Straight Up (feat Dash Villz & Rider Shafique - radio edit) - (4:00) 124 BPM
Review: Bromley's "Straight Up" was always going to be a tune worth remixing. You can hear it from the instrumental mix on here; its sparse, barren, techno-like arrangement is sublime on its own, but can easily accommodate a little extra meat around the bones. The original tune was produced alongside Dread MC, Dash Villz and Rider Shafique, and Mafia Kiss are the first to transform its nu-skool dancehall flex into more of a traditional bassline stepper. Aloka transform the Bristol producer's tune into another majestic, grime-ridden techno experiment, and you even get a radio edit for good measure. Biff!
Review: Alongside the likes of Sly-One, Archive and Distro, Bromley is a stalwart of Bristol's growing bass scene. Right here is some sinister riddims with the ubiquitous Dread MC on vocals alongside the sultry sounds of Grove. Taim's remix here of "Burn Down" is as wonky, bumpy and sinister as you'd expect while Archives rendition goes for a pitched down junglist vibe with its vicious breaks sure to get an action from the crowd.?
Review: Stanton Warriors' recent DJ sets have all featured an almighty monster that has towered above the other tracks to provide the motherload of dancefloor pyromania. That track is "Burn Down" by Bromley. Clocking in at nearly five minutes, it's a minimally percussive dancehall-infused bass jam that possess soulful anthemic qualities. On the digital flipside Distro rocks up and turns in absolute killer remix that adds more cowbells and synths to the mix. Next level sounds.
Review: Phengophobia, the fear of daylight. In our eyes, this name couldn't be more accurate as Bushbaby rolls out his fourth full EP with Brighton based high flyers: Southpoint, and it's a dark one for sure. As a project, this really summarizes how far Bushbaby has come, with 'Hold Up' being the perfect piece of dark bass magic to transform any crowd into an absolute zoo. The infamous vocal presence of Dread MC makes an appearance also on 'Montana', a gnarly dancehall infused stomper, packed with lethal energy. The mood then dramatically alters as the young soundsmith unleashes a phenomenal dosage of electronic soundscaping in the title track 'Phengophobia', showcasing the true depth of his skill.
Review: Distro's escapades continue with this fine remix EP of the recent "The Drum", and it's clear that the artist is now getting the recognition that he deserves. This EP comes through on the Punks label, of course, and these reinterpretations sound every bit as fiery as the originals - tongue-twisted and pleasantly surprised we are at the pleasant roughness to behold! Distro's pal, Sly-One, turns "The Drum" into a beat-heavy, percussion muscle with Dread MC's vocals riding shotgun, whereas Archive's version is slower, morphed, juked-up, and rounded off by a few heavy successions of jungle breaks. Tough.
FooR, Killa P, Irah & Long Range - "Black Bandana" - (4:28) 134 BPM
Don't Judge Me (feat Dekar Da Don) - (4:52) 138 BPM
FooR, Evil B vs B Live - "Hooligans" - (3:29) 135 BPM
Cafe Del Paar - (4:12) 132 BPM
Everybody's Free - (5:38) 132 BPM
The First (continuous DJ mix 2) - (46:56) 132 BPM
Review: FooR celebrate four years in the business. They are are a UK collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. The four-piece have also become UK garage's fastest rising stars on the live circuit, and are being championed by some of the scene's biggest names 'Friends Of FooR' was their first commercially available mixtape, following 2017's Pure Garage mix album. Hailing from Southampton and fronted by Gavin Foord, Aki, MC Jukie and Tyrone - they have all been friends for 15 years - literally since they were kids. Once they hit their teens they started making music together and then throwing parties, first locally, and then across the south coast.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Review: Fresh from being cited as an artist to watch for 2018, Frederick Martini (to use his full title) teams up with one of 130 music's most in-demand and sharpest mic-men MC Dread for an absolutely savage breakbeat/dark garage stepper. Gritty, energetic and loaded with some psycho bass textures; they didn't name this "Carnage" for nothing, capiche?
Review: Within the world of bassline, it's no stretch to say that these are two of the artists really leading the game. On this brand new single entitled 'Takeover' we hear Holy Goof team up with the infamous sounds of Flava D for a bassy belter, consisting of pulsating synthesis and solid drum work. This one is designed to bring the ravers out in any dance, and to be honest we struggle to see it failing!
Review: Wise words from Dread MC, even wiser beats from Bristol's Notion & Young H. Chunky 4x4 garage with strong house tendencies thrown into the mix, "Money & Drugs" is an all-out dancefloor riot with catchy vocals, a deadly second drop and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars. For added screwface appeal jump on Killjoy's Birmingham-sounding remix where the bassline is twisted up just a few additional notches for added mischief. Blurry.
Review: It's safe to say that NYTA, aka New York Transit Authority is currently one of the UK's most innovative producers, traversing the genre brackets in and around techno, house and bass music, finding the perfect pockets in between each and every time. This brand new single entitled 'Bossy' sees him team up with the lethal vocal presence of Dread MC for a new school bassline tearout, encompassing vibrant drum rhythms and smoot bass soundscaping, waving around with serious dancefloor intent.
Taiki Nulight & Cause & Affect - "What You Gonna Do" - (4:11) 127 BPM
Villan Dub - (3:49) 127 BPM
Review: Within the UK Bass scene, there are few who can be held in higher acclaim that Brighton's own Taiki Nulight, who has been at the forefront of bass music for pretty much the entirety of the scene's modern existence. This album showcases everything that the man is about, from the UKG inspired flavours of the title track 'Murky Manor', to the more futuristic and experimental stylings of 'Iconic', alongside Dread MC. Other highlights include the circular percussive movements of the 'The Business', the tearout tones of 'Primal' and of course the three high profile collaborations alongside fellow bass heavyweights: AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo and Cause & Affect.
Review: Perhaps before he was swanning about running Klasse Recordings and all, Luca Lozano worked in customer services vowing one day to serve musical revenge on all the insufferable souls one serves in that world. Whatever the inspiration, we now have a killer new four trackers from the man. Echoes of early Warp abound as always - "Super Rhythm Track" features mocking bleeps over a techno pulse, "The Path Of Most Resistance" is angrier, drawing on late 80s hardcore for vibes. Elsewhere "The Faith" is deep, sparse and bleepy whilst "No Team In Lozano" is moody Chicago house at its best.
Review: Durkle Disco, a Bristol based haven where grime, garage, hip-hop and dubstep would no long be placed in separate genre boxes. In 2011 Durkle Disco was created so these musical cousins could mingle and merge and become they're own, uncategorized sound. Paying equal respect to both producers and MCs, the label has become an unstoppable force in the world of bass. 'So Sicka' sounds like a Burial album double dropped, all the eerie atmospherics remain with a cold sense of hollowness, but there's an intense brooding buildup of energy. Emotions are heightened and there's a harsh clarity to the hard clashing drums which forces you the listen intently to each and every word spat. The 'Near' remix is has an itchy, glitchy feel with a lot more sound filling the soundscape, while the 'Mani Festo x Denham' remix has an odd stripped back aggressive house vibe that we haven't experienced before.
Review: Young H rushes through the place like a man on a mission, and 877 Records is there to contain the hazardous levels of low frequencie that this man is capable of whipping up. "Strip Again" is the tune, and Dread MC is the man to guide its hybrid framework with some utter vocal truth; pulling in all sorts of influences, from jungle to grime, and even old-school acid house, this is a tune capable of satisfying even the most demanding of bass junkie - those rave stabs! There's a remix from Murder He Wrote off the back of it, and the man manages to twist up the groove good and proper, injecting a fine level of garage power to an already blasting piece of UK dance music. TIP!