Review: As one of the most established, original sounding labels in the bass scene, we are very excited to dip into the latest Chip Butty compilation project as they unveil the third edition of 'Chip Shop'. The release features nine scorching originals, showcasing both the new and the old as we see established named such as Dr Cryptic and Dr Oscillator team up with the likes of newer faces like Harry Tremlett and Liam Bline for one hell of a selection. For us, the clear highlights of this one have to include the super crunchy drum shuffles and grizzly bass textures of DJ Airmax's 'Number One Fan', along with the smooth yet hard hitting LFO's of 'Run Wi D Riddim' from KegOne.
Review: Straight out of the heart of Leeds, Second To None Music has been setting some serious pace across the breadth of 2018. Headed up by founders: Vital Techniques, we see them assemble a mighty host for the first edition their band new 'Head Gone' compilation series, showcasing some of the best in bass music right now. We see inspired appearances from bassline heavyweights such as Deadbeat UK, Brent Kilner, Spectrum, Pavv and more, with particular highlighted flavours coming from man of the minute: Sammy Virji, on his super vibrant roller entitled 'Thunderclap'. Dr Cryptic also makes a stellar appearance on 'Little Roller', with Vital Techniques themselves supplying some skippy heat on 'Wasted'.
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: 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: The Sheff City boys are back with 12 high calorie teatime treats all smothered in basslines that are thicker than chippy gravy! If Chip Shop vol 1 announced Chip Butty Recs as the new leading light of the 4x4 Garage sound, then volume 2 suggests that they plan to keep the heat on high at the fryery. Founding members deliver the on-point bangers that we have come to expect from them but it is the newcomers that bring the real sizzlers here; Rico Tibbs ascends to the skies with uplifting rave pianos on "Warning" Judge Chucky draws for the distortion on breakbeat-techno-bass hybrid "Customer Service". While Rolls Royce opts for an old school flex that we would love to see revived this summer festival season. Not a single dud spud in the batch!
Review: Let's put on our classics and have a little dance shall we? Sheffield's Wolfe takes the reins for the latest In:Flux "Presents" compendiums and brings in 11 exclusive cuts for the ride. Shoulder barging slime comes in the form of Tik & Luciv's "Wobble", pensive screw-face steppery comes via the unstoppable Cellardore while twisted two-step is dished out liberally by both Wolfe and Arctic. Plus, in time with the warmer seasons, there's also a sweet twang amid proceedings; Dr Nick's head-holding soul shock-out "What 2 Do", the yearning, cooing vocals on "Back 2 95", the finger-flexing key-stroker "Bruthas & Sistas" and the turbo-gospel of "So For Real". For reals.
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".
Review: There's all kinds of posh nosh in the world but sometimes nothing hits that spot like a good old chip butty. The label of same name serve up similar musical carbo concoctions all the time. Here though they enter the arena of Chips N Gravy (well, the musical equivalent). As a six-track split EP with three tracks each, the best of Sammy Virji's offerings include the sheer jump up hedonism of "Do Me A Favour" and the skippy 4x 4 mayhem of "Oh My". Dr Cryptic's highlights include the diva house influenced chaos of "Bubbles" and the compressed fizzy madness of "Clown Hunter".
Review: Second To None Music have chosen the right name for their label. These guys should not be underestimated, and their output is among the best UK bass, garage and funky that we have heard recently. This statement compilation is simply putting them on a lot of people's radars, and getting the to know that absolutely nobody at their HQ is messing around when it comes to relaxing fresh bangers for the UK's dance floors. The music is wild and diverse, ranging from pure bassline to UK funky, and there are certainly plenty of noticeable artists and known faces here, including neb-dancehall specialist Deadbeat, Mikey B, B Squared, and Hypho. If you're into the British way of doing house, then this twist up will surely satisfy.
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: Bristol's bass supremacy is under threat from Sheffield's formidable Project Allout, who have literally gone all out by rounding up 21 heavyweight jams to prove it. With such heavy ammo who is foolish enough to try and resist? Not us, and if we really had to pick, some of our favourites would be Adam Mac's doomy, empty rainy street vibes on the haunting "Cold Side", the accelerated, pinged up, soulful 4 x 4 banger "Deep" by Deadbeat UK and the percussive dancehall infused synth bass monster, "Likkie Vibez" by Juzlo. The Allout revolution, don't fight it, feel it!
Review: Sheffield's Dr Cryptic has made a home for himself at the Chip Butty label and, if we're honest, we love what he's done with the place. The bass playa is up and knocking around with "Skippy", a UK garage track with a wobbling, moaning piece of bass fit for a low-riding dubstep tune. There's a heap of remixes of the tune: Phatworld plays with the bass and wobbles it to its very limits, Rico Tubbs goes deeper and dubbier on the percussion muscle, Vital Techniques distorts the low frequencies, and Dr Oscillator adds a little old-school flavour to the equation.
Review: This new split EP courtesy of the cheeky Chip Butty crew sees two leading underground producers, Kanji Kinetic and Dr Cryptic, each submit two of their finest for our listening pleasure. The former squares up tough with a pair of strong contenders - the vintage rave samples paired with modern 4 x 4 vibes of "Morning Sickness" and "The Immortals": all celestial synth clouds and warehouse bounce. The latter proves he's no wallflower either by delivering the buzzsaw speed-bass of "Bronson The Hedgehog" and the absolutely pounding wobble of "Dirty Like Your Sister". Fierce stuff!
Review: Founded back 2010 by duo Vital techniques, Second To None, was born with the intent to promote 'the sickest...130-140bpm bass' from around the UK. They've certainly done that here, presenting 12 bleeding edge cuts for listening pleasure. Highlights include the linear, up-and-down hoover bass joint "Live My Life" by Deadbeat UK, Mikey B's heavy and eccentric 2-step gem "I Wonder" and Vital Techniques own deep bass workout, "News To Me".
Review: Having recently celebrated their tenth release, Sheffield's Chip Butty have now rounded up the cream of their roster for Chip Shop Vol 1. There are nine bangers featured here, all promising 'hard 4x4 beats mashed with twisted basslines'. They're not wrong either: highlights include label stalwart Dr Cryptic's pounding garage-step sing-a-long "Dirty Dot", the doomily orchestrated wobbler "Marching Powder" by Sekt 87 and the menacing speed garage of "Rude" by Little Mesters.
Review: To mark the tenth release from Sheffield's finest, Chip Butty, the label have paired up Little Mesters and Dr Cryptic and strictly instructed them to deliver some 'hard 4x4 bass music'. Well they've come out fighting, albeit with some sparks flying, with six tracks spread over the EP. LM highlights includes the horror-bass pounder "Buzzin" and the snarling 4x4 prowler "Work". Our faves of the good Doctor include the demented disco meltdown "C-Word" and the end-of-the-world fuzz-out "Ph Derkhead". Dark, in a good way.
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.