Review: As always with the fabulous sounds of 1Forty, they have treated us to another high profile compilation, with this being the sixth installment of their highly converted 'Bass' series. We kick off with the niche-inspired LFO rolls and crunchy drum switches of Palize & Killa P's sizzling original 'Duppy Them', which most certainly kick-starts the EP with a powerful slap. That old school flavour continues with 'Bap Bap' as J69 provides a super mucky instrumental for Breeza to provide some laid back party-lyricism. We move into two cracking instrumentals next as Burt Cope steps up firstly with the warbling wonders of 'Cellar', giving us a rave-ready feel, before the more tech-influenced bass processing of 'Pure' sees Badger have a fantastic 1Forty debut.
Review: The Four40 imprint has without a doubt become one of the most consistent platforms currently working within the various spheres of underground dance music in the UK. This latest helping is yet another heavy hitting two tracker as they welcome the ever-ready sounds of Burt Cope, who delivers a womper of an original with 'Business'. Through a combination of gnarly LFO patterns and hard hitting drum punches, this one is certain to send dances into somewhat of a tiz. Following this we then jump into a top notch rework from the one and only MPH, who delivers a powerful, breaks-infused UKG overhaul, along with Vital Techniques doing the business on their warbling recreation, rounding things off nicely!
Review: Stationed out of Sheffield, Wub Club, welcomes a fresh-faced Yozhi to its label with this Bumpa three-track! Taking in a heavily glitched and sample stricken collaboration with Burt Cope via "Unknown Numba" - touching on a sweet UKG groove - "Nosebone" sees its synths sucked-up through a heavy sidechained that's punctuated by the odd piano stab. Most expletive overall though is "Bumpa", a track that does the label's name proud with its use of dub, garage rhythms, vocals, and you guessed it: wub wub.
Review: Informal are rapidly picking up speed with their releases, and this week they're following up their previously successful compilation with a third edition, this one equally packed to the rafters with both new and old school talent. It's a tour-de-force of the tough side of the genre and it's exemplified by 'Lava Cake', courtesy of Dutta and T>I, producers who know their way around the controls and who prove it once more, as stabbing bass notes and hypnotic vocal samples cut across its snapping, rolling arrangement with all the force and subtlety of an underground train. Jenks and Acp maks an appearance on the superbly gruff 'Big', whilst Dutta gets deeper than usual on 'If You Never'. Quintessential drum & bass that makes for essential listening.
Review: Burt Cope and Wang Records? What an absolutely fabulous combination we have on our hands here as we welcome two of the brightest outfits in UKG. The single itself takes the title 'Desire' and forms itself into a blissful arrangement of colourful melodies, beautiful vocal additions and well processed drum chops. With the track constantly expanding across different rhythms and harmonies, this is a direction we are absolutely loving from Burt Cope and when the nightlife of the UK reopens, we can be sure to hear this brightening up evenings around the country.
Review: As a label, Crucast have gone from strength to strength, rapidly establishing themselves as one of the premiere platforms for bass music in the UK. This complication marks that out perfectly with an astonishing selection of over 30 original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Jaguar Skills, Brent Kilner, Pavv, TC4, Inkline, Deadbeat UK and a tonne more. For us the EP highlights the strength in the current UK bass scene, with favourites being Bushbaby & Hadean's long-awaited collaboration release 'Clean Up', the monstrous swinging synths of Tengu's 'Weapon' and of course the wonky wonderings of SaidWho's 'Voices', a truly original compositional idea, focussing on rawcus bass sounds and scattered drum selections.