Spooky touches bass on the impressive Project Allout - we hope that you noticed the pun there - with his usual bag of tricks, this time in the form of "Bun Fire", a fast-paced breakbeat stomper coated in a healthy bit of dubstep wobble and boasting a drum & bass sensibility in the school of thought of your Dj Hazards. There a fine artillery of remixers who all twist and mangle the original up in fine style: Notion, Moony, Dubzta, and Trends all deliver the goods, the latter being particularly impressive with his grime reinterpretation. Fireee!
Hot on the heels of his well-received debut EP, Great Ideas, newcomer Aotoa drops a similarly impressive first full length. The genius of his debut style is its' unfussy simplicity; really, it's little more than a blend of downtempo electronica and UK bass influences (think dubstep, two-step garage and trap), but it really hits the spot. It's a formula that allows him to go in different directions whilst retaining an attractive air of intergalactic exploration. There are some neat musical touches throughout - see the twinkling pianos and dubbed-out vocal samples of "CIO", the spiraling synths of "Take Forever" and blazed hip-hop influences of "Alone Now" - and there's enough big dancefloor moments (see the rave-inspired "Come On People", in particular) to appease those looking for bangers.
Sunday Roast is back on the menu, and this time he's serving up five courses of pure UK Bass nastiness (in a good way). Highlights this time round include the primal thump of "Don't You", the sinister, white noise fizz-attack, "Horse Power" and the speedy dark shuffler "Radiowho". A real return to form.
Here we have a mini label showcase with Second To None presenting two sizzlers by two top names on their roster. First up Northern powerhouse Brent Kilner slam-dunks the sped-up RnB vocals, big breakdowns and relentless wobble of "What 2 Do" straight into our ears. Meanwhile the shady Onix goes slower and heavier with the percussive 4x4 pounder "Pressure". Fierce beats.
Horror bass, it's a thing. Well, it certainly is if you ask Hostage, its chief proponent. Here on the "Tetralogy EP" this Scots producer continues the course already set by his recent Bladderwrack EP also for 877, with dark house blending with more techno elements and dubby wobble too. Highlights include the sinister strings and cowbell bounce of "Grunt", the harder tribal-tech of "Ruff" and EP standout, the creepy house thumper, "Bang Bang".
Californian duo Kairos (aka Eric Yandall and Sascha Nowlin) are literally smokin' right now with their unique take on bass music burning up dancefloors left, right and centre. Following on from fellow American producer Petey Clicks, they too release an EP on the ever-savvy Night Bass. "Hotfire" features four tracks that draw on a wide range of influences, including UK garage and wobble on "I Need You", party breaks on "Pivotal" and even good old fidget house on "Yesterday".
In his first EP away from recent home Tumble Audio, edgy UKG fella Deadbeat resurfaces here with Out Of Line on the F2 label. There are two new sizzlers to devour - the title track with all its skippy, wobble-heavy attitude and the sample-laden, aggressive bleep-fest, "Young Hustlaz".
Young Nottingham house sensation Philip George claims that he just wants to dance. He clearly likes to dance a lot, as this new track "Alone No More" (with pal Anton Powers) comes with a whopping 11 remixes to choose from! If you don't find something here to make you dance, well, we give up! The original is pure, radio-friendly commercial dance, with breathy needy vocals and an infectious Robin S-style melody. Remix highlights include Tom Zanetti & KO Kane's more underground electro-housier and Distant Light's choppy 2-stepper.
London's Spookz is on a remix tip right now, what with his recent British Are Coming mini remix album and now these five reworks of his wobble-heavy pounder, "What Is This". Joedan is up first, delivering a doomy and sparse techy soundscape, Jonah sticks more to the formula but welds the originals 4x4 wobble to some of the most amazingly menacing bass throbs we've ever heard and Nina Wilde opts for big breaks and some big bass bounce. Sirmo weaves in a little housey swagger and Vitamindevo gets nasty with some muscled-up electro-house vibes.