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Aku
TUM 025
14 Nov 16
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Aku - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Expensive Suit - (3:39) 128 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Archive remix) - (4:32) 134 BPM
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Expensive Suit (Murder He Wrote remix) - (4:33) 130 BPM
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Nuh Tek Diss (Hypho remix) - (4:16) 130 BPM
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Review: TMSV specialises in all things bass-related, an artist who is capable of producing pretty much any sort of dance music that travels at the speed of sound and drags frequencies lower than the underground itself. The Artikal casual lands on Tumble Audio with this monster of an EP, filed with dubwise dread throughout, and that manages to wield an impressive amount of jungle out of its more dubstep-centric beats; "Expensive Suit" is a good example of that, but even "Nuh Tek Diss" has enough break-ridden charm to please all sorts of corner-dwelling head-nodders. A bodacious selection of remixes from the likes of Archive, Murder He Wrote and Hypho add to the nastiness, and make this one hell of an EP.
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Project Allout Records Volume 2
PAR 070
16 Dec 16
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1Thirty - "Mannersa" - (6:18) 134 BPM
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Alias - "Indo" - (3:14) 138 BPM
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King Hydra - "Brap" - (4:50) 135 BPM
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Chemist RNS - "HUH" - (4:51) 135 BPM
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Creep N00M - "TerroFlute" - (4:20) 142 BPM
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Darkzy - "Rumours" - (6:24) 140 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Secret Track" - (6:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dr Cryptic - "My Demons" - (3:53) 133 BPM
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Dubzta - "Eski Skank" - (3:25) 140 BPM
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Dunkee - "Asylum" - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Dutty Tingz - "To Fuse" - (3:27) 140 BPM
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Empra - "Power Up" - (2:47) 140 BPM
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Familiar Face - "Black Missile" - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Filthy Gears - "Peep Hole" - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Fiyahman - "BS3" - (5:04) 138 BPM
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Frazah - "Skeng" - (5:21) 133 BPM
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Hayden Perry - "Wow" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Hexy - "Digger Mans Grave VIP" - (5:24) 142 BPM
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IAKA & Mr Dubz - "C-30" - (3:46) 140 BPM
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JG - "Primates" - (4:15) 140 BPM
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J69 - "Break" - (4:33) 130 BPM
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Jacotanu - "Monoculture" - (4:38) 140 BPM
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Jakebob - "Lines" - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Just Dan - "No Games" - (3:12) 140 BPM
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Money On My Brain - "Juzlo" - (3:25) 138 BPM
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KXVU - "Iceland Riddim" - (3:42) 140 BPM
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Livsey - "Hybrid" - (3:56) 136 BPM
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Manul & Energyman - "Talk 2 Much" - (3:42) 140 BPM
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Mischief - "Wowza" - (3:14) 141 BPM
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Moony - "At The Top" - (4:53) 126 BPM
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Neon Beats - "Waves" - (4:14) 140 BPM
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Nina Wilde - "Hype" (feat Janset) - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Palize - "Raving Lean" - (4:00) 130 BPM
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Rotti - "Zoop Riddim" - (5:03) 140 BPM
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Sekt-87 - "Rudeboy Dj" - (6:27) 140 BPM
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Skue-K - "Shape The Future" - (4:16) 128 BPM
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Swedger & Beanzo - "Man Dont Skimp On Denims" - (3:18) 140 BPM
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USF - "Devils Playground" - (3:58) 140 BPM
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Played by: In:flux Audio
Review: Much like squashing a fly with a sledgehammer, Sheffield's Project Allout, counter Bristol's bass supremacy with this mammoth compilation. Yes, the second instalment in their eponymous series boasts a frankly absurd 39 new fresh bass cuts. It may take a while to get through it all, but that's half the fun. Inititial highlights include the speedy claps, fizzy hats and taut wobble vibes of "Manners" by 1Thirty, the horror move trap thrills of "Black Missile" by "Familiar Face" and the voluptuous house bass of Mooney's "At The Top".
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Shakedown
SAUCY 035
06 Jan 17
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Shakedown (original mix) - (4:30) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Badboy Sound (original mix) - (4:06) 126 BPM
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Badboy Sound (Affiliate remix) - (4:32) 130 BPM
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Calm It (original mix) - (4:44) 130 BPM
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Calm It (Rho remix) - (6:26) 129 BPM
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Spectre (Data 3 remix) - (4:18) 130 BPM
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Played by: In:flux Audio
Review: Pelikann (aka Jack MackMersh) is a West Midlands producer who is currently taking the UK's bass scene on an epic journey via his fearless genre-hopping approach. This, his latest release on Saucy, boasts three originals and some remixes too. The title track is mega hyped ghetto breaks with super melodic synthy fizz, "Badboy Sound" is all about the relentless subby fuzz-stabs (given a demented percussive makeover by Affiliate) and "Calm It" incorporates a nasty bass hum into a breaky bounce-a-thon. Rho reworks the latter into a super-fast DnB jam whilst "Spectre" becomes a jungle snarler thanks to Data 3.
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Lengerz Volume 2
PAR 061
01 Aug 16
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On1 - "Lick Off" - (4:27) 132 BPM
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1Thirty - "Breeze Block" - (4:14) 130 BPM
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AT - "Flash Bang" - (3:02) 140 BPM
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BMC - "Grotty" - (3:40) 140 BPM
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Chemist RNS - "All Badman" - (5:23) 135 BPM
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Creep N00m - "I AM" - (3:05) 140 BPM
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Darkzy - "Where I Wanna Be" - (5:59) 140 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Danger" - (4:24) 135 BPM
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Deadbeat UK - "Punks" - (5:17) 136 BPM
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Digitek & Karl Vincent - "In Love" - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Distinkt - "Yes I Need" - (4:29) 130 BPM
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Dr Cryptic - "My Style" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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Dr Oscillator - "Desert Eagle" - (5:06) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dubzta - "Lord Of War" - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Dubzta - "The Storm" - (3:20) 140 BPM
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Dunkee - "Level Up" - (3:15) 140 BPM
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Efflex - "Spook" - (3:56) 142 BPM
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Hadean - "Most Live" - (3:24) 137 BPM
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Frampster - "Snow Plough" - (4:24) 140 BPM
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Hexy - "Digger Mans Grave" - (5:41) 135 BPM
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Hexy - "Rub A Dub Refix" - (4:37) 140 BPM
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JG & Trilla - "Shut Ya Mout" - (5:00) 138 BPM
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Jacotanu & Dubzta - "Welcome" - (3:27) 140 BPM
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Jacotanu - "Meher" - (5:03) 140 BPM
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Juzlo & Vsun - "You Changed" - (3:48) 136 BPM
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Juzlo - "Vampire" - (4:26) 138 BPM
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Killjoy & Hadean - "Experience" - (4:15) 138 BPM
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King Hydra - "Murkers" - (4:42) 126 BPM
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KXVU - "Shootout Riddim" - (5:41) 140 BPM
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Manul & Energyman - "She" - (3:44) 140 BPM
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MoJoe - "Podium" - (4:41) 140 BPM
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Moony - "Old Skool Fi Dem" - (4:27) 130 BPM
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Moony & PVC - "Cant Let You Go" - (4:42) 130 BPM
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Mr Dubz - "Losing It (VIP)" - (3:25) 140 BPM
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Neon Beats - "Grimey Flute" - (4:13) 140 BPM
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Nina Wilde - "Hype" - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Omo - "Smack" - (5:45) 136 BPM
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Palize - "Jaws" - (3:18) 140 BPM
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Pavv - "You Got Me VIP" - (5:50) 133 BPM
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Potentz - "Hell Yeah" - (3:13) 140 BPM
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Scruloose - "Nangooli" - (4:51) 140 BPM
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Sekt-87 - "TNK Riddim" - (7:26) 138 BPM
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Skepsis (UK) - "Calling" - (3:53) 134 BPM
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Sware - "Out There" - (3:49) 138 BPM
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Swedger - "Shimmer" - (4:06) 134 BPM
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Thorpey - "Duppyman" - (4:05) 142 BPM
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Tubz - "Big Ting Vibe" - (3:44) 142 BPM
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Wolfe - "Voss" - (5:08) 132 BPM
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Dubzta - "Eski Roots" - (4:15) 140 BPM
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Review: Sheffield's Project Allout don't mess about, having developed a reputation for championing all directions in the ways of bass. Every take on that three letter word is important to this label and that's why they cram so many hot jams onto their comps. Basically they're the Ferrero Rocher am-bass-adors and they are really spoiling us with 49(!) lengerz. Highlights include AT's bleepy 8-bit hip-hop groove "Flash Bang", the epic, symphonic trap of Dubzta's "Lord Of War" and the almost disco tech grooves of "Murkers' by King Hydra. All killer, no filler!
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1031
SOS 049
04 Nov 16
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Mark Starr & Lux Groove - "1031" - (5:43) 126 BPM
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Plucked - (4:08) 126 BPM
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Your Love - (4:20) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ethereal - (4:45) 126 BPM
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Mark Starr & Lux Groove - "1031" (Marc Spence remix) - (5:43) 124 BPM
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Review: It's been a while since Starr last treated us to his low-end primed tech funk but boy is he making up for lost time. Operating on a cool-hand breakbeat flex, everything about the four originals on this SOS EP swings with a winning groove touch; "1031" hits with a "Who's Afraid Of Detroit" style groove but an even juicier twist on the bass, both "Plucked" and "Ethereal" take similar approaches but with delicately pinched elements and an overall iced-out electro feel while "Your Love" takes us on a much ravier trip with big rusty amens and a looped up rave vocal raising the hype by a factor of 10. Complete with a chunky-bottomed 4/4 remix of "1031" from Marc Spence, it's another surefire success for all parties involved - especially you.
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Future Sound Of Garage 3
SLM 167
16 Sep 16
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Monoblue - "Return" - (5:30) 130 BPM
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Just Breathe - "Ever Feel" - (4:16) 120 BPM
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Urbani - "Undefined" - (5:21) 128 BPM
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Cup & String - "You Had It" (feat Sarah Pellicano) - (5:20) 134 BPM
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Nova - "Soul Sweeper" - (5:18) 134 BPM
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DJD - "Misled" - (5:25) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pavv - "Let It Go" - (4:53) 132 BPM
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Lauren Neko - "Mean" - (3:12) 128 BPM
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Project X - "Stone" - (3:33) 128 BPM
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Bad Habit - "Talk To Me (feat Leighanna)" (feat Leighanna) - (4:50) 134 BPM
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Blackboxx - "Indica" - (3:39) 134 BPM
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Doctor Nick - "Tell Me" - (4:58) 130 BPM
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Gribzy - "Shuffle Box" - (5:34) 122 BPM
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Joedan - "Raw Dog" - (5:34) 128 BPM
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Jawjii & SPD - "Indigo" - (5:20) 135 BPM
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Mind Of A Dragon - "Lost You" - (6:31) 128 BPM
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Moony - "I'll Be Waiting" - (4:16) 136 BPM
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On1 & Tigs - "Say Suttin" - (3:59) 129 BPM
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Six Sunsets - "Gunfingers" (feat Photes) - (4:57) 130 BPM
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Pelikann & Nina Wilde - "Recognise" - (6:34) 128 BPM
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Sirmo - "Never Thought" - (4:11) 128 BPM
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Karl Vincent - "Get It" - (5:33) 128 BPM
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Jodo Kast - "Under Konflict" - (3:28) 130 BPM
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Wascal - "2B" - (4:07) 138 BPM
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Barely Royal, Bunnie & Mij Mack - "Favela" - (5:01) 132 BPM
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Cellardore - "Can't Take This" (feat Kerry Ann) - (4:59) 132 BPM
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2 Kind - "A State Of Thought" - (4:06) 131 BPM
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Taz - "In Bits" - (3:59) 129 BPM
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Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
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Adonis
NMR 011
21 Nov 16
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Adonis (Orignal) - (3:54) 132 BPM
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Link Up (Orignal) - (4:00) 134 BPM
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Adonis (Moony remix) - (5:09) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Adonis (Cellardore remix) - (4:48) 135 BPM
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Adonis (Doctor Nick remix) - (4:54) 132 BPM
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Played by: Tigs
Review: Hailing from Edinburgh, Blackboxxx got his first break with the mighty Slime label. Since his debut, Sayonara, he's progressed and honed his sound, resulting in this smart new offering, Adonis, on NM Recordings. The title track is a warm slice of future 2-step, complete with dreamy atmospherics, distant RnB vocals and some deep sub warbles. "Link Up" goes even further into luxurious MJ Cole-style vibes for a truly slick ride. Moony also remixes the former into some filthy hardcore nastiness, with bouncy breaks mayhem by Cellardore and smooth late night vibes Courtesy of Doctor Nick.
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Money And Drugs
877024
09 Sep 16
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Money And Drugs - (4:21) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Money And Drugs (Killjoy remix) - (5:17) 134 BPM
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Review: Wise words from Dread MC, even wiser beats from Bristol's Notion & Young H. Chunky 4x4 garage with strong house tendencies thrown into the mix, "Money & Drugs" is an all-out dancefloor riot with catchy vocals, a deadly second drop and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars. For added screwface appeal jump on Killjoy's Birmingham-sounding remix where the bassline is twisted up just a few additional notches for added mischief. Blurry.
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Outlet
SD 004
16 Jan 17
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Prosecution (original mix) - (6:23) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outlet (original mix) - (6:29) 124 BPM
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Show Me (original mix) - (5:34) 64 BPM
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Outlet (Black Mags remix) - (5:37) 83 BPM
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Outlet (Nuvaman remix) - (4:41) 83 BPM
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Review: They might be young, they might be prone to a few more hertz than is physically required, but the Simply Deep label know how to find the hottest new talent from around the globe. Particularly the UK. Sensei steps into the limelight with this dastardly six-tracker, led by the opening shudders of "Prosecution", and backed by the broken beats and pounding sub-bas of "Outlet". "Show Me" adds a little r&b sensitivity in the mix, a subtle injection that manages to retain the griminess of Sensei's style, but the badness comes from the remixes of "Outlet" - Black Mags produces a gun-toting monster of a tune, while Nuvaman turns in a glorious jungle version with a little half-step edge.
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Topper Top
MEDI 095
30 Sep 16
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Topper Top (feat Teddy Bruckshot/Lady Chann & Killa P) - (3:20) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Topper Top (instrumental) - (3:18) 140 BPM
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Tekkers - (3:15) 140 BPM
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Graveyard Shift
STRPS 0016
15 Jul 16
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Shinobi - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Rage - (4:10) 140 BPM
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Graveyard Shift - (4:48) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghost Street - (4:06) 140 BPM
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Defeat - (4:46) 140 BPM
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The Grinch - (5:29) 140 BPM
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7 - (4:35) 140 BPM
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Review: Stripes is busy this week, having already released an excellent comeback from Monkey Wrench and now another with this moody seven-tracker by the one like Mystry. Don't get it twisted, though, this is solid dance floor gear with absolutely no problem in messing up your 4/4 movements for something more broken and jagged. "Rage", for instance, is squealing monster of a tune, and "Graveyard Shift" sounds like nuclear missile going off in a not-too-distant future. "Defeat" is another biggie on here, all low frequencies percolating around the arrangement, but "7" is perhaps the most spectral out of them all, a tune that literally verges on the insane. Tough mothers!
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Keep Guard
TUM 020
29 Feb 16
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Archive - "Keep Guard" - (5:00) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Archive/Distro - "Ghana Police" - (5:00) 130 BPM
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Archive - "Gully" - (5:48) 130 BPM
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Archive - "Keep Guard" (Bromley remix) - (4:48) 124 BPM
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Archive - "Keep Guard" (Sly-one remix) - (5:06) 130 BPM
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Review: Tumble Audio is what you would call a truly "UK" label. This is because it deals in just about any strain of British dance music, and from garage, through to dubstep, and post-bass, it always delivers the goods in style. This time it's Archive with five smoking riddims from the depths of underground, and "Keep Guard", along with "Ghana Police" are what you would call true hybrids - the beats are harsh and stepping, while the low frequencies dominate the groove. "Gully", once again, proves that 'bass' music really is a thing by chucking in just about any genre imaginable that falls on the hardcore continuum, and there's even a few remixes of "Keep Guard", one stripped-down Burial-like reinterpretation by Bromley, and heavy-stepping version by Sly-one.
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Best Of LW: Bass
LWBEST 05
05 Jan 17
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MC Vapour & Skibadee - "Next Hype" (Scott Garcia remix) - (3:58) 140 BPM
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Frilla - "Add An Effect" (Frilla remix) - (4:12) 141 BPM
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DJ Elephant Power - "Hyper Kick" (original mix) - (4:07) 128 BPM
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Hott Like Detroit - "Baby" (DevelopMENT's Roller mix) - (4:41) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Infek & Z&Z - "Checkmate" (original mix) - (3:44) 160 BPM
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Future Wildstyle - "Who Run Tings" (original mix) - (3:50) 131 BPM
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Wittyboy - "Back Up Plan" (original mix) - (5:58) 87 BPM
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FaZe One - "Get Up" (original mix) - (3:41) 130 BPM
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Dorris - "Shop For The Lads" (feat Local & MC Vapour - Rossi B remix) - (3:33) 131 BPM
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M.O.B - "Top This" (original mix) - (4:17) 63 BPM
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Jason Laidback - "Luck" (feat Valerie M) - (5:07) 128 BPM
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Club 95 - "Cool Down" (Club 95 Rude remake) - (3:54) 136 BPM
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Tune Crashers - "Call To Action" (original mix) - (4:39) 86 BPM
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Cotti - "Sanctioned" (original mix) - (5:30) 141 BPM
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Chris Shendo - "Quite A Lot" (original mix) - (4:15) 140 BPM
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TEKNiCOLOR - "Quote This" (original mix) - (3:07) 128 BPM
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Alive - "Ill Intentions" (original mix) - (4:07) 140 BPM
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Rose Hart - "Since You Found Me" (Muddyloop "Death By Bass" remix) - (3:57) 130 BPM
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Controlled Kaos - "Music Box" (original mix) - (4:55) 140 BPM
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Gyu - "Juice" (original mix) - (5:15) 138 BPM
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Andy Horse - "Consiousness" (original mix) - (4:42) 140 BPM
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Subreachers - "Lo-Fi" (original mix) - (5:41) 93 BPM
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Drew's Theory - "Ocho Rios" (B9 remix) - (4:34) 140 BPM
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Vinyl Junkie & Austin - "Jah Love" (Madcap remix) - (7:01) 140 BPM
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Cryogenics - "Constellations" (original mix) - (5:46) 85 BPM
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U.Stone & Viniselecta - "Blaze Up Di Fire" (feat Fu-Steps - Aries Jungle remix) - (5:34) 86 BPM
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John Wayne - "Jealousy A Kill" (Token Selekta remix) - (4:25) 88 BPM
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Dub Defense - "Jah Victory" (original mix) - (5:49) 86 BPM
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Junglist Mercer - "Irie Man" (original mix) - (5:29) 88 BPM
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Jungle James - "Magical Crack Den In The Woods" (original mix) - (6:23) 83 BPM
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Bora EP
LP 029
12 Dec 16
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Bora - (4:41) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tusk - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Review: We have waited a very long time for new music from Bristolian bass ruler, Pharoah K. Well now he's opened up the tomb and unleashed a new EP. There's only two tracks mind, but they're good 'uns. With both cuts displaying a tremendous skill for island-style percussion, the EP's title track, "Bora" is the softer of the two. Seductive and beguiling, the rhythmical sways of the tune are an exercise is sassy swagger. "Tusk" meanwhile, is all bout the elephantine hip-hop, an angry, brassy snorter. Glad this ancient king has been resurrected.
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Horror Show Style
506020 5157249
10 Jun 16
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Horror Show Style - (3:24) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Horror Show Style - (3:22) 66 BPM
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Horror Show Style (instrumental) - (3:21) 66 BPM
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Horror Show Style (acappella) - (3:28) 133 BPM
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Review: Flowdan (aka Marc Veira) was, along with pals like Wiley, JME, Skepta, Jammer, Double E and Footsie, instrumental in breaking the UK Grime sound 15 years ago. Today he insists that it never went away, and he certainly hasn't either - always keeping it real and, now with new album Disaster Piece looming, stronger than ever. The first taster from the record is single "Horror Show Style", which features a creepy, doom-laden track over which this former Roll Deep MC delivers his unique, time-bending flow. Produced by the mighty Splurgeboys, this track has got us well hyped for the LP!
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What You Feel
YUMLTD 001
12 Dec 16
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What You Feel - (4:20) 130 BPM
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Review: Hot Bristol duo Bill Francis & Lewis Darvill are Kry Wolf. who've released previously on Sounds Of Sumo and Palms Out Sounds. My Nu Leng are another up and cming local duo who have appeared on Black Butter Records and MTA Records. If that wasn't enough, the duos also enlist the vocal talents of one Kiko Bun; an original rudeboy from London. Now you may be hinking there's too many cooks in the kitchen but you'd be sadly mistaken! This pitched down and deconstructed take on modern jungliest sounds is pure fire. Rumbling sub bass, choppy amen breaks combined with Bun's convining dub stylin' vocals are the bomb right here.

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Grand Royal Vol 3
VDLLTD 010
05 Dec 16
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Ocee - "Parallax" - (4:47) 85 BPM
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Signs - "Bluntwraps" - (4:02) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hast - "Badder Than Dem" - (4:00) 160 BPM
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Chee - "Loopers" - (4:32) 150 BPM
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ReDraft/HP Ritch/NordOst - "Am I Right" - (3:49) 113 BPM
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Stayhigh - "Don't Leave Me" - (3:51) 160 BPM
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Review: France's Vandal Ltd are never limited to one genre or style, that's just not the way they operate. Instead, they like to experiment across all corners of the bass spectrum and, from tripped-out d&b to militant dubstep, they always seem to call the shots. This right here is the third instalment of the Grand Royal series, and the cast is clearly up for causing a bit of damage through the lower end of the hertz range. Our picks from the bunch are Signs' gnarly bass stepper "Bluntwraps", Hast's neo-grime escapade called "Badder Than Dem", and Stayhigh's closing tune "Don't Leave Me", a futuristic jungle bullet wrapped in an r&b flow. Another fine Vandal release.
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Mess Around
NMR 009
24 Oct 16
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Mess Around - (5:41) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Only One - (7:24) 130 BPM
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Mess Around (Cellardore remix) - (5:52) 135 BPM
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Only One (DJD remix) - (4:36) 130 BPM
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Only One (DJD VIP) - (3:49) 130 BPM
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Review: SMOAD - a brand new allegiance between two New Movement regulars Smokey Bubblin' B and Mind Of A Dragon. Together they've fused their sounds to create two wickedly contrasting pieces of UKG. "Mess Around" is all badboy breakbeat brockage a la Special Request while "Only One" is a beautifully loopy 4x4 chugger with all the right soulful elements. Remix-wise Celladore gets busy on a Rico Tubbs style 135 stomping bass house bash-up while DJD powers up with a naughty pair of northern strutters that wouldn't go amiss in a TQD bar fight.
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LO
SAUCY 036
20 Jan 17
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LO (original mix) - (3:56) 130 BPM
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LO (Chee remix) - (4:00) 131 BPM
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Permutation (original mix) - (5:02) 125 BPM
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Culprate & Tru Fonix - "Solarised" (original mix) - (3:36) 125 BPM
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Culprate & Tru Fonix - "Solarised" (Klax remix) - (4:27) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: In:flux Audio
Review: Its madness at Saucy HQ right now (so business as usual then!) with this strong new EP from relative newbie, Tru Fonix. The original "LO" is a perky, rolling garage jam with moody tropical undertones, whilst Chee's remix sounds like the tune being slowly fed through a rusty mangle. "Permutation" brings true fire though with its forward thrinking synthy stabs and four to the floor beats - a real sizzler. Culprit then joins TF for the deep and fizzy tech-house joint "Solarized" before Klax unleashes some heavy dubstep-flecked wrath on his version. Fierce sounds.
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Wolves
MTR 070
16 Dec 16
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Wolves - (4:03) 128 BPM
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Pray For Berlin - (2:58) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Majora
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RKS Allstars 6
MR 067
13 Jan 17
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Roska - "We Come Correct" (feat Dread MC) - (4:09) 127 BPM
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Majora - "Fire Water" - (5:11) 127 BPM
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Murder He Wrote - "Watch The Tempo" - (5:16) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Majora, Murder He Wrote
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Blackest EP
2020 LDN002
08 Apr 16
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For Sudden - (3:46) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cronx - (3:22) 85 BPM
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Ivory Tusk - (3:57) 57 BPM
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Deft, Tehbis & Touchy Subject - "Sesame Street" - (3:35) 83 BPM
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Cat Like Thief - (3:47) 159 BPM
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Review: Yip Wong has done nothing but impress since his first EP's started coming out on Project Mooncircle, and his material under the Deft banner has given us consistently high levels of freshness and experimentation. Moreover, Wong always manages to add soemthing personal to his bass amalgamations, thereby rendering them both powerful and alluring. "For Sudden" is the perfect example, a broken bass scorcher with an Eastern sort of chime to it, while "Cronx" sounds like across between Madlib and Mala, so not exactly a bad combination. "Ivory Tusk" stutters its sharp bass knives all over the shop, and "Sesame Street" sees Deft team up with Thebis and Touchy Subject for a jazzier sort of moment that sounds just right; "Cat Life Thief" ties things off with a placid touch, a gentle wave of harmonics that dissolves the anger of the previous tracks away.
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Strip Again
877026
28 Oct 16
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Strip Again - (5:22) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Strip Again (Murder He Wrote remix) - (4:12) 126 BPM
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Review: Young H rushes through the place like a man on a mission, and 877 Records is there to contain the hazardous levels of low frequencie that this man is capable of whipping up. "Strip Again" is the tune, and Dread MC is the man to guide its hybrid framework with some utter vocal truth; pulling in all sorts of influences, from jungle to grime, and even old-school acid house, this is a tune capable of satisfying even the most demanding of bass junkie - those rave stabs! There's a remix from Murder He Wrote off the back of it, and the man manages to twist up the groove good and proper, injecting a fine level of garage power to an already blasting piece of UK dance music. TIP!
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Totemic
ARTFIC 007
14 Oct 16
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Totemic - (4:19) 63 BPM
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Affliction - (4:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Romper - (6:06) 64 BPM
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Affliction (Troy Gunner remix) - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Romper (Hypho remix) - (4:36) 65 BPM
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Review: Whether it be house, tech-minded house, or house-leaning bass excursions, the Artifice label have impressed us with their recent run of form. This is, in part, because they've managed to surface new talents out of thin air; this new EP by newcomer Squane is exactly what we've come to expect from these guys, and it ticks all the boxes in terms of sonic diversity. "Totemic" is a pounding, tribalistic drum-dance that stands alone and untested, a true club shaker that'll get the head-nodders moving. "Affliction" is more on the dubstep end of things, and delivers a fine tech-house groove. The former is remixed by Troy Gunner into a slow, shape-shifting mutant of a track, while Hypho revamps the latter by stripping it down entirely, and adding in a burst of juke percussion for good measure.
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U Wot Blud? Best Of 2016
UWB 027
30 Dec 16
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Sine Step - "Bump & Shake" - (5:17) 124 BPM
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Tengu - "Dirtyyy" - (5:18) 128 BPM
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Daze Prism - "Dont You" - (4:56) 137 BPM
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Albzzy - "Express Hours" - (4:32) 128 BPM
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Aliii - "Blackmail VIP" - (4:11) 124 BPM
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Forbid - "Gorilla Warfare" - (3:54) 125 BPM
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Daze Prism - "Kalimba" - (4:15) 136 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "Love" - (4:07) 124 BPM
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Daze Prism - "Rude Boy" - (3:54) 128 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "Smile It Out" - (4:09) 125 BPM
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Tengu & Albzzy - "Thief" - (4:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Melinki - "Time To Prove It" (feat Sam Wills - Wizard remix) - (3:43) 140 BPM
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Melinki - "Time To Prove It" (feat Sam Wills - Demure remix) - (6:12) 140 BPM
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Machaon - "Untitled" - (5:12) 125 BPM
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Mofaux - "Workout" - (5:12) 125 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "You & I" - (4:09) 124 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "You & I" (Pelikann remix) - (5:04) 130 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "You & I" (Melinki & Demure remix) - (5:23) 129 BPM
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Robsi Mantura - "You & I" (Pavv remix) - (4:24) 132 BPM
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Mofaux - "No Sun" - (5:33) 128 BPM
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Forbid - "Vitamin D Sharp" - (5:22) 122 BPM
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Lean Back
CB 005
24 Aug 15
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Lean Back - (5:44) 140 BPM
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Alarmed - (5:49) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lucy - (5:42) 140 BPM
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Review: Powerful sonic slappage from Brighton badman Jook. Sitting somewhere between grime, dubstep and tech funk, all three cuts live to up the Certified Banger status. "Lean Back" is all about the tightly cut stabs that wrap themselves around the stop/start kicks and snares, "Alarmed" is all about the wobbles and is just waiting for a fiery flow of MC damage while "Lucy" shows us Jook's softer, star-gazing side thanks to velvet arpeggios and some really interesting sample textures buried deep among the beats.
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After Hours
MIX 061
21 Oct 16
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Spring Break - (2:08) 120 BPM
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Stingray Shuffle - (2:43) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wine Up (feat Hoodcelebrityy) - (2:43) 107 BPM
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Spa Day - (3:00) 150 BPM
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Opa-locka - (2:40) 100 BPM
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Bass Supply (feat Otto Von Schirach) - (5:13) 147 BPM
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JMZ Interlude - (1:18) 100 BPM
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So Over It - (5:30) 128 BPM
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Snooze Button - (2:01) 131 BPM
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Sawgrass Expressway - (4:58) 118 BPM
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Beach Ball - (5:29) 130 BPM
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Review: New York native, Jubilee, steps on on Dre Skull's Sixpack label with the highly anticipated new album, After Hours. The reason for the excitement around this album, though, is that is has more in common with South Florida than the east-side of the United States; Jubilee makes it clear that this is all about laid-back 808s, soca, dancehall, and the rest of the material that makes Southern America such a singular environment when it comes to dance music. From the electro swing of "Stingray Shuffle", to the bashment flavour of "Wine Up", or the heritage Miami bass of cuts like "Spa Day" and "Bass Supply", this LP is the perfect companion to a daytime party on the shores of the Southern Atlantic and, although we're miles away from that in rainy old England, we can definitely vibe to what Jubilee's cooked up. Recommended.
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Done Me Wrong
NMBRS 16
19 Sep 11
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Done Me Wrong - (5:29) 129 BPM
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Bax - (5:33) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
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Unmade
NBD 034
16 Dec 16
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FYOF - (5:28) 124 BPM
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Unmake - (5:40) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Risk - (5:08) 125 BPM
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Review: Having already gained interest from some compilation appearances, the Unmade EP is actually the first release proper from this San Francisco outfit. Night Bass have to really trust an artist to put out their records and thankfully 219 Boys don't let them down. There are three spacey and imaginative takes on bass music here, starting with the cheeky Les Grossman-sampling melodic house opener "FYOF". Next is "Unmake" which is a slinky slice of sauntering tech-funk, before "Risk" drives things harder bringing some heavy underground vibes into the mix.
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Facts
ACRE 063
19 Aug 16
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Wallwork & Tsvi - "Facts" (feat Nico Lindsay) - (3:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wallwork & Nan Kola - "Fyah" (feat Nico Lindsay) - (4:14) 130 BPM
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Wallwork & Nan Kola - "Fyah" (instrumental) - (4:12) 130 BPM
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Review: It's a house-grime marriage on Bristol's Black Acrel label, from newfound dup Wallwork and Nico Lindsay, the latter of the two bringing the vocal street swagger to the beats. The title track "Facts" is a big, bad, heavy slab of percussion and bass powered by Lindsay's curbside lyricism, and it's one of those tunes that's bound to get shit tarted in the dance. This is followed by the more kinetic flow of "Fyah", where Lindsay's vocals are more minimal than its predecessor, and its rough and rugged instrumental for maximum DJ damage. Another banging addition to the Black Acrew crew - yes!
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Dr Who? EP
CHIP 009
27 Oct 14
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Dr Oscillator - "BIG" - (4:33) 129 BPM
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Dr Oscillator - "Cocaine" - (3:34) 130 BPM
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Dr Oscillator - "Mandem" - (6:53) 130 BPM
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Dr Cryptic - "I Don't Care" - (6:03) 131 BPM
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Dr Cryptic - "Rudebwoi" - (4:53) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dr Cryptic - "Gibbo" - (6:40) 127 BPM
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Review: Sheffield's Chip Butty label returns with its latest unmissable dose of bass, with label owner Dr Cryptic delivering three tracks alongside another trio of low-end heaters from Dr Oscillator. Brilliantly titled the Dr Who? EP, it sees Dr Oscillator deliver the digidub-flecked bass of "BIG", the frantic sub workout of "Cocaine" and dark, sinister stripped-back sounds of "Mandem". Dr Cryptic's contributions are on the much ruder end of the bass scale, with "I Don't Care", a peak time slice of 4/4 featuring red alert sirens, "Rudebwoi" a vortex of churning bass and killer vocals and "Gibbo" another tune guaranteed to mash up the dance with its frequencies. Essential stuff!
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Connecta EP
AIRMILES 004
12 Aug 16
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Connecta (feat Ricardo China) - (5:14) 136 BPM
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Copacabana - (3:37) 159 BPM
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Villa Mimosa - (3:41) 140 BPM
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Connecta (DJ Q remix) - (6:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Officially the funkiest man to emerge from dubstep, Swindle shows his sporting side with a precision-timed Latin EP. "Connecta" will draw you in with its samba drums, arresting your senses with honeyed vocals, firing horns and climactic build. "Copacabana" dons its budgie smugglers for a Rio-riddled jungle stepper while "Villa Mimosa" takes us back to Swindle's darker side with a beat that somehow rolls and steps with its instance percussion and mischievously off-kilter halfsteps. Finally DJ Q shuts the party down with his trademark twisted garage stamps. Gold medals all round.
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Uid
VOODOO 012
20 Apr 16
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Uid - (3:31) 150 BPM
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Uid (Distro remix) - (4:24) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Uid (XL Arge remix) - (3:06) 130 BPM
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Review: Voodoo Rebel mainstay LSWR hooks up with long-time MC collaborator Digi for another beat/bass hybrid that will work well with all dubstep, trap, halftime and bass DJs. With lean groove, the rising hoover tones come from nowhere as Digi provides a demonic sermon. Remix-wise Distro codes a more upbeat funk into the blend while XL Arge takes things right down in the ghetto dungeons. Smoking.
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Thaw Cycle
THAW 001
16 Oct 15
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Thaw Cycle - (6:31) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Freeze Cycle - (6:48) 128 BPM
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Review: Ahead of the release of the Ytivil Dnuos compilation, Peverelist has opted to turn out a 12" that revisits two tracks from the recent past and sheds some fresh light on them. The label boss himself takes "Amor Fati" by Hodge to task, and turns out a delicately poised but satisfyingly weighty version replete with twinkling synth lines and jagged rhythmic incantations. Hodge meanwhile gets to have some fun with Bruce's "Tilikum", and weaves an emotional techno variation out of the component parts that stands amongst his most impassioned works to date, thanks in no small part to the heart-rending sweeps of chord that blanket the peak of the track.
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Om Unit Presents/Cosmology Vol 3
CBR 019D
09 Dec 16
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Moresounds & J:Kenzo - "Real Tree Riddim" - (5:12) 170 BPM
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TMSV - "Send Them Come" - (4:17) 170 BPM
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J:Kenzo - "Skatta (VIP)" - (5:26) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Om Unit vs Kromestar - "Solar Cyle" (Melody mix) - (4:40) 170 BPM
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J(Ay) AD - "No One 2" - (6:34) 160 BPM
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Graphs - "Poisoned Throne" - (2:17) 173 BPM
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DJ Madd - "Trenchtown Techno" - (7:07) 170 BPM
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Om Unit - "Lightbody Transfer" (Danny Scrilla's Jazz Combo mix) - (3:47) 160 BPM
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Om Unit - "Wagonist Riddim" (Moresounds dub) - (4:58) 160 BPM
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Om Unit - "Hidden Dread" - (4:47) 63 BPM
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Night Slugs Allstars Volume 3
NSASDL 003
25 Nov 16
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DJC - "C100" - (4:02) 105 BPM
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Ikonika - "Stick Shaker" - (3:39) 130 BPM
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Hysterics - "Empty VIP" - (4:49) 62 BPM
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NA - "Ecstacy Edit" - (3:58) 144 BPM
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Bok Bok X Sweyn J - "Good 2 U" (feat Semma) - (3:32) 140 BPM
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Girl Unit - "Queen B" - (3:08) 134 BPM
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Jam City - "Direct Drums" - (5:25) 96 BPM
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Sweyn Jupiter - "Throwback Thursday" - (3:15) 113 BPM
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Helix - "Funky 1irst" - (5:07) 132 BPM
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Neana - "Cyberia" - (4:48) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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L Vis 1990 - "Sweet Spot" (feat Ronika) - (4:42) 90 BPM
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Sheen X Sweyn J - "My Syrup" - (3:03) 132 BPM
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Bok Bok X Sweyn J - "Unlimited" (feat Flirta D) - (3:02) 137 BPM
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Played by: Star Eyes
Review: London's Night Slugs are back with their class of 2016 and if this is anything to go by, it's going to be quite the graduation party. Be prepared for some bass driven, street level, low end theories as per usual. There's Bok x Sweyn J featuring Semma on the sexy future R&B of "Good 2 U", Helix with some superb hyper-riddims on the explosive and syncopated "Funky 1irst", while label mainstays appear too, rest assured. There's Jam City with the brooding and powerful rhythm workout of "Direct Drums" and of course L-Vis 1990 with the sultry vocals of Ronika on the late night noir thriller "Sweet Spot".
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Deep Soul
DEXT 006
29 Apr 16
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Deep Soul - (6:17) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Universal - (6:05) 127 BPM
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Deep Soul (Endian remix) - (5:56) 131 BPM
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Circular - (5:03) 127 BPM
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Review: Doncaster's foremost expert on all things rave, Mella Dee, steps up for the latest release on DEXT. He's got a hard act to follow after 'that' Hodge remix of Callahan on the previous DEXT missive, but Mella Dee proves he's more than up for the challenge with this Deep Soul single. Indeed DEXT are calling it his strongest fusion of house, techno and jungle yet and we can't really find any cause to disagree. The title track sets a thunderous tone, throwing down a crucial melange of filtered amens, chopped-up vocals and Reece bass lines that will grip hold of your affections immediately. From here, Mella veers off into straight up jacking house territory on "Universal", whilst "Circular" is there for the heads down crew. Sandwiched inbetween is a rather moody refix of the title track from Endian.
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Percussive Parameters Vol 1
BSS 003
10 Oct 16
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Callahan - "Kudzu" - (5:19) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Silas & Snare - "Eastern Shores" - (5:43) 86 BPM
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A:Tonal - "Perfect Imbalance" - (6:18) 128 BPM
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SYZ & LKY - "Turbulence" - (7:06) 128 BPM
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SYZ - "Vital Groove" - (6:31) 130 BPM
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Review: The Brotherhood Sound System released two heavy bass swelters back in 2014 and, since then, only another appearance was made in 2016, which leaves this new collaborative effort to give us a little view as to what they might be up to next. There's a whole bunch of new faxes here, and Callahan's "Kudzu" sets the scene nicely with a bit of minimalistic tribal drumming, which is followed by the glitchy, sparse two-steps of "Eastern Shores" by Silas & Snare. A:Tonal's "Perfect Imbalance" is the master-stroke on here, a fluttering wave of percussion and hissing sonics, but SYZ and LKY's beat thrashings should not go overlooked. In fact, this whole EP feels truly collaborative, linked-up by a recurrent pattern of thought which is sublimely executed from start to finish.
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Fist Bump
NS 002
09 Sep 16
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Nomine - "Run Darker" (feat MC Bassman) - (3:31) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Nomine - "NO" - (4:33) 140 BPM
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Nomine - "Nomine's Heartbeat" - (4:08) 140 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Fist Bump" - (5:12) 65 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Yea" - (4:20) 130 BPM
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Cocktail Party Effect - "Road Trip" - (5:23) 130 BPM
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Review: Nomine Sound unleashes yet more forward-thinking dubstep tactics on us, and with a new artists for us to get familiar with, too. Label head Nomine himself steps up alongside newcomer Cocktail Party Effect, and the two offer three devilish cuts each that'll make the bass purists more than happy. Also, we have the legendary MC Bassman with his singular jungle swagger over Nomine's first tune, the break-heavy roller called "Run Darker". This is followed by "No", a heavy digi dub kinda lick with a sci-Fi approach, and the heavier, more anthem "Nomine's Heartbeat". Cocktail Party Effect starts off with the leading "Fist Bump", a tight bundle of intricate percussion and tribalism, then moving to the murkier dubstep waters of "Yea", and ending up on the more jittery beat frenzy that is "Road Trip". Heavy.
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Black
361497 2235222
04 Nov 16
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Black (feat JME/Dizzee Rascal) - (4:16) 93 BPM
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Played by: Majora, Murder He Wrote
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This Is Night Bass Vol 3
NBD 019
13 May 16
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Jack Beats - "W10" - (4:25) 126 BPM
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Stranger - "House Party" (AC Slater remix) - (4:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jay Robinson - "Gutteral" (VIP mix) - (4:45) 131 BPM
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Vanilla ACE - "We Donat Dance" - (5:47) 123 BPM
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Hotfire - "Deranged" - (4:04) 127 BPM
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Riddim Commission - "Time Bomb" - (4:40) 124 BPM
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Petey Clicks - "Neck Snap" - (5:22) 63 BPM
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Ralston - "Fools" - (5:12) 126 BPM
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219 Boys - "Who Got It" - (5:08) 126 BPM
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Review: Boy, it's their instalment of the This Is Night Bass series and, as always, it's a tight and severely jam-packed bag of pure bass-ridden quality. The rhythm carrying the best part of the release is one that locks into 4/4 mode, but the melodies, low frequencies and vocals contain something seriously UK about them. In fact, if you're looking for purist British house music with a garage flavour then you'v hit the right spot; it's as if these guys have tele transported back to 2000/2001, when the roots of dubstep were being laid-down from the foundations of garage and bassline. YES.
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Gunman/Caught In A Trip
TEC 094
16 Sep 16
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Gunman - (4:58) 67 BPM
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Gunman/Caught In A Trip - (4:39) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ghosts EP
ONEF 002
30 Sep 16
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Alix Perez - "Ghosts" - (4:08) 86 BPM
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Alix Perez - "Hack & Slash" - (3:57) 141 BPM
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Alix Perez/Taso - "Andromeda" - (3:54) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alix Perez - "Tempest" - (3:28) 103 BPM
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Alix Perez - "Crush" - (3:51) 85 BPM
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Review: We love the way Alix Perez has branched out in recent years. While we used to associate him to the minimal d&b wave that spawned in the late 00s, he's begun to venture onto into more diverse territories, as of late. He's up on his own 1985 Music here, and "Ghosts" is exactly the sort of glitchy, pseudo hip hop sketch that we now expect from the guy, but the real heat comes from "Hack & Slash", a total hybrid tune that goes from juke to dubstep, and back to something we're not really sure how to label. But, this is exactly how experimentation works and how new genres are created, something which is also very audible from his collaboration tune with Taso, "'Andromeda". "Tempest" is perhaps the weirdest and most daring of the lot, and the tune where Perez's d&b roots really come out, whereas "Crush" is a swinging, London bullet rhythm, for the heads. All in all, a much recommended affair.
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Choose One
BEW 064
23 Dec 16
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Choose One - (5:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pump Up - (5:35) 123 BPM
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Twilight Zone (VIP mix) - (5:48) 124 BPM
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Twilight Zone - (5:46) 124 BPM
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Review: Ralston isn't exactly a fledgling artist anymore; his music has been getting plenty of attention from the right kind of circles, and each new release sees the producer mature in both style and ideas. This new EP for Bass=Win is spear-headed by the excellent "Choose One", a garage banger with a subtle jungle sensibility, and this is followed by the equally magnificent, albeit more aggressive tones of "Pump Up". "Twilight Zone" has that inimitable UK garage swing, but it's a house track through and through, supported by a bouncier, more bass-fuelled VIP mix. BIG!
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Acne Downs
DURK 014
25 Nov 16
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Acne Downs - (4:27) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Acne Downs (Caski remix) - (4:59) 130 BPM
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Big Bad Wolf - (4:22) 134 BPM
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Review: It hasn't exactly taken Otik a very long time to build up an impressive catalogue of warped bass tunes and, thanks to releases for the likes of Infinite Machine and Tessier-Ashpool, the producer is now a string contender among the very best in the low-frequency game. "Acne Downs" starts off this new EP for Durkle Disco, and it's a mix of the best elements from the broken beat and garage subgenres, leaving Caski's remix to dub the mix down into outer space. "Big Bad Wolf" is a grime stepper in all senses of the phrase, a murky, curbside killer backed by some menacing London-style vocal slayings.
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Gone Too Soon EP
SNKR 008
25 Nov 16
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Limit Of Paradise - (5:11) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Snake Charmer - (6:24) 140 BPM
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Gone Too Soon - (5:56) 140 BPM
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Zero Fifteen - (6:18) 132 BPM
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Cjaw005: Weighty Sound 2
CJAW 005
23 Dec 16
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Kinsman - "Savoury" (original mix) - (6:38) 84 BPM
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Wooda - "Mangrove Riddim" (original mix) - (5:45) 127 BPM
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Cabasa - "Faceswap" (original mix) - (5:04) 126 BPM
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Archa - "Efface" (original mix) - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Tylee - "A.u.p." (original mix) - (5:20) 126 BPM
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Wants - "Downloaded For T" (original mix) - (4:28) 128 BPM
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Hedchef & Xantrax - "Counterbalance" (original mix) - (5:45) 123 BPM
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RNBWS - "Witchcraft" (original mix) - (5:24) 160 BPM
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Zorenlo - "Acid Judas" (original mix) - (4:20) 137 BPM
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Henry Greenleaf - "Second Cable" (original mix) - (5:20) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lokua - "Calvin Deklein" (original mix) - (7:25) 125 BPM
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Earth Movement - "Gust" (Earthmovemix) - (3:51) 159 BPM
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Review: UK stable Circular Jaw decided to give us all a very bass-heavy Christmas 2016 by the sounds of this second instalment of their Weighty Sound series, and we just couldn't ask for more. Not only do this label put out a lot of music these days, but they also invariably manage to find some true talents from around the British Isles, and beyond! Their particular taste seems to be for the darker, more convoluted end of the bass spectrum, and this is exactly what you get throughout this mother of a compilation. Tunes from Wooda, Tylee, Wants, Lokua and many others are the sort of bass tracks that are capable of pushing the hardcore continuum way into the next decade, and it's just a waiting game before any one of these licks becomes the blueprint for the next big sound. Find yours.
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Silverback EP
CAT 97402
27 Dec 16
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Silverback - (5:23) 86 BPM
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Quantum Error - (5:46) 86 BPM
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Warp 9 - (5:27) 85 BPM
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Malicious Intent - (6:12) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Hex
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Fones
XLDS 738
05 Feb 16
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Dead - (3:48) 130 BPM
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Fones - (3:56) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inta - (3:34) 130 BPM
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Scope - (3:30) 140 BPM
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Review: Mssingno has been missing from our charts for a while, and it was his EP last time around that really shook our bones, and got our bass needs pumping away like a kick drum. His return has been hotly awaited, and it comes through the big n' bad Xl Recordings, home to only the best cuts around. Here, we got "Dead", the title track "Fones", "Inta", and "Scope", four bass melters that stray towards house, but without leaving the low frequency junkies dissatisfied. If you're into the material that comes out via labels like Ninja Tune, FWD, or even some of Werk Discs' output, then look no further, Mssingno is the right call this week. Heavy and sleek.
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Rainbows
TUM 019
07 Dec 15
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Rainbow - (4:16) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Colours - (4:48) 135 BPM
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Once Upon A Time - (4:32) 130 BPM
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Rainbows (DJ Direct remix) - (4:21) 132 BPM
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Review: This new EP from Birmingham's bass bastion Bassboy sees him leap artistically from his early days of RnB cut-ups. He's been pushing his sound more towards an off-kilter garage sound of late, though here things begin brightly with "Rainbows" - an infectious fusion of fizzy garage-pop and brutal bottom end. However elsewhere the perky "Colours" benefits from some heavy tribal thump and "Once Upon A Time" is an orgy of nasty 4x4 and 90s vocal snippets and pads aplenty. DJ Direct also appears to add some serious muscle to the title track too.
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