Review: As one of the leading forces in worldwide bass music, AC Slater returns to his home imprint of Night Bass to unveil a fabulous selection of remixes, working directly off his critically acclaimed 'Hi8' album project. The line up is spicy to say the least, with the likes of Flava D, Sammy Virji, DALCO, NuKid, CID and more all getting involved for one the biggest remix projects bass music has ever seen. The two real standouts for us come from two brits however, as Bushbaby's colourful relick of 'Attitude' from AC & Taiki Nulight immediately catches our ears, alongside Drinks On Me's smooth and well thought out overhaul of 'Every Pigeon Is a Dove', featuring the wonderful vocal layers of Murkage Dave.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but after a long run of exciting single drop, Night Bass founder and all around dance music legend: AC Slater lands on his home imprint for a brand new album project. The project features the previously released single 'Final Fantasy' but as a club mix alongside a bag of incredible collaborative additions, including Dread MC, Jay Robinson, Chris Lorenzo, Murkage Dave, Taiki Nulight and more. With twelve tracks of the highest quality, AC has really set the bar super high, with particular highlights including the high energy collaboration with Jack Beats, Sinden and Flowdan entitled 'Boss Like That', along with the tasty house tones of 'Feeling Awake'.
Review: As one of the most celebrated producers to have ever graced British 4x4 music, Chris Lorenzo makes a super highly anticipated return here as he graces us with two explosive original creations alongside the Sixty6Music imprint. The first of the two tracks featured on this high profile pairing is title track 'Hallucinogen', which in typical Chris Lorenzo fashion, is built to send dances into a state of delirium with its sharp bass influxes, tight rhythmic structure and constantly expanding melodic output. On the other side we are given 'Ghost Dub', over which Polina steps in to lay down some fabulous vocal lines, before descending into yet more carnage come the breakdown.
Review: Originally known as one half of UKG/UK funky/house fusionists Cause & Effect, Chris Lorenzo has decided to venture out on his own for debut album, Destroy The Image. The Birmingham-based producer is known for his love of collaborating and over the 14 tracks here we encounter hook ups with Alex Mills, DJ Zinc and Sam Nicolosi. Highlights include the creeped-out techno mantra of "Come Down", the radio-friendly EDM anthem, "We Are" and the dirty tropical baile attack, "Bad Bitch".
Review: No messing around on this one: the man-machine Lorenzo lays down a severe groove and gives it the grave name it deserves. Spiked-out, siren-loaded and prone to switching, "Foot & Mouth" is the type of gully tune we all need as we come down from a hot, sticky summer. "Nightmares" follows suit with a similarly detuned feel to the bassline, all paranoid, weirded out and non-standard... The main strength that's got Chris to his premiership position in the first place.
Review: Chris Lorenzo is a natural collaborator. To date, he's penned joint tracks with Hannah Wants, Chris Lake, Katy B and Donkie Punch. For Sleep Talk, he's joined forces with chanteuse Alex Mills, owner of a fine pair of honeyed tonsils. Musically, it's typical Lorenzo, with the producer underpinning Mills' R&B style vocals with dreamy pads, bouncy but robust beats, and a weighty, UK garage influenced bassline. Happily, it rises and falls in all the right places, with Lorenzo getting just the right balance between main room pump and radio-friendly sweetness. In other words, he's delivered another sizeable single.
Review: People often ask, "what are friends for?" Well, in the case of Pete Graham, they're primarily there to make killer bass tunes with. Here we get four such collaborations, which prove that sometimes, two heads are better than one. "Who Dat" sees Graham joined by Marc Spence and Chris Lorenzo for some menacing, broken streetlight UKF material, "Wom" describes the moody wobble of this Lornezo collaboration, Mark Starr arrives to perk things up with the garage-influenced house of "Something In The Water" and "Finding Neverland" sees Thomas Graham add some seriously low boom to this booty bass jam.
Review: Welcome to the odd world of Pete Graham, Ill Phil & Chris Lorenzo, a collaboration of Birmingham-based producers all well-versed in the worlds of house, grime and garage. Mixing up the three to create their unique sound, this offering showcases not only their production prowess but their truly twisted styles. Banging hard but somehow still smooth and fresh, "I Love You So" is part house, part garage, part grime and part dancefloor filling monster. On the flip "Who Remembers Cassettes?" is a vintage crate delve through breaks, classic house and '80s electro, ending up with a big bouncy UKG beat. Messed up in the best way.
Review: For their latest release, the Midlands' finest, Four40, have secured a bit of an anthem courtesy of label stalwarts Pete Graham and Chris Lorenzo. Recruiting the geezerish vocal tones of another label veteran Jamie George, "Let Me Down" is an insanely catchy deep houser based around a repetitive dubby guitar lick and George's infectious naive melody. In other words, a hit. Elsewhere Nu Era go for bouncy big room wobble while JD Reid goes in the opposite delivering a mega slow T(rip) & B late night jam.
Review: Wow, what a run it has been for the Night Bass team who hear touch down with their one hundredth official release, celebrating one of the most exceptional catalogues within the entire bass music spectrum. They have pulled together an exquisite line up for this one, featuring a tonne of high end names, including founder AC Slater alongside Chris Lorenzo, Flava D, Shift K3y, Jack Beats and more. For us there are a couple of clear stand outs on this one, the first of which has to be the long awaited release of Taiki Nulight and Dread Mc's bassy roller: 'Kush'. We also love the smooth subby bops of Sinden's 'Work That', along with the incredibly unique drum work of 'Ugly' from Petey Clicks.
Review: There's no doubting the intent behind this EP from Birmingham-based vocalist Charlotte Stikkylips and producer Chris Lorenzo (best known as one half of UKG/UK Funky/house fusionists Cause & Effect). Charlotte and Chris want you to move your posterior, and have crafted three dirty, borderline X-rated bass-house jams to do just that. The woozy, smoky "Naughty Good Girl" - where Stikkylips invites listeners to give her a firm smack to the backside over a lumbering, bass-heavy groove - sets the tone, before "Model" offers a woozier, acid house-influenced chugger to calm down any raging hormones. "Body Low", meanwhile, sits somewhere between the two other tracks - woozy and occasionally dreamy, but with thick, rumbling low end to get the sensual bits tingling.
Taiki Nulight & Cause & Affect - "What You Gonna Do" - (4:11) 127 BPM
Villan Dub - (3:49) 127 BPM
Review: Within the UK Bass scene, there are few who can be held in higher acclaim that Brighton's own Taiki Nulight, who has been at the forefront of bass music for pretty much the entirety of the scene's modern existence. This album showcases everything that the man is about, from the UKG inspired flavours of the title track 'Murky Manor', to the more futuristic and experimental stylings of 'Iconic', alongside Dread MC. Other highlights include the circular percussive movements of the 'The Business', the tearout tones of 'Primal' and of course the three high profile collaborations alongside fellow bass heavyweights: AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo and Cause & Affect.