Review: A rollercoaster ride of an EP characterised by wobbly basslines, boisterous beats, rowdy dubstep, ferocious breakbeats and pumping dancefloor riddims. With the overriding theme of "it's a remix", this seven track treat featuring refixes from the likes of High Rankin, Calvertron, Hostage, Rico Tubbs, Lazy Rich, Figures and Attic Kings. From opening track, the fidgeting grouchy "Wobblin" through house-inspired "Raw 2 Da Floor" to the finale, the dubstep remix of "Everybody", it's a non-stop party compilation.
Review: Following his recent stint on the esteemed Arcade Pony label, this former partner of Malente is back continuing his solo quest, this time on Party Like Us. Although still rooted in garage and bass, his sound is ever more streamlined, and more mature too. He's not lost his edge though: "Hyer" is big and rolling with peak time breaks and a smattering of warped, jazzy garage. Elsewhere we get growling wobble "Slung" and the distorted retro house of "Turn" before proceedings wrap up with the euphoric, hands in the air melodies of "With You".
Review: After 14 blinding releases, the Trouble & Bass crew have compiled the best of the bass for this collection of original releases from their epic series of gonzoid-electro bangers. From the snakey Dutch leads of Drop The Lime's "Doomsday Device" to the hardcore dubstep tweaks of "Days Go By" by Boogaloo Crew, this is a must-have for anyone who missed out on the earlier Champion releases. Rico Tubbs and Calvertron are to be found in typically ravey form on "Body Free", while Baobinga mixes nasty rap verses with bassline beats on "Make It Drop". With AC Slater, Mumdance, Samo Sound Boy, Marc Remillard and Zombies For Money also included, this is an essential collection of the finest bass beats out there.
Jay Robinson & Supabeatz - "Screech" - (4:25) 128 BPM
Star Eyes & Pharaoh - "Cry Baby" - (5:07) 128 BPM
Review: Four huge funky/garage house tunes come out of their corners fighting on this latest volume of Trouble & Bass' EP series. Label boss Drop The Lime kicks things off in style with the clattering snares of "Thwomp Stomp" - one of the most apt names for a tune in a long time. While DTL's contribution is kept deliberately bare, Baobinga's "Make It Drop" is riddled with looped hip-hop vocals, with the beat cutting perfectly into a half-step for the verses. Star Eyes & Pharaoh lace "Cry Baby" with female vocals and plenty of low-filter bass, while the chopped and pitch-shifted vocals of Jay Robinson & Supabeatz's "Screech" is probably the highlight - thoroughly unique sounds and as funky as hell!
Review: Having previously teamed up on releases for Southern Fried, tropical house twosome Malente and Jay Robinson join forces once again with much-missed MCs Yo Majesty on the mic for this big, big tune. With a marching band rhythm and urgent soca stabs locked into a bouncy groove, the YM ladies tear it up and add an inimitable swagger to this future classic. With a host of brilliant remixes also included, highlights include Botnek's insanely warped yet infectious treatment and Raffertie's tight eski-garage reworking.