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10 Dec 12
01 Jul 12
Review: The renewed Apollo imprint continues its fast moving release schedule with the debut release from Gacha. Fitting in with the label's cloudy, effervescent aesthetic instantly, "Remember" combines pitched down vocals, dreamy guitars and gentle bass over a half-stepping groove. "Bowl" meanwhile is more obviously aimed at the floor, with a rolling garage rhythm that seems to phase in and out around gentle chords swathed in tape delay.
10 Sep 11
17 Jul 11
Review: Chunky, fevered bassline-meets-speed garage from the Bass Machine label, with Generator and Dub White both making a serious impression. Generator gets hugely funky on the rap 'n' bass banger "Can't Help Myself", winding a chopped brass sample over a fat '90s bassline, while "It's Time To Get Funky" gets busy with some retro-house organs and floor-quaking low end. Dub White comes at things from a slightly more hardcore, devilish approach - throwing out of control arpeggios into the hectic beats of "Lover That You Are", while "Museum" is a true garage monster.
27 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Stex, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Hxdb, Bizt, Shox, Rack N Ruin, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Major Notes, Black Butter Records
Review: The first fruits of a working partnership between excellent tropical bass man Foamo with fellow UK producer Rack N Ruin, Gorgon City's debut surfaces on Black Butter this week. Title tune "The Crypt" draws in fellow Black Butter family members Rubi Dan and Navigator who verbalize over the dancehall/electro hybrid beats, while "The Truth" plays host to singer Janai and thrillingly fuses grimey bass with hooks and a tech-tropical beat.
21 May 12
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07 Jun 10
Review: Build boss Baobinga teams up with Ginz (from the "Purple City") and Cosmin TRG on this debut from his new label. Title tune "The Good Stank" is just as brilliant as you'd expect from this team of post-dubsteppers, with big live drums played at a half-speed and a cavalcade of bubbly synths spewing nicely over the mix, all anchored by a soulful synth melody. "I Get Ruff" on the other hand is uptempo and just as kaleidoscopic - with Baltimore-style drums and deep bass firming up the rhythm. Clearly this won't be the last diamond to come out on Build.
25 May 10
25 Feb 13
Review: Fusing the energy of garage with gothic pop songwriting, Ghosts are next up on Champion Sound to impart their crossover baiting message. There's no denying the energy worked into the rugged beat on "WLVS", while the vocals and melodics temper the rowdy bump of the drums into a more contemplative end result seemingly aimed at explicitly depicting what Burial's music has always implied. "Escort Service" is further out into leftfield with a dynamic and bugging beat that swerves any attempt to lock onto it, while the tart synth hook seems lifted from the brazen vaults of grime. "The City" is more concerned with haunting atmospherics and lingering drones in search of a more overtly downtempo end, and "Not Now My Love" rounds the EP off with yet more of that regal grandeur atop crisp, propulsive rhythms.
10 May 11
Review: New from Californian label Cordovan, GSUB drops jewels on this rough 'n' tough tropical-garage number. With tightly looped sub-chords keeping everything driving on the low-end, GSUB unleashes an incredible set of percussion hits over the top that'll make producers everywhere slack-jawed with envy and confusion. Add to that a casual but affecting vocal hook and you have one hell of a tune! Whistla takes "All I Want" to a much darker place with a re-vocalled mix, while Cali-dubstep producer Oicho arranges an eerie half-step with the stems - two nice alternatives to round off a very cool release.
17 Jan 11
Review: New on California's Cordovan label, GSUB's "Hudu" is a sleek UKF/grime banger that will seriously get under your skin despite its relative simplicity. After introducing itself with some tropical snares and tight bass hits, it breaks into a zombified Eastern horn riff which sets about transforming the tune. With the percussion handled just right with Roska-esque clarity, there's little not to love about the original, radio mix and dub versions that make up this very tasty single.
01 Aug 11
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15 Apr 13
Review: Maintaining their reputation for the most intriguing contemporary bass skulduggery on the planet, Crackling Claps introduce the fractured, seasick vibes of Genda. The second the dusty, crinkled glitches and surging fuzzy euphoria of opener "Fractal" hits you, you know this is going to take a few listens to get your head around. Sitting somewhere between Morris Cowan, Apparat and Autechre, everything about this engrosses and envelopes. From the spiralling sub-aquatic psychedelia of "Particles" to the soul-stopping synth pulsations and horn washes of "Self Similarity", this bends the mind as well breaking gravity. Make sure Genda is on your agenda...
19 Mar 12
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22 Jun 10
Played by: Paul Mac, Lud Dub, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Posthuman, Drop The Lime, Kashii, Greenmoney
Review: Big look for UK duo Greenmoney with a debut EP for A Trak's label Fools Gold backed with some killer remix action. The West London duo have been responsible for some killer UK funky inflected remixes over the past two years and the Gold Ru$h EP sees them drop some original material with a little vocal help. East London's Mz Brattz meacingly spits out over dubbed sirens, growling bass and a stepping rhythm on "Who's Greenmoney?" Lady Chann's machine gun chatter peppers "Political Hype" with brilliance (A Trak's been hammering this one) and "Suh Mi Stay" melds Serocee's infectious toasting with a burbling bassline and superlative synth stabs. Rising star Mele drops a tropical step rerub of "Who's Greenmoney?" with some evil bass stabs. Karizma steals the healines though, with an epic remix of "Suh Mi Stay", the Baltimore legend neatly edits in the Think break over a rolling percussive rhythm, adding some stereo vocal dubs and submerges a replayed, edited synth melody in the depths of the mix, only to let it rise and take over.
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04 Dec 12
Review: Less than a month after his Black Screen album for Frijsfo Beats, Geiom delivers a further EP of driving, leftfield UK funky. "Glesprin" kicks things off with its swampy, malevolent bass, pushed forward with, minimal, techy percussion. "Ferrite Gaps" offers a fairly more conventional UKF style killer, with rolling snares and angular strings, albeit covered in a woozy sense of atmosphere, while "Digitithe" is characterised by its wonky, atonal 2-step rhythms and tunnelling bass.