Review: It seems that Barely Royal and Saucy have cooked us up a masterful collaborative cocktail on this brand new six tracker. Made up entirely of high profile pairings, "The Alliance" sees Barely Royal team up with Bushbaby, PVC, Pelikann, Distro, Negativ and Taim with each track being a standalone monster. Our favourites would have to be the lethal combination with PVC entitled "So In Love" which features additional vocals from Abi F Jones, along with Distro's appearance on "Gun Up". It would be a crime to not also big up the three way collaboration with Bushbaby, Dread and Grove named "Light It".
Review: Lighters up! Barely Royal returns to Saucy with the truly epic "Fire In The Dark" as LO surges with arresting vocals and layers of dreamy orchestration and cinematic euphoria. The original rolls very much like an old Hybrid cut while the VIP uses the same vibrant intro before plunging us into a lake of gully. Remix highlights include Taim's happy-slapping bass house jacker and Pola & Bryson's liquid gem. Fiery.
Review: The Stanton Warriors must never sleep, what with all their own DJ and production commitments as well as the running of their Punks label. Here they've found the time to discover a whole new swathe of fresh talent, enough to fill this mini comp at least. Barely Royal & Bunnie are up first with the dubby electronic UKG weirdness of "Blessing", Pelikann goes for raw ghetto vibes on the Drop It Like Its Hot-style "1,2,3,4". Crawford, meanwhile delivers the mechanical repetitiveness of "Life" and Monikr closes with the spatial minimalism of "Head Down Low".
Review: Well well well, we have to say we heard tell of a mega compilation that was set to be emerging out of the bass scene in the near future, but nobody could have predicted it to be this powerful as Holy Goof unveils his Globes compilation, championing all aspects of 4x4 bass music to the maximum. We see A-list appearances from top to bottom with Notion, Chris Lorenzo, Fine Art, Skepsis, FooR, Bushbaby and more all gracing the listing with top draw originals. For us the immediate standouts on this one have to include the emotional expanse of Freddie Martin's 'Stubborn', which comes complete with cracking original vocals, along with the rapid fire LFO shells of Livsey's 'Supersonic' and the big room synths of Skue-K's 'Flows'.
Review: Following Wolfe and Pavv, old bashy big beak Pelikann steps up for the new V/A compilation. Hand-picking his current floor-fired faves from the freshest of the forefront, highlights hurl and heave from every nook, crook and cranny. The brutal bombardment of WATSN's "123UH", the toxic slurry bass of Odd Nature's "Bait", the breakneck steps and broken glass bass of Brent Kilner's "Never See Me" are just some the rude, crude floor-punches... And that's before we get to Pelikann collaboration with with Tik&Borrow in the form of the sweary, bashy tribal slammer "Giv A Fuk". No zeroes... Only heroes. Big up Pelikann each and every.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
Review: For all those of you out there who had lost faith in ever hearing another instalment in the Saucy Selections series...rejoice! The wait is over. It's over a year since Vol 2, but the Saucy crew are back bringing serious fiyah over 22 fresh new jams. As usual, the quality is never compromised, particularly on such standouts as the mercilessly pounding, RnB sampling "You Better Know" by Libra, the futuristic 2-step synth stabs of "Eyes On You" by Jello and the dry warehouse beats and buzzy bass bounce of "People Dem Dance" by Lucent & Karl Vincent.