Ultra Bass is a label that has been gaining steady ground with its UKF-flecked bass-house bangers. Here David Eliza adopts the well-rounded soulful tones of vocalist Jael for the synth washed break-step jam "Amazin'" and the deeper, housier "The Ride". Standout remixes here include Rare Candy's sumptuous poolside rerub of the latter and Tommy Mc's deliciously dirty basement garage rework of the former.
The newly founded In:Flux imprint launches its second release after Tik & Borrow's mutant drum-core single, and it's in the form of an extended collaborative release. Mr C goes in for the kill with three monster house mutants packed with enough low-end to send the dubstep boys into twist. Dr. Oscillator's "The Heist" is a similarly gritty and wobbled-out 4/4 lick, while Tik & Smuggla's "Scuffa Kid" goes into a more broken, swinging garage mode. These guys are setting up their own sound fast, so don't sleep and get to know.
Wayne H has traditionally released collaborative singles with the likes of Matt D and Official Nancy, but here he mans up and goes on a rogue solo mission with "Face Crunch". It's as uncompromising as ever - all haunted wobble undulations married to a snappy 4x4 frame. Boom!
Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label has really blossomed since launching in earnest in June last year, with the Detroit producer's own output complemented by contributions from the likes of Matrixxman, Danny Daze, Dance System (aka LVIS 1990) and Spatial. Saline is the third in Edgar's ongoing series of conceptual EPs themed around elements, with Saline representing Earth. How this is represented musically is open to interpretation, but Edgar is on fine fettle here, with the bleep-laden electro cut "Burn" the kind of DJ tool that can be used in all sorts of situations. "Walk Show" features the late, great DJ Rashad on vocals and is a few BPMs short of being a Night Slugs Club Constructions cut, whilst "Who's Watchin" is an exercise in how you should use cut up vocals.
Newcomer Camr makes his debut for Horizon Recordings, marking the label's thirteenth outing since its first release almost one year ago. The label's sound, although varied and non-genre specific, circulates around a distinctly UK vibe. Cramr fits into the medley perfectly and "Breeze" is a true hybrid track all round - heavy snares, a rolling sci-fi bassline and broken, looping vocals to create one hell of a hook for the floor. This is certainly not the last we're gonna hear from Cramr. Heavy duty.
Having worked away in the thriving grime scene in the UK for some time, Mr Mitch has a chance to break through to a wider audience with this release for Planet Mu, which showcases just what a diverse producer he is. "Don't Leave" is a teasing half-step pacer that sounds like it will drop at any minute, but never does, leaving the expressive synths at the forefront. "Be Somebody" lets the melodies get even more intricate and playful, while here a more rounded drum set nudges the bugging bleeps along. "Padded" is an audacious arpeggio study shot through with an R&B influence, while "Oh" drops in some helium vocal snatches over a low slung hip hop rhythm.