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16 Apr 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep, Dev79, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Bunny On Acid, Klipar, The Golden Toyz, Sounds Of Sumo, Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, Paradisiaca Recordings, Ground Control
Review: Young Philly producer Krueger channels the sounds of London on this new EP for Paradisiaca. Title tune "40oz Bounce" channels Pearson Sound and Girl Unit in particular, whilst still sounding hugely unique, while the excellent bass-thumper "This Is Sick" mixes reverbed textures with a thumping minimal kick. On a mean, post-dubstep tip, "Talk" is an equally essential 130bpm mindf*ck loaded with plenty of hip-hop swagger.
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.
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.
15 Apr 13
Review: A cursory listen to this EP would easily lead the listener to believe it was made by some underground British bass guy who wears his baseball caps sideways. But they'd be wrong; Klaves is actually 21 year old producer Mikolaj Gramowski from Poland who has pretty much beaten the British producers at their own game: "You" is an awesome blend of late 90s garage and house. "Hope It Gets To Love" is sassy future garage, and our fave is the Fault Lines remix - a slamming house scorcher featuring the kind of thumping kick not head since "Da Funk"!
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.
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.
11 May 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Kush Arora, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Top Billin DJ Team, Ground Control
Review: We know about the boy who cried wolf. But have you heard the one about the boy who cried Kry Wolf? No, neither have we. But dropping this bottom end savvy b-boy workout will certainly keep the wolves from your door for a while. Elsewhere you'll find "Under My Skin", a bashy, darker number with an incessant rhythm and some nifty finger clicks and handclaps. There's plenty to chat about on the remix tip, too: Mak & Pasteman turn "Black & Blue" into a Guy Called Gerald flavoured acid house joint, Daniel Haaksman massages "Under My Skin" into a hypnotic Made To Play style mode while Real delivers a slice of two-step so sexy you'll want to marry it.
19 Jun 13
28 May 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)
Review: Dutch house powerhouse Kraak & Smaak drop a favourite from their recent album "Electric Hustle", which features the rugged-yet-soothing vocals of house legend Romanthony. While their original is a quiet storm of minimal drums and classic house stabs, Roach Motel drop two fleshed-out revisits that lend the tune a building, club-happy vibe. Psychemagik flip the tune too, creating an Italo-leaning beauty with Romanthony's detuned vocals giving it an epic quality.
12 Sep 12
Played by: Ya Dun Know, S-File, Wildlife!, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Da Goblinn /Remuted, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Serious Baltimore business right here. KW Griff and Pork Chop's dark, chopped up club rider rolls with beefy kicks and a classic break. Released last year it's been picked up on by L-Vis 1990 who's gone ahead and given it a royal Night Slugs makeover. Subby, stripped back and munching its way through 808s, all that remains of the original are the vocal snippets and the same authentic sense of edge Griff and Chop conjured up in the first place. Heavyweight stuff.
13 May 13
Played by: Sirmo, Low Slung, B.visible, Mat Cant, Dom 877, King, The Funk Hunters, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Sounds Of Sumo label bosses Kry Wolf return to their home imprint with a bold new sound in the form of Concrete; eschewing their usually lighter take on bass music, the title track is a dark combination of wobble bass and dub atmospherics, held together with some steely techno rhythms which comes across like Objekt's "Cactus", while "Bluffin" combines more abstract beats with ghetto house-inspired vocal samples and dubby stabs. Woz is tapped up to remix the title track, being considerably more sparing with the savage bass and rearranging its rhythms into something altogether more angular; Benton's remix of "Bluffin" is classic SOS, providing a bouncy piece of bass-heavy garage house.
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.
16 Oct 12
Review: After making a sizable splash with a debut release on Uno, Kuhrye-oo gets the remix treatment for the anthemic vocal cut that markedly stood out on that first EP. He kicks off with his own re-version, running off a quickened broken beat and lashings of tense synth and piano that refuses to budge in its forwards momentum. Boody and Le1f get in on the remix action with a twisted deployment of vocodered lyrical flow over a subtly grinding beat, while Eon Kallisit opts instead for a hyper-garage meltdown that gets more delirious as it progresses. There's plenty of ideas bouncing around with typical Uno diversity from all involved in this sturdy collection, not least for those loving contemporary hybrid beats.
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.
01 Oct 12
Review: Despite reading like a member of Spandau Ballet covering Madness, this record couldn't be further from such a thing. The other Martin Kemp is among the stable of artists on DJ Oslek's forward thinking Frijsfo Beats label and here he keeps the standard high. "Heavy Heavy Heavy" sees dub meet garage uptown, with ascending and descending weird sound effects weaving throughout. "Terr" on the other hand, is 2-Step gone up a gear; layers of tribal percussion build and build around an incessant sub bass for that perfect 3am feeling.
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.
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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.
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.
25 Jul 12
23 Nov 12
Review: It's hard to know where to start with this deliciously odd and endearing collection of bass music experiments from Kuhn - it's got bags of energy, tons of ideas and boasts some excellent cuts. Musically, it's surprisingly diverse, taking garage and dubstep as its base, but with nods to everything from rave and breakcore to IDM and classic electro. There's some serious dancefloor pressure in the shape of the juke inspired "Boombox", a fusion of strings and manic cut-ups on "MWYRK", and some almost nightmarish oddness in the shape of the beautifully wonky "Never Forget". The package also boasts two remixes of lead cut "I Quit", with Pixelord's deep garage take standing out.
03 Dec 12
12 Nov 12
Review: Continuing to blossom as producer with many sides to him, Lando Kal drops this latest EP for Icee Hot in a melee of weirdo house moves. The lead track calls to mind the creepier end of Brackles and Doc Daneeka, but strapped to a slower groove that merely accentuates the psychedelic wonder of it all. "Help Myself" is a little less murky with its G-funk lines and sunny chords, but it's no less deranged as the synths and samples come staggering in and out of earshot in a positively drunken style. Anthony Shakir's remix of "Help Myself" is a masterclass in restraint and unease, working on a rolling break and contorting elements of the original into a messy but engrossing concoction.
16 Jul 12
Review: Since appearing on Jamie xx's Essential Mix last year, anticipation has been building for the release of Welsh producer Koreless's "Lost In Tokyo", and it finds itself on the logical home of Jacques Greene's Vase imprint. Sharing the same sense of melody as the Canadian tour de force, Koreless manages to take water droplet synths and a breathy vocal shrouded in reverb and construct a tense slow burner without the addition of any beats. A remix is offered by Greene himself, a logical choice given that he has taken the young producer under his wing over the last year, and turns in a club focused remix with tumbling bass and thumping kicks in the style of his recent track "Ready". Essential stuff.
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.
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).
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.