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25 Jul 11
Played by: Rack N Ruin
12 Jul 10
13 Dec 10
Played by: Sharkslayer
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.
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.
26 Mar 12
Review: An engaging and interesting four-track EP here from 3 Hrs on the Black Butter label, which kicks off with the title track "Absolutely" - a shimmering little number with glistering synths, rumbling bass, ribbiting beats and chopped up, repeated vocal snippet. "Clap Work", up next, continues in a similar vein, with faded, clapping beats, booming sub bass and distanced, echoing vocal element, with repeating insistence to "clap!" Penultimate cut "Fear To" is an eerie, ominous slice of darkness, whilst "Nite Time" slows the pace down, with a stripped back soundscape as the EP draws to a close.
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.
19 Nov 12
Review: Enchanting, space-bound soul vibes right here as promising chanteus Lulu follows up "Rope Mirage" with this altogether more alluring package. The lead track pulsates with a fluid-yet-steppy break and hushed amens as Lulu's lyrics are delivered with such skill they lean back over the beats. Label mate 3HRS nails a reversion too with a soft proggy twist that wouldn't have gone amiss on Hooj back in the day. "Stuck" is a more inward-looking lament. Sultry and self aware, it twinkles with a dubby glow.
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.
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28 Jun 11
Played by: Sharps, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Shox, Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team
Review: Commonly regarded as the centrepiece of Night Slugs first year as a label, Girl Unit's incendiary ode to dirty south hip-hop is pretty much the epitome of a track that needs no extra embellishment. However we guess you can relent when Dirtybird deity Claude Von Stroke reveals an interest in tackling it. Thus Night Slugs present two of three Von Stroke remixes of the track - expect the third "Fully Dressed" version to appear on a forthcoming remix compilation. Strains of both the "Undressed" and "Butt Naked" remixes were heard several times over the Sonar weekend, and the titles lend some clues as to the stripped down nature of the results. The former slowly reveals an 8bit soaked variant on that distinct synth refrain over skeletal drums which explodes into brilliant colour at just the right moment. The Butt Naked remix is a far darker affair but no less potent.
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.
29 Mar 10
Review: Canadian Egyptrixx drops his debut release on Night Slugs. Treading the line between house, techno, dubstep and experimental, "The Only Way Up" features some seriously twangy keys which are pulled and groped in every direction yet somehow emerge as a beautiful melody. "Everybody Bleeding" meanwhile takes the twang factor to new extremes, building a catchy hook from the key stabs - pure genius. On the flip we are treated to a remix from Hyperdub golden girl Ikonika, who transforms the title track into a melodic afterhours jam exuding sweetness and hope, while Brooklyn DJ Kingdom turns "Everybody Bleeding" into a serious dubstep workout with some serious R&B vibes and sub bass.
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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01 Feb 10
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.
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.
28 May 12
Review: UKF, Garage and bass star Jook 10 continues to impress hugely with his atmospheric yet driving production - as demonstrated perfectly here on these four new tunes on Soulserious. Among the highlights, the merging of deep subs and crisp hats gives "Zante" some real bite, while "Vybezin" is an unadulterated, Roska-esque assault of kicks and congas.
24 Mar 13
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: 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).
29 Oct 12
Review: Sometimes a record's title really does hit the nail on the head and this is certainly one of them. The Earthquake EP contains six cuts of soil-shifting, earth-shaking peak time weapons from Reading's dub house outfit: the title track sets tropical snare rolls to a menacing wobble baseline, "Angry Wasps" keeps the tropical vibe, but boasts an insistent 4/4 house beat and ferocious Wasp synth line. Elsewhere we get displays of funky-house ("Rinsa Nova") and even moombahton ("Riddim Teacha") that's bound to satisfy bass fans of all persuasions.
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.
26 Nov 12
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07 Jan 13
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").
11 Oct 10
04 May 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Z-Kat, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Bizt, Boska, Sounds Of Sumo, Blah Blah Blah, Lucent, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: Considering he's been releasing records for the likes of Planet Mu and Apple Pips since 2009, it would be something of an understatement to say that Brackles' debut album has been a long time coming - but it couldn't have been better timed. Although his sound - a rough hybrid of UK garage and funky styles with echoes of dubstep - is very much of the now, there's an obvious love for the classic sounds of 90s UKG which many of his more inexperienced contemporaries lack - assisted by the inspired vocal contributions from Lily McKenzie and Terri Walker. But it's not just a throwback record - be it the slightly offbeat bass and calypso vibe of "Walkin' Out", or the churning subs of "Squarehead", Brackles nevertheless manages to twist the template into weird and unique shapes. That this album has been released on Rinse isn't a surprise - he's encapsulated nearly twenty years of the station's sound into one record.
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.
31 Oct 11
Review: Straight out of Paris, Tommy Kid makes his debut for Sound of Sumo with this very large EP of murky bass treats. Title tune "East Street" recalls Boddika's spacey dub textures and crisp beats, while the more heavy-hitting "Foot Control" doses you up with sub-punishing bass wrapped around a chilly tropical-tech beat. "Alarm Riddim" is the real party starter though, with an upfront and jacking beat weaved into schizophrenic melodies and cloudy pads. With an extensive set of class remixes also on offer, our favourites so far are Misterweeks' hazy house rejig of "East Street" and Arcade's brilliantly twitchy UKF rerub of "Pump Up The Bass", but others from Kingsin, Squarehead Pasteman and more are all well worth investigating.
05 Dec 11
Review: With a title like Psychedelic Crew, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was some kind of twisted fusion of modern UKG and Terrence McKenna-ish LSD love. The four tracks that make up the EP offer killer dancefloor thrills, utilising LS2's usual sonic staples - booming low-end grooves, stabby strings, darting melodies and snappy rhythms. "U" also features synth melodies that sound like they were stolen from the soundtrack to an old Amiga game (no bad thing), while the deeper "Coffee and Painkillers" is curiously melancholic in its own way.
10 Oct 11
Review: Whistla's garage-championing L2S label plays host to this excellent debut from UK producer Viers, who simply smashes it on single "Night". With a radical rearrangement of the oft-sampled "Think" break providing a deeply funky and snappy flex to the beats, Viers lends it a spooked echo vocal loop and long-attack Juno chords, not to mention a subtle dose of rounded sub bass to form this future-looking 2-stepper. Fellow Brit Duncan Powell drops the remix on this one - keeping the same misty vibes but instead rocking an incredibly tight UKF-tech beat for the win.
16 Jan 12