Just recently, Midlands bass duo Hybrid Theory dropped their anthemic "That's What It Is". Now they're keeping the heat on with a left hook of a follow-up EP of remixes. There are four interpretations here - a grimy garage growler by Flava D, Kissy Sell Out delivers a dirty house grinder laced with a techy fizz and Grime wraps things up with a deep and low urban snarler.
Rising Leeds producer Joedan has announced that this is the last we'll hear of him until sometime in 2015, when big things are expected upon his return. In the meantime we have The Drop EP to keep us occupied so that's good news for bass lovers everywhere. There are four sizzlers here that cover wobbly 4x4 on the title track, sultry minimal house on "Kind Of Grooves", dreamy space garage with extra bounce on "Crooked" and seductively deep UKF on "Dial Tones". That's all the bass we need for Christmas!
Legendary bassline producer DJ Q comes through with the first in a series of self-released bombshells on his own Q Recordings outlet. "Ordinary People" is a classic Q floor-filler packed with an artillery of swinging hi-hats and claps - and some lovely female vocals, of course - but you also get a 2-step mix of the same track for some extra groove flex in the groove.
Boxed resident JT The Goon returns with another Oil Gang plate, and this time arrives with Murlo in tow for some solo and collaborative action across four tracks. JT The Goon offers "Garden of Eden", a half-step piece of grime with big strings and heartwrenching square waves, while Murlo takes things on a more minimalistic tip with "Cold Stroke". Murlo also offers a remix of JT The Goon's "Twin Warriors", but it's "Plume" that offers the standout moment, a collaborative track with an anthemic lead.
An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.