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28 Oct 12
Played by: Leg Jazz
Review: Having already impressed with releases for Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen imprint and Ramp sub-label Fourth Wave, 2020 Vision very wisely snap up Dutch producer Presk for their Midnight Visions imprint, itself becoming a go-to place for canny fusions of bass and deep house. "Nobody Makes Me Feel" combines punchy, swerving rhythms, churning acid with smooth throwback house in the Huxley mould, while the detached vocal sample, firm 4/4 and big room stabs of "Akola" come across like a particularly raucous variety of the hybrid sound George Fitzgerald has been perfecting recently. Finally, "Cerano City" offers a dark, driving techno cut, offset by rolling UKF snares and jagged neon synth blasts.
02 Jul 12
Review: Sheffield based label 2019 Recordings present the latest release form Jerusalem producer Bunny On Acid. "Can't Be Rong" is one of those rare bass productions that strikes the right balance between neon vocal melody and the darker end of 2-step. "Systems Up" is the one that's aimed squarely at the floor though, with piledriver kicks and a tunneling bassline that will really shake up the dance, and a heavy hybrid of Tectonic style dubstep and Boddika's housier tendencies.
18 Jun 12
Review: After his outings last year on 2nd Drop, DjRum's Mountains 12"s get reworked by a couple of upstarts continuing the label's predilection for new avenues bass music can travel down. Pedestrian steps up with his aptly entitled "Pirate Radio Remix" of "Mountains Pt 1", bringing some highly atmospheric garage bassline action to the fold, peppered with crafty drum rolls and MC chants. Tessela meanwhile twists "Turiya" into an embryonic jungle roller with a sideline in wistful synth action. Both tracks hark back to (supposedly) bygone eras of the hardcore lineage, but ably update them with modern production panache.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Seth Merlo, Henderick Aka Thelonious Funk, Flash Atkins, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Io Sounds
Review: We don't usually condone lying here at Juno, but when you tell seven of them across a beautiful nine track debut album, it's absolutely acceptable. Applaudable, even. Highlights across this deep, tightly woven bass adventure include the Portishead-style trippy dubtronica of "Comos Los Cerdos", the somnambulant drones and breathy washes of "Lies", the nagging techno loopery of "Dam" and the trembling graveyard soul of "Arcana".
23 Jul 12
Review: Perhaps one of the more intriguing figures to emerge from the UK's ever shifting bass landscape, Djrum's two part Mountains EP was one of 2010's cross-genre highlights, combining dubstep and techno with some evocative sample wizardry. This EP picks up where the producer left off, with the title track combining a slick percussive groove with sundrenched vocals and the kind of harp that would make Four Tet swoon, stretched out over an epic 9 minutes, evoking every sunrise rave moment of the last 25 years in one package. "The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn" is even more atmospheric, combining a laid back 2-step rhythm with an ever-shifting soundscape and dubstep inspired bass, coming together to create what you might imagine Mr Fingers teaming up with Burial might sound like. Fantastic stuff.
14 May 12
Review: The latest name to emerge from London's melting of pot of hybrid styles, the young South London Ordnance drops his debut release for the esteemed 2nd Drop imprint, a sharp mix of swung garage, dubstep basslines and dense house shapes. "Sanctuary" is filled with overflowing low end, cavernous drums and some nice deep house touches and spoken word reminiscent of Joy Orbison's "Ellipsis". "Roofy" meanwhile is slow and syncopated, its sinister melody and rattling percussion somewhat like of Kowton's recent material.
19 Mar 12
Review: With two immensely strong singles under his belt already, Tessela pops up on 2nd Drop to further establish his mongrel sound. While the edges are utterly jagged and ever-shifting, there's still something very playable about "Darlene, Please", not least due to the core synth at work in the middle of the melee. "Let Up" is full of slick junglist moves, especially in the crafty way Tessela drops half the track out of the end of each bar in a move that leaves you gasping for the next kick. Once again both tracks smack the competition sharp upside the head.
04 Mar 13
Review: Founded back in 2007, London imprint 2nd Drop has deftly steered its way through the post dubstep fracture across some twenty releases. Arriving at their fifth & a half anniversary, the label offers up a thrilling snapshot of their enduring diversity on their maiden compilation Future Foundations. Familiar label names like Djrum and South London Ordnance offer their atmospherically swung take on dub techno, while label newcomers like Last Magpie and Alex Coulton provide some bouncy, UKG inspired techno. However, it's the frenetic jungle-inspired take on footwaork from Manni Dee and Deft that offers the biggest surprise in what is an already essential compilation.
29 Aug 11
16 Jul 12
Played by: Shadow Dancer, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Tura, Greymatter, Reilly Steel, Wolfhaus, Apparat
Review: Martyn always seems to be able to get the kind of material from artists for 3024 that goes outside their established comfort zone - see Mosca's Wavey EP for proof of that - and this EP from Jacques Greene is no exception. Eschewing his usual combination of futuristic R&B and 2-step, "Ready" is techno in the way that only Greene could do it - lightly shuffling garage beats and gentle vocal samples abound at the beginning, but are soon bulldozed aside by hammering kicks and cascading arpeggios. "Prism" is, melodically at least, what we'd expect from the Canadian; with glittering sequences streaming over its hollow kicks, but the dark house vibe underneath is one we haven't seen from him since "Baby I Don't Know (What You Want)". Fantastic stuff.
21 May 12
Review: Jon Convex returns to 3024 with a lead track that twists the trend of modern electro smartly with a smooth vocal turn from DBridge. The beat and synths growl and prowl in a thoroughly sinister fashion, keeping things simple and deadly, while the vocal lifts the taut atmosphere without ever cheapening it. "Zero" takes things down a house route with a punchy beat and muted synth deployment, making a functional beast that exists in the same world of urban dread that characterises "Lied To Be Loved". "Stay" is the outsiders choice here with a softer complexion in its 4/4 bone structure and more application of synths to bring a glow to the cheeks.
04 Apr 11
Played by: Tvyks, Shadow Dancer, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Juno Recommends Dubstep, Tim Livingstone, Seuil, Marble Players
Review: Hotly tipped Bristol upstart and electronic music's current darling, Julio Bashmore steps up with a scrumptious selection of tuneage on the Batty Knee Dance EP. Released on Martyn's revered 3024 label, which is, as we all know, reserved only for the best, Bashmore achieves that same swooning appeal as a Girl Unit track combined with David Kennedy on a more soulful day, plus a sprinkle of Joy O's sexiness. And that's just in the title track. "Ribble To Amazon" is all delicate, perfectly poised beats and murmuring atmospherics, whilst digital exclusive "Grand National" adds a dose of humour with chiming chords and shimmying horns.
07 Nov 11
Review: Still an artist in relative development, Mosca pops up on 3024 with this choice selection of focused and funky house cuts. "Dom Perignon" draws you in from the off with its choppy groove and subtle break vibe, leaving the melodics to play a more subtle part by inferring the deepness of the track rather than spelling it out. "Orange Jack" keeps the same linear, floor-ready presence but lightens the mood with a string stab and a maddening vocal loop, leaving it to "Jager" to cause the serious damage with a technoid workout that could end up in some quite unexpected record bags.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Mark Archer, Shadow Dancer, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Boriqua Tribez, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set), Larssen, Ambivalent, DJ Hell
Review: The adoption of a new name and a new sound by Marcus Intalex has been one of this year's success stories, with his rattling brand of warehouse appropriate techno under the Trevino moniker gracing labels as diverse as [Naked Lunch], Apple Pips and Craig Richards' The Nothing Special. With a forthcoming debut on Klockworks on the way, Trevino returns to Martyn's 3024, the label where this new name was first established. Then appearing on a split release with Instra:mental, Trevino comes through with a full release in Tactical Manoeuvre EP which brandishes three tracks that showcase the different styles and sounds of the producer. The murky warehouse vibes of the title track make it the Juno favourite here but all three productions here are clearly the work of a producer in a rich vein of form.
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11 Jul 11
11 Jul 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Gee, Gigi D'amico, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Leftfield, Boska, Guy Gerber
Review: If the first single from this album, "Natalia's Song", left you worried that Zomby may have toned down his sound to fit the current zeitgeist in bass music, then don't. Dedication is a long way removed from Where Were U In '92?, but the influence of jungle and hardcore remains, albeit in a more spectral form, where skeletal beats play off against organic tones, his characteristic purple arpeggios drenched in reverb. The progression in his sound is just enough to add an element of introspection to his productions, while retaining the essence of what made his earlier material so irresistible; it's an album where air horns can co-exist happily with string sections and it doesn't seem jarring .With several tracks that are at times almost baroque in their execution, Dedication is an album that, whatever your preconceived notions of Zomby's sound, or bass music as a whole, must be heard.
06 Jan 13
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.
01 Jan 13
19 Nov 12
Review: Another intricate and intense release from Ena here, his third for the 7even label. It's all about mood with Ena and 'Purported" conveys a pretty deep one, with insectoid percussion scuttling over a pulsating heart of bass. "Whereabouts" goes deeper still, with haunting echoes, snippets of found sounds and, at one point, what sounds like a cricket in the background. Hypnotising stuff!
04 Mar 13
Review: This latest missive from fast-rising starlet and 877 Records chief Dom 877 has already been picking up heat on promo, with Todd Edwards, Skream and Brackles amongst the most enthusiastic fans. Their excitement is probably justified, because "Do It Right" is rather tasty - a kind of deep garage/mystical deep house blend with enough rush-inducing builds and breakdowns to delight young punters and old heads alike. The more UKG-inclined Klic remix (yep, he of Medlar fame) is, if anything, even better. For those who still want more, there's also a tasty deep UK funky cut in the shape of "Mansion".
10 Jun 13
Played by: Dom 877
Review: With early releases by the likes of My Nu Leng, Dom 877's eponymous label is going from strength to strength and now they add label newbies Klic and Riskotheque to their potent bass cocktail. "Compton" is an electric ghetto houser that dares to introduce squelchy 303s into bass music. Donga & Blake's remix is monumental tribal electro while Richta joins the duo for another, frankly bonkers, deep techno monster.
12 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Ya Dun Know, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Major Notes
Review: It seems that Julio Bashmore was not a one-off: there must be something in the water down Bristol way and it's resulting in a serious bass epidemic. My Nu Leng are a duo with an amazing futuristic take on house music. "The Grid" is just relentless groove, dark and twitchy with all kinds of sinister effects drifting in and out. "Hips N Thighs" is even more next level, like a weird, twisted booty cut on downers and stranded in a graveyard rave. Under a full moon.
14 May 12
Review: Two UK bass producers unite on this very tasty release from 877, with Pasteman and Tanka nailing it on the arpeggio-fest "Camaro" - which balances an echo soundscape with some truly booty-spanking Addison Groove-esque 808 work - and the more murky dub-house of "Torino".
23 Jul 12
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.
16 Feb 13
Review: Dave Huismans is always a producer guaranteed to confound your expectations; he released a slew of material last year that ranged from cavernous techno rave for 50 Weapons, uneasy liquid funk for Clone's Basement Series and the dehydrated desert rhythms of the Air Jordan EP. His eponymous imprint is where the real crazy stuff seems to land however, and we've been eager for another since the eardrum splitting "Take The Plunge". Thankfully this hand-stamped return to the label is no disappointment; "Ahead" is a broken combination of industrial rhythms and breakbeat-inspired sampling, described rather succinctly by one Soundcloud commenter as "stutter funk", while "Endgame" is a more conventional techno number, made no less furious thanks to its Underground Resistance undertones, serrated bass and malfunctioning drums, reminiscent of the recent Numbers reissue of Unspecified Enemies' classic "Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit". Essential!
07 Dec 11
Review: Take The Plunge sees Dave Huismans return to the A Made Up Sound moniker for the first time in a year, following the superb Fever album under his 2562 alias. Huisman is known for his particularly unique productions, but "Take The Plunge" is perhaps his most mind-bending yet, combining his signature garage-inflected techno rhythms and combining them with syncopated samples, chopped and distorted beyond all recognition, while their pneumatic drill-like quality pans across both channels at irregular intervals. The (digital) B-Side sees "Anger MGMT", which, despite its name, is actually less aggressive then its counterpart. With the same kind of clattering, ramshackle beats, it is a slightly more straightforward techno track, albeit with dub influenced bass and scaffold pole percussive qualities providing its flavour. The EP closes with "Take The Plunge (First Thought)", a beatless version of the original which regardless of its abrasive jackhammer tones, actually has a bizarrely soporific effect. Another fantastic EP which is further proof of Huismans' unique genius.
11 Nov 11
30 Apr 12
Review: Giving naysayers a swift slap around the chops, Posthuman's latest EP is a flagrant example of why there's still a huge amount of vitality to electronica. Shot through with the underground grit that typifies the UK scene in particular, the four remixes commissioned all hit hard in their own ways. Nightwave turns out an insanely detailed and crafty stepper that morphs into a techno stomper by its climax. Kirk Degiorgio goes for a typically fulsome electro-techno cut, while Datasette plies an aquatic and displaced trade in rich sound design. That leaves it to The Host to clean up with a moody mulch of delay feedback and mean-tempered beats.
07 Oct 12
10 Feb 13