Review: Earlier in the year, Roska's "Kicks and Snares" record label kicked off its tenth birthday celebrations with an EP of new cuts showcasing "different strains of UK funky". You'll find more of the same on this scintillating sequel. Veteran producer Boy 8-Bit kicks things off with the swinging, layered tribal drums, fuzzy bass and lilting synthesizer melodies of "Back 2 Back", before Lobby stacks up heavy percussion hits on the formidable drum workout that is "Jet 2". Majora's "Sway" is a sweet, melodious and effortlessly soulful UK funky vocal number, while Ramzee's standout "Nobody Cares" is a boisterous but surprisingly deep, rap-fired peak-time workout. Finally, Tickles smothers a typically rubbery UKF groove with lashings of ultra-deep chords, heavy bass and a sprinkle of '90s style US garage organs.
Review: Relative newcomer Majora, is a producer who loves division - he divided his time between Bath and Bristol and his sound between 'house, grime and garage'. He doesn't seem to extend this philosophy to record labels though, as he seems to be happy residing with Sounds Of Sumo, who give us a new release package. The title track is thick, gloopy jazz-step meets wobble (turned into heavy 4x4 by Spoils and campy speed garage by Conducta) and "Tech Leopard" takes things even deeper for a deliciously tropical head-nodder (turned raucous carnival jam by Doctor Jeep). Boom!
Review: With EPs for Sounds Of Sumo, Hot N Heavy and Tumble Audio to Daniel Evans-Jones' Majora project, the Bristol producer inaugurates the Service label with two originals and a slew of remixes. The lead, title cut brims with tropical, dancehall vibes and cut up vocals which Hagan, Roska and Tony Quattro all take turns in remixing. Hagan reduces his mix with healthy 'wub wub' bounce, while Roska reworks the drum programming for a groovy drum track - Quattro on the other hand goes large in his remix exhuming the Baile Funk. The alterative tune "Moves On" is deeper and staccato driven with urban vocals, some detuned, sharpening its edge. This is remixed by Killjoy who turns in something spacious and shuffling - clak clak.
Review: Sounds Of Sumo is fast becoming a prized name within the bass music spectrum, and it's thanks to the label's ability to find new and exciting producers from all over the globe. Majora, a newcomer with just a string of releases to his name, drops two hot new floor-nfillers backed by a even more scorching selection of remixers. "Exactly" and "Don't Watch" are both at the crossroads between house and bass, where Majora proceeds to deliver a slap-funk 4/4 groove over gnarly percussion shots. Over to the remixes, Flava D, Tanka and Boean all have a go at "Exactly", the former of whom gives us the standout, a gnarly, shuffling garage tune for the peak-time hours.
Review: Majora aka Daniel Evans-Jones is back on the unbeatable 877 imprint with a new bag of hybrid dance killahs, primed and ready for the modern ear! "Salt No Vinegar" is a bizarre groove that barely contains its wavy synths with broken bursts of drums and percussion, while "Loose Like" ups the tempo with a burst of distorted low frequencies and militant percussion stabs, leaving Drum Thing to remix "Salt No Vinegar" into a much smoother, more polished kind of tech-house burner.
Review: Tumble Audio has been providing us with seriously killer bass music for a few years now, and here they celebrate reaching their tenth release by recruiting Roadman Joel to curate a selection of the kind of seriously heavy tunes you might expect to hear at one of their many label nights. There's a whopping 18 tracks on here covering a wide spectrum of British urban dance music, including Majora's ridiculously amazing tribal UKF monster "T&C's", A Motion's ghetto 2-step hybrid "Back In Your Love" and Sentiment's wobble-heavy tropical jam, "Change You".
Review: On this formidable four-tracker for Tumble Audio, would-be Jedi Master Sergic channels the spirit of the Cantina Band (that's the alien band from Star Wars, fact fans) for an all-out, light saber-wielding aural assault on the senses. "Jedi" itself boasts a warning from Obi-Wan himself over the kind of robust, darkside grime rhythm over which Darth Maul would clearly approve. Sergic's remix of Majora's "Boss Key" delivers more of the same unsettling mind tricks, while Filthy Vicars revisit the classic days of 8-Bar grime on their rolling, darting rework of "Bulletproof". If that's not enough to get the Jedi juices flowing, the EP also features a dancefloor-bating remix of the same track from I Killed Kenny, loaded with serious low end pressure.
Review: Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo celebrate five years of prize fighting with this superb 14-track newness of an opus. With cuts from some of the label's most distinctive members and new faces alike, the collection seeps freshness from every twist and turn... Bondax's silky two-step twist of Mak & Pasteman's "Heat", Somepoe's super-sharp-stepper "Late Night Bootie", the deep dubby tech squiggles of Tony Goods' "2 Scoops", Tee Circus's dangerously overweight warp session "Plus 8". The list goes on. Versatile, creative and overwhelmingly funky, here's to another five years.
Review: Charismatic Tumble selector Joel hits the road once again with a collection of sinewy UKG, future bass, twisted house and barbed wire grime. Highlights fall of every track like an ill-fitting suit with gully gems such as the weirded out wobbles of Joedan & Kontent?s ?Ruggish?, Killjoy?s vitalising squelch funk on ?Public Enemy?, and premium sexytime silk in the form of Taz?s ?Lonely? and gossamer two-step soul by way of Spekktrum?s ?Talk To Me?. What with it being exactly a year since the last Roadman collection, we?re hoping Tumble turn this into an annual affair.
Review: It's time for somewhat of an explosive apperance on this one as we see the highly anticipated return of Roadman Joel who again gets busy alongside his compadres at Tumble Audio for one of the biggest and baddest bass music selections on road. As ever with a Tumble compilation, the genre range is exceptional, from Sergic's breaksy brilliance on 'The Prince' to the super cold speed garage episode in 'Jawnz' and the grimey, tech infused drum slices of 'No Bootlegs' from Timbah. This a fantastic project from start to finish, with our two main highlights being Leda Stray's super funky pulser in 'Ashtray', Rame's lively vocal appearance of Ali McK & IYZ's 'An Again', and the acidic expressions of Arctic's 'A Little Bit More Reese'.