Review: There really does seem to be no stopping the oncoming storm that is the Four40 release catalogue, as they continue their fiery start to 2021 with yet another system smashing three-tracker. Enter: NLMT, who delivers some melody-driven bassy goodness from start to finish, kicking off with the jovial synthesizer runs and energetic drum processing of 'Rollercoaster', leading into 'Mashup', a spooky UKG roller, focussing more so on unusual sound design and an eerie sense of harmonic structure. Finally, 'Disaster' sees NLMT enter the much more rowdy side of his character with a raucous display of synthetic abandon, giving us a lively finish to this depthy selection.
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: Despite being almost overwhelmed with the popularity of their most recent 'War Dubs' competition, Lengoland are still out here providing the scene with some incredibly hard hitting releases. Their latest offering sees two label favourites in Wheeto and NLMT join forces once again for an incredibly vibrant bassline original, with a bridge focussing in on pleasing vocal chops and a breakdown sure to knock the socks off anyone in the dance. It's a collaboration that we can see yielding a shipload more bangers as we move forward into 2020.
Review: As both a label project and an overall bass entity, Crucast have most certainly laid down a seriously impressive 2019, combining veterans and newcomers across their release schedule with expert timing. This latest offering from NLMT continues along a similar path, with the title track 'Green Light' combining smooth vocal lines with wonky bass tones to kick us off with a bang. Next up, the niche inspired synth melodies of 'Dusk Till Dawn' and twisted, distorted madness of 'Love Dreams' add a major level of depth, before rounding off with the super old school bassline feels of 'Own The Night', alongside Vamos. Wicked stuff!
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: The CruCast team return here with another box of bassy magic as they bring onboard NLMT for four exclusive originals. The EP kicks off with the powerful tastings of 'Place One', which combines electroshock bass sounds with crafty vocal movements from Phase. Next up 'Back & Forth' which turns up the pressure through weighty high end synths before we hit the ecstatic grooves and melodies of 'Possession'. Finally we finish off the fun with the straight 4x4 carnage of 'Prisoner" which allows metallic growling synths to run wild.
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.
Review: As a label, Crucast have gone from strength to strength, rapidly establishing themselves as one of the premiere platforms for bass music in the UK. This complication marks that out perfectly with an astonishing selection of over 30 original creations, featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Jaguar Skills, Brent Kilner, Pavv, TC4, Inkline, Deadbeat UK and a tonne more. For us the EP highlights the strength in the current UK bass scene, with favourites being Bushbaby & Hadean's long-awaited collaboration release 'Clean Up', the monstrous swinging synths of Tengu's 'Weapon' and of course the wonky wonderings of SaidWho's 'Voices', a truly original compositional idea, focussing on rawcus bass sounds and scattered drum selections.