Review: It has been a brief minute since we heard from the Maraki team, who have clearly been keeping busy, plotting away for their next compilation project behind closed doors. Here we see just what they have building up to as they unveil a monumental second edition of their 'Spaces' series. This kicks of with Axel Boy's hard hitting original in 'Feel It Deep' which fuses potent bass synths with stunning vocal lines perfectly. Next up, Zero bring his unique sound design into full flow on 'Broken' before Document One get busy with a highly sought after D&B rethink of Bushbaby's 'Sonder'. Finally, we see the introduction of Greed & BTW who team up with the legendary vocals of Dread MC for their crunchy roller 'Enemy'.
Review: It seems that Barely Royal and Saucy have cooked us up a masterful collaborative cocktail on this brand new six tracker. Made up entirely of high profile pairings, "The Alliance" sees Barely Royal team up with Bushbaby, PVC, Pelikann, Distro, Negativ and Taim with each track being a standalone monster. Our favourites would have to be the lethal combination with PVC entitled "So In Love" which features additional vocals from Abi F Jones, along with Distro's appearance on "Gun Up". It would be a crime to not also big up the three way collaboration with Bushbaby, Dread and Grove named "Light It".
Review: What a journey the last year has been for Bushbaby, whilst undergoing a serious evolution in his sound, he has landed some of the biggest releases in UK dance music this year. He now touches down on the almighty Night Bass for his latest conquest, that being his extremely tech heavy 'Naughty Pleasure' EP. The title track itself is a super smooth 4x4 roller, driven by tight electronic bass tones and minimalist drum grooves, followed by a crunchy, metallic collaboration with the ever ready Inkline entitled 'Walk Away'. Finally, we finish up with our favourite of the bunch in 'Secret', a nostalgic twist up, livened up by its use of classic organ chords and a smooth final touch.
Review: Starting out in the music biz can be a daunting task, but up 'n' coming Brighton bass imprint Southpoint are already putting themselves on the map with this impressive label comp. Boasting a selection of southeast talent, there are six fresh jams here to enjoy. Highlights include the dub-infused 4x4 growler "Babylon" by Distinkt, the heavy, heavy badness of James Mannion's "Badness" and the ominously regal sounding hip-hop of "Lengman Riddim" by Familiar Face.
Review: Whilst Britain has voted against remaining in the EU, it's positive to see integration is still on the agenda for British musicians. Here the Southpoint crew present their first compilation for our listening pleasure. Distinkt is up first, driving the hi-hats and ragga vibes on 4 x 4 monster "Babylon", next with into exotic, orchestrated RnB/hip-hop territory with Scruloose's "Flukes". Elsewhere Bushbaby's "Yh Man" is a minimal drum machine jam, KXVU's "Assassinuit" is a moody and percussive grime instrumental, James Mannion then rocks up to deliver the aggressive shuffle of "Madness" and Familiar Face provides the boomy trap closer "Lengman Riddim".
Review: Maraki continue their storming output rate here with an extraordinary four track bonanza by the name of 'Spaces'. This compilation sees them pull together some of their favourite artists, who all shell down in typical fashion. We begin with Skue-K's absolute stormer 'Loco' which has been tearing the festival circuit to pieces. Following this, Bushbaby steps up with a piece of neurotic genius as the apocalyptic horns and outstanding synth designs of 'Sonder' run wild. Following this Zero & Vellum step up for their reesey war anthem entitled 'Untitled DJ Weapon' before FineArt finishes up the release in style with his VIP of 'Lighter Crew', one of the most well received bassline originals of 2018.
Review: If we're talking bass, then In:Flux Audio surely has to be in the running for most prolific label of 2016. The unstoppable collective is always full of tricks up their sleeves, and this Selection Box compilation is exactly the sort of thing we wanted to hear from them; a rough and packed collection of their best and most definitive moments of last year. From pseudo jungle, weird, amorphic dubstep, and killer speed-house, there isn't much that sounds wring with this release, and even the most demanding of bass-heads are likely to find something that they'll churn out week after week, floor after floor.
Review: Hot to trot vibes machine FooR goes balls-deep on this epic 50+ track compendium. Bulging at the seams with slinky two-steps, stinking basslines and every essential element in between, it's an incredible collection of on-point bass music cuts spun around the UKG / bass house axis. Those with a soulful interest should instantly fall for cuts like Thorn's "In 2 Deep", anthem-addicts need to know about Foor's own heavenly synth/guttural bass jam "Lift Me Up", bass-devoted breakers will go giddy for "Don't Hold Back", gully munchers will chow down heartily on Tyrone's "Ravin Face" while DJs in need of more of a classical deep roll-out should be smitten by Tengu's "Evil Ting". And that's not even scratching the surface - this is a true trove of future talent and shadowy sonic skill. Golly gosh YosH.
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.
Review: Well well well, we have to say we heard tell of a mega compilation that was set to be emerging out of the bass scene in the near future, but nobody could have predicted it to be this powerful as Holy Goof unveils his Globes compilation, championing all aspects of 4x4 bass music to the maximum. We see A-list appearances from top to bottom with Notion, Chris Lorenzo, Fine Art, Skepsis, FooR, Bushbaby and more all gracing the listing with top draw originals. For us the immediate standouts on this one have to include the emotional expanse of Freddie Martin's 'Stubborn', which comes complete with cracking original vocals, along with the rapid fire LFO shells of Livsey's 'Supersonic' and the big room synths of Skue-K's 'Flows'.
Review: Has bassline ever been more influential than it is currently across the UK? I think most people would struggle to argue otherwise. To celebrate this, bassline heavyweights DJQ, Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and Darkzy join forces for an allstar compilation album, including a selection of full tracks and exclusive mixes. The full project includes exclusive drops from the likes of Champion, Shanti, DJQ, Flava D, TQD, Preditah, Bushbaby, Darkzy, Bru-C and many more. You are going to struggle to find a more comprehensive bassline selection this year!
Review: So at this point it's difficult to find the words to describe Night Bass, who have pushed out one of the most relentless release schedules we have ever witnessed here at JunoDownload over the last 12 months. The 4x4 giants have here assembled what they believe to be their best releases of 2019 into one handy selection, featuring absolute stormers from the likes of legendary faces such as Taiki Nulight, Shift K3y, Bushbaby, Notion, Corrupt, Phlegmatic Dogs and more, including a feature from label founder and worldwide dance music legend: AC Slater. What a year it has been for Night Bass, and we can't see them slowing down.