Review: This one is a bit of a whopper. With 43 unmixed tracks to choose from and two bonus DJ mixes from curator Jay Cunning, there's plenty for fans of 140 BPM plus bass music to sink their teeth into. The tracklist reads like a who's who of the breaks, jungle and breakbeat garage scene, with stalwarts Ellis Dee, I.D, High Rankin and DJ Twista joined by a welter of lesser-known artists (601, Aries, Gella) for an all-out assault on the senses. From hardcore revivalism and early jungle roughness to bhangra-flecked beats and electro-breaks madness, Bass Selection Volume 1 has it all - if you're looking for speaker-shaking heaviness, you really can't go wrong.
Toronto Is Broken - "Field Of Poppies" (feat Nuala - Toronto Is Broken remix) - (7:41) 63 BPM
Jay Cunning - "Series 04 Bass" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:17:54) 175 BPM
Review: It's been a while since Sub Slayers last curated a Best Of Bass compendium but label boss Jay Cunning makes up for lost time with this rampant selection of cross-genre scudders. 23 tracks heavy ranging from future 140 tear-ups from legends old (Ed 209, King Yoof) and new (Toronto Is Broken, Dead Belly) to chest-tickling drum & bass from the likes of SKMA, Bladerunner and Salaryman, it's a detailed portrait of where the label is at in 2015. Expect classic ragga rave blasts (Tuff & Powa's "Highest Grade"), hypnotic tribal-tinted dubby breaks (King Yoof's "Badman Riddim"), glitchy neuro-flecked D&B (Toronto Is Broken - "Way Down") and everything in between. Gun fingers!
Review: Long standing rootsical bassmith King Yoof on Biological Beats... Now this is a partnership you can set your watch by. Providing, of course, you only ever check your watch when it's 'gully o'clock'. Which it certainly seems to be right now as both cuts crush it on an obese level; "Killing A Soundboy" bumps with a big belly bassline, skipping beats, stacks of space and a very cheeky sample on the breakdown. "Get High" is equally flabby in the low end area. Think DJ Die. Think Bristol rollers. Think about your local watch fixer who's fresh out of work because everyone's setting their timepiece by this release. Pure regicide.
Review: Pack up and ball out! Rootsical royalty King Yoof returns with two more dubwise delights. "Pack Up Your Sound" is an all-out jungle vibe fest, all sweet and vital horns, slinky, rolling drums and a powerful low end. "Soundboy Balling Out" rides on a similar sense of uplift but a slightly darker edge to the bass that rolls with a classic night flight style wobble. Timeless.
Review: Get down and dirty to King Yoof vs DJ Cold as the duo go in hard in the "Slayer Soundclash" with the motto already embedded into the title of the EP Death b4 Dishonour, you know what you're getting with this one. Cue shuddering bass, reggae vox, tumultuous drops and jungle infused synths a-plenty. "Call The Undertaker" blends raga jungle flavours with contemporary jump up, while "Respect" is more of a vocal-driven roller and title track "Every Night Is A Soundclash" is a bass heavy ball buster with lilting lyrics and smashing drums. "Tik A Tok" blends a well-known hook with rolling breaks and jungle shimmying attitude. Lovely stuff.
Review: Heavyweight combo: between the three parties on this joint you've got almost 100 years of old school knowledge, passion and authority. Yoof's trademark chop-slapping breaks, Ragga Twins' instant hype vocals and Dugs' Ribena feel good vibes... Everything is in place for a royal tear-up that will sit across all bass DJs' playlists. Remix-wise Marcus Visionary (yet another legend) flips the tempo switch for a rifle jungle work out that leaves you under no illusions of its badness. Raving yet?
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers get busy with a brand Bass Selection compendium. Giving the artist full artistic duties without compromise, King Yoof has taken the opportunity to amass some of his best soundsystem-tuned rolling skank-up bangers. From breaks to dubstep to D&B, the whole breakbeat spectrum is covered with special attention paid to dubwise and dancehall vocals. Highlights include a mid-zeros style electro-bass twist on Barrington Levy ("Murderer"), the stabby steppy paranoia of "Big Belly Riddim" and the evergreen harmoniousness of Aswad on Rhythm Riders' "Give Me A Sign". That's just three of 20 unmixed bullets ready for your playlist consumption. Get busy.
Review: RatPack are legends of old school rave. They return with their long awaited LP. Featured on here are heavyweights such as The Freestylers, Baby D, Shut Up And Dance, Ragga Twins, Slipmatt, Lady Chann & Billy Daniel Bunter, 28 Hurtz & Skibadee. As you would expect from the RatPack: the musical direction on this album comes from a mixed bag of influences. Breaks, UK bass, acid house, garage and even drum & bass. There's even a little bit of skanking reggae thrown in for good measure. The chemistry the RatPack shares with all the artists, singers and producers on this album is evident and built up over years of touring the world together. Be it sharing the boards with King Yoof or the mic with Skibadee, The (CO)LabRats is an organic musical journey through the story of the RatPack, both old and new!
Various Artists - "Sub Slayers: Series 02 - Jungle (Mixed By Gold Dubs)" (Gold Dubs continuous DJ mix) - (49:52) 140 BPM
Review: Breaks veteran Jay Cunning (a former resident at Kiss FM) started Sub Slayers in back in 2009 and ever since he has seen the label's popularity go through the roof. He reckons it's due to the imprint's militant manifesto of 140bpm+ bass and who can argue? Here label regulars Gold Dubs are entrusted to take us through a 50-minute mix of the best jungle orientated releases in the Sub Slayers back catalogue. It's a typically explosive release featuring reggae vibes on "Back 2 Hackney", hyper urgent breaks "Separation" and the laser infused old skool attack of "Unreal".
Various Artists - "Sub Slayers: Series 03 - Dubstep" (continuous DJ mix by Schema) - (46:24) 140 BPM
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers imprint has been developing a seriously strong repertoire across all discerning bass genres over the last four years. With a roll-call that ranges from Aswad to Ellis Dee, it's a repertoire with real roots and heritage, too. Here we find the label's third official mix collection. Dedicated to dubstep and curated by Schema, it's an investigative tour of every creative corner the genre has to offer; from the rolling, breakbeaty grooves of Jinx In Dub's "Shaka Sonics" to the muddy modern jungle nastiness of ID's "Tell Ya" and Serial Killaz "Man A Talk" via the more conventional savage midrange riff drop of Rack N Ruin's "Selecta Dub", all shades and styles of the scene are repped in full colour. Naturally, each one is guaranteed to slay all floors...
Review: Jay Cunning's Sub Slayers label has now reached the fifth instalment of the increasingly respected Sub Slayers Series. He's scored a real coup here, by signing up rising 21-year old producer Toronto Is Broken to both curate the tracklist and provide an exclusive mix too. The focus this time round is firmly on garage and bass, and there are 26 bleeding edge selections to explore. Highlights include the aquatic synth pads and bottom end rumbles of Sourkrush's "Giving Me Life (Dead Belly mix)", the haunted soul-step of "Laundry Time" by Atomic Drop and the grimey dancehall of "Twinkle" by Gella.