We've been waiting for this a long, long time... "N To The Gs" is The Generals' most generous release since the "Five Star" EP two years ago. Five tracks deep, each one reminding us how hard Footsie and D Double E work. "Levels" will be recognisable to all house heads as they murk the Dickens out of a My Nu Leng vibe. "Bang Boi" updates the angular, aggy eski beat riddim with additional voices from Brakeman & Chronic while "Murking Yearly" nods its head to a classic west coast hip-hop mood. The most critical moment for many, though, will be an update of the 2003 classic "Frontline" wherein original member Monkstar returns for the first time in about a decade. Heritage hype.
U Wot Blud deliver the most exhilarating new bass sounds around, so when they select someone for their Rising Stars series you know that they're gonna be good. Here there are three producers with stars in their eyes - first up we get the sci-fi dubstep march of "Gully As Charged" by Terpsichore, before taking off with the accelerated 4x4 disco-step of 'How To Love" and the deeper, sparse rhythms of "Make My P's", both by 94 Bliss. Finally Danny Stephens steps up to the plate with the sleazy wobble-grinder "Evil Intentions". The future of bassline is looking rosy!
There's a serious 2010/Hench vibe to Sukh's latest doublet. Two sermons in the dark art of badism, both "Ported" and "Talisman" dig deep into the original dub psyche that caused dancefloor riots over half a decade ago. The former is a Jakes-style snapper, all metallic, angular and unrelenting. The latter is more of a jump-up style with kung-fu samples so well executed they could give DJ Hazard nightmares and a siren-surged bassline that's so ugly it makes your mum look tasty. For reals.
In case their original material isn't quite infectious enough, French electro swing troupe Lamuzgueule get the remix treatment from a whole cast of ChinChin superstars. From Martin Belle's precision placed wobbles amid the furious nylon string tugs of "Bada Boom Boom Swing" to the warm jazz-house chugs and slaps of Phil Mac's twist of "Bazar De Luxe", each reversion and re-rub takes the French band (who are best known for their crazed live performances) into brave new bass pastures. Those hungry for a more upbeat D&B shake-up should jump on the likes of Mista Trick's swing and bass fire-flayer twist of the title track. A fine lesson in remix science. Boom!
In case his debut album wasn't quite enough... RL Grime's Void gets the remix treatment from some of the most exciting names to emerge in bass music in recent times. Flavours flex from uncompromised ghetto-tech trap (Great Dane's shake up of "Core") to naked, come-to-bed sad-step wave material (Jonah Baseball's take on "Reminder") and everything in between. Hype criers should jump straight on DJ Sliink's near-demonic rub of "Scylla" while those hungry for new twists on the Big Sean fronted anthem "Kingpin" are spoilt for choice with four different versions from Mele, Wuki, Salva and Mura Masa. Each twist a whole new chapter, RL Grime's unique material just keeps on giving.
Mojo Goro is thirsty... But don't get upset if he refuses your generous offer of a can of pop. His is a thirst more spiritual. A thirst, he tells us, that requires progress to be quenched, both personally and sonically. Ambition fulfilled: The beats on the reflective, synth-showered "Dissolved" only kick in right at the end. The stomps and scratchy loops on "This Mere Illusion" are delivered with a techno-like mentality. "Mountain Call" takes some of the common sounds employed by the tropical movement and remoulds them into a cut that's half ghetto, half cosmos. Complete with remixes from Tony Goods (power trap) and Blastah (future classic electro), if your soul isn't quenched from this you need to cut down on the pop.
Following on from their statement b2b mix CD, Pinch and Mumdance have been back in the studio together to cook up this rough and ready single for the formers Tectonic imprint. Riko Dan brings a savage Jamaican swagger to the title track with his fired-up MC turn, while the beat keeps the pressure high from start to finish. "Lucid Dreaming" provides the moody alternative to that party-starting manifesto with some of that Pinch-esque iciness, a deadly restrained menace lingering over the track without ever needing to resort to big drops or crescendos. There's also an instrumental of "Big Slug" for those who need it, although trying to step to Dan's own vocal is not advisable.
London G Anton returns to Plastician's Terrorhythm imprint with four synth-snapping jams that poke, provoke and prod the broad underbelly of futuristic bass music. No matter how dark or light, though, every track boasts smooth, well-polished veneer; the carnival of bleeps that is "Swaggy" (think Doshy or the current output on Shadow's Liquid Amber), the smooth talking chips-down emo soundtrack of "Blue Bubbles", the moody piano-stroking blues and gnarly bass development of "Murder" and the loopy, siren-zapped slo-mo footwork flavour of "Ferris Bueller". No days off for Anton for the foreseeable.
The first track to come from his long awaited debut album, Flux Pavilion reminds us all why he rose to fame in the first place; it's not about the bass (which is fatter than an Earthquake, Andre The Giant and your chubbiest relative put together) but it's the chords and orchestration. So broad, harmonious and full-spectrum, there's a tangible feel-good feel to this that's universal. Complete with equally emphatic and positive vocals from Doctor, this will have festivals skanking the world over this summer.
The fresh-faced Daffy & Unkey duo make their debut on Bristol's Durkle Disco for the label's twelfth outing with four raucous neo-dubstep cuts. The first, "Hustlin'" is a true head jerker, all high-speed and revved up to the max for teeth grinding; "Night Terrors" is swamped, squelching on the bottom-end and utterly nasty, while Unkey goes in alone with the broken, clap-heavy beast that is "Come To Bury You". There's also two further rewirings of "Hustlin", one by Glacci and the other by Arcane Soul.