Review: Sheffield's Jay Gee Grime unleashes eight boundary-breaking instrumentals that are just waiting for some MCs to do some damage. Leaping from vibe to vibe, at one moment we're jamming and jumping to firing horn-heavy two-step ("Stand Down X Hand Stand"), the next we're getting our lo-fi glitchy skank on ("Laffy Taffy"), the next we're taking a trip into outer space on trap-powered bass rockets ("Sizzlurpe"). Genre-smelting explorations don't get much sharper than this, JG has cooked up quite a package right here.
Review: Having been announced a few weeks ago via a very well received threethousand.co.uk premiere, Project Allout bring forward this solid project from bassline top dog JG. We kick off with the "almost" title track 'Bring That Dub', which is a slithering bag of grooves, filled with very creative sound design across a range of synths. Following this we have 'I Wanna', which builds with electronic organs, delving into niche style bassline melodies and skippy drum chops, before we hit the more rapid fire bass wobbles of 'Run While You Can'. We finish up with the high pitched electronic patterns of 'I Wanna', putting the finishing touches on a very well thought out four tracker.
Review: Sheffield's JG may not be Ballard but there's still plenty of crash in his upfront hard-hitting bassy productions. Cave Explorer may be his most fierce yet, boasting two cuts that literally provide passage to the underground. The title track is all about the hip-hop string samples, jukey percussion and lots of wobbly metallic subs. He brings some serious fiyah on "Selektar" though - with distant police sirens mixing with scattershot beats and eccentric basslines. This produce has ventured deep underground and has discovered pools of creativity hidden beneath.
Review: The musical resurgence of legendary bass DJ Kissy Sellout has been something quite incredible to behold, and nothing described it better than this brand new LP by the name of 'Style From The Westside'. It's jam packed with high profile collaborations, including the weighty vocal shells of Dread MC on 'Killin It' and 'Dub For Ya Speaker' alongside Worthing based Tengu. For us the highlights have to be the super creative bass design of 'Gangster', the more melodic rolls and tasteful vocal stabs of 'Badboy' and of course 'Step Back', featuring some precisely sliced vocal sample additions from Duke, alongside the classic bassline influences of JG. Great work!
Review: Following the incredible reaction to their collaboration release earlier this year, Kissy Sell Out and JG return with a pair of high profile remixes for 'Step Back'. First up, the streamlined production styles of Sirmo make an appearance with a smooth overhaul, focussing on shuffling bass synths and vibrant sub work, nestling below exciting 4x4 drum patterns. On the flip, the dynamic duo of Tengu get to work on their remix, pulling together luscious synth design and their trademark punchy drum style with awesome results.
Review: Sheffield's Project Allout don't mess about, having developed a reputation for championing all directions in the ways of bass. Every take on that three letter word is important to this label and that's why they cram so many hot jams onto their comps. Basically they're the Ferrero Rocher am-bass-adors and they are really spoiling us with 49(!) lengerz. Highlights include AT's bleepy 8-bit hip-hop groove "Flash Bang", the epic, symphonic trap of Dubzta's "Lord Of War" and the almost disco tech grooves of "Murkers' by King Hydra. All killer, no filler!
Review: Thirty Three nuggets of serious UKG gullyness; Project Allout have already developed a serious reputation for generous dispatches, but this is whole new level. Uniting their many lengmen for a deep exploration of the pastures between bassline house, instrumental grime and the broader realms of bass music, every area is covered. Highlights include the eski angst of Chemist RNS' "Stare", the violin-snapping, post-dubstep darkness of Deadbeat UK's "Graveyard", the outrageous VIP muscles of Hoax and Dubzta's "Twilight Zone" and the sassy vocal flexery of Pavv's "You Got Me". This is just the tip of the bassline iceberg, though. Dig deep and grab your own lenger; there are enough here for everyone.
Review: It's that time again, as the infamous PAR imprint returns for their yearly Christmas compilation, showcasing their extensively versatile roster and variety of musical styles. This year is a collection of returns and debuts, as we see Killjoy, Deadbeat, Dr Cryptic, KXVU, Moony, Jakebob amongst others all make solid return appearances. Some of our favorites include the haunting sounds of Dallen's grimey roller 'Time', the catchy 4x4 riffs and rhythms of Kind Hydra's 'Bass Trap' and skippy arrangement and aggressive synth design on 'Trigga' from the elusive Rotti. There aren't many labels that can boast such an extensive yet versatile roster and yet remain so assured in as many different areas of UK bass music.
Review: Much like squashing a fly with a sledgehammer, Sheffield's Project Allout, counter Bristol's bass supremacy with this mammoth compilation. Yes, the second instalment in their eponymous series boasts a frankly absurd 39 new fresh bass cuts. It may take a while to get through it all, but that's half the fun. Inititial highlights include the speedy claps, fizzy hats and taut wobble vibes of "Manners" by 1Thirty, the horror move trap thrills of "Black Missile" by "Familiar Face" and the voluptuous house bass of Mooney's "At The Top".
Review: Let's put on our classics and have a little dance shall we? Sheffield's Wolfe takes the reins for the latest In:Flux "Presents" compendiums and brings in 11 exclusive cuts for the ride. Shoulder barging slime comes in the form of Tik & Luciv's "Wobble", pensive screw-face steppery comes via the unstoppable Cellardore while twisted two-step is dished out liberally by both Wolfe and Arctic. Plus, in time with the warmer seasons, there's also a sweet twang amid proceedings; Dr Nick's head-holding soul shock-out "What 2 Do", the yearning, cooing vocals on "Back 2 95", the finger-flexing key-stroker "Bruthas & Sistas" and the turbo-gospel of "So For Real". For reals.
Review: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!
Review: Project Allout are well known within both the grime and bass scenes for their outstanding compilation work, including their highly respected 'Krampus' series, which here enters its third season. We see a line up absolutely bristling with power as PAR regulars such as Deadbeat UK, Juzlo, Mr Dubz, JG, Dubzta and more all return with some seriously weighty contributions, along with newer faces such as Smodi, Rollsie and more. For us, the highlights include LJ & G1's super skippy 'Bullseye' original, alongside Sir Pixalot's corking melodic composition named 'Transparency'.