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.
Rekt Together (Every Single Night) - (3:32) 150 BPM
Review: Doctor P is back with the explosive "Rekt Together" which just reeks of teen spirit if we've ever heard it! The stage name of the English dubstep producer and DJ Shaun Brockhurst, he is the co-founder of Circus Records along with Flux Pavilion, DJ Swan-E and Earl Falconer. This dirty grime anthem is the soundtrack to a misspent youth in Cancun this summer which cleverly samples a certain pop hit over its grinding, threshold pushing exercise in low down bass therapy and snarling trap beats.
Review: Doctor P: when he's not in his surgery playing the quack clown, he's deep in the studio laying the smack down. Either way it's ill behaviour; "Show Me Love" vibes out with an emphatic vocal hook and light fingered use on the synths. Just on the right side of fluffy to make your whole floor float but with enough weight to keep their attention. For added weight jump straight on the super-slamming "Snakes & Ladders" - a game he's doctored to make sure all of us win every time we play it. Victorious.
Review: One of Doctor P's biggest tracks since "Sweet Shop", "Going Gorillas" was a clean sweep across all bass DJs's playlists last summer. And there's a strong chance this new version will, too... Raiding the finest properties of trap and glitch, he's lowered the tempo to a stately 100 BPM moombah style and thrown in all manner of detailed twists with both humour and high levels of funk. Familiar enough to instantly cause dancefloor chaos, different enough to ensure a whole new lifespan, "Going Gorillas" is a tune that just won't quit.
Review: The follow up to ubiquitous, much referenced, heavily remixed and frequently circulated anthem of 2010 "Sweet Shop", Circus owner Doctor P comes up with another future classic on his own imprint. Imagine piping Rusko-style synth warblings, whippet screeches, a sprinkling of High Rankin's eccentricity and vocals which are straight out of Fresh's Kryptonite "Chacruna", and that's "Big Boss". "Black Books" is less Bernard Black and more Manny gone mad, with a rave-referencing intro, bouncing beats, bleepy progressions and sense that something's about to explode. A sure fire hit on the dancefloor, no doubt.
Review: Last summer he made us go gorillas, this summer he's calling us bubbleheads... Physician or not, Circus co-founder Doctor P certainly knows how to tease us with this annual flow of one-track releases. Sitting somewhere between bass house, moombah and straight up electro, an absolutely steaming, spiked-out groove builds up and breaks down around a perfect N.O.R.E vocal loop. The result? Chaos. Someone best call another doctor as this one is sick...
Review: Just like how he calls himself a doctor but he's blatantly not, when Circus co-ringmaster says his sound is serious... It's not. It's heavy, naturally. It gets pretty dark, obviously. But there's that swagger, funk and sense of theatre that's got too much character and realness to be serious. The same can be said for "Pizza" but with added humour, munchies and rare groove. From the ridiculous vocal sample to the brilliantly groovy breakdown, Doctor P is in a good place right now. Be sure to grab a slice of the action (not sorry).
Review: Along with his more D&B-slanted aliases Slum Dogz and Picto, Shaun "Doctor P" Brockhurst has become a dubstep icon, thanks to releases on Circus (co-founded with Flux Pavillion and Swan-E). Here, he reaches for that old standard, the Tetris theme, and wreaks absolute havoc with it. Dropping from the straight chiptune rendering of the original into a fierce metallic beat 'n' wobble riff, he arranges it sweetly, toying with the tune in short bursts amongst the carnage of the amped-up snares and bass noise. Expect this to get dropped simply everywhere very very soon.
Review: Quite who Mr Mongoose is, we haven't the foggiest. But do we care? Not in the slightest. We haven't got time to care! Not while we're chowing down on the five mighty genre-smashing bangers that soundtrack his fantastic weekend. While all cuts are pretty darned shiny, the jewel in the crown has to be Dillon Francis and Doctor P's "Music Is Dead". A slow, sludgy, downtempo electro bass work out, it's like they've eaten all of Daft Punk's albums, drunk several bottles of strong spirits and battered their computers on each other's heads until they're happy with the outcome. Or something. Another highlight, that rolls with similar, slow-mo funkery, is Figure's "What More Do You Need?", a spitting, snarling, growling beast, it's proof tempos don't need to be a hundred miles an hour for things to truly bang.
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.