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06 Aug 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
Review: Some truly heavy garage, with sinister textures and dour string melodies all linked to tuff 2-step beats, Buzzin10's "Haunted Garage" is just the tonic for the recent spate of lightweight and honey-coated garage tunes. Their self-titled "Buzzin10" tune from this latest EP in Frijsfo Beats is just as rough and gloriously hectic, while "Dubbed Out" is a charging techno workout that mixes drones and dry snares perfectly.
20 Aug 12
Review: Following sturdy releases with the likes of Presk and Tessela, Audio Culture make a more decisive move into the realms of house music with this bumpy jam from Iron Galaxy; a production moniker with little to no reference points. "Attention Seeker" hits upon a hooky lead synth that bounces and warps around the garage shuffle of the beat while an aqueous pad cools off those heated elements for a fully balanced listening experience. It's functional where it counts, but the heart and soul of the track ensures it'll strike deeper than a one-dimensional rhythm track.
07 May 12
Review: In a pairing that captures the vanguard of UK club-ready dynamics, Hackman and Tessela pool their resources to come up with some gutsy jams that celebrate the wilder end of what contemporary dance music is all about. There's a constant roll to "Now I've Lost My Number 4" that sees clattering beats falling into a steady groove, while the bass seems to wobble out regardless of the tumbling rhythms. "Feel Like Me" is the real killer though, bouncing on a nasty bump that belies the more garage-leaning tendencies of the artists while also chucking in a truly unique choice of crooning vocal sample.
04 Mar 13
Review: This latest missive from fast-rising starlet and 877 Records chief Dom 877 has already been picking up heat on promo, with Todd Edwards, Skream and Brackles amongst the most enthusiastic fans. Their excitement is probably justified, because "Do It Right" is rather tasty - a kind of deep garage/mystical deep house blend with enough rush-inducing builds and breakdowns to delight young punters and old heads alike. The more UKG-inclined Klic remix (yep, he of Medlar fame) is, if anything, even better. For those who still want more, there's also a tasty deep UK funky cut in the shape of "Mansion".
23 Oct 12
Review: North Carolina duo Clicks & Whistles return on Kastle's Symbols Recordings, trading in the southern hip-hop style of previous releases for high energy footwork. "2 Much Higher" combines chopped up chords, synth flutes and tumbling snares in a 150BPM package with a murky and mangled vocal, while "Hightower" repeats the formula with a more lush set of synth tools and jazzy melody. "Waiting 4" meanwhile sounds like a lost cut from Machinedrum's Room(s), combining frenetic percussion and a warm sidechained backdrop as contrast to the sirens going off in the background. Finally, Canadian producer XI turns in a moody 2-step tinged house remix of "2 Much Higher", inverting the bright tones of the original into something more greyscale.
25 Jun 12
Review: Expect low slung, synth-laden party beats to erupt from this three-track release by Notion. The "Digits EP" gets things started with a burst of bleepy beats in aptly entitled "Digits", which is all hazy computerized sounds and simple progressions before it drops and becomes an altogether different beast, with pumping beats and shimmying rhythms. "Soundbwoy Killa", up next, pairs an iconic vocal snippet with grinding mid range, clapping beats and a fun, funky vibe. "Watch Here" is another dancefloor-driven piece with grouchy beats, reverberating vocal and compelling melody.
24 Sep 12
Review: Presumably named after the villain in the eponymous 1980s arcade game, Sinistarr is a futuristic drum and bass producer hailing from Detroit. Having already released on labels like the mighty Metalheadz, this new single arrives on Loose Squares. "Rave Juke" marries jungle rhythms with rave stabs and ominous who-let-the-dogs-out barking! "Western Ting" features cut up vocals and weird, melting basslines. "Ross" takes things in a totally different direction; it being a total hip-hop joint based around intricate drum patterns, warped vocals and booming bass. Recommended for anyone wanting a fresh take on an established sound.
17 Dec 12
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.
04 Feb 13
Review: For a new-ish label, Lo Note UK have begun with some hot property on their humble roster: first we had Bristol's My Nu Leng and now its hotly tipped Londoner Boxwork. This eponymous release is one of his first 'proper' ones and he's not holding anything back! It's a calling card to display the breadth of his talents, which he does over four tracks. "Specifics" is like Orbital and X-Press 2's Lazy having a love-in, "Bartom" is tropical bass-meets-juke, "Leak" is deep n dark voodoo-bass and things wrap up with the jazzy shuffle-beats of "You Only". One to watch!
11 Mar 13
10 Apr 12
Review: Stabber's The Torsion EP comes courtesy of Lucky Beard Recordings and is a true gem, which should appeal to fans of the more experimental edge of underground electronica. The five-track EP kicks off with "Proven", in which chopped up vocal element reverberates around dizzying beats and heavy swathes of bass. Next is "Torsion Force" - an excellent cut with throbbing bass stabs, pounding beats and an industrial edge. "B-Ass" takes things on an even deeper experimental tip, whilst "Paul Hangar" gets dark and menacing and then "Wooh" brings the EP to a resounding close.
15 Oct 12
Played by: Sounds Of Sumo
Review: South London Ordnance's killer run of form continues with this release for Danish imprint TEAL. "Witch Hunt" sees him develop his canny mix of 4/4 house and swung garage dynamics, this time bringing in the mood of 90s jungle to his slow-house formula, with its churning subs and vocal skip with narcoleptic peak time stabs. The lumbering density of "Chase Song" meanwhile combines the deeper techno atmospherics of Skudge with a maelstrom of snares and rave dynamics.
03 Oct 12
Review: It's true to say that genres in dance music really are melting away at the moment. With its clippity-clop rhythms, velvety pads and melodic vocals, "Heat Wave" is a warm blend of spacey synth-pop and house. Bassmynt's 'Rain' remix, takes the tune round Burial's for a night in with a broken synth, before Reilly's Indian Summer mix takes it out for a bit of thumping-jazz clubbing (yes, a new genre for us too!). "Buried" is an intriguing mix of doomy, bass-heavy tuneage and ecstatic gospel that is given a mangled garage makeover by HxDB.
11 Mar 13
Played by: Shox
Review: Shox continues to push through the ever growing UK electronic landscape with this EP of pure hype for the more energetic corners of modern dance music. "Hi Grade" slams out the bleepy cluster bombs and trancey stingers over a clap heavy beat that should get more youthful ravers losing their proverbials. "Eyes Down" is less about top end distractions and more focused on weighty bass rumblings over a strict house tempo, with plenty of broken beat switch ups for good measure when the shakers need to do their thing. DVA gets all jukey on his remix with some nasty sample looping which eventually gives way to synth flourishes, while Trouble & Bass duo Zombies For Money don't mess around with their version, which slams out a solid broken beat and tempers the synths into focused arpeggios.
22 Mar 13
Review: Be prepared for this one, most certainly not for the faint hearted as Dutch hardcore producer Nosferatu drops his much anticipated album on Be Yourself Music. Holland has long been the breeding ground for the worlds biggest hard dance talent with the likes of headhunterz and Wildstylez. Raw and vicious are two words the label use to describe the 25 tracks, which is a fitting summary.. that said there is plenty of clever melody work and the production is massive. There are plenty of MC / hype-man vocals throughout and appearances from the likes of Evil Activities, The Playah, and Ruffneck. If you like it hard, fast, and crazy, then don't waste anytime in grabbing this. Prepare for the walls and windows to shake and shatter!
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Review: This chap originally hails from Portugal but has lived in Iceland for ages. It kinds of sums up his sound too, as his productions are hot blooded but executed with an icy cool. There's nothing to fault here on these two tracks - "Calia" packs some serious bass and partners it with crisp, clicky beats, while "Romario's Theme" is a slick slice of anthemic tropical bass. Classy!
06 May 13
Review: Ahead of a multitude of new ventures and projects, Hyetal makes a welcome return to hint at where his sound might be heading with this new track. It's a bold move that fuses rasping electro drum patterns with reverbed vocal and trademark plush, detuning melodies that comes on like a dramatic, windswept version of synth-pop built for craggy coastlines. Vessel steps up for the first remix, shearing away the niceties to create some industrial flavoured dread complete with yowling, nebulous wraiths of the original vocal and insistent bass. Factory Floor meanwhile bring their own brand of looping sample revisions that work up to a peppy, disco-fuelled burner with a catchy bassline to anchor the more wayward samples in the background.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Resketch, aka Liverpool's own Steve Burnett, is on a bass-led roll right now and this collaboration with Infinite Machine seems very likely to up the heat even further. "Numf" is all Tropically tinged staccato drum breaks, pitch-bent rave pads and sped up vocal snippets. "It Could Be" is a very different beast, being a fluffy and melodic retro house affair complete with hazy diva wails and tweaked piano notes. "Reason For A Reason" is seductive futuristic R&B that gets a moody slow-clap makeover courtesy of Framework. Lead track "Numf" returns to end things on a high, with Liar's Herescu 14 mix opting for an upbeat, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, electro-funk route.
27 Aug 12
Played by: Godfather Sage - Noisy Meditation
Review: Steeped in the tropes of the Burial fallout, Nocow sports his influences with pride as he delivers the second release for Infinite Machine. Steady breakstep beats with an earthy quality drown serenely in a dense vat of pad on EP opener "The Man Behind The Suit", while forlorn RnB vocal licks loop around harmoniously throughout. The trick is repeated in a similar fashion on "I Just Want You (To Know)", albeit with slightly less morose end results, while "Like Apart" and "I Told You" change tact with a driving 4/4 undercurrent upon which the pensive sonic decoration travels.
01 Jun 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Big Dope P, DJ Cable, Piri Piri, Da Movelt Nasty Show, Massacooramaan
Review: Teklife Vol 1 represents the first release for footwork trailblazer DJ Rashad's new Lit City Trax imprint, created in collaboration with DJ Spinn and associate J-Cush, and a label which promises to be the definitive label for Chicago's well established footwork scene. At a massive 20 tracks this album is a meaty proposition, and it's testament to Rashad's talent that the album is entirely free of filler. Showing the producer's talent for swelling low end and threadbare percussion, album highlights include his excellent DJ Spinn collaboration "We Trippy Mane" with nods to Juicy J, the analogue mayhem of "She Gonna Go", the manic 303 and 808 assault of "Da Life" and the juxtaposition of smooth Rhodes chords, horn samples and furious percussive rattle on "Kush Ain't Loud".
15 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
16 Jul 12
Played by: C Tek
Review: With material from Hyetal, Bashmore, Headhunter, Joker and more in their discography, Soul Motive have established a reputation for seeking out the various strands of music blossoming both close by their Bristol HQ and far (Cosmin TRG has also featured on the label) Arriving at their eleventh release Soul Motive further indulge the sounds of local talent Coleco, a producer who contributed to one of the label's early, split releases and is now granted the full grip of a twelve inch. Lead track "Hypnagogia" takes it's cue from the loose percussive style of Shackleton, gradually weaving in a thumping half step groove and intoxicating layers of Eastern strings - accomplished stuff! On the flip Victoria Klewin adds her floating, slightly saturated vocal tones to the galloping mysticism of "Find Me."
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.
12 Nov 12
Review: Continuing to blossom as producer with many sides to him, Lando Kal drops this latest EP for Icee Hot in a melee of weirdo house moves. The lead track calls to mind the creepier end of Brackles and Doc Daneeka, but strapped to a slower groove that merely accentuates the psychedelic wonder of it all. "Help Myself" is a little less murky with its G-funk lines and sunny chords, but it's no less deranged as the synths and samples come staggering in and out of earshot in a positively drunken style. Anthony Shakir's remix of "Help Myself" is a masterclass in restraint and unease, working on a rolling break and contorting elements of the original into a messy but engrossing concoction.
10 Apr 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, Hxdb, Vorres - Juno, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio
Review: Fresh grimey house goodness from this Canadian pairing on an excellent new release from Party Guy. HXDB channels Boddika and Pearson Sound on the UKF-meets-808 funk of "Once Bytten", while the pair break out some Blawan-esque drum heat on the fantastically moody acid blast of "Bassixx". Really strong stuff that deserves to be snapped up by fans of heady and future-focused bass music.
17 May 13
Review: Effortlessly straddling the lines between bright, cheerful electro-indiepop and dark grime-influenced trap, Mieux aren't so much joining a scene as helping it to evolve. Bass music has been looming and lunging through different phases of creation for some time now and each track on this EP offers some insight into where it's heading next. "Greek" is a light-hearted blast of colourful calypso-flavoured future garage where "Guns" steps off into darkness, trap-heavy beats and itchy, hyperactive synths. "Pearl" takes footwork and mashes it with a cutseypie chiptune hook, and star of the show "Risiko" shows restraint and texture in abundance as it builds and swells into your perfect set topper. Girls will dance to this, trust us.
06 May 13
Review: This is a South Fork's first official spilt single and they're frankly rubbing their hands with glee over the artists they sourced to appear. Sclist is up first, delivering the remarkably weird and wonderful "Round One" which features hypnotic deep tribal and voodoo rhythms. Subcorr's "Ghost Charmer" is stark and menacing electro with a killer synth top line and is basically just amazing.
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10 Sep 12
Review: Following two releases last year that seemed inspired by the more purple end of dubstep, Manni Dee returns on Hit and Hope with some tracks that explore the fertile 130 zone between techno and bass. "Shifting" opens proceedings with a dense techno track that is somewhere between Blawan's percussive battery and the sludgy crawl of Andy Stott, "Viaduct" takes the same shady atmospherics and applies them to a raw, clattering rhythmic framework with weird vocal effects, and "Sympathy Pass" takles the hyperactive arpeggios of his early productions and fuses them to a swung 4/4 backbone. On the remix front, young UK house upstart James Fox turns in a deeply melodic version of "Shifting" that takes things to 90s NYC without sacrificing any of the original's weight, and Deft reworks "Viaduct" into a restless tech-step monster with rampant juke influences.
11 Jan 13
Played by: Guerilla Speakerz, Hxdb, DJ Cure (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound)
Review: A hotly anticipated release here from producer Wen (aka Owen Darby). The internet has been alive of late with bass lovers reactions to this guy's thoroughly innovative sound which loosely rests somewhere between post-dubstep and future bass. Also the debut release for New York label South Fork Sounds, "Lo-Fidelity" is sparse and haunting with a female RnB vocal warped around sporadic 808 beats and prowling bass frequencies. "Takin' Over" sounds like stoned aliens invading earth to a shuffley 2-step rhythm.
20 Feb 12
Played by: Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Vorres - Juno, Danny Drive Thru, Matthew Kyle, J Courage, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Bam Bam Dealers
Review: For a producer who used to be clearly defined in the sliced hip-hop tempo of Dabrye and Prefuse 73, it sure is hard to make sense of Machinedrum these days, and we mean that in the best possible way. As the name might suggest, his latest effort "Nastyfuckk" is a guttural affair, plying those frantic juke rhythms while a synth line satan would be proud of growls away underneath. It's a relatively linear effort and all the better for it. "What U Wanted 2 Feel" flips the script with a slow-lurching rhythm more akin to Mount Kimbie than DJ Nate, complete with treated R&B vocal licks, while Pixelord jacks the track up with a colourful and punchy remix.