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01 Jul 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Santero, Grant Nelson, Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Tom Central, Moony, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Brisa, Toyboy & Robin, Flash Atkins, Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Mark Knight, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Rodriguez Jr, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Kissy Sell Out, The Littlemen, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Cyantific, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Deepski, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Nine Lives, Resident Advisor, Joey Negro, Electronic Youth, Allmostt, Black Butter Records, Joyce Brooke, Soaka, Matt Love, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: Broadwalk Records, the new label from Bristol house producer Julio Bashmore launches in fine style with the eminently classy Au Seve. Young Bashmore has an obvious talent for productions dripping in hooky qualities (see his still slay em jam "Battle For Middle You" as well as production credits for "Youth Soul" icon Jessie Ware) and "Au Seve" totally belongs in this canon, slipping carnival ready melodic touches and simple vocal loops over a dusted house mainframe dominated by rasping kicks and a killer rising bass line.
19 Sep 11
Played by: Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), DJ Cable, Marcel Knopf, Alkalino, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Attack Yourself!, Boska, Bunny On Acid, Urban Knights, Gsd, Kry Wolf, Breakbeat.is, West Norwood Cassette Library, Mistaken Identity, DJ Q
Review: The latest release from the Glaswegian imprint adds a further sheen of excellence in a year where Numbers has really knuckled down and concentrated on a schedule of multi faceted releases. Such has been the demand for Mosca's debut on the Numbers imprint, the London based producer cheekily took to touting advance DJ copies of Do Me Wrong via Facebook. Both tracks here are fully poised for the floor, priming a throwback Bassline / UK G swing dipped in a nowness from Mosca that's been evident on drops for Night Slugs and Fat City. Unusually, it's the B Side that's garnered the most attention, which is odd as "Done Me Wrong" is excellent, reigning in vintage female hollerations over clipping rhythms, swamping basslines and parping synths that pay homage to the classic "RIP Groove". Flipside, the more celebrated "Bax" is a dual assault on your senses, murky sub bass jabbing at your ribs, whilst the sweet cooing vocals whisper sweet nothings in your ears. All this is underpinned by a skipping mid 90s flex heavy on the neon stabs that has warehouse jam written all over it.
12 Oct 09
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Mj Cole, Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts), Makoto, Toyboy & Robin, Shadow Dancer, Bam Bam Dealers, Sinden & 5kinandbone5, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Rob Da Bank, Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Resident Advisor, Annie Nightingale, Chamboche, House Of Traps (Firecracker), Caspa, R1 Ryders, Dubstep Forum Awards, Dubstep Forum Awards, Gareth Bilaney
05 Nov 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Ya Dun Know, Dave Allison, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, Max Riolo (Digital Imprint Trax), S22, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Fab Mayday, Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, Leg Jazz, Nine Lives, Ramsey Hercules, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Top Billin DJ Team, Richmed, Felipe Le Conteè
Review: Sccucci Manucci once again proves its dancefloor chops with its fifth release, the Cinquemila Lire EP, which sees the London based imprint curl its moustache in the direction of deep house. Manchester based duo Toyboy & Robin open proceedings with "No More Sunshine", an insouciant mix of soulful vocals, shuffling garage percussion and burning deep house organ stabs. It's a heady, intoxicating mix, and it's one that's matched on the A-Side by Sahin Meyer's effort; the husband and wife duo turn in the gorgeous "Spread Love", a cut that wrings every last drop of emotion out of a classic, drummy arrangement. Flip over for "Saif" by Illyus, a twinkling late night excursion into melodic, star gazing house, and "Feel Love" by Firas, one half of the Waze & Odyssey, who rounds off another killer Sccucci 12-inch with raw-thentic smacky beats and an addictive loopy vocal and bassline.
01 Oct 12
Played by: Hybu, Pete Dafeet, Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Boris Dlugosch, Ya Dun Know, Dirty Channels, Gazeebo, Mike Millrain (Soul Revolution ), Andrew Allsgood (Free Association), Sw, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Dopefish, Chris Deepak, Juno Recommends Deep House, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Karim, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Raw Club Radio, Dublin Aunts, Homero Espinosa, Sounds Of Sumo, Mario Basanov, Willo, Jack Fell Down, Embryo, Derek Avari, Young Hand, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: With an excellent release on Tusk Wax in his armoury and a notable collaboration with Bicep on their recent Aus EP, Norn Irish lad Ejeca seems primed to follow the trajectory set by the aforementioned burger loving duo. The Horizons EP, his debut for the Needwant imprint sees Ejeca throwing down three tracks that are very much steeped in the same vocal lead New Jersey garage sound that Bicep are currently plundering to great effect, not least on the thickly infectious title track that demonstrates Ejeca's ease for crafting a killer breakdown. "Dazed" eschews the reliance on vocals for some deft chord usage and excellent drum programming, while "See Through You" shimmers with garage indebted warmth.
21 Jun 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), King DJ/Regalia Recordings, Homegroove Project, Lud Dub, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Dominic Martin Aka Domsko), Shadow Dancer, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Alessandro Otiz, DJ Whitecoat, Mista Men, Tura, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), David Keno, Joseph Terruel, Al Macario, Don Crisp, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Resident Advisor, Lucent
Review: The ever-rising Mosca makes a logical addition to the Hypercolour canon with his thoroughly contemporary hybrid house sound. The title track on this strong four-tracker looks set to become an omnipresent jam with its nagging synth hook honed for late night devastation, while the beat stays militantly funky thoughout. "Murderous" too taps into this coolly delivered well of nocturnal delight, with just a whisper of garage woven into the sexy swagger of the track. Things get a little snappier on the clipped groove of "Accidentally", bolstered by an arresting turn from the one and only Robert Owens on vocal.
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.
23 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Diplo, Ya Dun Know, Tom Central, Guerilla Speakerz, Chris Coco, Mooqee, Diplo, Chris Coco, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Mr Mitch, Aquadrop, The Captain, The Golden Toyz, Cyantific, Gntlmn, La Royale, Sounds Of Sumo, Nsekt, J Courage, Avicii, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Filth Collins, The Mane Thing, Black Butter Records, Chocolate Puma, Major Lazer, J69
Review: Making their debut on Warp, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice proudly cross their beams to rain down a sick and slick kind of future-crunk, aptly demonstrated in in the introductory nature of bass-rich teaser "Top Floor" with its juke leanings and menacing posture. There's a detuned nature to the recognisable bleeps and wails on offer here while the beats remain crunchy and steadfast. "Higher Ground" is more overt in its use of juke to create a twisted kind of hype, while "Bugg'n" drips and drops in a loping vat of sub bass and slow-mo strangeness, leaving you with one of the oddest takes on the contemporary mess of electronic beats.
18 Feb 13
Played by: Mat Cant, Redsoul, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Utah Saints, Martin Solveig, Kid Kenobi, Kono Vidovic
Review: This powerhouse duo - a collaboration between none other than Foamo and Rack N Ruin - dropped their killer debut EP last year and since then things have been ominously quiet. Well, now they're back with a stonking great new release that fully explores the pair's interest in all things deep and groovy. "Real" features the vocal talents of rising star Yasmin and manages to be both an exotic pop anthem and a sparse, 4/4 bass head-nodder. "Thor" is nasty dark basement fodder, "Athena" is a lithe, tropical acrobat of a tune and "10 Below" is a sinister house-meets-garage monster.
29 Nov 10
18 Jun 12
Played by: Lee Daley:contentmcr/Beef/Huddtraxx, Homegroove Project, Billy W., Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Deepshizzol On Deepvibes Radio 16.0, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Cottam, Tura, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Antek, Dublin Aunts, Coyu, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Manhattan, Embryo, Joyce Brooke, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: While it's recently become fashionable for bass music producers to jump ship and start making house, you could never accuse George Fitzgerald of being that cynical. Throughout his career, he's always infused his house productions with more than a healthy dollop of bass flavour, be it the rumble of garage or the crackly atmospherics of dubstep. This four-track EP continues that theme, featuring tracks that fuse pitched-down juke and tropical rhythms with the glistening gorgeousness of British deep house (see "Lights Out" and "Hindsight"). The two strongest cuts, "Unilateral" and "Child", are pretty much straight-up garage. Inspired by classic US productions from the tail end of the '90s, they're among the most obviously anthemic things Fitzgerald has produced to date.
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.
25 Jan 10
16 Oct 12
Played by: Vision Collective, Pete Dafeet, Smutlee, Lifecycle, Grant Nelson, Wascal, Blacksoul, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), All Good Funk Alliance, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Drum & Bass, Tim Livingstone, Tiesto, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Ave Blaste, King Jackal, Sasha, Manikan, Jay Lumen, Noir, Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Sounds Of Sumo, Lucent, Allmostt, Marc Romboy
Review: A candidate for house music's album of the year, Ghettos & Gardens gets six treatments that upkeep the sonic standard Justin originally set this summer. The standout rub - for its uptempo cheekiness alone - is Bachelors Of Science's ace half-step/double time switches on the album title track, but each of these reversions sparkles in its own special way. From Catz n Dogz's added melancholy on "Butterflies" to Danny Daze's classic acid house injection on "The Gurner", this is an exemplary lesson in how to nail a remix. Very impressive if you consider how spotless the originals are.
13 Jan 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Fort Knox Five, Mat Cant, Nic Fanciulli, Matta, Tee Circus, Rack N Ruin, Lucent
Review: Despite only unveiling themselves to the public in 2010, Black Butter Records have already ascended to some impressive heights with a string of hugely popular bass/UKF releases. This first 'proper' label comp features five names from their roster, remixed by many more. It's literally fizzing and popping with retro-futuristic ideas and sounds: from the B-more drum machine orgy of "Be More (3hrs & Woz mix), to Matta's accelerated electro version of Kidnap Kid's classic "Vehl" and Vince Clarke's elasticated tech-house version of "Lazarus Taxon", to the scuzzy, rave-inflected house of Codec's "What You Need", the thoroughly ominous bass tones of "Hackney Heat" by Racknruin via the eccentric end-of the world beats of "Trick Green" by Hostage.
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.
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?
17 Dec 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Nic Fanciulli, Sean Danke, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Anja Schneider, Hermanez, Shox, Gullfisk, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Jack Fell Down, Tulioxi, Flashmob, Eats Everything, Donka, Agoria, DJ Hell, Hot Since 82
Review: The techy and bass-ready label Hypercolour has always had some pretty leftfield tendencies, ranging from its releases with Groove Armada and Neil Landstrumm, to cheeky Aprils fools day pranks all part of the package. However George Fitzgerald's Needs You EP typifies the Hypercolour sound minus any tomfoolery. "Needs You" in particular plays "oh baby" vocals, sucking percussion and melodic keys against vast-monoliths of low end sonics. On the flip is "Every Inch" again by Fitzgerald. Fluted synth spooks and successive clap-tambourine combos swing to a groove that has a moderately lighter mood. Deetron writes a love note to rave and garage in his remix to "Every Inch" by the way of squelchy electronics and nerdy percussion.
07 Jun 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Tom Central, Chris Coco, Diplo, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Free Magic, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Thrills, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Guy Gerber
Review: Arriving in a fashion not dissimilar to the all encompassing deviations from Burial is "Far Nearer", the long awaited drop from The xx's Jamie - courtesy of the always on point Numbers imprint. Subject to many a YouTube appearance over the months, this charming steel drum infused summer jam can finally be enjoyed after potential sampling issues were circumnavigated by the smudged vocal that runs throughout being re-recorded. It's perhaps too twee and gentle to drop in the midst of a set, though it will certainly have the requisite effect should you deem to slip it in at the end! Complementing this, "Beat For" channels darker sounds, with off kilter drum drops at the core surrounded by gut punching sub bass undulations, bubbling sonics and pitched out vocals with punching throwback house riffs giving the track rhythmic impetus.
12 Dec 12
Played by: Hybu, Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Shouts!, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Lucent, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.
02 Apr 12
Played by: Odiggity, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Reilly Steel, Sounds Of Sumo, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Mak & Pasteman
Review: Upcoming UK house pairing Mak & Pasteman show a healthy respect for the best of Detroit and London on this new release on Shifting Peaks. The essential title tune "Do The Same" is smothered in strong dreamy pads a la Derrick Carter, but spiced up hugely by an addictive vocal hook that's layered perfectly over blunt kicks and Carl Craig-style arpeggios. "Lost" is a more withdrawn and haunted 2-step winner, while "Mode" takes a familiar Junior Reed refrain but frames it perfectly over some rough snares and tough, grimy bass. An excellent release and definite names to follow during the course of the year.
19 Mar 12
Played by: Smutlee, Kalbata, Monkey Beats, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, Bert On Beats, Wildlife!, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Shox, Baxter Beez, Lucent
Review: Audibly on more of a funky tip than his deeper excursion for Local Action late last year, this EP on Enchufada sees T Williams using rawer sounds than some of his more stripped back productions. The title track for example positively fizzles with energy thanks to its sawtooth bass playing off against Terri Walker's sweet vocal hook. "Synthia", meanwhile, is infused with jungle breakbeats and manic stabs. "Malfunction" is driven forward with a wily bassline and UKG synth strings, while "30 Degree" plays with a heavy kwaito vibe. The EP ends on something of a curveball, but "Zoop" still impresses hugely thanks to its dub siren lead.
26 Apr 10
Played by: DJ Purple Rabbit, Mary Ann Hobbs, Wire Magazine, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hackman, Instra:mental, L-Vis 1990, Kashii, Code Duello, Moda Music
Review: Despite having a moniker which sounds like an all-female pop outfit from the 90s, you'll be glad to hear that Girl Unit, is, in fact, nothing of the sort. A house aficionado of the highest calibre, the South London based producer blends elements of UK funky, 2-step, house, garage, Chicago juke and shades of dubstep with an iconoclastic irreverence for genre boundaries. Appearing on Bok-Bok and L-Vis 1990's label, Night Slugs, the I.R.L EP marks the third release for the burgeoning young imprint, which was established earlier this year. The EP - incidentally one of the most hotly tipped records around at the moment - begins with the title track. A dramatic, cinematic intro (rather reminiscent of D&B producer Rockwell's "Noir") initiates the proceedings with a thumping statement of intent and screechy, sliding synth embellishments. A hollow, clip-clop beat underpins the track, moving from dark, moody moments to more mellow, Mount Kimbie-style sections with masterful ease. DVA takes things down a tougher, rougher street with the tapping, grinding synthetics and raw industrial edge of his 'Hi Emotions' remix, whereas Young Gunz crew member, French Fries tunes in to a funky vibe, with shuffling rhythms, a nod to soca and lashings of sun-drenched tropical exoticism.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Smutlee, Ya Dun Know, Juno Recommends Electro House, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Sander Kleinenberg, Woz, Rack N Ruin, Major Notes, Lucent, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Allmostt
Review: Bristol-based Woz has a growing reputation in the bass music scene. Following a recent guest appearance on Mistajam's 1Xtra show, he's now ready to release some more original music (much of his back catalogue comprises remixes). Zylo sets out his stall, pitching him as a producer whose party instincts regularly take priority. There's much energetic dancefloor fare on offer, from the booming basslines, retro bleeps and scratchy breaks of "Fustraightin", to the woozy UK Funky flex of "Reach" and the stabbing bounce of the darting title track. Despite the balls-out nature of his style, there's enough depth to suggest there's more to come in future.
24 May 11
31 May 10
Played by: Ben Gomori, Souled (Fresh Minute Music), Makoto, Chris Coco, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Alkalino, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Resident Advisor, Groove Magazine, N-Type, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Skint Records, Mixcloud, Concrete Jungle, Liz-E, Soaka
Review: Only 21years old, yet already bearing his own singular sound and style, James Blake is clearly destined for greatness if this EP is anything to go by. A singer and producer, he's already delighted fans under his Harmonimix alias with his cover of Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and now takes his futuristic vision of R&B further, sampling old Kelis and Aaliyah tunes on the title track, mangling them beautifully. Reverbed and pitch-shifted, the vocals sit over a melancholy and glitchy beat. "Footnotes" uses vocoders with style and builds over time while "I'll Stay" brings out the samples again and chops them in an amazingly robotic fashion. This is very special stuff and despite a penchant for all things 90s R&B it still sounds vitally fresh.
05 Oct 09
06 Aug 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), DJ Purple Rabbit, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Nsekt, Pikcha
Review: British bass/garage/UKF risers Compound One drop a spanking and slightly wonky gem in the form of "Howz Tingz" - a bare and jacking tropical heater with some insane and catchy vocal hooks littered liberally over the top. Hot Chip and one half of the 2 Bears Joe Goddard weighs in with a deeper and more dubby remix, layering a drone bass over the vocal gymnastics, while another Compound original, "Flingback", keeps a slightly mischievous tone over some thick bass rises and tropical percussion.
18 May 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Glyn Bush, Lakosa, Pat Lok (Homebreakin/On The Fruit), Vorres - Juno, Bunny On Acid, Reilly Steel, Black Jack, Heion, Gullfisk, Willo, Blah Blah Blah, Tcts
Review: Although Leon Vynehall is one of an increasing number of producers bringing the influence of bass music styles into the deep house formula, the Mauve EP stands apart from the rest of the crowd - the title track is anthemic stuff, mixing Detroit and Bristol house styles in just the right quantities with hands in the air piano, soulful vocals and quietly bubbling bass. "Picture Frame" is a much slower end of the night number which has echoes of classic Balearica, while "Homage" opens with subtle cut-up rave stabs, rippling percussion and moody spoken word intro, before erupting into life with devastating subs which catch you totally off guard. House? Bass? It doesn't matter - the only sure thing is that Vynehall is someone to keep an eye on.
17 Feb 12
13 Aug 12
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Shadow Dancer, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Da Goblinn /Remuted, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Sasha, Gntlmn, Bilanez Music, D3adl1ne, Resident Advisor, Authentiek Recept, Joyce Brooke, Edit Murphy
Review: 2012 continues to serve the burger loving Bicep duo of Andy Ferguson and Matthew McBriar supremely well, with this debut turn on Will Saul's talent spotting Aus imprint swift off the back of their well received Love Fever drop "$tripper". Intriguingly, Bicep demonstrate their talent for collaborations here, with fellow Tusk Wax cohort Ejeca contributing to the title track "You" which is a crafty and vaguely trancey shuffle through 90s warehouse vibes embellished with some 2-step sensibility. In addition, Omar Odyssey - recently revealed as the alias of Serge Santiago - flexes his studio sparring muscles away from regular partner Waze on rise and fall bounce of "Don't". Aus demonstrate their own knack for high profile remixes, enlisting Panorama Bar resident Steffi to remix the title track, with the results a typically blissful yet cluttered revision.
27 Feb 12
Played by: DJ Stex, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Hxdb, Bizt, Shox, Rack N Ruin, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Major Notes, Black Butter Records
Review: The first fruits of a working partnership between excellent tropical bass man Foamo with fellow UK producer Rack N Ruin, Gorgon City's debut surfaces on Black Butter this week. Title tune "The Crypt" draws in fellow Black Butter family members Rubi Dan and Navigator who verbalize over the dancehall/electro hybrid beats, while "The Truth" plays host to singer Janai and thrillingly fuses grimey bass with hooks and a tech-tropical beat.
27 Jan 12
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.
05 Feb 13
25 Oct 10
25 Mar 13
Played by: Thang, Alkalino, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Jack Fell Down, Cocaine On Her Dress, Benny Kane
Review: Jay 'Chubba' Richards has been popping up all over the place of late, with recent releases on Sirch and Odea Records. Here, he brings his particular brand of contemporary house and UK funky fusion to Republic. "Moody" - so-called because it features a prominent sample from Kenny Dixon Jnr talking about his MPC - sets the tone, layering tough electronic percussion over a monstrous bassline. "Diamonds" sounds like a fusion of classic UKG and '90s house, while "Broken" feels like the sort of thing that Hypercolour should be signing (think nice chords, tasty vocal stabs and bassline-driven deep house flavour). There's also a tougher, UK funky-flavoured tweak from Vedicis and Vanshift that's well worth a listen.
26 Mar 12
Played by: Odiggity, Flash Atkins, Shadow Dancer, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Bunny On Acid, Simon/Off, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Breakbeat.is, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Paradisiaca Recordings, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Mak & Pasteman, Rocky Horror
Review: Having made waves with their 50Weapons EP last year, the Black Rainbows EP sees the trio's triumphant return to Black Acre. Opening with the sparse, stripped back rhythms of "F-Technology", razor sharp snare hits dovetail between cavernous bass hits to create the kind of dread-inducing atmospheres one associates with the label. "Tremor", meanwhile is all about those rough and tumble drums, while the sub bass groans of "Zoom" and neon-tinged roughness of "Totum" round off an unsurprisingly excellent package. There's nobody hitting that sweet spot between classic dubstep and contemporary garage styles quite like Dark Sky, and this is as excellent an example of their productions as you'll hear.
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").
15 Jul 12
Played by: The Others, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Gntlmn, Shox, Fed Conti, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: Shy FX's Digital Soundboy returns with the latest offering from Dismantle, four tracks of some of the hardest hitting UKF rhythms we've heard for quite some time. "Warp" revolves around some tweaked out bleeps and rolling snares, while "More Funk" is built around serrated 8-bit sounds and chopped up vocals which are uncompromising in their delivery. "Dots" is probably the most restrained cut, a surprisingly melodic and minimal take on UK Funky, as ping pong synths go up against rushes of warm pads. "Witch" however is our pick - a lean, dark bass heavy roller with clattering percussion which shows a mature side to the producer which serves him well.
06 Aug 12
Review: After the slamming Shake It Off EP, up and coming bass producer Pusherman samples possibly one of the most lol-some moments the internet has ever produced on this new EP. "Donuts" features large chunks of Wiley's bonkers-even-by-his-standard rant against Dizzee Rascal in response to "Pussyole", captured via YouTube and layered over a tasty tropical/bass beat. Elsewhere, "The People" is a classy mix of stuttering 808 toms and 2-step snares, while remixes from Diamond Bass and Naive Machine impress too. In a word: "Donut".
07 May 12
Played by: Dusk + Blackdown, The Town - Clekclekboom Recordings, Lpz, Juno Recommends Electro, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), The Captain, Reilly Steel, Amazinggaijin, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew)
Review: After breaking through with some powerful EPs on Night Slugs, Girl Unit is back to continue what he started. Interestingly, the grimey element in his earlier output has been replaced by a screamingly loud electro influence, positioned in the kind of snappy funk favoured by EDMX and his Breakin Records posse. From "Ensemble (Club Mix)" to "Plaza", the sharp edges of the synth work chafe against crisp drum machine workouts, leaving six cold crush bangers in their wake. It's something of a departure for Girl Unit, but he's absolutely nailed the target sound with tracks that will absolutely tear up the dance.
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.
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!
30 May 11
Played by: Antikue, Paul Mac, Famous Eno, Tom Central, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Star Eyes, The Captain, Bok Bok, Shox, Sounds Of Sumo, Breakbeat.is
Review: Bok Bok has played a significant role in reinvigorating the contemporary bass music scene with the unique brand of neon-tinged grime/dubstep/house purveyed on the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. It's strange then to think that he hasn't graced the NS label with any original material of his own until now, but the Southside EP delivers on the hype and expectation that preceded the release. Kicking off with "Charisma Theme", it's all swirling, hazy atmospherics and taught chiming for the first part. Immediately demanding attention, the hollow thumping kicks of the intro swiftly build into a clipped, rolling riddim with clapping beats and quirky, fidgeting melody and undulating b-line below. "Hyperpass", up next, is a much deeper, darker beast, with ominous dread vocal, a dubbed out soundscape, the sound of rainfall and urgent, insistent beats pumping out menacingly. Moving on, "Reminder" is all hissing hats and searing snares, coupled with lassoing synths and a simple, repetitive bleepy melody. Then, there's "Silo Pass" with its scythe sharpening intro, and distant voices, weighty subs and rattling SFX, before grime-infused half step smasher "Look" concludes the EP, with poised and understated prowess.
12 Mar 12
Played by: Da Autopsy [uttu], Odiggity, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), T.williams, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Sunday Roast, Bizt, Greenmoney, Sounds Of Sumo, Major Notes, Mak & Pasteman
Review: The ever reliable Greenmoney Recordings returns to the business of releasing music with this incendiary three track EP from Doncaster's finest (only?) garage/UK funky duo, Mista Men. The Cardiac Arrest EP opens with "Baby Charm" and it's pure fire, with stuttering rave stabs underpinned by a rugged UKF beat and occasional lashings of fun bass squelches. Up next the title track goes in on a darker tip - check the menacing drop into the sound of a respiratory machine half way through! - before "Daylight Robbery" rounds off a must-check EP with swirling synths and scattered rim-shots. You'll find a bit of everything on this EP and it's all the better for it.
17 Mar 13
Review: It's been a long journey for James Edward Jacob, from young thrash metaller in Leicester to aspiring dubstep producer in college, and now hot future bass property. This EP of his own VIP mixes is premier grade stuff, expertly produced and cleverly tweaked for different moods. "Fade" gets three different interpretations here - a club mix that sees big crescendos drop into totally nasty 4/4 garage basslines, a different club mix that goes deeper with soft pads and a retro Enya-goes-RnB vibe, and finally the Etherwood version, all melancholic DnB, forlorn vocals and piano fused with low bass and urgent beats.
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18 Jun 12
Played by: Smutlee, Da Autopsy [uttu], Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mista Men, Bizt, Broken Youth, Sounds Of Sumo
Review: The Unknown To The Unknown juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down as they absorb UK garage heroes Mista Men into the fray, delivering three club-ready bombs from the duo. "Labrini" takes it back to '97 with its steel pan percussion and bright streaks of neon intersecting its passages of sticky bassline action. "Forget U" opts for the darker approach, offering only snatches of vocals from its foggy bass, while "Hard Drive" takes some bracing synth stabs and puts them together with some breathy vocals and junglist airhorns to create a devastating combination. Right now only Disclosure can match this pair for such impeccably produced garage inspired beats - big tip!