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Bristol bass badboy DISTRO is back on the unstoppable 877 imprint with nothing but new flavours, bringing through the absolute heat-o! The lead tune "Soundboy Killer" is all guns blazing, churning out the snares alongside some dutty, dubwise vocal samples and mystical melodic infusions that make this a true dub-stepper. "WMPI" is a similar sort of beast, except here the groove is very much based on the 'bashment' end of the scale, blowing out the speakers with a keen aggression and some fiery-mannered beat-crafting. All killer, no filler!
With the recent re-emergence of UK Funky, we are hearing more and more creativity within the genre's releases and from none more so than the legendary RKS imprint. This time they team up with hot shot producers of the minute: Fonzo and AAEE for a real undercover wine inspirer. We hear jittery metallic lead synths shift around a base of crispy drum sounds and vibrant percussive peaks, creating a piece of true rhythmic finesse.
Bassline talisman Skepsis continues his high profile run of releases with the full selection off his brand new 'Check This' EP via the epic Crucast imprint. We begin with the title track, a high energy vocal collaboration with grime legend P Money who runs riot over fine Skepsis production work. The EP also includes the full release of the long awaited 'Lock Off' collaboration with FineArt and the synthy madness of 'Mad World', resulting in a fantastic overall project.
UK Bass high flyers U Wot Blud make their long awaited return with the employment of GHSTGHSTGHST for a UKG bonanza. We were super excited to see the producer working in complete collaboration with Olivia Louise, who's unique brand of sensual vocal performance has rocketed her up the rankings. The track itself is fantastic, with the haunted vocal presence sitting atop moody synthesizers and skippy drum patterns. This is definitely one for festival season!
Since smashing his way into the centre of bass music in the UK, Shift K3y is yet to disappoint with a single release. His latest project sees him join forces with the goliath Night Bass imprint for three absolute stormers. We begin with the tear out tones of the title track 'Bite', before jumping into the more samba inspired funky rhythms of 'Cowbell'. We then round of with 'Don't Look Back', a sharp piece of certified dancefloor danger.
Four40 have really pulled out a corker with this release as the legendary sounds of Jaguar Skills joins forces with the monstrous production prowess of Spookz for a super grime shellout, complete with violent 4x4 switches and aggressive synth work, this new track entitled 'Ninjaman' is destined to mash up any dance.
Jeremy Sylvester makes his return on the ever-ready Urban Dubz imprint for the third edition of 'Lost Tapes'. Straight from the off we are treated to fanatical garage flavours, as lofi melodies on 'Junior Boots' whilst the crunchy drum stylings on 'Where Brooklyn At' and 'Going Deep' conjure up a potent sense of nostalgia. We then finish up with the more newschool sounding choppy riffs of 'Let's Bounce' and the intense basslines and skippy rhythms of 'Bad A Boom' rounding off an EP built for the summer sunshine.
UK Garage heavyweight Smokey Bubblin' B returns with a darkened demeanour on this brand new single entitled 'The Dread'. From the kick off we are treated to sharp drum work and rhythmic prowess, soon descending into metallic synth lead liberty, coupled up with some expertly layered vocal chops and expanding percussive elements. This one is for the eyes down dances as waves of classical distorted subs are let loose!
On this very exciting piece of bass brilliance, Dommix makes a highly anticipated return to Zinc's already legendary Bingo Bass movement. Right from the off we hear Dommix's production prowess as the composition builds into an explosive crescendo of heavy electronic synth leads and gritty LFO work. It seems that Bingo are set to continue their incredible release record well into 2018.
Following on from his debut form last year, Dream Cycle returns to Sneaker Social Club with three supplementary doses of bass-centric tech-stomping. Thanks to strong elements of dub techno, Chicago house and UK dubstep, Dream Cycle has crafted his own sound, his own way, and he now belongs to the realm of what we like to call 'legends'. The opening "Influence" is a weighty, rolling slice of broken beat, minus the jazz, while "Afters (3am mix)" takes a look at UK garage for inspiration, and "DCYX 5" rolls on through with a badness and intent that we always saw in peeps like Derrick Carter or Glenn Underground. BAAAD!
We jump from Venice to Edinburgh on this one as Laurence Nolan teams up with Italian imprint: Kina for his long awaited 'Tackle' EP. We begin with the smooth chord waves of 'Wonky' before rolling effortlessly into the deeper, UKG inspired rhythms of 'Let Me Ken'. From here we traverse into the more upbeat rework of 'Let Me Ken', put together by V.I.C.A.R.I. with some seriously flavoursome twists. The intensity remains high as we move into the housey pressure of 'Bing Pow Boom Bing' before we round off with the slower lofi progressions of 'Bad Times' calling time on a very impressive project from the Scot.
As one of the most exciting names to step into the UK bass scene in recent times, Affiliate team up with the vibrant vocal expressions of Dakota Sixx for a summer inspired reesey anthem by the name of 'Change Your Mind'. This one is perfect for festival season as emotive lead synths march ahead amidst crispy skippy drums working perfectly together.
In the realms of UK Funky, grime and tech, Lorenzo BITW has been championing originality, constantly pushing his sound forward. This EP sees him journey down a tech route on the title track 'Chasing' which features a stunning vocal performance from Chikaya. However 'Lips and Bones' sees him vault down a more carnival inspired compositional path. On remix duty, Strict Face reworks Chiyaka's vocal into a stunning Eskimo infused piece of work, crammed with delicious melodies.
SHIFT K3Y - Bite (Night Bass)
JEREMY SYLVESTER - Lost Tapes Vol 3 (Urban Dubz)
FONZO/AAEE - Bowow (RKS Dubz)
LAURENCE NOLAN - Tackle (Kina)
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