Review: Conducta is a leader in the future garage movement and here he returns to his own bubbler from last year, Let Go, to deliver a VIP treatment. The result is a sizzling rework that's strictly for the after hours clubs - luring you in with a classic 2-step sound before dropping some big bouncy basslines, a smidgeon of wobble and soulful vocals. Boom!
Review: Chug factor set to stun: Conducta ups the tempo for this latest UKG slapper. Driven by thundering 4/4 drums, powered by squelchy bass tones and polished with classic ravey vocals, it's straight out of the best chapter of the UK garage playbook. Remix-wise Deadbeat dips the tempo but ups the filth, Killjoy goes militant on the beats and paranoid on the low end while Dubzta adds moody trappist sentiments to the mix. Also included is Conducta's "Falcon", a more uplifting, hook affair; the synths could be straight out of early 90s Detroit while the bass is straight out of early 00s London. Heavy.
Review: Having recently secured this future-garage clash of the titans, a two track exclusive collaboration between space-bass man Conducta and Brighton's lunar garage hero, Moony, Artifice are (probably) doing Michael Jackson-style moonwalks with joy. Both tracks presented here possess a fury and velocity not normally encountered in the world of garage but these guys are clearly intent on hammering out their message hard and fast. "Bounce" sees warm, soulful keys waver over undulating bass and accelerated 2-steppy rhythms. "Remember" is speedier again with hard snares leading the charge over shots of wobble and retro Robin S-style organ melodies. Sweet!
Review: Well what a treat we have for you all here as we see Conducta, Notion and Sammy Virji, three of the biggest names in UK bass music, come together for a super exciting two tracker on Conducta's own Kiwi imprint. We start with a look at Conducta and Notion teaming up on 'Fez Mangal', a smoothly rolling garage original, dripping with sauce as luscious vocal lines and distant key melodies play out in sun-fueled thrill ride. On the flip, we see another super high profile collaboration as fan-favourite Sammy Virji gets in on the act on the flutey tones and groovy drum designs of 'Whippet'. Both tracks hold a serious contrast, yet balance each other out perfectly.
Review: Tumble Audio has been providing us with seriously killer bass music for a few years now, and here they celebrate reaching their tenth release by recruiting Roadman Joel to curate a selection of the kind of seriously heavy tunes you might expect to hear at one of their many label nights. There's a whopping 18 tracks on here covering a wide spectrum of British urban dance music, including Majora's ridiculously amazing tribal UKF monster "T&C's", A Motion's ghetto 2-step hybrid "Back In Your Love" and Sentiment's wobble-heavy tropical jam, "Change You".
Review: With a reputation like that of Slime's, when they present their idea of garage future, it tends to be pretty definitive. Here they've done it again with a second installment of Future Sound Of Garage 2. There are 28 new joints here, all bursting with futuristic fizz. Highlights include the robo 2-step opener "Dreams" by Cup & String, the nasty bass and speedy beats of Conducta's "Be Strong" and the warm, washing synth waves of melodic bliss-popper "Goin In" by David Eliza. The future's safe in the hands of Slime!
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.
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!