Cardiff's Project Allout continue their never-ending run of form, this time by turning in a new artist on the block, Scruloose. The bass youngster has no problem in making his way through into the limelight with four deep and magical bass swelters. "Lights" is particularly alluring thanks to its anthemic strings and perfectly balanced vocal chops, but "Lotus" quickly takes things to rougher territories with its stuttering beat and old-school grime bleeps. "See Me Fall" is a quirky street bullet with another fine flurry of strings, while "Vybra" heads deeper into the mix and we can't help but thinking that it would sound absolutely sick with a burst of vocals riding shotgun.
Bristol d&b and dubstep veteran Jakes, once a member of Pendulum and also a Moving Shadow signee, drops a new solo EP on his own Hench label, and you know what that means. "Deep In The Trench", the title track, is a classic Jakes bass monster with the bastiest wobble squelches we've heard since DJ Hazard - nastiness and filth combined. "Selecta" offers a relatively tamer version of the original - this time backed by jah rastafari samples - while "Blades" stumbles its way across drunken beats featuring Khadafi. "Oman" sees Strikez make an appearance among Jakes' usual downpour of chainsaw bass, and "Sermon" ties things off with another menacing burst of wobble for the deep rave hours. Big and bad.
With prior form on Trapdoor and Audio Rejectz, Myth makes the leap to starting up an label with Halcyon Veil, an aptly named vessel for the haunting, introspective modern dubstep confections contained within Evaporate. The emotion weighs heavy at every time, from the forlorn bleeps of "Phoenix" to the plaintive bassline of "Semagi", while the beats hit crisp and true. With its clean, sharp edges whip-cracking around the moody melodic refrains across the tempo range, all seven tracks on this EP further demonstrate the burgeoning talents of Myth in the ever hectic bass music field.
Rage Slewdem make their third appearance on their own Slew Dem Crew label, but this time they've brought Footsie in on the ones and twos. "Listen" is a dubstep tune by nature, but the crew's UK hip-hop vocals take the tune onto vaster pastures. There is a dub mix, however, and the version focuses more heavily on the beats and the hazy licks of melodies smoking in the air. Tough.
Last summer he made us go gorillas, this summer he's calling us bubbleheads... Physician or not, Circus co-founder Doctor P certainly knows how to tease us with this annual flow of one-track releases. Sitting somewhere between bass house, moombah and straight up electro, an absolutely steaming, spiked-out groove builds up and breaks down around a perfect N.O.R.E vocal loop. The result? Chaos. Someone best call another doctor as this one is sick...
There ain't no party like a "Funeral Party"... A cinematic synth hook, beehive bass, swaggering beats and ghetto feels ensure this will fit in well with trap, dubstep and beats DJs sets with clarity and colour. On the hunt for something colder and drum heavy? Get busy on Bangalore's tribal-wise remix. Rest in pieces.