Review: The Ghost House imprint keeps the tempo up and emotions running with new collection of spectral bass cuts by the fledgling Filthy Gears. This guys is totally on-point in terms of a match with the label, with his floor-minded beats ranging from the deepest of dubstep to trappiest or trap. This release is jam-packed with quality, from the gunshot synths of "Gully Ends", to the wobbling mutant bass of "Rapture", and the Skream-like wobble rhythm of "Midnight Creeper", he makes quite the entrance and steps right into the limelight. Other killer on here include the deep and cerebral bass folds of "Torture Chamber", a straight-up grime nugget by the name of "War Machine", and the dreary-eyed sway of "Vulture". If hazy, spliffed-out bass is your thing, then look no further.
Review: Time for another filthy fry up: FG follows up last autumn's "Filthtape" session with another eight-track adventure into forward-thinking, genre-bucking bass jams. "161" sets the tone with its trappist drums and soaring cinematic overlays. Other highlights include the super-tripped vocal textures on "Milli", the militant stabs and raw ghetto attitude of "Boston Tea Party" and the spooked out G-funk space dungeon creeper "Wonder". And that's the tip of the iceberg; this ish is filthy to the core.
Review: The Ghost House label has now become synonymous with the gritty, gun-toting flow of Filthy Gears, and we couldn't see any better solution for either artist or label. Also, just to add a little more hype to the mix, this is about as raw and unforgiving as this lot can get with beats and bass concoctions; the wayward stance of tunes like "Herbalist" or "The End" is a BAD and rough as anything around these days, and they've managed to resuscitate some pure grime madness on licks such as "Midnight Creeper 2" or "Violent Hoe". Taking a little inspiration from all corners of the scene and, more importantly, from all parts of bass history, Filthy Gears rack up some absolutely killer tunes.
Review: Brighton's Josh Gunston and grime DJ KXVU (aka Jay McDougall) recently joined forces to launch Southpoint, a label determined to promote local talent and to revive their hometown's flagging bass and grime scenes. Here they really pull out all the stops for Integrate Vol 2 a collection featuring appearances from some of their most favourite young guns. Highlights include the moody late night hip-hop instrumental "Flatline" by Drax, the haunted wobble/ghetto banger "You Chat Too Much" by James Mannion & Bushbaby and the sub-heavy headnodder "Almighty Power" by Beanzo & Filthy Gears.
Review: Following on from a very strong run of releases to kick start the first half of the year, we are very happy to see Southpoint back on their album steeze, this time bringing forward the well renowned abilities of grime producer, MC and DJ: Jakebob. The album consists of 12 heaters, some vocal and then some instrumental, all showcasing just how energetic grime can be, with his signature, eskimo inspired sound weaved flawlessly throughout the project. For us the immediate stand outs have to be the reggae inspired construction of 'Woki', the sharp, grimey slices of 'R Riddim' and of course the demonic string structures of 'Outside'. Excellent stuff!
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: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!