Review: As one of the leading forces in worldwide bass music, AC Slater returns to his home imprint of Night Bass to unveil a fabulous selection of remixes, working directly off his critically acclaimed 'Hi8' album project. The line up is spicy to say the least, with the likes of Flava D, Sammy Virji, DALCO, NuKid, CID and more all getting involved for one the biggest remix projects bass music has ever seen. The two real standouts for us come from two brits however, as Bushbaby's colourful relick of 'Attitude' from AC & Taiki Nulight immediately catches our ears, alongside Drinks On Me's smooth and well thought out overhaul of 'Every Pigeon Is a Dove', featuring the wonderful vocal layers of Murkage Dave.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but after a long run of exciting single drop, Night Bass founder and all around dance music legend: AC Slater lands on his home imprint for a brand new album project. The project features the previously released single 'Final Fantasy' but as a club mix alongside a bag of incredible collaborative additions, including Dread MC, Jay Robinson, Chris Lorenzo, Murkage Dave, Taiki Nulight and more. With twelve tracks of the highest quality, AC has really set the bar super high, with particular highlights including the high energy collaboration with Jack Beats, Sinden and Flowdan entitled 'Boss Like That', along with the tasty house tones of 'Feeling Awake'.
Review: The Night Bass rampage marches forward again as founder and front runner of the American bass scene: AC Slater touches down across three tracks of fire. For the title track 'Free Your Soul', we hear AC join forces with Young Lyxx for a vibrant 4x4 stomper, encapsulating the exact sound Night Bass represents. It all gets a bit more techy next as we are introducing to the jittery lead synthesis alongside the gloopy LFOs and sharp drum designs of 'IFU'. On the final recording, we are very excited to see Armanni Reign and TS7 join the party with some vibrant contributions towards 'Step Back', an acidic roller, perfect for the dance
Review: Night Bass have been on a serious roll of late, leaning more towards the showcasing and exposure of new artists, bringing through new blood to their already extensively skilled ranks. Their latest edition however, sees them bring out the big guns as the heavyweights of the Night Bass family land for 'Night Bass London'. Label CEO: AC Slater steps up first with his warbling wonderbox entitled 'Represent', followed by Shift K3Y's hard hitting driver 'Nightline' and the return of the compression masters Phlegmatic Dogs with 'Static'. Finally, it gets very Night Bass indeed as Corrupt wraps the project up with a big room belter entitled 'I Don't Care'. Very tasty stuff indeed.
Review: ooohhh - the calculating Night Bass imprint returns to some quick fire action thanks to this naughty VA comp - and the results are as impressive as they are, well, booty-shaking. There's a whole line of stars in the making here, with peeps like AC Slater, Phlegmatic Dogs and Petey Clicks all offering their various new strains of high-grade bass mutations. In fact, much like the label's wider catalogue, these future-minded bangers are a mixed race fo sorts; from speedy garage to teched-out house and dubstep, there's something in here for all lovers of the UK ting. Yes, yes!
Review: American bass music is always produced big and tough. Hailing from LA, AC Slater's Night Bass label excels at this particular breed of shizzle. Here Slater shares a release with Taiki Nulight who presents "Super Doopah Legend" - a sizzling anthem with ascending/descending bass riffs, comedy vocal samples, build-ups and a general ghetto bounce. Slater himself also provides "Head Knockin", a strong 4 x 4 vehicle, featuring weird low squelches and dubbed-out lasers. Another quality joint from Night Bass then.
Review: No pain, no gain. "No Hurt", no shirt. That's how the saying goes and that's how a lot of people will feel when this cut from the currently unavoidable rising artist AC13. Somehow stripped back but laced with so many differently elements (minimal tech, rave stabs, jumpy bass, a honeyed vocal) this will have folk waving their tops around like helicopters. "Through The Woods" contains the same elements but this time the bass is so ice cold y'all better keep you upper clothing on. You can do what you like with your lower clothing, we're not your parents.
Review: AC13 is an 18 year-old producer on a mission, having burst onto the scene with a series of bootlegs and ear-catchy singles, he's now releasing on Born On Road with Giant Machines. Giant Machines shows off the AC13 sound and with its focus on snapping snare drums and fuck off big basses, this EP hits seriously hard, even if it could be said to be perhaps overly similar to the sound of the past couple years. 'Giant Machines' is very akin to 'You Got Me' from the recent KoTR album, with a big pulsating bass which switches up into a steppy minimal section and then back again - very nice. 'Awake' is in this vein as well - definitely worth checking this one.
Review: AC13 is a little-known but rising producer who tends to put a snappier spin on the current KoTR-influenced sound, his passion for whiplash drum-lines giving his tunes a unique and recognisable edge. He's now on Spectre for the first time with a single that embodies that uniqueness and both cuts are equally biting. 'Sensei' is packed with oriental sampling and Far East influences which conspire to give this tune a wispy ambience, an atmosphere that's cut in two with a diving bassline and cutting drum lines. 'The Operator' is equally wispy on the intro but far deeper on the drop, a subby back end rolling through the bottom end of the range with serious penetration. A good single from the up and comer.
Review: AC13 is an upcoming artist who is slowly making waves, with a recent feature over on Soulvent Records and a string of sick free downloads on Onyx Recordings. Now, he's landing one of his first original singles and it's a fatty, with two slices of heavy stacks and dark tones that have clearly been heavily influenced by the current sounds of the likes of Serum etc. 'Sensation' uses a classic sample to lure you in with the temptations of familiarity, before flipping to vibe on its head with a deep, growling and subby stepper that fluctuates all over the place with satisfying precision. The flip uses a similar slash identical bass sound but moves the arrangement around, to devastating effect. This guy is one to watch.
Review: Released on Joey Negro's Z Records, Rio spinner DJ Meme whips through thirty of the best from Z on this new mix - available either as individual unmixed tracks or as one continuous mix. Always a haven for the best soulful and funky house, Z Records highlights such as JN's mix of Doug Willis' "Power To The People", Sean McCabe's mix of JD73's "Think Twice" and Akabu's "The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be" make for an effortlessly bumping and uplifting voyage.
Review: The team at Blacksoil have put together a selection of catchy little heaters here as they unveil the first edition of their 'Blacksoil Records Presents' series, featuring four potent original dubstep creations. Firstly, we dip into the eerie vocal samples and fuzzy bass tones of Gnischrew's 'Panic' original, which is followed up by a look at the spooky, sub-heavy sounds of 'Opertus' from Pablo. Next up, Mob Killa touches down with some super trippy, shimmering hat structures on 'Illusionary Life', which is followed closely by the dubwise instrumentation of AC's 'Bomaye' to round everything off in style.
Review: With the 2016 Ibiza summer season in full swing, Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee has gathered together a bumper collection of label tracks that are currently doing the business on the White Isle. There are few surprises amongst the 28 selections - think swinging piano-house, soulful grooves, sun-kissed broken beat, contemporary disco reworks and synth-heavy boogie-house - but the quality threshold remains remarkably high throughout. Highlights include Lee's glistening 2016 re-rub of his vintage Doug Willis anthem "Spread Love", a deliciously loose and synth-laden Fouk rework of The Sunburst Band, the bad-ass boogie business of Spirit Catcher's "Rendez-Vous", and a killer 1995 rework of Fonda Rae's "Over Like A Fat Rat" from U.S house legend Victor Simonelli.
Review: Despite the varying states of difficulty the world seems to find itself in, the growth of bass music across the globe doesn't seem to have slowed down in any way, with Night Bass remaining one of the most talked about imprints in the game. This latest helping from Kendoll is a perfect example of how to stay ahead of the curve, kicking off with 'Fall Back' alongside the legendary AC Slater and rapidly rising Sophiegrophy. This one sets the tone perfectly with it's kuduro-sounding percussive syncopations and catchy vocal inputs, before the unpredictable soundscapes and quirky melodic influxes of 'Wasted Again' takes the EP somewhere completely different. Finally, the ever-ready Dread MC joins the party for some rave-ready vocal additions on the big room stomper named 'Never Sleep', which comes to us dripping in acidic expression and original texture.
Review: Running Back bring us four despatches from disco's more experimental fringes. The EP opens straightforwardly enough with Llewellyn's 'Synergy Bar', a lively, throbbing houser with hints of both disco and prog in equal measure, not to mention a distinctive fluttering topline. But Yogtze's pacy, EBM-ish 'Please Hold The Line' soon takes us into somewhat more leftfield territory, before John Noseda gives us 'Spiral Galaxy' - think John Carpenter trying his hand at Italo-disco. Lipelis X AC then close out the EP with 'Central Store', another Euro-inspired cut beamed straight in from around 1983 or so.
Review: Following a host of releases with his Sunburst Band, Z Records boss Joey Negro is back to perhaps what's he's best known for: spinning light and soulful disco house. This second in the series kicks off with the handbaggy "Smile" by Mistura and take in thumping diva business "Every Day Of The Week", sublime techy house "Life Is So Strange", unsullied authentic disco "Power To The People", acid-jazz on "Better Things To Come" and the phaser-heavy, electro-boogie of "Begun To Love".
Review: Wow, what a run it has been for the Night Bass team who hear touch down with their one hundredth official release, celebrating one of the most exceptional catalogues within the entire bass music spectrum. They have pulled together an exquisite line up for this one, featuring a tonne of high end names, including founder AC Slater alongside Chris Lorenzo, Flava D, Shift K3y, Jack Beats and more. For us there are a couple of clear stand outs on this one, the first of which has to be the long awaited release of Taiki Nulight and Dread Mc's bassy roller: 'Kush'. We also love the smooth subby bops of Sinden's 'Work That', along with the incredibly unique drum work of 'Ugly' from Petey Clicks.
Review: There really is no stopping the Night Bass rampage this year as they land yet another top quality four track selection here, this time inviting the sounds of Proxy to the forefront with a number of potent collaborations, kicking off with the breaks infused brilliance of 'Have Some Fun' alongside the legendary AC Slater. Next, we take a more contemporary bass route as 'No More' arrives with help from Armodine, followed by the more robotic bleeps and shuffling rhythmic patterns of 'Fitness' alongside The Paxmen. Finally, the scorching sounds of DZA join the party as the pair collaborate on the lethal 'Poltora' to call an end to proceedings in style.