Review: Manchester artist Hypho hooks up with fellow UK compatriot Boime for a double drop of heavy dubstepping vibes for Manuka. The record itself sounds like it comes from the deep, dark and cold confines of a disused powerplant, with the lead track fizzing with alien synths, atonal keys and kick drums replete with an uncanny assortment of distorted atmospheres to boot. Tribal atmospheres make their way into "Deform", a deadly alternative for the more serious and industrial ends of the night. Not to be missed alongside Hypho's most recent Round Ere three-track for Loefah's Swamp81 imprint. Serious shit.
Review: For those who don't know, Hypho is a rising talent in the bass game and his quest to reach the top level has gotten closer thanks to this latest injection of low frequencies for the 877 label. "Wartime" is the perfect lead tune, a string-led pseudo grime instrumental with a perfectly executed percussive rhythm, and "Pinch" follows a similar path thanks to its slithering beats. There is a collaboration with Squane on "Hack", a futuristic grime roller with a mean collection of beats and hollow melodies, which is followed by Majora's remix of "Wartime", a more uplifting version of the tune, and a Vital Techniques reinterpretation of "Pinch". Smoking bangers guaranteed!
Review: Of late Louis Richardson aka bass hero Hypho has started to including two new tracks per release, a sign he's getting more prolific. On the "Hyper EP" we get the smokin', tokin' half-time title track that boasts some urban cred courtesy of Haribou's low-key rap. "Ekko" meanwhile is more your traditional dubstep but with added mechanical intricacies. Remix-wise Vital Techniques perk things up with some steppy dub vibes and Smoked Out Fox delivers the EP highlight - all dark bass throbs and knife-like hi-hats.
Review: The Encrypted Audio camp have always held an extremely high standard a label project. This is a trend with most certainly continues in style as they bring in Manchester's dub specialist Hypho for a sumptuous four track bonanza. First we look at 'Guillotine' which brings aquatic rhythms together with 8 bit sound design for a exciting outing. Following this, 'Blazed' and 'Narrow' provide more of the same flavours with engulfing subs running riot amidst powerful drumlines. Finally, the unpredictable bass movements and shuffled chops of 'Rotten Milk' finish up the project with a bang, rounding off an impressive body of work.
Review: The 21 year old Manchester dubstep wunderkind Hypho is back on esteemed UK bass imprint Punks run by Stanton Warriors. He offers up "Fiyah" firstly, which is dark and dystopian street level futurism: plain and simple! Second offering "Scatter" shows more restraint but is equally as powerful in its exploration of sci-fi bass therapy; only difference is that these aliens are smoking some serious kush! This young gun really is one to watch.
Review: Louis Richardson's music under the Hypho moniker is giving us hope that perhaps, somewhere out there, there exists the right sort of energy to prolong the so-called 'hardcore continuum' into the next decade. He's up on the excellent Four40 with the lead track "Minzu", a rough and heavy bass swelter back by the grimey hip-hop vocals of MC Pen, and together they duo conjure up a fine UK-leaning bit of gun-fingering. "Anahbell" is the broken part of the EP, the classic UK B-side that'll have the heads vibing real nice - picture a good old injection of Mala bass on some serious downers. Heavy.
Review: Rising UK bass star Hypho (aka Louis Richardson) tends to deliver his musical missives in short, sharp bursts; i.e. one-track singles. Seeing as he's playing all over the UK and being celebrated by the likes of Rinse FM's Marcus Nasty, it's a tactic that works. "Dubbed Out" is his latest mean collision of heavy dub and bassy, rolling UK funky - and another dancefloor bites the dust!
Review: As ever, it's an exciting prospect to see a new Hypho release drop in the store, especially when he's in the rich mane of form he currently resides in. This release sees him put together three scorching original creations, kicking off with the potent sub textures and spooky atmospheric synth pressures of 'Efnol'. Next up, we see the super combo of Hypho and Rakjay recombine for yet another banger on the title track 'Edge', a tribalistic roller brimming with percussive power. Finally, OldGold joins the party on the super tech drum textures and bubbling pops of 'Regulate', which puts a glossy finish on a fantastic overall project.
Review: It's been a while since we heard of such a match made in heaven as this as we see Manchester's Hypho touch down on the legendary 81 UK for four tracks off pure bass-driven class. We kick off with a potent collaboration with BeatBoss champion Rakjay, who delivers some wicked vocal leads on the moody 'Round Ere', followed by the eerie bass tonality of 'Yinliao'. Next, Rakjay returns again on vocal duty, bringing poetic twists above a fantastic arrangement of subtle sub expansions and rolling drumwork on 'Graft', which is chased up by the crunchy tech infused breaks of 'Module', rounding this one up in style.
Review: As one of the most rapidly rising projects out of Bristol right now, we were thrilled to see the CNCPT Collective team link up with the ever ready sounds of Hypho, who unleashes a tonne of dubstep-ready heat on this one. We kick off with the sumptuous bass tones of the title track 'Revenge Porn' before 'Terps' rolls into play, acting as a perfect glitchy base from which T-Man is allowed to let loose his punchy vocal presence. Finally, 'Fake Ass Thugs' lands and smacks us in the face. We feel honestly that this as an individual compilation is one of the most powerful pieces of music Hypho has ever created, packed with eerie spaces and sharp percussive crunches. It's just so damned tasty!
Review: We are absolutely loving what the team at Manuka are putting together far this year, with the label seemingly intent on exploring the swampier side of techno and dubstep. This latest selection Kahter definitely dives down that path as we explore the title track 'Metanoia', a sizzling metallic jamboree, stuffed full of unpredictable percussive lines and vibrant subs below. Next, 'Eostix' gives us a robotic throwback into stuttered synthesizer displays and breathy percussion. On remix duty, head honcho: Hypho steps up to unleash an 808-driven rethink of 'Metanoia', with Pluralist then slapping down some choppy rhythms within his computerized overhaul of 'Eostrix'
Review: The young Squane, who has started to seize the bass scene with his endless slew of kinetic devilry, is up on Jelly Bean Farm, accompanied by a number of different artists, all specializing in different dub-strains of bass. The opening collab with Hypho blends cold Berlin techno vibes with London's grime heritage, then Rees comes through to drop in yet more pulsating industrial action, while Kelly Dean and Ill Chill have got us wrapped up in a nutty bundle of post-modern broken house beats. Ebb's appearance is marked by shimmering cold waves of hypnotic chanting, while Mershak helps to add another layer of swing to Squane's cavernous production style, and Delo helps to strip it all back to a chilling minimalist stance. Lovely.
Review: An absolute leviathan of a compilation from Project Allout here, and it's just in time for some Christmas cheer from one of the fastest growing UK bass hubs in the game! A tad packed for us to go through it all, but this is guaranteed quality, especially given the fact that the release features plenty of label regulars, new faces and even some pretty incredible cameo appearances from the likes of Caspa, Deadbeat and Dubzta. Each puts in a fine performance, particularly Deadbeat with his "Street Life" cut, a glorious mashup of funky house breaks and wobbled low-end. Be sure to check the licks from Spooky, Mr Dubzta and Tuff Culture, too. Badman vibes and another stunner from Project Allout.
Review: Just over a year into their game and Nu Wave have already amassed a ridiculous bassline repertoire. Just in case you need refreshing, here are 33 examples. Cherry picking the best examples of low end creativity from their recent releases, along with a few exclusives for good measure, the result is yet another extensive Nu Wave document that leaves you under no illusion as to how tight their game is. Highlights? Kick off with a light steppy vocal starter such as DJ Direct's "Home", feast on a gnarly, wobbly main course such as Negativ's "Damage" then top it off with a super sweet subby, piano tickling dessert like Monrose & Dorrington's "Feel Free". Chow down... This will keep you and your family fed until Christmas.
Review: Inspired by the lack of pigeonholing in today's bassline scene, the much respected Low Pitched have rustled up their first album, Low Pitched Presents: Resonate, which aims to capture this aforementioned musical diversity. They haven't held back either, packing a whopping 23 new jams on this album, truly laying claim to having all bases covered. Highlights include the juddering low-end juggernaut "Patterns" by Clexx, the crisp, floating in space 2-stepper "Rowdy" and the truly next level, otherworldly rhythms of "Swedger" by Sketchman. A snapshot of a scene in full bloom.
Review: Founded back 2010 by duo Vital techniques, Second To None, was born with the intent to promote 'the sickest...130-140bpm bass' from around the UK. They've certainly done that here, presenting 12 bleeding edge cuts for listening pleasure. Highlights include the linear, up-and-down hoover bass joint "Live My Life" by Deadbeat UK, Mikey B's heavy and eccentric 2-step gem "I Wonder" and Vital Techniques own deep bass workout, "News To Me".
Review: U Wot Blud? Is the UK's most forward-thinking bass label, and when they decide to celebrate something, they don't mess about. The occasion in particular here is the label's 25th release, and to mark it they have prepared this 52(!) track compilation. It's a flippin' rollercoaster ride of bass shenanigans, with some of the many highlights including the trancey, leftfield trap of "Hater" by Wizard, the neon-flecked bass pulses of "Blackmail VIP" by Aliii and the techy-disco fizz of "Nonsense Skank" by 94 Bliss. Best take a month off and get totally lost in this jungle of bass gems.
Review: Second To None Music have chosen the right name for their label. These guys should not be underestimated, and their output is among the best UK bass, garage and funky that we have heard recently. This statement compilation is simply putting them on a lot of people's radars, and getting the to know that absolutely nobody at their HQ is messing around when it comes to relaxing fresh bangers for the UK's dance floors. The music is wild and diverse, ranging from pure bassline to UK funky, and there are certainly plenty of noticeable artists and known faces here, including neb-dancehall specialist Deadbeat, Mikey B, B Squared, and Hypho. If you're into the British way of doing house, then this twist up will surely satisfy.
Review: It's a new year, and it's time for some new imprints. That's the way we operate. Jelly Bean Farm is among the labels to launch in 2017 but, while others would think of pacing themselves with a debut EP, these guys have gone and dropped a whole compilation of new, unforgiving bass science from all corners of the extended genre. There are twelve killer cuts to choose from here, all from emergent talents, and we've got our eyes set on a number of them. Hypho's "Majikk" is a glorious neo-grime workout that stretches the genre to the very limits, "Pistol Signal" from Opus is a bubbling, potent new strain of hydro-phonic dubstep, PAN:INC's "Freight" is the sort of techno that any bass-boy dreams at night, and Sensei's "Reed" manages to blur the most daring elements of jungle and minimal techno together as if they were made to be one and one. Check it all out, though, this is a true goldmine of all things bass-oriented. Watch out for more Jelly Bean Farm gear.
Review: Marcus nasty: The man, the myth, the legend. A pivotal figure behind the emergence of Grime and UK Funky sounds, there is no one better placed to compile and present a comprehensive collection of the latest evolutions of the House & Garage sound. Curiously enough, the package drops on Dallas imprint Audiophile XXL, as Americas biggest dance music Europhiles the Texans constantly have their ear to the ground and are no strangers to good old fashioned British basslines!
Superabound with dance floor ammunition and A-list names, it is an all killer no filler collection. Wittyboy & Tengu hook up on "Bioshock" with a bassline so harsh it will leave you with a sore throat. LR Groove drifts into more traditional tech-house territory on epic track "The Journey". Brent Kilner rattles he ribcage with a 2017 take on the Sheffield Niche nightclub sound. There are too many standout tracks to mention and in all honesty we have a lot of music to focus on but we would seriously rinse this day and night for the next fortnight if we could.
Review: As far as labels go, there aren't many who have been floating around the bass music scene for as long as Future Follower Records. It seems that they have a point to prove here as they unveil an absolute goliath of a project, featuring fifty stunning original creations, packing a perfectly processed punch to round out 2019. The project as a whole finds itself landing between bass, breaks and garage, with some incredibly catchy productions involved, including Dephex's warbling 'Warfare', the super metallic shuffles inside the Bean VIP mix of 9TRANE's 'Heard Me' and the bass blasts of DubReaper's 'Ask Me'. There is something for everyone on this massive selection, giving the Future Follower camp a perfect send off to 2019.