It's been a while since A1 Bassline last sullied our souls with his low-end shuffles. But he's back with four killer tracks that showcase his deeper side. "Hidden Agenda" is straight out of the late 90s before garage got so dark it morphed into dubstep; featuring shuddering drums and off-beat bass bubbles, it's a great way to show the deep house fakers how it's really done. "Burnt Out Piano Island" jacks with more of a Chicago vibe, all chop-slappy and sample-soaked, while "Outsider" is a brighter, breezier affair with a synth hook so sharp it could catch a shark. "T Moe P" brings the show to a close on another 4/4 UKG vibe; laced with stretchy subs and jitterbug keys, it will have both the bass and deep house communities in a lather. Welcome back A1.
Christian Viers is fast becoming a prominent name on UK underground house and techno circuits, either as part of Lazlo Dancehall alongside Leon Vynehall or his long running A1 Bassline project. Techno-focused releases on his own label, Source Unknown captured the attention of the ears behind the newly formed FINA White resulting in the Bad Timing EP, which the label state is a "strikingly clear indication of the distinctive direction" they plan to take moving forward. Title track "Bad Timing" is a straight up techno banger whose menacingly melodic low-end tones, relentless thump and rolling toms are the driving force behind its robust and looming groove. "Without Time" is a similarly complex percussive cut, but with its jungle inspired Arabic horns, trancey synth-lead breakdowns and acid squelches, whilst UK house veteran Nail offers a more direct 4/4 take on the track with his typically classy remix.