Reading's Jook 10 is getting better at this album thing - it took ages for his debut album Darkside to arrive, and now the follow up, Contraversial, is here just one year later. Skill-wise, his spelling may be controversial, but certainly not his production techniques and here we get 10 impressive examples of them. Highlights include the tropical-keyboard-falling-down-the-stairs eccentricity of "How Come", the apocalyptic voodoo garage of "Feelings" and the slammin' speed garage bounce of "Fuse".
West Midlands finest, Nu Era, are back on their preferred label, Four 40, for more forays into the bass music universe. Their wide range of influences is again showcased here, so we get booming, badd ass, night cruiser trap on "Red Box", deep, sumptuous and off-kilter jazzy swing step on "Runaway" and wobble-heavy feelgood piano house on EP closer, "Have You".
Newcomer D Base lands on Soul Revolution for another chapter of fine bass-driven dance music and speaker-rocking delight. He's only featured on a compilation before this, so we're happy to hear what he has to say with this new EP. As expected, it's nothing but pure pleasure from the first kick-drum, a beat which quickly weaves into a shuffly garage anthem. The two-step version is more broken but nonetheless garage-centred. Check it out, it's a bomb!
There's nothing subtle about the work out London-based DJ and all-round man of mystery Rushmore. This third EP - his first for DJ Haus' Hot Haus imprint - continues in a similar vein to his first two outings for Trax Couture. That means a tough, raw blend of ghetto-tech, revivalist acid house, footwork and sub-bothering bass-house. Choose between the jacking rhythms, thunderous kick drums and Armando-ish rave stabs of "Dance Show" and "Drop Top", a cracking, in-your-face DJ tool built around footwork style handclaps, warped sub-bass and relentless drum machine cymbals. Neither track is particularly clever, but both are most certainly big.
Dan Louis debuts on the lovely Immoral Music - Cheeky D's own home label - with a fine two-tracker! "What's Love" is a fierce, slamming house tune with some of the gnarliest hi-hats we've heard in a while - sounding like great chunks of sliding metal - whereas "Memories" is pure funk. Sultry garage swings and some truly off-the-wall vocal chops. Top stuff.
MokuJin steps up with a killer new LP - all focussed on the "AM / PM" track - on his home label, Blaq. The dude hasn't released on many other labels, but everything he's made is pure fire from start to finish. Ranging from deep, sweltering bass music to garage swings and more, Mokujin is fast becoming a name in the UK game. The track features Mr.Brainz and there's a whopping six versions of it in this tight little package. Our choice cuts are the Berlin mix for its shuffling percussion, and the Future Garage mix because it's both funky and totally freaky at the same time. If you're into your garage, this is the spot this week!
Andras Szirmai - otherwise known as Sirmo - has been dealing in sultry, bass-driven floor cuts for quite some time now. This time he comes through with all guns blazing on the ever-productive Immoral Music with a tight two-tracker; "Flow" is a verified hybrid track for peak-time, where a wobbling bassline meets shuffled-out house beats, whereas "Don't Know Me" is bouncier, warmer and a little more classy. Both cuts come highly recommended!
The Squatters touch down on Vicious Bitch with a debut two-tracker for the label! Both the artists and the label are known for their nomadic qualities, where the former has released on countless up-and-coming labels, and the latter has taken on many artists from different spectrums of the bass scene. "Nudge" is a gorgeous, garage-leaning house track for the end of the night, while "Thirsty" is a little more playful and a little more funky. Deep!