Review: We are rapidly running out of superlatives to describe our admiration for The Wub Club imprint, who continue to explore the very best of UK bass and garage music within their exceptional catalogue. This latest drop sees them welcome back the inspirational sounds of Badger, who kicks us off with the ruckus-inducing synth grinds and spicy drum twists of 'Mudblood', a valid title track which is set to cause some real damage in the dances. Next, a throwback to Zinc's 'Crackhouse' era as 'Evils' delivers a combination of bulbous bass bounces and alarm-like synth pulses to amp up any dancefloor, before rounding off with the funky-induced rhythms and fuzzy synthesizer slides of 'Cold Colours'. Badger has done it again!
Review: As always with the fabulous sounds of 1Forty, they have treated us to another high profile compilation, with this being the sixth installment of their highly converted 'Bass' series. We kick off with the niche-inspired LFO rolls and crunchy drum switches of Palize & Killa P's sizzling original 'Duppy Them', which most certainly kick-starts the EP with a powerful slap. That old school flavour continues with 'Bap Bap' as J69 provides a super mucky instrumental for Breeza to provide some laid back party-lyricism. We move into two cracking instrumentals next as Burt Cope steps up firstly with the warbling wonders of 'Cellar', giving us a rave-ready feel, before the more tech-influenced bass processing of 'Pure' sees Badger have a fantastic 1Forty debut.
Review: Well, when we saw this title land in the store we were as surprised as anyone to see that Four40 Records, one of the most active and exciting UK bass labels across the full breadth of 2020 has just turned 10 years old. This is a pretty outstanding achievement, for a label that is still at the forefront of it's sound to this very day. The compilation of course features some of the biggest releases from across the breadth of Four40's incredible catalogue of content, from the likes of Hybrid Theory, I Killed Kenny, Pavv, Limita and more, condensing ten years of musical progression into one extended tape. We also get to hear a bag of exciting new exclusives from the newer breed of the Four40 roster, including music from The Phat Controlla, Blakk Habit, Lucas Maverick, Gemi, Badger, Patrick Kane, Yozhi, George IV and more. What an incredible way to round off the year!