Here we have a sparks-filled collaboration between two UK bass ninjas, aka producers Danny Rich (Compound Audio) and Dapz (Major League Hustlaz). The pair flex their respective muscles over the two supplied versions of "My Style", with the Drum & Bass version being a tough, martial arts themed slammer. The UK Garage version meanwhile is the more party-friendly version, boasting an accelerated bouncy bassline and speedy beats.
Better known as one-half of Se7en Deadly Breaks, Aaron K is developing a strong reputation for his own solo work too. Saucy Records have certainly clocked this and have signed him up for new tune "Everything". The original sees Joe Peng (frontman of Laid Blak) and K-pop singer Tita Lau electrically combine on this rolling ragga-garage anthem. AK reworks his own track again in the soft and synthier 808 Steppa mix. Last but not least, Kurse closes proceedings with an epic, string-sample-heavy rave-tinged version.
Soul Revolution was opened by veteran 2-step DJ Mike Millrain to provide a home for the deeper styles of garage and bass emanating from studios around the UK. He's found a gem in the shady GWM, who here delivers three searing cuts on the Juicy Pump EP. With its big diva vocal line and urgent breaky rhythms, "Keep The Music" is an anthem in the making, "I Was There" features tough, scattershot beats as heard through a melancholic smoky fug and "About Worries" wraps things up nicely with tribal beats, melodic bass and gentle, spacey pads.
Break It Down (2 Rotten Scoundrels dub) - (5:44) 135 BPM
Break It Down (Erban Fox Light remix) - (6:07) 125 BPM
Break It Down (Erban Fox Dark remix) - (5:46) 125 BPM
Break It Down (Cellardore remix) - (4:30) 132 BPM
What with the success of both the original and the follow-up remixes, MIB (aka DJ Impact and MC Marvel) have struck sonic gold with their club hit Break It Down. Here we get another sequel in the shape of a third collection of mixes. Operator S delivers a slick 'n bouncy UKG jam, 2 Rotten Scoundrels opt for wobbly bass toughness and Erban Fox looks back to the noughties for some 'white isle electro-house' (also supplied in a darker version). Finally Cellardore wraps things up with a booming minimal bass monster.
We've often thought that there's something in the air down Bristol way, how else does the city produce so many top bass producers? Notion is not just one of many though, this Bristolian is a master of UKG influenced bangers with his own unique twist. A hysterical cacophony of pitched up and down vocals samples crown the skippy, wobbly-heavy title track. Elsewhere "Drowzy" is slinky 4x4 with some killer warped bass and "Crooklyn" samples Crooklyn Dodgers for a merciless digital dub slammer.