We don't need to tell you how important this is. Wiley's eleventh, and potentially last, solo album Godfather is the zenith of a man who has dedicated his life to UK bass culture for almost 20 years. With beats as fiery as his forthright thoughts, it's the sound of a man going back to his roots, writhing deep in the raw, sucker-punch club banger mindset; the raw orchestral drama of "Back With A Banger" and "Pattern Up", the fast-lane bass and strings of "Can't Go Wrong" and the space-funk bass twister "Bait Face" are countered smoothly with more introspective, deeper cuts such as the soulful "On This" and the wavey sci-fi style "Laptop". These are just a handful of the highlights here. Once again the Godfather has made us an offer we can't refuse.
KXVU has been a bass-game revelation over the past few years, with 2016 being a truly important year for the UK producer. After outing on stables like Project Allout, KXVU returns to his own imprint Southpoint with a full LP, a twelve-track escapade filled with all sorts of twisted vocals and raucous grime sketches. There's something in this for all sorts of listeners, from the vocal riddims of "Sao Feng" featuring Razor, to the pouncing grime bass of "The Locker", and the hybrid-like experiments of tunes like "The Kraken", whose sole purpose is to get on your face, and use as much of the hardcore continuum as humanely possible. Big, bad, and built for some serious head-nodding
Crown Jules is known for an uncompromising approach to all tings bass. Here it presents a selection of tough cuts from the label's roster. "Ram Jam" begins with some ominous hip-hop-on-a-tropical-vibe attitude with plenty of carnival tempos and stabby fake horns to boot. Next, and "Muky" by Sean D is a menacing bouncer that builds intensity with an incessant buzz and shrill high-end melodies. J Beatz appears with Limit for the dark alley grind of "No Signal" lastly Beat Boss 4 champion, Sware, rocks up to deliver "The Flow", a slice of elasticated electro with a hint of ghetto sass.
Grime music is not the first genre that comes to mind when thinking of men expressing their softer feelings. Well, Manchester's ShowDem is about to change all that with possibly the first ever grime tune about the joys of parenthood. Dedicated to his first born, "New Arrival" is a tune that begins and ends with samples of his little one. In between we get a bouncy hip-hop/dancehall hybrid with plenty of bottom and airy soft synth melodies. Kiel meanwhile brings the ferocity on a rework that introduces heavy drums; lots of Dubstep influenced bass snarls and urgent effects.