Review: SOBAD it's good... Bristol's finest 12-legged/four-act crew come correct with their own label. All acts representing with a tune a piece, it's a serious statement of intent: Sly One dust off their favourite percussion tools and get gritty with some Cumbia soul, Bromley tags in Dread MC over a razor's edge breakbeat, Archive raises the tension with a big diva vocal sample over some sizzling rolling breaks before Distro closes on with some tripped-out percussion shimmers and ripples and more gutsy fractured drums. Each one exploring and documenting SOBAD's technicoloured shadow escapades. We're looking forward to more releases from SOBAD Sounds.
Review: Boom Ting Recordings was founded by Jakwob in 2009 and has since released music from the likes of Little Simz, Kano, Troy Gunner, Tru Fonix, Wants and Jakwob himself. Now it is over to Bromley from Bristol who has released previously on the likes of Punks, MTA and Tumble Audio. "Know" is an austere expression of low end frequency that hones his hometown's bass music with the kind of techno derivatives that have been heard on local imprints recently such as Livity Sound or Tectonic. Absolutely fierce one right here! Finally "Luggin'" is a darkly atmospheric stepper, that strips down his musical style to its raw element and to exhilarating effect.
Review: Alongside the likes of Sly-One, Archive and Distro, Bromley is a stalwart of Bristol's growing bass scene. Right here is some sinister riddims with the ubiquitous Dread MC on vocals alongside the sultry sounds of Grove. Taim's remix here of "Burn Down" is as wonky, bumpy and sinister as you'd expect while Archives rendition goes for a pitched down junglist vibe with its vicious breaks sure to get an action from the crowd.?
Straight Up (feat Dash Villz & Rider Shafique - radio edit) - (4:00) 124 BPM
Review: Bromley's "Straight Up" was always going to be a tune worth remixing. You can hear it from the instrumental mix on here; its sparse, barren, techno-like arrangement is sublime on its own, but can easily accommodate a little extra meat around the bones. The original tune was produced alongside Dread MC, Dash Villz and Rider Shafique, and Mafia Kiss are the first to transform its nu-skool dancehall flex into more of a traditional bassline stepper. Aloka transform the Bristol producer's tune into another majestic, grime-ridden techno experiment, and you even get a radio edit for good measure. Biff!
Review: Stanton Warriors' recent DJ sets have all featured an almighty monster that has towered above the other tracks to provide the motherload of dancefloor pyromania. That track is "Burn Down" by Bromley. Clocking in at nearly five minutes, it's a minimally percussive dancehall-infused bass jam that possess soulful anthemic qualities. On the digital flipside Distro rocks up and turns in absolute killer remix that adds more cowbells and synths to the mix. Next level sounds.
Review: Stanton Warriors have been on a mission to bring us the finest broken beat and heavy bass on Punks Music since 2001. Here the debut volume of the their new 'Punks Selection' series is curated by Mafia Kiss and focuses in 'on the deeper/stripped sounding side of the label's roster'. There is a whopping 22 track featured, as well as a one-hour DJ mix. Highlights include the urgent, haunted bounce of "The Oracle" by Leda Stray, the sultry, late night breakbeats of "K2" by Aloka and the scattershot ghetto beats of "Check Me Out" by Sly One.
Review: Bristol bassman Bromley steps up to 877 with two originals that purr with understated, techy menace. Spacious and just the right amount of twisted, fans of Mak & Pasteman, Wen and My Nu Leng will instantly connect:. "Related" is a two-step hummer that ploughs through the low end soundcape with a well-oiled mechanical flow, while "Check" comes complete with pads so icy they could reverse global warming. Remix-wise Hostage adds a steppy, militant swing and additional bass gurgles while Sly-One adds a whole new line of synth textures before stripping the vibe right back to its bare rhythmic bones. This will relate with a lot of dancefloors and DJs right now.