Review: What a journey the last year has been for Bushbaby, whilst undergoing a serious evolution in his sound, he has landed some of the biggest releases in UK dance music this year. He now touches down on the almighty Night Bass for his latest conquest, that being his extremely tech heavy 'Naughty Pleasure' EP. The title track itself is a super smooth 4x4 roller, driven by tight electronic bass tones and minimalist drum grooves, followed by a crunchy, metallic collaboration with the ever ready Inkline entitled 'Walk Away'. Finally, we finish up with our favourite of the bunch in 'Secret', a nostalgic twist up, livened up by its use of classic organ chords and a smooth final touch.
Review: Although a relatively new name on the scene, Inkline has hit the ground running with solid, killer dance cuts that don't' mess about. "Shard" is a lacerating slice of tough and techy 4x4 with a little garage bounce for good measure. The title track meanwhile, is even more merciless, with deep bass judders and snappy snares. People get ready to move!
Review: Cross your hatches then batten them down with gorilla glue... Southpoint alumni Inkline makes his Punks debut with this fugly broken drum fusion where the riff is saying UKG, the groove screams house while the percussive textures have a touch of the technoid to their flavour. Swaggering with a powerful breaks push, it ticks so many boxes four box factories have started business in the UK since Inkline made this record. Aurbs remix needs a strong-armed salute and all; rolling and sinister it suddenly drops into a jazz feel that's so deft you won't even realise your trousers have fallen down. On point.
Review: As two of the standout acts to release projects across 2018, we are sure Punks are very excited to be welcoming back both Inkline and Taiki Nulight, who get together on some heavyweight business across two originals here. We begin with looking into Inkline's solo original and title track 'Take Me Out'. This one is a twisted ball of unorthodox synth distortion and broken beat rhythms, perfectly capturing Inkline's signature style. On the flip side, carnage breaks lose and Taiki Nulight jumps into the frame on 'FR'. What an absolute madness this original is as the pair bring a combination of metallic bass twists and unpredictable drum lines with outstanding results.
Review: As a very exciting follow up from their more UKG orientated launch, Wang Records are back at it again with a brand new bass compilation, showcasing some of the most exciting artists currently working in the UK as 'Arcade Invaders' lands with immediate impact. This one starts with a look at a killer combination as Tenshu & Dread MC join forces on the stripped back blippy roller entitled 'Storyteller', before NuBass & Deppz land with some super techy ideas on 'Jenga'. Next up, Inkline delivers as per with a uniquely metallic original entitled 'Brute Force', with Hoda putting the finishing touches on the project with the super smooth sub lines of 'Theory'.
Review: For all those of you out there who had lost faith in ever hearing another instalment in the Saucy Selections series...rejoice! The wait is over. It's over a year since Vol 2, but the Saucy crew are back bringing serious fiyah over 22 fresh new jams. As usual, the quality is never compromised, particularly on such standouts as the mercilessly pounding, RnB sampling "You Better Know" by Libra, the futuristic 2-step synth stabs of "Eyes On You" by Jello and the dry warehouse beats and buzzy bass bounce of "People Dem Dance" by Lucent & Karl Vincent.
Review: XXL is a spin off-label from EDM operation Audiophile Live and has audibly been set up to tap into minimal house. The sound that emerges on Doble XX is far more mainstream than anything one might expect to find on say Perlon, but that doesn't stop some of its contributors from offering fresh interpretations on this well-worn sound. For example, Freefall & M3RC's "The Underground" sees snares crash and pitch-bent vocals flung into the equation, while Callie Reiff & C & T's "Like Dis" is an ever-morphing swathe of bass frequencies. Best of all though are the deeper moments, with the hypnotic filters and rolling groove of ADMN Feat Kid Enigma's "Hold It Down" impressing most.
Review: U.S. imprint based out of Dallas, Audiophile XXL, has been unstoppable over the last year with a continuous onslaught of up and coming North American producers and their take on tech house, electro house and west coast bass sounds. This compilation showcases the labels current array of talent with eighteen tracks certainly guaranteed to destroy a dancefloor near you. Highlights include Los Angeleno Dillon Nathaniel's "Transcend" a bass heavy cut for late night parties on Hollywood Boulevard and sure to get some gun fingers in the air. Oregon's Aaron Jackson appears with "Get Some Jungle In Ya Jungle" which has some totally absurd vocoder and beat repeat action and rising British producer James Mannion: whose grime infused jam "BS7" is proper UK street sound.
Review: UK operation Saucy Record return with a swiftly compiled second volume of Saucy Selections featuring a healthy 17 cuts of Tech, Bass, House and Garage from the international community. Label regulars like Libra (UK), Melod!k, and Spekktrum brush up against Saucy newcomers and there's a pleasant array of styles and sounds to be found within this selection, moving from sultry cuts such as opener "Had Enough" by Chris Skapetis to tougher and rougher bassline movers. Grande's "NOS" playfully toys around the Club Constructions approach to dancefloor tools, whilst Spekktrum is on aggro form with compilation highlight "The Game".
Review: As a label, Crucast have gone from strength to strength, rapidly establishing themselves as one of the premiere platforms for bass music in the UK. This complication marks that out perfectly with an astonishing selection of over 30 original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Jaguar Skills, Brent Kilner, Pavv, TC4, Inkline, Deadbeat UK and a tonne more. For us the EP highlights the strength in the current UK bass scene, with favourites being Bushbaby & Hadean's long-awaited collaboration release 'Clean Up', the monstrous swinging synths of Tengu's 'Weapon' and of course the wonky wonderings of SaidWho's 'Voices', a truly original compositional idea, focussing on rawcus bass sounds and scattered drum selections.
Review: Before delivering the promised 'arsenal of dutty new tunes for all you functioning bass addicts' next year, fledging bass label Saucy round up this one with a selection of all their best stuff from their sophomore year. There are a whopping 24 tracks to get your teeth into, highlights of which include the insanely catchy moody pop of opener "Summer Rain" by Inkline, the slamming garage/house of "Don't Stop (Jack Swaffer remix)" by Mike Jones and the eccentric beats and creeped out sounds of the "House Of Haunted Horrors" by Spooky and Spekktrum. What a label, what a year!
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: Since being established one year ago, UK label Saucy have kept themselves very busy indeed. Apart from releasing singles from a top selection of international talent, they've also treated their audience to a few mini-compilations too. Here, they go for the big one: a full-blown collection to celebrate their first birthday. There are 20 tracks to chosen from, highlights include the deep string-led house of "Murder (Skapes mix)" by SPX, the otherworldly laser-bass attack of "Renegade Horns" by Libra and the haunted bass-step of Distro's remix of Pelikann's "Hear Me".