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24 Aug 10
05 Jul 11
Review: The latest in T&A's long-running series of exclusive electro-bass nuggets sees crew member AC Slater deliver two fine examples of fired-up, late-night delights. "Full Power" makes great use of a pitched down vocal on the drop into a stew of slowly rising synths, nicely underscored with some acid-influenced beats. "Hip-Hop Drop" hits the spot even harder with some frenetic tropical drums anchoring a k-hole inducing set of pitched-down pads and sparkling techno chords.
06 Jul 10
08 Jun 10
Review: Luca Venezia's Trouble & Bass imprint touch down in Australia for the sixth edition of their jetsetting Heavy Bass Champions Of The World Series calling on Melbourne's resident mutant funkateers Acid Jacks. The duo last appeared on the heavy bass loiving label in 2007 with the party house of "Mookie", and this EP certainly marks a progression in their sound, albeit one that still retains their love of the acid house sound. First up is an extended rework of live favourite "Crazy Legs", last seen on the T & B Scion sampler, with the Prince meets DJ Pierre 303 carnage being extended by a full four minutes. "Acid Hits All Night Long" combines early acid house jack with percussive elements of Baltimore club music and vocals reminiscent of Detroit Grand Pubahs. "Jerked" finishes proceedings with a throbbing lysergic exercise in dancefloor simplicity.
27 Apr 10
Review: A heavy dose of fidget-influenced fun on this fourth volume of Trouble and Bass's EP series, this time provided by Russian producer Anton Triplet. First track "Derty Beatz" couldn't be more perfectly named, the bass on it is frankly bone-rattling! But it's sophisticated as well as thoroughly pounding, with some huge filter sweeps and punchy drums. "The Story of Love" is equally jacking with a huge garage style bassline and a rising sweep-synth breakdown that'll make your hair stand on end. With squelch-tastic last tune "Bassline" rounding off the EP, this is most certainly a treat for fans of dirty ghetto house of the highest order.
01 Dec 08
UK Funky/UK Garage
06 Apr 10
23 Apr 13
Review: This is Damn Kids second release for Drop The Lime's Trouble & Bass imprint, so they must be doing something right! As you might expect this EP is all about the bass action: "Worthless" being a prime example of slow building urban tropical with extra claustrophobic atmospherics for good luck. The VIP mix sees footwork frenzy meet a chilled RnB breakdown and "Tyledon" mixes 4x4 with a bit of wobble bass for some nasty dancefloor business.
08 Mar 11
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Outrageous experimental hardcore dubstep-meets-death metal duo Johnny Love and vocalist Adri Law join forces as Deathface for the next release on Trouble & Bass. Think Borgore crossed with Skrillex and Slipknot with a sprinkling of gothic raucousness and you're nearly there. "Sick Of It" (kindly) appears in dub form and also with screaming satanic chanting vocals laid over the top of smacking kicks, screeching synths and thumping drums. Likewise, "Gift Of Fury" offers us the option; with a long oriental wailing intro, it smacks into the drop after a minute and the fury doesn't let up right til the end. "Fall of Man", with its eerie midnight chimes and synth-driven fit of drums leads into "Bloodrave", an equally aggressive number which concludes the EP.
18 Dec 12
Review: Atlanta's Distal caps off a stellar year with a release from the ever on point Trouble & Bass imprint. The title track features frenetic whip crack footwork mechanics bolted onto high-pressure bass, while "Green Lantern" sees the producer experiment with dirty Southern hip-hop styles, as triumphant horn solos are combined with monstrously detuned vocals, while "Cheery Red" does the same, combining a brittle 808 flex and organic percussion with its sliced up vocal collage. Finally, star of the contemporary ballroom scene MikeQ steps up to remix "Green Lantern", transforming the trap style original into a linear house banger, filled with razor sharp vocal delivery and ravey house stabs.
16 Feb 10
Review: Brooklyn based label Trouble & Bass bring the first part of their series showcasing heavy club tracks designed for the dancefloor, with a new track from highly touted producer Drop The Lime. "Doomsday Device" throws up heavy basslines, psychotic sounds and grimey beats in this hypnotic, dancefloor grumbler. This is definitely one for the clubs.
08 Nov 09
22 Jun 10
Played by: B.rich, Wonk, Juno Recommends Electro House, Annie Nightingale, Juno Recommends Uk Funky/Garage, King Jackal, Breakfastklub, Drop The Lime, Zombie Nation, The Captain
Review: Trouble & Bass finally stop teasing the music buying public and unleash Drop the Lime's sax bass anthem "Sex Sax". Anyone who has seen Luca DTL play one of his ubiquitous DJ sets will instantly recognise the sax sample in "Sex Sax" which is wrapped in inimitable heavy bass lines, pounding drums and topped off with cheeky wolf whistles and aya caramba vocal samples. This being Trouble & Bass there are a slew of quality remixes that fit all parameters of house music. Reborn UK garage don MJ Cole drops a typically sub heavy 2 step take which is matched in the speaker worrying stakes by Bart B More's take on the track. Grizzly boss Sinden excels here, being confident enough to cut out the sax altogether and instilling a real tropical flavour thanks to some steel drums and dreamy synth stabs.
29 Jun 10
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Aka Tell (A.g.trio)
Review: Four huge funky/garage house tunes come out of their corners fighting on this latest volume of Trouble & Bass' EP series. Label boss Drop The Lime kicks things off in style with the clattering snares of "Thwomp Stomp" - one of the most apt names for a tune in a long time. While DTL's contribution is kept deliberately bare, Baobinga's "Make It Drop" is riddled with looped hip-hop vocals, with the beat cutting perfectly into a half-step for the verses. Star Eyes & Pharaoh lace "Cry Baby" with female vocals and plenty of low-filter bass, while the chopped and pitch-shifted vocals of Jay Robinson & Supabeatz's "Screech" is probably the highlight - thoroughly unique sounds and as funky as hell!
28 Jun 11
Review: Gathering together the best of NYC's alternative producers for this exclusive five track collection, Trouble & Bass pick the right names to show off the city's progressive side. Label boss Drop The Lime updates The Ramones on "Bourbon Blitz", giving it a subtle tip of the hat via some electro snares and Tex-Mex guitars, while Kingdom keeps things typically fascinating on "Uptown Buck" - delivering a brutally stripped-down kicks and vocals feast. Elsewhere Hussle Club take their cues from the CBGB's, while Cubic Zirconia deliver a tripped out acid freakdown with the beautiful "Lucid In The Sky".
02 Oct 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
10 Apr 12
Review: The first Heavy Bass Champions release of 2012 from the venerable electro-club label Trouble & Bass sees Bristol's Kenji Kinetic finally dropping some originals after a standout remix of Drop The Lime. On "Jinx", Kenji rocks a fierce mid-130s tempo and switches brilliantly between a dry, Bmore beat and a thick, bassy beat. "NWO" bears more grime influence, while "Frontier" goes on an all out Rustie-style half-step odyssey.
13 Mar 12
Played by: Ac Slater, Visti, Odiggity, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Jack Stat, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Aquadrop, Rebelbass (Hum Fi Dub), Sounds Of Sumo, Nsekt, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Zombies For Money
Review: The inimitable chunkiness of the Trouble & Bass stable come to bear once more on Little Jinder's pop sensibilities after something of a three year gap, making for a ramshackle but on-point nugget of a single. The slow-paced electro of the original has a definite penchant for 80s chart busters, which Starkey neatly slices up for a kinetic slice of thoroughly modern dubstep. Deadboy gets some euphoric piano and string stabs going in his summery take, and Distal takes a lighthearted breakbeat approach with his usual jukey drum fills. Colourfully diverse from start to finish.