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18 Jul 10
19 Sep 11
Played by: Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), DJ Cable, Marcel Knopf, Alkalino, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Attack Yourself!, Boska, Bunny On Acid, Urban Knights, Gsd, Kry Wolf, Breakbeat.is, West Norwood Cassette Library, Mistaken Identity, DJ Q
Review: The latest release from the Glaswegian imprint adds a further sheen of excellence in a year where Numbers has really knuckled down and concentrated on a schedule of multi faceted releases. Such has been the demand for Mosca's debut on the Numbers imprint, the London based producer cheekily took to touting advance DJ copies of Do Me Wrong via Facebook. Both tracks here are fully poised for the floor, priming a throwback Bassline / UK G swing dipped in a nowness from Mosca that's been evident on drops for Night Slugs and Fat City. Unusually, it's the B Side that's garnered the most attention, which is odd as "Done Me Wrong" is excellent, reigning in vintage female hollerations over clipping rhythms, swamping basslines and parping synths that pay homage to the classic "RIP Groove". Flipside, the more celebrated "Bax" is a dual assault on your senses, murky sub bass jabbing at your ribs, whilst the sweet cooing vocals whisper sweet nothings in your ears. All this is underpinned by a skipping mid 90s flex heavy on the neon stabs that has warehouse jam written all over it.
07 Feb 10
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10 Nov 09
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02 Nov 08
22 May 12
Played by: Santero, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Mental Overdrive, Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Tom Central, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), Flash Atkins, Mooqee, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Pan-Pot, Hxdb, The Funk Hunters, Shouts!, Greenmoney, Urban Knights, Liz-E, D3adl1ne, Rack N Ruin, Nhan Solo, Soul Clap, Black Butter Records, Zombie Nation, Laidback Luke
Review: Having made his debut on Claude Von Stroke's Dirtybird way back in 2005, multi-talented San Fran electro-bass producer Justin Martin makes his full-length debut with this excellent LP. Luckily for fans of last year's excellent, juke-influenced collaboration with Ardalan, "Lezgo", there's a VIP mix included here that makes for a bigger, more building rerub, while Martin also does a great job covering Goldie's seminal "Kemistry" - adding some real venom and bite in the process. Look out for the deep and twisting "Ruff Stuff" and the syrupy "Night Calling" too.
04 Feb 10
01 Dec 08
Played by: Benji B
02 May 10
17 Jun 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Platform, Physical Illusion, Syncopix, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Winter, S Man, Nsekt, Liz-E, Notion, Mikal, Protect Audio
Review: The ever-reliable Shogun Audio imprint, co-owned by DJ Friction and K-Tee, presents the next release in a slew of quality singles. This time the magic is brought to us by the Spectrasoul boys who team up with talented vocalist Tamara Blessa on the title track "Away With Me"; the result is a soulful slice of sexiness with white noise crackling beats and an enticing vocal driving things along. Calibre provides a lush interpretation with gentle, pattering drums and pulsing bass, underpinned by dreamy instrumentals, while dubstep darling Kito gives it the Rustie treatment with a bleepy kaleidoscope of sounds.
29 Nov 10
07 Feb 11
Played by: Tvyks, Diplo, Daniel Haaksman, Bert On Beats, Wildlife!, Kingsin, Audited Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Bok Bok
Review: A producer who's been slowly toiling away for a few years now and steadily impressing with every new release or mix, 2011 should hopefully be the year French Fries collects some well-earned props. It all comes together on the excellent Laquisha EP, with the title tune leading from the front with singer/MC Taiwan's auto-tuned vocals nestling among hyped soca beats and a chorus akin to L-Vis 1990's recent "Forever You". However if vocals aren't your thing, Youngunz have thrown in a very useful dub into the release. By contrast, "Charlotte" is a fruity Latin/tropical banger that relies on smart arrangements, tight and addictive piano loops and some hybrid mainroom/funky beats to really make its point, but on a more aggy tip, the pounding bass punch of "Merel" is pure Joy O meets Bok Bok - a dreamy set of pads mixed with a distorted punch and some riotous hats and snares. A perfect choice of remixers underlines the quality of this EP. Buraka Som Sistema's J-Wow makes "Laquisha" his own by adding blurry, tear-stained organs and a crisp carnival beat to the tune, before expertly dropping the tempo down to around 100bpm for a rowdy, head-nodding moment of genius. Just as incredible is man-of-the-moment Canblaster's electrifying version of "Charlotte" - almost a complete overhaul that truly needs to be heard to be believed. Lil Silva is just the right man to tackle the funky beast that is "Merel" and he takes it on with aplomb - adding some freaked-out organ stabs and some liquid distortion to the already chaotic kicks.
25 Oct 10
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27 Jul 09
13 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fort Knox Five, Mat Cant, Nic Fanciulli, Matta, Tee Circus, Rack N Ruin, Lucent
Review: Despite only unveiling themselves to the public in 2010, Black Butter Records have already ascended to some impressive heights with a string of hugely popular bass/UKF releases. This first 'proper' label comp features five names from their roster, remixed by many more. It's literally fizzing and popping with retro-futuristic ideas and sounds: from the B-more drum machine orgy of "Be More (3hrs & Woz mix), to Matta's accelerated electro version of Kidnap Kid's classic "Vehl" and Vince Clarke's elasticated tech-house version of "Lazarus Taxon", to the scuzzy, rave-inflected house of Codec's "What You Need", the thoroughly ominous bass tones of "Hackney Heat" by Racknruin via the eccentric end-of the world beats of "Trick Green" by Hostage.
25 Sep 00
Played by: Da Autopsy [uttu]
12 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Ya Dun Know, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Major Notes
Review: It seems that Julio Bashmore was not a one-off: there must be something in the water down Bristol way and it's resulting in a serious bass epidemic. My Nu Leng are a duo with an amazing futuristic take on house music. "The Grid" is just relentless groove, dark and twitchy with all kinds of sinister effects drifting in and out. "Hips N Thighs" is even more next level, like a weird, twisted booty cut on downers and stranded in a graveyard rave. Under a full moon.
26 Jan 09
Played by: Juno Recommends Bassline
15 Jun 09
25 Feb 11
27 Mar 12
Played by: The Town - Clekclekboom Recordings, Daniel Haaksman, Justin Miller, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, DJ Dizzy, Bert On Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Greenmoney, Gntlmn, Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Breakbeat.is, Paradisiaca Recordings, Baxter Beez, Tulioxi, Jordan & Santero, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts
Review: The story behind this release is a smile-inducing one; Parisian producer French Fries rushed the decks during a Claude Von Stroke set in Paris. "They were playing a new sound, some nasty bits sitting somewhere between juke and bass music and I knew we had to get this vibe on Dirtybird no matter what," recalls the American. And here it is, with "Yo Vogue" arriving at a time when interest in the resurgent NY ballroom/voguing scene is at a high. The pitched-down vocal intoning the words "I wanna see you vogue b*tch" is backed by splashing, reverbed hats, frankly mental rave stabs and a killer bass line. CVS turns in his own remix, a heads-down affair the chops the vocal with effortless ease, while the Leroy Peppers version goes deep on the atmospherics and plunges deep into the murkiest depths of sub bass.
02 Apr 12
16 Nov 12
26 Apr 10
02 Aug 10
22 Jun 10
Played by: B.rich, Wonk, Juno Recommends Electro House, Annie Nightingale, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, King Jackal, Breakfastklub, Drop The Lime, Zombie Nation, The Captain
Review: Trouble & Bass finally stop teasing the music buying public and unleash Drop the Lime's sax bass anthem "Sex Sax". Anyone who has seen Luca DTL play one of his ubiquitous DJ sets will instantly recognise the sax sample in "Sex Sax" which is wrapped in inimitable heavy bass lines, pounding drums and topped off with cheeky wolf whistles and aya caramba vocal samples. This being Trouble & Bass there are a slew of quality remixes that fit all parameters of house music. Reborn UK garage don MJ Cole drops a typically sub heavy 2 step take which is matched in the speaker worrying stakes by Bart B More's take on the track. Grizzly boss Sinden excels here, being confident enough to cut out the sax altogether and instilling a real tropical flavour thanks to some steel drums and dreamy synth stabs.
29 Jan 10
01 Dec 08
12 Dec 12
Played by: Hybu, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.
11 Oct 10
02 Apr 12
Played by: Odiggity, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Reilly Steel, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Mak & Pasteman
Review: Upcoming UK house pairing Mak & Pasteman show a healthy respect for the best of Detroit and London on this new release on Shifting Peaks. The essential title tune "Do The Same" is smothered in strong dreamy pads a la Derrick Carter, but spiced up hugely by an addictive vocal hook that's layered perfectly over blunt kicks and Carl Craig-style arpeggios. "Lost" is a more withdrawn and haunted 2-step winner, while "Mode" takes a familiar Junior Reed refrain but frames it perfectly over some rough snares and tough, grimy bass. An excellent release and definite names to follow during the course of the year.
05 Apr 10
19 Mar 12
Played by: Smutlee, Kalbata, Monkey Beats, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, Bert On Beats, Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Shox, Baxter Beez, Lucent
Review: Audibly on more of a funky tip than his deeper excursion for Local Action late last year, this EP on Enchufada sees T Williams using rawer sounds than some of his more stripped back productions. The title track for example positively fizzles with energy thanks to its sawtooth bass playing off against Terri Walker's sweet vocal hook. "Synthia", meanwhile, is infused with jungle breakbeats and manic stabs. "Malfunction" is driven forward with a wily bassline and UKG synth strings, while "30 Degree" plays with a heavy kwaito vibe. The EP ends on something of a curveball, but "Zoop" still impresses hugely thanks to its dub siren lead.
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.
31 May 10
22 Mar 10
26 Apr 10
Played by: DJ Purple Rabbit, Mary Ann Hobbs, Wire Magazine, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hackman, Instra:mental, L-Vis 1990, Kashii, Code Duello, Moda Music
Review: Despite having a moniker which sounds like an all-female pop outfit from the 90s, you'll be glad to hear that Girl Unit, is, in fact, nothing of the sort. A house aficionado of the highest calibre, the South London based producer blends elements of UK funky, 2-step, house, garage, Chicago juke and shades of dubstep with an iconoclastic irreverence for genre boundaries. Appearing on Bok-Bok and L-Vis 1990's label, Night Slugs, the I.R.L EP marks the third release for the burgeoning young imprint, which was established earlier this year. The EP - incidentally one of the most hotly tipped records around at the moment - begins with the title track. A dramatic, cinematic intro (rather reminiscent of D&B producer Rockwell's "Noir") initiates the proceedings with a thumping statement of intent and screechy, sliding synth embellishments. A hollow, clip-clop beat underpins the track, moving from dark, moody moments to more mellow, Mount Kimbie-style sections with masterful ease. DVA takes things down a tougher, rougher street with the tapping, grinding synthetics and raw industrial edge of his 'Hi Emotions' remix, whereas Young Gunz crew member, French Fries tunes in to a funky vibe, with shuffling rhythms, a nod to soca and lashings of sun-drenched tropical exoticism.
09 Jan 10
15 Oct 12
Played by: Smutlee, Ya Dun Know, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Sander Kleinenberg, Woz, Rack N Ruin, Major Notes, Lucent, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Allmostt
Review: Bristol-based Woz has a growing reputation in the bass music scene. Following a recent guest appearance on Mistajam's 1Xtra show, he's now ready to release some more original music (much of his back catalogue comprises remixes). Zylo sets out his stall, pitching him as a producer whose party instincts regularly take priority. There's much energetic dancefloor fare on offer, from the booming basslines, retro bleeps and scratchy breaks of "Fustraightin", to the woozy UK Funky flex of "Reach" and the stabbing bounce of the darting title track. Despite the balls-out nature of his style, there's enough depth to suggest there's more to come in future.
16 Feb 09
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