The Night Bass crew promised an 'epic selection of new tracks...a colorful mix of styles' for the second installment of their This Is Night Bass series, and they haven't let us down. The nine sizzlers included here really do capture a snapshot of here the bass scene is currently at. Highlights include the doomy house of "Bodyback", the raw techy disco of Sinden & Bot's "Grit Manis" and the brooding jacker "Shotgun" by Landis & LaPace.
A bassline with an often quite maximal approach to production, Jack Beats resurfaces here on Rinse with the slightly more stripped back Zone EP. The title track is sturdy, bassy throbber with hints of tropical beats and an assertive vocal flow from MC Riko Dan (there's also an instrumental dub if that's not your thing). Companion track "Coupe De Ville" meanwhile, with its psychedelic 90s rave stabs and edgier beats, is the real star here.
It's been a massive year for Drumsound & Bassline Smith. Kicking off the year with "Come Alive" they then proceeded to savage the dance with the likes of "Spring Heeled Jack" and their monstrous VIP of the classic "Ladies Night". Murking done, they're bringing it back to the more anthemic radio-friendly side of their style. Armed with epic gospel vocals, it's an instant sing-along unifier when dropped at the right time. Remixes range from D&B grit (Cyantific) to gully 4/4 garage (TC4) to chugging electrohouse (Ku De Ta). Fearlessly epic.
Redlight isn't messing around, that's for damn sure. The Bristolian has already released on Mercury and Polydor, two major majors, and now he's back up on Lobster Boy with a new album! The "Intro" sets the scene perfectly to an LP that explores the various shades of house and club music, a start that falls neatly into a funky, seductive bassline house number in "Gold Teeth". "Lessons" offers listeners a bit more of a classic house sound, while cuts such as "Lion Jungle" - which features none other than Prodigy - verge onto more UK-centric, hip-hop-filtered sounds, and others like "Threshold" drop us into pop / r&b territories. The latter is particularly suited to radio playback, and it's no wonder why this guy has been released on such big labels.
Established house DJs Ralston and Henderson have individually received much support in the past from the likes of Radio1 and Rinse FM as well as many top DJs. Now they've teamed up for the commercial-orientated Makes Sense EP. There are three collabs to enjoy - the poppy and upbeat title track, the piano breakdown-laden rolling garage of "Get Ya" and the tougher afterhours pounder "Feel The Hurt".
Warsaw duo appear next on UK bass imprint Saucy with their darkside, industrial strength breaks sound. First track "Vision" sounds like Mathew Jonson's "Decompression" if it was remixed by Meat Katie. It's more straight ahead 4/4 stomp on "Infinite" that is, until, it switches back to trippy early morning breaks; one to unleash once they're really in the zone. "Tethys" sees them team up with Dosage and is a more restrained and atmospheric effort, that lets the beats do most of the talking. Finally the Archive remix of "Infinite" is a right monster with furious sub bass and body bashing beats that showcases the extreme side of UK underground music to impressive effect.
Some like it nice and some like it nasty. Lets just say that Lucent doesn't like it nice. Here are two sizzling tracks of bassy badness that push the boundaries of what we call house, garage and 4x4 in fine style. "Giving It Raw" is a laser-bass assault with strong female vocals and snappy snares. "Fully Fledged" is a deep and dark wobble swamp, into which saucer eyed clubbers will gleefully disappear. Top stuff!
Londoner Roska has been reigning supreme ever since founding his Kicks & Snares imprint back in 2007. Here he returns with a new long player, Refresh, which sees him continue to evolve from his grimey roots into newer house sounds. There are eight tracks including singles Frst &Frmst and Lean & Green. Highlights include the linear tribal vibes of opener "Waves", the sci-fi grime jam "Light Dem Up" and the dreams n' bleeps of garage-pop anthem "Higher" which features the soft vocals of Jamie George.
Nina Wilde has had an impressive run of form in 2015, and the young Wolverhampton bass head has landed herself a spot on the UK's excellent Formula imprint after a series of magnetic EP for the likes of Bass=Win and Low Pitched, among others. "Living Dead" is a deadly, slithering bass stormer that sits somewhere between dubstep and house - you can surely imagine what it sounds like. "Hustler", on the other hand, ditches the house and drops in the garage drums, making for another heavy-loaded but of mutant four-to-the-floor. Deadly.