Review: There really are few labels within the extended garage and 140 crossover zones that are able to say they hold the consistency of releases that Chameleon Audio possesses. The last few years have been a serious worldwind of underground flavour, with the second edition of their 'Colours' series being another welcome catalogue edition. They welcome the likes of Sour F4ce, MoJoe, Jakebob, Khabs, Fork & Knife & more back to the label to showcase the best of their roster with some serious bassweight. The compilation dives perfectly between garage and 140 flavours, with our immediate pickouts including the swampy bass textures and gorgeous percussive pulses of 'War Dub' from Nenkz, alongside the euphoric vocal harmonies of Itmek's 'Lust', and moogy goodness of '80's Fella' from the one and only Tubz. You may even find a sneaky carnival mix of 'Cub Bubblin' from our very own KXVU floating around the ether for good measure.
Review: Straight out of the west of the UK, Beanzo's own 'Siege Collective' have put together their second compilation release, featuring some of the most exciting names in grime music at this time. Having released a similar length project earlier this year focussing more on dubstep flavour, the Siege collective banner is keen to not be pigeon holed into one area. Consisting of 6 tracks, this project cover the grimey spectrum perfectly, from Beanzo's own grimey monster 'Nomad' to the wavey synths of Jakebob's 'Firing'. We also see fresh weight from Rajkay with 'Range', Tsundr's 'Test Your Might' and Mojoe's trappy roller 'Skylight'. This release even delves into devil mixes, courtesy of Swedger's fresh version of 'Big Lick'.
Review: BOOM! Rocking, nu-school d&b sounds from the Chameleon Audio massive, and it's high time we'd heard some fast-moving breaks amid all the half steps and grime-leaning house. It's a family affair on this new comp, Walsall Sound, landing on our charts like a steamroller on speed. Don't get us wrong, there's plenty of darkcore bass in here, too, such as Chemist RNS' cheeky, wobble-friendly "Green Crack", or the supremely smoky haze emanating from the bass of "Duality" by S3 Dubs. Sour F4ace's "Ello" is a sneaky dubstep bullet that would have been received with copious rewinds in the FWD days, and other favourites include "Sandwell St" from MoJoe, a murky swarm of percussive fury, and Zobol's subtly electro-leaning, drum-machine charge called "Lektrojuke". Don't sleep on this lot!
Review: Simply Deep comes through with a new debutant, and the man has some serious Mojoe to his bass! The fresh-faced producer sounds like he's been doing this for a while and, judging by the singular, provoking constructions of "YhYH" and "12.7mm", he's no stranger to the everlasting grime heritage. "Ombar" brings in some melodic relief to the stripped beats and stop-start rhythms circling in the air, while Chemist RNS and Aaee add some more bounce and a load more bass-weight to the opening two tunes. This be some neo-grime business - ya dun'know!
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: 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!