Review: Every time a new Hostage EP drops we're confronted with a new set of tones, styles and genres, but we love the fact that this man can pretty much make any sort of dance music. This new EP for 877 Records is a delightful blend of techno and everything else; "Dali" itself is a house-centric techno track with a UK edge, "Last Breath" is a modern reinterpretation of UK harder, "NRG" is straight-up techno with a soulful vocal edge, and "Pramface" slithers its chuggy 4/4 on a leash made of tricky percussion and minimalistic melodies.
Review: The prodigious Hostage certainly knows a thing or two about contemporary garage music, and the artist has pretty much landed on any label deals in the genre on a serious level. Here he is on Four Three Six with four face-melters, starting with the grizzly groove of "I Would Be", followed swiftly by the nu-school hardcore banger that is "Fluxx". "Kilt" is a powerful hard house number that subtly recalls the M25 rave shindigs thanks to its bouncy bassline, while "Level" goes a bit deeper, a lil more hypnotic, but still very much geared at making you move.
Review: Established during UKG/deep house's latest halcyon era in 2011, Four40 have navigated the bass, house and garage landscape with understated charm, forward-thinking fusions and occasions splashes of gully for five years, amassing well over 70 releases in the process. To celebrate they're put together this immense 54 track collection that represents the label's many sounds and successes. From Regality's deep Chicago inspired chugger "Celebrate" to Morcee's subtle speed garage swag "It's You", Hybrid Theory's atonal bass grunts and happy slap snares on "Mind Games" and Tom Shorterz subverted soul on "Wot U Do", Four40 cover all bass bases and provide an opportunity to fill any holes in your collection. Here's to another five years.
Review: Edinburgh's Hostage is particularly impressive for his ability to craft just about any sort of UK flavoured dance music that you could possibly think of. The man has dabbled with drum & bass, techno, house, and just straight up bass, of course. He's back this week, and he's landed on the Tessier-Ashpool label, home to many a bass licks, and an underrated label that deserves more hype. "NT1" is a true hybrid, a house tune surrounded by semi break beats and warm pads, and the tune is remixed three times by a diverse collection of names. Liar Optimix throws in an appearance, but the heavier action comes from 2ndSun's two reinterpretations. Heavy stuff and most probably the best best yet from Hostage.
Review: Horror bass, it's a thing. Well, it certainly is if you ask Hostage, its chief proponent. Here on the "Tetralogy EP" this Scots producer continues the course already set by his recent Bladderwrack EP also for 877, with dark house blending with more techno elements and dubby wobble too. Highlights include the sinister strings and cowbell bounce of "Grunt", the harder tribal-tech of "Ruff" and EP standout, the creepy house thumper, "Bang Bang".