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12 Nov 12
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Ya Dun Know, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Major Notes
Review: It seems that Julio Bashmore was not a one-off: there must be something in the water down Bristol way and it's resulting in a serious bass epidemic. My Nu Leng are a duo with an amazing futuristic take on house music. "The Grid" is just relentless groove, dark and twitchy with all kinds of sinister effects drifting in and out. "Hips N Thighs" is even more next level, like a weird, twisted booty cut on downers and stranded in a graveyard rave. Under a full moon.
28 Jan 13
Review: Not just a cool character on Futurama, Calculon's heady cauldron is bubbling with noxious boundary-bounding vibes that take reference from juke, jungle, techno, trap and good old fashioned ghetto-tech. The end result, as you can imagine, is an instant call to action. From the no-nonsense, slow-mo drama of "Bloodfight" to the early proto jungle vibes of "Back The Fuck Up" via the polyrhythmic party-powered shock out "Crush", Calculon celebrates everything that's great about bass-laced music past, present and future.
11 Feb 13
Played by: Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Diplo, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Greenmoney, Deetron, Shox, Guy Gerber, Eats Everything, Super Flu
Review: Joining forces with Dark Sky for a pair of forthright bangers, Ben Westbeech's Breach project goes from strength to strength with its adventures into house jams with a rough, bruk flavour and oodles of sub-testing frequencies built for proper soundsystem battering. "The Click" keeps things lean and mean, letting a sizzling hat ring out while a solitary clap trucks away underneath. This track is all about subtle sound design and that head-crushing bass line, with no need for any distractions. "Fallout" on the flip is much livelier, laying down some slick vocal snippets and rounding out a more friendly sort of bassline for safer dancefloor play.
26 Mar 13
Review: Continuing his adventures into rough and ready hyper-modern rave business spinning off of the bass music zeitgeist, Distal comes bowling up to Lucky Beard with this rowdy selection of party smashers. "Hard House Cheer Squad" brings in all manner of dutty ass wiggling tropes, from trap drums to jungle breaks, while the melodies peal out in technicolour tones and the vocals come hopping in from all angles. "Diamond Leather Shock" is a more heads down affair that pushes the musicality to one side and focuses on intense drum programming and sample triggering in a frenzied attack on the senses. Bringing a different vibe altogether, "Chucky Saturn" strips everything back and focuses on a more ambient tone with just a smattering of the usual Distal drums, synths and samples compared to the normal overload.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Brisa, Alkalino, Hxdb, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Coyu, Resident Advisor, Allmostt, Ogris Debris
Review: There's very little information surrounding this drop from Breach and Midland, but it seems as though the pair have linked up for both sides, bringing their respective modernist house traits to bear on two forthright jams. There's a chunky, peak-time swagger to "101" as drums come pounding down around a deadly chord stab, but there's a great subtlety to the tense atmosphere, fed by distant wraith-like coos. "Somewhere" is a deeper affair, letting rich layers of blue-hued melody hum away with harmonising textures to match, while still retaining a direct quality to get the track working on the floor.
07 May 13
Review: Luckybeard is both the artist and label name of Italian producer Francesco Barbaglia. Proudly 'devoted to electro, house, dubstep and bass music', it's no surprise then to hear his latest release comprises elements of virtually all of these genres. Production-wise, Barbaglia deals in controlled chaos, and he does so to totally bonkers effect on the frankly incendiary "Descending Love", the apocalyptic crescendo of which has to be heard to be believed.
06 Aug 12
Review: After the slamming Shake It Off EP, up and coming bass producer Pusherman samples possibly one of the most lol-some moments the internet has ever produced on this new EP. "Donuts" features large chunks of Wiley's bonkers-even-by-his-standard rant against Dizzee Rascal in response to "Pussyole", captured via YouTube and layered over a tasty tropical/bass beat. Elsewhere, "The People" is a classy mix of stuttering 808 toms and 2-step snares, while remixes from Diamond Bass and Naive Machine impress too. In a word: "Donut".
06 Jan 13
Review: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Buku is currently making waves with his take on the bass phenomenon. Here we get a three tracker that contains more ideas than a Charles Saatchi brainstorming session. "Janky" is a booty bass anthem with hints of trap and some heavy keyboard drama. "All Deez" goes deep on the sleazy drum patterns before unexpectedly evolving into a big trancey synth epic. Last but not least, "Prowl" is all about the digital riddims and plucked synth strings glamour.
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22 Apr 13
30 Apr 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
13 May 13
22 Apr 13
Review: Dubstep explorer Teefreqs kickstarts his a new label, Distant Colours, with a typically horizontal three-tracker. His explorations in bass are not only suitably spacious, but also effortlessly soulful. Opener "Reasons" is a case in point; while the bass is bold and the effects intergalactic, the bongo-laden rhythm, warm pads and hand picked samples ensure that the finished product is intoxicatingly fluid. The dub techno-influenced "Pyraminds" boasts a similar aesthetic, but comes on with a percussive intensity sometimes lacking in such deep and cosmic exercises. Closer "Dial", meanwhile, rolls along on a dubstep-jazz flex - all bouncy rhythms, distant horn samples and delicious bleep melodies.
02 May 13
02 Jul 12
Played by: Peter Edison, Lifecycle, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Black Jack, Manhattan, Top Billin DJ Team, Hybrid
Review: Whatever your opinion of Scuba's divisive album Personality, there's no denying that "NE1BUTU" was one of the album's brightest moments. Taking a punchy breakbeat and upbeat piano riff, the track is Paul Rose's love letter to pretty much everything great about every dance track from the 90s. Those that wish the producer would return to his darker ways however, can take comfort in the accompanying remix, in which Rose dons his SCB hat and turns it into a lean techno tool that cloaks the original's colour in shades of grey, creating one of his most incisive club tracks to date.
04 Apr 11
Played by: Ndv (Polar Pair/Botanika), Chris Coco, Shadow Dancer, Dan Oh, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Reilly Steel, Matthew Kyle, Doorly, Larssen
Review: For anyone with a passion for forward-thinking bass music, Back & 4th should be essential listening. Via a sprinkling of super-hot exclusives and historic label favourites, it brilliantly celebrates the enduring appeal of Scuba's vital Hotflush Recordings imprint. For confirmed fans, it's the first new jams that will titillate most. It boasts some real killers; strobe-lit future garage, dubstep and wonky neck-snappers from Boxcutter, Rosca, Boddika, Falty DL and Scuba himself (the acid house-flavoured "Feel It"). If that's still not enough to tempt you, take a look at the previously released tracks from Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Untold.
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26 Nov 12
Review: Regular Hyperdubber Ossie comes back with this delectable single of neo-soul goodness on "Ignore", providing the perfect backdrop for Tilz's smooth delivery. In between the bluesy key stabs and whip-cracking drums, there's a perfect mixture of club dynamics and pop sensibilities, seemingly typifying the current tone that Hyperdub seems geared towards. "Find It" lets Ossie off the chain into a purely instrumental cut that gives him full scope to zoom in on those razor-sharp drums and bolster them with further layers, while the musical elements veer between chunky Moog basslines and plucked mandolins, and a whole lot more besides.
24 Sep 12
Review: There's something decidedly old skool about this breezer stepper from the Riddim Fruit camp. Boasting a weary but emotion-rich vocal, twinkling melodies, rubbery double bass and retro-futurist two-step beats, the original version of "Step By Step" sits somewhere between the jazzier end of two-step, broken beat and dubstep. It should go down well with those who enjoy the musically developed productions of, say, Maddslinky. The Pulsar remix, meanwhile, adds some heavier bass and a fluid dubstep shuffle, while retaining the original's autumnal beauty.
19 Feb 13
Review: Liverpool producer Friend Within is a perfect fit with Dirtybird. His hectic, all-action style, previously seen on Hypercolour, bolts bulging, rave-era bass to cocaine house pads and UKG-influenced drums. There's enough depth to please the heads, but more than enough low-end pressure to work gigantic rooms full of sweaty, pie-eyed students to the brink of collective orgasm. Choose between the stab-tastic lead cut, "The Game" - all Robin S riffs and booming basslines - and "The Hollow", a deeper excursion that nevertheless packs more punch than Vitali Klitschko after an all-night amphetamine bender.
09 Apr 12
Review: It's plain to hear that footwork has wormed its way into the wider electronic music fraternity, popping up in all manner of unusual places. The Chicago originators have a distinct slant to their sound that makes it awkward listening away from the dancefloor, but now Traxman's album shows just how far the oddball rhythmic blueprint can go. Sensitive and soulful at times, jagged and abrasive at others, there's very few limits to where this album will take you. Best of all the eighteen tracks all still sound resolutely footwork, like an assurance of all the faith that has been bestowed upon the genre since its emergence on distant shores.
11 May 12
Played by: Lpz, Mental Overdrive, Tom Central, Kush Arora, Future Beat Alliance, Posthuman, Boska, Bunny On Acid, Tosses & Varvez, Blah Blah Blah
Review: It's a disregard for pretention that makes Matt Cutler's music work so appealing, whether it be the exuberant 90s house approach on last album Emerald Fantasy Tracks or his earlier hip hop-tempo bump. Galaxy Garden starts off on a more esoteric tip with the tropical electronica of "New Colour", which captures the cheeriness of Plaid, or more recently Oriol on Planet Mu, in its sunshine chimes. By the time we get to "Lying In The Reeds" we're up to a house tempo that harks back to the softer side of early Detroit, playing with melody in a way that made Kenny Larkin stand out early on. It's when "Crystal Caverns 1991" starts up that we reach the most blatant distillation of old-skool; kicking off a breakstep beat with sweet but punchy 90s synths, the track cuts into a deadly rave motif without so much as a pause in the beat and it's like being back in, er, 1991. It would be easy to write off an album like this as derivative, but no-one can listen to the music itself and call it an imposter. Every track reeks of originality, whether it be the surprising track structures, the superbly detailed production, even the evocative imagery that the music conjures up. If you ever needed an album that felt like wide-eyed, innocent joy, this would be an excellent place to start.
11 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Juno Recommends Techno, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mr Mitch, Gntlmn, J Courage, Lucent
Review: After the success of the original Southside EP last year, Bok Bok has called upon his mates to rework some of the lead cuts with results that stretch across the board. Sir Spyro has some filthy bass at the forefront of his playful reworking of "Silo Pass", while the horns get teased in the appropriate places to great effect. Vjuan Allure instead focuses on dry beats working around a UK Funky template, with only scattered effects left to fill in the gaps. Bok Bok's own remix of "Charisma Theme" piles the tension on high with dread strings and a snappy dispersal of percussion. L-Vis 1990 gets jacking with his take on "Reminder", leaving it to Helix to delve into a funky techno rut to conquer "Look".
01 Feb 13
Played by: Alexander Robotnick
Review: Rapidly ripping it up with a mission to bring some proper dread back to the convoluted hinterland around what used to be dubstep, Beneath has been showing some deadly skill on No Symbols and Keysound, and now he gets snapped up by Pinch to bring it on home to the perfect label for such deadly accuracy, Tectonic. "Duty" wastes no time in whipping into a low slung 4/4 roll defined by a gut-wrenching bottom end while all manner of panic-inducing industrial textures come slamming in around it. Far from the monochrome results so many achieve with such a sound palette, there is a serious dynamism in the rhythm Beneath creates, only built upon with "Texers" as dystopian whiffs of melody try to enter the fray in a more whip-cracking broken beat template.
23 Sep 12
Review: With his Maddslinky guise delving into housier realms this week, it's up to Zed Bias proper to keep things a touch rougher, and he does a remarkable job of it on "Heavy Water Riddim". Propelled by a snapping tapestry of found sounds (from the titular water to wooden thuds and metal clangs), a slow stalking breakbeat emerges and an earthy banger is born. "Hurting Me" is a complete departure on the flip, with the gentle 2-step lilt rounded out with rich synths and warming bass, while choice deployment of vocal hooks keeps things catchy and in keeping with Bias' garage roots.
19 Nov 12
Played by: Mark Archer, Shadow Dancer, Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico), Boriqua Tribez, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set), Larssen, Ambivalent, DJ Hell
Review: The adoption of a new name and a new sound by Marcus Intalex has been one of this year's success stories, with his rattling brand of warehouse appropriate techno under the Trevino moniker gracing labels as diverse as [Naked Lunch], Apple Pips and Craig Richards' The Nothing Special. With a forthcoming debut on Klockworks on the way, Trevino returns to Martyn's 3024, the label where this new name was first established. Then appearing on a split release with Instra:mental, Trevino comes through with a full release in Tactical Manoeuvre EP which brandishes three tracks that showcase the different styles and sounds of the producer. The murky warehouse vibes of the title track make it the Juno favourite here but all three productions here are clearly the work of a producer in a rich vein of form.
07 Nov 11
Review: Still an artist in relative development, Mosca pops up on 3024 with this choice selection of focused and funky house cuts. "Dom Perignon" draws you in from the off with its choppy groove and subtle break vibe, leaving the melodics to play a more subtle part by inferring the deepness of the track rather than spelling it out. "Orange Jack" keeps the same linear, floor-ready presence but lightens the mood with a string stab and a maddening vocal loop, leaving it to "Jager" to cause the serious damage with a technoid workout that could end up in some quite unexpected record bags.
22 Oct 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Juno Recommends Deep House, Posthuman, Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Jack Fell Down
Review: Civil Music invite some high profile artists to revisit tracks from Body, the superlative debut album set from Darling Farah with the results every bit as good as the source. Given the arresting aesthetic of the album, subverting the stylistic traditions of house and techno in a truly rewarding fashion, there's naturally a lot of space for revision and you have to applaud label and artist for who they approached for the task. Baaqi's fellow Detroit native Jimmy Edgar tackles the title track and delivers a remix filled with the kind of 90s house motifs that his Hotflush boss has been revelling in of late. Elsewhere Lando Kal turns in a typically futuristic take on "Aangel", while Darling Farah provides his own live edit of the same track, and rising Parisian producer Bambounou delivers a darkly techno flavoured remix of "Fortune".
04 Mar 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah, J69
Review: All aboard the remix express! Four40 follow up last month's b-boy two-stepper from IKK and Slick Don with four sparkling reversions. Pedro 123's re-imagination strips the original back into a plinky plonky trap attack that comes in both vocal and instrumental forms while KSH add much more of a bashy grime riddim. Then there's the obligatory VIP for added rewind pleasure. Get to the "Crux" of the matter... It's a vibes ting.
03 Mar 13
Played by: Permanent Vacation
Review: Julio Bashmore and Hyetal return to their Velour project for a much anticipated new release on the former's Broadwalk label. Much has happened in the period since Velour made their velveteen debut on Night Slugs back in 2010 under a cloak of mystery and intrigue, most notably to Bashmore whose solo career has gone skywards off the back of the ubiquitous "Battle For Middle You". Crossing swords once more, there's a laid back sensation to this two track release that betrays how comfortable Bashmore and Hyetal are working together. Lead cut "Speedway" sounds strangely like the beat from "Goodbye Horses" glazed with the glistening, flirtatious bass snares that characterised their debut transmission. Complementing this, "Dial" is rhythmically more in line with The Velvet Collection, deftly pairing booming arrangements with spiralling synths, crisp yet off kilter claps and thick bass leads.
12 Nov 12
Played by: Da Goblinn /Remuted
Review: On Danceteria, conventional house music gets brought down an alley and buggered senseless. The title track features the unusual combination of chiming bells and fragile, lithe percussion fused with dark keys and a brooding, junglist bassline. It makes for a tune that is both high on subtlety and force. "Run Interference" is somewhat more conventional thanks to its 'working the house' vocal sample and mid-tempo groove, but Primitive World slips back into experimental mode for "Cotopaxi". There, doubled-up claps provide the impetus but despite this, the rhythm is understated. It's just as well because the surging acid line that follows in its wake is powerful enough to annihilate a batallion of troops.
01 Jul 12
Played by: Adam B (Homegrown Music/Palooza), Santero, Grant Nelson, Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Odiggity, Monkey Beats, Tom Central, Moony, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Brisa, Toyboy & Robin, Flash Atkins, Shadow Dancer, Borgie, Alkalino, Roberto Rodriguez, Lakosa, Juno Recommends Deep House, Claudio Giordano, Mark Knight, Aka Tell (A.g.trio), DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Rodriguez Jr, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Kissy Sell Out, The Littlemen, Sccucci Manucci, G-Blaster (Rotarydisco76), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Cyantific, Black Jack, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Deepski, Sounds Of Sumo, D3adl1ne, Juno Best Sellers 2012, Nine Lives, Resident Advisor, Joey Negro, Electronic Youth, Allmostt, Black Butter Records, Joyce Brooke, Soaka, Matt Love, Filthy Rich (Toolroom/Great Stuff)
Review: Broadwalk Records, the new label from Bristol house producer Julio Bashmore launches in fine style with the eminently classy Au Seve. Young Bashmore has an obvious talent for productions dripping in hooky qualities (see his still slay em jam "Battle For Middle You" as well as production credits for "Youth Soul" icon Jessie Ware) and "Au Seve" totally belongs in this canon, slipping carnival ready melodic touches and simple vocal loops over a dusted house mainframe dominated by rasping kicks and a killer rising bass line.
18 Jun 12
Played by: Smutlee, Da Autopsy [uttu], Lud Dub, Ya Dun Know, Monkey Beats, Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Mista Men, Bizt, Broken Youth, Sounds Of Sumo
Review: The Unknown To The Unknown juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down as they absorb UK garage heroes Mista Men into the fray, delivering three club-ready bombs from the duo. "Labrini" takes it back to '97 with its steel pan percussion and bright streaks of neon intersecting its passages of sticky bassline action. "Forget U" opts for the darker approach, offering only snatches of vocals from its foggy bass, while "Hard Drive" takes some bracing synth stabs and puts them together with some breathy vocals and junglist airhorns to create a devastating combination. Right now only Disclosure can match this pair for such impeccably produced garage inspired beats - big tip!
08 Apr 13
Played by: Shadow Dancer
Review: Bay area analogue fetishist Vin Sol pops up on Unknown To The Unknown with a stargazing chunk of retro-futurist party acid. "Edges of a Vortex" packs the ghetto-inspired drum funk of Dance Mania and the low-end bounce of Virgo Four into a bass music-inspired slab of stab-laden euphoria (think snaking synth sax, stomping rhythms and rumbling Chi-town bass). "Voice Chip Activ8", meanwhile, sounds like the bastard offspring of Luke Vibert, Jeff Mills and DJ Rashad. Matrixxman remixes, turning the relentless original into a slack-jawed acid groover.
21 May 12
Played by: Warlock, Chrissy Murderbot, Wildlife!, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Bunny On Acid, The Golden Toyz, Allmostt
Review: Dutch label Rwina drops West Coast bass merchant Eprom's latest killer slice of minimal freakery - the simply stunning "Regis Chillbin". Based around a very lean eat indeed, Eprom fleshes out the tune with some stunning and heady arpeggio stabs, creating a Oizo/Brainfeeder-esque randomscape that's just absorbing as it is gonzoid. The peerless Machinedrum drops yet another essential remix - working respectfully with the original but adding even more samples into a descending pattern of pitch-adjusted wonkery. Quite stunning and very highly recommended.
18 Feb 13
Review: Belgian leftfield dance label Pelican Fly have collated a host of tunes from all the key acts on their roster for this impressively different mini-compilation. Over the course of eight tracks we get taken on quite an adventure: from the bleepy 'G(litch) n B' of Zora Jones to the epic fanfare of Sinjin Hawke's "Prom Nite" and the restlessness of "Rave Land" by Mister Tweeks to the drum- machine-being-drowned-in-Lilt-isms of Lucid's "On & On" and the positively psychedelic "Circular Motions 2025" by the 'imaginative' Richelle.
02 Apr 13
Review: Pelican Fly teams up with the infamous Ed Banger institution to deliver a tight little remix package of Cahmere Cat's "Mirror Maru" EP! Only "Mirror Maru" and "Kiss Kiss" are chosen as part of the project but judging from the diversity of the remixing team, this can only mean one thing: DOPE! Canblaster takes the first shot at the former, transforming the original into a sexy and seductive R&B anthem, whilst Busy P goes for a straight-up hip-hop flex with a touch of electro-tinged balearica, and LidoLido takes us on a soothing journey through sparse vocal-chops and grinding, booty-shaking basslines. As for the latter, G Vump takes a startling broken beat flex, reducing the original to a stuttering mass of kicks, snares and ominous harmonics; but the real surprise comes from Feadz & Kito, who create an all-out monster half-step belter - fresh!
11 Feb 13
Review: Formerly known for his drum & bass productions when he first emerged, Russian producer Nphonix is in a funkier mood these days, not least on this EP for Audio Culture. "Tactix" plies a similar trade in disorientating sonic clutter as Gerry Read's disassembled house, except the garage rhythm underneath the dubby scrapes and swells is far more militant. "Don't I Feel" is a moodier cut featuring plenty of soulful vocal licks and a tech house persistence, while "Naimina" heads into a white flash of dub techno adaptations. "20Cube" heads down its own path of icy electro, and yet still the same dubby sensibility informs the melodics and sound design, obviously brought even further to the fore on "Naimina (Dub)". Highly recommended.
21 Nov 11
Played by: Dairmount (Room With A View Recs), Tom (Shur-I-Kan) Szirtes, Anthony Bois, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Junoplus, Modo Fractal, Larssen, Soaka
Review: Dauwd caused a bit of a stir earlier this year with a free digital EP released through Pictures Music, and now he gets his first release proper with What's There. The title track is characterised by its melodic approach to bass music, with elastic synths and water droplet sonics accented with minimal, clicky percussion. It's a deceptive track which unfolds itself gradually, hitting you between the eyes with its emotional climax. The other tracks don't disappoint either, with "Acireams" utilising a straighter 4/4 beat with a palette of warm synth textures and clipped samples. Perhaps the real gem is "Ikopol", with its golden tones and bright bell percussion in combination with its rich bass and house untertones is perhaps exactly what you'd imagine a collaboration between Four Tet and Martyn to sound like. An incredible debut from what looks set to be one to watch in 2012.
23 Jul 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Diplo, Ya Dun Know, Tom Central, Guerilla Speakerz, Chris Coco, Mooqee, Diplo, Chris Coco, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Mr Mitch, Aquadrop, The Captain, The Golden Toyz, Cyantific, Gntlmn, La Royale, Sounds Of Sumo, Nsekt, J Courage, Avicii, Illmana (Dirty Trainer Crew), Filth Collins, The Mane Thing, Black Butter Records, Chocolate Puma, Major Lazer, J69
Review: Making their debut on Warp, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice proudly cross their beams to rain down a sick and slick kind of future-crunk, aptly demonstrated in in the introductory nature of bass-rich teaser "Top Floor" with its juke leanings and menacing posture. There's a detuned nature to the recognisable bleeps and wails on offer here while the beats remain crunchy and steadfast. "Higher Ground" is more overt in its use of juke to create a twisted kind of hype, while "Bugg'n" drips and drops in a loping vat of sub bass and slow-mo strangeness, leaving you with one of the oddest takes on the contemporary mess of electronic beats.
04 Dec 12
Review: Symbols Recordings regular Jason Burns returns for his third outing on Kastle's label, perhaps one of the most prolific new imprints in the world of forward thinking bass music this year. Here he teams up with Brent Still Life for five tracks of futuristic R&B action; first up Burns goes solo with "Lightning", a piece of 2-step infused house with a killer vocal hook, then its Brent Still Life's turn with "I Could Blame You", a cool piece of icy R&B sampling bass smeared with sumptuous square waves. Next the pair team up for "Right Here" and "Ain't Nobody Do It", two tracks that combine the same pop sensibility with a ghettotech vibe.
06 Aug 12
Played by: Ricky Simmonds (DJ Rsi), DJ Purple Rabbit, Flash Atkins, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Nsekt, Pikcha
Review: British bass/garage/UKF risers Compound One drop a spanking and slightly wonky gem in the form of "Howz Tingz" - a bare and jacking tropical heater with some insane and catchy vocal hooks littered liberally over the top. Hot Chip and one half of the 2 Bears Joe Goddard weighs in with a deeper and more dubby remix, layering a drone bass over the vocal gymnastics, while another Compound original, "Flingback", keeps a slightly mischievous tone over some thick bass rises and tropical percussion.
20 Nov 12
Played by: Simon/Off
Review: This guy is an 18 year-old producer from London, literally bursting with ideas. This is his latest EP and features a disparate range of influences over its three original songs. Opener "Swap Numbers" is an infectious slice of quirky beats that flower into a super-catchy tropical garage joint in the middle. "Coolant" features stop-start beats and an escalating melodic bassline, "Touch Me" is a dubsteppy, almost hip-hop affair that makes a few playful nods towards retro rave. Also Kon reworks the title track in a hypey, tropical-bass stylee.