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16 Jul 12
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: Hyperdub's year of excellence continues apace with the release of Playing Me, the long awaited debut album from Cooly G. Emerging as a key figure in the UK funky scene some four years ago via some highly prized Dub Organiser CDrs, Cooly's musical progression has been charted via a series of EPs for DVA Music and Hyperdub. On this thirteen track album what is most apparent is the confidence this South London producer has in her own singing, a voice that sounds dipped in pain and anguish at times. At others Cooly utilises her vocal delivery as an integral part of the music, which draws from all manner of UK music history of recent times whilst very much sounding part of her modern house template. Oh and there's a Coldplay cover to end the LP too...
16 Mar 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
26 Nov 12
Review: Regular Hyperdubber Ossie comes back with this delectable single of neo-soul goodness on "Ignore", providing the perfect backdrop for Tilz's smooth delivery. In between the bluesy key stabs and whip-cracking drums, there's a perfect mixture of club dynamics and pop sensibilities, seemingly typifying the current tone that Hyperdub seems geared towards. "Find It" lets Ossie off the chain into a purely instrumental cut that gives him full scope to zoom in on those razor-sharp drums and bolster them with further layers, while the musical elements veer between chunky Moog basslines and plucked mandolins, and a whole lot more besides.
16 Nov 12
07 May 13
Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange - "In & Out Of Phase" (feat Kerry Leva - Calyx & TeeBee remix) - (6:10) 172 BPM
25 Sep 12
Review: Claude Von Stroke's Dirty Bird label has been providing the world with imaginative, good-times house music since 2005. Judging by this new release from Kill Frenzy, nothing's changed seven years down the line! "Go To The Mo" is a cool hybrid of slo-mo future bass and hip-hop. "Titsss" begins with dreamy electronics before expanding into a sweaty drum machine workout. Last up, "Push Up" is upbeat and tropical with amazing bass noises that quite honestly sound like one of those motorbike things in Tron.
09 Apr 12
Review: Mixed by RacknRuin, this first journey into the vaults of the Black Butter label throws up some huge grime/UKF bangers. A label that's been showcased by Annie Mac and Zane Lowe in recent months, Black Butter artists like Tomb Crew, Marco Del Horno, Warrior One and Rudimental get put through their paces over these 16 tracks -available either individually or as one continuous mix by Racknruin. Definite highlights include Hostage's deadly remix of Noisses' "The Don" and Warrior One's jungle-influenced take on RacknRuin's own Jessie Ware-hook up, "Soundclash".
01 Apr 12
Played by: Ursa Major, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Techno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Turntable Actor Chloroform, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Canu
Review: R&S Records gift us a rather fine prelude to Galaxy Garden, Lone's forthcoming album, in the form of the resplendent rave of Crystal Caverns 1991. A true highlight of that set, "Crystal Caverns 1991" is reminiscent of the producer's former glory "Pineapple Crush", though there's a lot more rhythmic intricacy at play here. Kicking off a breakstep beat with those sweet but punchy 90s synths that Cutler is renowned for, the track cuts into a deadly rave motif without so much as a pause in the beat and it's like being back in, er, 1991. Up next, "Vulcan Mill Acid" is equally self explanatory, an alien 303 workout with added cowbell that slips into steel pan territory without any of the wetness of a Jammy xx production.
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.
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.
29 Apr 07
21 Nov 11
Review: Having already bolstered the Night Slugs mission across an EP and occasional other appearances, Kingdom returns to his neon-lit home with more of that R&B flavoured business. "Let You No" rides one of those quintessential clean, precise dubstep beats that the NS crew love so well, while the melodies fall thick and bright around a decisive vocal rip. It's immaculately produced, while "Stalker Ha" manages to eke out more of an edge with some wild samples and hits over a more punchy UK Funky beat. "Dreama" sees Kingdom exploring his sound more, slowing the beat down to let his imaginative synth work fly free. Check it.
28 Jun 10
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.
15 Apr 13
Review: For his latest signing, Gilles Peterson looks closer to home - Brighton to be precise - where he found the Anushka duo of Max Wheeler & Victoria Port. Not particularly exotic, but the music, which they describe as 'bass music from the future', covers that requirement. Theirs is a blend of deep bass, glistening synths and breaky urban beats flavoured with digital riddims ("Wired"), deep tropical ("Yes Guess") and soulful house ("I Have Love 4 You"). Definitely going places.
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Review: A well-deserved re-issue of the classic "Sexy Cinderella" from breakbeat and garage DJ Deekline. Essentially a reworking of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back", this might date back to 2000, but it still sounds as fresh and essential as ever. For those who don't have a copy, this is definitely one to keep in your back pocket to guarantee maximum love from the dancefloor.
24 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Like its names suggests, Herve's label is all about Cheap Thrills, and you can't get cheaper and more thrilling than a quick, after dark one-off. Yep, Taiki & Nulight are back with this follow up to their recent Coming Up EP, and "Late Nights" is a real DJ tool for those sleazy late night sessions - all clattering percussion and cowbells married to a sleazy dub-wobble bassline that just won't get out of your head, not even in the morning after!
05 Nov 12
Review: Cripes! Berlin-based Man Recordings have commissioned a string of new mixes for Wildlife's baile funk banger, and boy are they heavy! Nic Sarno takes "Hear Dat" to the dark side in beautiful style by tuning the bass down low for a deep, slow jam. "Paragon' features label boss Daniel Haakesman and is remixed within an inch of it's life by EQ Why, who turns the whole thing into trippy and eccentric drum machine workout. Piri Piri remixes "DNO", delivering a ponderously percussive electro joint with voodoo overtones. Last but ot least, The Phantom goes all dub-hop, or hip-step on "Hear Dat", display some serious talent for haunting atmospherics in the process.
07 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Reading's Jook10 aims to fuse the dubby, urban end of things with more traditional house beats. On the title track we get a moombahton-esque cruiser that's just the type of tune a DJ needs to step the night up a gear, transitioning from warm-up to peak time. Elsewhere we get prog-meets-wobble ("Late"), old-skool garage influences ("On Track") and best of all, doomy carnival frequencies ("Tragic").
26 Nov 12
05 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Looks like Reading is rapidly becoming UKF HQ thanks to DJ Sunday Roast and his all-conquering Soulserious label. Following on from killer releases by labelmates Jook 10 and Louie John, the head-honcho himself has now stepped up to deliver a 12 track-long player. As the title suggests, it doesn't pull any punches: beginning in a zombie moobathon style ('Fracture", "Zamber"), things quickly get deeper more evil sounding in the best possible way. "Icd" is a remarkable blend of shuffling drum loops and distorted techno basslines, "Radiation" boasts bass squelches like the devil's belches, while the hauntingly epic "Distant Acid" is probably the standout track here (among stiff competition).
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.
19 Mar 12
Review: With a breakthrough 2011 garnering radio support from none other than Rinse FM's Marcus Nasty, Jook 10 delivers another set of UKF bangers. With the whipcrack snares on display in "Suns Out", it's clear this producer is a don when it comes to percussion, something also displayed in the distinctly more tribal rhythms of "Peng", a trip into deeper UKF territory. "Scream" lives us to its name, with a banshee-like synth and tortured vocal sample creating a distinct jungle vibe, whilst "Minimal Dark" does its best to give listeners whiplash again with the sheer force of its raw snares.
11 Oct 10
05 Mar 12
Played by: Kanji Kinetic, Z-Kat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Bizt, Shox, Submerse, Champion, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Stepping up for the next installment from the pioneering grime, dubstep and funky label Rinse is Royal-T. First up is "Inside The Ride", a rough and ready swinging stepper, with booming bass, funked up 2-step beats and plenty of East End attitude in the bleepy SFX, stabs and snapping snares. "Cool Down" pairs a hypnotic garage rhythm with cooing, silky smooth vocal and pumping dancefloor beats to enormous effect. Another legendary release from the Rinse crew!
07 Nov 11
Review: Still an artist in relative development, Mosca pops up on 3024 with this choice selection of focused and funky house cuts. "Dom Perignon" draws you in from the off with its choppy groove and subtle break vibe, leaving the melodics to play a more subtle part by inferring the deepness of the track rather than spelling it out. "Orange Jack" keeps the same linear, floor-ready presence but lightens the mood with a string stab and a maddening vocal loop, leaving it to "Jager" to cause the serious damage with a technoid workout that could end up in some quite unexpected record bags.
16 Jan 12
26 Mar 12
Review: Moodtrap is a new alias for a well-known, London-based DJ/production duo who wish to remain nameless. Make It Right is their second EP for Kevin Griffiths' Tsuba label. While their previous EP, Body To Body, offered a clandestine take on underground house, Make It Right is a bit different. Alongside old skool US house and garage influences - most noticeably on the title track and "Out Of Time" - they also touch on contemporary British bass music on "Let Loose", a fluid, far-out combination of woozy, wonky post-dubstep techno and Hotflush-ish rhythmic dexterity.
23 May 12
24 Sep 12
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Major Notes, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Modo Fractal, Soaka
Review: Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, HxdB aka hexadecibel, is a producer on a mission to deliver forward-thinking bass music to the world. Judging by this, his latest EP, he's right on track. "Up", takes sparse garage beats and elevates them with spacey rave synths, killer staccato rhythms and claps, into a heavenly slice of dancefloor gold. "Stylish Cadaver" is an awesome excursion into tropical riddims, high-pitched vocals and apocalyptic synth chords. Bwana and Grenier provide rain-kissed and synth-drenched mixes respectively. Remixes of the title track come from Pasteman who evokes the spirit of Copacabana in his version and Bassmynt who's mix is all about trippy garage.
07 Nov 12
27 Mar 13
Played by: Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Ahh, Top Billin'; the label that keeps on giving! These unstoppable Finns have yet another serving of sizzling hot bass for us in the form of this new two tracker from Kepikei. This shady producer is gaining momentum and it's no surprise - "Bust A Move" is a totally cool slice of evil basslines, doomy vocal samples and an underlying booty vibe. "Ghettomaster" is the one though, a killer slice of arpeggiated ghettotech - totally baddass!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Of himself, Bryan Vance Hollinger aka Mr Beeb, says this: "I put weird pads on things and cut up vox". We're assuming he's talking about making music here, and speaking of which, "Sip" is a classy slice of unadulterated UKF - all urgent 2-step beats and a laconic drawl. For those of you who like their tunes with a more exclusive sheen, then step beyond the velvet rope for Beeb's own VIP mix that's as smooth and tropical as the tumbler of rum on this single's cover!
19 Feb 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Bert On Beats, Diplo, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mike G, Lucent, Top Billin DJ Team
Review: It's pretty fair to say that our Tony likes New York. A lot! This latest arrival from the on-fire Trouble & Bass imprint eschews the hazy trapisms of recent releases and goes for the party jugular. Pumping and housey, "New York Anthem" features some of the deepest bass frequencies know to man. For "Forth & Seek" Quattro enlists the help of Doctor Jeep and B Ames for some saucy breakbeat mayhem.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Nice Up! Soundsystem, Fort Knox Five, Mat Cant, Juno Recommends Dancehall/Ragga, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Bristol nu-funker Benn gets up close and dubwise on this horn-soaked party joint for Nice Up. Conjuring serious hype for the likes of Toddla T, Serocee's toasting talent is fine-tuned to the max as Benn tweaks the sizzling bass and slobbering drums. Remixes come in all shapes and sizes. King Yoof goes for the jugular with a super-swung breakbeat rub, Tomb Crew get lively on a tropical flex while Jstar adds a little dubstep fun. Get to know!
28 Feb 11
Played by: Bunny On Acid
Review: Another excellent debut EP sourced by the future-garage heads at L2S, this time showcasing UK producer Sorrow who delivers four highly unique and absorbing tunes on the Existence EP. Dreamy textures and deep atmospheres collide with smartly-sequenced beats on both "Dante's Journey" and "Existence", while "Aesthetics" works up a slinky minimal half-step that's anchored to some brilliantly gliding bass notes. "Jacob's Ladder" rounds things off well with the deepest and most soul-touching tune in the set - a tune that's confident enough to leave long, beatless sections that really hypnotise you after the briefest of listens.
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Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
11 Oct 11
Review: Simply one of the coolest, freshest and down right fastest MC's on the grime scene right now, Scrufizzer gets a well-deserved bump with this new hook up with UK bass all-star MJ Cole. With a styled yet simple 130bpm beat consisting of dry snares and a long fat sub kick underneath him, Fizzy lets his flow dominate - dropping complex and wordy verses that never stop being anything but thrilling. As a radical counterpoint, Cole reworks the beat into a tropical bass thrasher with some serious distortion added onto a dynamic kick. Highly recommended stuff.