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1
Roadman Anthems Vol 1
TUM 010
15 Sep 14
Wheel It Up VIP by Deadbeat UK on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Deadbeat UK - "Wheel It Up VIP" - (5:03) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
T&C's by Majora on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Majora - "T&C's" - (5:37) 129 BPM
Move by Archive on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Archive - "Move" - (5:28) 129 BPM
Back In Your Love by A Motion on Tumble Audio Cue Track
A Motion - "Back In Your Love" - (4:23) 132 BPM
Playtime by Hadean on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Hadean - "Playtime" - (4:17) 67 BPM
Rinse Ouuut! by Arctic on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Arctic - "Rinse Ouuut!" - (5:09) 126 BPM
Lemonhead Delight VIP by Timbah on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Timbah - "Lemonhead Delight VIP" - (4:34) 65 BPM
Risk by Grafta on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Grafta - "Risk" - (2:59) 93 BPM
Stronger by Conducta on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Conducta - "Stronger" - (4:22) 136 BPM
Change You by Sentiment on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Sentiment - "Change You" - (5:39) 86 BPM
North by Nativ on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Nativ - "North" - (5:47) 129 BPM
Untitled by Mike Midnight on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Mike Midnight - "Untitled" - (2:57) 93 BPM
Whole Meal by Lyka on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Lyka - "Whole Meal" - (4:16) 92 BPM
Audi TT by Sergic on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Sergic - "Audi TT" - (4:56) 136 BPM
Keep Pushin' by Trashbat & Clean Shirt on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Trashbat & Clean Shirt - "Keep Pushin'" - (5:58) 129 BPM
RIP by Frith on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Frith - "RIP" - (5:50) 133 BPM
Eskee by Filthy Vicars on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Filthy Vicars - "Eskee" - (3:46) 91 BPM
Attitude by Killjoy & Hank Limit on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Killjoy & Hank Limit - "Attitude" (feat MIK) - (5:12) 136 BPM
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Review: Tumble Audio has been providing us with seriously killer bass music for a few years now, and here they celebrate reaching their tenth release by recruiting Roadman Joel to curate a selection of the kind of seriously heavy tunes you might expect to hear at one of their many label nights. There's a whopping 18 tracks on here covering a wide spectrum of British urban dance music, including Majora's ridiculously amazing tribal UKF monster "T&C's", A Motion's ghetto 2-step hybrid "Back In Your Love" and Sentiment's wobble-heavy tropical jam, "Change You".
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Contraversial LP
SSR 056
13 Oct 14
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Don't Av It - (7:14) 129 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Feelings - (6:45) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Contraversial - (5:41) 129 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Fuse - (6:53) 65 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Intense - (7:08) 65 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
How Come - (4:42) 129 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Manderlin - (5:11) 65 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Naughty - (6:31) 129 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Tekkers - (7:18) 129 BPM
Contraversial LP by Jook 10 on Soulserious Cue Track
Tidal - (6:31) 129 BPM
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Review: Reading's Jook 10 is getting better at this album thing - it took ages for his debut album Darkside to arrive, and now the follow up, Contraversial, is here just one year later. Skill-wise, his spelling may be controversial, but certainly not his production techniques and here we get 10 impressive examples of them. Highlights include the tropical-keyboard-falling-down-the-stairs eccentricity of "How Come", the apocalyptic voodoo garage of "Feelings" and the slammin' speed garage bounce of "Fuse".
3
Red Box
FF 057
13 Oct 14
Red Box by Nu Era on Four40 Cue Track
Red Box - (4:42) 83 BPM
Red Box by Nu Era on Four40 Cue Track
Runaway - (5:50) 123 BPM
Red Box by Nu Era on Four40 Cue Track
Have You - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: West Midlands finest, Nu Era, are back on their preferred label, Four 40, for more forays into the bass music universe. Their wide range of influences is again showcased here, so we get booming, badd ass, night cruiser trap on "Red Box", deep, sumptuous and off-kilter jazzy swing step on "Runaway" and wobble-heavy feelgood piano house on EP closer, "Have You".
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6 Years Of RKS
MR 040
23 Sep 14
Whaaat by Roska on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Roska - "Whaaat" - (5:40) 125 BPM
Prove 2 U by Alex Parkin/Chris Lorenzo on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Alex Parkin/Chris Lorenzo - "Prove 2 U" - (5:16) 125 BPM
Well St. by Shox on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Shox - "Well St." - (5:25) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Deep Down by Distro on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Distro - "Deep Down" - (4:56) 129 BPM
Stop It by Mob Serenade on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Mob Serenade - "Stop It" - (5:17) 124 BPM
I Want You by Tony Tokyo on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Tony Tokyo - "I Want You" - (6:25) 120 BPM
Rolling Blackouts by Bakongo on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Bakongo - "Rolling Blackouts" - (5:43) 124 BPM
Motorboat by Beer Fridge Project on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Beer Fridge Project - "Motorboat" - (3:18) 128 BPM
Crossroad Wishes by Nudist on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Nudist - "Crossroad Wishes" - (3:18) 138 BPM
Motorboat by Beer Fridge Project on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Beer Fridge Project - "Motorboat" (Tickles remix) - (5:11) 125 BPM
Between The Lines by Tickles on Roska Kicks & Snares Cue Track
Tickles - "Between The Lines" - (4:24) 125 BPM
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Review: Roska's Kicks & Snares imprint - or RKS for short - began life as a self-financed outlet for his own productions, but since 2010 has largely played host to EPs from like-minded artists from the UK bass scene. This shift is reflected in the make-up of this sixth anniversary compilation. While it does begin with a new track from the man himself - the deep and undulating "Whaaat", his first material for the label since 2009 - for the most part it showcases old and new material from some of the imprint's extended family of artists. There's naturally much to admire, from the surging, roughneck UK funky blast of Shox's "Well St", to the alien bruk-meets-kuduro rave-up of Beer Fridge Project's "Motorboat".
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Mistakes EP
RINSE047D 1
25 Aug 14
Mistakes EP by Cause & Affect on Rinse Cue Track
Mistakes - (6:30) 123 BPM
Mistakes EP by Cause & Affect on Rinse Cue Track
Dimensions - (4:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mistakes EP by Cause & Affect on Rinse Cue Track
Bird Flu - (6:24) 125 BPM
Mistakes EP by Cause & Affect on Rinse Cue Track
Foorest - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Review: Amazingly, it's been three years since Birmingham-raised duo Cause & Affect made their debut on Beatdown Music. Since then, their profile has rocketed thanks to regular appearances on Rinse FM. Here they pop up on the station's label offshoot with a four tracker that smoothly joins the dots between UK funky, deep house and UKG. Opener "Mistakes", blessed as it is with jaunty bleep melodies, warm sub, heady pads and a choice vocal sample, is particularly impressive. "Dimensions" is faster and breezier, with deliciously wide-eyed breakdowns, while "Bird Flu" laces electronic blips and cut-up vocals over a rolling 4/4 garage rhythm. Finally, "Foorest" is impressively weird and glitchy, sounding like UK bass house beamed down from another planet.
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Tayi Bebba
ACRELP 006
08 Sep 14
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
The Holy Cave - (2:52) 150 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Ashiko - (3:24) 83 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
The Rainstick Fable - (3:50) 150 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Kwasi The Sorcerer - (2:51) 123 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Black Smokes, Bad Signs - (3:25) 90 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Conqueror (Action/Assault/Conquest) - (3:41) 150 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Conqueror (Consequences/Memories) - (3:34) 65 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Conqueror (Remorse/Withdrawn) - (3:16) 60 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Burbuka - (2:32) 120 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Sahkii (Xirhuu) - (4:20) 94 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Sahkiias Elevation - (3:18) 150 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Kwasias Storm (Kyanumj) (Tape dub) - (2:21) 140 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Universal Modulator (Kujhmak) - (2:07) 50 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Sahkii Knowledge - (2:13) 129 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Universal Modulator (Ujmubuam) - (3:25) 65 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Sailing In The Seas Of Wood - (2:19) 147 BPM
Tayi Bebba by Clap Clap on Black Acre Cue Track
Kuj Yato - (3:33) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Though he's been making and releasing music of various styles for roughly five years, it feels like Florence-born Digi G'Alessio has really found his creative voice since he starting working under the name Clap! Clap! Having established the project last year with the Gwidingwi Dema digi release for Origami Sounds, G'Alessio has since gravitated to the like minded Black Acre with the Bristol label issuing two Clap! Clap! singles. If you're not familiar with the Clap! Clap! sound, it deftly fuses traditional elements of African music with a rhythmic freneticism that is influenced by everything from house and hip hop to footwork and dubstep. Apply this to the album format as G'Alessio does with Tayi Bebba and you have some interesting listening, especially as each of the 17 tracks is presented as a tour of an imagined island, with "each song representing a location, event or ritual."
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Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix & Robag Wruhme Edit)
MKTXTR 001
27 Jun 14
Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix & Robag Wruhme Edit) by Moderat on Monkeytown Germany Cue Track
Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze remix) - (8:15) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze Remix & Robag Wruhme Edit) by Moderat on Monkeytown Germany Cue Track
Bad Kingdom (Robag Wruhme 4/4 edit Mit Xomlopp remix Schwanz-014) - (10:33) 118 BPM
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Review: Here's something of a treat for Moderat fans: a stonking new remix of II album favourite "Bad Kingdom" by German veteran DJ Koze. There's much to admire about his bumping, floor-friendly reinterpretation, which retains the original's woozy, hazy vibe - and distinctive vocals - while gently leading it further towards the dancefloor with arms raised skywards. It's melodic, quietly uplifting and decidedly heavy, even if the percussion does shuffle rather than bang. The (virtual) flipside offers another treat in the shape of an extended 11-minute version of Robag Wruhme's swinging, string-laden re-edit of the same track, which first appeared (in shortened form) on January's "Tour Edition" reissue of II.
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WWYS (Why Would You Stop)
RCRL 004
12 Oct 14
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) by Riddim Commission feat Eve on Riddim Commission Cue Track
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) - (3:58) 62 BPM
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) by Riddim Commission feat Eve on Riddim Commission Cue Track
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) (Crookers remix) - (4:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) by Riddim Commission feat Eve on Riddim Commission Cue Track
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) (Taiki Nulight remix) - (4:48) 128 BPM
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) by Riddim Commission feat Eve on Riddim Commission Cue Track
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) (R3LL remix) - (3:23) 138 BPM
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) by Riddim Commission feat Eve on Riddim Commission Cue Track
WWYS (Why Would You Stop) (Billy Kenny remix) - (6:14) 62 BPM
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Africa EP
PAR 027
29 Aug 14
Africa EP by Tuff Culture on Project Allout Cue Track
Africa - (5:58) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Africa EP by Tuff Culture on Project Allout Cue Track
By Your Side - (6:37) 129 BPM
Africa EP by Tuff Culture on Project Allout Cue Track
You & Me - (6:15) 128 BPM
Africa EP by Tuff Culture on Project Allout Cue Track
Touched VIP - (6:07) 128 BPM
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Review: The vocal sample from Tuff Culture's "Africa" will be familiar to any Chemical Brothers fans out there who know the track "It Began In Afrika" (originally sampled from Jim Ingram's "Drumbeat"). The lead cut here is a great tune which combines baile funk with splashes of dubstep and skipping house. "Bye Your Side" is the standout garage track on this EP, while "You & Me" and "Touched VIP" are deep, bass driven and flecked with flashes of cooling chords.
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Fresh Meat Vol 5
CHEAP 096
14 Sep 14
Voices by Bruva on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
Bruva - "Voices" - (4:14) 136 BPM
Shabba by Machines Dont Care on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
Machines Dont Care - "Shabba" - (3:46) 126 BPM
Fake by JDP on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
JDP - "Fake" - (6:09) 60 BPM
Keep It Coming by Skapes, SPX on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
Skapes, SPX - "Keep It Coming" - (6:14) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Don Dada by Neon Steve on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
Neon Steve - "Don Dada" - (5:00) 129 BPM
Whenever by Rondevu on Cheap Thrills Cue Track
Rondevu - "Whenever" - (5:20) 62 BPM
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Plasticman Remixed III
TERR 030
25 Aug 14
Plasticman Remixed III by Plastician on Terrorhythm Cue Track
The Search (Mak & Pasteman remix) - (6:16) 125 BPM
Plasticman Remixed III by Plastician on Terrorhythm Cue Track
The Search (Kahn & Neek remix) - (4:24) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Plasticman Remixed III by Plastician on Terrorhythm Cue Track
Shallow Grave (Wen remix) - (4:27) 66 BPM
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Played by: GUERILLA SPEAKERZ, TMSV, DJ Q
Review: The Plastician remix series comes to a close with a trio of currently hot names from the contemporary bass music scene reworking tracks from the grime pioneer's 2004 Cha EP. Young Echo members Kahn & Neek arguably do the best job, delivering a bouncy, string-laden revision of "Search" that makes much of the original stabs, vocal hits and bassline. Also impressive is Wen's revision of "Shallow Grave", which offers up an off-kilter scurry through dubstep and bass house pastures complete with church bells and spooky vocal hits. Mak and Pasteman's bouncy, synth-laden UK house interpretation of "Search" completes a solid package.
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Solid
361015 8027063
06 Oct 14
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Claudius - (4:42) 58 BPM
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Solid - (4:05) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Shake Your Head & Go! - (4:31) 60 BPM
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Damn Thang - (4:29) 125 BPM
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Bip Bap - (4:33) 62 BPM
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
Hum - (4:25) 60 BPM
Solid by Claude on Musique Large Holland Cue Track
In Love - (3:44) 126 BPM
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City Vol 2
BFRC 004
27 Jun 14
Crazy Hype by Crown Duels & Resonate on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Crown Duels & Resonate - "Crazy Hype" - (6:02) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Areosoul by Otik on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Otik - "Areosoul" - (4:20) 134 BPM
Crater Face by Pelikann on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Pelikann - "Crater Face" - (5:18) 129 BPM
Whats's That by Brent Kilner on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Brent Kilner - "Whats's That" - (4:00) 128 BPM
Olisha's Call by Scullious & One Over on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Scullious & One Over - "Olisha's Call" - (6:20) 128 BPM
Black Chrome by Dosage & Ricin on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Dosage & Ricin - "Black Chrome" - (4:32) 64 BPM
So Shady by Joey Harmless on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Joey Harmless - "So Shady" - (5:47) 123 BPM
Dont Play Me by Kaasi & Bambarra on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Kaasi & Bambarra - "Dont Play Me" (Allmostt remix) - (5:05) 63 BPM
Full Tilt by Kiri & Nab on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Kiri & Nab - "Full Tilt" - (5:20) 63 BPM
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Review: Bear Fresh have been pushing their more deep house-influenced side of late, but now they're revisiting their more urban-orientated "City" series to redress the balance. This second volume keeps the vibes going with nine killer tracks, highlights of which include the wobble-heavy stepper "Crazy Hype" by Crown Duels & Resonate, the apocalyptic 4x4 meanness of "Crater Face" by Pelikan, the tremor-inducing low end of future-laser-house belter, "Olisha's Call" by Scullious & One Over and, the frankly nuts, military bombardment of "Full Tilt" by Kiri & Nab.
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My Mind EP
BFRC 005
05 Aug 14
My Mind EP by Brent Kilner on Bear Fresh Cue Track
My Mind (original mix) - (4:17) 128 BPM
My Mind EP by Brent Kilner on Bear Fresh Cue Track
My Mind (Kiri remix) - (5:08) 126 BPM
My Mind EP by Brent Kilner on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Boomstick - (5:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
My Mind EP by Brent Kilner on Bear Fresh Cue Track
My Mind (Pelikann remix) - (4:34) 128 BPM
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Review: Barnsley's finest bass producer Brent Kilner has been talking recently about switching to a brand new sound, so the My Mind EP might just be your last chance to catch him killing it before he moves on. If they are his last bass tracks, he's bowing out it style, delivering the raucous and breaky 4x4/jump up hybrid "My Mind" and the deep and moody wobbler "Boomstick". The title track also gets remixed into some doomy dubstep by Pelikan and turned into an otherworldly bass assault by Kiri.
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Ridin N' Grindin
CBR 002
29 Sep 14
Ridin N' Grindin by Aaron Jackson feat Jamon on Cats & Boots Cue Track
Ridin N' Grindin (original mix) - (5:28) 65 BPM
Ridin N' Grindin by Aaron Jackson feat Jamon on Cats & Boots Cue Track
Ridin N' Grindin (Ruff Hauser remix) - (4:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ridin N' Grindin by Aaron Jackson feat Jamon on Cats & Boots Cue Track
Ridin N' Grindin (Prizma & Pelikann remix) - (5:24) 129 BPM
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Played by: Majora, Hadean
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Exactly
SOS 035
14 Sep 14
Exactly by Majora on Sounds Of Sumo Cue Track
Exactly - (5:37) 128 BPM
Exactly by Majora on Sounds Of Sumo Cue Track
Don't Watch - (5:38) 128 BPM
Exactly by Majora on Sounds Of Sumo Cue Track
Exactly (Flava D remix) - (5:09) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Exactly by Majora on Sounds Of Sumo Cue Track
Exactly (Tanka horny mix) - (7:39) 123 BPM
Exactly by Majora on Sounds Of Sumo Cue Track
Exactly (Boean remix) - (4:43) 124 BPM
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Review: Sounds Of Sumo is fast becoming a prized name within the bass music spectrum, and it's thanks to the label's ability to find new and exciting producers from all over the globe. Majora, a newcomer with just a string of releases to his name, drops two hot new floor-nfillers backed by a even more scorching selection of remixers. "Exactly" and "Don't Watch" are both at the crossroads between house and bass, where Majora proceeds to deliver a slap-funk 4/4 groove over gnarly percussion shots. Over to the remixes, Flava D, Tanka and Boean all have a go at "Exactly", the former of whom gives us the standout, a gnarly, shuffling garage tune for the peak-time hours.
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Meltdown EP
877009
07 Jul 14
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Meltdown - (5:36) 129 BPM
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Meltdown (Flava D remix) - (4:35) 129 BPM
Sleepless by My Nu Leng & Distro on 877 Cue Track
My Nu Leng & Distro - "Sleepless" - (4:09) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Meltdown EP by Distro on 877 Cue Track
Pinnacle - (5:04) 129 BPM
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Review: Brighton bass evangelists 877 have the likes of GoldFFinch and My Nu Leng amongst their roster and can now boast the addition of the hotly tipped Distro too. Featuring the moody garage-flecked "Pinnacle" and the deep, wobble-heavy 4x4 of the title track, Flava D also remixes the latter into end-of-the-world speed garage. However, it's the thrilling collision of Bristolian heroes Distro and My Nu Leng on the big-beat- meets-disco-in-bass-town shenanigans of "Sleepless" that's getting the real hype from the likes of B Traits and Monki right now. On fire!
18
Brock Out EP
UTTU_ 043
01 Sep 14
Brock Out EP by Bodyjack on Unknown To The Unknown Cue Track
Brock Out - (4:52) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Brock Out EP by Bodyjack on Unknown To The Unknown Cue Track
That's What She Said (original mix) - (5:17) 127 BPM
Brock Out EP by Bodyjack on Unknown To The Unknown Cue Track
That's What She Said (DJ Haus On Tha remix) - (5:14) 123 BPM
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Review: Better known by his birth name Chris Finke as a purveyor of serious techno on Mote Evolver et al, in his Bodyjack guise Finke is having a lot of fun whipping up UK-rave fuelled boompty bangers, which makes it something of an inevitability that a partnership with UTTU would be on the cards. The EP title issues the command, and who are we to argue when the bass comes as thick and slimy as it does on "Brock Out", replete with crafty sample drops and a rattling set of drums that will reform your bone marrow. "That's What She Said" is no less rude, maximizing on dirty drum machine beats and sleazy synth and vocal licks that conjure up a modern update of Dance Mania's deviant soul. DJ Haus remixes the latter jam into a garage-y belter with the wobbliest bass and a mean kink in the groove.
19
Scarface
BFRC 006
03 Oct 14
Scarface by Plastik Soul on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Scarface (original mix) - (5:42) 62 BPM
Scarface by Plastik Soul on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Served Till Midnight (original mix) - (5:20) 123 BPM
Scarface by Plastik Soul on Bear Fresh Cue Track
Scarface (Onza remix) - (4:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Emanating from the Midlands, Plastik Soul are a duo whose passion for everything bass-driven is starting to result in some serious releases creeping onto the UK's cooler dancefloors. Scarface features three tracks that take a chainsaw to the competition: the title track is haunting 4/4 house track with warped, forlorn vocals; the moodiness is continued on the deeper, garage influenced late night vibes of "Served Til Midnight". However, the Miami sun comes out for Onza's hands-in-the-air carnival friendly rework of the title track.
20
Ugestu
BLKBTR 67
13 Oct 14
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Baile - (5:40) 58 BPM
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Reverie - (2:17) 62 BPM
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Hurricane (feat Michele Chiavarini) - (4:44) 52 BPM
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Ugestu - (1:31) 78 BPM
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Waver (feat Elderbrook) - (4:57) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ugestu by Wayward on Black Butter Cue Track
Belize - (4:33) 60 BPM
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Played by: Wayward
Review: Black Butter know a thing or two about uncovering new talent and with Wayward they've struck gold again. Ugestu is their debut EP, but this London duo already reveal a maturity beyond their years through its six tracks. There is a hazy Balearic vibe throughout, but standouts include the sunkissed wash splashes and distant bass of "Reverie", the sleek and low electro-funk of "Hurricane" and the brittle future-soul-step of the title track.
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Apocalypse
FF 056
15 Sep 14
Apocalypse by Paul Lawrence/Andy Garrett on Four40 Cue Track
Apocalypse - (4:33) 64 BPM
Apocalypse by Paul Lawrence/Andy Garrett on Four40 Cue Track
Fire - (4:18) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Apocalypse by Paul Lawrence/Andy Garrett on Four40 Cue Track
War Cry - (4:37) 129 BPM
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Review: There's throbbing bass aplenty on the menu when Paul Lawrence and Andy Garrett get together with this EP for Four40, which finds the pair fusing techno atmospherics with rude garage styles to create a potent floor-filling blend. "Apocalypse" works around a snappy breakbeat pattern which buffets along the heavy-wobbling b-lines, while "Fire" is a more devoutly swung and shuffling stepper to inspire a wealth of uptempo gyrating, aided and abetted by choice vocal licks and tripped-out breakdown sections. There's no let up for "War Cry" either with its own blend of tight drums and gut-busting low end honed for the hottest part of the night.
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Bipolar
ENDG 061
15 Sep 14
Bipolar by Castro on Enchufada Cue Track
Ragged Bulls - (4:49) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Bipolar by Castro on Enchufada Cue Track
Twitch (feat Branko & Pote) - (3:26) 98 BPM
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Stupid Things I Do
CBS 16
18 Aug 14
Stupid Things I Do by Randomer on Clone Basement Series Holland Cue Track
Stupid Things I Do (new school mix) - (6:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Stupid Things I Do by Randomer on Clone Basement Series Holland Cue Track
Stupid Things I Do (old school mix) - (7:23) 129 BPM
Stupid Things I Do by Randomer on Clone Basement Series Holland Cue Track
Percussion Workout 1 - (3:59) 130 BPM
Stupid Things I Do by Randomer on Clone Basement Series Holland Cue Track
Percussion Workout 2 - (8:36) 134 BPM
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Review: Having struggled to find his niche during the early part of his career, things started looking up for Randomer when he popped up on Numbers back in 2011 with the bombastic blends of acid house and techno that made up his impressive Real Talk EP. Since then, he's impressively flitted between techno and bass music, and here delivers an all-out techno assault for Clone's occasional Basement Series. There's a real no-nonsese feel to the relentless kick-drums and cut-up vocal samples of "Stupid Things I Do", which comes in "New School" and "Old School" mix formats (the latter including some looser techno breakbeats, and thus being our pick). The EP also includes two formidable percussion workouts, which deliver driving drums and booming basslines.
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Dance Show EP
HOTSHIT 010
06 Oct 14
Dance Show EP by Rushmore on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Dance Show - (5:09) 63 BPM
Dance Show EP by Rushmore on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Drop Top - (4:35) 140 BPM
Dance Show EP by Rushmore on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Run II - (7:15) 64 BPM
Dance Show EP by Rushmore on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Throwback - (5:50) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: There's nothing subtle about the work out London-based DJ and all-round man of mystery Rushmore. This third EP - his first for DJ Haus' Hot Haus imprint - continues in a similar vein to his first two outings for Trax Couture. That means a tough, raw blend of ghetto-tech, revivalist acid house, footwork and sub-bothering bass-house. Choose between the jacking rhythms, thunderous kick drums and Armando-ish rave stabs of "Dance Show" and "Drop Top", a cracking, in-your-face DJ tool built around footwork style handclaps, warped sub-bass and relentless drum machine cymbals. Neither track is particularly clever, but both are most certainly big.
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Str8 Jugglin
HOTSHIT 011
11 Aug 14
Str8 Jugglin by Trumpet & Badman on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Str8 Jugglin - (5:37) 62 BPM
Str8 Jugglin by Trumpet & Badman on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
Eros Dance - (5:14) 61 BPM
Str8 Jugglin by Trumpet & Badman on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
All Nite - (5:04) 120 BPM
Str8 Jugglin by Trumpet & Badman on Hot Haus Recs Cue Track
All Nite (DJ Q remix) - (6:17) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It's been exactly a year since DJ Q and DJ Haus last collided in the studio, but boy has it been worth the wait. Three tracks and one remix from Q himself, it's an emphatic celebration of all things house, all things garage and all things party. The title track pays homage to Mr Edwards with sweet and sassy vocal splicing over a str8-up garage 4/4. Further on we get all early 90s with a mischievous compressed organ riff on "Eros. Dance" while "All Nite" looks towards mid 90s UKG when the speed garage blueprint was only just being wire-framed. Q closes the curtains with the darkest jam of the set; LFO-style basslines, a mirroring waspy riff and busted up amens buried deep in the mix.... It represents everything that's great about rave and garage's purest rudiments.
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Saltflake Snow
L2S 118
13 Oct 14
Saltflake Snow by Carpainter on L2S Recordings Cue Track
Saltflake Snow - (5:25) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Saltflake Snow by Carpainter on L2S Recordings Cue Track
Without - (5:16) 67 BPM
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Good 2 Me
TUM 008
27 May 14
Good 2 Me by Deadbeat UK on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Deadbeat UK - "Good 2 Me" - (5:37) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wheel It Up by Deadbeat UK on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Deadbeat UK - "Wheel It Up" - (5:13) 136 BPM
Clear My Mind by Deadbeat UK on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Deadbeat UK - "Clear My Mind" - (5:17) 136 BPM
Nothing Sweet by Killjoy on Tumble Audio Cue Track
Killjoy - "Nothing Sweet" (Deadbeat UK remix) - (5:11) 136 BPM
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Review: Steel City producer Deadbeat may not be releasing tunes on labels with such irreverent titles as Off Me Nut Records, but he's still bringing the bass like no other. The "Good 2 To Me EP" is pure 3am, hands-in-the-air fodder and we're not complaining. There are three tracks here covering rolling, ravey, bassline ("Good To Me"), Deep wobble nastiness ("Wheel It Up) and dubby brain-melt 4x4 ("Clear MY Mind"). Also featured is Deadbeat's heavy-as-you-like hyper remix of Killjoy's "Nothing Sweet".
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A World Without
UNDRTW 001
22 Sep 14
City Rose by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "City Rose" (feat Sam Brookes) - (4:40) 134 BPM
Pulse by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "Pulse" - (5:23) 140 BPM
So Real by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "So Real" (feat Fifi Rong) - (5:36) 129 BPM
Alignment by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "Alignment" - (5:48) 138 BPM
Relics by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "Relics" - (6:34) 140 BPM
Neon Melt by Phaeleh & Geode on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh & Geode - "Neon Melt" - (5:17) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ochre by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "Ochre" - (5:27) 129 BPM
A World Without by Phaeleh on Undertow Cue Track
Phaeleh - "A World Without" - (4:53) 140 BPM
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Donky Pitch Five
DKY 019
06 Oct 14
Letters by Tokyo Hands on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Tokyo Hands - "Letters" - (3:51) 60 BPM
Unrealable by Lockah on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Lockah - "Unrealable" - (3:44) 55 BPM
Sweat Mode by Ghost Mutt on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Ghost Mutt - "Sweat Mode" - (3:37) 160 BPM
Did You See Me Was I Going Fast? by Slugabed on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Slugabed - "Did You See Me Was I Going Fast?" (Jet Ski riddim) - (3:42) 164 BPM
Slam by ARP 101 on Donky Pitch Cue Track
ARP 101 - "Slam" - (4:07) 51 BPM
Whoah by LiL TExAS on Donky Pitch Cue Track
LiL TExAS - "Whoah" - (3:36) 140 BPM
316 by Mount Bank on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Mount Bank - "316" - (4:24) 107 BPM
Diana Bowden's Cigarette by Starfoxxx on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Starfoxxx - "Diana Bowden's Cigarette" - (3:32) 104 BPM
Cleft N Twain by Lockah on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Lockah - "Cleft N Twain" - (3:11) 60 BPM
Villa Pads by Tokyo Hands on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Tokyo Hands - "Villa Pads" - (1:26) 104 BPM
Jamie by The Range on Donky Pitch Cue Track
The Range - "Jamie" - (3:17) 53 BPM
Oh Boy Oh Baby by Ghost Mutt on Donky Pitch Cue Track
Ghost Mutt - "Oh Boy Oh Baby" - (3:03) 96 BPM
Trifecta by VesperTown on Donky Pitch Cue Track
VesperTown - "Trifecta" - (3:08) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Tom Central
Review: Celebrating five years of squelchy, neon-lit funk that oozes in the cracks between beats, bass music and plenty more besides, let this compilation serve as a lesson to you all in what a gem of a label Donky Pitch is. With a regular cast of characters that includes Slugabed, Lockah, The Range and Starfoxxx, all manner of low-slung boogie and chopped-up madness radiates from this overview of the Brighton-based operation, and long may it continue. Arp 101's "Slam" is especially inviting with its wonderfully rude bass squelches and slick vocoder, while Tokyo Hands drops flamboyant melodic richness left right and centre on "Letters", and that's just the tip of an exceedingly funky iceberg.
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Cherry Hill
BLKBTR 62
24 Aug 14
Cherry Hill by Woz on Black Butter Cue Track
Cherry Hill (feat Max Marshall) - (5:15) 123 BPM
Cherry Hill by Woz on Black Butter Cue Track
Trust Meh - (4:22) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Haunted bass peddler Woz has upped his output quota recently, and he continues his ascent with this short and sweet two-tracker. First up is "Cherry Hill" which is low slung, spacey and dark house: all sultry buzzes, hums and the ghostly vocals of Max Marshall. However, if it's creeped-out and dark 2-step you're after, you're best heading straight for the dark alley shuffle of "Trust Meh".
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Brownswood Electric 4
361015 6054603
12 May 14
Shoulda Known by Louis Futon on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Louis Futon - "Shoulda Known" (GANZ remix) - (3:45) 144 BPM
Radiated Light by Nikitch on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Nikitch - "Radiated Light" - (5:24) 156 BPM
L by Monk' on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Monk' - "L" - (3:24)
We Killed Our Probation Worker by Glenn Astro on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Glenn Astro - "We Killed Our Probation Worker" - (5:22)
Breakdown by Deft on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Deft - "Breakdown" - (4:26) Biggest-selling track on this release
Green Eyes by Adam Elemental on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Adam Elemental - "Green Eyes" (feat Ravdeep Singh) - (5:01) 155 BPM
do kNo that by NorvisJr on Brownswood UK Cue Track
NorvisJr - "do kNo that" - (2:26) 154 BPM
Hat To The Back by LTGL on Brownswood UK Cue Track
LTGL - "Hat To The Back" (Brownswood edit) - (3:28) 145 BPM
Rollercoaster by Feral on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Feral - "Rollercoaster" - (3:10) 135 BPM
Four Days Alone by BLewis on Brownswood UK Cue Track
BLewis - "Four Days Alone" - (3:11) 146 BPM
All That's Torn by D Tiberio on Brownswood UK Cue Track
D Tiberio - "All That's Torn" (feat Natasha Agrama) - (4:07) 136 BPM
Youth Group by Brrd on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Brrd - "Youth Group" - (2:54) 154 BPM
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Review: Browswood return with a fourth edition of their much loved Electr*c compilation series, effectively offering a compelling insight into the budding international production talent wedged in the various micro genres of the electronic music scene. Akkord pair Synkro and Indigo, Jack Dixon and Djrum are a few of the names that have gone on to wider success after featuring on the Electr*c series so there's always a certain cachet to being picked here. It's nice to see such a broad range of styles covered here too with the twelve tracks covering introspective arrangements, kaleidoscopic hip hop, hyperkinetic footwork-Drum & Bass hybrids, 808 heavy house jammers (Deft's "Breakdown" is a particular highlight) and other forward thinking bass-focused flavours.
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Wrong Number
TEC 079
10 Oct 14
Wrong Number by Nurve on Tectonic Cue Track
Wrong Number - (6:06) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wrong Number by Nurve on Tectonic Cue Track
Click Clak - (4:50) 126 BPM
Wrong Number by Nurve on Tectonic Cue Track
Spasm - (4:16) 83 BPM
Wrong Number by Nurve on Tectonic Cue Track
The Other Side - (5:53) 126 BPM
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Played by: Displace
Review: It's as good as a debut outing here for Nurve, who gets snapped up to Tectonic after just one previous airing on the Pinch b2b Mumdance mix that surfaced earlier in 2014. In line with Pinch's current explorations into dark strains somewhere between his foundational dubstep and gnarly techno, "Wrong Number" strikes a positive chord with all the nastiest elements. "Clik Clak" gets busy with the sound design and some advanced arranging, keeping space and flexibility in the mix even with a dizzying amount of sonic details. There's plenty of the hardcore continuum to be enjoyed across this release, even as the production levels reach to the most wild ends of the electronica spectrum.
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Signals
LDN 044
17 Mar 14
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Intro (Family) - (2:35)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Galactic - (4:15)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Lunar (feat Blackdown) - (4:00)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
You Know - (3:33)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Persian - (4:30)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Swingin' (LDN mix) - (3:53) Biggest-selling track on this release
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Vampin' - (4:15)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Time (feat Parris) - (4:52)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
In - (5:38)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Signal - (4:30)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Nightcrawler (Devils mix) - (4:18)
Signals by Wen on Keysound Cue Track
Play Your Corner (feat Riko) - (4:11)
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Review: Keysound continue to act as a platform for bustling new talent within the realm of contemporary grime and dubstep, with their latest album length project coming from 22 year-old production prodigy Wen. Much like recent Keysound LP alumnus E.M.M.A., Wen is a relative newcomer, with just a few 12" releases last year and an appearance on the Keysound compilation This Is How We Roll to his name. Coming through with a debut album so soon is a bold move then, but there's a confidence to Wen's productions demonstrated throughout the twelve tracks on Signals that keeps you coming back for more. Heavy usage of coded samples of dense London slang and live pirate radio throughout help broadcast the album's themes of "power, locale, identity, intent, inequality, sexuality, gender, diversity, energy", whilst Wen can call on some high profile collaborations with label boss Blackdown and grime legend and "original Don Dada" Riko both featuring.
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What I Need EP (remixes)
PAR 017
23 Sep 13
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need - (4:35) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need (Dr Cryptic remix) - (5:47) 134 BPM
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need (Mr Dubz remix) - (6:09) 134 BPM
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need (Moony remix) - (4:09) 134 BPM
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need (AT remix) - (3:49) 141 BPM
What I Need EP (remixes) by Deadbeat UK on Project Allout Cue Track
What I Need (Singletown remix) - (6:11) 134 BPM
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Review: Sheffield's Deadbeat UK has already released stuff on labels with such amazing titles as Chip Butty Records and Off Me Nut. The original "What I Need" is a breaky garage belter boasting big soulful diva vocals and comes courtesy of the more sensibly named Project Allout. There's also five big remixes to work with here, the best of which include the brain melting 4 x 4 wobble of Mr Dubz workout, Moony's melodic 2-step and the super-dark AT mix.
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PS
64332
18 Aug 14
PS by DJ Q/Flava D on Local Action Cue Track
PS - (5:30) 129 BPM
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Review: It's chart baiting garage time once again as DJ Q and Flava D link up on Local Action to turn out the kind of crossover hit that matches brains and brawn in equal measure. "PS" comes on bright and chirpy in its lead-in, all sugary synth splashes and catchy diva vocal hooks, while the drops rip into a deliciously freaky workout with alien melodic wobbles and plenty of weight bottom end. Balancing edgy underground qualities with unabashed accessibility has always been Q's game as much as Local Action's, and here the team more than deliver with a perfect slice of contemporary UKG.
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Dark Matter EP
ABYSS 005
09 Jul 14
STANK by Aaron Jackson on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Aaron Jackson - "STANK" (feat Jamon) - (4:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Aint Nobody by Transcode on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Transcode - "Aint Nobody" - (5:57) 126 BPM
Shaolin Monk by Kona & Aggz on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Kona & Aggz - "Shaolin Monk" - (6:37) 123 BPM
Show Me Love by Burkie on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Burkie - "Show Me Love" - (5:46) 124 BPM
Shapes by Nick Hannam on Abyss Digital Cue Track
Nick Hannam - "Shapes" - (4:42) 123 BPM
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Review: Bolton's Digital Abyss are committed to releasing the 'deepest and dirtiest bass' and with the Dark Matter EP it seems their A&R skills are on fire. This EP compiles output by six different producers, all of whom have a mastered various forms of bass and house. Highlights include the Green-Velvet-goes-4x4 vibes of Aaron Jackson's killer "Stank", Burkie's totally warped garagey take on Robin S' "Show Me Love" and the stark, precise and sinewy UKG of Nick Hannam's "Shapes".
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Not Cricket
361015 8426798
01 Oct 14
Not Cricket by Mike Skinner on Mike Skinner Ltd Cue Track
Not Cricket - (4:34) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Not Cricket by Mike Skinner on Mike Skinner Ltd Cue Track
A Flag In The Water - (2:58) 140 BPM
Not Cricket by Mike Skinner on Mike Skinner Ltd Cue Track
Sierra Sensation - (3:14) 150 BPM
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Review: Bona fide beats from The Streets; Mike Skinner's pledge to put out fresh treats at the start of every month continues with these three floor-aimed garage-minded grooves. "Not Cricket" is a jazzed out jaunt with sharp vocal edits and the headiest snare-rolls we've heard in a long time. "A Flag In The Water" whisks us off on a sub-soaked future garage carpet ride and we climax with "Sierra Sensation". Peppered with detuned synth sounds, treacle-like amen tape-stops on the fills and eastern flurries, if Helter Skelter hosted a rave in Istanbul in 2045, this would be the rewind anthem. Skinner's killing it right now.
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Green Language
WARPCDD 253
25 Aug 14
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Workship - (2:00) 98 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
A Glimpse - (2:14) 126 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Raptor - (4:08) 140 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Paradise Stone - (2:34) 88 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Up Down (feat D Double E) - (3:43) 137 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Attak (feat Danny Brown) - (3:01) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Tempest - (1:43) 149 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
He Hate Me (feat Gorgeous Children) - (3:16) 150 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Velcro - (3:18) 146 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Lost (feat Redinho) - (3:21) 143 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Dream On - (3:07) 88 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Lets Spiral - (2:27) 136 BPM
Green Language by Rustie on Warp Cue Track
Green Language - (1:54) 119 BPM
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Review: While his Numbers contemporaries Jackmaster and Hudson Mohawke have been courting international superstardom (the latter soundtracking Apple ads and working with Lil Wayne and Drake), Rustie has stayed true to his roots. This second full-length - the follow-up to acclaimed 2011 debut Glass Swords - proves that it was a wise strategy. Green Language is a storming set, delivering blends of crunk, wonk-hop, 8-bit electronica, grime and post-dubstep rhythms that bristle with intergalactic synths and glassy-eyed, late night swagger. Rustie has carved out a niche of his own that's increasingly hard to define, but one that guarantees thrilling, next-level music. Green Language proves that emphatically.
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Loving Touch EP
EXIT 049
30 Jun 14
Loving Touch EP by Fracture on Exit Cue Track
Loving Touch - (4:59) 162 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Loving Touch EP by Fracture on Exit Cue Track
Werk It - (4:24) 160 BPM
Loving Touch EP by Fracture on Exit Cue Track
Overload - (4:35) 170 BPM
Loving Touch EP by Fracture on Exit Cue Track
Gripping Grain (feat Sam Binga) - (3:28) 166 BPM
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Review: Last seen on Exit back in 2012 with the excellent Get Busy drop, Charlie 'Fracture' Fieber returns to the label and shows off his Loving Touch on an EP that really ups the production ante. Centre stage here is undoubtedly the title track which looks to two eras of Chicago for inspiration, skilfully borrowing (officially no less) from Ralph Rosario's Chicago House classic "You Used To Hold Me", and rebooting it to a 160bpm footwork flex which retains some UK bassweight and elements of Fracture's own D&B roots. From here Fracture drops a carnival classic in the making in the shape of Machinedrum favourite "Werk It", collaborates with Sam Binga on the 808 club burner "Grippin' Grain" (apparently conceived during a wicked hangover) and ends on a decidedly rude note with the junglist breaks n bass line business of "Overload".
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Up/Acid Bath
50WEAPONS 036
23 May 14
Up/Acid Bath by Benjamin Damage on 50 Weapons Cue Track
Up - (7:13) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Up/Acid Bath by Benjamin Damage on 50 Weapons Cue Track
Acid Bath - (6:28) 129 BPM
Up/Acid Bath by Benjamin Damage on 50 Weapons Cue Track
Splash - (6:35) 127 BPM
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Review: Benjamin Damage returns to 50 Weapons for another ripper and he means business on this one! Aqueous melodies, dubbed-out beats and just the right level of bass feed into a strong techno backbone; "Up" is a warehouse banger with seductive loops, and "Acid Bath" is a straight tool bumper for the peak hours, but it's "Splash" that really impresses, finishing things off with some much needed - albeit subtle - jackin action.
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Rainkist
MTR 051
10 Oct 14
Rainkist by Dark Sky on Monkeytown Germany Cue Track
Rainkist - (4:16) 120 BPM
Rainkist by Dark Sky on Monkeytown Germany Cue Track
Rainkist (Trevino heartbeat remix) - (7:40) 126 BPM
Rainkist by Dark Sky on Monkeytown Germany Cue Track
Rainkist (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (8:03) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The lead single from Dark Sky's debut album Imagin has the potential to win them many a fan with its impassioned vocal turn and crisply-realised melancholic step, building into a beautifully crafted melodic crescendo that resonates perfectly with the shortening days. By way of remixes, Trevino is up first with the dramatic "Heartbeat Remix", which interestingly eschews any kick drum in favour of rousing bass swells and stabbing hats. Marcel Dettmann meanwhile takes a long time to fully reveal himself, letting the vocal sit stark on its own and teasing the full thrust of the track in gently with some powerful synth strings to boot.
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Gold & Featherwork EP
64876
13 Oct 14
Gold & Featherwork EP by Shriekin on Local Action Cue Track
Cat's Eyes - (3:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Gold & Featherwork EP by Shriekin on Local Action Cue Track
Snowy Island Breaks - (3:28) 140 BPM
Gold & Featherwork EP by Shriekin on Local Action Cue Track
Steel Ships - (3:22) 140 BPM
Gold & Featherwork EP by Shriekin on Local Action Cue Track
Temple 2 - (3:43) 140 BPM
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Review: Things sound positively regal over at Local Action this week with the orchestral pomp and ceremony of emergent Irish producer Shriekin. Taking the rhythmic backdrop and plastic strings of grime, Jack Sheehan has whipped up some remarkably advanced tracks that positively overflow with imaginative ideas. "Cat's Eyes" in particular is a rich and slightly mad elegy of parping string hits and cheeky bass, while "Snowy Island Breaks" makes things ruffer without dimming the plush melodic touches and high definition sound. "Temple 2" shimmers and shines with twinkling arpeggios and crushing half step beats, and "Steel Ships" nudges off into more thoughtful territory without losing that starry-eyed energy.
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Serenity & Maple
DEEPD 017
03 Oct 14
Serenity & Maple by Biome on Deep Heads Cue Track
Serenity - (5:42) 94 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Serenity & Maple by Biome on Deep Heads Cue Track
Maple - (6:49) 84 BPM
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Blurred
AUSCD 005
20 Oct 14
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
I Want You - (4:27) 124 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Barne Dance - (4:11) 132 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Give 2 U (feat Femme) - (4:32) 83 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
MXR - (2:26) 85 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Road Runner (feat Obenewa) - (5:21) 125 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Reassign - (6:57) 121 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Say My Name (feat Yasmin) - (3:33) 120 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Wayfairer - (4:31) 125 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Broken Dreams - (3:48) 123 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Cakewalk - (5:30) 123 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Callin (feat S-Man) - (3:38) 126 BPM
Blurred by Huxley on Aus Music Cue Track
Never Easy (feat Thomas Gandey) - (3:53) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: This is a significant moment in the development of Michael "Huxley" Dodson. Following six years building his reputation via a constant trickle of singles, the London-based producer has finally delivered a debut album. It's a little more expansive and varied than many of his singles, and variously touches on many of his regular inspirations - UK garage, deep house and bumping techno, in particular - as well as some he's not previously explored (see the pitched-down rave breaks of "Give 2 U" and the "Circles"-ish liquid D&B of "MXR"). The result is a polished, floor-friendly set that impressively straddles the line between club tracks and home listening fodder.
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Ground Level 7 (Compiled And Mixed By Andy McAllister)
GL 089
22 Sep 14
Bounce by Zap! Pow! Die! on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Zap! Pow! Die! - "Bounce" (Fuck This mix) - (5:42) 131 BPM
Boooshka! by Andy McAllister on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Andy McAllister - "Boooshka!" - (4:52) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
So It Goes (feat. Bukue One, Agne Motie) by Rebel Sketchy on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Rebel Sketchy - "So It Goes (feat. Bukue One, Agne Motie)" - (4:44) 130 BPM
It Feels So Good by John Bradley on Ground Level UK Cue Track
John Bradley - "It Feels So Good" - (4:22) 129 BPM
Bounce My Shit by Si Biddle on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Si Biddle - "Bounce My Shit" (Jack Stat remix) - (5:57) 131 BPM
Pull Up by Outselect on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Outselect - "Pull Up" - (4:27) 133 BPM
I Need You by Rebel Sketchy on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Rebel Sketchy - "I Need You" (Submo remix - Alternative version) - (5:24) 129 BPM
Counterpoint Confusion by DJ Hero on Ground Level UK Cue Track
DJ Hero - "Counterpoint Confusion" - (4:16) 130 BPM
You Can Do It by Fisso & Spark on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Fisso & Spark - "You Can Do It" (Andy McAllister remix) - (5:30) 129 BPM
What What What by Leuce Rhythms, Breaksjunky on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Leuce Rhythms, Breaksjunky - "What What What" - (5:41) 133 BPM
Grinspiller by Rebel Sketchy on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Rebel Sketchy - "Grinspiller" (Andy McAllister remix) - (5:39) 129 BPM
Hula Hoop by DJ Hero on Ground Level UK Cue Track
DJ Hero - "Hula Hoop" - (4:31) 129 BPM
Pumped Up by Sasha Khan on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Sasha Khan - "Pumped Up" - (5:08) 140 BPM
Ground Level 7 by Andy McAllister on Ground Level UK Cue Track
Andy McAllister - "Ground Level 7" (continuous DJ mix - Mixed By Andy McAllister) - (55:02) 133 BPM
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Played by: Andy McAllister, DJ Hero
Review: Emerging from the Midlands in 2007 with the telling-it-like-it-is Serious Wobble by Stylus, Ground Level has rapidly risen to the top of the bass leagues. Now to celebrate its seventh year of success, main man Andy McAllister has provided this sizzling hot mix featuring 13 bangers. It's quite a trip and some of our fave pit stops on the way include the deep 'n' jazzy baile-ton of Zap! Pow! Die!'s "Bounce (Fuck This Mix)", the ethereal dubby 2step of "It Feels So Good" by John Bradley and the beefy-bassed, hypno laser jam "Hula Hoop" by DJ Hero.
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AM/PM LP
BLAQ 096
13 Oct 14
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (feat Mr Brainz - Encore mix) - (7:10) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (Berlin mix) - (7:01) 130 BPM
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (Future Garage mix) - (6:00) 129 BPM
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (Wonky 4x4 UK Garage mix) - (6:19) 129 BPM
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (feat Mr Brainz - original mix) - (7:30) 129 BPM
AM/PM LP by Mokujin on Blaq Cue Track
AM/PM (feat Mr Brainz - Phantom Raver mix) - (5:45) 128 BPM
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Review: MokuJin steps up with a killer new LP - all focussed on the "AM / PM" track - on his home label, Blaq. The dude hasn't released on many other labels, but everything he's made is pure fire from start to finish. Ranging from deep, sweltering bass music to garage swings and more, Mokujin is fast becoming a name in the UK game. The track features Mr.Brainz and there's a whopping six versions of it in this tight little package. Our choice cuts are the Berlin mix for its shuffling percussion, and the Future Garage mix because it's both funky and totally freaky at the same time. If you're into your garage, this is the spot this week!
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Ignea EP
001548 009638
10 Oct 14
Ignea EP by Tomas Urquieta on Diamante Cue Track
Cuerpo Sin Organos - (4:58) 131 BPM
Ignea EP by Tomas Urquieta on Diamante Cue Track
Smoke Signal - (3:38) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ignea EP by Tomas Urquieta on Diamante Cue Track
Smoke Signal (Sines remix) - (2:50) 86 BPM
Ignea EP by Tomas Urquieta on Diamante Cue Track
Smoke Signal (Imaabs remix) - (4:24) 66 BPM
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Black Butter Spread Love Vol 4
BLKBTR-SLCD 04
14 Jul 14
Love You Long Time by Allmostt on Black Butter Cue Track
Allmostt - "Love You Long Time" - (5:04) 126 BPM
Something North by Bnry on Black Butter Cue Track
Bnry - "Something North" - (5:15) 61 BPM
C U Coming by Marshall F on Black Butter Cue Track
Marshall F - "C U Coming" (5AM mix) - (5:26) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Wob by Allmostt on Black Butter Cue Track
Allmostt - "The Wob" - (5:20) 126 BPM
Cowbell by Sly-One on Black Butter Cue Track
Sly-One - "Cowbell" - (4:35) 126 BPM
Around You by Bnry on Black Butter Cue Track
Bnry - "Around You" - (6:20) 122 BPM
You Don't Make Proper Sounds by 2ndSun on Black Butter Cue Track
2ndSun - "You Don't Make Proper Sounds" - (5:38) 60 BPM
Horsemen by Goldffinch on Black Butter Cue Track
Goldffinch - "Horsemen" - (5:40) 62 BPM
Gully Creeper by Jaded on Black Butter Cue Track
Jaded - "Gully Creeper" - (6:15) 62 BPM
Chain Reaction by Troy Gunner on Black Butter Cue Track
Troy Gunner - "Chain Reaction" - (6:45) 62 BPM
What Is Drugs by Rain City Riot on Black Butter Cue Track
Rain City Riot - "What Is Drugs" - (5:19) 62 BPM
The Signal by Dvwlx on Black Butter Cue Track
Dvwlx - "The Signal" - (6:36) 128 BPM
When I'm Alone by Dvwlx on Black Butter Cue Track
Dvwlx - "When I'm Alone" - (5:17) 64 BPM
Centerfold by Sly-One on Black Butter Cue Track
Sly-One - "Centerfold" - (4:35) 64 BPM
The Dark I Feel by South Soul Project on Black Butter Cue Track
South Soul Project - "The Dark I Feel" - (7:12) 63 BPM
Buss The Skeng by Jaded on Black Butter Cue Track
Jaded - "Buss The Skeng" - (5:27) 126 BPM
Short Circuit by Troy Gunner on Black Butter Cue Track
Troy Gunner - "Short Circuit" (feat My Nu Leng) - (4:26) 65 BPM
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Review: The London crew who've given us the likes of Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City and many other acts, Black Butter have been spreading love for four years now. Judging by this sumptuous set, they're not stopping any time soon. Arguably the darkest collection of the series to date, it ranges from sinewy, waspy bass jackers (DVWLX's - "When I'm Alone") to late night tech funk Berlin-style lazer-fests (BNRY's "Something North") via slinky somnambulant hazy techno (Troy Gunner's "Chain Reaction") and twisted, paranoid UKG hybrid (Jaded's "Gully Creeper"). Each one primed for total dancefloor destruction, Black Butter have delivered a premium package right here.
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Disco Cakes Vol 13
DC 0013
07 Jul 14
Pump Up The Volume by Deekline & Hotline Zero on Disco Cakes Cue Track
Deekline & Hotline Zero - "Pump Up The Volume" (original mix) - (3:28) 140 BPM
Top Rankin by Deekline & Ed Solo on Disco Cakes Cue Track
Deekline & Ed Solo - "Top Rankin" (Slynk remix) - (4:48) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
All Gravy by Deekline & Ed Solo on Disco Cakes Cue Track
Deekline & Ed Solo - "All Gravy" (Hotline Zero remix) - (3:38) 110 BPM
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Review: It's refreshing to see Disco Cakes add a little something different into the mix of their mash-ups: bass! So in a bold fusion of old and new we get the likes of Deekline & Hotline Zero's "Pump Up The Volume" which takes M/A/R/R/S' 80s hit and marries it to a fizzy Drop It Like It's Hot hip-hop jam. Slynk also has a stab at "Top Rankin" which takes Althea & Donna's perennial 70s party anthem and successfully welds it to some steely big beat sounds and finally Hotline Zero's remix of "All Gravy" gets all tropical bass on our case.
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Atom Bombs
BWOOD 0131
13 Oct 14
Atom Bombs by Anushka on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Atom Bombs (radio edit) - (3:35) 140 BPM
Atom Bombs by Anushka on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Atom Bombs (NameBrandSound remix) - (4:42) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Atom Bombs by Anushka on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Atom Bombs (VIP mix) - (4:48) 140 BPM
Atom Bombs by Anushka on Brownswood UK Cue Track
Atom Bombs - (4:47) 140 BPM
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Review: Brighton's future soul duo Anushka recently dropped their debut album, Broken Circuit, to great acclaim. Now they're back with a new single and album highlight, "Atom Bomb". Deep sensual and jazzy, with scattershot beats and heavily harmonised vocals, the original is a beguiling slice of modern urban soul. There are some great mixes too including NameBrandSound's seductive slo-mo footwork rework, as well as their own VIP mix which adds a dubbier vibe to proceedings.
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