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18 Feb 08
11 Nov 12
Review: Reading's DJ Narrows lays claim to changing the UKG scene forever upon his arrival in 2001. Judging by the lion's roar of a bassline in this dark, techy, garage banger we're not going to argue! The toughness doesn't let up either - "Da Lion" (there's a theme here) adds some ravey flavours with a bit of wobble for good measure. "Prototype" is more melodic with slight 2-step influences but things heat up again, ending with the mechanical and relentless "The Promised land".
03 Sep 12
Review: Fledgling bass label LNUK return with another heavy-hitting missive from rising duo My Nu Leng. "Damp" kicks things off with a dark, swung take on UK funky styles, as tumbling snare rolls combine with woodblock percussion and deep bass subs, while "Waltaknocks" is similarly intricate cut guaranteed to build dancefloor pressure with its angular rhythms and dark chords. Remix duties fall to Last Japan, who increases the pace on "Damp" with his combination of techno stabs and D&B like percussion.
06 Aug 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), DJ Purple Rabbit, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Nsekt, Pikcha
Review: British bass/garage/UKF risers Compound One drop a spanking and slightly wonky gem in the form of "Howz Tingz" - a bare and jacking tropical heater with some insane and catchy vocal hooks littered liberally over the top. Hot Chip and one half of the 2 Bears Joe Goddard weighs in with a deeper and more dubby remix, layering a drone bass over the vocal gymnastics, while another Compound original, "Flingback", keeps a slightly mischievous tone over some thick bass rises and tropical percussion.
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.
28 May 12
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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!!
01 Apr 13
Review: Don't worry, "Dappy" isn't an ode or homage to N-Dubz' ratty frontman. In fact it couldn't be further from Dappy's cheesy UK grime-lite if it tried. Romping away with a resonant warbling bass and unrelenting 4/4 stomp, it's an ultimate buzz cut that doesn't sound too far away from a Dirtybird record. Remix-wise Belgian ghetto-groover Kill Frenzy pitches down the vocal sample and adds much more of a haunted flavour to the groove. Either version is dark enough to send Dappy crying to his dear old mum.
01 Jun 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Big Dope P, DJ Cable, Piri Piri, Da Movelt Nasty Show, Massacooramaan
Review: Teklife Vol 1 represents the first release for footwork trailblazer DJ Rashad's new Lit City Trax imprint, created in collaboration with DJ Spinn and associate J-Cush, and a label which promises to be the definitive label for Chicago's well established footwork scene. At a massive 20 tracks this album is a meaty proposition, and it's testament to Rashad's talent that the album is entirely free of filler. Showing the producer's talent for swelling low end and threadbare percussion, album highlights include his excellent DJ Spinn collaboration "We Trippy Mane" with nods to Juicy J, the analogue mayhem of "She Gonna Go", the manic 303 and 808 assault of "Da Life" and the juxtaposition of smooth Rhodes chords, horn samples and furious percussive rattle on "Kush Ain't Loud".
13 Jan 13
Review: DJ Q says it like he means it and there's no confusion about his mission here - it's all about good times! "Party Time" is a perky slice of retro 2-step fun that evokes memories of Sol Solid and sees MC Bonez and Robbie Rue deliver a rap referencing the likes of Shabba, Notorious B.I.G. KFC and champagne parties. Classified delivers a hyperactive garagey mix, while slows the tune down into a winding, grinding dubby rerub.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
27 May 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
11 Mar 13
05 Nov 12
03 Jun 13
01 May 13
30 Mar 98
04 May 10
Played by: Poirier
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.
16 Apr 12
27 Mar 12
Played by: The Town - Clekclekboom Recordings, Daniel Haaksman, Justin Miller, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, Dizzy Womack, 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.
13 Mar 12
Played by: Son Of Kick
Review: Despite Claude VonStroke's many years of experience as a producer, it's only on this excellent track, in collaboration with Jaw, lead singer of the dOP crew that he's worked with a vocalist. All VonStroke's hallmarks are there; the funky, minimal bass, rhythmic snap, but the falsetto vocal delivery adds a welcome human element to proceedings, whilst the spacious, suspended organ note adds a touch of majesty to an already excellent track.
12 Mar 13
Review: If dance music was professional sport, the Dirtybird roster would be in the premier league, with Claude Vonstroke the whip cracking manager. Here he rounds up his top players for an exhibition match, allowing them to flex their muscle and strut their stuff. It's all killer, no filler, dirty house music - highlights of which include the nasty funk of Justin Martin & Ardalan's "Wheelgunner", Munnibrotherz's sweet n sour "Drum Machine", the future-booty-bass of "Black Girls White Girls" and the surprisingly techno "Coefficient" by J Phlip.
10 Sep 12
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.
25 Jul 11
Played by: Rack N Ruin
09 Jan 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Numa Crew, Jack Stat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hostage, Sounds Of Sumo, Rack N Ruin, Diamond Bass
Review: Boasting a growing roster that includes P Money, Serocee, Rudimental, Hostage and more, London bass label Black Butter Records just keeps dropping essential bad boy material, like this latest from UK garage/grime/breaks producer Warrior One. Teamed up with singer Ayah Marar, he fuses together jungle beats running at 130bpm with nasty grime bass shots and swirling string textures on the dropouts. If you prefer an even tougher flex, Warrior One's own VIP mix in collaboration with Bojcat has got you covered, while mixes from Des Demure, Baxta and Io round off this stellar release.
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29 Oct 12
Played by: Major Lazer
Review: In the mid-noughties this Italian outfit raised the bar for electro producers everywhere with their clever blend of fidget-house and baile funk beats. This album is basically a 'Best Of..., and features a whopping 47 tracks both as a DJ mix and as separate files. No stone is left unturned, and all their pivotal work so far is here: from the early attention grabbing releases ("We Are All Prostitutes", "Atomic Baile Boy" and their Chemical Brothers remix) to a host of new exclusives (including "Bad Men, "Don't Just Stand There" and 'Sbomberz") via some pretty high profile hook ups with the likes of Kelis, Major Lazer and Roisin Murphy.
01 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Bert On Beats, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: With a name like "Piano Loco", you'd expect this latest cross-cultural dancefloor smash from the Man Recordings camp to be full of furious key bashing. It duly delivers, with the original version - a veritable carnival of surging electro bass, buoyant Brazilian drums and twisted electronic noises - boasting some serious Latin piano action. It livens up an already sweaty and intoxicating concoction. The four accompanying remixes shuffle the parts in a variety of inventive ways, with Ackeejuice Rockers' slowed down version and Chong X's cumbia-inspired percussion wonk-out most impressing. That said, there's something particularly sweet about Poirier's surprisingly melodic rework.
29 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Earlier this year Sunday Roast smashed it with the action-packed Space Walk EP. Well, you can't keep a good man down, and now he's back with another six tracks of forward-looking UKG. It's a harder sound than last time, but highlights include the carnival doom-beat of the title track "Intuition", the peak time psychosis of "XTC" and the propulsive yet dreamy bassline house of "Optical".
10 Dec 12
Review: Man Recordings have always specialized in unearthing unlikely bass music gems from South America, or at least influenced by the contemporary sounds of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. "Fook Me Avontade" is another gem in this mould. Sounding like a sweet, pop-flecked take on Buraka Son Sistema, its rugged rhythms combine well with the hazy vocals and chiming synthesizers. Boyfriend provide a slower, less hectic alternative take that makes more of the cheap and cheerful synth melodies, while Milangeles weighs in with a version so fast and skittish that it's almost over before you've had a chance to settle in to the Juke-ish groove. Also included is the chunkier, rave influenced original mix, which is arguably the best of the lot.
23 Jul 12
Review: Our kid Roasty's got history with SoulSerious; pretty much every release has cried for attention and this is no exception. The title track pilfers a cheeky Groove Armada snippet that weaves and bobs amid an uncompromising four/four and some moombahton flavoured bleeps. Meanwhile "Alien Recon" takes a great, chant-like vocal and applies it to a really stark, tribal drum pattern and some evil alien stabs. "Venom" takes us past the point of no return with heavy old school hardcore synths and bruiseworthy bashy beat. And that's just half the EP; elsewhere you'll find savage bass blending with deep, twirling synths ("Yellow Box"), gritty sub-fuelled acid house ("Wanna Go Higher") and euphoric, bleepy, synth-driven house ("Blindmedia").
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.