Review: After exciting appearances previously across Simply Deep compilations, Jubley makes his mark with a full blown debut EP, encompassing his signature sound down to a T. We begin with the title track 'Orient', which blends spacey textures with eastern style vocal samples, creating an eerie atmosphere from the off. Next up we move into the more UKG inspired rhythms and grooves of 'Pacemaker', focussing on exciting sub movements and skippy percussive ideas. To follow up we have 'Blind', a subtle techy expanse, pulling together robotic synths and sharp drum designs, perfect for the blend. We finish up with Sensei's exciting rework of 'Jubley', upping the pace with some techno influenced percussive atmospherics, putting the icing on the cake for a wicked debut project from Jubley.
Review: Badman-bassman Jubley is back on Future Follower with four addictive dance floor swelters that'll knock your head back upon first impact, and spin you out good and proper. "Cooperation" is a militant weapon, indeed, a fold of mutant bass that swims up and down a minimal half-step rhythm, while "Addict" is more involved in its groove, a more stuttering bass affair. "Frostbite" reminds us of Hessle Audio's output, especially Bandshell, because of its broken, distorted arrangement and minimal sonic involvement; Dephex's remix of "Cooperation" adds a significant dose of kicks to an already hard-hitting bass number. BIG.
Review: Having cut their teeth on tour with likes M.I.A., and counting Steve Aoki and Diplo as fans, Top Billin are on fire. The intention behind their new compilation, compiled by DJ Flipperi, was to present 'simply great music' irrespective of genre, but the cover shot of a pirate skeleton and parrot in a techno tunnel can only mean one thing: tropically tinged bass! We've got 11 top quality tracks here, ranging from the haunted garage of Volta Cab's "Make You Mine", to the minimal vocal and claps play of "Boccia" by Mieux! via the R 'n' G(oth) of Classi Assi's "Always Got My Back and the perhaps slightly cruel, crunk-funk warping of Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Summertime" by Wolfhaus. Boom!
Review: Although its name and type font suggest that its music ought to be showered in '70s disco glitter and flared jeans, Bristol's Durkle Disco actually deals in militant bass sketches by a wide spectrum of young talent from around the globe. As they usually do, Durkle have put together a compilation, except that this latest one represents more of a house flavour compared to some of their recent outings. The opener "Armed" by Body Trouble is actually a seriously fitting piece of stutter house to what unfolds further on in the release; you should check out Unkey's broken garage on "Pho Par", the gorgeous neobass swirls of "Broken" by Jubley, and Lamont's house grime in the string-led "Other Side".
Review: Jelly Bean Farm is a new label intent on delivering all kinds of bass and techno goodness to the world. They don't mess about either, beginning life with big, hefty compilations. This, one, Jelly Bean Farm - Exit, is no different: presenting 12 of the most forward-facing cuts around. Highlights include the moody synthwork and machine gun percussion of "Locate & Destroy" by Phrixus, the spacey tech meets drum frenzy of "Dat Dat" by Loss, the deep, minimal beats of "Turbine" by Henry Greenleaf and the alt-ghetto grooves of "Facile" by Kinsman. Dope sounds!
Review: The promotional platform turned record label Simply Deep present a strong compilation of ten exclusive tracks for the imprint's debut outing. What once was simply a music promotion service is now branching into a larger operation for Simply Deep. Wishing to support talent where it is due, the label are on the constant lookout for new and aspiring artists who are making quality music, regardless of genre specifics. Highlights on their second label compilation include the dark and bass driven street level antics of Jordan's "Falling", the deep dubstep done to perfection (what a bassline!) on Chemist RNS - "Clubbin", the savage grime tendencies of KXVU's "Peak For You" and Opus & Loudcutta's paranoid and dystopian trip "Travella".
Review: As far as labels go, there aren't many who have been floating around the bass music scene for as long as Future Follower Records. It seems that they have a point to prove here as they unveil an absolute goliath of a project, featuring fifty stunning original creations, packing a perfectly processed punch to round out 2019. The project as a whole finds itself landing between bass, breaks and garage, with some incredibly catchy productions involved, including Dephex's warbling 'Warfare', the super metallic shuffles inside the Bean VIP mix of 9TRANE's 'Heard Me' and the bass blasts of DubReaper's 'Ask Me'. There is something for everyone on this massive selection, giving the Future Follower camp a perfect send off to 2019.