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131Mb of 24 bit samples including 18 multi sampled bass instruments, 5 bass single shot samples, 30 bass stab shots and 8 bass stabber multi sampled instruments. With ready to play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFZ and Kontakt.
09 Apr 12
Review: Taken from 3HRS' debut release for the moody bass label Black Butter, this highlight from the Absolutely EP is a perfectly-pitched coming together of underground drum machine sounds and the titular claps, all wrapped around a complex pattern and a spooky set of acapella shots and background dialogue. A crisp and insatiable beat, with plenty of brooding menace built in.
23 Apr 12
Review: Always attuned to smart remix moves, Blu Mar Ten turn to the blossoming talents of the LHF collective to rework their "All Or Nothing" track. Coming to life on a bed of pads and haunting vocal howls, it's quite a restrained beat that Helix and LDM take on. The atmosphere is a much more mellow affair than you might expect, using lilting strings and gently bubbling bongos to soothe rather than agitate. As the track progresses, it builds in a subtle crescendo of symphonic melodies crafted from these largely organic means, until it plateaus on a beatless bed for the ultimate eyes-closed finish.
11 Mar 13
25 May 12
Review: There have been whispers of an album from fast rising UK producer Hackman for some time now, and though it's yet to arrive, this free download should give some indication as to its direction. "Forgotten Notes" perhaps shows the producer at his most melancholic, combining bittersweet keys and mournful vocals with some deep bass. But don't let that deceive you - it's still filled with the upbeat garage flutter, and packs more colour into four minutes than the scores of house-influenced bass pretenders that are following in his wake.
07 Jan 13
Played by: DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings)
Review: Wonderfully titled label Slime was founded in 2010 with the firm intent to 're-capture the wide-eyed thrill of the first age of rave'. Since then they have put out a multitude of forward thinking releases all leading to this, their second label compilation. Literally bulging with underground goodness, the tracklist weighs in at 26 full-length tunes (plus a free one!). Highlights of all this madness include the sparse 2 step of "Jaded" by Akin, the twitching, percussive "Sunwan" by SPD, the dreamy 3am RnB vibes of "Communication" by Totte, the deeply seductive rimshot house of DYP's "Vices" and the ominous rave of "There's No Way" by Frequent Flyers.
18 Feb 13
Review: Belgian leftfield dance label Pelican Fly have collated a host of tunes from all the key acts on their roster for this impressively different mini-compilation. Over the course of eight tracks we get taken on quite an adventure: from the bleepy 'G(litch) n B' of Zora Jones to the epic fanfare of Sinjin Hawke's "Prom Nite" and the restlessness of "Rave Land" by Mister Tweeks to the drum- machine-being-drowned-in-Lilt-isms of Lucid's "On & On" and the positively psychedelic "Circular Motions 2025" by the 'imaginative' Richelle.
07 Apr 12
30 Apr 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Bunny On Acid, Giovanni Pasquariello
Review: Amid much anticipation, Distal's album crash lands on Tectonic in a myriad of electronic styles all thoroughly typical of the plucky Atlantan. There's raw juke-isms on "Preach On Hustle", where the Chicago style gets slowed down and spread out, while on "Around The Fire" you'll find a swung techno framework full of alluring melodies just under the surface. There's melodica-baiting dubstep on "Rattlesnake", while electro gets pitched down for the peak time banger "House Party Five". Everywhere you turn, Distal's supremely developed production stands out, whatever vibe he's turning his hand to. In the end, that skill becomes the glue that holds this free ranging album together.
11 Apr 11
Review: Alex Green and Damon Kirkham's debut album has been a long time coming. It follows an action-packed decade that's seen them morph from drum & bass punishers to dubstep fusionists and, more recently, bass music experimentalists. With such experience behind them, it's perhaps no surprise that Resolution 653 is an eclectic set. What's more surprising is the expansiveness of their approach. Within the album's 13 tracks lies glass-clear electronic futurism, brain-warping acid tracks, murky dusbtep, slo-mo 4/4 sweetness, hard edged electro bounce, off-kilter IDM and, naturally, 140 BPM bass bangers. As a summary of where British bass music's at in 2011, it's unsurpassed.
17 Oct 11
09 Apr 12
Review: Returning to Hotflush after the label helped his solo breakthrough last year, Lando Kal is here with more of that hybrid house music which he is fast making his own. There's a key sound that seems to be emerging with his productions of late, a kind of ring modulation that Kal is slapping on his synths that makes them both warm and eerie in the same note. "Rhythm Sektion" plays off this duality perfectly, making for a seductive mid-paced dancefloor jam. "Inquisition" goes deeper on the details, with some intricate percussion and a bouncy bassline filling a mildly bleak atmosphere.
20 May 13
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12 Apr 13
Review: After pairing up for the "Paranormal Activity" release back in 2011, the Tectonic main man and one of the most dynamic producers to come out of the UK funky scene team up for another round. "Shoulda Rolla" is an impeccable, unfussy dubstep groover with classic icy textures, snappy percussion and an anchoring bass wobble that was born to work the dance without any showboating tactics. Roska goes it alone on "Asbestos" with an equally moody slice of rhythmic function that cruises at 140 while the synths come in blasts of robotic weirdness. Like so many of the great Tectonic 12"s, you're presented with a pair of club-focused stompers that keep the dubstep dream alive.
27 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Lung, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bizt, Matthew Kyle, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Rack N Ruin, Resident Advisor, Manhattan, Jon Saigon, Mak & Pasteman, Tcts
Review: Where Scuba's earlier work was typified by the same metallic sheen and monochrome hue, it's noticeable on his third album Personality just how much more colour he's letting into the mix. Whether it's the crisp electro breaks of opener "Ignition Key" or the joyous pop chimes of "July", the mood is overall far sunnier than the Scuba of before. There's drum & bass explorations being made on "Cognitive Dissonance", chart-baiting hooks aplenty and a wealth of vocal action from speeches to divas. All in all it's another essential, multi-faceted evolutionary step for the Berlin-based producer.
17 Oct 11
Played by: Owain Kimber (Owain K), Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Siz.da, Enzo Canale, Bunny On Acid, Van Bonn, Breakbeat.is, Attemporal, Arma, Apparat
Review: While it might be tricky in these open-minded times for Scuba to shatter preconceptions the way that he did with his Sub:Stance mix a few years ago, this compilation should be seen really as a celebration of the man himself as a DJ. After launching with a decidedly minimalist approach, the mix meanders between pacey techno, bluesy broken beat and rolling dubstep tempos. At times the flow feels unsteady, but then it just rings true that he put this mix together for himself. Without a dancefloor to look after, who knows where many of our favourite DJs might take us?
22 Oct 12
Played by: Chris Coco
Review: Considering its sizeable role in bringing James Blake and Mount Kimbie to the world, it makes sense for Hotflush to be looking for the next generation of post-everything electronica. Step forward then Shelter Point, a pair of young producers with all the sonic tools to fill the gap. Opening track "Braille" is characterised by the same billowing organ sounds as Blake's work with softly spoken vocals that belie a contemporary indie sensibility, while the clip-clop percussion and downtempo piano of "Forever For Now" recalls Mount Kimbie's "Before I Move Off". "Hold On Me" sees a funky neon synth melody contrasted with some trap beats and evil bassline. The most striking track however is "Sleep Easy", a vocal ballad whose 80s easy-listening style is like a loose limbed, contemporary take on early Junior Boys.
18 Mar 13
Review: South London Ordnance's rise has been nothing short of meteoric over the past year, and now he officially joins the aristocracy of bass music with his debut release for Scuba's Hotflush. "Revolver" is pretty much the most refined example of the current wave of tech-bass, pairing steely, swung beats with a roaring sample sounding like a dying jet engine, before moving through a multitude of dubbier techno moods. On the flip, "Transmission Funk" is perhaps the lightest thing he's produced contrasting pulsing bass and severe plate glass tones with shimmering background harmonics, all held together with his signature structural scaffold of firm kicks and sharp, rolling snares.
04 Apr 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Reilly Steel, Matthew Kyle, Doorly, Larssen
Review: For anyone with a passion for forward-thinking bass music, Back & 4th should be essential listening. Via a sprinkling of super-hot exclusives and historic label favourites, it brilliantly celebrates the enduring appeal of Scuba's vital Hotflush Recordings imprint. For confirmed fans, it's the first new jams that will titillate most. It boasts some real killers; strobe-lit future garage, dubstep and wonky neck-snappers from Boxcutter, Rosca, Boddika, Falty DL and Scuba himself (the acid house-flavoured "Feel It"). If that's still not enough to tempt you, take a look at the previously released tracks from Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Untold.
13 May 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Entering what seems like a new phase for Pinch's bastion of forward-thinking dubstep, Tectonic Plates reaches its fourth edition and brings in a raft of fresh producers and new angles on just what the genre might mean in these fractured times. Even the classic standard bearers such as Jakes are bringing curious 4/4 momentum in amidst the sparse, dread filled pressure, while Guido pivots off of the plush musicality of his album to create an utterly broken symphony on "State Of Joy". There are a lot of different ideas floating around the whole compilation, and yet everything holds together with the deep-rooted soundsystem mentality that has always defined Tectonic as a shining example of what dubstep has always meant.
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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.
21 May 12
Review: Pronounced "adverb", this solo American producer lays down some beautifully textured and very glitched out bass-step on this release for Car Crash Set. "Lust" rips apart its atmospheric opening with a torrent of fierce leads, while "Colourful Eyes" sounds on a par with Rustie's sci-fi voyaging. Check out the maximal joys of "Sugar Glaze" as an excellent first step into the world of +Verb.
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06 May 13
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: When 123MRK's Noname EP dropped in 2011 creating waves all around the dubstep and bass music scene. Moulding the sound of his generation into a style all his own, the Frenchman suddenly found himself held aloft as an innovator as well as simply a producer of sounds. This remixed release of his seminal EP was a lofty undertaking and the finished item features remixes from some of the future dubstep scene's brightest young stars alongside long-time innovators. From Liar's metalic, lo-fi flavours to Troy Gunner's understated clicks and swirls; ViLLAGE's heart-pounding house remodelling to Heblank's old-school twist, even the likes of Pixelord and ReSketch play their garage-influenced hands to create an all-new modern-day canvas of what exactly bass music is right at this moment. It can never be truly defined, but this is a pretty good encyclopedia.
27 Jan 12
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