Here we have a brand-spanking new Bass Clinique affair by debutant Archive. "Make It Rain" is a half-step monster with some abrasively high levels of mutant bass - also featuring the vocal talents of MC Shantie - while "Felt Nothing" combines the harder edge of dubstep together with a techno flair in its percussion. There's yet more bass filth on "Through The Speaker", and Doctor Jeep transforms "Felt Nothing" into a true tech-house burner complete with deadly low-end. Top stuff.
Sunday Roast - one of Reading's most prolific tech-house producers - comes through on his home label Soulserious with a new four-tracker to reign in the new year! The title track "Park Up" is a bass-heavy 4/4 mutant complete with seductive vocals and a swinging set of percussion. This one's for the Saturday night crew and all of the cuts are sure to rock just about any dancefloor from here to Scotland. Oh, and be sure to check out "Climatize" for some serious low-end meditation - bassline!
Birmingham's James Black may have done a runner to Australia but at least under his artist name, Arctic, he delivers a subtle a nod to his home country's current climate. Here he delivers four slammers (and a VIP mix) of prime bass music including the 4 x 4 rattler "Takin It Back", the psychedelic mayhem of the skippy garage rave of the title track and the fizzy, 8-bit wobble-fountain of "Inside (Arctic mix)".
Pow! Mumdance and Novelist finally unleash two critical slammers that have been doing the rounds for a while now. Mumdance's production dynamic is stark, minimal and drenched in all manner of unique sound design - the perfect bed for Novelist's melodic lyrical bounces as he flexes a complex yarn of money, moods and mindsets. With instrumentals thrown in for good measure, this will suit all bass selector styles.
Carlos Juarez aka Wolf comes through on Heretic imprint with a heavy-loaded remix EP. "No Love", as the name aptly suggests, is a bass-ridden broken house number for the peak time hours, while "The Truth" is almost an ode to the Noisia D&B spectrum thanks to its breaks and wildly mutated bassline. The remixes come from Cloaka, who transforms "The Truth" into a more stepping version of the original, whereas Beaka goes all broken and dubby on his cut of "No Love", while Wallwork is joined by RZR and Ltd Colours on his own lil' ode to DMZ for another revamp of the same tune.
Sound Pellegrino's SND PE compilations to date have each offered unique windows on the world of futuristic club music. The label's fourth installment comes under the sub-title Melodic Mechanisms, and as the name suggests, it's a collection of bright club tunes with intricate structures at play under the hood. Doline's "Karidja" kicks off with a track indebted to the history of trance music, while Her Records co-founder Sudanim comes through with a Jersey Club-influenced banger in the form of "Seydou". Other highlights - of which there are many - include Chilly Gonzales and P. Morris collaborating on the hip hop slow jam "Late Visitor" and the cut-up funk of Moleskin's "Imagine".
After a run of very successful vinyl-only releases, Night Slugs-endorsed ELDNCT goes digital and bundles label boss Deamonds' successes so far in one stark, robust, genre-melting package. From the sharp, turbo-tempo footwork tech of "Air Max 97" to the satirical shut down of try-hard vibe-chasers "Nu Skool Deep House Sample Pack" via the Bedingfield-nodding "Through", each of the eight tracks on show here represent Deamonds creativity and understanding of the dancefloor with raw, visceral style. Get up to speed.
Roska releasing dark music is not a new phenomenon, but this belated return to Tectonic - his first solo material for Pinch's lauded label for three years - is particularly bleak and paranoid. Lead cut "Hyperion" is particularly dark, with dubstep style effects and cymbal hits riding a pulsating and sub-rattling, if stripped down, 120 BPM techno groove. In contrast, the moody but sprightly shuffler "Off" is positively cheery in comparison, with more of the UK funky influence Roska made his name with. The EP's two dominant approaches - funky and techno - come together on closer "Only Human", which fixes a surging, head-cracking electronic bassline to an expertly-programmed broken techno rhythm.
To celebrate Record Store Day last year, Houndstooth got label regular Throwing Snow to create three VIP versions of tracks from his debut album Mosaic. While the LP was a relatively delicate affair at time, these vinyl-only cuts took the original material and brought more of the house, garage, rave and bass influences to the fore with the intention of causing maximum club devastation, and now they've been unleashed on digital. Whether it's the serrated bassline of "Maera VIP", melodic yet full bodied house of "Linguis VIP", Or big room techno sound of "The Tempest VIP", each cut still sounds as big as they did on wax.
This pair of tracks from Untold represents the first release on a new sub-label of his Hemlock Recordings label, Hemlock Black. Launched to specialise in "futuristic physical club music", the first missive wastes no time in getting down to business with "Doff", a frazzled combination of nightmarish jungle subs and jackhammer rhythmic pulses. "Phive" is a very different beast, pairing plucked strings with a gravity well of bass pressure that seems intent on sucking everything on the dancefloor into its orbit. Without doubt some of the most innovative stuff Untold's made in recent years, and highly recommended.
Having blazed playlists and torched tastemaker tongues throughout 2014 (notably by Soulection for his unavoidable D'Angelo bootleg), Belgian beat-buster Moodprint delivers his debut album. Tying the tendrils between the LA beat scene, dubstep, hip-hop and straight-up future funk, this self-titled long player documents just how fertile contemporary bass music is and how creative he is as an artist. From the Dillaesque sample weirdry of "Lucy" to the tripped out vocal process gymnastics of "Take Me 2" via the barbed, strangely euphoric footwork subversion of "96 JuKnow", Moodprint has set up his stall with crystalline clarity and audio dexterity. Not to be missed.
Nine months on from the release of his debut album Club Amniotics, NYC-based dancefloor experimentalist Max McFerren returns to 1080p with a similarly minded sophomore set. Like its predecessor, Lawd Forgive Me is playful, colourful and eccentric, with McFerren serving up a thrill-a-minute blend of dayglo rave stabs, UK garage steppiness, classic house riffs, mangled vocals and energetic, off-kilter rhythms. The result is a fast-paced brimming with ideas, curious samples and, most potently, the relentlessly upbeat attitude of contemporary British bass music. It's difficult to pin down, but that only adds to the album's gleeful, kaleidoscopic charm.