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22 Apr 13
Review: We don't usually condone lying here at Juno, but when you tell seven of them across a beautiful nine track debut album, it's absolutely acceptable. Applaudable, even. Highlights across this deep, tightly woven bass adventure include the Portishead-style trippy dubtronica of "Comos Los Cerdos", the somnambulant drones and breathy washes of "Lies", the nagging techno loopery of "Dam" and the trembling graveyard soul of "Arcana".
01 Apr 13
Played by: Roberto Rodriguez
Review: Recently announced as the latest artist to trade Planet Mu for Ninja Tune, Machinedrum celebrates a four LP deal with the venerable UK label with a fresh drop for Fracture's Astrophonica label. One of the leading lights in 150bpm+ excursions, Astrophonica has been dominated by Fracture's own output - last year's The Limit VIP being a label highlight - though appearances from the likes of Om Unit demonstrate they do broaden their remit occasionally. Clissold VIP expertly shifts from the fidgety drum edits of its opening minutes to a jungle riffing midsection with the kind of aplomb the Berlin-based Travis Stewart is renowned for, whilst the BoC style synths on display throughout ensure the track remains finely balanced between accessible and aggressive. This release in a word? Essential!
08 May 13
29 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Leeds producer Debian Blak has been described as having a post-dubstep agenda with a sting in its tail. This time round though, he's eschewed the sting in favour of a sweeter pop sound, and to great effect too. Minimal and sensuous with a yearning female vocal from Neo Joshua, this is a contender for a number one in a perfect world. Remix-wise Lion Gonzalez stays close to the original, while HanC goes for sparse beats with retro synth stabs and pitched down vocals.
13 May 13
Review: The unprecedented rush that's met each upcoming funky-house-garage-bassline producer in recent months has plastered the pillars of the bass music spectrum with the tags and new sounds of a scene that's forging itself before our very eyes. Debian Blak has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 and has created a stir with previous remixes and bootlegs. This, his first ever full length release, chronicles his musical journeys on his very rapid ascent to bass music stardom. From the lush soundscapes and retro bleeps of "Dive" to the deep, contemplative tones of "Where You", Blak is a man intent on building his own structure on the never-ending tower that is modern bass music. God speed, Debian.
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).
13 May 13
25 Mar 13
Review: When Peggy Lee slinked around in the 50s to the sultry strains of "Fever", could she ever have imagined that half a century later, people like Romare would be turning her tune into a weed smokin', love makin' slo-mo RnB jam? Unlikely to say the least, but "Your Love (You Give Me Fever") is on the money and respectful, if different to the original's mood. Elsewhere, "Jimi & Faye" is a warped take on blues, "Taste Of Honey" recalls the days of daisy age hip-hop and "Hey Now" is a weary and haunting piano lament.
21 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Techno
Review: From the label who gave us Gorgon City and Rudimental comes another exciting new act, DVWLX (or David Wilcox as he's known to the taxman). Taking the bass flavours of labels such as Pets and Dirtybird but dropping the tempo down a notch or two, "Not Another Love Song" oozes a classy sense of timelessness. "Get Out" is darker and deeper again with a lovely succession of reverberating, dubbed out textures; think 2020 Vision's early output and you're not far off. "Just Like That" takes us deeper again, nodding at formative progressive sounds while maintaining a slight cheekiness with cool VonStroke style diced vocal hits. As far as debut records go, this is near-on faultless.
13 May 13
Review: Despite the irreverent moniker, we reckon this Brighton act are just being coy - they probably spend ages perfecting their sounds really. Besides history is littered with warnings about what letting the machine do the work, haven't they seen Terminator? Anyway "One Love" is a big bear hug of a house record featuring a gruff voiced man spreading the love over some deep grooves and woozy key stabs. "Brighter Day" is a hazy, melancholic slice of early Chicago-style house and is a joy to behold.
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".
29 Mar 13
05 May 13
Review: Ramp's Brain Math sublabel has been responsible for some of the more experimental takes on bass music over the past few years, and Canadian producer Kevin McPhee is a logical addition to the canon. Although only one track, "Who Loves You" more than makes its impression, with some dusty, subdued piano led beats and deep bass that recall James Blake and Airhead's contribution to the label.
15 Apr 13
Review: For his latest signing, Gilles Peterson looks closer to home - Brighton to be precise - where he found the Anushka duo of Max Wheeler & Victoria Port. Not particularly exotic, but the music, which they describe as 'bass music from the future', covers that requirement. Theirs is a blend of deep bass, glistening synths and breaky urban beats flavoured with digital riddims ("Wired"), deep tropical ("Yes Guess") and soulful house ("I Have Love 4 You"). Definitely going places.
16 Apr 13
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.
29 Mar 13
26 Apr 13
Review: Although it has only one release to its name - Happa's Beat Of The Drum - London club night turned record label Church is looking to be an imprint to keep close tabs on, especially on the strength of this second EP, from young London producer Rumah. Although his debut from last year demonstrated an atmospheric, syncopated style of bass music, "Stutter" shows a marked progression into swung techno styles, with a weighty track full of concrete rhythms and glassy synths; "Murmur" is similarly powerful, throwing acid flecks and sunken vocals into the mix. Meanwhile, Apes & Seb Wildblood offer their own take on "Stutter", tempering some of the original's more ferocious attributes with some subtle dub techno elements, while James Fox refixes "Murmur" into a slinky, mid-tempo house groover, whose swelling synths offer something considerably deeper.
08 Apr 13
Review: Intent on delivering retro-futuristic club music, Classicworks have teamed up US producers Nick Hook, Vin Sol and Matrixxxman to deliver 3 pure underground dancefloor bangers. Looking to the past for inspiration, but also ensuring contemporary intensity, these tracks are not for the faint hearted! 'I Can Feel It' is old-skool techno with fast footwork-esque drums, '666 Wayz' is pure minimal ghetto house and 'High Volume' ends proceedings with a relentless kick and a plethora of retro vocal samples. You might want a little lie down after dancing to all three in a row.
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.
15 Apr 13
Review: Maintaining their reputation for the most intriguing contemporary bass skulduggery on the planet, Crackling Claps introduce the fractured, seasick vibes of Genda. The second the dusty, crinkled glitches and surging fuzzy euphoria of opener "Fractal" hits you, you know this is going to take a few listens to get your head around. Sitting somewhere between Morris Cowan, Apparat and Autechre, everything about this engrosses and envelopes. From the spiralling sub-aquatic psychedelia of "Particles" to the soul-stopping synth pulsations and horn washes of "Self Similarity", this bends the mind as well breaking gravity. Make sure Genda is on your agenda...
15 Apr 13