11 Jul 12
Silo Pass (Sir Spyro remix) - (5:39)
Silo Pass (Vjuan Allure remix) - (4:59)
Charisma Theme (Bok Bok remix) - (4:15)
Reminder (L-Vis 1990 CC mix) - (5:39)
Look (Helix remix) - (9:56)
Played by: Ennio Styles, Juno Recommends Techno, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Mr. Mitch, GNTLMN, J Courage, Lucent, Juno Recommends Bass
Review: After the success of the original Southside EP last year, Bok Bok has called upon his mates to rework some of the lead cuts with results that stretch across the board. Sir Spyro has some filthy bass at the forefront of his playful reworking of "Silo Pass", while the horns get teased in the appropriate places to great effect. Vjuan Allure instead focuses on dry beats working around a UK Funky template, with only scattered effects left to fill in the gaps. Bok Bok's own remix of "Charisma Theme" piles the tension on high with dread strings and a snappy dispersal of percussion. L-Vis 1990 gets jacking with his take on "Reminder", leaving it to Helix to delve into a funky techno rut to conquer "Look".
01 Feb 18
Review: When it comes to timeless grime anthems, there are few instrumentals that hold quite as much nostalgic currency as Silo Pass. Having received countless choppy refixes and intense reworks, it remains a staple in a large selection of grime sets to this day. With this however, funky legend Bok Bok gets stuck into a sub heavy overhaul, bringing out rolling bass tones and highly inventive chops of the original melody for a half time hit. As ever with Bok Bok, this one defies genre brackets and truly stands out with a touch of finesse.
30 May 11
Charisma Theme - (6:58) 131 BPM
Hyperpass - (5:33) 134 BPM
Reminder - (5:31) 132 BPM
Silo Pass - (6:08) 136 BPM
Look (dub) - (4:30) 136 BPM
Played by: Antikue, Paul Mac, Famous eno, Tom Central, Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends UK Funky/Garage, Star Eyes, The Captain, Bok Bok, Shox, Sounds of Sumo, Breakbeat.is
Review: Bok Bok has played a significant role in reinvigorating the contemporary bass music scene with the unique brand of neon-tinged grime/dubstep/house purveyed on the Night Slugs imprint he runs with L-Vis 1990. It's strange then to think that he hasn't graced the NS label with any original material of his own until now, but the Southside EP delivers on the hype and expectation that preceded the release. Kicking off with "Charisma Theme", it's all swirling, hazy atmospherics and taught chiming for the first part. Immediately demanding attention, the hollow thumping kicks of the intro swiftly build into a clipped, rolling riddim with clapping beats and quirky, fidgeting melody and undulating b-line below. "Hyperpass", up next, is a much deeper, darker beast, with ominous dread vocal, a dubbed out soundscape, the sound of rainfall and urgent, insistent beats pumping out menacingly. Moving on, "Reminder" is all hissing hats and searing snares, coupled with lassoing synths and a simple, repetitive bleepy melody. Then, there's "Silo Pass" with its scythe sharpening intro, and distant voices, weighty subs and rattling SFX, before grime-infused half step smasher "Look" concludes the EP, with poised and understated prowess.
26 May 14
Melba's Call (feat Kelela) - (4:11) 140 BPM
Howard - (5:32)
Greenhouse (Day) - (2:24) 149 BPM
Funkiest (Be Yourself) - (5:04) 136 BPM
Greenhouse (Night) - (3:18) 140 BPM
Da Foxtrot - (5:51)
Melba's Instrumental - (4:11) 140 BPM
Review: Channeling his love of late '80s R&B productions with his futuristic production swagger, Bok Bok is back on his own Night Slugs with a slick salvo of tracks that highlight his ever-progressing skills. "Melba's Call" wraps around an impeccable vocal delivery from Kelela, firing off snappy synth hooks and sharp guitar licks with a flair that comes on like micro-boogie. "Howard" too summons the gods of electro funk, although here the Moog lines are fused with some proper UK sub busting b-lines, while "Funkiest (Be Yourself)" pares everything down to a minimal Linn Drum beat and wobbly bass. Who said you can't look backwards to move forwards?
09 Jun 17
Island Hopping - (3:46) 140 BPM
Salvage Lurkin - (3:38) 143 BPM
Know Already - (3:30) 140 BPM
PR Drawbridge - (2:20) 152 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Bass
Review: The return of the Night Slugs boss has been long-awaited and this EP is set to be his most grime informed material in years. Opening track "Island Hopping" is a sweet, pop-inflected number with punchy analogue bass and rusty beats throughout. The brightest of the bunch according to a press release, it paves the way for a darker, more down-cast narrative, in contrast to the often optimistic material heard on 2014's "Your Charizmatic Self". The EP is also described as being "built with raw 12-bit samples" with tracks inspired by and intended for DJs, MCs, radio sets and sweaty, blacked-out dancefloors.
31 Mar 14
Played by: MikeQ
Review: The boogie is out in force in the tricky production that Bok Bok brings to his latest effort, as a razor sharp melee of stop-start beats and hurried funk licks dart out underneath Kelela's soulful croon. It's definitely got the neon gloss that all dedicated Night Sluggers will be craving, but there's a nastiness to the crafty way that Bok Bok delivers the track that sets it apart. It's no mean feat to straddle styles like this and make it work, yet the end result sounds smooth even if the track wriggles and writhes with abandon throughout.
16 Oct 09
17 Mar 15
Played by: Juno Recommends Bass
Review: Bok Bok is back in action on his own label with this sprightly two-tracker featuring fresh-faced collaborator Sweyn Jupiter who is making a debut appearance on this record. The "Club Mix" of "Papaya Lipgloss" is a plush affair that revels in the sweetest chimes of melody that linger in mid-air surrounded by a pleasantly sleek rhythm section. It's a joyous affair that keeps an upbeat mood without reaching over into banality, instead letting subtle but impressive flairs of production shine through in the simple surroundings. The "Sour Mix" doesn't actually loose any of that sweetness, but rather deploys it in a more staggered, playful mix that revels in more broken drum patterns and dramatic pauses.
09 Sep 14
Get Me What You Want - (4:30) 63 BPM
Pussy Trak - (5:08) 60 BPM
Silent G Safari - (4:41) 66 BPM
Hole Driller 3 - (4:52) 126 BPM
Need This (radio mix) - (6:36) 59 BPM
Need This (12" dub) - (6:44) 59 BPM
31 Oct 11
Pathfinder - (3:55) 123 BPM
White Type R - (5:28) 126 BPM
Vector - (5:58)
Pom Clash - (5:39) 126 BPM
Time Master - (5:42) 136 BPM
Lil Ma Bonus Beat - (5:08) 125 BPM
Review: The new Crossover Series from the Sound Pellegrino crew makes for a canny and eye opening endeavour, offering the chance for like-minded producers from different paths the chance to collaborate together with the aim of "crossing the invisible bridges of the great house music archipelago". The standard for the series is set truly high on the inaugural release that sees Alex Bok Bok Sushon team up with Tom Trago for the Night Voyage Tool Kit EP. The six tracks see Trago and Sushon deliver heavily, stripped down drum trax informed by a love of Dancemania era Chicago House. At times the results are playful; see the opening track "Pathfinder" - little more than the duo checking out how pliable the rubbery analogue tone at the core is, with drums stripped down to a hissing undercurrent. More structure is evident on the skeletal "White Type R", which slowly unfurls into compressed head jack material, though that playful sense of melody creeps through intermittently. As the EP progresses, the overarching feeling you get from this release is two producers becoming increasingly comfortable working together - see how the vocoder led "Time Master" unexpectedly bursts into a percolating 23rd century p-funk out. It's obviously just the start of much more from the duo, with Trago revealing the duo will continue their Night Voyage endeavours in some shape or form.