Review: Prolific Leeds producer Joedan is back with a quick one-two of a single, Say My Name EP. Last time round it was his collaboration with Chiverton that set Lower My Glasses alight, and here he looks to a different MC, Blenda, to deliver similar goods. He totally nails it too, adding a grimey edge to the wobble-heavy 4 x 4 title track. "Culture Shock" is on a tougher mission: all relentless carnival beats, outer space bass and distant speech samples. Dangerous.
Review: There's no limits to Joedan's scope of work, and the Leeds-based producer has been skipping from label to label, dropping bomb after bomb. Boss Mode is his place of residence this week, and he's come through with five steely-eyed bass whoppers that cause all sorts of confusion and nuttiness. That's because cuts like "Blatant Murder" manage to fuse so many UK genres into one - this one in particular is a cross between garage and murderous wobblestep - or others such as "Cardboard Box" offer a fresh, cut-throat take on already well-grounded formulas. There's some fine remixes, too, namely a trio of wallopings by Mind Of A Dragon, Dappa, and Gundam...each one armed with their own interpretations of what 'bass' means.
Review: When Nasty FM's Tik & Borrow gave birth to In:Flux Audio, little did they know that they'd given birth to a monster. The At The Speed Of Life EP is sound the sound of urban Britain in the future. In other words, it sounds like how garage will sound for everybody else in 2025. There are three scorching tracks on here, with the title track leading the charge with its deep and hard grind, "Meth" sees a party-friendly MC rap layered on a deep speed garage joint and "Soon Come" wraps things up nicely with a more melancholic, yet bassy, jam.
Review: Shadowchild's label welcomes Joedan to the fold with this dance floor-friendly release. "Just A Feelin" revolves around detuned riffs, a driving rhythm and some tripped out vocals. It sounds like an update of releases on 90s deep house labels like Cross Section. The title track is more stripped back and takes influences from UK garage, with its crashing snares and relentless off-beat rhythm sounding like a tough, modern take on 2-step. Rounding off the release is "Barca". Once again, it sees Joedan shift approach, with ominous chords building and building over firing hi hats and lone bleeps. It all adds up to one of 2017's most impressive Eps that resides in the house /techno grey area.
Review: Joedan is one of those British artists who can deliver just about anything in the studio, and his productions have taken him from house to garage, and even a little bit of glitchy d&b. "Pacific Swag" is more representative of the former and, in fact, its bass wobbles make it the perfect garage hybrid for 2015 - bound to get more than a few rewinds and some serious movement on the dancefloor. Boy Martel rewires the original into a broken beat mutant, all semi breaks and subbass, while Mij Mack sticks to the garage, but does so in a kind of offbeat, Mr Oizo method. "Approach Riddim" is the oddball tune, a strange tribal dance to the street Gods, and "No Stopping Us" takes us way back to the early 2000's, a time when garage and grime were first infusing, and peeps were pressing dubs all over the shop. Heavy!
Review: Hailing from Leeds, Joedan Weeks makes dance music for people who like some menace in their party jams. There are a lot of these people about as his rising popularity shows, and now he presents the Mad Vexed EP, surely bound to be his most popular release yet. "Mad Vexed" is a slammin' slice of aggro-garage that fuses angry vocal samples over tough beats and a heavy wobble bassline. The bassline gets more warped on "Nar Riddim', a bonus tropical percussion-led jam. Elsewhere the title tracks gets remixed into bouncy 4x4 by Spookz and stabby ghetto bass by Spekktrum.
Review: The Project Allout wave continues to gain in momentum as they welcome back the incredibly consistent Joedan across four tracks of highly energetic and flavoursome dancefloor beats. We kick off with the post-funky influences and niche-style bassline influxes of the title track 'Impending Doom', before 'Chest Plate' strips things back for a carnival-ready drum roller. The vibes then switch up into a more experimental display next as the unusual bass manoeuvres of 'Lift Off' arrive to add some serious differentiation, before rounding up on tribal-sounding percussive influxes and simple melodies of 'Turned My Back', making it the perfect sign off!
Review: Leeds producer Joedan made a name for himself on the great Influx:Audio a while ago, and his effective d&b hybrids have been pleasing us ever since. He's up on F2 for his latest appearance, and he's in more of a garage mode than anything else, serving up an old-school rocker with a 4/4 beat and Chiverton's dangerous vocals on top of it - the main hook is instantly seductive...the inimitable "Lower My Glasses". "Tuff", on the other hand, goes for the jugular thanks to its mutant bass swarm, broken beats and heads - down flavour.
Review: "Blow", by Two Tons (aka Joedan and Kontent) pays homage to the Johnny Deep movie of the same name - pure as the driven snow. It's also a tune that'll shake your speaker cones, with its rattling rhythms and positively sub-maximal bottom end. Joedan ups the wobble factor on his VIP mix, whilst "Dnt Gve A Fck" is a neon-lit, late night roller. Joedan appears again, this time with his own "No Verse Two" - all sparse tropical beats and grime verses courtesy of MC Shantie. Boom!
Review: Here we see two heavyweights of the midland bassline scene team up again for a rolling single by the name of 'Out To The Bubblers', courtesy of the About The Music imprint. From the off we are introduced to some serious old school flavour as Joedan carves out a groovy UKG bassline hybrid over which Blenda gets to work with his tireless garage flows and party starting bar outs. We are also blessed with an exciting UKG edit of the track, which takes the groovy element to a whole nother level as the pair bounce off each other with great results.
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: Tik&Borrow's In:Flux Audio label has developed its strong reputation not least due to the duo's discerning ears. A new Get Fluxed comp always means more of their expertly curated selections. This time round there are 12 cuts that provide something for everyone on a bass tip. Highlights includes the buzzsaw breakbeats of T&B's own "Junction Box", the sinister afterhours garage of "Too Close" by Connerz and heady, dub-tech mayhem of Joedan's "High Times". Also an extra shout-out goes to the digi-dancehall roof-raiser "Get Funky" by King Hydra.
Review: It's been a year since Slime's second instalment of their leading compilation Future Sound Of Garage series. Now the follow-up has finally arrived boasting 28 examples of what they to be consider music of the future. There are too many to name, but highlights include the ethereal and sensual future-step opener "Return" by Monoblue, the seductive, delicate chimes of the shimmering "Ever Feel" by Just Breathe, the sparse and raw 2-step of Pavv's "Let It Go" and even the uber commercial Ibiza-friendly anthem "Stone" by Project X is a (guilty) pleasure.
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: The re-emergence of UKG continues to gain momentum as we bare witness to yet another fantastic selection here, this time arranged by Rare Supply and bearing the title 'Supply Drop, Vol. 1'. We kick off with a smooth and soulful collaboration between Higgo and Kyst Cortez entitled 'Same Way', followed by some super melodic explorations from man of the moment: Sammy Virji in 'Promise Me'. Next, we hear cracking originals from Dr. Oscillator with his wobbly roller 'Amnesia', Joedan with his nostalgic creation in 'That's Hot' and the return of the ever dependable Moony with the funky inspired rhythmic switches on 'Attica'. After that we see another fantastic return as Daze Prism unleashes his super groovy original 'Check', before Man Of Steel rounds up a phenomenal collection with the pleasing chord progressions and a jiggy drumwork of 'Crazy'.