Omid 16B, 16B, Alex George, Andy Blake, Bushwacka!, Colin Dale, Da Billa, Danny Rampling, Dokta, Eddie Richards, Jay Tripwire, MR C, Mr. C, Nancy Noise & Saytek - "Class Of '88" (original mix) - (7:45) 119 BPM
Omid 16B, Bushwacka!, Colin Dale, Danny Rampling, Dokta, MR C, Nancy Noise, Jay Tripwire, Saytek, Alex George, Da Billa, 16B, Eddie Richards & Andy Blake - "Class Of '88" (original mix) - (7:45) 119 BPM
Review: When the In:Flux label opened its doors two years ago, the first person they signed was the one and only Mr C. Lately he has been off collaborating with bassline hero Krissi B in semi-secret, and 2CB comprises the first fruits of this new creative partnership. "Future Vibez" begins with a hyped up 2 steppy beat, bleepy 8-bit melodies, crystalline synths and slightly silly chipmunk vocals. Elsewhere 'Watcha Laffin' At' has a speedy dub groove and short, sharp percussion, whilst "OA", is a buzzsaw bass stomper that sounds a little bit like the theme from Rhubarb & Custard (Google it).
Review: Mr C is preparing to release a new album Incidents later this year, and ahead of his return to the recording fray he's dropping this single on his evergreen label Superfreq. "Stand Up" is a riotous, acid-laced call to arms directed at the challenges facing the clubbing community across the world. With a snappy electro backbone and a full-fat production, it's a track sure to stir the pot at a time when complacency could see even more clubs close under the onward march of gentrification. Jay Haze & Jay Tripwire step up to remix the track, turning in two versions that veer from dusty, cyclical drum workouts to peak time acid house sizzle.
Review: The newly founded In:Flux imprint launches its second release after Tik & Borrow's mutant drum-core single, and it's in the form of an extended collaborative release. Mr C goes in for the kill with three monster house mutants packed with enough low-end to send the dubstep boys into twist. Dr. Oscillator's "The Heist" is a similarly gritty and wobbled-out 4/4 lick, while Tik & Smuggla's "Scuffa Kid" goes into a more broken, swinging garage mode. These guys are setting up their own sound fast, so don't sleep and get to know.
Review: 253 is the number of miles between Mr C's Huddersfield home and Pavv's pad down in Brighton. That hasn't stopped them from teaming up for a split EP though, and here they both perfectly capture the sound of In:fluX. There's a tough, no nonsense vibe throughout the EP, with Pavv dropping the deep and dirty wobble-garage hybrid "Don't Look" and the epic, trance-bass delirium of "The Fantasy". Mr C also steps in to deliver the skippy future-bouncer "Dance With Me" which sustains the already high standard of quality on offer here.
Review: Get Fluxed Volume III couldn't have come at a better time; the summer heat is out and these garage drums aren't exactly gonna play themselves now are they!? Featuring Martin McFly's infamous Nike spacers on the cover, this jam-packed comp of goodness features all of the label's biggest names and, of course, the creme-de-la-creme of UK house music. Sitting somewhere on the hardcore continuum between garage and breaks, the likes of Pharaoh K, Joedan, Pelikann and Krissi B, among others, set out what will surely be THE bass release of the summer in terms of DJ playback. This is the sort of gear you hear out on the beach at Pula's mighty Outlook festival. Sun's out, bass out.
Grape - "Up The Dubs" (feat The Wino Boys) - (5:25) 84 BPM
Raica - "Makmba" - (3:54) 82 BPM
Beautiful Swimmers - "Primo" - (5:44) 99 BPM
Edy Alta - "First Sign Of Artifice" - (6:17) 136 BPM
Protect-U - "Krums" - (6:00) 132 BPM
Jeremy Hyman - "Machine Stops" - (5:37) 132 BPM
Shanti Celeste - "Strung Up" - (5:43) 129 BPM
Dawit & Dolo - "Knowledge Body" - (6:37) 133 BPM
Steve Summers - "Shimmer" - (1:56) 81 BPM
DSR.MR - "Crystal Jungle" - (6:19) 128 BPM
C'est Life - "New Years Day 2013" - (4:43) 120 BPM
Review: Originally released in 2015 on wax but now finally available on digital, Future Times expanded the sound and vision of the label with part three in their compilation series. It's an all star cast on here, with the compilation opening with the dynamic killer "Junk Funk" by DC newcomer OV then Israel's finest Juju & Jordash with "Soggy Bottom" next where they get their hypnotic piano throb on. Label boss Max D's "Octopus" follows with an improvised, kinetic bang. Elsewhere label stalwarts Beautiful Swimmers serve up "Primo", a thick chunk of industrial pop for the freaks and of course BRSTL boss Shanti Celeste and her monster cut "Strung Up", a savage tune for the deejays that mixes a bit of her home town with classic electro.
Review: In:Flux let rip with a second massive V/A album of the year and it's an all-out bass riot featuring some of the label's most exciting names and affiliates as they tear each other's cuts apart and rebuild them in their own unique (and consistently gully) ways. Highlights include the spring two-step savagery Pavv's own VIP "Don't Look", the sci-fi spookiness and graveyard bass of Tik&Borrow's take on "Jah Victory", KXVU's tripped out wave-synth take on Pelikann's "Laughing Cow" and Pelikann's jacking bassline take on "No 6". Not a dull moment, In:flux aren't messing around mate.