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29 Aug 12
Review: Grand Ruckus are a duo that aim to 'combine Golden Era Hip Hop, Upfront electro, Dub Step and Breakbeat'. It's a tall order, but they achieve their goal with aplomb on "Too Nice"; a gruff, hip hop anthem that speeds up into electro-skip midway through, the more dubstep influenced "6 Milli" and the heavy ghetto wobble of "Descender". B-Tek remixes the title track into a killer staccato electro-dubstep monster, whilst Concrank take it in a more bleepy direction. Finally Juttla remixes "6 Mili" in a booty-dub style.
24 May 13
Review: Rico's unofficial anthem for his native Finland's premier bass festival, "Rock This Place" shows Tubbs at his most stomping and evangelistic. A thundering 4/4 soon leads to a breakdown turbo-charged with high-end screams and a heavenly, euphoric synth drop. Bolstered with a hardstyle-flavoured, teeth-grinding groove... Neverland won't be the only festival this track destroys this summer.
08 Jun 12
Drum And Bass
09 Nov 12
Review: The founder of Midlands bass institution Stealth summons the spirit of a million parties with this high energy romp. Stomping with a ruthless, percussive 4/4, it's all about the bassline that warps and wails so hard it turns itself inside out. Jordan's executed the vocal loop really well, too, making it a percussive feature that builds the tune to silly levels of insanity. Remix-wise Rebel Sonix flips the switch for a Miami bass glitch workout, giving it a whole new suit of slo-mo arms. Win, indeed.
29 Jun 12
Review: Little is known about emerging bass fiends Pyramid Juke right now, but with beats that bang as exceptionally as this, their anonymity isn't likely to last. Kicking it old school with the synths, but utterly new school with the beats, arrangement and addictive bassline, this rocks with confidence and sits at a very comfortable tempo too. Naturally, it being a Bass=Win release, there's a plethora of stonking remixes on offer, too. AMPR & Rico Tubbs take the tempo even lower and add a serious swagger to the beats along with a screaming bassline that will melt faces at a thousands paces. Meanwhile I Killed Kenny adds more of a tropical flavour before dropping with some drum work that could almost be old school hardcore. Reilly Steel & Jaws Da Jormungand bring the show to an almighty close with a rub that sounds like it really was made in 1992. Think A Guy Called Gerald but trippier. A very interesting package; there's no maybes about it!
16 Nov 12
Review: The McMash Clan aren't messing around are they? Taking Rico's sweaty "Sauna Pants" and running it through their hype machine, they've generated a physical ear-twister that pumps with hardcore heroism and shakes with Baltimore badness. Timeline's take on "What You Know About Bass" is a switch flipper; cruising on a Miami-bass halfstep with added glitches and grunts, it soon swoons into a slow-motion hip-hop break. Guaranteed to get your floor strutting.
12 Apr 13
Review: Bass=Win are notorious for their half-step bombs, and we have here a fresh new various artists EP containing some of the best new names on the block. Rico Tubbs and Spenda C go for sub-level-induced, Southern hip hop tip on "ShakeDown", whilst Deep's "Anthem" is an aqueous escapade into jelly-like synths and metallic percussion dabs, all the while surrounded by the sound of the deep and dirrrty Southern crunk. "Bad Bitches" by RatTrap and Jesse Slayter is a fast-paced techno/crunk workout with a seriously twisted drop and Pigeonfox's "Burnout" gives a straight up middle finger to all the haters out there - loud, brash and absolutely tasty!
10 May 13
Played by: Highgrademuzik Aka Don D Selectah
Review: Ready for a trap attack? Of course you are. Who isn't? Luckily Rico and Will are here with two fine examples of how trap has risen from its ghetto roots and developed into the laser-reaching beast it is today. "Bass Track" opens with an aggressive lick (and a very well known very sample) before building into a crescendo of rush-soaked synths. "Horn Track", meanwhile, adds even more drama to the mix thanks to the heady mix of staccato synthetic horns and, yes, another very very well known sample. Clever. Heavy. Winner.
25 Jun 12
Review: Stagga and Skamma impress with this release on Bass=Win which adds a fun lyrical punch to a classic grime riddim. "Bassline Flex" does exactly what it says on the tin with swaggering beats and whomping bass, which is paired with deftly delivered bars by the self-proclaimed "lyrical gangsters". The Rico Tubbs remix shakes things up with a good dose of UK Funky, with cheeky chirps, choppy breaks and quirky melodies flowing round the rhymes. Willpower accentuates the fast pace with 4/4 beats and a punchy, punctuated soundscape. Another great offering here from Stagga and Skamma.
27 Jul 12
Review: A lot of people write into Juno and ask how much producers get paid. We'll never tell but we can give you a ball park... Terry Hooligan has a loft just for grooves. He's got another loft for the usual gubbins one might stash in an attic, loft or roof space and he's got a second one specifically for grooves just like this insanely funky-borderline-punky electro shock out. Nagging, pumping and full of silly fills; just when you think it can't bang any harder, in whooshes a downtempo moombahton drop before the mentalism ensues. Do the eclectic spread of remixes meet up to these high standards? Why of course they do. Apparently Terry is chatting to his builder mate to install groove lofts in the house of 601, Kraymer and Aerotonic as you read this very review!
03 Sep 12
03 Sep 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Terry Hooligan's fledgling Bass = Win continue their relentless multi-genre assault on the dancefloor in 2012, ushering a fine cast of talent for this heavy duty compilation Bass = Win Electro Vol 1. Perennial bass bin botherers Baobinga & ID open proceedings with a typically incendiary remix of Gella's "Twinkle", while Sir Hooligan himself makes an appearance with a great remix of Prato's "Keeps Ya Moving" which flickers between dubstep indebted electro and a classic break. Rico Tubbs mans the mid section, Lazy Rich and The Mighty Fools go toe to toe in the battle for the most outlandish remix of the Tubb man (the latter just shade it in case you were wondering). Stupid Fresh indulge in some pitch shifting madness with "Do The Dog" and Submerse ends this release with a bang on the 136bpm face screwer "Railgun".
14 Sep 12
14 Sep 12
Review: Few labels state a clearer manifesto than Bass=Win. And they seem to be on quite the mission at the moment. One of several label compilations available this month (covering both dubstep and breakbeat) we're treated to five brusque bangers, each laced with barbed bottom end charm we've come to expect. It's nice to see the return of Atomic Hooligan who let rip with a hefty 4/4 and a cool Boogie Down Productions sample. Further on we find a dash of Turbo-style techno finding its way in the mix via K-Theory's "Get It Right", but done in a filthy B=W fashion. Another highlight comes in the form of Rico Tubbs and Will Power's brick-munching power house remix of Tomb Crew's ragga-tinged "Inna Dat".