Review: Has bassline ever been more influential than it is currently across the UK? I think most people would struggle to argue otherwise. To celebrate this, bassline heavyweights DJQ, Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and Darkzy join forces for an allstar compilation album, including a selection of full tracks and exclusive mixes. The full project includes exclusive drops from the likes of Champion, Shanti, DJQ, Flava D, TQD, Preditah, Bushbaby, Darkzy, Bru-C and many more. You are going to struggle to find a more comprehensive bassline selection this year!
Review: Heist's annual "Round Up" release, in which label artists remix each other, is becoming something of a tradition. This fifth volume is, of course, every bit as essential as its predecessors. All six tracks hit the spot, though we're particularly enjoying the bumpin', bass-heavy and driving take on Hugo Mari's deep and bluesy "Change Ur Ways" by label chiefs Detroit Swindle, not to mention Adriyano's effortlessly celebratory and swinging revision of the Swindlers' own "Cut U Loose". Elsewhere, Hugo Mari brilliantly joins the dots between tribal house and tactile, loved-up grooves on a stellar rework of Alma Negra's "This Is The Place", while the Kassian revision of Pitto's "You Treat Me Like A Fool" sounds like a 21st century update of Todd Edwards' legendary remix of St Germain's "Alabama Blues".
Zopelar - "The Waiting" (Davis edit) - (5:46) 123 BPM
Zopelar & RHr. - "Acid Republic" - (6:54) 130 BPM
Zopelar - "Esquina" - (5:13) 124 BPM
Arica - "Along The Path" - (5:02) 150 BPM
Continuous Mix By Zopelar - (1:01:33) 125 BPM
Review: Following on from a series of EPs, Brazilian label In Their Feelings unveils this ambitious compilation project, featuring some of the country's most promising electronic music producers. Sphynx. who debuted on the label last year, delivers the laid-back melodic title track, while on "M1 Riff", Davis, another close label affiliate, drops a stuttering, acid-soaked break beat workout. A spaced out sensibility underpins Mari Herzer's languid "Narcosis", while on Vermelho's "Toy Boxx", there is a similar aesthetic, this time with wide-eyed synths and bleeps playing out against the back drop of a jacking Chicago track. There is also a tougher edge to In Their Feelings' sound - displayed mainly on Zopelar's gritty contributions - but in the main this is a colourful, flamboyant take on electronic music.