Blimey! London's Mike Delinquent steps out of his usual Champion home and he's brought along the legendary MC Neat with him on the ones and twos, for the newly founded Zeus Sound. The two have conjured four cuts of their new "Hype Ting" cut, the club and radio mixes being the two floor-fillers, a pair of UK garage steppers that take us back to the early noughties when the likes of Oxide & Neutrino were churning out tunes. You also get a deeper dub mix of the original, leaving room for the percussion to flex, and an instrumental, for the DJs.
This latest missive from Denver's Ultra Bass sees Bracknell duo Coity & Rykennon on a mission to revive 'the golden days of garage music'. The original take of "Lover" cleverly infuses the traditional open hi-hats, chopped vocals and plinky-plonk organ riffs of vintage garage with a more pumping, muscled-up house vibe -complete with epic breakdown. Their VIP mix ups a gear into speedier territory with a looser, lower bassline, whilst Thorn wraps things up with the piano laden, multi rhythmic deep cut that's easily the EPs stand out mix.
Six slabs of hybrid bass so big they can temporarily shut down the sun, Abyss dig deep into the future with their latest multi-artist collection. Nick Hannam's "Stumblin" struts and shakes with a Chris Lorenzo feel, all waspy high end bass and an overweight groove. Hott Like Detroit get their ghetto shake on with a B.I.G sample hook, Oris Nutone quenches his thirst on the endless 90s drinking fountain with "Keep On Dancing" while X5 Dubs chugs up a frenzy with a bassline house jam so thick you could crush a car. Finally Samantha Loveridge lays down a slinky jam that wouldn't have gone amiss on Get Physical 10 years ago while Mike Jones provides the essential hands-up cut of the set with "Long Time" thanks to its reflective chords, classic wailing vocals and sinewy acid bassline.
Earlier this year we saw Cole Train's DJ Impact team up with 'the legendary' MC Marvel as MIB for the sizzling Break It Down. So pleased with the results were Highly Swung that they've commissioned a selection of follow-up mixes to keep the party going. There are four barnstorming new reworks to choose from: some classic British garage vibes on 99db's "2 Step vocal mix", Tone2 Projeckt' speedier housed version, Zettin Zee's bottom breaky jam and best of all Save Link As' skippy bouncer.
Alesha Dixon's career has gone all over the shop since she first emerged, donkey's years ago, spitting fiery flows over Misteeq's pop-step hits. If she has veered a little too closely to end of pier territory in her time, her tune here, "The Way We Are", gets a more underground makeover from a couple of remixers - with DJ Q taking us to the good old days of late-'90s Aya Napa with a very Misteeq-sounding perky 2-step remix. Stereo Lights meanwhile looks to Ibiza with big, big, big Eurodance synth stabs on his euphoric holiday house remix.
Reading's Jook 10 is back after his Dawn LP, and the heat's not about to be let up yet. There's four new sizzlers here - the ragga MC on a boomy bass accelerator vibes of "Certified", the space invaders bass zaps of "Landing", the antagonised 4x4 wobbler "The Underground" and doomy tropical closer "Funky Comeback".
In 2012 Joe Amaral started becoming immersed in his local Toronto club scene. Inspired by the bleeding edge sounds he was hearing, he quickly started making music on a similar tip. Now we have "Interchanger", his latest tune backed up with a further four sizzling mixes. The original is a game-changing new interpretation of classic bass music - rolling snares, fizzy synth stabs and celestial, shimmering chimes. Elsewhere we get a start-stop half time bass growler from ASMR, perky and light feel-good beats from Lamont Dex, a wobbly stomper from Strange Rollers, whilst Ochtone ups the synth quota on his interpretation.
Currently celebrating their fifth birthday, Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo is an imprint that knows it's on fire right now. This latest release sees them get behind 19 year-old Phrixus from Leeds, a young producer obsessed with all things bass. The three originals here all reveal a talent with real potential -from the minimal ghetto grind of "Ghost" and the jazz tom-tom attack of "Mood 2" to the moody dubstep of "Recluse". Remix-wise She's Drunk delivers a deliciously deep and percussive take on the title track and Mood 2 is pumped up into a clap-happy, peak time joint by Mendoza.
It has to be said that the combining of the terms 'night' and 'bass' does create an extra heady image of nefarious nocturnal shenanigans. Night Bass is a Los Angeles party, the popularity of which proves that America, currently in the early throes of EDM mania, is starting to look deeper for their dancefloor kicks. This compilation, featuring both new and established talent, captures their scene perfectly - highlights including the atmospheric tech-house meets bassline joint "Wild Fire" by Jack Beats, the sparse clickety-clack heavy bass house of "Gloom" by Jay Robinson and Taiki Nulight's staccato hip-house-step bouncer "Checking Out Time".
Lucian O'Neill aka The Colonel lands firmly upright on the excellent In:Flux Audio with a bunch of hybrid tracks spanning pretty much every UK genre to date. "Bad To The Bone", for instance, is a break-ridden, trombone-led piece of two-step magic, while "Where Are We going?" is a wobbly slice of UK garage surrounded by sci-fi melodies, and "Confused Face" takes grime and spins it around its neck to create a veritable slice of electronic fusion. A similar in-out through dubstep, grim and garage is reserved for "No We Don't" and the excellent "Dem Ah Holla" featuring JPoet on the ones and twos. This stuff's red hot, check it!
Spanish bass hero A2C is back with a one-track short sharp shock, Sound Boy, following a recent compilation EP. Keeping us on our toes this new track will grab you by the short and curlies and have you dancing on speaker stacks for the next month or so until his next installment arrives. Having said that this song is uncharacteristically mellow for A2C - with a gorgeous, lilting guitar strum evoking thoughts of balmy sunsets whilst a headnodding bassline gently chugs away underneath. Mellow vibes aplenty!
It's about time someone did a bass/wine pairing session... And it's down to rising Birmingham tech monster Toni to show us how it's done. With its silky tech finish, juicy low end and ability to fit into house, bass and tech sets, "Merlot" genuinely live up to its name; smooth, fruity and versatile. The same comparisons can be made with "Rioja" without being tenuous, too... Its classic garage vocal chops give it that classic oak aged vibe while its melting pot of genres (garage, bass, house, tech) can be likened to the wine's reputation for many subtle flavours. Wine and grind!