Review: Well, we've all been waiting for quite some time to see Zero get his first EP together, following on from one of the most monumental single runs the UK bass scene has ever played host to. Let us firstly look at Valentino, a robotic chopper, driven by his heavily bitcrushed lead bass synth, backed up with potent sub pressure below, alongside super sharp drum production. Next, 'Scenes' rolls into play with a bag of classic Zero bassy goodness as metallic synthesizers are set loose amidst a super groovy set of drum grooves, before Deppz joins the party on 'Rollie', a grizzly amalgamation of bass themes, certain to convert any dance into an absolute ruckus!
Review: As a very exciting follow up from their more UKG orientated launch, Wang Records are back at it again with a brand new bass compilation, showcasing some of the most exciting artists currently working in the UK as 'Arcade Invaders' lands with immediate impact. This one starts with a look at a killer combination as Tenshu & Dread MC join forces on the stripped back blippy roller entitled 'Storyteller', before NuBass & Deppz land with some super techy ideas on 'Jenga'. Next up, Inkline delivers as per with a uniquely metallic original entitled 'Brute Force', with Hoda putting the finishing touches on the project with the super smooth sub lines of 'Theory'.
Review: It appears that Skillzy's now infamous PAR label is at it again, gathering and arranging an absolutely monstrous compilation here, featuring heavyweight riddims from some of the coldest names currently working across the grime and bass sphere. We see exciting returns for label favourites such as Juzlo, Dubzta, Daze Prism, Killjoy and more, who have all previously featured heavily on PAR. This compilation offers something for everyone, from the sharpened, evil grime chops of Garna's 'Peroni', to the UKG prowess and skippy rhythmic bliss of 'Kobe JT's most recent PAR appearance with 'Selecta'.
Review: The Night Bass train continues to roll out furiously as they employ the services of five brand new faces across their brand new compilation 'Night Bass Freshmen'. Being one of the most popular bass labels in the UK, the standard is set very high and everyone steps up to the mark, kicking off with Blossom's vibrant 4x4 belter 'Go'. We then move into Nukid's highly experimental electro balad in 'Front2Back' before landing on the techy bass rolls of 'The Burbs' from Jordan Burns. Next up, Kendoll with his slightly acidic stomper in 'Stop Calling Me' before we round of the EP with some minimalist UK Bass from the rapidly rising duo of Nubass & Deppz.
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: It's that time again, as the infamous PAR imprint returns for their yearly Christmas compilation, showcasing their extensively versatile roster and variety of musical styles. This year is a collection of returns and debuts, as we see Killjoy, Deadbeat, Dr Cryptic, KXVU, Moony, Jakebob amongst others all make solid return appearances. Some of our favorites include the haunting sounds of Dallen's grimey roller 'Time', the catchy 4x4 riffs and rhythms of Kind Hydra's 'Bass Trap' and skippy arrangement and aggressive synth design on 'Trigga' from the elusive Rotti. There aren't many labels that can boast such an extensive yet versatile roster and yet remain so assured in as many different areas of UK bass music.
Review: Nadine's debut for Project Allout was an instant hit, if our download numbers are anything to go by, and she's come back to the label with a bunch of mates - all of them into the same, deranged strain of bass music that stretches across time and places. For instance, her collab with Deppz, the opening "Gangsters", is a fast-paced, house-driven banger with a barrel-load of wonk-step bass, and the same sort of formula applies to the killer sound slew of Barbarian alongside JAIKEA. "Streets", the final shot of gulliness, features Cole in the mix, and the two have sussed out a way of transforming a seemingly mutant bass into something more robotic, more future-minded and, of course, totally badass.