Review: Nuvaman has come out with two proper rollers here. 'Signals' is floaty and atmospheric in its introduction and it rolls over nicely into the main body of the tune, with wobbling sub basses and skippy drum lines doing all the work, and what good work it is. 'Future 95' sees a return of the rave piano but it's not being used in the traditional sense, instead leading you in to a huge foghorn that reverberates around the entire range, seemingly getting bigger each time. Nuvaman has pulled out the stops on this one and constructed a single that isn't really worth missing, so don't.
Review: Sitting pretty in the triptych heat of halftime, jungle and bass, Nuvaman continues his fractured sermons on Artifice. Instant neck-snappery abounds on "Strength" as amens rifle back/forth/inside/out over dense pads. "Bada" is a more restrained piece of pensive drones and tones while "Throttle" gets up to speed with stark bass and a spacious two-step swing. Finally "Mutu" takes us back to bed with the trippiest low-end designs of the EP. Welcome to the future.
Review: Young and heady bass label GRNDWRK welcomes debutant Nuvaman to the game, and the fledgling producer puts in a fine solo performance on his first official release. "Eastside" is a proper scorcher thanks to its low-swing beat and subtle waves of jungle breaks, while "Cardiac Arrest" is more of a UK hardcore hybrid thanks to its growling bassline. "Sense" is a face-melting wobble bullet boasting a twisted arrangement, and the tune is remixed and broken down by Denham Audio into a pseudo house cut...with the original's wonky beat architecture, of course.
Review: It's a new year, and it's time for some new imprints. That's the way we operate. Jelly Bean Farm is among the labels to launch in 2017 but, while others would think of pacing themselves with a debut EP, these guys have gone and dropped a whole compilation of new, unforgiving bass science from all corners of the extended genre. There are twelve killer cuts to choose from here, all from emergent talents, and we've got our eyes set on a number of them. Hypho's "Majikk" is a glorious neo-grime workout that stretches the genre to the very limits, "Pistol Signal" from Opus is a bubbling, potent new strain of hydro-phonic dubstep, PAN:INC's "Freight" is the sort of techno that any bass-boy dreams at night, and Sensei's "Reed" manages to blur the most daring elements of jungle and minimal techno together as if they were made to be one and one. Check it all out, though, this is a true goldmine of all things bass-oriented. Watch out for more Jelly Bean Farm gear.
Review: Future-focussed Bristol-based crew Prjkt come correct with their debut release: a mission statement with shots fired from all international project constituents. It's a broad, bold affair that ranges from iced-out beatless ambience (Barla & Pope's "Icebar") to classic electro (Arma's "Power Glove") by way of broken robot juke madness (C92's "Boddinstrasse"), cosmic beat freakery (Farsight's "Verdant Damage") and bounce loopy techno (Lobby's "Clapdance VIP"). And that's before we address the clattering, uncompromising house of Lorenzo BITW, the alien FX weirdness of Shiek and the breezy breaks of These Evil Streets. A really accomplished and exciting label launch... Keep your peepers locked on Prjkt.
Review: DNBB aren't messing around: since relaunching earlier this year, they've peppered our collections with a rich range of emotion-laced workouts from some of the most promising names of the new generation of artists. Their third Liquidism collection in as many months, this is their largest outing to date and it packs the whole soul spectrum. Highlights range from the slippery jazz funk blasts of Peyo's "Routine" to distant dreamy haze and precision breaks of Skydata's "Fortitude" via the more classical piano laced space liquid f Twintone's "Something About You" and the early Spectrasoul style introspection of Profilix & Nuvaman's "Between The Lines". Vibesism.
Review: Getting you to more places than the Docklands Light Railway ever could, DLR takes his Sofa around the world and stops off at the homes and studios of some of the most exciting new generation artists. Every direction you check its severe roller situation as each participant step up with their finest. Highlights include the outlandish grizzles of Submarine & Scepticz's "Shingoki", the hair raising wriggles and flabby funk on Ill Truth on "Catch A Break", the infectious steppy late 90s buzzes of bossman DLR and Script's "El Mosquito" and the lush jazzy flurries of Trex's "Falling Down"... but that's just scratching the surface, the whole Sofa king thing is immense.