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10 Apr 12
01 Apr 13
Review: Reading's Jook 10 has forged a relentless path through the UKF/bassline scene with a series of perfectly crafted DJ tools and bangers alike. Here are his latest four tunes and they're a mixture of both: the tropically-tinged slammin 4x4 "Trees" is a lean and mean tool as is the drum heavy "Jumpy Jumpy", while the likes of "Platinum" is total hands in the air trancey moombahton.
16 Jan 13
Review: Finland's Top Billin fulfill their New Year resolutions by releasing their now traditional two January compilations. Hot on the heels of their 'Best Of 2012' collection, label co-founder Sir Nenis presents this assortment of bangers that didn't manage to fit on to any particular release last year. The quality's still right up there though, and highlights include the Chicago-ish stomp of "Cherry Lotion" by Fisky, haunted hip-house booty track "Ghetto Starr" by Top Billin and DJ Venum, the Inner City on downers vibe of "Yo" by Harkan and the melancholic retro rave of "Feel Good" by Fobator.
18 Sep 12
Review: Rinse FM's dark dubstep/grime and garage hero returns with a new seven tracker on Trouble & Bass, "Bad Like Us" is pure SL-2 'On A Ragga Tip" retro hardcore rave featuring MC Doctor. "Senate" couldn't be more different: being a cool and slick orchestral hip-hop number. "Pwnd" goes darker and slower: featuring buzzy bass drones and sparse beats. Finally MC Doctor returns to wrap things up with "Rebel Music" which is a synthy lighters-in-air anthem.
26 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Mike Millrain (Soul Revolution ), Bert On Beats, Empresarios - El Video Killer
Review: Midlander James Vine, aka Enigma Dubz, deals in tough, straight up, party-rockin' beats. Now he's back following a recent split EP with Sub Antix with his own solo release and it's a banger. "Fresh" features filthy post dubstep chugging bass and a messy 2-step swing. ""What Must I Do" is all heavy wobble craziness and an infectious hands-in-the-air female vocals. Finally things end on a head-nodding, sinister vibe with the menacing electro-dub of "Without You By My Side".
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.
01 Jan 12
DJ South Central - "All Night Long" (feat Frankie Paul aka Fox - remix 1 - Danger remixes) - (5:19) 134 BPM
DJ South Central - "All Night Long" (feat Frankie Paul aka Fox - After Hours dub remix - Danger remixes) - (5:43) 136 BPM
DJ South Central - "All Night Long" (feat Frankie Paul aka Fox - Danger remix 2 - Danger remixes) - (5:21) 134 BPM
DJ South Central - "All Night Long" (feat Frankie Paul aka Fox - Danger dub - Danger remixes) - (5:08) 134 BPM
Played by: L'atelier
20 Nov 11
Review: Vato Gonzalez goes in on Zinc's now ubiquitous dancefloor anthem and gives it a new lease of life for 2011, transforming it from booty bass, crack house notoriety into a cool 4/4 incarnation with hypnotic bongo beats, thumping drum kicks and smooth tropical flavours which are all oozing with late night / early morning Ibiza vibes. Ms Dynamite's superb sing-a-long lyrics are woven amongst the pumping beats, coming into focus at choice moments. An excellently executed remix here.
07 Jan 13
Played by: DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings)
Review: Wonderfully titled label Slime was founded in 2010 with the firm intent to 're-capture the wide-eyed thrill of the first age of rave'. Since then they have put out a multitude of forward thinking releases all leading to this, their second label compilation. Literally bulging with underground goodness, the tracklist weighs in at 26 full-length tunes (plus a free one!). Highlights of all this madness include the sparse 2 step of "Jaded" by Akin, the twitching, percussive "Sunwan" by SPD, the dreamy 3am RnB vibes of "Communication" by Totte, the deeply seductive rimshot house of DYP's "Vices" and the ominous rave of "There's No Way" by Frequent Flyers.
14 Nov 11
27 Jan 13
Review: Continuing his productive run of form with R&S off-shoot Apollo, Synkro returns with yet another bumper-sized collection of tracks that show off his ever-enriching talents as a producer of silken, dub infused electronica. Acceptance as a mini-album of sorts is a more resolutely downtempo affair than previous releases, staying firmly in the realm of melancholic passages through blue-hued instrumentation and crystalline beats. There is a sense of experimentation present in the likes of "Disappear" with its lingering guitar strums, while at times he moves away from beats altogether, but this is still very recognisable as the work of Synkro.
04 Feb 13
Review: Having already delivered some attention-grabbing techy UKF bombs on Deadplate and Rebirth, Bristol's Ryan Bronfield now finds himself on esteemed imprint Some Think Sounds. In keeping with the label's style, "The Way It Do" is housier: deep and sensual without being boring, and full of quirky, off kilter percussive elements and effects. "We Trapped" is deeper and weirder: sounding like the wheels could fall off this disco bus at anytime, and all the more fun because of it. Damu also remixes the title track in a dark techno fashion that wouldn't be out of place in a vintage DJ Hell set.
01 Jan 13
06 May 13
Review: Ahead of a multitude of new ventures and projects, Hyetal makes a welcome return to hint at where his sound might be heading with this new track. It's a bold move that fuses rasping electro drum patterns with reverbed vocal and trademark plush, detuning melodies that comes on like a dramatic, windswept version of synth-pop built for craggy coastlines. Vessel steps up for the first remix, shearing away the niceties to create some industrial flavoured dread complete with yowling, nebulous wraiths of the original vocal and insistent bass. Factory Floor meanwhile bring their own brand of looping sample revisions that work up to a peppy, disco-fuelled burner with a catchy bassline to anchor the more wayward samples in the background.
09 May 13
Review: With plenty of heat and hype building from the underground and streets, the talented singer/rapper Zee Musiq gets the full club remix treatment for her latest single 'High'. With support across Radio 1xtra and Rinse she looks set for big things and these cool and classy remixes from the likes of DJ SKT make for a really nice soulful house moment, bringing plenty of summer vibes. Her songwriting and smooth vocals flow effortlessly with the housey flavours, and there's also a very of-the-moment UKG mix from Crezza, as well as a big room cut from Tucka. All bases covered on this solid release, and we are tipping Zee Musiq for big things this year. Lock in and get to know!!
06 May 13
Review: Nottingham/Leeds duo, Sergic and Lyka arrive in fine style here with their debut release on their own label Tumble Audio. "Bulletproof" is a pumping, breaky beast that sounds like bullets bouncing off the armour of an angry robot. Meanwhile "Shame' is all skippy beats, housey percussion and dubby bass, while "Glod" ups the tempo for some wobbly 4 x 4 fun.
22 Apr 13
13 May 13
09 Apr 12
Review: The second instalment of Brownswood's Worldwide Family series sees LA crate-digger Kutmah at the helm. A contemporary of The Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi and Flying Lotus (whose previously unreleased, Eastern-scaled "Samsfav" is included here), Kutmah mixes alt hip-hop like The Darkhorseman's "Taking Over Empires" with low-riding Dilla-esque funk such as Tehbis' excellent "Higher", and juke-tempoed haziness from Mono/Poly's "With Grace". Among these excellent 21 selections is also an unreleased Hudson Mohawke jam - "Are You Feeling Hot" - which fits in perfectly with the overall weird and warped slo-mo vibe.
30 May 11
Played by: Antikue, Paul Mac, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Star Eyes, The Captain, Bok Bok, Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Breakbeat.is
Review: Bok Bok has played a significant role in reinvigorating the contemporary bass music scene with the unique brand of neon-tinged grime/dubstep/house purveyed on the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. It's strange then to think that he hasn't graced the NS label with any original material of his own until now, but the Southside EP delivers on the hype and expectation that preceded the release. Kicking off with "Charisma Theme", it's all swirling, hazy atmospherics and taught chiming for the first part. Immediately demanding attention, the hollow thumping kicks of the intro swiftly build into a clipped, rolling riddim with clapping beats and quirky, fidgeting melody and undulating b-line below. "Hyperpass", up next, is a much deeper, darker beast, with ominous dread vocal, a dubbed out soundscape, the sound of rainfall and urgent, insistent beats pumping out menacingly. Moving on, "Reminder" is all hissing hats and searing snares, coupled with lassoing synths and a simple, repetitive bleepy melody. Then, there's "Silo Pass" with its scythe sharpening intro, and distant voices, weighty subs and rattling SFX, before grime-infused half step smasher "Look" concludes the EP, with poised and understated prowess.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Sirmo
Review: Shoutouts to the Reading massive, with Soulserious head honcho DJ Sunday Roast back in the house for some seriously bonkers UKF thrills. Technically a mini-album, this eight-tracker provides enough pills, thrills and bellyaches to keep even the hardest partiers going. Highlights include the spacey "Space Walk, the moody "Wireless Soul" and the tropical horror soundtrack vibes of "Won't Change".
19 Oct 11
Played by: Flore, Daniel Haaksman, Big Dope P, Mentalcut, Bert On Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Star Eyes, El Dusty, Hanuman Tribe, Bunny On Acid, Mistaken Identity, Lowup Records
Review: Having infused dubstep with a taste of Angolan Kuduro music as well as other global influences, Estonia's Bert of Beats has his excellent "Antenna of Tallinn" remixed by an equally global cast of producers on this new release. Munchi eschews his trademark moombahton sound on his huge, juke-tempoed mix of "Bone Dat" while epic German mentalists Schlachthofbronx create a rich tech-kuduro version of "Alemao" - sounding plenty like Buraka Som Sistema in the process. Daniel Haaksman also turns in a breathtaking mix of "Bone Dat" which gets a footwerk treatment thanks to some unrelenting claps and punishing sub bass.
19 Dec 11
Played by: Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Johnnypluse(Bulabeats Records), D.end, Bert On Beats, Diamond Bass, Mistaken Identity, Herve
Review: It's quite a turnout for the books to see Zinc delivering a release for Rinse, and he weighs in heavy from the off with 'Sprung'. Deploying a fat breakbeat reminiscent of 'Fat of the Land' era Prodigy, he rinses out a fat mid range riff against a sample intoning 'let's go' repeatedly. It's not the most original material, but Zinc makes this irrelevant, with an ability to make the masses move in ways that other producers can't. Elsewhere, 'Unlike Me' utilises lots of loud tricks and plenty of gusto, while "Unlike Me" sounds like the perfect hybrid of big room electro and UK funky, with a hollow bassline that mines grime for its sound to great effect. Finally "Recovered" utilises a similar formula, utilising an ascending melody and aggressive vocal looping to round off a bombastic EP.
29 Aug 12
29 Jun 10
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
Review: Four huge funky/garage house tunes come out of their corners fighting on this latest volume of Trouble & Bass' EP series. Label boss Drop The Lime kicks things off in style with the clattering snares of "Thwomp Stomp" - one of the most apt names for a tune in a long time. While DTL's contribution is kept deliberately bare, Baobinga's "Make It Drop" is riddled with looped hip-hop vocals, with the beat cutting perfectly into a half-step for the verses. Star Eyes & Pharaoh lace "Cry Baby" with female vocals and plenty of low-filter bass, while the chopped and pitch-shifted vocals of Jay Robinson & Supabeatz's "Screech" is probably the highlight - thoroughly unique sounds and as funky as hell!
01 Nov 10
06 Mar 12
Review: A splinter project from hardcore American D&B outfit Evol Intent, Bro Safari brings a whole new intensity to Moombahton with this killer EP on T&A. "Avalon" for example piles on the bass around that distinctive reggaeton drum pattern, a trick repeated on the pounding "The Clap" which keeps the elements refreshingly simple - chopped, detuned vocals, thick 808 kicks and short LFO squeaks all structured into a sure fire floor-worker. "Cold Turkey" takes a rare trip into the higher bpms, while mixes from Jay Fay and Codes maintain the levels of tweaked-out lunacy that runs through this heavy release.
17 Jan 12
Played by: Mental Overdrive, Woodhead, Deepchild, Wildlife!, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Klipar, Gilus, James Johnston, Nsekt, Liz-E, Astronomar
Review: Having thoroughly re-established himself in the wave of re-appropriated juke on last years Rooms album, Machinedrum steps up with this rapid fire EP of sliced samples and R&B brightness. "SXLND" distils some serious auto-tune mangling into a broken rhythm, while "Van Vogue" captures the feel-good flavour of early nineties chart dance in a strange, understated soca groove. "DDD" is almost outright house music, albeit with plenty more snippets of vocal getting jiggy with each other, but the smooth shuffle is hard to resist despite its prevalence in these times. Machinedrum's versatility can't be argued with, but more impressive is how he maintains his sonic identity throughout. Highly recommended.
25 Feb 13
Review: Greenmoney Recordings return with a short but sweet one-tracker from fresh label signing Queenie, a vocalist who's previously worked with Stay+ and Baxta and who makes her production debut on this release. "And Every" is the perfect combination of underground UK house, rhythmic inventiveness and low end bite, with sweet vocals, weighty drums that recall Canadian producer Kevin McPhee and the kind of garage swing of a classic Zed Bias record - an auspicious debut!
29 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Four To The Floor have been blazing a trail of future-garage destruction over the last few years, building up a solid regular roster in the process. Here's a killer round up of what their acts are currently up to. In the case of 8th-Ski, quite a bit: 60s kitsch lounge finely cut with some feisty breaks on "Jazzy Style", melancholic UKF on "Makes Me Wonder" and euphoric retro house on "On Me". Solution is currently all about slammin' speed garage, while Aleks Zen ends things with the celebratory sax-house vibes of "Let You Know".
04 Mar 13
Review: Founded back in 2007, London imprint 2nd Drop has deftly steered its way through the post dubstep fracture across some twenty releases. Arriving at their fifth & a half anniversary, the label offers up a thrilling snapshot of their enduring diversity on their maiden compilation Future Foundations. Familiar label names like Djrum and South London Ordnance offer their atmospherically swung take on dub techno, while label newcomers like Last Magpie and Alex Coulton provide some bouncy, UKG inspired techno. However, it's the frenetic jungle-inspired take on footwaork from Manni Dee and Deft that offers the biggest surprise in what is an already essential compilation.
18 Jun 12
Played by: Smutlee, Da Autopsy [uttu], Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mista Men, Bizt, Broken Youth, Sounds Of Sumo
Review: The Unknown To The Unknown juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down as they absorb UK garage heroes Mista Men into the fray, delivering three club-ready bombs from the duo. "Labrini" takes it back to '97 with its steel pan percussion and bright streaks of neon intersecting its passages of sticky bassline action. "Forget U" opts for the darker approach, offering only snatches of vocals from its foggy bass, while "Hard Drive" takes some bracing synth stabs and puts them together with some breathy vocals and junglist airhorns to create a devastating combination. Right now only Disclosure can match this pair for such impeccably produced garage inspired beats - big tip!
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01 Apr 13
Review: Dropping your debut on Sinden's Grizzly imprint ain't a bad way to kick off your budding career. That's exactly what the mysterious Matrixxman has done; delivering a retro yet still forward thinking house banger. Calling on the campy sound of early 90s New York clubs, "God Created The Beat" is the kind of tough bitch/tranny house that the likes of RuPaul and Michael Alig's club kidz would party to. A deeper "groove' mix is also supplied for those afterhours moments. Remix-wise, Physical Therapy provide an Art Of Noise-style, chillwavey dub and Optimo's JD Twitch offers a pulsating techno-meets-piano-house romp.
26 Nov 12
Review: Beneath arrived on the scene earlier this year with two self-released white labels showcasing his unique strain of dark UK funky, and quickly won a number of high profile admirers. One was Keysound's Martin Clark, who has tapped him up for this superb six track EP. Traces of early Horsepower Productions can be heard in its combination of late garage and early dubstep rhythms, as can the early productions of Youngsta, creating a sub-heavy set of percussive rollers taking as much from the current strain of techno & grime fusions as UKF. "Prangin" goes in with a deeply tribal vibe, "Wonz" is filled with angular rhythms and Shackleton style atmospherics, and "Tribulation" even has the subtle Eastern tones of Pinch's "Qawwali", but the most striking track has to be Beneath's remix of Ballistiq Beats' "Concrete Jungle", proving that his productions absolutely shine with some classic grime flow.
04 Apr 13
17 Feb 12
11 Mar 13
Played by: Dev79, Doshy, Top Billin DJ Team, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Have you ever seen a policeman on acid? No, neither have we thankfully! If the country's protectors turn to psychedelic drugs there really is no hope. No, we're much happier hearing "Police On Acid", a rasping series of warping bass licks over a vicious Radioactive Man style breakbeat, it's much more fun than seeing men of the law lose their minds. Elsewhere on the release we're taught to count badly with the help of a staccato trap-style bass workout ("123789") and taken on a mesmerisingly scenic sinewave journey ("Q"). Oozing variety and creatively, all law-abiding bass lovers should check this.