Review: As one of the leading forces in worldwide bass music, AC Slater returns to his home imprint of Night Bass to unveil a fabulous selection of remixes, working directly off his critically acclaimed 'Hi8' album project. The line up is spicy to say the least, with the likes of Flava D, Sammy Virji, DALCO, NuKid, CID and more all getting involved for one the biggest remix projects bass music has ever seen. The two real standouts for us come from two brits however, as Bushbaby's colourful relick of 'Attitude' from AC & Taiki Nulight immediately catches our ears, alongside Drinks On Me's smooth and well thought out overhaul of 'Every Pigeon Is a Dove', featuring the wonderful vocal layers of Murkage Dave.
Review: Born and raised in Croydon but now residing in the musical hotbed of Brighton, Purple Velvet Curtains is becoming a strong force in the underground house bass scene. PVC manages to intertwine sounds that pull from house, garage, hip hop and jazz. PVC is sure pushing boundaries. Starting off with the deep and dusty jack of "Get Dirty" filled with some analogue blips and blurbs galore, then be prepared for seriously wonky bassline house on the explosive "Bounce"where he's joined by Tuff Culture. Finally "Side Chick" goes for stadium sized EDM crossing over into dubstep with its Skrillex style bassline: absolutely massive!
Review: PVC on Punks: we're playing with many shades of cool right here. Firstly the classically minded arpeggios and shuffled garage beats of "Marilyn" with added vocals charming their way over the top with a fine balance of hooky sensibility and smokiness. "Don't Stop" takes us even deeper down the house route with a quirky, jittered jack, salubrious slap bass and spliced, diced vocal details. Punks have been consistently killing it for years and this is one of their most distinctive and unique releases this year
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.