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09 Jun 13
Review: After successfully remixing some very popular dance tunes to widespread approving nods from the likes of Loadstar, Clean Bandit and Naughty Boy, the Bristol duo have returned to the studio to furnish the bass music community with a second EP released on cutting edge label Black Butter. Bringing together house, garage and bassline for that oh-so-now deep house feel with a characteristically twisted outlook, each track is a swarming mass of influences and irresistible experimentation. "Scatter" in particular has that perfect MNL combo of hip-swinging dancefloor compatibility and relentless hard-hitting beats and you've almost definitely already heard the badness of "Levels" on your travels. A definite buy on sight.
20 May 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Lucent, Allmostt, Funk And Filth, Benny Kane
Review: Originally released spring 2012, Foamo's monstrously heavy bass chugger "Sherlock" gets the treatment from a variety of talented players. Kry Wolf drop the tempo slightly for a resonant UKG strut, Taiki & Nulight continue the garage vibe with a more uptempo, menacing bass motif, Millions Like Us add some cinematic breakbeats and shivering synth washes to the mix, My Nu Leng take a leaf out of Bassbin Twin's booty-bass book while LKid calms us down with a very neat, early 90s house version. A great spread and not a duff rub in sight.
03 Jun 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: It's grime o'clock at Hyperdub HQ as Terror Danjah and Champion square-off with some midrange baiting badness as cheeky and rude as you would expect from two masters of the art. Danjah's "Glide" actually struts on a peppy 4/4 rhythm, but the synths keep things dutty whilst there are plenty of quirks stitched into the beat. Champion's template on "Bowser's Castle" is broader, with fulsome melodies and a dextrous switch between ring modulating bassline throw downs and glossy synth refrains. In both instances the collaborations between the two bring a more hectic style full of clattering percussion and urgent tempos, clearly fed on the energy of shared studio time.
10 Jun 13
Review: Despite often playing second fiddle to his original partner The Count aka Herve, Graeme Sinden is still doing alright for himself. Having recently relocated to LA, his relentless productivity is beginning to bear fruit with this, his first solo release of 2013. Despite being the other side of the Atlantic both tracks here display distinct UK influences: "Bad Boy" fuses choppy, fidgety loops, a ragga MC sample and some seriously wobbly UKF. The best track though, is the more linear "Tempest Storm" which features long deep house loops and some absolutely lovely garage-inspired melodies.
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Played by: Mat Cant
20 May 13
Review: Rinse's own Royal T has been listening to UKG for as long as he started stealing bootlegs from his brother. With the advent of online mixtape technology and the worlds of grime, bassline and UK funky at his feet, the Southampton-based producer's latest offering is a filthy culmination of sticky dancefloors, hastily-printed rave flyers, pirate radio and the dawning of crisply ironed trap. There's a feeling of nostalgia about the whole EP for times when listening to grime at the back of the bus really was the pinnacle. Nostalgia too often comes with negative connotations - rather than stale Royal T brings his own modern edge to the retrospective bubbles he creates with each track. It's a celebration rather than a museum piece. Long live the spirit of the underground.
17 Mar 13
Review: It's been a long journey for James Edward Jacob, from young thrash metaller in Leicester to aspiring dubstep producer in college, and now hot future bass property. This EP of his own VIP mixes is premier grade stuff, expertly produced and cleverly tweaked for different moods. "Fade" gets three different interpretations here - a club mix that sees big crescendos drop into totally nasty 4/4 garage basslines, a different club mix that goes deeper with soft pads and a retro Enya-goes-RnB vibe, and finally the Etherwood version, all melancholic DnB, forlorn vocals and piano fused with low bass and urgent beats.
21 Apr 13
Review: The success of Taiki & Nulight's recent low-key release Late Nights has now seen it expand into a full-blown EP. Again released by Herve's Cheap Thrills, the title track is a dubby, wobbly 4x4 garage roller. "Take Me Up" is a straight up, hands in the air party anthem, "Footwerk" is dark, deep and very late night bassline houser , but it's all about "Offkey" for sheer next level sounds.
22 Apr 13
Review: With the imminent return of Daft Punk reminding us all of Paris's vibrant electronic music heritage, local label ClekClekBoom pop-up to provide us with a wide-eyed snapshot of the current Parisian underground. There are hints of familiar French staples - the stomping Ed Banger-ish ravery of The Town's "Dice", the classic house flex of Coni's "Missing You Nire" - but for the most part Paris Club Music Volume 1 dances to a different beat. With label regulars French Fries coming to the fore, much of the album is devoted to the sort of hard-to-pigeonhole bass music that takes its influence as much from B-more, R&B and UK garage as filter funk and electro-house.
12 May 13
Played by: Big Dope P, King, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Urban Knights, Benny Kane
Review: Bristol's DJ Die has gone one better than signing Addison Groove to his Gutterfunk imprint, he's only gone and collaborated with him on both tracks here as well! The footwork-influenced side project of Headhunter, Addison Groove assumes charge of "Keyhole" - a stripped back excursion into sultry voodoo beats. Meanwhile on "Hydropump", DJ Die takes the lead steering this ship into breaky hip-house waters in the process.
20 May 13
Review: London via North Devon imprint Shifting Peaks are keeping the party pressure on with this bumper-packed EP. It's a label debut from duo De$ignated (Nima Bazrcar and Rory Bowyer) who split their time between London and Hampshire. Having garnered some major hype from a string of remixes, they've managed to secure Kyiki from Crystal Fighters for this, this own single. "Valentine" mixes fuzzy urban funk with old skool 2-step and half time breaks. "Russian Roulette" however is a much harder post-dubstep gurning banger. Best of the remixes is Kaveh's thumping acidic afterhours workout.
25 Mar 13
Played by: Thang, Alkalino, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Jack Fell Down, Cocaine On Her Dress, Benny Kane
Review: Jay 'Chubba' Richards has been popping up all over the place of late, with recent releases on Sirch and Odea Records. Here, he brings his particular brand of contemporary house and UK funky fusion to Republic. "Moody" - so-called because it features a prominent sample from Kenny Dixon Jnr talking about his MPC - sets the tone, layering tough electronic percussion over a monstrous bassline. "Diamonds" sounds like a fusion of classic UKG and '90s house, while "Broken" feels like the sort of thing that Hypercolour should be signing (think nice chords, tasty vocal stabs and bassline-driven deep house flavour). There's also a tougher, UK funky-flavoured tweak from Vedicis and Vanshift that's well worth a listen.
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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".
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02 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Mooqee, Sw, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Huxley, Funk And Filth
Review: The chart-bothering Surrey siblings Disclosure are back with possibly their best offering yet. Released on the Hot Chip-affiliated Greco-Roman label, "Control" is a superb slice of sultry and soulful minimal garage, with short of breath vocals that echo vintage Janet Jackson. Joe Goddard seriously challenges the glory of the original with a mesmerising doomy, acid-tinged electro-disco version. Bonus tune "Lividup" is an ecstatic bleep-garage joy and there's further fun with "Boiling" being given cosmic trance (Dixon) and mega camp house (Medlar) workovers. Plus "Whats In Your Head" gets a boombox house mix by Mak & Pasteman.
26 Feb 13
Review: Swedish duo Savage Skulls have been making some serious noise in bass circles since about 2008. Now they've gone stateside, talking Frenchman Douster with them and signing up with Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. This EP is unrepentantly aimed at the dancefloor: "Bass Kick" is hysterical, peak time madness with heavily compressed tropical beats and ascending synth melodies, "TRT" is tough party-garage with EDM-friendly trance breakdown and finally "Nicole" is total pop-dance euphoria.
27 May 13
Review: A Russian living in London, Lokiboi, has clearly absorbed the cities underground dance history and sound (we'd put money on him being a fan of those 'Back To 95' warehouse parties). Not to put too fine a point on it, this guy really loves 90s garage and house. This is evident here on what is his biggest release to date: the latter prevails in the deep and tribal title track and in the campy New York-iness of "Love Saves The Day". Elsewhere it's all about deep, often melancholic London-centric retro garage. Back to '13!
10 Sep 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
08 Jun 13
Review: This er, young kid (Tom Guerriero-Davies) from Nottingham, is tearing it up with this tune, getting plays on Rinse FM and more. Although he describes his sound as a variant of 2-step, it really doesn't do this tune justice. In fact it's a pretty hard record to categorise, other than it's a brilliant slice of haunting future tropical in which Della just rinses all the sounds, samples and riffs at his disposal to sound like, well, nothing else around. Remix-wise we also get quirky garage from Nomi and some seriously haunted house courtesy of AtsuBox.
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.
13 May 13
Review: Given Unknown To The Unknown's wide ranging remit, including bassline garage, Detroit electro and Chicago house, it was perhaps inevitable that a genuine 90s house record would find its way onto the label at some point. Originally released in 1992, OHM's "Tribal Tone" was supposedly the first tune to use the Korg M1 sound that was later immortalised by Robin S' "Show Me Love", and had considerable impact at the time, being championed The Shamen frontman Mr C, being licensed to R&S sub-label Global Cuts and US label Vibe, and finding itself remixed by the Sabres of Paradise trio. Here it finds itself with three similarly great remixes, a stripped-back, raw groover from Marquis Hawkes, a horn-heavy piece of 90s action from Capracara and a thundering mid-tempo effort from Northern Souls. Essential!
04 Feb 13
Played by: Sirmo, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: Straight outta Cardiff, Bodhi is a house-obsessed duo whose particular blend of deep minimal house riff's off the sounds of 90s in a quite discreet way (ok, well apart from remixing Marky Mark & The Funky bunch!). This new EP for Grizzly is full to the brim with personality and ideas. They accurately describe their sound as 'groove bass' - "Culture" features clippty-clop beats and retro piano stabs, while ""Deliquesce" features sparse speed garage-isms and floating synths and vocals. Bambounou provides a stomping minimal mix of the former and Ifan Dafydd goes all dreamy tropical RnB when remixing the latter.
13 May 12
Review: Described by the Irish producer Detboi as being the result of "a demo-based soundtrack to cut up videos which has now been turned into a nine track LP", Darkside appears on Herve's Deep Thrills this week with some truly menacing and dark beats, including the dubby-jack of the title-tune, the dubstep-esque beat scramble of "Stay With Me" and the old-school garage punch of "Give It Up". Crafting a sound that's both minimal yet thoroughly rude, Detboi really comes into his own on this highly recommended release.
10 Apr 11
Review: Having released a gaggle of absolutely essential material for Ten Thousand Yen, Welsh future-bass crew CRST have made the switch to Deep Thrills - Herve's newly-launched imprint. "Put A Spell On You" is a masterpiece of fats strings and super-tight drums, while "Heartbeat" keeps things on a dubby Detroit tip replete with chopped vocals that sound strangely like Stevie Wonder. The awkward-step of "Forever After" is well worth investigating too, as is the Todd Edwards-esque spank of "Feel It". We're simply addicted to CRST right now, and thankfully they've delivered six more reasons to keep the faith right here.
17 Jun 13
Played by: DJ Haus [uttu]
20 May 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: This guy has settled in with Reading UKF label Soulserious like a comfy pair of old slippers. Why not when they totally support his sound, to the point where his EPs are now bordering on mini-LPs! "Speeding" features six new joints all revealing his finely honed production skills. He blends slick, jazzy pads with shuffling garage beats that often veer into a sleazy tech-house side of town, and there's always a few retro nods to the good old 90s.
18 May 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Glyn Bush, Lakosa, Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Vorres - Juno, Bunny On Acid, Reilly Steel, Black Jack, Heion, Gullfisk, Willo Schubarth, Blah Blah Blah, Tcts
Review: Although Leon Vynehall is one of an increasing number of producers bringing the influence of bass music styles into the deep house formula, the Mauve EP stands apart from the rest of the crowd - the title track is anthemic stuff, mixing Detroit and Bristol house styles in just the right quantities with hands in the air piano, soulful vocals and quietly bubbling bass. "Picture Frame" is a much slower end of the night number which has echoes of classic Balearica, while "Homage" opens with subtle cut-up rave stabs, rippling percussion and moody spoken word intro, before erupting into life with devastating subs which catch you totally off guard. House? Bass? It doesn't matter - the only sure thing is that Vynehall is someone to keep an eye on.
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
15 Apr 13
Review: Shollen Quarshie is making no bones about his intentions on this latest release for Local Action, with his formidable production sights fixed on the charts with a helping croon from Louise Williams. This is unabashed pop music for the modern era, even if it is driven by an early 90s breakbeat. The straight-up keys and synths should sit perfectly on drive time radio, while the light touches of trancey stabs are crying out for a stadium-filling remix from one of the Dutch titans. As if baiting such an occasion, the single comes packaged with an instrumental and an acapella for good measure.
25 Feb 13
Review: Wow! Are people looking back with rose-tinted glasses to 1995 already? Well at least this 'musical magpie' is only borrowing ideas and sounds rather than copying wholesale! Possibly a bit darker than his previous releases this EP features dubby UKG ("1995"), glitchy, post-dubstep ("Hypno", "Fallen") and even a bit of wobble-heavy UKF ("Roots").
24 Jul 12
Review: Lover of all things juke, Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot has plenty to say on the subject and he makes his feelings well known on this latest joint for Halocyan records. "Bionic Penguins" kicks things off with a plush and melodic juke chop up that moves through sophisticated chord progressions for the arpgeggiator to roam around in, while "Friendship" goes down a slightly darker route peppered with hefty amounts of bleep. Sumsun turns "Bionic Penguins" into an emotionally strained UK Funky joint, leaving it to Legowelt to create a serene funk of robotic melodics with lashings of acid and some serious Balearic sass.
18 Mar 13
06 May 13
Review: When 123MRK's Noname EP dropped in 2011 creating waves all around the dubstep and bass music scene. Moulding the sound of his generation into a style all his own, the Frenchman suddenly found himself held aloft as an innovator as well as simply a producer of sounds. This remixed release of his seminal EP was a lofty undertaking and the finished item features remixes from some of the future dubstep scene's brightest young stars alongside long-time innovators. From Liar's metalic, lo-fi flavours to Troy Gunner's understated clicks and swirls; ViLLAGE's heart-pounding house remodelling to Heblank's old-school twist, even the likes of Pixelord and ReSketch play their garage-influenced hands to create an all-new modern-day canvas of what exactly bass music is right at this moment. It can never be truly defined, but this is a pretty good encyclopedia.
09 Apr 12