Review: It's excellent to see the team at Chameleon Audio finally getting the previous pieces of their back catalogue onto our platform, this time around we see our very own KXVU land for his 'Lion Cub' EP. We kick this one off with the super skippy drum work and warbling bass tones of 'Cub Bubblin', followed by the evil string drives and menacing melodies of 'Rafiki Riddim'. Next 'Shenzi' lands with a real punchy presence, driven by sinister string leads, before we round the EP off with 'Zira' a more alien-like harmony of gnarly synths and choppy drum slaps. Excellent stuff as per from the cub!
KXVU & POPZZY ENGLISH - "Initiation" - (3:54) 140 BPM
KXVU & Razor - "Victim" - (3:44) 140 BPM
Ringworm - (3:34) 140 BPM
Review: We were super excited to see that the latest release from our very own KXVU was on the way, and what a release it is as the multitalented maestro jumps into the studio on his home imprint of Southpoint for 'The Cave' EP. The Cub kicks things off in style with one heck of a vocal collaboration, pairing up with the rapidly rising Popzzy English for an electric incursion on 'Initiation', laced with eastern strings and haunting, devilish vocal manoeuvres. Next up, long standing STPT frontman and man of the moment: Razor joins the party with some warrish lyricism on the dubstep inspired 'Victim', before we round up the EP with some eskimo instrumental madness on 'Ringworm'.
Review: Southpoint co-boss KXVU returns to the homestead with another weighty dispatch. A year and two dope EPs on Project All-Out and Simply Deep have passed since his debut album Cub Inna Caribbean and he's making up for lost time with five serious sphere-spanning sizzlers: "Empire" is all drama and hybrid fire, Writz taps-in for a wry lesson in aggy angularity on "Tekki" and "Hex" takes us deep into the most mystical corners of KXVU's mind. Elsewhere "Koya" applies the breaks for a high speed chase down the darkest of Tibetan alleys while "Ratisu" closes on a lean mean neck snap. Remix-wise Mr B flips "Hex" into a percussive steppy experience while JFO dubs the dickens out of "Retisu". Guaranteed to get your dancefloor into some serious (empire) states.
Review: Man like KXVU returns to Simply Deep for his first full label EP and he's packing the classical tones. "Guinevere" is all about the orchestration and variation as various instruments layer and strip back over a sprightly melody. Grand but not garish, it's one for the big dreamers and full steamers. Other highlights include the Joker-style walkabout bassline and pipe-blazing melodic flourishes of "Lancealot" while "Artorius Castus" is the ultimate finale fight sequence in the Roman drama of your life. A real Ben Hurrter, you might say. Throw in remixes from Opus (sub-oceanic trippy tropical) and Hamdi (24th century trap) and you've got yourself a killer collection. Baroque and roll.
Kxvu - "The Zoo" (Reeko West remix) - (3:26) 140 BPM
Dubzta X Kxvu - "Chrome" - (3:20) 140 BPM
Review: Following his debut album on Southpoint earlier this year, KXVU returns to the Project Allout motherland where his career began with more unique 25th century bashment. Setting the message straight with its spacious halfsteps and alien textures, once again there's an otherworldly feel that both allures and un-eases. Those hungry for a real wild trip should jump straight on "The Zoo" with its 4/4 thumps and animal samples. Remixes come from Reeko West and Pavv. Sweet.
Review: KXVU has been a bass-game revelation over the past few years, with 2016 being a truly important year for the UK producer. After outing on stables like Project Allout, KXVU returns to his own imprint Southpoint with a full LP, a twelve-track escapade filled with all sorts of twisted vocals and raucous grime sketches. There's something in this for all sorts of listeners, from the vocal riddims of "Sao Feng" featuring Razor, to the pouncing grime bass of "The Locker", and the hybrid-like experiments of tunes like "The Kraken", whose sole purpose is to get on your face, and use as much of the hardcore continuum as humanely possible. Big, bad, and built for some serious head-nodding
Review: KXVU is a proud sponsor of the whole West Country bass-grime lineage, and his smoking productions have caught the attention of Project Allout, undisputed leaders in the game these days. "Ragnarok", the lead track, is a pure 2002 grime melter that's full of wobble and dread, and "Warg Rider" isn't exactly any less nasty. "Hellheim" is a stop-start slice of grey-scaled dubstep with a bouncy edge, and "Nilfheim" blasts those grime horns out with mighty fury and plenty of vengeance. Dirty, nasty, curbside business.
Review: Following up great releases by the likes of Distro, Affiliate and Negativ, Brighton bass and garage experts 877 return with local man of many talents: KXVU. He joins the team with his take on dark and minimal UK funky. He is co-founder of the renowned Southpoint label and is a prolific producer in his own right. From the bombastic bounce of lead track "Jaguar" ( which receives a killer rework by Italian Lorenzo BITW that lunges right for the jugular!) to the fierce and frantic bass attack of "Sukai" - we believe this talented young artist has found his truly comfort zone sonically.
Review: Southpoint are back at it again here as they revive one of their older series in Integrate, to showcase their latest dubstep selections. They here employ the full force of their 140BPM arm as Opus first prepares to knock the house down with the incredible bass pressures of 'Grassfruit', before label founder KXVU and long standing multi-genre wizard 9TRANE take it to the dungeon with the quirky sub slaps of 'Lugdush'. Next, Bristol based stepper supreme: Muttley gets to work with his Asian-inspired chopper 'Sokodu', before Jakebob and Drax team up in style to round off the project with Cave. Top top work from the Southpoint team as per!
Review: The Southpoint unit have had yet another sparkling year, with their sound constantly evolving at the forefront of UK bass music's ever expanding boundaries and parameters. This year they have taken it to the next level, with the seventh edition of their 'Southpoint Presents' series launching across all platforms, including bangers from the likes of KXVU, Jakebob, Bushbaby, Muttley, Moony, Mofaux, Dunman, Drax, Movement, Tengu and more. We also see Presents debuts for the likes of MPH, On1, Negativ and Daffy, arguably rendering their strongest compilation in the series.
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: 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: Chameleon Audio had a big year in 2016, instilling their name on our charts as regular go-getters ad quality scouts of new talents in the bass game. This is one of those leviathan compilations where even the most critical of DJs will find something to jump up about, as there is so much damn gear on this badboy! Tunes by the likes of Jacotanu, KXVU, and Policy deliver some much-needed grime lashings, while others like Strap C and Imtek's "Bubble, or even "Shakeup" by Particle, break out the London half-step riddims for the heads. From dub to house, the influences in these things are vast and unmatched. Dig through it.
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".
Provoke & Quintana - "The Kingdom" - (4:32) 140 BPM
Review: The Dubtribu crew know how to cap off a year in fine style, especially seeing as they've had a pretty good one themselves throughout this unpredictable 2016. We now know them as the label who produce consistently excellent levels of low frequencies, and who are also kind of experts in spotting new talent from the streets. Deep Dub Inside 2016 features all of their best names, and then some. This badboy is twenty-eight tunes long, and mean as motherfu**** - inside, you'll find dark, brooding, ominously constructed bass cuts from the likes of Fiend, Mr Tetris, Krease, Yin Yang Audio, and plenty more bass scientists. From two-step to bro-step and back to garage, this will surely satisfy even the most ravenous of DJs and dancers.
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!
Ali McK & Iyz - "The Tribe" (feat Lavz) - (4:42) 130 BPM
Pavv - "Dreams" - (4:58) 130 BPM
Hamdi - "Easy" - (4:14) 140 BPM
Witchdoctor - "Wanna Go Back" - (4:31) 136 BPM
KXVU - "Creature" - (4:40) 134 BPM
Eclypse - "Daydreamer" - (5:01) 133 BPM
Doctor Nick - "Check" - (5:25) 130 BPM
RVB - "Winter Carnival" - (5:24) 130 BPM
Earthnut - "Catnip" - (6:00) 130 BPM
Gru Var - "Tune Fi Tune" - (4:55) 134 BPM
Review: It's been a little while since we saw a release from the Brighton based giants at Southpoint, with their last full project coming at the beginning of December. They kick off the year in serious style here however as they deploy their fourth artist presents series, with local garage and funky gurus Moony & Movement at the header. We see debuts for Gru Var, Earthnut, Doctor Nick, Witchdoctor, Ali McK, IYZ and Lavz, with a string of regular Southpoint dons returning, including Eclypse, Hamdi and co-founder: KXVU. For us, the first stand out highlights on this release come from bassline wizard Pavv, who strips back his skippy groves for a UKG twist up in 'Dreams'. Out other stand out comes from recent addition to the team: RVB, who's 'Winter Carnival' original is bristling with spicy funky flavour.
Review: As a label, Yosh has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, bringing together some of the bass scenes most exciting artists on both compilations and single releases. Here they team up with the wise owls of Tengu to put together a powerhouse tracklisting, bringing in a host of new faces such as KXVU, Movement, Pavv, J69 and. R3DX, as well as bringing back some of their favourite regulars. For us the stand outs have to include Kyle Riot's emotive bass belter in 'Through My Eyes' which combines electronically processed vocal stabs with shimmering bass textures. Another highlight would have to be Mofaux's 'Soldier' composition, which combines skippy drum rhythms with a grinding LFO and more catchy vocal stabs. Excellent stuff.