The UK's Pelikann glides mightily high on the nu-dubstep waves these days, and he's landed firmly on the Saucy clan's catalogue with a fluttering blend of percussion-driven squelchers. "Wolf" is a sludgy, four-to-the-floor monster with plenty of wobbles and grizzly low-ends, and backed by Hywel's more stripped-back version. "Hear Me" is, of course, dark and menacing, and filled with horsepower, but the groove is leaner than its predecessor, leaving the club slashings up to the remixer, Distro. The aptly named "Fak Off" ties things off with deep bursts of power drums and bass stabs, followed by Grande's housier version of the original. Mean.
Midlands-based bass hero Tuff Culture has appeared on a variety of labels but keeps returning to the one he calls home, Project Allout. This time he's rustled up three more sizzling takes on all things bass. "Destiny" kicks things off by fusing piano house with gritty basement 4/4 beats, and "Questions' sees blissed-out synths blended with urban vocal samples and intricate orchestration. Finally "There's No Comin Back" expertly marries a jazzier, mellower vibe with percolating bass growls.
Formula's F2 off-shoot follows up PVC's grimey debut with two show-stopping UKG cuts from the fast-rising Tuff Culture. "It Could Be" treads a fine line between sexy and sassy with its polished keys and honeyed vocal sample and utter filth with its growling bassline. "Close", meanwhile, goes on a My Nu Leng flex with strutting 4/4 drums and an array of ghostly bass tones. Gutter business.
Nidus: The focus of infection; the place in which bacteria have multiplied. The clue is in the title here... "Nidus" is an instant source of raw sickness that infect your entire dancefloor when dropped appropriately. "Come Wi Di Tune" follows suit with crafty MC vocal shots, another classic J69 toxic bassline and chop-slapping drums. Finally "Baby" sees J69 dust off his guitar and show us how ballads are done up north. Not really, it's actually the darkest strutter on the EP. Get to know.
Hailing from Leeds, Joedan Weeks makes dance music for people who like some menace in their party jams. There are a lot of these people about as his rising popularity shows, and now he presents the Mad Vexed EP, surely bound to be his most popular release yet. "Mad Vexed" is a slammin' slice of aggro-garage that fuses angry vocal samples over tough beats and a heavy wobble bassline. The bassline gets more warped on "Nar Riddim', a bonus tropical percussion-led jam. Elsewhere the title tracks gets remixed into bouncy 4x4 by Spookz and stabby ghetto bass by Spekktrum.
It's Round Two for remixers of "Break It Down", the hit that just keeps giving to Cole Train's DJ Impact and MC Marvel's MIB. Following an earlier collection of mixes, Highly Swung have commissioned a whole bunch more. First up, Pud & Dan deliver an "Evil Dub" which is all scattershot beats and epic breaks before Tony C takes things into nasty, gloriously underground speed garage territory. Elsewhere Junior UK keeps it pop-2step whilst Statix wraps things up nicely with a manic ragga-step dub.
German up-and-comer Da Freyzaz galvanises the Soul in Soul Revolution with five slice of two-step sunshine: "Fall In Love" is a short, sweet vocal velvet number that could easily find itself on a radio playlist. "Everything U Told Me" taps into the 90s house sound with over-layered M1 synth tones, "Like A Chic" goes wild on the vocal processing over a hip-flaring 4/4 groove while the title track reaches for the lasers with lavish synth blasts over a razor sharp step rhythm. Finally we hit "Used". The darkest track of the set, this one is all about the bassline... And likely to be used and abused across the board. Bubbly.