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15 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Electro House
Review: Originally released last December, Zinc's Sasha Keable-fronted electro wriggler "Only For Tonight" gets the remix treatment from TEED (low-swung, sludgy bass jack session) and the up-and-coming Maison Sky (warped garage with trippy pitched down vocals, oddball percussion and waspish bass). In case you and the original aren't familiar yet, it's here in both its soul-coated vocal glory and naked bouncy instrumental state.
22 Apr 13
Played by: Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy)
Review: XXXY can do no wrong right now. Hot on the heels of his Rinse release comes this wonderfully understate double header that sits comfortably somewhere between 2020 Soundsystem and Damu. "Progression" is tech-laced, steppy and textured with twinkling arpeggios while "Thinking 'Bout" nods more towards a housier soundset while maintaining a lucid, skippy funk the breakbeat rhythm.
16 Apr 13
Review: US producer (Spank Rock, Kid Sister etc) XXXChange clearly believes in the old maxim of quality not quantity, as his releases are relatively few and far between. Last heard on his Backbeat single for Kitsune, he's now back at home on T&A with a brand new two-tracker. "PWNY" is a killer fusion of old skool electro and future bass music featuring trancey synths, stop-start rhythms and chants. "Penguin Party" sees him enlist the help of Ghostdad for a rousing, M.I.A-esque peak-time scorcher.
20 May 13
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
15 Apr 13
12 Apr 13
Played by: Blind Prophet (South Fork Sound)
Review: Volatil is a mysterious producer hailing from Barcelona. For his latest trick, he's conjured two pretty out-there, hard to define monsters: the title track, "Chaos Does Not Exist" is a remarkable combination of tribal techno, weird electronica and even the odd jazzy interlude. "This Is Music From The Past" is like a spaced out 90s rave track, with extra 808s and frenetic footwork rhythms.
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.
26 Apr 13
24 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Downtempo
Review: Following on from their first instalment, the guys at Parisian soul/funk/jazz label Heavenly Sweetness are back with a follow up. Having spent months scouring the net for the best new sounds, they proudly present the cream of their findings - 15 in total. Highlights include the future bass/jazzy trapisms of "Down Brandy" which takes the eponymous RnB singer and warps her into another dimension, the drunk cat on a keyboard-isms of "Muscles", the cool retro hip-hop of "Boomboxin" and the 80s freestyle pop of "The Followers".
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30 Apr 13
Review: With his NYC label Thought Render, DJ DGGZ is intent on presenting bass-heavy sounds irrespective of genre. It's a good thing too because there's quite a lot of genres that fall under the bass label. Here he's rounded up some blinders from every corner of the globe, starting with himself (the slammin house of "Babe" and the staccato rhythms of "Swerve On") but also including Salem-esque goth-trap from London (Filter Dread & Luke B "Blurred Vision"), deliciously multi-layered electro-house from New Jersey (DJ Scratchin "Late Hours"), and haunting, 808-flecked RnB from San Diego (Ethernt "Are You For Real"). The future looks bright!
13 May 13
Review: The phenomenon that answers to the names 'footwork' or 'juke' has spread far and wide since its origins as a sped up fusion of ghetto, jackin' and hip-beats in Chicago. It's spread so far in fact, that French label, Booty Call, have taken it upon themselves to present this inspired compilation in an attempt to put the genre firmly on the musical map. They've got taste too, and highlights of these 12 prime cuts include: the deep synth fest of 'Access", the porno-hop frenzy of "Sex To Me" and the Kenny G on downers vibe of "My Sorrows".
25 Mar 13
Review: Under the control of Martin Clark, Keysound has been one of the more reliable imprints mapping the slow mutation of dubstep, garage and grime. Though its early years saw appearances from the likes of Kowton, Skream, Burial and Zomby, recent releases have seen the label develop its catalogue with a range of under the radar artists, maintaining a critical distance from flash in the pan trends with albums from Sully, LV and LHF, and singles from the likes of Beneath and Logos. Now the label delivers their first compilation; some 14 tracks deep, it's the perfect encapsulation of the fresh music Clark regularly represents on his Rinse FM residency with Dusk. Featuring a host of unheralded talent in the form of Rabit, E.m.m.a., and Samrai alongside established producers such as Beneath, Visionist and Gremino, the compilation's material is representative of the forward-thinking material Clark has been particularly vocal about of late, united by what he describes as a "130bpm heartbeat".
10 Apr 13
22 Apr 13
Review: With the imminent return of Daft Punk reminding us all of Paris's vibrant electronic music heritage, local label ClekClekBoom pop-up to provide us with a wide-eyed snapshot of the current Parisian underground. There are hints of familiar French staples - the stomping Ed Banger-ish ravery of The Town's "Dice", the classic house flex of Coni's "Missing You Nire" - but for the most part Paris Club Music Volume 1 dances to a different beat. With label regulars French Fries coming to the fore, much of the album is devoted to the sort of hard-to-pigeonhole bass music that takes its influence as much from B-more, R&B and UK garage as filter funk and electro-house.
20 May 13
Review: Steve Goodman drops the latest installment in the ever-correct Rinse series with a raucous selection that runs the gamut of lively, current bass mutations with as much party-starting intention as forward-thinking imagination. There's a healthy show of garage such as Alex Parkinson & Chris Lorenzo's "What Must I Prove 2 U", while plenty of funky gets aired from the likes of Funkystepz and DVA, but really it's hard to keep a handle on the styles as Goodman mixes fearlessly and swiftly between the vibes. Barely resting on a track for more than two minutes, the vibe rollicks through uptempo styles that at times get positively frantic (see Jam City), and other times get decidedly spaced out (as in Visionist's "Something Old Something New"). You can always count on Kode9 to bring the mind-bending noise like few others, and he's having a lot of fun getting bashy on this mix.
13 May 13
Played by: Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Entering what seems like a new phase for Pinch's bastion of forward-thinking dubstep, Tectonic Plates reaches its fourth edition and brings in a raft of fresh producers and new angles on just what the genre might mean in these fractured times. Even the classic standard bearers such as Jakes are bringing curious 4/4 momentum in amidst the sparse, dread filled pressure, while Guido pivots off of the plush musicality of his album to create an utterly broken symphony on "State Of Joy". There are a lot of different ideas floating around the whole compilation, and yet everything holds together with the deep-rooted soundsystem mentality that has always defined Tectonic as a shining example of what dubstep has always meant.
05 Apr 13
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03 May 13
Played by: Benny Kane
Review: Benny Kane and Dr Specs hook up with one of dancehall's most distinctive vocalists Daddy Freddy. The result? A dark, near-menacing stepper with a heavy, ominous vibe. Remix-wise every bass base is covered: Benny Kane adds a tropical hollow-bass stomp, 6BLOCC cause 808 meltdown on their Trapped Out rub, Skanx sharpens his rave breaks so much they can cut your ears from 50 paces, Black & White up the tempo for a hectic laser-puncher of "Tarantula" proportions and Rebel Sonix outlays two different versions; one laden with bleeps, the other laden with jaunty skanks and high end screams. Immense.
06 May 13
Review: They say that Tuesday's child is full grace. It's certainly true of the productions of Tuesday Born, aka multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Benn. This release sees him leave behind his previous fascinations with Africa and South America to a slightly more traditional North American sound. The quality doesn't suffer though, as "Wake" is a strong take on the Stateside RnB ballad and is successful thanks to a deep and jazzy female vocal. Remixes come from One Inch Punch (shuffle-step) and Pale (broken micro-garage).
06 May 13
Played by: Mat Cant
Review: Tony Tokyo debuts on Roska's Kicks and Snares imprint with "More Than A Fantasy", and rather than the flexing UKF the label is usually known for, his style is more that of the bassy, swung house of the Hypercolour camp, combining swung rhythms, dubby stabs and a cascading vocal sample. RKS regular Tickles provides his own take on the track, delivering a streamlined, techy version of the track which adds screaming synths and bouncing percussive tics.
14 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.
21 Apr 13
Review: The success of Taiki & Nulight's recent low-key release Late Nights has now seen it expand into a full-blown EP. Again released by Herve's Cheap Thrills, the title track is a dubby, wobbly 4x4 garage roller. "Take Me Up" is a straight up, hands in the air party anthem, "Footwerk" is dark, deep and very late night bassline houser , but it's all about "Offkey" for sheer next level sounds.
25 Mar 13
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
29 Apr 13
Review: It's a meeting of minds on this long player with rootsy German label Root Down releasing this much-anticipated album from Korean-German 'future dancehall' act Symbiz Sound. There's plenty of tunes, 15 in total here, many of which featuring either the talents of ZHI MC or Feral Is Kinky. Highlights include the sweet sounding lovers rock of opener "Soundboy Dead", the bassy, ghetto-hop of "Ruff Ride", the digital dancehall of "Down Under" and the sheer tribalism of "Bad So".