Review: There really are few labels within the extended garage and 140 crossover zones that are able to say they hold the consistency of releases that Chameleon Audio possesses. The last few years have been a serious worldwind of underground flavour, with the second edition of their 'Colours' series being another welcome catalogue edition. They welcome the likes of Sour F4ce, MoJoe, Jakebob, Khabs, Fork & Knife & more back to the label to showcase the best of their roster with some serious bassweight. The compilation dives perfectly between garage and 140 flavours, with our immediate pickouts including the swampy bass textures and gorgeous percussive pulses of 'War Dub' from Nenkz, alongside the euphoric vocal harmonies of Itmek's 'Lust', and moogy goodness of '80's Fella' from the one and only Tubz. You may even find a sneaky carnival mix of 'Cub Bubblin' from our very own KXVU floating around the ether for good measure.
Review: Based in Walsall, the Chameleon Audio imprint, headed up by MoJoe and Chemist RNS, has been one of the most impressive midlands based movements in recent years. This latest compilation entitled 'Colours' sees them gather together a selection of their finest troopers, including the likes of Chemist RNS, Aranha, Triple S, Particle and more. We also some exciting debuts from the likes of Defiant and Khabs as well as stormers from S3 Dubs with 'Blur' and Sensi with 'Corvus'. For us the standout track of the whole compilation comes from grimey man of the minute Jakebob alongside fellow producer and vocalist: Rakjay entitled 'Sailor Jerry's. The pair get busy on this one as they lay down some skippy UKG flavours and electric vocal flows.
Review: Bass doesn't get any better - or warmer - than on the unfailingly on-point Low Pitched imprint, home to some of the best UK breaks and garage in our modern times. They're back on our charts this week, bringing through some utter heat with this new compilation, the wicked Spookz Presents. There's all sorts of banging percussion and piff low frequencies being fired in all directions, including a sublime piece of steppers grime called "Narrow Dust" by Tyrant, along with an endless deluge of dread from the likes of Jook10, Select, Steady State, and Spook himself. If you're looking for a lesson in bass-weight then look no further than this leviathan.
Review: BOOM! Rocking, nu-school d&b sounds from the Chameleon Audio massive, and it's high time we'd heard some fast-moving breaks amid all the half steps and grime-leaning house. It's a family affair on this new comp, Walsall Sound, landing on our charts like a steamroller on speed. Don't get us wrong, there's plenty of darkcore bass in here, too, such as Chemist RNS' cheeky, wobble-friendly "Green Crack", or the supremely smoky haze emanating from the bass of "Duality" by S3 Dubs. Sour F4ace's "Ello" is a sneaky dubstep bullet that would have been received with copious rewinds in the FWD days, and other favourites include "Sandwell St" from MoJoe, a murky swarm of percussive fury, and Zobol's subtly electro-leaning, drum-machine charge called "Lektrojuke". Don't sleep on this lot!
Review: The promotional platform turned record label Simply Deep present a strong compilation of ten exclusive tracks for the imprint's debut outing. What once was simply a music promotion service is now branching into a larger operation for Simply Deep. Wishing to support talent where it is due, the label are on the constant lookout for new and aspiring artists who are making quality music, regardless of genre specifics. Highlights on their second label compilation include the dark and bass driven street level antics of Jordan's "Falling", the deep dubstep done to perfection (what a bassline!) on Chemist RNS - "Clubbin", the savage grime tendencies of KXVU's "Peak For You" and Opus & Loudcutta's paranoid and dystopian trip "Travella".
Review: Southpoint's Chemist RNS jumps aboard the new talent scouting grime / bass imprint Chameleon Audio and he's bringing company... Leominster's Jakebob performs lyrical gymnastics over Chemist's spatial Oriental-themed aesthetics. Remix-wise KXVU gets wavy, MoJoe gets cosmic while Sour F4ce murks up the dance with something a little swampier. Complete with an instrumental if you can't handle Jakebob's fork-tongued academic seminar.
Review: Chameleon Audio had a big year in 2016, instilling their name on our charts as regular go-getters ad quality scouts of new talents in the bass game. This is one of those leviathan compilations where even the most critical of DJs will find something to jump up about, as there is so much damn gear on this badboy! Tunes by the likes of Jacotanu, KXVU, and Policy deliver some much-needed grime lashings, while others like Strap C and Imtek's "Bubble, or even "Shakeup" by Particle, break out the London half-step riddims for the heads. From dub to house, the influences in these things are vast and unmatched. Dig through it.
Review: Much like squashing a fly with a sledgehammer, Sheffield's Project Allout, counter Bristol's bass supremacy with this mammoth compilation. Yes, the second instalment in their eponymous series boasts a frankly absurd 39 new fresh bass cuts. It may take a while to get through it all, but that's half the fun. Inititial highlights include the speedy claps, fizzy hats and taut wobble vibes of "Manners" by 1Thirty, the horror move trap thrills of "Black Missile" by "Familiar Face" and the voluptuous house bass of Mooney's "At The Top".
What Do You Mean (Triple S remix) - (5:08) 140 BPM
Review: Futurepast alchemist Chemist RNS makes his debut on one of 2016's runaway label success stories Southpoint with a collection of uncompromised grime instrumentals. Following the sterling strong-arm sounds he's developed on Chameleon and his own Bandcamp, each cut on "Bang Bang" really does hit hard... "What Do You Mean" does the spacious spooky haunted house style that's just screaming for some MC presence, "Alpine Lake" turbos up the drums with added kicks and switchy snare hits while the title track bangs with a unique and tripped out Amazonian twang. High fives on the remixes, too - both MoJoe and Triple S pay complete respect.
Review: Sheffield's Project Allout don't mess about, having developed a reputation for championing all directions in the ways of bass. Every take on that three letter word is important to this label and that's why they cram so many hot jams onto their comps. Basically they're the Ferrero Rocher am-bass-adors and they are really spoiling us with 49(!) lengerz. Highlights include AT's bleepy 8-bit hip-hop groove "Flash Bang", the epic, symphonic trap of Dubzta's "Lord Of War" and the almost disco tech grooves of "Murkers' by King Hydra. All killer, no filler!
Review: Thirty Three nuggets of serious UKG gullyness; Project Allout have already developed a serious reputation for generous dispatches, but this is whole new level. Uniting their many lengmen for a deep exploration of the pastures between bassline house, instrumental grime and the broader realms of bass music, every area is covered. Highlights include the eski angst of Chemist RNS' "Stare", the violin-snapping, post-dubstep darkness of Deadbeat UK's "Graveyard", the outrageous VIP muscles of Hoax and Dubzta's "Twilight Zone" and the sassy vocal flexery of Pavv's "You Got Me". This is just the tip of the bassline iceberg, though. Dig deep and grab your own lenger; there are enough here for everyone.
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.