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Survive - (2:52) 134 BPM
   
My Friend - (3:37) 110 BPM
Review: Introducing Astronata, a fresh new act for Slime Recordings who arrive on the scene with two hybrid vignettes of piano-tipped, bass heavy and pop influenced cuts of future music. Expect '90s trip hop vocals in both numbers that find its thread through a cross section of club centric genres like drum and bass and two-step in "Survive" to dubstep, trap and something more progressive and trancey in "My Friend". Cosmic sound collisions!
SLM 189
07 Aug 20
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Feel Good Factor (original mix) - (6:00) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel Good Factor (MoodyManc remix) - (6:16) 123 BPM
   
Feel Good Factor (Rico Tubbs remix) - (3:44) 130 BPM
Review: Whenever we see a new Bazza Ranks drop land in the store, we can't help but get excited, being such a consistent hitmaker across the course of 2020. This one takes the title 'Feel Good Factor', over which The Ragga Twins also feature with a classic 4x4 stepper, driven by the occasional vocal chant it's glistening organ chord designs. The original is a sunshine-ready heater, but the whole EP is elevated when we get into the remixes as Feel Good Factor firstly gives the track a punchy overhaul complete with gnarly arpeggios, alongside the lethal bassline structures of Rico Tubbs, who gives the track a shine up of his own!
SBR 002
30 Jul 20
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Novella - (4:06) 126 BPM
   
Her - (5:36) 127 BPM
   
Chava - (4:12) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Baah - (2:44) 131 BPM
Review: It's always an exciting start to the day to see a new 81 drop hit the shelves, especially when they sound as potent as this one as Chunky returns for a vibrant four track experience. The title track 'Novella' is a perfect example of delicacy in dance music being used well as smooth chords play out over shuffling drum beats, before the broken-beat textures of 'Her' give us something very different to enjoy. From here 'Chava' then explores an alien soundscape made of extended shaker stretches and bubbly synthesizer plucks, before 'Baah' delivers a bouncy, sub heavy composition, driven by the catchy vocal singalong and the overall gloomy nature of the tune, giving this EP the perfect round up.
PMAWS 019
31 Jul 20
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Lost Everything - (6:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keep Tabs - (7:05) 128 BPM
   
Indie 333 - (6:10) 127 BPM
   
Downfall - (7:11) 128 BPM
   
Decendo - (6:46) 124 BPM
Review: Usually, when a new Soulserious drop pops up in the store we are likely to be in for a good time. They definitely don't disappoint this time around as Far From Perfect unleashes five experimental 4x4 creations for us all to enjoy. We begin with the unpredictable percussive fluctuations of the title track 'Lost Everything' before the techno-inspired drum work of 'Keep Tabs' alongside the growling bass stretches and eastern designs of 'Indie 333' follow up in quick succession. From here, 'Downfall' gives us a moody look into modern 4x4 with some sweeping atmospheric brilliance, finishing up with the super minimal rhythms of 'Decendo' for good measure.
SSR 094
27 Jul 20
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Supreme Level - (5:05) 130 BPM
   
Darkside - (4:26) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Way - (4:53) 132 BPM
Review: Now is one the strongest periods in the history of UKG, at least over the last decade or so. The Time Is Now crew seem keen to get involved as they welcome Interplanetary Criminal inside for three wavy originals, kicking off with the nostalgic chord expressions and choppy breakbeat influxes of the wonderful 'Supreme Level'. Following this, we steer down a much more grunge route as 'Darkside' provides us with some sub-busting LFO warbles and classic 2-step rhythms, before the subtle yet potent subwork and minimal drum designs of 'The Way' rounds the EP off with a real dash of finesse for good measure.
TIN 005
31 Jul 20
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Let You Get To Me (original mix) - (3:53) 135 BPM
   
Let You Get To Me (Thorpey remix) - (4:08) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Classical Music (original mix) - (4:22) 140 BPM
   
Subzero Stylee (original mix) - (3:48) 140 BPM
Review: There really aren't many things better than a classic, old school bassline wobbler, which is why we were thrilled to see this new rave-ready selection from Kegone land on the legendary Chip Butty Records this week. We kick off with 'Let You Get To Me', a vibrant singalong number, with a ticket festival season slapped right across the front of it with its bright LFO designs and uplifting melodic structures. To add some extra sauce to proceedings, Thorpey gets involved right off the bat with a high energy recreation of this one, before we dive into the super punchy 4x4 drum pattern ups of 'Classical Music', complete with more fabulous bass work. Finally, we round off with the more minimal breakdowns of 'Subzero Stylee', putting the finishing touches on a project we cannot wait to hear in the dance!
CHIP 027
28 Jul 20
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BumbaFunk - (5:15) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Break Down - (5:03) 140 BPM
   
Big Bad Bass - (4:34) 140 BPM
Review: As ever with Project Allout releases, we couldn't wait to dive into this one and explore the new workings of one of their most recent signings: Lil Milly, who supplies us with three tracks of pure bassline fire. We begin with 'BumbaFunk' a worthy title track that became a viral twitter video, racking up over 100,000 views and gaining some serious traction, primarily due to it's classic niche-nature. From here we dive into the quirky percussive slaps and swirling LFOs of 'Break Down' before the minimal yet super effective structures of 'Big Bad Bass' see us out in style. It feels as if there has been a real injection of energy into the Project Allout brand across 2020 and we are absolutely loving it!
PAR 140
31 Jul 20
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Eastside - (4:09) 127 BPM
   
Lowdown & SLATIN - "Pro Wrestler" - (3:25) 130 BPM
   
Ghetto Poetry - (3:22) 127 BPM
   
Lowdown, Qlank & JC Stormz - "Go" - (3:46) 127 BPM
Review: As far as international bass imprints go, it's safe to say that Night Bass are one of the teams really leading the way in 4x4 music, with this latest drop from Lowdown being yet another fantastic example of their consistency and cunning. We begin by taking in the shuffling drum punches and industrial bass drones of 'Eastside' which set us off in style with an overall haunted vibe. Next, SLATIN gets involved as he joins forces for the high energy house-like drum designs of 'Pro Wrestler'. Next, the title track 'Ghetto Poetry' delivers another sizzling piece of bass-heavy succulence, before 'Go' welcomes both Qlank & JC Stormz inside for an unpredictable, percussion-lead stonker, perfect for festival season whenever that may next be!
NBD 123
07 Aug 20
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Boxers 2020 - (4:16) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Boxers 2020 (radio edit) - (3:03) 131 BPM
Review: The one they call Shaun Dean is back at it again, this time delivering a sumptuous new garage single for us all to enjoy. He joins forces with the legendary pairing of Gemma Fox and Bomba B for a weighty bubbler by the name of 'Boxers 2020'. This one is the ultimate party starter, as Shaun provides us with a high energy 4x4 backdrop, complete with moogy pulses and breathy percussive drumlines, before Gemma and Bomma work their high energy vocal lines together, with Gemma's hook adding a real nostalgic feel to the overall arrangement. This one also comes complete with an official radio edit for good measure!
SDA 007
04 Aug 20
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Various
   
We Are Nuts! - "Dreams" (feat Sophielou) - (4:14) 130 BPM
   
KDYN - "The Assault" - (3:48) 127 BPM
   
Massappeals - "Drowning In Beauty" - (4:03) 130 BPM
   
Namena - "Gold Chains" - (4:05) 128 BPM
   
Damzy - "Back To Life" - (3:54) 135 BPM
   
Wulflock - "Killers" - (3:22) 128 BPM
   
Tension, Zeppho - "Got You" - (4:00) 132 BPM
   
Jaikea - "Lightz" - (3:44) 130 BPM
   
Altered Focus - "Come Get It" - (4:09) 133 BPM
   
MPH & Burt Cope - "The Massive" - (4:20) 135 BPM
   
NLMT - "Crazy" - (5:27) 134 BPM
   
Arc Nade - "Round One" - (4:18) 135 BPM
   
Cooky - "Behind" - (4:17) 134 BPM
   
Jay Wall - "Break It" - (3:33) 126 BPM
   
Zack Shaboo - "Really Hot VIP" - (4:01) 130 BPM
   
Kudos - "Women" - (3:26) 130 BPM
   
Vital Techniques - "Ring The Alarm" - (4:55) 132 BPM
   
Foul Play - "Honey Dip" - (3:03) 128 BPM
   
D:Power - "Sublime" - (3:14) 130 BPM
   
Digital Koala - "Cvd" - (4:03) 128 BPM
Review: Well well well, it looks like CruCast are back up to their old tricks again as they assemble a weighty new compilation collection to fill out the fourth volume of their flagship series 'Shake The Bass'. As per, the heavyweights have arrived as we see some incredible creations from the likes of MPH, Burt Cope, NLMT, Massappeals, Vital Techniques and more. However, it is in the more underground names that have found the most excitement, with our highlighted features on this one coming firstly from Namena, who delivers a gnarly, metallic monster with 'Chains', alongside the techy influences of 'Honey Dip' from Foul Play and the charged up melodic bass-driven madness of Cooky's 'Behind'.
CRU 118
07 Aug 20
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