Review: We were very excited to see bassline heavyweight Darkzy make a long awaited return to the ever-powerful Project Allout imprint. The Nottingham based bassline maverick has been on an incredible run this year, having been featured by the likes of Ministry Of Sound as well as setting venues alight up and down the country. Darkzy's VIP version of 'Glock Riddim' is a straight bass anthem, with signature synths running riot throughout. Heavyweight 4X4 remixes are provided from the likes of Dr Cryptic, Killjoy and Livesy with Dubzta's grimey recreation providing some additional depth. This is a top way to round off the year for Darkzy and the Project Allout gang!
Review: Darkzy is Nottingham based DJ Elliott Fisher, who has had releases on top bass labels such as Project Allout, Deeprot, InFlux and Southpoint. This new one is for UK bass music institution Crucast entitled the Dark Nightz EP. From the fiercely wonky bassline antics of "Running Back To You", the the grimey dancefloor vibes of "Ur Eyez" and the proud UK garage influence of the storming "Me & You" he then merges pop sensibilities with dubstep on "Simplicity" featuring London based chanteuse Georgia Lowe on vocals.
Review: It seems to have been a hot minute since we last heard anything from Darkzy, who as ever has been smashing an incredible run of live performances in the meantime. He returns here to CruCast as they unveil an official remix selection EP for 'Spell It Out' alongside Lo. Firstly, let us dive into the big room synthesizer smacks of Lumm's riddim tearout rethink, before Subsonic provides us with a super punchy half-time overhaul. Next, Cooky gives the original a bassline makeover, followed by Yozhi's nostalgic garage chop and Bookey's brain scattering d&b recreation. Tasty!
Review: Darksky is back on rising UK imprint Crucast with his third helping of freaky bass mutants. There's four mixes of "Whats Going On" inside: the opening Drum & Bass remix is, as you'd expect, a nutty blend of violent, nu-school jungle breaks backed by Bru C's grime slewings; Thorpey's version dissolves the groove down to a frenetic bundle of sped-up garage beats; Pelikann comes through correct with a rampant garage version of his own, this one peppered with some hardcore rave stabs; Pavv closes the EP off in fine style thanks to one final twist of bass for the dancehall. Party-loaded killers for the masses!
Review: Following on from the massive release of Darkzy & Example's long awaited bass collaboration, we see the CruCast team do what they do best as they bring together three very powerful remix projects from some of the most exciting names in their respective fields. We kick everything off with Kanine's potent jump up refix, reworking the vocal amidst skippy junglist drums and a super catchy lead synth. Bassline legend Wittyboy steps up to the plate next with his gnarly rethink, focussing on aggy bass designs, which is chased up in style by Mind Of A Dragon's typically inspiring UKG twissup. Excellent work as per!
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: 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: As a label, Crucast have gone from strength to strength, rapidly establishing themselves as one of the premiere platforms for bass music in the UK. This complication marks that out perfectly with an astonishing selection of over 30 original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Jaguar Skills, Brent Kilner, Pavv, TC4, Inkline, Deadbeat UK and a tonne more. For us the EP highlights the strength in the current UK bass scene, with favourites being Bushbaby & Hadean's long-awaited collaboration release 'Clean Up', the monstrous swinging synths of Tengu's 'Weapon' and of course the wonky wonderings of SaidWho's 'Voices', a truly original compositional idea, focussing on rawcus bass sounds and scattered drum selections.
Review: LW Recordings have thrown a serious party on their latest 'Sublime Bass' compilation, collecting together some of the most sought after names in the bass scene for a 25 track tearout. This tenth edition of the release serious sees the likes of X5 Dubs, Sample Junkie, Tengu, Killjoy, Priceless and a tonne of other highly talented producers come together for a real multigenre showcase. Our favourites would have to be the smooth yet grimey collaborative sounds of 'Fractals' from Kareful and LTHL, the futuristic hardcore rolls of Sekt-87's 'Gangster' and of course the violent dubstep flavours of 'Depth' from Sirius.
Review: The CruCast wave continues here as they unveil an absolutely scorching collection of VIP mixes, showcasing their diverse roster and their creativity at the same time. From start to finish this project packs when hell of a punch, reworking some of the most popular CruCast drops into one explosive package, featuring the likes of Cajama, SpaceGat, MPH, Champion, Wittyboy, Dread MC and more. For us, the outstanding recordings on this one have to include the VIP mix of Francois and Louis Benton's 'Foolin', along with the explosive redesign of 'What's Going On' from Pelikann.
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".
Alejandro Deep - "Chill" (original mix) - (4:17) 123 BPM
Review: LW Recordings bring the heat once again with their ninth compendium of cutting edge UKG, breaks, bass and all things in between. 25 tracks in total; each one tickling dark spots you didn't even know you had, highlights include the weirded out reverse bass twists of Atom West's "Pimp Mode", DJ Nipper's low-riding halftime bubbler "Tronix", Darkzy's rave-meets-riot VIP of "Glock", Stand's piano-pumped uplifter "Drawbar" and AxLi's moody 808 smoker jam "Sand Traps". Sublime by name...
Review: One thing we have noticed about the CruCast release model, is that it is perfectly balanced between their more established faces and a constant wave of exciting newcomers. This release pays homage to the first of those options as CruCast roll out the red carpet for an all-star affair as the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, TS7, Tsuki and more come together for a scorching selection of brazen bassy badness. There are some tasty pieces involved, but the ones that leap out the most have to include Skue-K's colourful rework of Bru-C & D Double's 'Heater', along with a vibrant VIP mix of 'Jungle' from Nu Aspect.
Review: To celebrate an incredible run of releases and festival stage takeovers, CruCast have collated some of their most popular releases over the last few years into one handy compilation, taking the name 'Cru100'. Now over the past few years we have seen CruCast lay down a pretty dominant release schedule, which shows in this tracklisting as we reminisce with classics from the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Distinkt and Tsuki, with more recent bangers such as Bru-C and Simula's 'You & I' making it onto the listing also. If you are looking for certified dancefloor ammo, look no further!
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!