Review: Broken Audio are back with a gigantic various artists EP, consisting of four of drum & bass heavyweight producers. Anile, Genotype, Insight and Notion & Nusense all appear on the bill as this dark and brooding release kills it with healthy servings of hazy atmospherics and rapid percussion. These will smash every stereo or soundsystem it touches.
Review: Across the full spectrum of bass music, you will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and hard working MC and brand owner as Bru-C. Alongside the fantastic response to his new single with Charlie P, he teams up with CruCast here to unveil four fantastic rethinks of last year's summer smash: 'You & I'. First up, Bou arrives on the scene for an atmospheric roller-inspired rethink, before Notion steps up for rave-rejuvenating 4x4 overhaul. From here, Shapes gets involved with a seriously nostalgic organ-led garage incarnation, with a very unexpected acoustic version of the track seeing us out in time to tick all the boxes. Excellent work as per from the Nottingham native.
Review: Well what a treat we have for you all here as we see Conducta, Notion and Sammy Virji, three of the biggest names in UK bass music, come together for a super exciting two tracker on Conducta's own Kiwi imprint. We start with a look at Conducta and Notion teaming up on 'Fez Mangal', a smoothly rolling garage original, dripping with sauce as luscious vocal lines and distant key melodies play out in sun-fueled thrill ride. On the flip, we see another super high profile collaboration as fan-favourite Sammy Virji gets in on the act on the flutey tones and groovy drum designs of 'Whippet'. Both tracks hold a serious contrast, yet balance each other out perfectly.
Review: Following the success of recent debut EP, Telling You, Holy Goof is back with more ammo courtesy of a new four tracker named after his own locale, "Midland Line". Already getting heat from Rinse FM, it's heavy on the bottom end and this perky 134 bpm stormer marries hard 4 x 4 vibes with throbbin' wobble, strings. Stabs and loopy vocals. Elsewhere, "Saving All My Love" delivers some snarling bass and laser zaps, while "Oi" continues the menacing atmosphere, furthermore Notion joins the party with synthy banger, "Buss".
Review: Trust Audio's 9th release is courtesy of Jaybee & Freeze, Trex and Latent Notion, so suffice to say it's good. Jaybee & Freeze have come out with one of the naughtiest tunes you're going to hear this year, a dystopic blend of other worldly groans and snapping drums. Imagine if Serum, Enei and Randall had a kid and it started making tunes- yeah, like that. Trex recently released an absolutely superb album over on Mac V and he's back on top form with 'Electric Jungle', a wobbling mixture of bass tendrils and percussion precision, all wrapped up nicely in a convincing, jungle package. It's subtle yet still damaging. Latent Notion continues on the jungle tip with 'Taper' and this tune is all about the drums - they're raw, ravaging and really, really good. It's classic jungle vibes and a perfect way to round out an especially solid EP from Trust Audio.
Review: For their latest release, Project Allout promise 'pure fire' and 'real big UK garage and bass' from Notion. Well, they've not let us down with Notion stepping up to deliver three tracks guaranteed to smash dancefloors apart from here to Timbuktu. The title track features moody keyboard melodies, sharp 4x4 goodness and even a catchy pseudo rap. "Skankz" brings the bleeps, rave pads and big vocals for some wobbly garage and "How U Feel" mixes speed garage, house and urban vibes for a total sizzler.
Review: A hyped up, jumpy slab of bassline which will have any garage dancefloor whiling out, with lyrical gems like "you don't want beef, I'll kick out your teeth" bringing us back to the gloriously gassed days of 'POW'.
Review: It's been a short while since we last saw Notion touch down with a full body of work, but my oh my was it worth the wait as he touches down on My Nu Leng & FineArt's 'Maraki' for a top class display. The EP kicks off with the stunning vocal work and rawcus synthesizer run outs of 'Dreams', which leads perfectly into the title track 'Shook'. For this one, Freddie Martin joins the party on guest vocal duty, adding something special to another top quality composition from Notion. Next up, we jump into a groovy little roller by the name of 'Pirate', which uses subtle bass drones to drive itself forward, before we finish up on the alien bass tones of 'Connect'.
Review: We've often thought that there's something in the air down Bristol way, how else does the city produce so many top bass producers? Notion is not just one of many though, this Bristolian is a master of UKG influenced bangers with his own unique twist. A hysterical cacophony of pitched up and down vocals samples crown the skippy, wobbly-heavy title track. Elsewhere "Drowzy" is slinky 4x4 with some killer warped bass and "Crooklyn" samples Crooklyn Dodgers for a merciless digital dub slammer.
Review: Expect low slung, synth-laden party beats to erupt from this three-track release by Notion. The "Digits EP" gets things started with a burst of bleepy beats in aptly entitled "Digits", which is all hazy computerized sounds and simple progressions before it drops and becomes an altogether different beast, with pumping beats and shimmying rhythms. "Soundbwoy Killa", up next, pairs an iconic vocal snippet with grinding mid range, clapping beats and a fun, funky vibe. "Watch Here" is another dancefloor-driven piece with grouchy beats, reverberating vocal and compelling melody.