Review: It's party time, Cookie Monsta's holding court and he's packing more than just a few tasty nibbles. Slamming and jamming on a wonked-out triplet riddim, there's a raw sense of mischief that reminds us of the fun and no-frills sense of rebellion Circus was originally founded on. Big grins abound as the middy bass chops and slaps with seasick frequency flickers and party-chant samples lace the fills with silliness. A genuinely fun record, Cookie Monsta's smashed it. Party on dudes!
Review: The Circus performer and compadre of Flux Pavilion and Doctor P steps up with an ear-crushing, stomach-flipping four track EP of epic proportions. Expect smashing mid-range mayhem, with screeching synths and wobbly basslines in abundance. The title track has a cartoon-like feel, with the growling vocal screaming "me want cookie" over vertiginous bass wobbles. "Frontline" juxtaposes "Sweetshop" style screams over throbbing, taught synths reminiscent of Noisia's "Stigma" before "You Can Do It" takes over, with its aggressive punch and kick tactics. Final track "R0807 D06" draws it all together with a series of robotic shudders, percussive hisses and ear-splitting rumbles.
Review: Fresh, upbeat wobble concoctions from the one like Cookie Monsta. Just a quick warning before you indulge: this is heavy material and will likely appeal to fans of the more aggressive dubstep sub-category. "Eliminate Target" is a gunshot to the head; a raucous piece of beat thrashing guided by a pulverising bass bullet that screeches and coils with every new bar. "Beast Mode" isn't exactly any less boisterous, and its crunchy scream of a bassline goes into machine-gun mode pretty damn quick. A pair of bruisers, so go easy
Review: Classic Cookie Monsta silliness; he knows how to truly nurture a hype hook. And on this occasion he's done it with a LOL-worthy jab at our mothers. With the tongue-in-cheek remark about our mums delivered, the high-end bass mischief that follows is one of his most hectic and fun-fuelled hooks to date. Proving he's not a one trick pony, "Cave Of Filth" goes on a deep dungeon flex with heaps of texture and well-reigned drama. Epic stuff.
Review: Nottingham's Cookie Monsta isn't exactly partial to a bit of good, old-fashioned wobbling', and this latest four-tracker sees the artist doing what he likes best, and thereby not worrying too much about what is the newest and trendiest form of dubstep. From "Ruff" to Soundboy, these four cold-blooded bass stabbers are made for you to nod aggressively to, and if there was still such as thing as FWD @ Plastic People, you know Coki would be dropping exactly this sort of material. True-school dubstep bruisers.
Review: More proper UK bass from Shoreditch's Circus Records. Cookie Monsta from Nottingham delivers some peak time dubstep on "Dem GirlZz" that would make even Skrillex stand up and notice. He might be from the Midlands but this is some proper U.S. style bass insanity that the EDM crowd will be absolutely mental for. The bassline on this one is epic, and speaks profanity at you while awash in trippy sci-fi sound design. "Darkside 666" however is more on the drum and bass tip and reminiscent of old DJ Zinc vibes with its grinding sub bass and tech-step rhythm.
Review: Earlier this year Cookie Monsta had a pop at our mums. Now he's having a go at the dog. Is anyone safe when Nottingham's naughtiest is at the controls? That's a rhetorical question; with his level of cage-rattling basslines and tongue-in-cheek sample abuse, no one is safe. "Blame It On The Dog" is a classic half-step swagger-jam with cool reverse techniques on the bass melody while "Big Booty Bass" is armed with a more fractious low-end and some really interesting textures created with the vocal samples. Both absolutely kill it.
Brown & Gammon - "Dark Matter" (Doctor P & Mizuki remix) - (4:40) 140 BPM
Cookie Monsta - "Come Find Me" - (4:25) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Out For Da Milli" - (3:46) 140 BPM
Mizuki - "Helios" - (4:37) 140 BPM
Roksonix - "Dogfight" - (4:51) 140 BPM
Krome & Time - "The Licence" (Doctor P remix) - (5:01)
Brown & Gammon - "The Combination" - (5:10) 145 BPM
Cookie Monsta - "Lucifer" - (3:55) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Ghosts" - (5:10) 140 BPM
Doctor P - "Watch Out" (Slum Dogz VIP mix) - (4:02)
Roksonix - "2 Bad" (VIP mix) - (4:00) 140 BPM
Various - "Circus Two" (continuous DJ mix by Cookie Monsta & FuntCase) - (49:29) 140 BPM
Review: Doctor P and Flux Pavilion hand over the selection duties to familiar label faces Funtcase and Cookie Monsta for the second Circus set. A 25-strong banger compendium balanced between classics and exclusives, it oozes the perfect blend of bare-faced bass attitude and tongue-in-cheek humour. From Roksonix string-soaked jig jamboree "Music In Me" to Brown & Gammon's emotional audio rainbow "Dark Matter", the Circus sound is represented at its boldest, most characterful and, above all, fun. Not a dull moment in sight - check this and remember why we all got into dubstep in the first place.
Review: Furiously and energetically different, this collection of Circus clan remixes gets heads spinning from the very start with a ramped-up Fei Feias take on Roksonix' "Dogfight". The energy doesn't let up, with crazed influences ranging from neuro, dubstep and 8-bit, with swing tempo change-ups just in case things were getting a little too standard. Mashed, mangled and fully devoted to the unhinged side of life, Circus' artists never stray too near the edges of reality. With blinding tunes from Cookie Monsta remixed by Northern Lights, Brown & Gammon, FuntCase and Mizuki, if you get through this LP without either starting an apocalyptic-level party or checking yourself into rehab, you deserve a medal of some sort.
Review: YouTube phenomenon-turned-dubstep label and erstwhile London promoter, UKF, brings us the proverbial goods from Doctor P and Flux Pavilion's circus of fun. And what delights are in store for the latter day dubstep lover; from current chart troubler "Bass Cannon" through hands-in-the-air rave anthem "I Can"t Stop" with its trance tinged, mournful slo-mo intro and juxtaposed raucous, synth-ravaged main part, it's fun and games all the way. Other key cuts include the ubiquitous sing-a-long (saccharin) "Sweet Shop", the quasi-metal "Mosh Pit" from Cookie Monsta and the swaggering, grime inspired "Lines In Wax". Big.
Review: Doctor P and friends fire up their mean bass machines for this rather generous eight track EP. Roksonix fittingly opens with a ringside seat to the halfstep chaos with a well-executed wrestling sample. Mizuki induces a sexy sense of strange with the wonkier, wistful, 8-bit baller "Damn F*#king Right". Later on we take a seatbeltless ride on the scariest ghost train this side of Kansas with Funtcase and take up smoking with Genetix's well-stacked "Chimneys". When things get too hot, you've got to get Shady...
The McMash Clan & Million Dan - "Jericho" - (4:20) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Stomptown" - (4:40) 140 BPM
Cookie Monsta - "Blame It On The Dog" - (4:34) 140 BPM
Brown & Gammon - "Dark Matter" - (4:15) 64 BPM
The McMash Clan - "Dr Pill" - (4:17) 129 BPM
FuntCase - "Everybody Knows" - (3:38) 141 BPM
Cookie Monsta - "Lucifer" - (3:43) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Ghosts" - (5:06) 140 BPM
Cookie Monsta - "Come Find Me" - (4:19) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Out For Da Milli" - (3:46) 140 BPM
FuntCase - "Predator" - (4:32) 88 BPM
Doctor P - "Watch Out" (Slum Dogz VIP mix) - (4:02) 88 BPM
Mizuki - "Block Party" - (3:00) 100 BPM
Doctor P - "Shishkabob" - (3:53) 140 BPM
Brown & Gammon - "West Coast" - (4:09) 140 BPM
Submotion Orchestra - "Hard To Stay" - (5:31) 125 BPM
Review: Easily one of the most influential UK bass imprints to have emerged in the last five years, Circus has been responsible for a whole range of vibes. While it's most famed for the "Sweet Shop" style epic bro-downs, it's also put out lush subby soul from Submotion Orchestra, breezy synth funk from Brown & Gammon and thumping, unrelenting techno from the McMash Clan. If your collection is missing any Circus hits - or you fancy a lesson in great dancefloor diversity - this is an essential one for the collection.