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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
05 Feb 13
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.
16 Apr 13
Played by: Low Slung, Eric Sharp, Mat Cant, S-File, Diplo, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), Carl Cox, Xpress 2, Trevor Vichas, 2 Good Souls, Jeremy Glenn, Caserta, Groove Armada, Resident Advisor, Nice7, Tocacabana, DJ Hell, Sister Bliss, Phuturelabs, Umut Akalin, Ntfo
Review: Ben Westbeach's Breach alter ego continues to frolic wildly in the lush pastures of low-end house music with "Jack". The bassline swings like an acid house pendulum while the beats shuffle nonchalantly in the background and a sultry staccato vocal delivers concise instructions on how to unleash the sexual potency of the groove. "Let's Get Hot" continues the timeless less-is-more jack magic but does so with much more of a techno twist. Getting hot is not an order... It's a promise.
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").
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.
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.
22 Apr 13
Review: With the imminent return of Daft Punk reminding us all of Paris's vibrant electronic music heritage, local label ClekClekBoom pop-up to provide us with a wide-eyed snapshot of the current Parisian underground. There are hints of familiar French staples - the stomping Ed Banger-ish ravery of The Town's "Dice", the classic house flex of Coni's "Missing You Nire" - but for the most part Paris Club Music Volume 1 dances to a different beat. With label regulars French Fries coming to the fore, much of the album is devoted to the sort of hard-to-pigeonhole bass music that takes its influence as much from B-more, R&B and UK garage as filter funk and electro-house.
26 Feb 13
Review: Swedish duo Savage Skulls have been making some serious noise in bass circles since about 2008. Now they've gone stateside, talking Frenchman Douster with them and signing up with Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. This EP is unrepentantly aimed at the dancefloor: "Bass Kick" is hysterical, peak time madness with heavily compressed tropical beats and ascending synth melodies, "TRT" is tough party-garage with EDM-friendly trance breakdown and finally "Nicole" is total pop-dance euphoria.
10 Dec 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Seth Merlo, Kisk, Mike O'mara(Development Music), Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Dominik Eulberg, Fab Mayday, Benton, D3adl1ne, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: The "Jupiters" remixes are finally available on digital format and this time it's a strictly UK affair, with Happa and Jamie XX on remix duties! Happa's re-interpretation of "Jupiters" is a thumping beast of a track, where a startling bass drum churns its way across a militant percussion - violent hi-hats and snares all round, coated graciously by the most ominous synth stabs to have ever appeared on a Four Tet record! Jamie XX's take on "Lion" is a calmer, sub-heavy parade of swinging drums and mutating bass lines, growing in ferocity with every new bar.
04 Feb 13
Review: Having already delivered some attention-grabbing techy UKF bombs on Deadplate and Rebirth, Bristol's Ryan Bronfield now finds himself on esteemed imprint Some Think Sounds. In keeping with the label's style, "The Way It Do" is housier: deep and sensual without being boring, and full of quirky, off kilter percussive elements and effects. "We Trapped" is deeper and weirder: sounding like the wheels could fall off this disco bus at anytime, and all the more fun because of it. Damu also remixes the title track in a dark techno fashion that wouldn't be out of place in a vintage DJ Hell set.
10 Feb 13
11 Feb 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Diplo, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Greenmoney, Deetron, Shox, Guy Gerber, Eats Everything, Super Flu
Review: Joining forces with Dark Sky for a pair of forthright bangers, Ben Westbeech's Breach project goes from strength to strength with its adventures into house jams with a rough, bruk flavour and oodles of sub-testing frequencies built for proper soundsystem battering. "The Click" keeps things lean and mean, letting a sizzling hat ring out while a solitary clap trucks away underneath. This track is all about subtle sound design and that head-crushing bass line, with no need for any distractions. "Fallout" on the flip is much livelier, laying down some slick vocal snippets and rounding out a more friendly sort of bassline for safer dancefloor play.
04 Feb 13
Review: Born into life kicking and screaming back in 2010, London via North Devon label Shifting Peaks has slowly but surely earned a killer rep in the world of bass and underground house. This is their second compilation and boy is it packed full of goodies. Highlights include the melancholic urban-tropical vibes of Mak & Pasteman's "Do The Same", the psychedelic Chicago vibes of Marshall Jefferson & Noose Heads' "Mushrooms", the heartbroken jukeisms of Cut Off! Cut Off!'s "Second To None" and the sublime King Of Arabs' "The Years Without Art".
26 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Mike Millrain (Soul Revolution ), Bert On Beats, Empresarios - El Video Killer
Review: Midlander James Vine, aka Enigma Dubz, deals in tough, straight up, party-rockin' beats. Now he's back following a recent split EP with Sub Antix with his own solo release and it's a banger. "Fresh" features filthy post dubstep chugging bass and a messy 2-step swing. ""What Must I Do" is all heavy wobble craziness and an infectious hands-in-the-air female vocals. Finally things end on a head-nodding, sinister vibe with the menacing electro-dub of "Without You By My Side".
18 Mar 13
25 Mar 13
Review: When Peggy Lee slinked around in the 50s to the sultry strains of "Fever", could she ever have imagined that half a century later, people like Romare would be turning her tune into a weed smokin', love makin' slo-mo RnB jam? Unlikely to say the least, but "Your Love (You Give Me Fever") is on the money and respectful, if different to the original's mood. Elsewhere, "Jimi & Faye" is a warped take on blues, "Taste Of Honey" recalls the days of daisy age hip-hop and "Hey Now" is a weary and haunting piano lament.
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.
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.
02 Apr 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Mooqee, Sw, B. Jinx, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Huxley, Funk And Filth
Review: The chart-bothering Surrey siblings Disclosure are back with possibly their best offering yet. Released on the Hot Chip-affiliated Greco-Roman label, "Control" is a superb slice of sultry and soulful minimal garage, with short of breath vocals that echo vintage Janet Jackson. Joe Goddard seriously challenges the glory of the original with a mesmerising doomy, acid-tinged electro-disco version. Bonus tune "Lividup" is an ecstatic bleep-garage joy and there's further fun with "Boiling" being given cosmic trance (Dixon) and mega camp house (Medlar) workovers. Plus "Whats In Your Head" gets a boombox house mix by Mak & Pasteman.
15 Mar 13
Review: With the ripples emanating from their bass music concoctions spreading ever wider, dynamic trio Dark Sky make the move to Tectonic to nudge that very label's remit into new territory. With their previous form on 50 Weapons and Black Acre amongst others, "Confunktion" sounds like a logical next step in limber but deadly accurate electro stylings. They don't lean on obvious tropes of the genre, bringing a more modern bass music slant to the synths and fully employing studio skills to make for an addictive, head-snapping beast of a track. "Double U" heads into a freakier domain defined by globulous synth drops and a tribal groove as fruity as it is funky.
18 Mar 13
Review: Tessela has been one of the multi-headed UK bass scene's most interesting talents since he first appeared in 2011; following in the footsteps of many of his peers he's started a new label entitled as Poly Kicks, and this first release comes from the producer himself, featuring a track that shows a clear development of his signature sub-heavy sound that references classic breakbeat and jungle. "Hackney Parrot" has been much anticipated since it appeared via a Jackmaster and Loefah Boiler Room session last November, and is characterised by its stuttering vocal and tunnelling subs, guaranteed to cause dancefloor confusion and mayhem in equal measure.
10 Dec 12
Review: Despite sharing its name with a Christian record label in the States, Birmingham's Four40 only really pray in one church, one with a soundsystem that boasts bone-rattling subs. Their latest signing, the mysterious Cloaka, is certainly all about the bass: this EP features bass so brutal and low it's positively subterranean. "Don't I Know You" features a low rolling bassline and eerie chants, "Booty Chatter" boasts harsh, stamping riddims and extra wobble on top, "Konkle" again centres around a hard, stamping kick but is more sparse and finally "Wuxi Riddim" is all about the voodoo beats.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Chrissy Murderbot, Odiggity, Diplo, Greenmoney, Shox, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: With the energy unleashed by his Pretty Ugly LP still crackling in the atmosphere, DVA drops another EP of technicolour bass mutant business for Hyperdub, delivering seven tracks of mind-bending freshness with a French Fries remix thrown in for good measure. There's some rougher club-ready tackle on offer here such as the abrasive "Do It" with it's hammering drums, but then round the next corner you're plunged into the minimal 4/4 bubble that is "Walk It Out". Really though the lead track "Fly Juice" is the winner with its soulful key licks and hyped up switch for the latter half of the track.
10 Mar 13
Review: Not content with having risen on the tides of their Sound of Sumo label's success, label bosses Kry Wolf have elected to start a new label in the form of Food Music. Debuting last year with a release from Shadow Child, the pair now take centre stage for the label's second release. Entitled The Flood, the lead track combines sharp tech-house beats with buzzsaw bass and slick vocal samples, all coated in deep strings, while "Workin Hard" takes things up a notch with its crisp flurry of claps and synth bubbles driven along by some peak-time rave piano. "Together" meanwhile combines techno and bass in equal measure with its dark, tunnelling acidic bassline and dubbed out piano chords; it's a stark contrast to Makes No Sense's remix of the track which gives it into a light UKG-inspired rework.
06 Jan 13
Review: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Buku is currently making waves with his take on the bass phenomenon. Here we get a three tracker that contains more ideas than a Charles Saatchi brainstorming session. "Janky" is a booty bass anthem with hints of trap and some heavy keyboard drama. "All Deez" goes deep on the sleazy drum patterns before unexpectedly evolving into a big trancey synth epic. Last but not least, "Prowl" is all about the digital riddims and plucked synth strings glamour.
21 Jan 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Mat Cant, Dev79, DJ Assassin (Recode Recordings), Pier, Martin Sauvage /Soukouch Ethnik/, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: In the wake of a healthy resurgence in grime instrumental appreciation, Youngstar's classic dance-wrecker "Pulse X" gets a hefty remix package from a sturdy cast of equally chunky producers. Visionist gets busy with some classic string stabs and a sleeker version of the inimitable bassline, replete with some subtle touches of weirdness around the edges. Blackwax gets truly unforgiving with his jungle-infused workout, stripping the track back to bare bones with nothing more than a pristine lift of the "Think" break to guide you through. Slackk gets into a tribal flavoured fervour with his take, while Pedro 123 has a whole lot of fun with found sound madness to shape the beat.
13 May 13
Review: Sounds Of Sumo label bosses Kry Wolf return to their home imprint with a bold new sound in the form of Concrete; eschewing their usually lighter take on bass music, the title track is a dark combination of wobble bass and dub atmospherics, held together with some steely techno rhythms which comes across like Objekt's "Cactus", while "Bluffin" combines more abstract beats with ghetto house-inspired vocal samples and dubby stabs. Woz is tapped up to remix the title track, being considerably more sparing with the savage bass and rearranging its rhythms into something altogether more angular; Benton's remix of "Bluffin" is classic SOS, providing a bouncy piece of bass-heavy garage house.
15 Apr 13
Review: A cursory listen to this EP would easily lead the listener to believe it was made by some underground British bass guy who wears his baseball caps sideways. But they'd be wrong; Klaves is actually 21 year old producer Mikolaj Gramowski from Poland who has pretty much beaten the British producers at their own game: "You" is an awesome blend of late 90s garage and house. "Hope It Gets To Love" is sassy future garage, and our fave is the Fault Lines remix - a slamming house scorcher featuring the kind of thumping kick not head since "Da Funk"!
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.
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.
28 Jan 13
Played by: Diplo, Juno Recommends Electro, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&b, Starkey, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: With an ever-strong commitment to their very unique brand of modern electronic dance music, the Night Slugs posse are rounded up once again for a stocktake on the follow up to the successful Night Slugs Allstars compilation. It's only with a chance to reflect such as this you can appreciate the range that falls neatly into the Night Slugs remit. At one turn you can be doused in the blinding sunshine of Girl Unit's cheery electro as on "Ensemble (Club Mix)", or at the next be confronted with the staggered stab frenzy of Helix's somewhat ironically named "Drum Track". Try reaching them without being thrown by Bok Bok's 31st century grime madness or Lil Silva's hyper-kinetic throwdown of mechanical psychedelia and you might have a chance of getting a handle on the label as a whole.
18 Mar 13
Played by: Paul Mac, Scott Fell, Earl Grey, Nowakowski, Dusty / Jazz & Milk, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Posthuman, Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Simonlebon, Resident Advisor, Tom Taylor, Ben Pearce
Review: Ahead of a forthcoming new album for Brainfeeder, Martyn drops this killer induction into Steffi's recently established Dolly Dubs imprint. The offshoot launched in relatively low key fashion late last year, with Swedish producer Staffan Lindberg at the helm. The addition of Steffi's compatriot Martyn is however big news, with the three track Newspeak EP the Dutchman's first proper release since Hello Darkness, the single that bookended his album for Brainfeeder in March of last year. Long term devotees of the 3024 boss's output should be familiar with the sub heavy snap of the title track which featured on his Essential Mix for Radio 1 last Spring, whilst lead track "Oceania" is a rolling, broken treat.
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.
06 May 13
04 Feb 13
Review: For a new-ish label, Lo Note UK have begun with some hot property on their humble roster: first we had Bristol's My Nu Leng and now its hotly tipped Londoner Boxwork. This eponymous release is one of his first 'proper' ones and he's not holding anything back! It's a calling card to display the breadth of his talents, which he does over four tracks. "Specifics" is like Orbital and X-Press 2's Lazy having a love-in, "Bartom" is tropical bass-meets-juke, "Leak" is deep n dark voodoo-bass and things wrap up with the jazzy shuffle-beats of "You Only". One to watch!
01 Apr 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: It's bashment o'clock round Decibel towers judging by the sound of his new bomb, and the currently on fire Newcastle producer doesn't appear to be mellowing any time soon. It's all about the party here on "Skanks", mercilessly so, especially with the legendary grime MC Flowdan on vocal duties - there won't be a dancefloor left alive after this incendiary fusion of footwork, tropical and hysterical rave is dropped. Just in the (unlikely) case it doesn't rock your world, there are two extra mixes supplied - Hybrid Theory deliver a slower, wobble-heavy housey version, while the Enigma Dubz mix defiantly keeps the classic dubstep sound alive!
26 Nov 12
Review: Heralding the start of the newly minted Church imprint, Happa makes a strong case for the buzz he has received with but a smattering of appearances before now. "Beat Of The Drum" is as percussion-centric as you might hope, and what percussion it is. Ostensibly based around a 2-step wiggle, the monolithic hits that fall with deft swing are infallible in their guaranteed dance-levelling power. Throwing Snow takes said beats into a frantic, juked-out territory on his remix, firing off that instantly identifiable jerky rhythm and a considerable tempo jump. "Bring It Back" is a considerable shift in style, as Happa delves into a menacing electro house well, leaving it to Apes & Seb Wildblood to drop a more casual deep house cut.
13 Nov 12
Played by: Smutlee, Ya Dun Know, Haszari, Recloose, Neon Steve, Pete Tong, Diplo, Shox, Major Notes, Allmostt, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Parisian producer French Fries returns to Dirtybird with a pair of tracks even heavier than the ballroom referencing "Yo Vogue", once again showcasing his growing talent for bass-heavy techno fusions; "Space Alarm" is characterised by tunnelling laser bass, snappy percussion and weighty kick drums, while "Smoke Wine" sounds like slowed down footwork played through a haze of dry ice, complete with smacked out organ and detuned vocals. Dirtybird regular Justin Martin provides "Space and Smoke", what we can only assume is his own combination of both tracks, flipping from muggy synth heavy house to light diva led garage in an instant, while hot Belgian producers GoldFFinch provide a typically bouncy piece of bass-house with soupy low end and hi-impact percussion.
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.
11 Mar 13
11 Mar 13
Played by: King, Dev79, Doshy, Top Billin DJ Team, Cosby (Car Crash Set), Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Have you ever seen a policeman on acid? No, neither have we thankfully! If the country's protectors turn to psychedelic drugs there really is no hope. No, we're much happier hearing "Police On Acid", a rasping series of warping bass licks over a vicious Radioactive Man style breakbeat, it's much more fun than seeing men of the law lose their minds. Elsewhere on the release we're taught to count badly with the help of a staccato trap-style bass workout ("123789") and taken on a mesmerisingly scenic sinewave journey ("Q"). Oozing variety and creatively, all law-abiding bass lovers should check this.
21 Apr 13
Review: The success of Taiki & Nulight's recent low-key release Late Nights has now seen it expand into a full-blown EP. Again released by Herve's Cheap Thrills, the title track is a dubby, wobbly 4x4 garage roller. "Take Me Up" is a straight up, hands in the air party anthem, "Footwerk" is dark, deep and very late night bassline houser , but it's all about "Offkey" for sheer next level sounds.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Kirsten Sees, Peter Edison, Recloose, Shadow Dancer, Pete Tong, Ave Blaste, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Murray Richardson, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Having received considerable acclaim for his releases on R&S offshoot Apollo, George Fitzgerald's Man Make Music and Hypercolour offshoot Losing Suki, Jack Dixon makes the move to Hotflush for probably his finest offering to date. "E" combines the clean, rhythmic mechanics of garage with a warm deep house sound that never feels derivative, leading to a melodic drop that sits alongside Scuba's similarly 90s referencing sound. "Find Shelter" is a subtly jazzier cut, placing stray chords around a deep bass pulse, subtly glitchy vocal samples and vinyl crackle, all leading to a masterful breakdown at the mid point.