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18 Mar 13
Review: NTS affiliates 92 Points secure some Alex Coulton heat and back it with remixes from Tessela and Beneath - this is how you put together an EP. With his releases for Idle Hands and Livity Sound last year, Coulton proved himself to be one of British techno's most interesting propositions, wrapping Shackleton-style atmospherics with sparing rhythmic structures. This continues with "Too Much Talk", its UKF inspired snares and deep subs sound very much like the recent work of Beneath - who himself contributes a remix which outdoes Coulton in its tense atmospherics. The most striking rework however comes from Tessela, whose breakbeat jungle reinterpretation has the expected amount of compression-induced grit and rhythmic swagger.
28 Jan 13
Review: Not just a cool character on Futurama, Calculon's heady cauldron is bubbling with noxious boundary-bounding vibes that take reference from juke, jungle, techno, trap and good old fashioned ghetto-tech. The end result, as you can imagine, is an instant call to action. From the no-nonsense, slow-mo drama of "Bloodfight" to the early proto jungle vibes of "Back The Fuck Up" via the polyrhythmic party-powered shock out "Crush", Calculon celebrates everything that's great about bass-laced music past, present and future.
25 Mar 13
Review: Here we have a split single featuring artists on the Loose Squares roster getting remixed to within an inch of their lives. First up is Ghettotech don Calculon, whose recent collaboration with Austin Speed, "Back The Fuck Up", is turned into a killer slow juke meets jungle synth-fest by the producers themselves. Sinistarr's "Ross" however, is outsourced: and placed in the hands of LA's Drip (aka Atlantic Connection) where it becomes a phenomenal deep bass-meets trap joint.
24 Sep 12
Review: Bringing more of the rough and tumble jack-action to Unknown To The Unknown, Capracara is as up for the party as ever on "Ronin", although arguably reining in his more wayward tendencies for a more direct garage house jam. Still, when the drums hit as hard as they do here, a little linear structure doesn't dampen the spirits. Recent Juno Plus podcasters Kodiak step up for a remix, and they proceed to delineate everything in sight with a chunky broken beat and dense layers of head-spinning melody, vocal samples and effects. It's perhaps less party ready than the original, but addictive all the same. Killer!
23 Apr 12
Played by: Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: A mysterious producer here, who may just be alluding to Louisianan roots via his EP title for Blackacre. What we do know about Caracal is that he's hip to syrupy, southern-style chopped and screwed madness if tunes like "Elements" and "DeNiro" are anything to go by. Murky in a Burial-mode but with vastly slower tempos, this is dark and devilish and every bit as mysterious as its creator.
12 Nov 12
13 Nov 12
Played by: Guerilla Speakerz
Review: Halloween may have passed, but there's still potential to scare the bejesus out of your floor with this devilish trap attack from the blogger's current fave Carnage. Confidently slow beats swagger and the bass and haunting overtones combine for a thick sonic soup of dark, edgy funk. "Kat!e" follows, and with it some serious club attitude from Kat!e herself; sleazy aggression drips from each lyric she spits, this is as dirty as you can possibly get with your clothes on.
02 Apr 13
Review: Pelican Fly teams up with the infamous Ed Banger institution to deliver a tight little remix package of Cahmere Cat's "Mirror Maru" EP! Only "Mirror Maru" and "Kiss Kiss" are chosen as part of the project but judging from the diversity of the remixing team, this can only mean one thing: DOPE! Canblaster takes the first shot at the former, transforming the original into a sexy and seductive R&B anthem, whilst Busy P goes for a straight-up hip-hop flex with a touch of electro-tinged balearica, and LidoLido takes us on a soothing journey through sparse vocal-chops and grinding, booty-shaking basslines. As for the latter, G Vump takes a startling broken beat flex, reducing the original to a stuttering mass of kicks, snares and ominous harmonics; but the real surprise comes from Feadz & Kito, who create an all-out monster half-step belter - fresh!
22 Oct 12
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25 Jun 12
Review: With four original track and two remixes, this package from CC entitled "Up Wind" has plenty to get your teeth into. Kicking off with "Got A Lexus", the brash bravado of the title is offset by delightfully sparse, stripped back sounds with a gentle groove, hissing hi hats and sultry melodies. Next up, "K Share" is a flurry of deftly placed beats with a 4/4 rhythm and billowing vocal winding in and out; "Gryphon Perc" oozes with cool with its choppy pattern and crackling white noise, whilst "Woolie" is another gentle little mover and shaker and "Boys II Dro" blends minimal sounds with sleek, polished rhythms. Also check the Rekchampa and Helix remixes. Sexy stuff.
08 Aug 11
22 Jul 11
Played by: Dubstepforum.com
03 Dec 12
Review: Car Crash Set, a label ever ahead of the curve, present the debut from US production duo Celoso. On the strength of "Already Know", the pair have a bright future ahead of them; combining lithe ghettotech beats, effervescent R&B influenced synth work and a vocal hook that gets right under your skin, it's an example of how to combine several well worn tropes and come up with something fresh. Meanwhile, Tectonic's Distal steps up to provide a typically hard to pin down remix; taking in juke and dubstep, his version of the title track places the chopped up vocal on top of some jackhammer kicks and an almost eastern melody, whose laid back feel is entirely at odds with the frantic rhythmic flow.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: Having previously set out his stall as a purveyor of intense, almost paranoid electronica via releases on Pictures Music and Awkward Movements, Chairman Kato continues his journey with an EP for Shades of Grey. The deliciously clandestine "A Void In You" continues where he left off, delivering dizzying late night electronica with a crack-addled pulse. The more uptempo "No Dice" is similarly queasy, seemingly teasing us towards a date in the woods with a red-eyed serial killer. The two-part "Yeah Your Right" tiptoes further toward techno territory, but still sounds the nightmarish vision of a particularly vivid imagination. It's odd, all right, but damn excellent.
02 Jul 12
Played by: Hybu, Dusk + Blackdown, Lwp Records, Da Autopsy [uttu], Lud Dub, Tom Central, DJ Cable, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jack Stat, Sounds Of Sumo, El Carnicero, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt
Review: Champion by name, Champion by nature... Fusing UK funky with grime, bass and just a touch of two-step, the rather cheekily titled "Crystal Meth" is an MC's dream, waiting for some serious flowage to lick over the darkness. As good fortune would have it, it's also nowhere near as deadly as its druggy namesake (although it is pretty addictive). Meanwhile on the flip "Speed" is a strange affair with beats the rolls and tickles with snake-like percussion before dropping into a screw face one-finger bassline. With little to no kick drum this is a serious DJ tool to be used and abused at your leisure. Champion sound!
05 Mar 12
18 Dec 12
Review: B.YRSLF Division presents yet another unknown artist in the form of Changez, a producer sharing the same enthusiasm for ghetto bass and footwork as his labelmates. Across the seven tracks offered here he shows himself to be a dab hand at all manner of futuristic house styles; "Body Form" is built around a snarling bass riff and soft key hits, "Switched" offers a shimmering piece of driving 80s influenced house, and "Holding On" even touches ballroom with its stripped back drums and vocal repetition. However, our pick is the snarling acid jam "Foamed", which sounds like it's been made with a decaying 303 that was found in the gutter.
24 Sep 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Mat Cant, Shadow Dancer, Lakosa, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Erotic City, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Clek Clek Boom once again prove themselves to be one of France's most reliable bass labels with the latest release from New Zealand duo Chaos In The CBD. Already affiliated to the Gallic branch of the genre thanks to a release on Youngunz, the duo's heavy, swung sound is right at home on the imprint - "Rolling 84's" combines the electro acid styles of Boddika with some druggy atmospherics and crisp snares, "Slab" combines some demented ghetto vocals with a heavy house vibe, while "Trunk Music" goes in with some restless syncopation and UKF inspired melodies, coming across like Bambounou jamming with Claude VonStroke. Big tip!
19 Nov 12
Review: Returning to Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen after a two year absence, Chesus delivers four tracks of throwback house with a contemporary twist. "Goodfoot" sees a diva vocal and hands in the air piano riff go hand in hand with snappy percussion with a rippling flex, while "4am Dub" and "3am Dub" offer subtly different combinations of heavy 909 kicks and deep organ chords. The standout track is perhaps "Feelings" delivering a Kerri Chandler style, dubbed out house cut with voval manipulation from the contemporary bass school of thinking. One to file alongside Bicep for an impressively modern take on the 90s house revival.
15 Mar 10
Played by: Alex M.o.r.p.h
25 Mar 13
Played by: Thang, Alkalino, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Jack Fell Down, Cocaine On Her Dress, Benny Kane
Review: Jay 'Chubba' Richards has been popping up all over the place of late, with recent releases on Sirch and Odea Records. Here, he brings his particular brand of contemporary house and UK funky fusion to Republic. "Moody" - so-called because it features a prominent sample from Kenny Dixon Jnr talking about his MPC - sets the tone, layering tough electronic percussion over a monstrous bassline. "Diamonds" sounds like a fusion of classic UKG and '90s house, while "Broken" feels like the sort of thing that Hypercolour should be signing (think nice chords, tasty vocal stabs and bassline-driven deep house flavour). There's also a tougher, UK funky-flavoured tweak from Vedicis and Vanshift that's well worth a listen.
07 Aug 12
Review: Always guaranteed to release something fascinating, bleeding-edge and entirely riveting, LuckyMe come up trumps with this quite startling new ten-tracker from little-know Viennese producer Cid Rim. A jazz drummer - proved from the beautiful building cacophony of opener "Amuse-Ta-Guelle" - and a producer who matches the intensity of Rustie, HudMo and Machinedrum, Cid Rim really knocks it out of the park with stunning post-jazz laptop madness and shimmering melodies as on "A Fall Four Two" or the delirious juke of "Danger Ranger". A quite exceptional release indeed.
23 Oct 12
Review: North Carolina duo Clicks & Whistles return on Kastle's Symbols Recordings, trading in the southern hip-hop style of previous releases for high energy footwork. "2 Much Higher" combines chopped up chords, synth flutes and tumbling snares in a 150BPM package with a murky and mangled vocal, while "Hightower" repeats the formula with a more lush set of synth tools and jazzy melody. "Waiting 4" meanwhile sounds like a lost cut from Machinedrum's Room(s), combining frenetic percussion and a warm sidechained backdrop as contrast to the sirens going off in the background. Finally, Canadian producer XI turns in a moody 2-step tinged house remix of "2 Much Higher", inverting the bright tones of the original into something more greyscale.
10 Dec 12
Review: Despite sharing its name with a Christian record label in the States, Birmingham's Four40 only really pray in one church, one with a soundsystem that boasts bone-rattling subs. Their latest signing, the mysterious Cloaka, is certainly all about the bass: this EP features bass so brutal and low it's positively subterranean. "Don't I Know You" features a low rolling bassline and eerie chants, "Booty Chatter" boasts harsh, stamping riddims and extra wobble on top, "Konkle" again centres around a hard, stamping kick but is more sparse and finally "Wuxi Riddim" is all about the voodoo beats.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Leftfield
Review: After a well received debut single back in 2011, Cloud Boat have been largely plying their trade as a live act, supporting James Blake amongst others. They're in good company with their fellow R&S signing, although their music is less self-consciously fractured and instead driven to a forlorn but harmonious end. With strong vocals amidst languid guitars and subtle touches of percussion, these are songs first and tracks second, weaving broken-hearted tales in the finest wallowing tradition. Old Apparatus take an appropriately spacious stance when grappling with "Wanderlust", letting grainy industrialisms slowly bleed into the atmosphere.
18 Feb 13
Review: Since first joining the Ramp Recordings family way back in 2008, Finnish bass heads Tommi Llikka and Samuli Tanner have generally impressed with their wonky blends of deep dubstep and icy electronica. Here, they get a chance to stretch their legs with a first full-length. It's an attractively leftfield concoction that effortlessly joins the dots between folksy Scandi-pop, tumbling dubstep and Hyetal-ish bass-tronica, all the while retaining an attractive electronic sensibility. This is arguably best showcased on "Get Over It", a James Blake-ish trip into heartaching, stripped-back electronica. The album also comes with a trio of remixes, including a booming techno makeover from the excellent Gerry Read.
18 Jun 12
Played by: Sounds Of Sumo
Review: Having dropped his debut LP for Whistla's L2S label last year, bass-step producer Clueless has been quiet for a while now but surfaces in style on this new three-tracker for Frijsfo Beats. "Build" is a driving dubby garage ace, powered along with some crisp and percussion over deep waves of bass looping, while "Dirty Angel" is a more upfront 2-step banger a la DJ Q. The title-tune however is where the real money is - a chaotic Todd Edwards-esque scramble of chopped samples over an edgy yet wildly funky sub-beat.
25 Jul 12
Review: Appearing on his third release for long-running label Juke Trax, Cocky Balboa delivers an EP pitched right between the threadbare juke of contemporaries such as DJ Rashad and harder ghettotech styles. "Bammer Weed" take they typical juke template and throws overdriven 303s and warm pads into the mix, while "Cocky Spitting" throws a screaming lead over scattershot drums. "It Gets Harder" meanwhile is a lighter affair with brittle 808 shares tumbling over sidechained synths, while "Sugar Foot" takes the jazzy approach, with twinkling Rhodes floating over its chopped up vocal. Finally, "Tethys" is a surprisingly melody driven affair, but not lacking in punch.
14 Dec 12
16 Jul 12
Played by: C Tek
Review: With material from Hyetal, Bashmore, Headhunter, Joker and more in their discography, Soul Motive have established a reputation for seeking out the various strands of music blossoming both close by their Bristol HQ and far (Cosmin TRG has also featured on the label) Arriving at their eleventh release Soul Motive further indulge the sounds of local talent Coleco, a producer who contributed to one of the label's early, split releases and is now granted the full grip of a twelve inch. Lead track "Hypnagogia" takes it's cue from the loose percussive style of Shackleton, gradually weaving in a thumping half step groove and intoxicating layers of Eastern strings - accomplished stuff! On the flip Victoria Klewin adds her floating, slightly saturated vocal tones to the galloping mysticism of "Find Me."
22 Jul 12
Review: Dubstep and soul... not the two most common beat bedfellows, but when combined with such salubrious sonic skill, it really does work. Colonel Red's vocal delivery isn't dissimilar to the likes of Amp Fiddler or Jack Splash as he cries out with emotion across each of the three tracks. Each cut comes with its own distinctive style; from Rustie-like stuttering wonkiness ("Spaceface") to more conventional street soul ("Soulridin"). The highlight for us, however, is "Sleeper"... If Alexander O'Neil was born 30 years later, this is where he'd be at!
19 Mar 12
Review: French duo Composer take "Check Chuck", one of the standout tracks from their recent album The Edges Of The World, and employ some diverse talent to provide dramatic remixes. First up is Hemlock alumni Breton, who take time out from recording their forthcoming album to take the sweet pop sensibilities of the original and infuse it with some synth-heavy bass-driven punch and minimal dubstep rhythms. Anna Meredith meanwhile provides a remix of organic shoegaze, but perhaps the pick of the bunch is Monokle's sublime reworking which has all the grand scale of M83's finest works.