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.
Review: A dirty screwed-up anthem from Flux Pavilion who delivers a real gem with "Got To Know". Produced with stunning precision, this half-stepping monster rides a clever descending chord sequence that gets fleshed out with tons of bitcrushed bass. With a female vocal that drops on every 32 bars, it's utterly relentless. "Normalize" is more pacey - switching up tempos at the drop of a hat while the buzzing synths flit between octaves. Proof that Flux Pavilion just keeps getting sharper and sharper, this is not to be missed for bassheads everywhere.
Pull The Trigger (feat Cammie Robinson) - (3:53) 88 BPM
Cut Me Out (feat Turin Brakes) - (4:13) 140 BPM
Review: Commercial dance peddler Flux Pavilion is about to embark on his epic Around The World In 80s Raves tour. To coincide with the tour he has unleashed this new two-track single that is purely about stadium entertainment - air cannons and fireworks. Essentially this is the Bon Jovi of electronic music, all about anthems, and if that's your bag, you'll love this. "Pull The Trigger" combines lighters-in-the-air verses (sung in sultry tones by Cammie Robinson) and loud, jump-up choruses. "Cut Me Out" sees radio friendly indie-lite act Turin Brakes collaborate on a slow, tropical synth pop ditty.
Review: Taken from his long-awaited debut album Tesla, Circus co-founder Flux Pavilion delivers a switch-flipping disco stomper with Tom Cane (who you may recognise from smashes with Wilkinson and Drumsound & Bassline Smith) With strings he bequeathed from electro legend Arthur Baker, a breakdown that's emotional enough to melt mountains and a life-affirming groove pay-off, it's a whole new dimension for Flux that lives up to its title in every way.
Cut Me Out (Fransis Derelle remix) - (3:01) 145 BPM
Cut Me Out (M35 remix) - (4:12) 150 BPM
Cut Me Out (Orkid remix) - (3:56) 140 BPM
Review: Flux Pavilion and Turin Brakes - that's up with Skrillex and The Doors and Boys Noize and Snoop Dogg but boy does it hit the sweet spot. Vocal, emotive but weighty, this is both acts pushing themselves. The remixes follow suit; TrollPhace gets busy on the drums for a while before his sheet metal bass signature joins the party a little later than usual, LA don JayKode brings some furious theatre to the mix, SUBHuman injects the blend with a little 150 breakbeat magic, Fransis Derelle is all about the dreamy wave aesthetic, M35 provide the hands-in-the-air moment with a big Bobby Tank style filtered dream hook and Orkid closes the show on a future bass flex. Six versions, each one tickling a different side to the dance, Circus aren't messing around here.
Review: All roads lead to Rampage; one of Europe's biggest bass tickets this season, this year they're celebrating their massive rave with an album featuring some of the best names on the line-up. Once again all bass bases are covered on this second sampler; Maduk adds a little pace to Flux Pavilion's euphoric vocal uplifter "Pull The Trigger", Current Value gets unruly with his heads-down fast lane shock-out "Cyclic" while Upgrade dons his black belt and chops our souls, legs and appendages in half with his grotty choppy stabs. Game over mate.
Review: Out on N-Type's Wheel & Deal label, two futuristic takes on dubstep that really push boundaries and go out on a limb with devastating effect. Flux Pavilion's "Meathead" is a dirty mash-up of filtered distortion and space launch sound effects that juggles rhythms between a slow, almost Skwee-like half-step and an uptempo, synth-laden stomp. J Sweet's "Bass Abuse" is another smart and sophisticated dose of razor sharp snares and some classic sinewave synth sounds.
Review: One of the hazier, evocative cuts on Flux's long-awaited debut album Tesla, "Emotional" gets the treatment from 10 on-point artists. Circus have covered every base: House-wise, Kyle Watson teases us with a twisted bass vibe, KNOXA dusts off the pianos while retaining an element of low-end mischief and Charlie Darker pays homage to the Hooj era where trance and house were exceedingly close bedfellows. D&B, meanwhile, is covered by Crissy Criss (breezy liquid), Bensley (punctuated steps and dreamy textures), Draper (widescreen rainbow Liquicity style) while SUBShockers play a mean halftime game. Finally G Buck lays down a future trap sound with a brand new vocal from OnCue, MUST DIE! gets snarly and gnarly and Ship Wrek and Unknown get all swoony and Flumey. 10 remixes deep, not one filler. It's been emotional.
Review: This huge collaboration for dubstep aficionados sees Circus co-founder and dirty bass god Flux Pavilion hook up with one of 2011's breakout stars, Skism, on the mighty "Jump Back". After an unholy build, the pair drop a smooth bass rhythm over half-step beats and allow London MCs Foreign Beggars to tear up the track with some typically intense rhymes. A huge tune, guaranteed to get some heavy rotation over the next few months, we urge you to get involved asap.