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02 Nov 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi)
Review: On first listen, this latest missive from the Black Butter camp evokes hazy memories of stumbling down beer-soaked stairs into a sweaty basement full of 19 year-olds losing their nut to old hardcore records and rave-tinged garage rinse-outs. Certainly, "Crashed" is that kind of track. While a UK funky track, it's built around warm, Orbital-ish synth riffs, bouncy percussion and the sort of dewy-eyed, full-throated vocal stabs (presumably from vocalist Queenie) that were once the mark of original breakbeat hardcore records. As a retro-futurist garage/bass music fusion, "Crashed" is therefore both unflinchingly current and weirdly old-fashioned.
15 Apr 13
Review: Ping-ponging between labels Basslight and B-Dem, Cambridge producer Benjamin Abbott has notched up a string of impressive bass-led singles in recent times. Here he's back on the latter with a sizzling two tracker. Featuring 2-step beats and floaty and delayed synth melodies, "Cave Diving" is deep and aquatic and reflects the cover art of a swimmer in cobalt blue subterranean caves. "Epiphanies" is much darker and marries a doomy post-dubstep bassline to the familiar rhythms.
19 Mar 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Sweden's Raw fusion drop three tracks of slower, dubby grime from Sterotyp. Vocalist Warrior Queen features on the churning "Ganstap" and on the stripped and percussive "Cree." Sandwiched between the two comes the rolling "Blaze N Cook" that features Shagon on vocals.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Sw
Review: Nope, not the veteran Miami freestyle legend, this Stevie B is a modern Londoner intent on bringing back the vibes of the 90s house era. Taking a leaf from labelmate and classic house producer Jeremy Sylvester, this EP is the nearest thing to a time machine we have yet to discover. "Chain Of Links" is a mid tempo slammer that gives Gypsy Woman a run for its money. "Wanna Ride" is perkier yet somehow deep, "Caress Moi" is a garagey looped-house monster and finally "Feels So Good" takes all the above and layers some druggy vibes and sustained strings for some trippy party joy!
03 Sep 10
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03 Dec 12
Review: Richard 'Sticky' Forbes has come a long way since his "Boo!" days during the UK garage boom. Now he can be found on the roster of Big Dada - home to Wiley, Roots Manuva and erm, Speech Debelle - and making the same bonkers sounds, but with a contemporary edge. "Pedal Riddim" is an elastic band of a tune, with a taught, bouncy bassline and Popcorn style melodic bleeps. However, for those of you craving a bit more grit, the accompanying 'Sequel" plays on the same melody, but adds dirtier beats and menacing bass to devastating effect.
03 Sep 10
Played by: Aquadrop
07 Nov 11
Played by: N-Ter
Review: UTTU return with what is probably their most impressive release yet; The Sadist, a collaboration by the legendary DJ Stingray, and Unknown To The Unknown's DJ Haus. It certainly lives up to its namesake, with "The Sadist (Part One) employing a 160BPM tempo and a searing electro bassline, and furious drum programming that brings the influence of Chicago juke to Stingray's Detroit leaning template. Part two of "The Sadist" meanwhile concentrates more on rapid 808 drum programming and more fluid synths, dragging the listener remorselessly through a world of alien sounds and breakbeat bass. The remixes meanwhile are something very special indeed, with Drexciya's Heinrich Mueller reworking "The Sadist" with a slower tempo, brittle, frosty synth shards and weird transmissions from the other side, and Cestrian (aka Ali Renault) provides similarly great remix of "The Sadist Pt 2", employing all manner of analogue arpeggios in a fine approximation of Detroit's finest.
29 Oct 12
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05 Sep 11
Review: A producer who has been a go-to guy for fans of forward-thinking bass and garage for the past year, Submerse builds on the excellent momentum of his solo releases (as well as his hook-ups with Resketch) with this delicious Bento Box EP. Whether he's mining shivery R&B textures on the tear-jerkin' "Move On", creating hyped house/dubstep fusions on "Need To Know" or truly mind-bending wobblers like the appropriately named "Monster", Submerse is simply on stunning form just now.
11 Apr 11
21 Mar 11
Review: After hugely enjoying releases such as "Hold It Down" and "Get Away", we're pleased that Submerse and Resketch have treated us to another killer set of tunes in the form of the Distance EP. The dreamy beauty of the title track is pepped up by dynamic beats that flit between jacking 4/4 kicks and tricksy 2-step shuffles, while the ambiguity of Submerse's "Never Again" is simply stunning - with the soft, echoey textures letting the crisp future-garage beats shine through. Resketch's "Freefall" and "Tides of Change" are more upbeat and lively (check out the vibraphone wig-out on the latter tune) whilst still retaining a deep ambient feel.
31 Jan 11
Review: Exclusive to Juno, Submerse and Resketch reconvene after their killer "Hold It Down" release on Well Rounded. The glossy thrills of "Get Away" are on another level though - tearing up female vocal hooks and layering them over a tight future-garage beat, replete with tear-stained strings that get slowly ushered into the mix. Submerse's solo joint "2nite" is just as essential, with some speed-garage edges to the beats, a chilly set of atmospheric pads and some militant vocal chops all coming together perfectly on a soulful, post-Burial vibe.
05 Oct 09
31 Oct 11
Review: A seven-piece project from Leeds, Submotion Orchestra offer a live take on the sounds of post-dubstep, and "Always" is the second single to be taken from their debut album Finest Hour, released on Exceptional this summer. Incorporating the kind of shuffling, unpredictable rhythms and lush keys that could be mistaken for a Floating Points production, soulful vocals and a driving sense of groove, "Always" is the kind of track that could easily get dancefloors moving or soundtrack the post club wind-down. Remixes come from Laxx and Synkro; Laxx transforms the original into a dub-reggae influenced jam with some serious low end, and Synkro offers the best version, turning it into a sublime garage infused broken-beat number, and taking the vocals into Burial territory with some masterful pitchshifting.
06 Feb 12
14 May 12
Review: London via Leeds seven-piece outfit, Submotion Orchestra have been the talk of both towns and beyond recently, turning heads with their unique and refreshing take on electronica, bringing together elements of soul, ambient, dub, dubstep and jazz in their exceptional productions. This next release, "It's Not Me, It's You" provides a taster from their forthcoming album and is utterly sublime from start to finish. The intro is all sonorous vocal and scattered synth lines and gently the track progresses into a deep, ambient main part with guitar strumming, enticing looping beats and soft, textured atmospherics. The vocal comes in and out of focus with a beautiful trumpet twisting things up around the halfway point, adding a good dose of jazz to the proceedings. This is a must buy from music fans from across the spectrum.
13 Dec 12
18 Jun 12
Review: Mysterious new bass tunes - with more than a hint of tropical bounce - from Suckfake. Big funky grooves come courtesy of "Big Skank", while the huge "Bumba" adds a techno kick that's not to be messed with lightly. The icy grime-funk of "Bla" keeps things on a cunning yet minimal vibe and might just be our favourite so far.
25 Feb 10