One of the most exciting representers of UKG's darker, techier, more mischievous underbelly, Deadbeat UK steps up to Tumble once again with four straight up dancefloor-minded thug-outs. The title track switches from robust 4/4 to slinky two-step while a guttural bassline gurgles dirty limericks down your lugholes. "Shapeshifer" wriggles with more of a tubular, metallic snake-bass feel. "Pagans" is rough enough to melt bricks while "Bleak" jumps and bumps with a tightly punctuated hook that's as clipped, direct and unforgiving as a Boer war sergeant major.
For their latest release, Project Allout promise 'pure fire' and 'real big UK garage and bass' from Notion. Well, they've not let us down with Notion stepping up to deliver three tracks guaranteed to smash dancefloors apart from here to Timbuktu. The title track features moody keyboard melodies, sharp 4x4 goodness and even a catchy pseudo rap. "Skankz" brings the bleeps, rave pads and big vocals for some wobbly garage and "How U Feel" mixes speed garage, house and urban vibes for a total sizzler.
Here we have two new sizzling bass bangers from Bristol's future garage hero James Mannion. He doesn't pull any punches either, with "Come Down" featuring growling bass, ghetto beats and catchy synth riffs, and the sparse title track featuring harpsichord style melodies and a hip-house style rap. Remix-wise, PVC presents some skippy, wobbly 2-step, and Crown Duels delivering the jewel in the EPs crown - a schizophrenic, hybrid of scattered beats, stop/start rhythms, eccentric bass and, of course, that rap.
Following the success of recent debut EP, Telling You, Holy Goof is back with more ammo courtesy of a new four tracker named after his own locale, "Midland Line". Already getting heat from Rinse FM, it's heavy on the bottom end and this perky 134 bpm stormer marries hard 4 x 4 vibes with throbbin' wobble, strings. Stabs and loopy vocals. Elsewhere, "Saving All My Love" delivers some snarling bass and laser zaps, while "Oi" continues the menacing atmosphere, furthermore Notion joins the party with synthy banger, "Buss".
The big bad Wolfe trio make their debut with a handsome EP for the wonderful In:Flux Audio, and with this release the label mainatain the quality of garage and bassline tracks they're known for putting out. The straight-edged "Charlie" is a dubbed-out house stepper with an urban vocal touch, while "Back It Up" is a bass-weighted monster capabale of devouring dancefloors. A clap-centric "Mankey" is a techy hybrid of dub and bass for peak time dealings, and furthermore there's a pretty fine line of remixers too, as Spookz and JG both rework "Mankey" into a sludgier half-step beast.
After notable appearances on Slime and Hot N Heavy, Parisian bass buster Hybu slides over to the emergent [re]sources label, also based in the French capital. The vibe on Antimatiere is a slippery one, even just on the title track as it moves from a tense 4/4 intro into a dextrous 2-step roller that maximises on a stripped down drum set and brooding bass rubs. "Euthanasie" meanwhile channels the spirit of dub techno in its opening tones before edging itself up into a break-encrusted rave jam for modern times. On the remixes, Mella Dee turns "Antimatiere" into a taut broken techno romp, while Blume simmers "Euthanasie" into a hovering percussive workout that sustains an icy tension throughout.
Previously known as ButInTheWeekend, Lorenzo takes his previously-established UK funky feel, shoves its head in a burlap sack, donkey punches it and leaves it suffering and shaking in a sub bin. "Fantasies" has a bright, bashy broken beat feel - like a moodier, younger Zed Bias who's enjoyed a fortnight in Rio. "Guava" is the holiday comedown; militant in its direction, paranoid in its attitude. Finally "Jungle Warfare" shakes away the low-end-triggered unease with a blistering 140 breakbeat showdown. Want more? Tuck into Hagan's deeper, 4/4 twist on "Fantasies" you greedy thing.
More off-centre, left-minded beat magic from Welsh wonk-lord Stagga. "Motoskillz" is a heaving bass roller that groans under its own paranoid weight and "Ketamine Bee Swam" is dark, chaotic homage to hardcore told in a brand new universal language. "Hacksaw", meanwhile, is pure Moomin space chatter, brought to us via satellite through a heavy LA beat echo chamber. Trippy, adventurous and stagga-ringly heavy (not sorry).
Having only previously had one brief outing on Tight Knit Records last year, it's still early days for Grovestreet but already a distinctive sound is taking shape as this follow-up release for Trax Couture attests. With the half-step lurch of dubstep a primary influence, Grovestreet works a stack of uneasy industrial textures into the grainy environment, managing to be both immersive and sparse in the same bar. "Shy [Reprise]" has plenty of nagging arpeggios motoring away at its heart, while "Blue Ribbon" bounces around on a garage rhythmic template with twinkling key notes in tow, but still that unique processing haze hovers over everything. "Place No More" brings the focus back to darker climes with a dynamic bass hook and snaking drum patterns before "Soliloquy" then drifts upwards into a dizzy headspace full of distant orchestral swells and mid-range beats.
Fent Plates are quickly becoming THE hub for spacey garage music and forward-looking bass experimentations, these days. After having kicked off 2015 with a bang thanks to some pretty killer EPs, the label come through with a collaborative effort in the form of a compilation by some of its newer artists but also some fresh faces, too! Ambient bass, dubbed-out two-step and Burialesque percussive workouts would be the nest ways to encapsulate these eight cuts. We particularly love "Desolate" by Vacant for its Chain Reaction kinda feel, and also Occult's "Earl Grey" for its soulful touch.