Review: Having slayed the year to pieces across labels such as Punks, Southpoint, U Wot Blud, Articulate, Northern Line and many more, Daze Prism returns to his spiritual home Project Allout for his debut LP. A back to back bruiser scenario; every cut is tailored for the dance as he explores that dank and fizzy area between house, bassline, UKG and breaks. Highlights can be found in every banger but moments that really grab you by the privates include the shimmering rising chords on "Find Your Way", the twisted soul and false sense of security on the soul-lashing stepper "Grind", the savage bassline textures and alien glitches on "Stars" and the over-whelming organ majesty on the finale "Yoshi". These are just the tip of the iceberg. Go Flux yourself.
Review: It's about time you moved right now. Not a suggestion but an order from the currently unstoppable Daze Prism. Just one track to focus on, "Time" hits with an air of the Dirtybirds with its gully bass, drum switches and subverted arrangement twists. Watch out for the humanised textures on the breakdown, too. The devil is always in the detail.
Review: With London's Daze Prism tearing up the bassline landscape this year, it was inevitable that he and the mighty U Wot Blud would eventually meet. Meet they did and the result is the much-anticipated Venom single. These four tracks are going to take this producer to the next level, with sounds ranging from the dreamy UKG and soulful ("Don't You", "Venom") to sizzling 4x4 driven mayhem ("Kalimba","Rudeboy"), and all laced DP's trademark urban edge. No antidote necessary.
Review: With releases on New Wave under their belt, a forthcoming release on U Wot Blud and this new two-track missive on Low Pitched, it seems that Daze Prism's time is now. There are two merciless joints here: "Polariza" which fuses skippy, steppy beats with a dubby low-end pulse and scattershot percussion. They really bring some fiyah on "Casma" though, where dark tropical beats and pitched up RnB vocal wails fuel a mean 4 x 4 chassis. Fierce sounds.
Review: Ever since they started out, NuWave have been adding talent to their roster without a care in the world. From bass to house and dubstep, there is nothing they can't do when it comes to UK dance music. Daze Prism is a newcomer of the ol' garage block, laying down the truth with the help of four outright stepper: "Loaded" is a stripped-back garage joint, "Bad Man" adds in a little dubstep wobble to the mix, "Jammin" is full of mutant bass in its lower-end, while "Shake" introduces some comparatively more traditional garage percussion to what sounds like a fast-paced dubstep banger.
Review: Daze Prism has redefined the bass-scape by producing monster productions for all the best labels. There's more bombs scheduled to drop on U Wot Blood and the mighty Punks, but first we have the Resonate EP on Project Allout to contend with. Featuring four utter dancefloor jams, this extended play starts as it means to go on with the skippy garage beats, mangled bass frequencies and tropical influenced snare rolls of the title track. Elsewhere we get the merciless rolling march of "The Rave", the messy, flailing flab of "Firing Squad" and the panpipes 'n' ghetto vibes of "Blow The Whistle". Safe.
Review: Almost a year has passed since do-no-wrong break-splicer Daze Prism last appeared on Elektroshok. Over that time he's released an album on Project Allout and a slew of white hot EPs on the likes of Hot Cakes, Four40 and Southpoint. Now back on the Spanish imprint, he's hurtling at us head-on with two more rampant break outs. "Lonely Souls" surges with heads-down slinkiness and a surging vocal that adds the perfect amount of feels. Meanwhile "Thief" gets all classic Botchit with rasping waspy basslines, breaks so spliced and diced they'd make Detboi blush and a very cheeky vocal sample. Now we're in paradise...
Review: Man of the moment Daze Prism returns to the steadily smouldering breaks / UKG champions Articulate with a spacebound stepper that's not dissimilar to the world of Koma & Bones or Ils 13 years ago. Poignant vocals, an elastic bassline and a cool sense of comiscity; this kicks with serious emotion. Remix highlights include Nixon's grittier switch-fest and Nuaura's monster riff twist. Take us back...
Review: As one of the versatile producers currently creating music within the UK bass and garage scene, it's an absolute thrill to see him touch down on the well renowned Rare Supply imprint for a touch of UKG goodness. We kick off this one with a track entitled 'Don't You Know', which uses stunning airy vocal lines with super smooth subs to create a wicked ride. Next we are gifted the sumptuous breaks infused rolls of 'Tell Me What', along with the super vocal inputs of 'All I Want'. We then take a look at the title track 'Close 2 Me', which is a masterpiece in sub-manipulation and minimalistic drum work. Awesome stuff!
Review: Within the release reviews we often discuss consistency and if there was ever a label that it applied to the most it is Strictly House And Garage. Since their inception as an imprint last year, they have barely put a foot wrong, with this latest six tracker from the ever-ready Daze Prism being a perfect example of that. We begin our journey into this one with a look at the smooth, warming chords within 'Burning' atop a colourful array of drums, before sliding into the futuristic percussive reverbs and winding sub structures of 'Header'. Next up we take in 'Just Get You' which combines nostalgic string notation with moderinzed crispy drum exploits, before 'Lazer' arrives with more catchy vocal chops to match. From here, 'Selekta' arrives with a lively set of drum moves and a catchy reese tone before we take in 'Shady', a slower groove that works perfectly to
round off the project with a bang.
Review: Big moves from one of the most consistent curator channels in modern broken and bass music, Articulate level up once again with their own label. And they couldn't have launched with a sharper artist. Daze Prism has been dazzling us with fractured science on the likes of Punks, Broken Syndicate, U Wot and Project Allout; his murked magic is the ideal opening salvo to Articulate's new venture. "Taktonix" takes us down the deeper channels of mind with a Bassbin Twins-style low slung slo-mo jungle vibe while "Temptations" buses up with shifty 4/4 switch and an urgent rave vocal. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice; Affiliate gets the roughage out, Doctor Nick adds cavernous doses of space while Sammy Virji lays down a mind-rattling UKG subversion that blows minds at 20 paces. This is a proper label launch and a half; articulate couldn't be clearer right now.
Review: London's Jack Baxter is up next on forward thinking bass label Wot U Blud and has also thrown down some fat beats on Low Pitched Records, Nu Wave and Broken too in recent times. The Phaze Reversal EP starts off with the brooding title track, which is powered by a four to the floor beat and soothing ethnic style strings until that gnarly sub bass takes over in fine form. "My Love" gets off in more broken fashion, beat wise, with a bouncy bass and UK garage style hollers with diva vocals: this is proper street sound! Finally "Nerve" is the darkest offering here: deep dubstep at its seething and paranoid finest.
Review: As time moves forward and the world of bass music expands, it becomes more and more realistic to assume that there is no ground Daze Prism could not traverse. He teams up with forward thinking bass imprint Four40 here for a full three track project and what a project it has turned out to be. The title track 'Shipwreck' is straight breakbeat masterpiece, encapsulating the creative heart of the genre with pulsating reese bass leads and pleasing percussive melodies. From here we move into the bass / UK funky hybrid creation labelled as 'Rumba, which combines sharp techy bass tones and kuduro-esc drum patterns to great effect. Finally we come to 'Anoxia' which is another bass / funky hybrid, this time however focusing more on syncopated percussive patterns and rhythms. This one is a great way to round off the year for the Four40 imprint.
Review: For us, Daze Prism is without a doubt one of the stand out artists for the entirety of 2017. His unique level of versatility has allowed him to traverse between breaks, UKG, funky and bassline with utter ease, leaving a string of incredible releases in his wake. This time he teams up with the infamous Hot Cakes banner for a super creative three tracker entitled 'Curved'. The title track for this one is very label appropriate, taking a darkened bass themed arrangement with techy vocal stabs. We then move into straight breaksy bass hybrid 'Can't Be That' which combines the two genres in perfect harmony before the EP finishes with the unpredictable future garage chops of 'Sordidum'. Yet another fantastic release for Prism.
Review: Now when we saw this link up was in the works, boy did we get excited, as we see the ever-ready and experimental sounds of Daze Prism join forces with the immovable force of Project Allout. The EP itself is a super experimental look into UK funky flavours, kicking off with the vibrant title track 'Brizili', stacked in groovy percussive riffs and metallic bass tones. Next, the rhythms really are let loose as the carnival drum work of 'Clank' unleashes a torrent of groovy movements, before 'Mello' gives us a nostalgic chord-lead chopper. Finally, the shuffling moogy sub pulses of 'Proper' see us out in style.
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.
Review: As one of the grime and bass scene's standout label projects over the last 5 years, Project Allout have conquered much, constantly alternating between grime, dubstep, bass and garage, all with a real touch of finesse. This latest compilation sees the gang assemble in force as the likes of Sammy Virji, Killjoy, Palize, Deadbeat UK, Daze Prism and more heavyweight names bring their heat to the table. For us the standout tracks have to be Dunman's grimey roller in 'Chip On The Block' and of course Moony's amazonian funky ride out on 'M', a subby mover, designed to take the dance real low.
Review: The re-emergence of UKG continues to gain momentum as we bare witness to yet another fantastic selection here, this time arranged by Rare Supply and bearing the title 'Supply Drop, Vol. 1'. We kick off with a smooth and soulful collaboration between Higgo and Kyst Cortez entitled 'Same Way', followed by some super melodic explorations from man of the moment: Sammy Virji in 'Promise Me'. Next, we hear cracking originals from Dr. Oscillator with his wobbly roller 'Amnesia', Joedan with his nostalgic creation in 'That's Hot' and the return of the ever dependable Moony with the funky inspired rhythmic switches on 'Attica'. After that we see another fantastic return as Daze Prism unleashes his super groovy original 'Check', before Man Of Steel rounds up a phenomenal collection with the pleasing chord progressions and a jiggy drumwork of 'Crazy'.
Review: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!
Review: When we look back over both the roster and discography that we have seen the team at PAR assemble over the years, it is very difficult to not be incredibly impressed, with back catalogue boasting arguably one of the strongest selections in UK bass music. We here see them set out on another goliath conquest as they present their ninth birthday release 'PAR IS 9'. This project features a host of exciting guests, from heavyweight veterans such as Garna, DeadbeatUK and Moony, to more new school hard hitters such as S3 Dubs, Daze Prism and more. Highlights for us include Dubzta's grimey sheller 'Side Effect' and the madness of Sekt 87's skippy belter in 'Surge & Rush'.
Review: Following on from an extremely solid run of releases as the head of Project Allout, Skillzy unleashes a fantastic new selection under his new imprint 'Strictly House and Garage'. The line up is star-studded to say the least, welcoming UKG veterans such as Moony and Joedan leading the way, alongside heavyweight newcomers such as the extremely vibrant sounds of Weagle. There are a couple of serious stand outs on this one, with 'Don't Let Me Down' from Daze Prism providing a smooth 2-steppy box of delights, alongside YesEd's super high energy 'Steppin'. Lovely stuff
Review: Over the years, there are genuinely very few labels that have been able to amass as impressive a catalogue as Project Allout, a label that continue to unleash bass and grime music at the highest level as me move into 2020. This latest compilation release takes the title 'Keep It PAR, Volume 2', and is a terrific showcase of the different styles on offer within the imprint, including music from PAR allstars such as Dubzta, Moony, Dutty Tingz, Daze Prism, JT, Killjoy, Palize and more. For us, there are two clear highlights, with the super groovy twists of 'Baby Boy' from Venz being the first, followed by the smooth garage flavours of 'I Dont Know' from Lushen.