Review: Now this is a link up that we hadn't imagined, but now we see it, boy does it make sense. The team over at Local Action are known for being some of the most creative when it comes to building releases, so to see them link together DJQ and Hans Glader for a super tidy new single makes perfect sense. The track itself takes the title 'Thief In The Night' and is a certified belter, focussing on some genius vocal sampling and placement alongside a smooth, well rounded combination of soothing chord and lively drums to give us a tasty dish indeed. It's an international collaboration that once again shows just how popular garage music has become around the world in 2021!
Review: Following on from the super well received release of 'All That I Could', Local Action are bringing back the DJQ flavour to unleash two extremely enjoyable remixes, kicking off with Octo Octo giving a wonderful relick to 'It's You'. This is exactly what we wanted to hear when remixing this type of tune, altering the rhythms and instrumentation slightly but never moving too far away from those super catchy vocal lines. On the flip, Lavonz arrives on the scene with a mind to get choppy as the title track of 'All That I Could' is given a complete overhaul, stipping the track back into a spacey dancefloor killer!
Review: As champions of the UK bassline sound, the CruCast roster continues to impress on all angles as they unleash the third edition of their 'We Are Crucast' series, showcasing some of the most heavyweight releases they have landed over the course of 2020. The roster is pretty sensational to say the least, with the likes of AC Slater, Darkzy, P Money, Zero, Skepsis, TS7, Zero, Cajama and more all making notable appearances throughout. The project as a whole is a top quality representation of where the sound of UK bassline is currently at, with our personal favourites including the techy blips and vibrant subs of MPH's '116', alongside the stripped back bass warbles of Corrupt (UK)'s 'Strange Things' alongside the sultry vocal lines of Raas. Top stuff all around!
Review: As always when we see a new DJ Q drop land into the store, we are filled with excitement, with this latest release back a fantastic nod to his garage roots across two summer-fueled firebombs. We kick off with 'All That I Could', a glistening singalong, perfect for warm evenings and a bubbling party atmosphere, assisted by some extremely well crafted vocal sampling and floating atmospheric textures throughout. On the flip, the party intensifies somewhat as 'It's You' deploys a combination of moogy bass textures with vibrant 4x4 rhythms to get the dance jumping. It's a fabulous look into the direction DJ Q is taking, and we simply can't get enough!
Review: What a legendary link up we find ourselves looking into here as the UK & US combine in infinite majesty. The legendary pioneering sounds of DJQ finally arrives for a full length drop on AC Slater's Night Bass imprint, showing us a different side to his character, away from his more typical niche inspired sound. We begin with 'Zip Zap', a bubbling techy roller, driven by well rounded drum designs and a perfectly placed vocal line from Robbie Rue, before 'Concentration' gives us a more raucous approach, allowing lethal synthesizer lines to take the lead. Finally we get to take in an interesting creation, showcasing Q's garage roots as 'Show Me Love' unleashes a chord driven arrangement, giving us a soothing throwback to close out the EP.
Review: Now when we saw the lineup for the latest CruCast selection, it was a pretty excitable moment here at Juno Download HQ as we see DJQ, Jamie Duggan and Booda link up for a spicy three tracker on the ever-ready CruCast imprint. The title track 'Sirens' is an original we can see tearing raves to pieces come the end of lockdown, with its viscous synth designs, satanic horn stabs and rolling drum patterns giving us some seriously energetic vibes. Next, 'Chimes' arrives with a more niche approach, using warbling LFO's to give us a bit of a different feeling, before 'Melody' lets loose more grizzly bass thwacks and jumping rhythms to see out the project in style. This one also comes complete with an official speed garage edit of 'Melody' for good measure!
Review: Over the years, DJQ has certified his position as a true legend within the bassline scene, both as a solo act and DJ and as a part of the mega trio of TQD. Here we see him arrange and bring forward the second edition of his 'All Night' album series, featuring 10 incredible bass originals, showcasing everything he is about. From the rawcus bass revs of 'Attitude' and 'What Iam Like' to the more garage driven switches of 'Time To Shine', this album holds a tonne of a weight from start to finish. We are also gifted some top draw collaborations, including appearances from the likes of Dread MC, Zibba, Jack Junior and Champion.
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'.
Flava D - "Closer" (feat Miss Fire - Royal-T remix) - (6:15) 128 BPM
DJ Q - "Time To Shine" (Royal-T remix) - (4:29) 140 BPM
Review: Being one of the new school royalty within the UK Bassline movement and one third of its most notable duo in TQD, Royal T has set the bar pretty high for himself as he unveils this brand new five track collection. He hits the ground running however as we kick off with 'Arcadia', a synth led shackout, sending dizzying bass rays left right and centre. Following this, we dip into the gritty synthesis of 'Overdose', before landing on the more funky drum inspired 'Stone Cold'. As well as these three originals, we are blessed with two official Royal T refixes, the first being a soulful 4x4 revamp of Flava D's 'Closer'. We finish up with another smooth piece as he overhauls DJQ's 'Time To Shine' with a bag of euphoric instrumentation.
Review: The musical resurgence of legendary bass DJ Kissy Sellout has been something quite incredible to behold, and nothing described it better than this brand new LP by the name of 'Style From The Westside'. It's jam packed with high profile collaborations, including the weighty vocal shells of Dread MC on 'Killin It' and 'Dub For Ya Speaker' alongside Worthing based Tengu. For us the highlights have to be the super creative bass design of 'Gangster', the more melodic rolls and tasteful vocal stabs of 'Badboy' and of course 'Step Back', featuring some precisely sliced vocal sample additions from Duke, alongside the classic bassline influences of JG. Great work!
Review: After an incredible showing at Boomtown with their already renowned takeover performance, the Crucast collective return here with an explosive collab between bassline veterans DJ Q & Jamie Duggan. This one is packed with energy as a collection of bass sounds run riot, bouncing off each other and creating some real rave dynamite. The unnerving vocal additions add something really special to this one as Q & Duggan continue on their 2018 killing spree.
Review: After high profile mix releases, bassline legend DJQ makes his return to the release front with a weighty three track project alongside Jack Junior. The title track 'Rock With U' is Q in blazing form, bringing classic northern bassline sounds into the mix along with energetic drums. Next up 'Red Alert' follows in similar fashion, harnessing a bag of unique grooves. Finally the EP is finished off in good fashion with Jack Junior's synth-heavy rework of 'The Reasons'.
Review: Where do we start with DJQ? Since the rearrising of the UK's bassline scene nationwide, Q has been at its forefront, both as a solo DJ/ producer and as ? of the infamous TQD outfit. He has played a massive part in shaping the audio texture of bassline itself, and his brand new album 'All Night' is a homage to that input, There are a lot of tracks on this project that are direct throwbacks to the more old school 'Niche' style of bassline, including the emotive sounds of 'My Bae' and the super skippy 'Arkham'. We also here more modernized creations from Q across the project, especially tracks such as 'Dirty Deeds' and 'Our Sound' which take more reese-like bass sounds and more rounded rhythmic patterns. This is a fantastic project in its entirety, showcasing why Q really is at the top of the game!
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: Dangerous times called for dangerous basslines and there's no one better at rattling your eyeballs with twisted-funk low-end lessons than Professor Q. Continuing to pepper the dance with his weekly tune dispatches, "Danger" is another sure-fire floor-bouncer with a Q&A riff that tickles the highs and lows harmonically while stuttering vocal textures add just the right amount of agginess in the background. Once again Q is bang on the money right here...
Review: Sinden and DJ Q touch down on Night Bass which, unsurprisingly, means a barrel-full of dread-out low frequencies and crafty dance moves. The two-tracker kicks off with "Bigger Than Jaws", unleashing a sidewinder of a bass, all wobbly and grime-friendly, filtered through a bumpy garage riddim for maximum floor damage. "The Original" is even nuttier in its apparoach and harmonic mannerisms, unloading some pure mutant bass over chilly rave stabs and another magnetic drum rhythm that's utterly club-friendly. Badass!
Review: No one knows what the Q stands for. Some say it's because he loves quizzes. Others reckon it's because he loves Quentin Tarantino while others will tell you it's because he loves a good tin of Quality Street. We reckon it's because he's quality in every sense of the word. Especially now as he continues to lay down wounder after one-track wounder and has been for over a month. Each cut direct for the dance and loaded with his Q signature, the beats jack with insistency while the bassline fluctuates wildly around the mid to top end. Chaos guaranteed. Q is quite the badman.
Review: Q's rolling out the heavies right now, track by track, week by week. Following the murked-up two-step party slapper "My Heart" comes this brutal 4x4 chugger "I See". Opening with lush jazzy chords and a sweet sultry vocal we're barged face-first into a crisp high-pitched bassline that fluctuates and into a nagging riff that harmonises as it develops. Straight up worries in the dance; drop this and watch the fireworks erupt.
Review: The Q-miester is done powerdressing: now he's back in his trackies and jumping around to the springiest two-step you've heard since the last MJ Cole fanclub meeting. A premium balance of sweet soul from the vocals, big belly bass grit and concrete-smashing drum work, this on-point bassline/UKG hybrid marks the start of a whole slew of Q burners due to roll out in the coming months. We can wait.