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Played by: Godfather Sage - Noisy Meditation
Review: Australia has been a little slow to catch on to the whole post-dubstep thing, with garage inspired bass with a broken beat yet to truly catch on in the Southern Hemisphere. However, with the release of Sydney artist Amberscape, it looks as if that may be changing. Although comparisons with Burial are likely to come thick and fast, mainly due to the EP's rich atmospherics and haunted vocals, Sepalcure might be a more useful reference point: "Yuki-onna", with its sun-drenched chords and bone dry snares, is a prime example. Elsewhere, "Howiloathe" stands out with its deep house-influenced bass and 2-step rhythm, while "Kino" combines pressure cooker atmospherics with mournful vocals and "Maerd" rounds off a fine EP with a shimmering exercise in tension with all the production mastery of his North American peers. Recommended.
01 Nov 11
Played by: Bunny On Acid
23 Jan 12
Review: The fledgling Deadplate label delivers another fantastic EP of bass-heavy post-everything music. This time round it's the fresh garage-infused house sound of Artefact that gets an airing, already championed by the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Dark Sky. "Archaic Line" showcases his knack for clattering Blawan-esque percussion, offset by an atmospheric haze of foggy chords. "Deserted" meanwhile is characterised by its deep, resonating bassline, and stretched out synths which sound like a bleaker, more greyed-out take on eski grime. Topping it off is a remix of the title track from hotly-tipped young producer Graphics, who turns the hesitant, stuttering original into a straightened out house monster, complete with deep melody and bass that turns the track into a tune going to present-day London via 80s Chicago. Incredible stuff, and certainly marks Artefact and Deadplate out as artist and label to watch in 2012.
29 Aug 11
Review: The debut release from this new project from UK producer Lee Botham, Auditory Assault Recordings concentrates on the murkier side of funky-tech on this fifteen-track release. "Get 'Em Up" makes for the perfect opener, with its motivating spoken-word samples and gurgling acid bassline, while the DJ Sneak-esque hats and Chicago swing of "Keep On" make for an immediate favourite. "Fornication" will definitely hit the spot for UK bass fans, while "Fly Away Home" has a nicely playful, almost J-pop feel to it.
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Review: Speed garage label Bass Machine drop another excellent dose of blitzed beats in the shape of these new remixes of Agzamoff's "Badbwoy". J Jean & ATTOS connect the original with some hyped bassline styles, while Generator drops a more jack-house reworking whilst keeping the echoey vocals nicely in tact. Serg O's "Mega Blast" mix slots in nicely, thanks to some driving hats and claps, while DLRM goes all out for a punishing and severely hardcore dubstep treatment that's as brilliant as it is brutal.
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Played by: Souled (Fresh Minute Music), DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, The 2 Bears
Review: Altered Natives follow up on their 2009 anthem "Rass Out" with the wonderfully deep and soulful "Believe In Me". Zed Bias turns in another kinky remix with cheeky percussion whereas Aphrodisiax add a charming retro vibe to the original. New Altered Natives track "Raaatid Einstein" makes an appearance too, bringing chunky drums and soul fired organ keys with it.
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Review: Some full-on mentalist bassline magic from Italian producer Aquadrop, who goes wild on the excellent "Brukout" sounding like A1 Bassline after 19 espresso coffees! Swapping beats, chopping up vocals fearlessly and piling synths on top of each other makes for a huge amount of fun, and the half-step pop of "Waves" backs it up perfectly. The gorgeously screwed vocoder vocals of "Beautiful Girls" rounds it off in style - fierce and frenetic fun all round!
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Played by: Greg Churchill
19 Mar 12
Review: Santiago Salazar's label drops a techno release full of surprises. "Aztlan Reclaimed" is classic Detroit techno, its ghostly synths traversing a jerky, bassy groove. At the other end of the spectrum is "El Dia", a busy jacking groove featuring insistent Spanish vocal samples - think of it as the Latino riposte to Floorplan's "Baby, Baby". The title track is in the mould of DJ 3000's releases on Motech, with loose, rolling tribal beats providing the backing for a techy chord builds. Salazar himself contributes a remix of "Trinity". Playing to the kind of epic, string-drenched sound that characterises early 00s Underground Resistance, the soaring bass leads into a series of bleepy breakdowns.
25 Apr 11
Review: Milan based Italian producer Aron Araghi, aka Aquadrop, really captured our imagination with his stunning Aurora Borealis LP last year. Now his most recent single "Drops" has been picked up by Mistajam on his Radio 1Xtra show, and no wonder; Aquadrop embodies the sound of now but gives it a fresh, exotic twist. Expect chopped up, reverberating vocals, gorgeous 80s synths, warbling SFX and a layered soundscape. Perfectly articulated globular beats sit against woodblock tones, popping and perforating the otherwise hazy atmosphere. Essential.
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Review: Punch Drunk score another winner, finally unleashing Andy Mac's "Everytime" - a track which has become a secret weapon for the Bristol bass cognoscenti. There's a soulful tint to the track courtesy of the deep 2-step bass flourishes and that mournful vocal, though it's offset by some brilliantly snapping beat programming - a truly auspicious debut from the young Bristolian which can quite easily fit alongside any number of different styles! The accompanying track is just as good too, with "Asteroid Belts" delivering the best dirt filled Martian house rhythm this side of a Maurice Fulton production. A fine release from all involved.