Review: Grime hybrid label Coyote pulls Letta out of the woodwork, a newcomer on the block who has been so bold-faced as to make his debut an LP. Given the variety of the bass scene nowadays, we have classed it as that, but the album is rather difficult to describe in words; each track offers something different, a new take on the UK hardcore continuum with each track. There's also plenty of organic instrumentation in there, and Letta doesn't solely rely on electronics to get his low-ends across. From gentle chimes, to watery swells of dub, this is a dense and vast listening experience...with a healthy presence of low frequencies.
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.
Review: Established during UKG/deep house's latest halcyon era in 2011, Four40 have navigated the bass, house and garage landscape with understated charm, forward-thinking fusions and occasions splashes of gully for five years, amassing well over 70 releases in the process. To celebrate they're put together this immense 54 track collection that represents the label's many sounds and successes. From Regality's deep Chicago inspired chugger "Celebrate" to Morcee's subtle speed garage swag "It's You", Hybrid Theory's atonal bass grunts and happy slap snares on "Mind Games" and Tom Shorterz subverted soul on "Wot U Do", Four40 cover all bass bases and provide an opportunity to fill any holes in your collection. Here's to another five years.
Review: If any label is going to wrap up one of grime's biggest years to date, it's Butterz. Responsible for the genre's best parties and home to artists from Swindle to Faze Miyake to Terror Danjah, Butterz are one of the most consistent and creative grime flagbearers of the game. Reading like a who's who in grime (Big Narstie, Skepta, Flowdan, Stormzy, Wiley, D Double E, Sir Spyro, Plastician, Kano, Giggs and loads more) each of the 40 tracks remind us (if we needed reminding) just how well grime has annotated and soundtracked the year. Gully.