Review: It's all going a bit mental within the CruCast release schedule right now as they see bassline legend Jamie Duggan return to their roster alongside Booda for a two track single blast off. We begin the project with 'Introduction', a sumptuous helping of bassline heat, built around stripped back arrangements and lethal bass designs, coupled with orchestrally led intros. To follow up, grime and bassline vocal master Slick Don joins the rave with his explosive input on 'Havin' It', another skippy stormer indeed.
Review: After an incredible showing at Boomtown with their already renowned takeover performance, the Crucast collective return here with an explosive collab between bassline veterans DJ Q & Jamie Duggan. This one is packed with energy as a collection of bass sounds run riot, bouncing off each other and creating some real rave dynamite. The unnerving vocal additions add something really special to this one as Q & Duggan continue on their 2018 killing spree.
Review: Now when we saw the lineup for the latest CruCast selection, it was a pretty excitable moment here at Juno Download HQ as we see DJQ, Jamie Duggan and Booda link up for a spicy three tracker on the ever-ready CruCast imprint. The title track 'Sirens' is an original we can see tearing raves to pieces come the end of lockdown, with its viscous synth designs, satanic horn stabs and rolling drum patterns giving us some seriously energetic vibes. Next, 'Chimes' arrives with a more niche approach, using warbling LFO's to give us a bit of a different feeling, before 'Melody' lets loose more grizzly bass thwacks and jumping rhythms to see out the project in style. This one also comes complete with an official speed garage edit of 'Melody' for good measure!
Review: One thing we have noticed about the CruCast release model, is that it is perfectly balanced between their more established faces and a constant wave of exciting newcomers. This release pays homage to the first of those options as CruCast roll out the red carpet for an all-star affair as the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, TS7, Tsuki and more come together for a scorching selection of brazen bassy badness. There are some tasty pieces involved, but the ones that leap out the most have to include Skue-K's colourful rework of Bru-C & D Double's 'Heater', along with a vibrant VIP mix of 'Jungle' from Nu Aspect.
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: Well well well, we have to say we heard tell of a mega compilation that was set to be emerging out of the bass scene in the near future, but nobody could have predicted it to be this powerful as Holy Goof unveils his Globes compilation, championing all aspects of 4x4 bass music to the maximum. We see A-list appearances from top to bottom with Notion, Chris Lorenzo, Fine Art, Skepsis, FooR, Bushbaby and more all gracing the listing with top draw originals. For us the immediate standouts on this one have to include the emotional expanse of Freddie Martin's 'Stubborn', which comes complete with cracking original vocals, along with the rapid fire LFO shells of Livsey's 'Supersonic' and the big room synths of Skue-K's 'Flows'.
Review: To celebrate an incredible run of releases and festival stage takeovers, CruCast have collated some of their most popular releases over the last few years into one handy compilation, taking the name 'Cru100'. Now over the past few years we have seen CruCast lay down a pretty dominant release schedule, which shows in this tracklisting as we reminisce with classics from the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Distinkt and Tsuki, with more recent bangers such as Bru-C and Simula's 'You & I' making it onto the listing also. If you are looking for certified dancefloor ammo, look no further!
Review: Has bassline ever been more influential than it is currently across the UK? I think most people would struggle to argue otherwise. To celebrate this, bassline heavyweights DJQ, Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and Darkzy join forces for an allstar compilation album, including a selection of full tracks and exclusive mixes. The full project includes exclusive drops from the likes of Champion, Shanti, DJQ, Flava D, TQD, Preditah, Bushbaby, Darkzy, Bru-C and many more. You are going to struggle to find a more comprehensive bassline selection this year!