Review: Birmingham's Bassboy is on a mission straight to the top at the moment and his new single "Badboy" is further evidence of his talents. It's a grimey, street level, lo-end assault backed up by his on-point, rapid-fire rhyming while contrasted by some uplifting house keys. The infectious wobble continues on the raw groove of "Move" featuring Pz Da Architect. Final track "Loyalty" features the sultry vocals of Aria on here, which really lifts this already great track to other heights.
Review: As bassline and UK bass music in general rise to the top of the popularity charts around the country and continent, it's great to see that some of the early high flyers are not without appreciation. Birmingham's own Bassboy has been one of the leading influences across 4x4 for years and this project shows just why. Our favourites include the skippy bass patterns and drum arrangements of 'Jack Frost', the syncopated rhythms of 'Do You' and the classic Birmingham bassline sounds of 'So Sorry'. This project also comes with a full length thirty minute exclusive mix of all the tracks involved, perfect for pre-party settings!
Review: The Crucast collective continue to set pace with this one as they employ the services of bassline legend: BASSBOY for a highly energetic four track bonanza. Right from the off on the title track 'Find Me' we are introducing to electric lead synths partnered up with angelic vocals from Aria. From here we sweep into the creative sound design and twisted basslines of 'Fall'. Next we move into the smooth jazzy chords introductions of 'Incomplete' finishing off with sub heavy rolling synths and crafted vocal distortion of 'Fire'. This a great box of bass music from one of the most consistent in the game!
Review: It's quite difficult in today's bass scene to see Bassboy's name and not get excited, whether it be for one of his super entertaining Instagram track builds or a new EP such as this. He teams up with the legendary Night Bass imprint for a sizzling four track selection, kicking off with the gritty LFO rolls of the title track 'Hollywood', which is chased up the super colourful UKG struts of 'So Good'. Following this, 'Sweet 'n' Sour' switches the EP back onto a more gritty pass with his hardened bass synths running riot, before the moogy plucks of 'Vibesy' finish everything up with a serious dash of spice.
Review: This new EP from Birmingham's bass bastion Bassboy sees him leap artistically from his early days of RnB cut-ups. He's been pushing his sound more towards an off-kilter garage sound of late, though here things begin brightly with "Rainbows" - an infectious fusion of fizzy garage-pop and brutal bottom end. However elsewhere the perky "Colours" benefits from some heavy tribal thump and "Once Upon A Time" is an orgy of nasty 4x4 and 90s vocal snippets and pads aplenty. DJ Direct also appears to add some serious muscle to the title track too.
Review: Rebearth is a new label specialising in bass, bassline, UK garage plus 'more', it claims. For their first release, Birmingham based producer Bassboy has been making waves for years, according to the label, and has been pioneering the bassline sound with his heavy basslines (naturally!) and ear for infectious, off-kilter drum grooves. On "Boom" he teams up with Chester's Blaq Max to rework a classic Lil Nasty vocal sample into a street level dancefloor joint that is truly fierce and bombastic.
Review: Midlands shelling: Birmingham's Bassboy and Nottingham's Bru-C collide for some instant classic bassline naughtiness. Bassboy's riff keeps it lean and harmonic with just the right amount of prang while Bru C shells and shuts down with definite defiance. Stamped with approval but on-point Crucast crew, this is already massive. Are you going to shell? DEFINITELY.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Review: Charismatic Tumble selector Joel hits the road once again with a collection of sinewy UKG, future bass, twisted house and barbed wire grime. Highlights fall of every track like an ill-fitting suit with gully gems such as the weirded out wobbles of Joedan & Kontent?s ?Ruggish?, Killjoy?s vitalising squelch funk on ?Public Enemy?, and premium sexytime silk in the form of Taz?s ?Lonely? and gossamer two-step soul by way of Spekktrum?s ?Talk To Me?. What with it being exactly a year since the last Roadman collection, we?re hoping Tumble turn this into an annual affair.
Review: Oh, Lord - it's a new comp from the Crucast crew, and that means having your face pounded by the gnarliest form of curb-side grime that's available on the market. Shake The Bass goes for the all-out tactic, recruiting what is surely the best and brightest group pf bass artists aroud these days; the highlights come from peeps like Mr Virgo (a Wiley collaborator), Bushbaby, Notion, Hybrid Theory and TS7. Big, big load of effective DH tools here!
Review: The team behind the Nightbass movement continue their incredible journey through 2018 here with yet another solid compilation, really pushing the Night Bass sound right through to the year's end. This project is made up on 9 original records, including top draw creations from the likes of AC Slater, Bijou, Cause & Affect, Taiki Nulight, Bassboy and more, making up a spectacular line up to say the least. For us the instant highlights on this one have to include 'The Freq' from 219 Boys and 'Church (feat Dances with White Girls)' from Sinden & Petey Clicks, both of which encapsulate the darkened futuristic bass stylings of Night Bass perfectly!
Review: We take a second here to look back over some of the top quality releases that the guys at CruCast have been putting forward this year and wow, what a collection it is. This brand new compilation entitled 'We Are CruCast showcases just how powerful the band has become within the bass scene, racking up an impressive track listing featuring names such as TC4, Bru-C, Skepsis, Jamie Duggan, Simula, Cajama, Distinkt and more. This is a display of real intent for sure as begin to look to 2019 and wonder what else this fantastic label has to offer the weird and wonderful realms of UK bass music.
Review: Has bassline ever been more influential than it is currently across the UK? I think most people would struggle to argue otherwise. To celebrate this, bassline heavyweights DJQ, Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and Darkzy join forces for an allstar compilation album, including a selection of full tracks and exclusive mixes. The full project includes exclusive drops from the likes of Champion, Shanti, DJQ, Flava D, TQD, Preditah, Bushbaby, Darkzy, Bru-C and many more. You are going to struggle to find a more comprehensive bassline selection this year!