Barnsley's finest bass producer Brent Kilner has been talking recently about switching to a brand new sound, so the My Mind EP might just be your last chance to catch him killing it before he moves on. If they are his last bass tracks, he's bowing out it style, delivering the raucous and breaky 4x4/jump up hybrid "My Mind" and the deep and moody wobbler "Boomstick". The title track also gets remixed into some doomy dubstep by Pelikan and turned into an otherworldly bass assault by Kiri.
It's been exactly a year since DJ Q and DJ Haus last collided in the studio, but boy has it been worth the wait. Three tracks and one remix from Q himself, it's an emphatic celebration of all things house, all things garage and all things party. The title track pays homage to Mr Edwards with sweet and sassy vocal splicing over a str8-up garage 4/4. Further on we get all early 90s with a mischievous compressed organ riff on "Eros. Dance" while "All Nite" looks towards mid 90s UKG when the speed garage blueprint was only just being wire-framed. Q closes the curtains with the darkest jam of the set; LFO-style basslines, a mirroring waspy riff and busted up amens buried deep in the mix.... It represents everything that's great about rave and garage's purest rudiments.
According to the blurb provided by Sounds of Sumo, Tapok is a "mysterious new artist". Whoever he or she is, the revivalist two-step garage fare offered up on this debut EP is rather tasty. Opener "Freedom" is particularly potent, with sub-bothering bass and cut-up female vocal samples riding a snappy but punishing two-step rhythm. "Just Say No" is a little sweeter, with jaunty organ keys, a bouncier groove and an early Todd Edwards feel to the production. The 4/4 inclined "Summer Magic" is excellent, too, with humid strings and swirling chords providing a little sun-kissed beauty. The package also contains a superb old skool jungle rub of "Freedom" by Kingsin, and a tropical tinged bruk-up rework of "Just Say No" by the Ange Numa Crew.
Despite being signed to AC Slater's Party Like Us label in LA, Petey Clicks makes very UK indebted bass music. This is a good thing as his productions are quite unique as a result. Here we get two new bangers -short and sweet- that are all about keeping the heat on, delivering electric body jams. "Bae" is the deeper of the two - with meaty retro house organs, speed garage hi-hats and pitched up RnB vocal snippets. However it's all about "Do U", with its relentlessly rolling percussion and nagging bassline, is one mean tropical bass roof raiser. Take that, EDM!
Having previously appeared on Nu Wave's first compilation, Tom Bull and Official Nancie's "I'll Be Waiting" receives its own release as a one-track single. Deckstar and Steve Brooke's label has given us many gems in the short time it's been active, but this is certainly one of the best tunes so far. A silky deep house groove is caught in a midst of gorgeous low-end, and of course, Offical Nancie's seductive vocals. A hazy, burner to bring the summer vibes!
Polish upstart SNIK makes his Slime debut with a hazy five-piece of subdued sub-laced soul. "Alook" kick starts the party with a progressive painting with humming pads and a tangible sensation of air and space and "Transmission" takes us on a much more introspective journey as we wriggle and writhe to a Dark Star-style muffled two-step arrangement. Further on we find him upping the tempo on "Broken Space" where skippier beats and pulsating synths give the sensation of classic Detroit and really early Botchit-style UK breaks while "Find" subverts the classic detuned synth that rave was founded on. Finally we hit "Dalli". The deepest and most delicate cut of the bunch, the two-step steams slowly into an unknown future while wasp-like sinewy arpeggios flitter amid the dreamy vocal textures. Beautiful.
Syneater hails from the US and is a big 90s fan. However although you can hear influences from that era in his music, he never goes full retro. Instead "Rat At At" is a slice of forward thinking bass music, starting from a base of 4 x 4 and dubstep, the tune explores some pretty moody deep bass zones peppered with some killer MC flow. Nasty!