Review: In a crowded scene, it's important for large scale label projects such as CruCast to focus on bringing new talent through the scene, keeping the more established artists on their toes whilst injecting new levels of diversity and creativity. We here see them introduce five acts, kicking off with Xeonz who presents his electric 'World', packed with melodic energy. MPH follows with his vibrant creation entitled 'Crash', alongside Mindstate, who joins forces with Cal for 'Work'. PZP then joins the party with the vocal heavy composition of 'On You', before the gritty sub rolls of Hoda's 'Broccoli Dub' finishes up the release with a dash of finesse.
Review: Well, was there any doubt that seeing MPH and Strictly Flava on the same EP title would lead to anything other than a winner? Today we dive into the latest two tracker which follows up from the 'Midnight / Say It' project earlier this year. The first track on this new selection goes by the name of 'Call Me' and is a straight dancefloor gem, packed with golden rhythmic energy and super catchy melodic twists and turns from start to finish. On the flip side we are graced with the equally groovy 'Thermal', again driven by those classic MPH vocal slices and stunning sense of atmosphere in the background. Tasty stuff as per!
Review: It really is no secret how highly we rate the movements of Strictly Flava, who have continuously supplied the scene with belting release after belting release over the last year or so. This latest offering from MPH serves as yet another tasty slice of UKG magic, kicking of with the super uplifting harmonies and cute vocal slices of 'Midnight'. This is one soulful treat to say the least. Following this, on the flip side we dive into 'Say It', which uses a constant rolling chord pattern, more well arranged vocal slices and subtle sub patterns to bring some serious groove to the rave.
Review: CruCast are on yet another fantastic run this year, doing what they do best by combining the already prominent fan bases of their more established roster, whilst also using their platform to showcase and introduce exciting new production talent. This latest project sees them put together a very exciting six track selection from some of the hottest up and comers right about now. We see returns for J69 and MPH, along with wicked rinse outs from Reese and Kuto. For us however, there are two clear stand out, with 'Get' from Papps providing a tech-inspired audible edge to the project, along with Cooky's high energy warbler in 'Work It Out'.
Review: With garage slowly but surely becoming the UK's most popular dance music export, we are seeing numerous labels step up to the plate to really establish themselves as genre leaders. Wang Records have been on an absolute spree across the past few months, with this latest heavyweight compilation being the cherry on the cake. Featuring a vast array of heavyweight names including Movement, Higgo, Hamdi, King Monday, Kobe JT, Logan and more, it most certainly packs a punch. For us, the highlights have to include Zero's surprisingly mellow 'Ross From The Mall' creation, alongside Drinks On Me's vibrant 'On Your Mind' original and the nostalgic chord expansions of MPH's 'Loop33'. Awesome work.
Review: Well well well, it looks like CruCast are back up to their old tricks again as they assemble a weighty new compilation collection to fill out the fourth volume of their flagship series 'Shake The Bass'. As per, the heavyweights have arrived as we see some incredible creations from the likes of MPH, Burt Cope, NLMT, Massappeals, Vital Techniques and more. However, it is in the more underground names that have found the most excitement, with our highlighted features on this one coming firstly from Namena, who delivers a gnarly, metallic monster with 'Chains', alongside the techy influences of 'Honey Dip' from Foul Play and the charged up melodic bass-driven madness of Cooky's 'Behind'.
Review: It's been a very solid year for the team over at the 3000 Network, who alongside controlling multiple avenues for releasing dance music, have established threethousand.co.uk as one of the leading news and premiere platforms for bass music in the UK. This latest compilation sees them return to the 3000 Digital arm of the network to unveil 10 dancefloor stormers, including potent, heavy hitting originals from the likes of Sheppy, Teotek, Ghstghstghst, Nada Deva, KusKa and more. For us, highlights have to include the super catchy vocal swings and hard hitting bass instrumentation of BTW's 'What We Had', along with the high pressure bass designs of 'Pull Up', from Spacegat and MPH.
Review: The CruCast wave continues here as they unveil an absolutely scorching collection of VIP mixes, showcasing their diverse roster and their creativity at the same time. From start to finish this project packs when hell of a punch, reworking some of the most popular CruCast drops into one explosive package, featuring the likes of Cajama, SpaceGat, MPH, Champion, Wittyboy, Dread MC and more. For us, the outstanding recordings on this one have to include the VIP mix of Francois and Louis Benton's 'Foolin', along with the explosive redesign of 'What's Going On' from Pelikann.
Review: As one of the grime and bass scene's standout label projects over the last 5 years, Project Allout have conquered much, constantly alternating between grime, dubstep, bass and garage, all with a real touch of finesse. This latest compilation sees the gang assemble in force as the likes of Sammy Virji, Killjoy, Palize, Deadbeat UK, Daze Prism and more heavyweight names bring their heat to the table. For us the standout tracks have to be Dunman's grimey roller in 'Chip On The Block' and of course Moony's amazonian funky ride out on 'M', a subby mover, designed to take the dance real low.