Review: We've said it a fair few times, but the Manuka team are undoubtedly one of the most impressive electronic labels in the UK right now. Their constant expansion into the zones surrounding dubstep is so ear opening and this latest two tracker from Aagentah and Dread MC is a perfect example. We kick off with the futuristic arrangements and powerful bass textures of 'Breathin' Space', which utilizes Dread MC's vocal in as many ways as possible, layering it above clunky percussive chimes and bitcrushed basslines. On the flip, the pace quickens significantly as 'Called Upon' combines spacy pads with a lethal set of half time rhythms, upping the pace in any dance as soon as it lands.
Review: Despite the varying states of difficulty the world seems to find itself in, the growth of bass music across the globe doesn't seem to have slowed down in any way, with Night Bass remaining one of the most talked about imprints in the game. This latest helping from Kendoll is a perfect example of how to stay ahead of the curve, kicking off with 'Fall Back' alongside the legendary AC Slater and rapidly rising Sophiegrophy. This one sets the tone perfectly with it's kuduro-sounding percussive syncopations and catchy vocal inputs, before the unpredictable soundscapes and quirky melodic influxes of 'Wasted Again' takes the EP somewhere completely different. Finally, the ever-ready Dread MC joins the party for some rave-ready vocal additions on the big room stomper named 'Never Sleep', which comes to us dripping in acidic expression and original texture.
Review: As ever, the global bass music movement rolls on forward, with one of it's most influential labels in AC Slater's Night Bass imprint remaining as a forerunner. They here introduce QLANK, across four potent bass bin tremblers, kicking off with the simple yet effective bassline wamps of the title track 'Alien', before Dread MC gets involved to splash some fabulous vocal delights over the wonky synthesizer plays of 'Ain't For Luck'. Next, the pitches rise as the more alarm-like leading tones of 'Ohh' combine with crunchy drumwork to cause a ruckus in the rave, before finishing the project off on mutated bass designs of 'Issues'. Awesome stuff!