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25 Mar 13
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
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.
29 Apr 13
29 Apr 13
Review: Inspired by some time spent in Shanghai, the Hyperdub main man makes a long-awaited return with this no-messing two tracker that sees him venturing into ever more curious realms of rhythmic abstraction. "Xingfu Lu" shudders on a trap-like framework, sparse but heavy hitting all in the same breath. The melodies sport that oddly comforting sense of otherworldliness that has always characterised Steve Goodman's musicality even as the groove playfully fits and starts. "Kan" is a more feisty proposition, moving erratically between different motifs and getting even twitchier in the drums department while found sounds slip in between the miniscule cracks between the hats and snares. It's a bewildering effect that suggests interesting pastures new are in sight for Kode 9.
23 Apr 13
Review: This is Damn Kids second release for Drop The Lime's Trouble & Bass imprint, so they must be doing something right! As you might expect this EP is all about the bass action: "Worthless" being a prime example of slow building urban tropical with extra claustrophobic atmospherics for good luck. The VIP mix sees footwork frenzy meet a chilled RnB breakdown and "Tyledon" mixes 4x4 with a bit of wobble bass for some nasty dancefloor business.
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22 Apr 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.
20 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage
29 Apr 13
Review: A new addition to the still fledgling label Skrufix, Mightythor announces his arrival in style - with a heavy hammer hit of his unique take on funky. ""Walk In Stomp" sounds like a retro electro-funker stumbling confused around a garage all nighter - all hazy and warped, but still in the zone. The Crane also steps in and delivers some precision work, all shuffly beats, male soul vocal cuts and deeps writhing basslines.
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).
25 Mar 13
Review: Here we have a split single featuring artists on the Loose Squares roster getting remixed to within an inch of their lives. First up is Ghettotech don Calculon, whose recent collaboration with Austin Speed, "Back The Fuck Up", is turned into a killer slow juke meets jungle synth-fest by the producers themselves. Sinistarr's "Ross" however, is outsourced: and placed in the hands of LA's Drip (aka Atlantic Connection) where it becomes a phenomenal deep bass-meets trap joint.
29 Apr 13
Review: After time well spent roaming across labels such as WNCL, Idle Hands and Brainmath, Kevin McPhee returns to his starting point of [NakedLunch] with a new grip of tracks that display an artist still exploring new avenues for his sound to maraud down. "Version One" kicks off on two minutes of bizarre melody that profoundly hides its tempo until everything pauses for a solid house beat to take hold, making for an eye-opening vision of singular groove. "It's What She Wants" is uncompromising in a wholly different way, pumping and clunking on a productive factory of percussion before the less-than-obvious appropriation of R&B vocal comes loping into the mix. "P1:P2" is positively conventional by comparison, but it's no straight up house cut by any regular stretch with its own unique metallic clang and a decisive switch up into more melodic territory for the later part of the EP.
17 May 13
Played by: Sccucci Manucci
Review: Having made his debut on Prime Numbers earlier this year with his titular contribution to a split release alongside Truss and Massimo De Lena, Adesse is granted a full release with this all killer no filler Untitled Love EP. For someone who came to the fore with a version of Theo Parrish's "Sky Walking, it's unsurprising that the title track here has a rugged charm reminiscent of the outspoken Sound Signature boss - it's all about that thumping snare son! Meanwhile "Supernal" veers into deep steppers territory and contains some ingenious looping of a Laurie Anderson standard, whilst "Metachemistry" highlights Adesse's talent for loose, freeform arrangements.
13 May 13
13 May 13
Played by: Phuturelabs
Review: Given Unknown To The Unknown's wide ranging remit, including bassline garage, Detroit electro and Chicago house, it was perhaps inevitable that a genuine 90s house record would find its way onto the label at some point. Originally released in 1992, OHM's "Tribal Tone" was supposedly the first tune to use the Korg M1 sound that was later immortalised by Robin S' "Show Me Love", and had considerable impact at the time, being championed The Shamen frontman Mr C, being licensed to R&S sub-label Global Cuts and US label Vibe, and finding itself remixed by the Sabres of Paradise trio. Here it finds itself with three similarly great remixes, a stripped-back, raw groover from Marquis Hawkes, a horn-heavy piece of 90s action from Capracara and a thundering mid-tempo effort from Northern Souls. Essential!
05 Apr 13
01 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Despite sounding like an ill-fated 1980s left-of-centre political party, SPD is actually, in fact, Liverpudlian deep-tropical producer Will Dunbar-Sheppard, and this sizzling new EP features four future-facing bass tracks. Deep ain't the word for it; "Habitus" features haunting effects, shimmering piano, hypnotic vocals and gently glitchy beats, "Simulacrumb" is sublime house with glacial synthlines, "Held Hands" is an incredible mix of urgent tropical beats and truly other worldly synth pads while "Street Flutters" ends things in beautifully sombre fashion.
06 May 13
Played by: Paradisiaca Recordings
29 Apr 13
Review: DA10 boast a self-proclaimed 'genius' amongst their ranks and are named after 'a mythological piece of hardware with the power to fuse bouncing beats with powerful electronics'; at least the quality of the music lets them away with some of the pretentions. Recorded entirely on vintage hardware, this EP features five cuts that range from the tough beats and bleeps ("Redshift") to mellow synth-funk ("Respirator") via melancholy synthscapes peppered with light DnB percussion ("Out Of Reach Of Earth").
29 Apr 13
Played by: Eric Sharp
Review: He probably won't win any prizes for modesty with the title of this release, but Sharp's musical approach is certainly worthy of praise. "Help Me" is all breathy textures and swinging offbeats, the steely precision of minimal house mixed with the deeper sound of Detroit. The DAMB remix veers closer to minimalism; while it retains the original's sense of swing, the rhythm is tougher and the percussion more insistent. Sharp follows DAMB's example on "Organized Confusion"; there, tough drums and tonal shifts usher in a harder, less musical sound. It's a similar story on "Avusadora", featuring Bass Cadet, which focuses on a jacking rhythm and a repetitive vocal sample.
14 May 13
13 May 13
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.
01 Apr 13
Review: If he's talking marriage after just one single, Lithuanian producer Mantas Stonkus Vel must be pretty serious, but with the calibre of tunes on display here, he's on his well his way to getting a positive answer. "Vilnius We Have A Problem" kicks things off with a trippy slo-mo booty groove complete with ridiculously deep bass and surreal speech samples. Further on we encounter heavy, stomping electro glam on "Catch Me", voodoo rhythms on "Pelkiu" and (possibly very tongue-in-cheek) high-pitched RnB meets Eurotrance on "Transdans".
02 May 13
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.
05 Apr 13
Review: Destination "Afrika" via LA... Here we find Sub Slayer Skanx delving deep into jungle heritage with a muddy roller that packs the same foggy, radar-ridden breakbeat punch as the Meat Beat Manifesto's "Radio Babylon". For a more contemporary dub twist head for 6BLOCC's remix; stripping things back to a nagging 4/4 sub thump, it's the perfect blend of trad dub and stark future-minded bass music. Elsewhere we don the white gloves for the rave-tastic "Boom" while Eek-A-Mouse goes under the sample scalpel on the swashbuckling "Dub War". The junglist massive are on fine form right here.
30 Apr 13
22 Apr 13
Review: Deftly exploring the creative possibilities in the endless badlands of a post-dubstep landscape, Krueger references everything from juke to techno across his two originals. "Giggles" is a paranoid, minimal masterpiece that refuses to be pigeonholed, while "Can You" is basically acid house if it arrived twenty-five years later. Complex yet stark and simplistic both are the epitome of electronic music's earliest, most essential ingredients. And the remixes are all pretty special, too...