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Review: Expect low slung, synth-laden party beats to erupt from this three-track release by Notion. The "Digits EP" gets things started with a burst of bleepy beats in aptly entitled "Digits", which is all hazy computerized sounds and simple progressions before it drops and becomes an altogether different beast, with pumping beats and shimmying rhythms. "Soundbwoy Killa", up next, pairs an iconic vocal snippet with grinding mid range, clapping beats and a fun, funky vibe. "Watch Here" is another dancefloor-driven piece with grouchy beats, reverberating vocal and compelling melody.
14 May 12
Review: Dropping on DJ Die's pleasingly-varied Gutterfunk label, these two collaborations contain some absolute ghetto-bass gold. Interface and Minus rise up to nu-juke tempos and deliver a storming, Om Unit/Machinedrum-esque mix of pitched-up samples and D&B-inspired drum work. Die and Mensah however work a bleeped-out beauty on "Firing Line", with some unorthodox kick patterns and intense atmospheres providing a gritty yet hyped delight. Early support from Addison Groove, Claude Von Stroke, Eats Everything, Toddla T and Sub Focus among others suggests this double-sided release is going to be a very big deal indeed.
28 Nov 11
Played by: Paul Mac, Odiggity, Chris Finke, Klipar, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Seiji, Shox, Interface
Review: The much lauded Seiji series continues with another couple of prime club joints from the Bugz In The Attic man. There's absolutely no messing with "Frustratin" as it rips into action on an uptempo funky techno tip. The spacious bass stabs and jacking hats are enough to make this a dancefloor smasher, before you even factor in the devastating use of one simple vocal lick twisted in a host of different ways. "Face Up" is no less banging, keeping the groove more Soca and the distractions to a minimum, jus about matching the pure thrill of its counterpart.
29 Jan 12
Played by: Da Autopsy [uttu]
11 Mar 13
Review: The artwork of this single suggests a corny 70s disco rework but nothing could be further from the truth. This is a badass slice of UKF with a meaty bassline and garagey rhythms, but the 70s do actually appear with the quite random sample of Gladys Knight's cover of Kris Kristofferson's 'Help Me Make It Through The Night'. Truth is stranger than fiction, but you what? It works!
28 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
15 Feb 11
Played by: Diplo, Pirate Soundsystem, Seiji, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Dev79, J-Wow (Buraka Som Sistema), Leonard De Leonard, Marble Players
Review: The Nightshifters imprint run by ex break core DJ come modern day media impresario Jason Forrest (He produces, dabbles in iPhone Apps and runs online TV stations in his spare time) has been bubbling under nicely for the past couple of years dropping releases primed for the floor. This release, however, might just see them accelerate on their upward spiral towards widespread recognition. There's been a sense of growing anticipation surrounding this EP from Club Cheval icon Canblaster and he does not disappoint, straddling the gap between 130 and 180bpm with dizzying brilliance. Heavyweight remix action from the likes of Teki & Para One, Jubilee and Bambounou add some pedigree but the original tracks alone are startling enough to merit purchase. Big moves from the Berlin imprint!
12 Apr 10
Played by: Souled (Fresh Minute Music), DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, The 2 Bears
Review: Altered Natives follow up on their 2009 anthem "Rass Out" with the wonderfully deep and soulful "Believe In Me". Zed Bias turns in another kinky remix with cheeky percussion whereas Aphrodisiax add a charming retro vibe to the original. New Altered Natives track "Raaatid Einstein" makes an appearance too, bringing chunky drums and soul fired organ keys with it.
17 Sep 12
Review: Clicks & Whistles are a duo (one a programmer, the other a classically trained whizz) from North Carolina and together they have carved a niche with a sound resulting from their idiosyncratic influences. Upon hearing tracks like "Serious Bidness", it's apparent that they have clearly absorbed a lot of local Southern hip-hop, while "Hundred Mil" goes further still: venturing into sinister Salem-style juke territory. Conversely, both "Moment Of Truth" and "Adventure Tune" are pure mid-80s synth-hop-pop workouts! A varied and unique release.
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Review: As his game steadily increases with output on all manner of high-profile labels, it's high time that one of Synkro's highlights from last year makes its way on to digital. "Look At Yourself" is a perfect slice of horizontal 2-step, with clattering drums replaced by shimmering pops and clicks, while the keys and pads blur into one perfectly ambient haze. "Girl" likewise belies Synkro's knack for moody blue synths, but also packs a wriggling acid line that cuts through the mellow tones. "Its" rounds the easy-going styles off nicely with a low-slung groove and more of the finely diced RnB vocals that are sprinkled across the whole EP.
07 Nov 10
Played by: Juno Recommends Bassline
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05 Nov 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Resketch, aka Liverpool's own Steve Burnett, is on a bass-led roll right now and this collaboration with Infinite Machine seems very likely to up the heat even further. "Numf" is all Tropically tinged staccato drum breaks, pitch-bent rave pads and sped up vocal snippets. "It Could Be" is a very different beast, being a fluffy and melodic retro house affair complete with hazy diva wails and tweaked piano notes. "Reason For A Reason" is seductive futuristic R&B that gets a moody slow-clap makeover courtesy of Framework. Lead track "Numf" returns to end things on a high, with Liar's Herescu 14 mix opting for an upbeat, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, electro-funk route.
04 Mar 13
Review: Marvin Ramalepe aka DJ Spoko is in the house with a new five tracker for True Panther, his first western release! Having started producing aged 12 in a South African township, and having pioneered the 'Bacardi House' sound, this dude is frankly on fire right now. "Azange" is infectious mid-tempo funk, "Batauweng" is epic and melancholic reggaeton, "Ghombhonyoka" is melodic and deep, "I Remember" is a melancholic ode to the wise warnings of his grandpa and finally "Sounds Of Our Forefathers" is a simply next level; a hauntingly beautiful synth-house odyssey.
18 Mar 13
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07 Jan 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Here we have a sizzling new two-tracker hot on the heels of the house and garage veteran's recent 'best of' collection. "I Love This City" is sumptuous disco-tinged retro-garage, which is filtered to within an inch of its life (to great effect). The 'deep dub mix' of "All Night Long" is a deeper and dreamier strain of house, while the 'JS Bumpy dub' tweaks the former into a perkier, snazzy-garage workout.
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".
23 Dec 11
Review: Mixed live by DJ Beenie, Garage Kiss: Sounds of the Underground Vol. 1 is a compilation that features 25 of the garage underground's biggest tracks, showcasing the best of the new wave of UK garage talent. Highlights include The Next Room's "Turning Point", whose horn samples recall Roy Davis Jr's classic "Gabriel", Fuzzy Logik's "Playground", which weaves a tightly rolling UK Funky beat and fat bassline around Myshy's catchy vocal action and jazzy, bright synth melody, and Danny B-Line's refix of Redlight's "Source 16", wrapping a bass squelch around rave whistles and hollow snares. As skillful as DJ Beenie's mixing is, the superb selections also come as unmixed original tracks.
12 Mar 12
Played by: Numa Crew, Kush Arora, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Bizt, Blend Mishkin, Digi G'alessio
Review: Self styled global bass label Voodoo Rebel return with another drop from the elusive Arge Numa Crew, this time backed with a trio of killer remixes. Arge Numa Crew's original of "Santas Alarmas" is a hyperactive flurry of clipped sirens and funky tribal snares, something explored further by Hat+Hoodie's frenetic tropical workout which has some gripping moments of tension. Ckrono meanwhile turns in a sweat drenched moombahton remix which slows the original right down. By far our pick however is London trio Tomb Crew's reworking, which strips the original right back to the vocal and measured snippets of siren and shores it up with some snappy, reverb soaked 808s.
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18 Apr 11
Review: Superbly funky stuff from UK duo Pirate Soundsystem, who have previously rejigged the likes of Drop The Lime, Wiley and Bonde Do Role as well as dropping key releases like the Trip II London EP. Lead tune "Bashy Bashy" was previously featured on DJ Hero 2, and its bassline-meets-garage vibe is given a new lease of life here thanks to a fresh vocal from dancehall queen Lady Chann on the rechristened "Run Run". A carnival-esque anthem in the making, this will find favour with fans of Douster, Sinden and Diplo, as will "Jericho", a defiantly funky banger replete with whistle-samples, soca snares and a huge dollop of electro womp.
10 Apr 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: Fresh grimey house goodness from this Canadian pairing on an excellent new release from Party Guy. HXDB channels Boddika and Pearson Sound on the UKF-meets-808 funk of "Once Bytten", while the pair break out some Blawan-esque drum heat on the fantastically moody acid blast of "Bassixx". Really strong stuff that deserves to be snapped up by fans of heady and future-focused bass music.
26 Nov 12
Review: Heralding the start of the newly minted Church imprint, Happa makes a strong case for the buzz he has received with but a smattering of appearances before now. "Beat Of The Drum" is as percussion-centric as you might hope, and what percussion it is. Ostensibly based around a 2-step wiggle, the monolithic hits that fall with deft swing are infallible in their guaranteed dance-levelling power. Throwing Snow takes said beats into a frantic, juked-out territory on his remix, firing off that instantly identifiable jerky rhythm and a considerable tempo jump. "Bring It Back" is a considerable shift in style, as Happa delves into a menacing electro house well, leaving it to Apes & Seb Wildblood to drop a more casual deep house cut.
13 Feb 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: French outfit CDBL arrive on Orlinzoo for this big release. "Feel So Good" demonstrates a uniquely French knack for melody, combining Fred Falke style melodies with a London influenced rhythmic snap and UKF style vocal samples, whilst Look Like's remix adds some cut up swing into the mix. "Gangsta's Anthem" meanwhile takes a darker, ghetto house approach with rapid, clipped, footwork style percussion; remixes come from Rodeo, whose heavily sidechained synths combine with some heavy dubstep style bass, and Tommy Kid, whose hard-hitting 8-bit ghettotech remix manages to inject a bit of melody while keeping things sufficiently moody.
31 Aug 06
Danny C/Dr Speed/Baby Katy & Mc Versatile - "Heartache" (Darren James & Daniel Sea Funky house mix) - (5:40) 128 BPM