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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!!
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
14 May 13
Review: We Are Nuts aren't exactly known for their deep, contemplative musings, but who needs that on a dancefloor at 3am anyway? "Bombaclat" is a blazin' 4x4 wobbly bass banger, and "Daily Dose" is like a housier UKF take on an already pretty eccentric baile funk stomper. Finally DJ Q steps in bringing a whole tonne of flabby wobble to add to the ravey keys. Messy, very messy.
15 Apr 13
29 Mar 13
Arlissa vs Nas - "Hard To Love Somebody" (Addicted To Bass 2013 edit - Zed Bias mix) - (5:09) 127 BPM
Artful Dodger feat Lifford - "Please Dont Turn Me On" (Addicted To Bass 2013 edit - Disclosure remix) - (4:55) 130 BPM
Mike Delinquent Project feat KCAT & Mikill Pane - "Mama Said" (Addicted To Bass 2013 edit - Wideboys club mix) - (2:34) 128 BPM
FreQ Nasty feat Tippa Irie & Solar Lion - "Not Givin In" (Addicted To Bass 2013 edit - Sonny Wharton mix) - (4:44) 128 BPM
Played by: Diplo
Review: Hot on the heels of Ministry Of Sound's killer future bass album, we now get a further 66 'speaker blowing basslines' that we're sure to get familiar with over the next few months. Highlights include Disclosure's warped version of the Artful Dodger' "Please Don't Turn Me On", the sparse soul of Woz's "Spoons" mix, Huxley's jackin take on Maxxi Soundsystem's "Stella's Way" and Wideboy's bonkers electro-disco anthem "Stars".
07 May 13
Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange - "In & Out Of Phase" (feat Kerry Leva - Calyx & TeeBee remix) - (6:10) 172 BPM
02 May 13
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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.
25 Mar 13
Review: Given the ubiquity of classic garage-inspired house records over the last 18 months, it was probably inevitable that some bright spark would eventually decide to put together a themed compilation. To be fair to Needwant, they've done a pretty good job. While there are plenty of big, scene-defining records present - HNNY's "For The Very First Time", Dusky's "Flo Jam", Medlar's mix of Disclosure's "Boiling" and George Fitzgerald's "Child" - there are also of plenty of admirable cuts from lesser-known names and relative newcomers (see the excellent contributions from Ben Pearce and Purple Velvet). Job done.
26 Mar 13
06 May 13
Played by: Mat Cant
Review: Tony Tokyo debuts on Roska's Kicks and Snares imprint with "More Than A Fantasy", and rather than the flexing UKF the label is usually known for, his style is more that of the bassy, swung house of the Hypercolour camp, combining swung rhythms, dubby stabs and a cascading vocal sample. RKS regular Tickles provides his own take on the track, delivering a streamlined, techy version of the track which adds screaming synths and bouncing percussive tics.
20 May 13
Review: They always say that if you are disadvantaged in some way, just accentuate it and make it a badge of honour. So Birmingham's Tom Short has become Tom Shorterz and a glittering career can only but follow suit. Here he has remixed his own tune "Wot U Do", turning in a linear but bassy, seven-minute garage stroller. Onwards and upwards!
16 Apr 13
Review: Timoti is the nom de plume for rising producer Gael Pintos. Here he delivers "En Otra Ciudad", an accomplished slice of trancey Euro-hop, with a catchy autotuned lead vocal. Remix-wise, there's three on offer, Barcelona's Alizzz delivers a bassy hip-hop version that sounds like its been caught in a big soft synth blizzard. Estrada go the hard-to-knock 80s electro-pop direction, which is great fun, while Save Our Souls go deep for some swirly 90s RnB vibes.
06 May 13
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.
25 Mar 13
Review: Gary Spence aka T-Polar is a prolific producer from Belfast. Here he demonstrates his considerable production skills over four future bass corkers. "Feetwork" is not as fast as the genre it's name references, instead its trippy, leftfield 2 step of the highest order. "Twinkle Toes" is quirky garage, riddle with chopped up RnB vocals and fun vibes, conversely "Little Big Man" is dark, moody and warped. The Unknown remix of the title track is even darker, evoking the serial killer disco vibes of recent Burial material.
29 Apr 13
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".
15 Apr 13
Review: Ping-ponging between labels Basslight and B-Dem, Cambridge producer Benjamin Abbott has notched up a string of impressive bass-led singles in recent times. Here he's back on the latter with a sizzling two tracker. Featuring 2-step beats and floaty and delayed synth melodies, "Cave Diving" is deep and aquatic and reflects the cover art of a swimmer in cobalt blue subterranean caves. "Epiphanies" is much darker and marries a doomy post-dubstep bassline to the familiar rhythms.
01 Apr 13
Review: Despite sounding like an ill-fated 1980s left-of-centre political party, SPD is actually, in fact, Liverpudlian deep-tropical producer Will Dunbar-Sheppard, and this sizzling new EP features four future-facing bass tracks. Deep ain't the word for it; "Habitus" features haunting effects, shimmering piano, hypnotic vocals and gently glitchy beats, "Simulacrumb" is sublime house with glacial synthlines, "Held Hands" is an incredible mix of urgent tropical beats and truly other worldly synth pads while "Street Flutters" ends things in beautifully sombre fashion.
10 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
12 Apr 13
Review: After sturdy appearances on Numbers and Local Action, Slackk returns to one of his earlier outposts in the form of Unknown To The Unknown, throwing down a curious mixture of oriental folk music with grime-inspired beats and the occasional flurry of vintage computer game MIDI business. The beats are slippery and jerky on "Inland" where the synth comes in all side-chained and disjointed, with only gun shots for ballast on the buoyant groove. "Wolf Creek" brings on the aforementioned Monkey Island vibes, using curious keys and harmonies to create a decidedly eerie atmosphere, while "Blue Forest" is arguably the spiciest tune on the EP with its urgent percussion and more involved arrangements of lute action worked into a stomping 140 bpm rhythm.
20 May 13
Review: Aiming straight for the upper reaches of the Kiss FM playlist, Shagos has teamed up with Jay Dizzle for this super-catchy upbeat slice of garage-pop. Things get a little dirtier on the 2-steppy dub mix, before going all digital reggaeton (with a few dubsteppy breaks) on the "From The Hood" remix. Surely a summer hit?
06 May 13
Review: Nottingham/Leeds duo, Sergic and Lyka arrive in fine style here with their debut release on their own label Tumble Audio. "Bulletproof" is a pumping, breaky beast that sounds like bullets bouncing off the armour of an angry robot. Meanwhile "Shame' is all skippy beats, housey percussion and dubby bass, while "Glod" ups the tempo for some wobbly 4 x 4 fun.
16 Apr 13
Review: It's sonic urban poetry o'clock here with the latest release from deep 'n' dubby producer Searcher Of Hearts. It's all very shady as to the identity of SOH, but it appears that they want the music to speak for itself. What we get are four tracks of crackly audio texture layered over post-dubstep/future garage beats. "Enamour" features scattered rhythms and soothing synths, "Halcyon" is pure liquid garage and "Keepsake" is all about fuzzed-out synth loops and slo-mo RnB vibes. Artfruit expands on this theme adding some stunning escalating emo-synth work for his remarkable remix.
20 May 13
Played by: King
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.
13 May 13
Review: It's great to see classic UKG label Ice Cream Records back in action of late. Here they've resurrected mid 90s garage pioneers RiP Productions, who even back then were way ahead of the curve in terms of futuristic takes on the formula. This re-issue of "Rush Me" sees the 1998 '10 Below mix' (another alias of RiP) lead the package, with a thumping, bass-heavy new vocal mix being the flake in this particularly tasty 99 cone.
03 May 13
Review: Part of the Dem Boyz crew, Razzler Man hails from London and has thing for intense percussion. Here he's combined balmy, tropical summer night beats, hip-hop synths and a mesmerizing vocal melody from Sanna Hartfield, resulting in a dancefloor banger that also works as a quality radio tune. Tazer & CPL go for deep and sparse retro garage in their excellent remix.
08 May 13
Review: "Enough" is the latest release from Afro-house enthusiasts Pepesoup on their own Soup imprint. With its deep, velvet vibes, gentle steel drum lilt and yearning vocals it's clear they have a sparse but soulful anthem on their hands. The club mix gives the kick a good um, kicking and beefs up the bass too! Jacopo Mancini takes things in more upbeat direction, turning in a sublime slice of pure Ibiza house.
25 Mar 13