Review: There are few things we enjoy jumping into more than a weighty new 140BPM collection, with Project Allout & Tormented Audio having supplied us with here in some serious style. They have arranged a pretty killer roster to get involved across 16 scorching designs, including the likes of Juzlo, CREEP N00M, Mr Mud, M4XW311, Dotty and more. The project as a whole oozes quality and creativity, exploring the deeper, more niche realms of 140BPM music with a dubstep-like edge being employed to the most of the tunes. For us, our highlights would have to include Jakebob's super grimey synthesizer structure in 'Pac & Wallace', followed closely by the punchy sample stabs and unpredictable percussive breakdowns of 'Power Up' from Boss Mischief. Awesome stuff!
BSN Posse & ReDraft - "Who The Best" - (3:41) 82 BPM
Review: We do love a good unique beat pattern, one that moves away from the genre norm and which injects an element of originality, of uniqueness. Fresh beats are good, basically. Redraft has come out with something exceptionally fresh, however, as he's joined by some other collaborators on this absurdly cool jungle/160 EP for Vandal LTD, the sublabel for Vandal Records. His VIP of 'Keep It' is the pick of the bunch, with a lovely vocal sample that sways in and out of the mix, before flipping on the drop into a flurry of breaks and diving reece basses. It's proper jungle vibes, but with an element of soul, of funk, Lovely.
Review: Today we are here to take a look at some seriously smooth newschool footwork production as we welcome BSN Posse & Sideswipe back to the Modern Ruin release schedule. They arrive on the scene with five original bangers, kicking off with the steadily progressing chord structures of 'Stratus', which move smoothly into the junglistic drum twists and R&G style vocal slices of 'Slow It Down'. Next, we enter the luxurious orchestral sampling of 'Blue Sky' before the more classic Jersey Club production style of 'Bones' appears on the scene. Finally, 'Southbound' finishes the project with a touch of subby goodness, packed with intelligent vocal dips and sharp drum work as ever.
Review: Few labels hit the spot like Fracture's Astrophonica. Home to breaksmithery's most innovative waifs and strays, every release writhes in those gloopy, unfathomable pastures between jungle, juke, beats and just straight up sick electronica. This sophomore edition of the label's V/A Gradients series is a perfect example as everyone from Luke Vibert to Sully lay down powerful designs. Every single track is a highlight but you'd be mad not to get mucky with Binga, James and Shafique's "Everfresh", get lost in the dubby wooziness of Groves' "Hennessy Brown", get air punchy to Fracture's technoid thumper "Dropping Yu" or get straight up sexual to BSN Posse's "No Matter How Far"... Ain't no track too steep, Gradients has every single breakbeat flavour you could need this season.
Review: Sweet murderation! Sizzling Spaniards BSN Posse unleash five firing originals on the spotless Modern Ruin and suddenly things in the world don't seem quite so scary. Soulful, smooth, subverted, this is the sound of a well-considered, detailed footwork EP that's matched with six equally sharp refixes. Highlights include the sultry syrup harmonies on "Soul Train", the AK47 drumflow of "Drifting" and the dreamboat behaviour of "About U". Meanwhile on the rubs, we've got heaters galore with as Nikes takes us into cosmic tribal territories, Rootless dips low into sexual 808 healing and Footmerc washes us so hard with his fluttering chords you'll need a towel after you've played it. Powerful.
Review: Aside from killing it on the artwork front, the Iberian Juke label has established itself as one of the leaders in the footwork game. There isn't much that label has released which we haven't gotten excited about, so this new compilation feels like one of those mega-packs which we'll blast out on the speakers over the next few weeks. Believe us, with the quantity of music going through our charts, that is quite an unbelievable achievement for any label. Rather than try to unpack the entire comp for you, and actually risk spoiling the fun, we simply got to say that this is one of the most diverse juke releases we've ever heard. The genre can suffer from isolations at times, risking to sound rather uniform, but this gear touches many different points of heat spots for us. There's everything from jazz to techno in there, all blended into a delicious cocktail of fast-paced percussion bundles and high-tech drum swings. We highly recommend this thang...
Review: London's Modern Ruin hadn't been messing around since their first release, and now the label are back with a hot collaboration between Slime's BSN Posse, and newcomer Stayhigh in what could possibly be one of the label's most soulful and seductive slice of bass weight, as of yet. The opener by BSN Posse, "All My Dreams" is a gorgeous bit of sliding drums and placid vocals, and the follower by Stayhigh, "You're Not Alone", follows in a similar vein except there is more energy and more of a rise in momentum. Check all these cuts out; the moral of the story is that these guys are just simply good at making sidewalk bass music with an elegant, maybe eve jazzy edge.
Review: Spanish bass heads BSN Posse have enjoyed a productive 2014, dropping well-received EPs on Hot N Heavy and Car Crash Set, amongst others. Here, they pop up on new imprint Daily Operation with two more jackin' club cuts. "Too Long" kicks things off, with pretty vocal samples, flamenco guitar snippets and swirling chords adding a melodious sheen to the duo's punchy, handclap-heavy footwork rhythm. "Let Me Go" starts in similarly deep and dreamy fashion, before springing into life two minutes in. From this point onward things get a little sweatier, with rave era vocal stabs and spiraling melodies riding a surging juke beat.
Review: BSN Posse, who have appeared previously on the Slime imprint, land on their feet for Hot N Heavy with a blistering two-tracker, reminding us not to take the winter so seriously. "Rum & Coconut" merges 4/4 kicks with majestic, warm chords and gentle female vocals riding in the background. "You Know The Way" speeds up the tempo but retains the cloudiness and mystique of the previous track, giving us an uplifting, quasi-garage anthem for the coming months. Blissful.