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27 May 13
Review: For his debut on Phucked Recordings, 1Point5 has delivered a very impressively produced offering indeed. Intricate, 2-step infused beats jostle for supremacy with bouncy dubby bass notes and a slick vocal from Al Rolfe, before they conclude that basically they all win. Remix wise, Moxix opts for a synth heavy post dubstep reworking replete with crying baby sampling whilst Nu-Direction offers up a futuristic doomy D&B revision.
17 May 13
10 May 13
12 May 13
Played by: Big Dope P, King, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Urban Knights, Benny Kane
Review: Bristol's DJ Die has gone one better than signing Addison Groove to his Gutterfunk imprint, he's only gone and collaborated with him on both tracks here as well! The footwork-influenced side project of Headhunter, Addison Groove assumes charge of "Keyhole" - a stripped back excursion into sultry voodoo beats. Meanwhile on "Hydropump", DJ Die takes the lead steering this ship into breaky hip-house waters in the process.
10 May 13
27 May 13
Review: Andy Jay and S-Tee are keeping up the good work with another new production that keeps them a fresh prospect despite having been around for ages. For this key tune they've left no stone unturned, supplying no less than six versions, all covering a different dance genre. Of the six our picks are the dark and bassy 2-step mix, the party-startin' dub house mix and best of all, the sultry edge of the tech mix.
04 Jun 13
Review: Now firmly entrenched in the Dim Mak roster, these rising electro-house producers see their collaboration with Felix Cartal - the anthemic "The Alarm" - get reworked by a host of other acts. Keys N Krates take things in a commercial trap direction while retaining the high-pitched escalations, Charlie Darker is pure maximal, with everything (the Mad Decent beats, the ott trance synths from the chorus, the Ed Banger-style noisiness) turned up to 11. Finally Eric Rincon's '3Ball Bootleg' version takes us on a funky Latin excursion.
13 Jun 13
10 Jun 13
Played by: Mat Cant
05 May 13
20 May 13
Review: London via North Devon imprint Shifting Peaks are keeping the party pressure on with this bumper-packed EP. It's a label debut from duo De$ignated (Nima Bazrcar and Rory Bowyer) who split their time between London and Hampshire. Having garnered some major hype from a string of remixes, they've managed to secure Kyiki from Crystal Fighters for this, this own single. "Valentine" mixes fuzzy urban funk with old skool 2-step and half time breaks. "Russian Roulette" however is a much harder post-dubstep gurning banger. Best of the remixes is Kaveh's thumping acidic afterhours workout.
13 May 13
Review: The unprecedented rush that's met each upcoming funky-house-garage-bassline producer in recent months has plastered the pillars of the bass music spectrum with the tags and new sounds of a scene that's forging itself before our very eyes. Debian Blak has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 and has created a stir with previous remixes and bootlegs. This, his first ever full length release, chronicles his musical journeys on his very rapid ascent to bass music stardom. From the lush soundscapes and retro bleeps of "Dive" to the deep, contemplative tones of "Where You", Blak is a man intent on building his own structure on the never-ending tower that is modern bass music. God speed, Debian.
06 May 13
Review: Space soul superstar Deft defies the assumption that all Croydon boys are gnarly dubstep champions with this startling exercise in genre defying. "Let's Hook Up" is a warped and weirded out love song with spooky processed vocals and a well textured, off-beat groove. "Lucid/Overline" is a dreamy, sludgy 4/4 slug-out while "Loqux & Past" rides roughshod on some very trippy drum works. Going through the motions? Then cheer yourself up and go through "The Motions".
08 Jun 13
Review: This er, young kid (Tom Guerriero-Davies) from Nottingham, is tearing it up with this tune, getting plays on Rinse FM and more. Although he describes his sound as a variant of 2-step, it really doesn't do this tune justice. In fact it's a pretty hard record to categorise, other than it's a brilliant slice of haunting future tropical in which Della just rinses all the sounds, samples and riffs at his disposal to sound like, well, nothing else around. Remix-wise we also get quirky garage from Nomi and some seriously haunted house courtesy of AtsuBox.
06 May 13
Review: Bringing further evolution in the realm of footwork, one of the scene's heavy hitters DJ Earl drops this self-assured EP which lets a little heart and soul into the manic machinations of his chosen discipline. Opening track "I Feel It" embraces full-bodied vocals and warm melodies, while "I Need You" gets deep into a Rhodes refrain, all the while twitching away at the heightened BPMs of classic footwork. "Alive N' Well" goes as far as to reach for some chunky Detroit chords, while "Ambienttt" somewhat ironically represents the feistiest cut on the release with a more head-nagging refrain that seems more in line with classic Chicago juking.
06 May 13
Review: If techy tropical is your thing, than Mr Eastwood is going make your day, punk. "U Ain't Ready" is a killer example of reggaeton-infused, clean electronic machine funk. Things get trippier with the bleepy electro of Untold's 2010 mix, while the aptly named Spooky remix is dark enough to scare the bejayjus out of even the most hardened bass freak.
06 May 13
Review: Although hailing from Russia, this young producer's heart defiantly resides in the UK. All aspects of UK underground, from The Chemicals to UKF, are his chief musical influences and it really shows in his productions. "Love 4 U" is all UK garage swing and perky house stabs. "My Baby" takes those stabs even further and mixes in some 2-step for a back in the day Ayia Napa feel. Remix-wise it's all about the cheap drum machine assault of Lojt's 4x4 version.
17 May 13
Review: It's not every day we come across underground bass artists named after an actress in a 1980s soap, Dynasty, but it takes all sorts as they say. Musically this is seriously next level stuff: "I Can't Hide" is twisted and contorted tribal house with half time breaks and a killer cowbell. "No Way Back" is similarly bonkers but drowns everything is neon synths. Remixers include The Druid Cloak (sounds like a Brazilian carnival stumbling into a rave), Kresy (slow, emotional house) and Rohan (even deeper still; adding melancholic keyboards and cut up vocals for what's possibly the stand-out track).
20 May 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Lucent, Allmostt, Funk And Filth, Benny Kane
Review: Originally released spring 2012, Foamo's monstrously heavy bass chugger "Sherlock" gets the treatment from a variety of talented players. Kry Wolf drop the tempo slightly for a resonant UKG strut, Taiki & Nulight continue the garage vibe with a more uptempo, menacing bass motif, Millions Like Us add some cinematic breakbeats and shivering synth washes to the mix, My Nu Leng take a leaf out of Bassbin Twin's booty-bass book while LKid calms us down with a very neat, early 90s house version. A great spread and not a duff rub in sight.
27 May 13
Review: If you're after some sizzling dancefloor bombs with a heavy bias on the bass then you've got two killer options right here. "2-4-6" is a super-synthetic slice of UKF, full of bleepy bass notes, dubby vox and stuttering keyboards. On the digital flipside, Desto, clocks in with a moody and slower tropical grinder that's full of tensions and midnight madness.