Flipping the switch and easing into the new year with subversive style, heavyweight dancefloor imprint Bass Legion let loose with a collection of deeper, liquid sounds you might not expect from their usually uncompromising acts. Serious moments of delicate and imaginative music abound as Tsuki plays a restrained piano number, Metal Work goes on a Total Science style space funk step odyssey and Dutta delivers a wondrous filtered hazy roller that wouldn't have gone amiss on Hospital 15 years ago. Rounding up the deep concept in style Vision takes us to the stars on a Maduk style trip while Simskai gets freak on a slippery synth disco trip. A well-executed concept; more labels should take a leaf out of Bass Legion's book and get their artists exploring other styles.
Tsuki isn't messing around this month. Not content with shooting two ludicrous hurters on Bulletproof, he also makes his debut on Bass Legion with this firing four-tracker. "35mm" balances a spiked-out riff with some delicate piano strokes, "Watermelon" kicks with a blunt, Tyke-style riff while "Truth Or Dare" is all about the sinewy stabby riff that turns itself inside out midway. Finally "Bad" shows off the young UK producer's more restrained side with a purring sub that sets the scene for another sharp, jumpy riff. In other news - writing reviews of jump up records while severely hungover is not the one. WHO KNEW?
More Midlands murkery as Droitwich newcomer Tsuki continues to amplify on his recent Stickybass arrival siren. This time he's on Bulletproof with two heavily armoured workouts: "Street Wars" focuses our attention on a pranged out bass tone that jumps hard but punches with a mature Bristol funk that belies Tsuki's 19 years. "Rudeboy" is all about the swagger with its tripletty step and Happy-era Hazard higher range bass riff before dropping into sombre, bone-chilling pads. Going places.
Go go gadget gully: Tsuki returns to Bulletproof after a liquid cameo role on Bass Legion with four more messages of menace. "Inspector Gadget" riffs with a Clipz-style infectiousness while "Addiction" tackles serious social challenges with the ugliest, croakiest bassline possible. "Ruff Endz" is all about the buzzy higher end bass texture he's making his signature. Finally a cheeky VIP that doubles up the bassline pressure of last year's damager "Street Wars". Fresh.
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