Powerful sonic slappage from Brighton badman Jook. Sitting somewhere between grime, dubstep and tech funk, all three cuts live to up the Certified Banger status. "Lean Back" is all about the tightly cut stabs that wrap themselves around the stop/start kicks and snares, "Alarmed" is all about the wobbles and is just waiting for a fiery flow of MC damage while "Lucy" shows us Jook's softer, star-gazing side thanks to velvet arpeggios and some really interesting sample textures buried deep among the beats.
Having already been dubbed 'fire' by Krissi B and also bigged up by Butterz, the hype around the Wait EP is growing. Back with a bang, the release kicks off with Vital Techniques' speedy hacksaw-bass jam, "Make Me Feel", before Mikey B's "Damage" delivers some seriously aggressive wobble action. Then they pair up for the orchestrated dubby 2-step gem, "Wait".
Massive Madd Inc tune "Lock Dem Off" gets serious remix treatment from drum and bass royalty. Dancefloor insanity ensues. Serial Killaz take the first shot with a typically dangerous build up followed by the largest dancehall wind the drum and bass community could handle. Voltage rumbles through on a dark bass tip, Liondub switches off the hysteria and pares things back, taking a minimal glance at the original. Paleface takes an Old Skool garage turn, changing the vibes completely and logan hunter tackles a deep house remix head on. You've never heard Madd Inc like this before.
Scottish soundboys Bryan and Batosz follow in the footsteps of My Nu Leng, Hostage, Distro and Transcode with their 877 label debut. Three tracks of premium bass that lend themselves perfectly to tech, deep, breaks, house and dubstep sets, it's an all-out dancefloor demolition; "Kosa" rumbles with understated warped low end messages and an unrelenting kicks, "Conduct" is all about the dagger-sharp steps while "Fallout" hammers home with a 4/4 so crunchy, toxic and industrial environmentalists are rumoured to be setting up a petition to ban it. Good luck to them.
Anglophile US producer Petey Clicks has made a name for himself with his impressively authentic take on underground UK bass sounds. He does so with his own unique twist of course, and this can be heard throughout. "Trash" starts things in a lairy mood with speedy 2-step beats, nasty bass and raw vocals. From there "If Ya" slams some raw tribal house into the mix, "Like Body" is lean muscular 4x4 and "The One" is a diva-garage anthem in the making.
We've often thought that there's something in the air down Bristol way, how else does the city produce so many top bass producers? Notion is not just one of many though, this Bristolian is a master of UKG influenced bangers with his own unique twist. A hysterical cacophony of pitched up and down vocals samples crown the skippy, wobbly-heavy title track. Elsewhere "Drowzy" is slinky 4x4 with some killer warped bass and "Crooklyn" samples Crooklyn Dodgers for a merciless digital dub slammer.
Brighton's Dismantle has gotten the attention of big dubstep DJ's and producers over the last few years, and he continues his impressive line of form with a new EP for T-Power's Digital Soundboy. He's brought four tracks fo pure bass aling with him; "If Not" is a tune without genre but it's certainly one which crosses the wires and mashes up house, bashment and more; "Minnion" breaks the tempo down and comes out with a stumbled groove and one hell of a percussive hook; title track "Stranded" is an unexpected carnival monster, a hybrid tune with a heavy low-end, bumpy percussion and racket and those inimitable Brazilian melodies.
While Herve's presence, along with the likes of The Crookers, may not be in the spotlight like it was around the turn of the decade, he's still holding firm. Herve pays homage to a sound he help pioneer in his Future Fidget mix of this single which riffs on old school rave themes with that classic cut up sound. It stems from a production which essentially sounds like a vocal house jam from the summer of love. Jay Robinson, on the other hand, with a huge drop to boot, delivers a bassline makeover that lovers of anything dirty will want to revel in until the sunrise.
Laidback Luke? No, Jason Laidback, to be exact. Purveyor of nu-skool breaks for close to two decades and formerly part of Finger Lickin' duo Slyde, it seems he's back! "Smoker Toker" is yet another tribute to everyone's favourite herb in the form of a dirty late night garage tip. "Oz Voodoo" is a return to form for Laidback, showing us his electrofied, in your face breaks he's known for. Finally "Smoker Toker" gets an instrumental version for those hot fond on the green monologue of the original.
Label boss Sunship has decided its collaboration time, presenting a meeting of minds with Lost Souljah for the eponymous label's latest release. There are four tracks here with a couple of remixes, all of which bring out the devil in the duo's inspirations. "Lighter" kicks things off as a lairy tropical ghetto anthem, "Skinny Bitch" is a well-proper warning to impressionable girls influenced by a warped fashion industry, "Psycho" is skippy-wobble and "Bust It" is a barrage of vicious street beats. Q Block turns the latter into slow dubstep, whilst the former also gets a booming dub revision.
Better known as one-half of Se7en Deadly Breaks, Aaron K is developing a strong reputation for his own solo work too. Saucy Records have certainly clocked this and have signed him up for new tune "Everything". The original sees Joe Peng (frontman of Laid Blak) and K-pop singer Tita Lau electrically combine on this rolling ragga-garage anthem. AK reworks his own track again in the soft and synthier 808 Steppa mix. Last but not least, Kurse closes proceedings with an epic, string-sample-heavy rave-tinged version.
Soul Revolution was opened by veteran 2-step DJ Mike Millrain to provide a home for the deeper styles of garage and bass emanating from studios around the UK. He's found a gem in the shady GWM, who here delivers three searing cuts on the Juicy Pump EP. With its big diva vocal line and urgent breaky rhythms, "Keep The Music" is an anthem in the making, "I Was There" features tough, scattershot beats as heard through a melancholic smoky fug and "About Worries" wraps things up nicely with tribal beats, melodic bass and gentle, spacey pads.
Tinkering with genres like a crazy gene scientist, Blaq bossman Mokujin returns to L2S with three chop-slapping strutters. "Dare" oozes subtlety as jazzy chords and an insistent vocal snippet work together to create a groove and hook that nags relentlessly. "A Lickle Sumtin'" takes us deeper into jacking territory with a bigger vocal cut and a slap-happy drive that wouldn't go amiss in a Derrick Carter set. Need even more of a punch? Jump on his 'techno garage' version of "Dare". With its buried-but-beefy kicks and dense atmosphere there's a strong whiff of Underground Resistance to this, exploiting every shard of ice from those minor keys.
Run by veterans Ramsey and Fen, Bug Records is all about keeping the funky end of things alive. Here they present one strictly for the DJs, with DJ Fen offering up three essential dancefloor tools: the perky vintage 2-step of "Bug (dub)", the soulful UKG of "The Fields" and the edgier, organ-garage of "Keep On Moving".
Here we have a sparks-filled collaboration between two UK bass ninjas, Danny Rich (founder of Major League Hustlaz) and Compound Audio boss Dapz. The pair flex their respective muscles over the two supplied versions of "My Style", with the Drum & Bass version being a tough, martial arts themed slammer. The UK Garage version meanwhile is the more party-friendly version, boasting an accelerated bouncy bassline and speedy beats.
What with the success of both the original and the follow-up remixes, MIB (aka DJ Impact and MC Marvel) have struck sonic gold with their club hit Break It Down. Here we get another sequel in the shape of a third collection of mixes. Operator S delivers a slick 'n bouncy UKG jam, 2 Rotten Scoundrels opt for wobbly bass toughness and Erban Fox looks back to the noughties for some 'white isle electro-house' (also supplied in a darker version). Finally Cellardore wraps things up with a booming minimal bass monster.
London's Roska shoots through another killer of an EP with new signing Jodo Kast on his Kicks & Snares imprint, and it's rough n' ready pseudo grime, as per usual. "Start The Chase" is an r&b-driven stutter-house bomb for floor pulverizing; "Capstone" truly kicks and snares its way through the mix with gun-toting percussion blasts; "Lights Down Low" goes for a more classic garage kinda vibe on its beats and female vocals; "I Want U" ties things off in house mode, for the DJs.
With a reputation like that of Slime's, when they present their idea of garage future, it tends to be pretty definitive. Here they've done it again with a second installment of Future Sound Of Garage 2. There are 28 new joints here, all bursting with futuristic fizz. Highlights include the robo 2-step opener "Dreams" by Cup & String, the nasty bass and speedy beats of Conducta's "Be Strong" and the warm, washing synth waves of melodic bliss-popper "Goin In" by David Eliza. The future's safe in the hands of Slime!