We've been waiting for this a long, long time... "N To The Gs" is The Generals' most generous release since the "Five Star" EP two years ago. Five tracks deep, each one reminding us how hard Footsie and D Double E work. "Levels" will be recognisable to all house heads as they murk the Dickens out of a My Nu Leng vibe. "Bang Boi" updates the angular, aggy eski beat riddim with additional voices from Brakeman & Chronic while "Murking Yearly" nods its head to a classic west coast hip-hop mood. The most critical moment for many, though, will be an update of the 2003 classic "Frontline" wherein original member Monkstar returns for the first time in about a decade. Heritage hype.
You don't need to go to the big smoke to hear the latest cutting edge sounds. Don't believe us? Well look no further than the far-flung reaches of Devon for proof. Hailing from Totnes, Libra makes the kind of head-spinning, foot-stepping hybrid house that reconfigures garage into a whole new 21st century form of dance. "Need Your Love" recalls the trippier end of deep 90s vocal house, with cosmic digital sprays and loopy organ riffs. Remix-wise Archive UK takes us into boomy, doomy DnB-meets-dubstep territory, whilst Tickles gives us some moody 2-step with an extra helping of wobble for good measure.
Brighton's bass behemoth (in the making), Pavv, has already delivered some heavy vibes on labels such as This Is Bass and U Wot Blud? Now he's back with a sizzling four-tracker. The Big L EP goes hard and fast this time round, with the title being an anthemic, high-octane wobbler. "Always" takes the wobble down to its squelchiest depths, while "Where To Go" is thumpin' sci-fi 4x4 chaos. "Who's In Charge" then provides some lairy grime tropes devastating effect.
The fresh-faced Daffy & Unkey duo make their debut on Bristol's Durkle Disco for the label's twelfth outing with four raucous neo-dubstep cuts. The first, "Hustlin'" is a true head jerker, all high-speed and revved up to the max for teeth grinding; "Night Terrors" is swamped, squelching on the bottom-end and utterly nasty, while Unkey goes in alone with the broken, clap-heavy beast that is "Come To Bury You". There's also two further rewirings of "Hustlin", one by Glacci and the other by Arcane Soul.
Having recently secured this future-garage clash of the titans, a two track exclusive collaboration between space-bass man Conducta and Brighton's lunar garage hero, Moony, Artifice are (probably) doing Michael Jackson-style moonwalks with joy. Both tracks presented here possess a fury and velocity not normally encountered in the world of garage but these guys are clearly intent on hammering out their message hard and fast. "Bounce" sees warm, soulful keys waver over undulating bass and accelerated 2-steppy rhythms. "Remember" is speedier again with hard snares leading the charge over shots of wobble and retro Robin S-style organ melodies. Sweet!
U Wot Blud deliver the most exhilarating new bass sounds around, so when they select someone for their Rising Stars series you know that they're gonna be good. Here there are three producers with stars in their eyes - first up we get the sci-fi dubstep march of "Gully As Charged" by Terpsichore, before taking off with the accelerated 4x4 disco-step of 'How To Love" and the deeper, sparse rhythms of "Make My P's", both by 94 Bliss. Finally Danny Stephens steps up to the plate with the sleazy wobble-grinder "Evil Intentions". The future of bassline is looking rosy!