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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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'.