Brighton's Moony is all about fine UK dance music, and whether it's shuffling garage mayhem or two-step bass delight, the end product is always all about quality. This time he comes through with a whole remix EP of his "Ballin" track, and he's brought along a rather special bunch dance misfits. The original mix is a dubby broken beat number, and our choice picks from the remixes are P Jam's killer garage version and Notion's bass-driven driller-thriller - one to stir a few heads along the way. Strong look from Moony.
Once again staying loyal to Uprise Audio, London/LA producer Asylum is back in town with a new four-tracker. Perhaps he's been heading out to the Californian desert on peyote adventures a la Jim Morrison, who knows, but Native American references pervade throughout this new Native EP. It's certainly one of his more meditative offerings, but we need music for our heads as much as for our feet. Highlights include the sinister midnight hum of "Things You Don't Know", the tomahawk scalper "Chino" and the synthy smoke signals of "Kill Room".
Having served a vital function in testing the temperature of bass music at key times since Tempa first started operations at the nexus of dubstep, the latest instalment of Tempa Allstars succinctly lays down a crystal clear definition of where some of the most exciting noises are being made, and its based around the industrial sound sources, grime intensity and techno experimentalism of artists such as Wen, Batu and Alex Coulton at this time. All three are on searing form here, whether it be the broken swerve of the former or the dread-filled 4/4 thrust of the latter, and likewise Innasound, AxH and Peverse bring their own continuations of the hardcore continuum to bear to devastating effect.
Hailing from Vancouver on Canada's west coast, Daega are two brothers making international waves. Their latest missive, Under Pressure, should only further their reputation in the world of bass, with three tracks of doom laden dubstep with icy techno ("Under Pressure"), ghetto ("Spirit") and spacey soul ("Abyss") overtones.
The Isle Of Wight's Sepia recently started putting out more straight-up breakier material, but here on Polaroids, which sees him join with Mindstep, he's fully reverted to the deeper stuff he's better known for. There are five new tracks to get stuck into too, including the sleepy jazzy haze of "Never Hurt You", the ambient synth lagoon "Blitzball" and the scatterbeat shoegaze vibes of the title track.
Dub devotees Echo Beach provide Dubxanne with a second release following 2008's self-titled debut. This time around Rob Smith, aka RSD, applies his own edit to each of the 20 tracks on Police In Dub - which really means: Sting and Police in dub. Expect some other '80s action movie motifs, to newer school dub variations, and some grimier, funk and soul action. As usual with Dubxanne's music there's a great deal of downbeat drums, heavy splashes of reverb and delay, a killer vocal mix to that pop classic "Roxanne".
We're not sure what New Zealand duo Perverse has been eating for breakfast, but their latest material is definitely harder than the original dungeon-bound sonics they first made a name for themselves with. With nuances of Thelem and Killawatt - while sounding wholly their own - there's a distinct loopy, almost techno-like vibe to each of these three cuts... "Champion Dub" is authentic roots material, all spacey and loaded with crystalline drum dynamics, "Invasion", meanwhile is an ugly, bass-busted peaktime jam that's coded with serious funk attitude while "Methot VI" teases with fractured stabs and a fantastically processed vocal loop. Trippy and tasty, don't sleep on this one!
Nottingham's Congi are duo Chord Marauders and Mimm Collective, who have got many heads nodding (out) to their killer releases on Deep Heads. Here though, they've aligned with Pressed for two slo-mo plunges into the deep end: "Paragon" is all echoes of urban ghosts and undulating bass, whilst "Disorder" features scattered stop/start beats and suspended synth suspense.
What a year it's been for Warp. So far in 2014, other than Aphex Twin's Syro, the label has released music from Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never and Jackson & His Computer Band to Plaid, Nightmares On Wax and Rustie - with another album by Clark forthcoming. Now one of Glasgow's most colourful producers (check out the cover art), Hudson Mohawke returns to home base with his first official release since the Satin Panthers EP. As usual there's a kaleidoscope of sounds to be heard on Chimes alongside hip hop beats, footwork skitters and gangster 'woof' vocals, and if "Joy Fantastic" from Butter is a Hud Mo fav, then "King Kong Beaver" should fill you with hope that a follow up LP is on the way.