Review: Belgian heaviness from man like Tripper... Two tracks, two vibes: "Greedy" hits with a real mid 2000s bounce. Think Bristol, think Bingo Beats, think playful grooves that bounce and wriggle and work so well in almost any type of mix. "Darkest Void" takes us back to the heavier, gnarlier side of the Belgian veteran as we're pushed, pulled and turned inside out but pneumatic dancefloor dynamics that are kinda reminiscent of Culture Shock's "Bunker" but with more jump up slobbering. Gobble it up and get as greedy as you like....
Review: In 1990 rave legends Rat Pack sang 'I can feel another rush coming on...' While no one can prove this, we suspect they were singing about this absolute stamp sesh from Belgian bump thumper Basstripper. Laced with a trippy vocal texture, a shimmering synth texture on the breakdown and a sizzling hot coal bassline, it's definitely worth singing (and dancing) about. Rat Pack never sang about extreme weather but don't let that stop you from hammering "Typhoon". Switchy, bouncy and once again coded with some pretty trippy textures, Basstripper nails it once again.
Review: Benny Page's Dub Shotta heads to Belgium for some savage laser blazing hellfire courtesy of Basstripper. As always with Mr B, there's no messing around as brutal cuts such as "Lifeforms" and "Your Correct" rip and shred from the off with toxic textures. "Tortured" takes us down a more classical route with a Clipz style use of harmonics and hookiness while "Exhibit 9" sends us off packing more nightmares than you've had in your entire life so far. Filthy!!!
Review: Bare Belgian business: Basstripper makes his debut on Young Guns with four poisonous pieces of work. "Flootdite Of Filth" is all about the addictive Q&A riff magic and dreamy breakdown, "Dominate" focuses on the raw hair-raising vibes with true sandpaper funk craft while "Sine Pugna" flips up a soulful vocal into a Twisted Individual level shock-out. Deeper again we get into top gear with the singular sound rough-houser "Full Throttle" while "Vulgar Way" finishes with some seriously twisted and animated high-end weirdness. Buckle up badboys!
Review: Belgium meets UK: Bass Boost's Basstripper makes his debut on Propz & Rowney's ever-shreddy G13 and he's really not messing around. Covering all shades across both sides of the scene he treats us to spiked-out high pitch paranoid riffage on "Safehouse", classic fuzzy bass hookiness on "Fur Dich", weirded-out robot-funk on "Level 1" and ridiculous harmonic switches on "No Laughing". Like we said... There's no room for messing around here. Crucial.
Review: Belgium's reputation as the new capital of jump-up has been intact for several years now and the country's new generation of bass conjurers will ensure the rep sticks for many years to come. Basstripper is at the forefront of this movement. Case in point: "Awakened Dragon" and "Oscillator". The former is a jumpy, skittish, mischief maker that's highly reminiscent of Tyke's early work. "Oscillator" is a much darker design with a tripped out bass tone echoes and flickers over a two-step so sharp it could trim concrete.
Review: Bass Boost head honchos Basstripper and Bass Shock collide for a massive statement of intent to kickstart 2017. Leading from the front, both acts deliver two crucial pieces of dynamite each before collaborating for the final flex. "Swoi" is all lazers and no nonsense, "Motherfucker" is as dark as it is sweary, "Tictac" jumps and jitters with some fun harmonic funk in the riffy bassline while "Spiritual" belies its title with a frank chat with Cthulu himself. Nasty stuff. Finally we climax with "Human Perfect". A track that showcases both titans strengths with a rasping riff in the foreground and shadowy funk in the background. Boost yourself.
Review: We get knee deep into some tasty new jump up here as Dangerous gets busy on the Storno Beatz imprint for his exciting 'Allstars' EP. From start to finish this one is made up of heavyweight collaborations, including the the electronic stabs of 'Conflicting Points Of View' alongside Basstripper and the super aggressive synths of 'Road Kill' with Licid. Following this, Trafalgar joins the party on 'Spill Seome Blood' whilst Maze gets busy on the free roaming arrangements of 'The Cure'. We then turn up further with 'Armitage' alongside the earth shattering synths of Shrust before finishing up the EP 'Six Shooter (VIP)', the only solo recording from Dangerous on this frankly super stacked project.
Review: Dangerous is back in town! Well, actually, he never went away... He's been licking serious shots consistently for five years now. And they don't lick much harder than this co-lab-heavy six tracker. Highlights include the cymbal-smashing, late 90s-style Steampunk hook-up "Give It To Me", the Hazard-level face-ripper "Good As Dead" and the croaking, no-joking Goonies-sampling "Hungry Hippos". Dangerous by name...
Review: Is there any stopping Kenji? Release after release the man is a machine. Here we find him back on home soil with the fledgling Latvian homestead Keep Rollin'. And he's feeling pretty generous as five tracks of his signature rugged, laser-lashing trippy machine funk drop upside your purdy chops: "Ignorant" is the stripped back percussive shaker, "Law & Order" will lock you up in its nagging riff, "We Need That" is blow the cobwebs off your organs with its creepy insistency while "Oh" (with Basstripper) will blast you off into space and not offer you a return trip. For added turbulence the equally unstoppable Bou adds new layers of urgency and grit to "Ignorant". What a package.
Review: The Dirty Latvian strikes again! This time he's in major league collabo mode: Jack The Ripper brings out some stark contrasts as the rasping jump-up riff drops into an emotional breakdown. Basstripper brings out the lazer bass and gritty triplets and mild jazz tones while Bou brings out a reversed trippiness to Kenji's bass. Deeper again "Born In It" sees Kenji going solo with a pointed, punctuated bass cascase while the final collabo sees him getting all jagged and darked out with Dispoze. Total tag team terror.
Review: Ballin' for a little Brawlin'? Look no further as the heavyweight label recruits another epic far-flung V/A collection. First up is a Belgium vs Latvian bounce off as Basstripper and Kenji go mental over a rubber ball bassline. Next we head to Scotland for a gritty tubular burn up from Refrecta while Deuce goes below the belt with a flabby bass swamp stepper "Sudden Death". Last but not least Brighton's Horizon signs the deal off with another bouncy groaner; the happy twanging "Get Down". Glitchin' ain't easy...
Review: Released the same week he appears on Diamond Audio's Fresh Batch album, "Euphoria" is yet another massive reason to keep Manchester monster Solix on your radar. Four tracks of wild, full strength and forward thinking D&B, we kick off with the XXXXXL sized riff theatrics of "Ain't Telling Me" before being plunged into the groan zone on "Euphoria", hurled into halftime slipperiness on "Do You Like Music" and pulped by the moolah mashing "Money". A collaboration with Basstripper, it's nothing but eastern horns, sandpaper basses and a tight pacey twostep. Get euphoric.
Review: Featuring a flashy album cover laden with neon green and an iPhone, Tesen is here to recharge your desire to get a bit nuts to some top-quality jump-up D&B. The wavering synth-line on the title track opens us up and leads into some filthy, filthy Macky Gee-esque bass synths that rumble all the way down. 'Restart' keeps up the charge and bloody hell, it's big. 'Revive' creeps in on the intro with some well-made synth lines, the riotous kick drum bringing us back to those gnarly basses, the same basses that finish up the EP on 'Meltdown' in spectacular fashion.
Review: G13 are turning ten years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of slightly lesser-known artists. This is the second part of that celebration and, following on from an excellent first instalment, the crew are back with even more. Rowney and Filthy Habits make a return, whilst Smoggy and more make a feature as well. Rowney ropes in MC Haribo for a screamer with 'Devastating', Lyfie takes things heavy on 'Mentality' and Slipz drags proceedings into a bouncier place with 'Drop Tight'. All round, an excellent showing from the G13 crew.
Review: G13 are turning Ten Years old and, like any good anniversary, it's being celebrated with a proper knees-up, hands-in-the-air type compilation of jump-up heavy hitters from a slew of slightly lesser-known artists. Rowney, Cabbie, Ovadose, Filthy Habits and more are on this one, so expect an LP that doesn't mess around in its approach to dancefloor tunage. 'Addicted To The High' by Filthy Habits demonstrates this approach with ease, a set of pitched up synth lines doing all the work - you just sit back and enjoy the ride. Big album.
Review: Who's your daddy? Don't answer, it was a rhetorical question. We all know the answer; it's Dangerous. Back packing slaps with pals old and new, his third instalment of "Dangerous & Friends" is K.O after K.O; highlights include the classic sample and sci-fi synths of "B Wing" the creepy drama and skin-melting drop of "Hands Off" and two delightfully trippy remixes with Belgian badman Basstripper. With friends like these who needs enemies?