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25 Jun 12
15 Apr 13
Played by: Tommy Largo
12 Apr 13
Played by: Kian Asamoah - Noisy Meditation
02 Mar 12
Review: After the widely lauded "Oh My Days" got bodies popping last year, Huntleys & Palmers do the smart thing and serve up three remixes of Auntie Flo to get all kinds of future-minded shapes thrown about the place. Pearson Sound is in typically fruity and neatly clipped percussion mode, letting the layers of bongo and drum machine dart around each other without ever clashing, falling into a lean electro groove before too long. SOPHIE opt for a more direct (albeit slightly unhinged) reworking of "Highlife", while Alejandro Paz manages to fuse contemporary beats with slices of guitar for a musical melting pot that bodes well for crossover appeal.
04 Jun 13
Review: Now firmly entrenched in the Dim Mak roster, these rising electro-house producers see their collaboration with Felix Cartal - the anthemic "The Alarm" - get reworked by a host of other acts. Keys N Krates take things in a commercial trap direction while retaining the high-pitched escalations, Charlie Darker is pure maximal, with everything (the Mad Decent beats, the ott trance synths from the chorus, the Ed Banger-style noisiness) turned up to 11. Finally Eric Rincon's '3Ball Bootleg' version takes us on a funky Latin excursion.
04 Mar 13
Review: Being a label dedicated to 'artistic', evocative music, London's Crackling Claps must have done backflips when signing Ayala, whose sumptuous yet fragile sounds are almost tailor made for the label. There's just two tracks here, but they count: "Humble Flea" is based around a gentle dub backing and features skittering beats and layers of soft atmospherics that culminate in a big dreamy synth breakdown. "Lull" on the other hand, marries deep dub bass and trippy delays with light tropical beats and shimmering pads.
22 Oct 12
Review: Sheffield's Bad Taste Records are dedicated to releasing both hip-hop and electronic music. It's no surprise then that B Flat's latest releases features influences form both fields. Title track, "Night Is Over", features bassy R &B- tempo beats, a simple vocal loop and deep retro synths. "Coalescence" features 2-step rhythms and some killer, weirded-out synth work. Standout track, "Vacant Affect", has a 90s swing vibe goin' on and is a party starter for sure. Remix-wise it's Walter Ego's sinister and deep house mix of "Coalescence" that raises our roof, although Keumel's raw-as-you-like house mix of "Night Is Over" comes a close second.
09 Jul 12
Review: B Ju returns on the excellent Squelch & Clap with his most intricately structured collection of tracks to date. The smooth lounge tones of "Bird Call" recall the experimental R&B of James Blake, as neon synth lines snake around rattling beats, while the smoother tones and pitched vocals of "Cry Wolf" and the rolling garage styles of "Taurus" recall Jacques Greene's finely sculpted productions. Remixes come from 123mrk, whose version of "Kry Wolf" adds new layers to the original's shuffling groove, reducing the vocals to mere slices, and Tete De Tigre, who turns in a heavily stripped back version of "Taurus".
25 Sep 12
Review: LuckyMe continue their efforts to uncover the producers existing between the genre gaps with the debut release proper from Baauer, who has already appeared on a recent Mad Decent compilation as well as providing party starting remixes for Flosstradamus and B.YRSLF's Obey City. Providing the perfect taster for interested parties, "Dum Dum" is a short but sweet combination of slick trap rhythms, mangled vocals and sub filled with low-end grunt.
02 May 13
01 Oct 12
Played by: Dirty Channels, Juno Recommends Deep House, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Raw Club Radio, Manhattan, Allen Craig
Review: Baby Prince is the latest incarnation of Brooklyn's purveyor of slow 'n' sexy disco jams, Gadi Mizrahi. Having already released alongside the likes of Nicolas Jaar on Double Standards, you can imagine what to expect: deep, smoky late night grooves. Title track "Nobody" combines raw, mid 80s electro-beats with beautiful, melancholic synths. Miguel Campbell replaces those drums with 4/4 disco clap-alongs for his perkier remix, while Lucky Paul goes widescreen with dubbed-out well, everything on his dreamy mix. "Demon Spawn" is murky and warped arpeggiated disco and possibly best of all, "He Doesn't Say It To Me" is haunting and creepy body music of the best kind.
12 Feb 13
Played by: Hxdb
Review: Warning: This release contains serious traces of nuts! "Twist" is a syncopated rhythmic whirlwind with the most delicious, spine-shuddering drop that seemingly comes out of nowhere. "Down" is a little less on the madcap side and more a breezy lesson in breakbeat funk. Very much like a Dirtybird record but leaning a little more towards classic electro than boogie bass. Meanwhile in remix-land Twist gets the treatment from Strict Face (voodoo tribal) and ERAS (slo-mo cathedral stomps).
24 Sep 12
15 Mar 13
Review: Rocking up to his regular home at 50 Weapons, Bambounou brings yet more of his playful, experimental bass music to bear with this rock solid three tracker. There's a great focus on wild, disorientating noises hammered into solid rhythms, whether it's the metallic swirls that slop around the insides of "Filled", or the jerky tap drips that inject the funk into "Brim". Aside from the spicy sounds, there's also plenty to hold onto, not least with the whopping great chord stabs that also inhabit "Brim". Having said that, "Boarder" is more intent on plunging you into a bizarre soundworld of bold VHS synth drones and snaking percussion that seems intent on dodging the groove at all costs.
09 Jul 12
Review: Making the leap to ClekClekBoom Recordings after emerging through Sound Pellegrino, Bambounou is fast making a name for himself with a raw take on garage dynamics that pares the two-step down to bare elements that smack hard, especially on the huge, string-drenched pressure of "Night". "Brawl" meanwhile gets a touch more hectic in the jagged groove and manic vocal chops, although the subtle synth touches cool off the oddball madness just enough. For all the primal production values, Bambounou clearly knows how to execute ideas with a maturity that belies his experience to date.
01 Jan 13
11 Feb 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Following an intriguing turn from Laurel Halo side-project King Felix and the return of Regis and Surgeon's British Murder Boys, Mute sub-label Liberation Technologies returns with Caustic View, probably its strongest outing to date and the second record from Hessle Audio's Bandshell. Its name seems only too appropriate given the sonic quality of lead track "Winton" which sounds like Metasplice remixing Maurice Fulton's Syclops project - though the sonar-like tones of "Perc" show the Northener to be equally capable of more contemplative moments too. "Nice Mullet" actually manages to outdo Pangaea in the contemporary pirate radio jungle stakes, complete with grimy subs and drums caked in rust, while the slumped techno of closer "Landfill" is as claustrophobic as anything on his Hessle debut. Make no mistake, this is a stunning release.
25 Jun 12
Played by: Wildlife!
Review: Hessle Audio's emergence from hibernation in 2012 really has seen the label release some of the most extraordinary music of its life, and this EP from Bandshell might top the lot. Tapping into the grainy, murky sound world of the like of STL, Shed and Actress, this record explores strange rhythms constantly on the verge of breaking out into a frenzy. The title track is comprised of little more than rattling percussion and dense, fizzy bass, while "Rise 'Em" places a jungle breakbeat atop a mucky hum. On the flip, "Metzger" takes the vibe of classic dubstep and fills it with subtle melodies and clipped snares, but "Dog Sweater" is the real killer - a homage to soundsystem culture whose threadbare rhythms are the only thing to stop you being dragged into the track's viscous centre. Make no mistake, this is a serious new talent.
07 Jul 12
Played by: Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Konnekt - Hot N Heavy
Review: Hypercolour offshoot Losing Suki is really starting to come into its own right now with its expertly curated take on garage influenced bass music. Here they present the talents of Bareskin, a producer who is adept at mangling vocals in all manner of interesting ways. "Flow" takes a well spliced vocal and partners it with all manner of square wave madness, while the slow swung rhythm of "Control" opts for the sinister pitched down effect. "Delirium" meanwhile elasticates them atop a threadbare rhythm whilst "Hours" swathes them in delay whilst 808 cowbells and subs keep time.
22 Nov 12
Review: Following some impressive outings on Hypercolour and its offshoot Losing Suki, young talent Bareskin moves to Hot N Heavy for two tracks of futuristic, bass infused house grooves. "Infinite Reflections" sees breathy, disembodied vocals swimming in clouds of reverb, with warm organs providing melodic R&B undertones, while "Inertia" switches things up with a 3am vibe, as subdued stabs and distant diva vocals wrapped in a filter induced fog, proving that Bareskin is a producer who can create dance tracks with substance as well as atmosphere.
30 Apr 12
Review: Berlin-based party Leisure System continue to grow their label outpost with this high-grade three-tracker from one of the main residents, Barker. The event's tendencies towards dancefloor-minded electronica are more than evident on Like An Animal. The title track comes to life on a bed of percussive techno, only to drop away to a bass-loaded stepper with industrial hits and a dark pop edge. "I Feel" come from the Plaid school of melodic content, only to be ripped at the seams by a ferocious amen break and then splintered into fragments. Bursting with originality and a healthy balance of raveability and intellect, this EP promises a lot for the future of Barker.
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17 Dec 12
Played by: Fed Conti
Review: After the rip-roaring cocktail of acid house futurisms that made up Reeling Skullways, Bass Clef is back once again to tap into that fertile geyser of 4/4 creativity for the first track on this single on Idle Hands. With the drums bouncing in a playful furore across its breadth, "Dawn Chorus Pedal" represents the widest possible stretch of house with swing, but really it's the rich and glutinous bassline that makes this track an instant classic. In contrast, "You Don't Know Don't Know You" is a more introspective affair decorated in detailed layers of percussion but pressing forth on a weighty half-step beat. With synths ranging from frazzled to soothing and a plaintive piano providing a more thoughtful side to the track, it's far from a typical dubstep track.
30 Apr 12
Review: Aside from sporting the finest, bushiest beard in dance music, Ralph "Bass Clef" Cumbers has long been a producer with more ideas than most. Just as capable of making thrilling, bass-heavy floor fillers as quirky dubstep and oddball electronica, he's made a career out of surprising listeners at every turn. This latest album - his first for Peverelist's Punch Drunk imprint - is a good case in point. Having seemingly tired of straight-up dubstep and bass music (for now, at least), Cumbers turns his attention to linear electronics, classic Detroit techno and stargazing electronica, laying down a series of delightfully melodic compositions that arguably rank among his best to date. The album's forthright positivity is its most startling feature; clearly, "Clef" is in a good place right now.
09 Oct 12
Review: Having recently released a series of killer remixes of other producers, Canadian bass troubadour, Bassmynt, is back with his own release. Clearly keeping it lean and mean, we get just two tracks here, but it's all about quality rather than quantity. Beginning with a bled-out filtered intro, "Blind Night", soon explodes with a bouncy, heavily affected electronic bassline and clickey beats. "Keep It Pretty" keeps it deep and dubby, with slo-mo beats, arpeggiated keyboards and positively haunting synths.
14 Feb 12
Review: Hailing from Canada, Bassmynt is yet another producer to add to the long line of Canadians doing great things in the world of bass music. Opener "Saturn" perfectly encapsulates his style; mixing the swing of garage, the forward thrust of solid house and the punch of techno, its characterised by its piercing stabs, clipped vocals and thudding beats. "Your Secret" takes a somewhat gentler approach combining his signature elements with a rush of warm chords, while the descending arpeggio and cavernous grime aesthetics of "Pitch Fork" sound like some lost Night Slugs release. Remix support provided by Visionn, who transforms Saturn into a wiry rhythm machine, and Silvermayne, who delivers a brittle footwork version.
01 Jun 12
Review: As co-owner of the Disktopia label and associate of Starkey's esteemed Seclusiasis imprint, BD1982 has been impressing with his colourful brand of bass for a few years now, but this release for B.YRSLF Division is one of the producer's tightest efforts to date. Combining melodies with a particularly African flavour the EP recalls the more interesting end of the current UK bass/house zeitgeist with the kind of intricate yet hard-hitting drum patterns of Roska's productions. Standout tracks include "Iron Trees" with its eski melody and deep bass stabs, the frenetic footwork rhythms of "Zero Hours" and confrontational stomp of "This Much". The superb originals are rounded out with two remixes: Greeen Linez turns in a surprisingly funk driven rework of "Outside The Tunnel" and "Qoso" turns "Zero Hours" into a slowly percolating warehouse techno stormer.
30 Apr 12
Review: This latest cut from Four40 features Beacon on the production duties with some quintessentially hybrid bass music that spans electro, juke and UK Funky. The title track is led by a massive snare, which gets tempered by the bright and bold synths and R&B vocal hook. It should slot nicely into any number of styles, much like the more sparse Funky vibes of "When You Go". With restrained bleeps and a subtly booming sub, it's just left to the vocal looping to give a nod to the juke styles of recent times. "Jiggly" meanwhile plumps straight for the tech-house floor with a fat, driving bassline and rigid beats.
23 Apr 12
Review: Paul Rose's Hotflush imprint continues to expand operations in pleasantly refreshing directions, turning to fledgling production talent Beaumont for their latest offering. The young Scottish producer caused a fuss in all the right places last year with the neon infused Blush Response EP on Kinnego, and the four tracks on Never Love Me retain this approach and sit neatly alongside his new labelmate Jimmy Edgar, though the music is obviously a lot less smutty in execution. Lead track "Never Love Me" sets the tone, the stop start rhythm gradually succumbing to the intoxicating waves of neonized speaker box funk. "Uptown" commences in decidedly cinematic tones before bursting into fluorescent life atop a sick beat, the only possible criticism being the short duration. Up next, "Rendez-Vous" slowly fizzes into life via increasingly expansive atmospheric tones before dropping into a naggingly excellent steppish array of clacks, soft focus stabs and undulating rhythms that poke gently at Beaumont's exaggerated vocal tones.
04 Mar 13
Played by: Lifecycle
Review: Bonus Round don't do ordinary, and in these days of production line EDM, that's a very good thing indeed. This collaborative EP is literally choc full of off the wall ideas, who cares if they don't always totally work, at least it's not boring. "R2D2CB" is a bleepy acid-electro wig-out, "Benefit" is distorted tech-funk, "For The Love Of Mod" is a lacerating noise fiend with elements of wobble, "Kick Mod Mayhem" is literally that - mayhem! "Holy Mother Of Mod" is skewed electro-funk and Jerome Hill's rework of "Rubber Sophie" is an absolute bonkers fusion of footwork and gabba.
27 May 12
Played by: Jc - Here And Now Recordings
Review: After garnering much praise for his idiosyncratic mix up of grime, footwork and diced R&B, Becoming Real delivers a debut album full of all that hysteria and flamboyant attitude that got him turning heads from an early stage. Listening to the likes of "Equinox" it's hard not to feel a little on edge as the theremin-esque wails and insistent jack hammer beat slam away. The sheer level of detail in the production is maddening enough on its own. There are moments of calm, such as "Anthropology" with its icy textures and minimal beat, which reveal the dimensions producer Toby Ridler has to his sound, but there's always a strong sense of tension, whether explicit or implied.
22 Jan 13
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Review: In an era when considered eclecticism is all the rage, Hessle Audio founder Ben UFO still stands out. He's long been considered one of electronic music's more interesting DJs, seemingly able to weave together disparate sounds and styles into a logical, entertaining whole. This contribution to the FabricLive series shows him at his masterful best, utilising the simple pleasures of rhythm to weave together 28 thrilling and thoughtful selections. In the space of 70 minutes, he somehow manages to fuse sparse electro with classic acid house, murky post-dubstep techno with tribal African rhythms (and sharp '80s proto-house synths), Mr Fingers with Shackleton, stripped analogue techno with tactile futurism, and locked grooves with crystalline electronica. Truly, it's a tour de force.
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01 Feb 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick
Review: Rapidly ripping it up with a mission to bring some proper dread back to the convoluted hinterland around what used to be dubstep, Beneath has been showing some deadly skill on No Symbols and Keysound, and now he gets snapped up by Pinch to bring it on home to the perfect label for such deadly accuracy, Tectonic. "Duty" wastes no time in whipping into a low slung 4/4 roll defined by a gut-wrenching bottom end while all manner of panic-inducing industrial textures come slamming in around it. Far from the monochrome results so many achieve with such a sound palette, there is a serious dynamism in the rhythm Beneath creates, only built upon with "Texers" as dystopian whiffs of melody try to enter the fray in a more whip-cracking broken beat template.
26 Nov 12
Review: Beneath arrived on the scene earlier this year with two self-released white labels showcasing his unique strain of dark UK funky, and quickly won a number of high profile admirers. One was Keysound's Martin Clark, who has tapped him up for this superb six track EP. Traces of early Horsepower Productions can be heard in its combination of late garage and early dubstep rhythms, as can the early productions of Youngsta, creating a sub-heavy set of percussive rollers taking as much from the current strain of techno & grime fusions as UKF. "Prangin" goes in with a deeply tribal vibe, "Wonz" is filled with angular rhythms and Shackleton style atmospherics, and "Tribulation" even has the subtle Eastern tones of Pinch's "Qawwali", but the most striking track has to be Beneath's remix of Ballistiq Beats' "Concrete Jungle", proving that his productions absolutely shine with some classic grime flow.
17 Feb 13
Played by: Nick Warren
Review: Bringing more of that meditative Apollo vibe, sometime Synkro collaborator Jack Leven goes it alone under the Bering Strait moniker, neatly continuing the classical ambience of the recent Apollo output. Focusing on expansive, velvet pads and bottomless chambers of echo, Leven masterfully demonstrates how immersive you can get with such subtle touches. The beats are crisp and considered, falling in measured rhythms so as to not upset the dense harmony that hangs over the tracks. For those moments when only the most relaxing music will do, Bering Strait has exactly what you need.