP (Soulserious) - exclusive 31-12-2016
Exclusives
VOLAC - Grow Up (NIght Bass)
DIGITAL PILGRIMZ - I Need U (Ultra Bass) - exclusive 20-07-2016
VITAL TECHNIQUES - Battleground EP (Second To None Music) - exclusive 15-07-2016
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