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22 Oct 12
Played by: Brisa, Alkalino, Hxdb, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Coyu, Resident Advisor, Allmostt, Ogris Debris
Review: There's very little information surrounding this drop from Breach and Midland, but it seems as though the pair have linked up for both sides, bringing their respective modernist house traits to bear on two forthright jams. There's a chunky, peak-time swagger to "101" as drums come pounding down around a deadly chord stab, but there's a great subtlety to the tense atmosphere, fed by distant wraith-like coos. "Somewhere" is a deeper affair, letting rich layers of blue-hued melody hum away with harmonising textures to match, while still retaining a direct quality to get the track working on the floor.
31 May 11
Review: Hessle present this digital set to showcase their progression as a label at the forefront of the multi faceted strands of music that have grown out of dubstep. 116 & Rising offers an array of brilliant music from Hessle mainstays like Elgato, Untold, and Jimmy Blake. In addition, the Hessle triumvate of overseers have secured exclusive material from the likes of D1 and Addison Groove - whose "Fuk Da 101" is a real treat among many highlights. Elsewhere Joe goes West LDN circa 2002 on "Twice" and Blawan serves further notice that he's got the best drum flex in the game with "Potchla Vee". Absolutely essential release.
24 May 11
31 Jan 11
Review: Founded in 1995, Planet Mu has gone on to become a force in electronic music, setting the benchmark high and releasing some of the scene's seminal and groundbreaking artists. Blending house, techno, dubstep, hip-hop and all the grey areas in between that have come to dominate the sonic landscape of recent years, Planet Mu have never been afraid to depart from the status quo. Marking the first release of 2011 for Mike Paradinas' lauded label, 14 Tracks From Planet Mu collates tracks from some of the new artists to have graced the Mu airwaves over the past year. There are four exclusives in there, for those that like it hot off the press, and some familiar names like Oriol, Solar Bears, Floating Points, FaltyDL, Ikonika and Boxcutter. Superb stuff.
04 Feb 13
25 Feb 13
Review: Wow! Are people looking back with rose-tinted glasses to 1995 already? Well at least this 'musical magpie' is only borrowing ideas and sounds rather than copying wholesale! Possibly a bit darker than his previous releases this EP features dubby UKG ("1995"), glitchy, post-dubstep ("Hypno", "Fallen") and even a bit of wobble-heavy UKF ("Roots").
27 Feb 12
Review: A massive eight-track release on No Hats No Hoods. "1 Up" is an 8-bit bleepy computer game-referencing slab of the murkiest business imaginable, which gets remixed by Martin Kemp into a quirky little ditty, with pared down beats n bass, plenty of percussion, and Rocks, who roughs things up good and proper with choppy beats and dramatic synth sweeps. Original piece "Mega" is a heavy, synth-laden piece with ominous overtones, whilst J Beatz's interpretation brings out the cinematic drama. "Beatfighter" sees Royal T return to the 8-bit bleeps, which Bok Bok accentuates with some grouchy bass in his remix. Final cut "Gargoyle" is a low-slung riddim with buckets of character, and Silencer's remix is a killer.
23 Oct 12
Review: North Carolina duo Clicks & Whistles return on Kastle's Symbols Recordings, trading in the southern hip-hop style of previous releases for high energy footwork. "2 Much Higher" combines chopped up chords, synth flutes and tumbling snares in a 150BPM package with a murky and mangled vocal, while "Hightower" repeats the formula with a more lush set of synth tools and jazzy melody. "Waiting 4" meanwhile sounds like a lost cut from Machinedrum's Room(s), combining frenetic percussion and a warm sidechained backdrop as contrast to the sirens going off in the background. Finally, Canadian producer XI turns in a moody 2-step tinged house remix of "2 Much Higher", inverting the bright tones of the original into something more greyscale.
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.
25 Sep 12
Review: Tropical bass troubadour Samo Sound Boy delivers a decidedly high energy new EP for label Body High. The title track is a relentlessly pounding banger, featuring a pulsating electro-house bassline and campy chopped up vocals samples reminding us of Tobi Newman's Khia remix from many moons ago. "Watch Me Ride" piles on the old 303ims and hammers them home with a stomping kick and cowbells galore. "Drive Time" is a supreme electro-house workout, sounding like early releases on Destined Records. "Acid Walk" is a showdown between an overzealous 303 and sleazy vocalist Njena Reddd Foxxx. It's bass Jim, but not as we know it.
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25 Jun 12
Played by: Sounds Of Sumo
Review: A super exclusive, one track only release from Brackles on the Brainmath imprint can do nothing but excite and intrigue any avid electronic music fan. Blending a garage sensibility with dubstep and a touch of UK funky, Brackles really hits the nail on the head with this one. A simple intro dominated by sweeping atmospherics, a delicate bleepy melody and thumping drum kicks gets the party started before the track develops into it's full embodiment, with swelling vocals, pattering beats, murming bassline and sci-fi SFX adding a bizarre background note. Get to know if you don't already.
08 Oct 12
Review: Part of the tight-knit Hypercolour family, London producer, Shenoda, has only had a select amount of releases, with all of them garnering attention for his production skills. His latest release doesn't let us down on the quality front: "Flex" sees boomy modern basslines embrace that familiar old skipping snare for a slice of killer 21st century garage. "Bubbles" takes a distorted, almost fidget drum loop and swathes it dark throbbing bass to great sinister effect. Lastly, with its steel drum lilt and 2 step beats, "Everything I Say", ends things on a high.
26 Mar 12
Review: An engaging and interesting four-track EP here from 3 Hrs on the Black Butter label, which kicks off with the title track "Absolutely" - a shimmering little number with glistering synths, rumbling bass, ribbiting beats and chopped up, repeated vocal snippet. "Clap Work", up next, continues in a similar vein, with faded, clapping beats, booming sub bass and distanced, echoing vocal element, with repeating insistence to "clap!" Penultimate cut "Fear To" is an eerie, ominous slice of darkness, whilst "Nite Time" slows the pace down, with a stripped back soundscape as the EP draws to a close.
27 Jan 13
Review: Continuing his productive run of form with R&S off-shoot Apollo, Synkro returns with yet another bumper-sized collection of tracks that show off his ever-enriching talents as a producer of silken, dub infused electronica. Acceptance as a mini-album of sorts is a more resolutely downtempo affair than previous releases, staying firmly in the realm of melancholic passages through blue-hued instrumentation and crystalline beats. There is a sense of experimentation present in the likes of "Disappear" with its lingering guitar strums, while at times he moves away from beats altogether, but this is still very recognisable as the work of Synkro.
12 Mar 12
Review: Whilst they occupy different eras in the hardcore continuum, little more needs to be said about either Pinch or Photek. What is certain is both individuals share a precision understanding of rhythmic structure and programming that makes the prospect of collaborations a mouth watering one to say the least. Undoubtedly borne out of the working relationship that began with Photek's debut on Tectonic last year, the Pinch dubplate version of "Acid Reign" is a lurching, acid drenched half step terroriser that will be familiar to fans of Pinch's all conquering Fabric mix. The flipside flex "M25FM" undoubtedly pays homage to Photek's formative years glued to the speakers taking in the sounds of pirate radio, adopting a housier poise that prick the radars of Boddika fans.
01 Oct 12
Review: The Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team - better known as label operators Orgasmic and Teki Latex - return with more of their uniquely French take on bass music with a double header of electro infused heaters. "Activate" combines motivational rap vocals with stripped back 808s, an infectiously wonky sense of melody and a tweaked out synth line, while "I Be" is more explicit in is homage to dirty south rap, as DX7 bass and chopped and screwed vocals combine with triumphant synth horns in a gloriously retro pastiche. As if that wasn't enough, instrumentals and accapella versions are provided for those who wish to get creative with their mixing.
23 Jul 12
Played by: Brisa, Chris Coco, Posthuman, Matta, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Simonlebon, Med School Music, Sounds Of Sumo, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep
Review: London based producer Om Unit returns with next release "Aeolian" on Reso's Civil Music. Never restricted by genre, he traverses juke, dubstep, R&B, hip-hop, garage and all shades of the "bass music" spectrum, with a jungle influence sometimes creeping in. Opening with the esoteric "Ulysseus", this one is all about the rippling, rain-dancing rhythms and steady, stomping beats. Moving on to "Dark Sunrise (feat. Tamara Blessa)", we are treated to a storming dubstep banger with super sweet vocals in a dark, thunderous soundscape. "Fumes" is a more sparse and spaced out little number with dreamy, ethereal synths; while "Lightworkers Call" brings in the talents of Kromestar for another dark, nocturnal venture. "Slowfast Matrix" brings in a flurry of quirky rhythms to the equation before "Ulysses" is given the remix treatment twice over. Essential, no question.
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!
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26 Mar 12
Played by: Sonarpilot (Sonarpilot Audio), Juno Recommends Leftfield, Posthuman, Blame It On The Dutch / Mwm-Recs, Bunny On Acid, Simon/Off, Jt86
Review: Made up of on field recordings taken by 2562 on a 2010 trip to Jordan, Air Jordan is based on a similar concept to his 2011 album Fever, which was made up of samples exclusively from disco records. But while that record reflected its source material in its more overt dancefloor focus, Air Jordan reflects the dry heat of the Jordanian landscape in a dusty cloud of broken beats and cracked textures. "Solitary Sheepbell" creates a hazy mirage out of its pitched bell samples, whilst the arid, hesitant rhythms of "Desert Lament" mingle with the kind of bustling atmospherics that place you at the centre of a busy marketplace, a theme carried through in the booming industrial beats of "Jerash Hekwerken". It ends on "Nocturnal Drummers", a suspenseful fusion of dehydrated percussive samples which caps off the producer's most concise work to date. Highly recommended.
16 Jan 12
Played by: Monkey Beats, Sharkslayer, Z-Kat, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Charles Tox (Galletas Calientes), Jack Stat, Mista Men, Bizt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Champion, Diamond Bass, DJ Q, Nunchaku
Review: As one half of the garage-loving Hot City, it makes sense for DJ Haus to be releasing Radio 1 Xtra and veteran garage and bassline producer DJ Q's All Junglist on his label Unknown To The Unknown - in fact it's almost surprising something like this hasn't been released before. Initially characterized by drum programming that is, well, "junglist", the track is interjected with a beat that is less broken, and more split in half, ripped apart with a tidal wave of woozy bassline action; combined with the tropical synth melody and hardcore referencing piano you've got a track that is classicist and very much in keeping with the label's technicolour focus. It's joined by "Will I Ever Be Free", marked out by a slightly housier touch given by its deep string melody, adding a rich contrast to the swooping low end and crunchy snares. It's a curious mix of bassline garage and Detroit moods, and one that works surprisingly well. Highly recommended!
23 Apr 12
Review: On his Hyperdub debut last year, youngster Walton made a real impression on the Juno review ears, and we've been eager for more ever since. Once again surfacing on Kode 9's imperious label, the All Night EP finds Walton on equally impressive form, replicating the course of his debut with the title track being the most immediate production. "All The Night" is luridly colourful in the thick 8 bit textures that spill out over hyperactive vocal edits and buccaneering drum chops. Up next, "Mallet" does more with steel pans in the opening bars than Jammy xx ever did, before veering off into an eminently satisfying bleep heavy UKF flex, whilst "Kush" drops the tempo down to a heavily saturated, downtrodden shoulder lean.
07 Jan 13
Review: Ukranian label Wicked Bass Records here present a reissue of Parris Mitchell's essential classic "All Night Long", the X-rated lyrics of which have been a staple of many a DJ's bag since 1995. Although displaying the raw qualities of ghetto house, it's a track that nevertheless carries a finesse that harks back to an earlier time, with remnants of 80s piano house and fragmented disco breakdowns embedded within. It's joined by new original production and collaboration with Shinoby, "Bounce", which carries a percolating acid line around a series of wailing sirens and jerking elastic piano chords holding the whole thing together. The label's masterstroke however is hiring Night Slugs co-owner Bok Bok - a notable ghetto house admirer - to deliever his own take on the track. It's is a perfect revisiting of the source material, one that walks the line between abrasive and elegant, adding a heavyweight clang behind the piano line which gives the impression that the original's been submerged into a tank of water and shaken profusely.
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.
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