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08 Feb 12
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04 Jun 12
Played by: Vorres - Juno
Review: Soul Motive have always been representative of the current strains of Bristol's ever flourishing tapestry of music scenes so it makes perfect sense that the label would call on the Young Echo collective sooner or later. After some notable releases for fellow Bristol hubs Idle Hands and Punch Drunk, Kahn steps forth with another example of his undoubted talent for making music that spans the shades of the bass music spectrum with the rowdy yet soulful 2 step bump of "Angeles." This is Kahn in smooth mode, demonstrating his prowess at weaving vocals so that they form an integral part of the rhythm. Fellow Punch Drunk acolyte Superisk ensures it's an all Bristol affair with a remix that dampens the soulful nature in favour of something altogether darker.
21 May 12
Played by: Blah Blah Blah
Review: As one of the most active members of the Young Echo collective, Kahn has already revealed a sizable spread of styles in his output, and this latest emission for Idle Hands flips the script once again. It's an emotive and linear place we find Kahn in on "Margeaux Pt 1", as a bouncy 2-step beat and chirpy bassline get offset by dense layers of heavily treated vocal from Kahn himself, creating a pastoral kind of vibe as the end result. Meanwhile "Margeaux Pt 2" spaces things out with a more jagged beat and a brooding bottom end, while obviously continuing the theme found on Part 1.
20 May 13
Review: Following the success of his recent 'Freetown' single, Kalbata has stuck with Greenmoney for the follow up. Dubby instrumentals are the order of the day here, with the title track, "It Ain't Like That" channeling deep techy house, adding sinister sound effects and buzzes for good measure. "Barbara" on the other hand, with its off-kilter tropical beats, reveals the vibes that found him fans in the shape of Spank Rock, Roll Deep, and Count & Sinden.
05 Mar 12
Review: The brand new alias of D&B-turned-techno producer Raiden, Kamikaze Space Programme has been a buzzword in underground music circles of late, and no wonder - this is top class and super sharp bass-heavy techno for the modern consumer. "Black Lagoon" kicks the Haas Effect EP off with some deeply hypnotic rhythms and inky black bass, whilst "Minus 28" continues the sublime musical magic with razor sharp synths, Metalheadz style humming and murmuring subs. "Crusoe On Mars" is another quirky cut, with gong-like SFX and shuffling beats, before "Trouble" rounds things off on a more sparse and stripped back note.
10 Apr 12
Review: The first Heavy Bass Champions release of 2012 from the venerable electro-club label Trouble & Bass sees Bristol's Kenji Kinetic finally dropping some originals after a standout remix of Drop The Lime. On "Jinx", Kenji rocks a fierce mid-130s tempo and switches brilliantly between a dry, Bmore beat and a thick, bassy beat. "NWO" bears more grime influence, while "Frontier" goes on an all out Rustie-style half-step odyssey.
14 Sep 12
Review: Back in the 1990s, R&S sister label Apollo used to be home to twinkling electronica, eyes-wide-shut ambience and related downtempo oddities. Now it's been resurrected to offer a contemporary take on leftfield electronica and downtempo goodness. In the case of Kasket's breezy August Fades EP, that means a mix of dewy-eyed spoken word samples, indie-ish vocals, shimmering melodies, off-kilter bass music rhythms and, most strangely, auto-tune vocals (see closer "August Fades"). Oh, and some rather nice strings. It's an odd mixture, all told, but one that demands repeat listens. There's a lot going on, and much of it is excellent.
19 Mar 12
23 Apr 13
Review: The long-awaited solo LP from US-based soulful bass music producer Kastle has been the talk of music blogs around the world for months. Now its finally made it to a full release , there's something of a feeling of satisfaction that can be heard in each track. Whether that's projected by the listener or not might be hard to prove, but there's a definite positive energy that flows through everything Kastle produces. From the garage beats of "Been A While" and "Red Light" to the irresistibly hip house groove of "Insatiable" and trap-hop crush of "Death From Above", it's clear that versatility is what this album is all about. Clean, crisp production matched to soulful, blissed-out dance music that's unashamedly fashionable yet different enough to be taken seriously. An album of 2013 no doubt.
09 Apr 13
Review: The Symbol Recordings head honcho, Kastle, continues his string of one-off treats with this newie featuring JMSN (aka Christian Berishaj). It's a catchy, low-slung leftfield RnB track boasting smooth Timberlake-esque vocals from the rising singer/producer/fashion designer that's almost guaranteed to increase your chances in getting jiggy with da ladieez (almost).
03 Dec 12
01 Oct 12
Review: Kelpe returns to Svetlana Industries with a ferocious mixture of futuristic beats and bleeps. "Bags Of Time" is a grinding, twisted, quasi 4/4 bass track engineered specifically for all your boogie needs. Next up, "Double Punt" is a surprisingly daring number, where a lazy, disjointed mass of a beat is reassembled into place thanks to powerfully mutating basses and a spine-chilling organ melody. Neon Jung's remix of the title track sees quick-firing snares and hi-hats circle hysterically from side to side, only to be engulfed by the smooth chords that accompany it. Kelpe rounds things off with the aptly named "City", a fuzzy, hip-hop influenced beat verging onto the stranger and more subdued strains of electro. Audacious electronic blends.
23 Apr 12
Review: Making his first appearance on Svetlana Industries, endearing beat-botherer Kelpe has a full-bodied EP to share that extols the virtues of toasty synth lines, ramshackle beats and wild sample arrangement. "I Felt Fuzzy" has a definite sun kissed quality to it, as soothing coos provide vital melodic content before getting drowned out by psychedelic arpeggio washes, while the percussion rumbles and tumbles over itself in an easy funk. "Cola Mine" is more jagged, taking a heavy-edit approach that leaves plenty of space for all the elements in the track to get down. There's a beat-scene quality to the music, but with a clearer groove to align the dizzying detail to.
05 Mar 12
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts, Black Butter Records, Wolfhaus
Review: After releases on Squelch and Clap, Matt Relton aka Kidnap Kid steps up with this new trio of songs for Black Butter. Already boasting DJ support from Skream, Redlight, Martelo and Jaymo, the EP gets off to a killer start with the swirling 2-step of "Vehl", which fans of Deadboy will instantly take to, while "Lazarus Taxon" smoothes out proceedings a little with a boogie acapella thrown over a bubbly, chopped bass beat, while the creeping intro to "Be More" and the ushering in of some stellar snares might just be the highpoint of this hugely impressive EP.
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21 May 13
Played by: Sirmo, Santero, Dom 877, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Lucent, Eats Everything, Fabricio Pecanha
Review: Hailing from Belgium, this guy has gone from making harsh and accelerated chipmunk-voiced beats (often of the juke/footwork variety) to deeper stuff. Here the slower, throbbing "Make That Booty Clap" is remixed by a number of names: The Martin Brothers go electro-meets-Chicago, while Zombie Disco Squad push the jackin' levels into the red, Plastician goes slow and evil sounding and Mark Starr goes for a stripped down (pun intended) trap style workout.
12 Sep 12
Review: Keeping it inventive, Kimp Vasko shakes things up with this release on Prospekt curiously entitled "Smoke Signals". Kicking off with "Jardela" we are treated to a flurry of glitch, techno infused beats and whirring atmospherics with bassline buzz; then it's on to "Baleria" with its more synth-led Ibiza house feel. "Matxete" keeps things interesting with its quirky rhythms and blissed out atmospheres, whilst "Wildfire" is all tripped out beats and bleepy synth soaring melodies before "Retro" brings the EP to a finish.
04 Jun 13
21 Nov 11
Review: Having already bolstered the Night Slugs mission across an EP and occasional other appearances, Kingdom returns to his neon-lit home with more of that R&B flavoured business. "Let You No" rides one of those quintessential clean, precise dubstep beats that the NS crew love so well, while the melodies fall thick and bright around a decisive vocal rip. It's immaculately produced, while "Stalker Ha" manages to eke out more of an edge with some wild samples and hits over a more punchy UK Funky beat. "Dreama" sees Kingdom exploring his sound more, slowing the beat down to let his imaginative synth work fly free. Check it.
04 Mar 13
Review: It could be said that calling your own tune a "Game Changer" is quite an audacious move. Thankfully Kingthing has the chops to deliver a strikingly unique production such as this, so he gets off the hook. Brooding isn't the half it with the title tune being a mean and moody afterhours creepathon featuring warped, low-pitch vocals, incessant wood block hits and mournful setlines. In other words: awesome! "Who Needs Enemies" is harder - boomy and deep, but with techy beats and unrelenting industrial noise loops.
19 Mar 12
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15 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
19 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn