Review: Well, when we see releases like this one move into view, it's difficult to describe UKG as anything other than thriving as we are gifted sixteen brand new belters, all stuffed full of nostalgic 2-steppy themes and fantastic vocal leads, showcasing just how strong the scene is looking right about now. We are introduced to a fantastic roster as major UKG players FooR, Soulecta, Blakk Habit, Rico Tubbs, Wittyboy and more are spread throughout the tracklisting, with our personal favourites including the super original, drum heavy grimey twists of 'Where I Wanna Be' from Vital Techniques and CB's super colourful 'Room 931'. Truly excellent work on this one!
Review: Bass = Win equals guaranteed funky house delight and this time it's a right showdown with a full remix EP of the "Baby" track by Orkidea, Rico Tubbs and Heavyweight, three label regulars who know all about body-rocking goodness. Jayceooh, Rare Candy, Desto and Daddy Flix all turn in the goods, ranging from housier to more half-step territories, but our favourite has to be Desto's neo-jungle reinterpretation, a cut which glides between footwork and d&b with pure ease and utter grace. Tight little bag, this one!
Review: As ever with Bass=Win, we are expecting a set of party starting anthems as Rico Tubbs lands for a wavy new release. The title track 'Circles' is a very tasty creation indeed, combining an unusual vocal layer with almost niche-like drum bubbles and pulsating bass textures below. This also comes complete with a vibrant MPH rethink, pitching up the vocal and allowing his jazz-ready chord structures to bring a whole different angle to the composition. Finally, 'Home Workout' links more bouncy bass tones with a more minimal drum arrangement, using the same vocal from the title track but in a completely different light.
Review: The Hot Cakes riot continues as they bring in another powerful three track project from bass dynamo Rico Tubbs. We begin with the classic garage inspired arrangement of '94 Business', which focuses on pulsating sub movement and breaks infused 4x4 drum designs to give us a serious vibe. Next we continue with the UKG theme as the luscious chord progressions and vocal slices of 'Addicted' come into play, before finishing up with the experimental percussive rhythms and sub oscillations of 'Air Max'.
Review: We were very excited to see the second edition of Bass=Win's 'Re-Animated' series appear into the stores alongside the original compositions of Rico Tubbs. For this project we are graced with three electrifying bass remixes. We kick of with Thorpey's gritty rework of 'Punchy' which pushes sine-heavy synths alongside mega punchy kick-snare combos. Wulflock then lays out his speed garage inspired recreation of 'Rolling Propa' which brings together high-pitched lead synths and speedy rhythmic prowess. We then round up with Tik&Borrow's lethal overhaul of 'Energy' which features some evil synth work alongside intense drum selection.
Review: After a brief break, Rico Tubbs makes a seriously high profile return to the Bass=Win roster for a nasty three track project by the name of "Trouble Shooter". The title track kicks everything off and this one is designed to scat out any party for certain. Come the breakdown we are introduced to aggressive horn stabs and rapid fire synth movement, quite the switch up from the more laid back vocal led introduction. We also get "Dawn Of The Dead" which is a garage-inspired shell out, complete with smooth lead vocals and grinding bass textures below. Soulecta steps forward on remix duty for this one with his UKG recreation of "Trouble Shooter" which works perfectly to tie the EP up in style.
Review: Following the piano-licking brockage of "Total Recall", Rico continues on his old school escapades with this rat packing euphoria piece "Sweet Time" where a heavenly hook and soulful vocal ensure full thrust of the arms while a gully drop and slo-mo breaks ensure full thrust of bass face. Remix-wise none other than Ellis Dee joins the BW fray with a soaring mid-noughties Hospital-esque drum & bass refix while Sirmo shuts down the show with stinking 4x4 gurgler. Sweet.
Review: Kid Kenobi's Klub Kids have been laying down bass gold this year with cuts from the likes of Chris Royal, B-Phreak and Timmy Schumacher. Now this beast from Finnish bass rudeboy; a frothing piano-hammered rolling ravey UKG thrash-out that will (without doubt) open the doors of your mind. Remix highlights include Skool Of Thought returning for the first time in years with squelch-ready bass and jazzy flutters, Right-O letting loose with a lofi jelly bass strutter and Chris Royal's jumpy atonal bass textures. And that's just the half of it... A selection this big makes you wish you had three hands.
Review: Rico Tubbs runs London's Bass=Win with Terry Hooligan and returns with more street level low end theories here on the Re-Animated EP: a bunch of stellar remixes from their most recent releases. Starting off with the bombastic, ragga-inflected Reese devastation of "Bullets" (Mij Mack remix), "Ghost Rider" (Papuga remix) goes for some modern funky house flavour in the tradition of the legendary Michael Gray (Full Intention) while "Rolling Proper" (YYVNG remix) does exactly what it says on the tin with this deep down and dirty UK funky throwdown.
Review: Much like his namesake, Finland's bass underdog, Rico Tubbs, proves that he packs just as much of a punch Don Johnson in Miami Vice, and then some. Here he references more American culture with Ghost Rider, the flaming skeleton biker. However, it's less retro America and more sweaty UK warehouse - fusing hands-in-air piano stabs with gurgling low basslines and skippy beats. Dr Cryptic's mix perfectly captures that gurn-fest moment when it feels like the sky is literally attacking you. Elsewhere Thijs Haal delivers the hardest mix here, whilst Ampr drops to half time for some robo dubstep fun.
Review: Finnish Anglophile Rico Tubbs' love affair with the ravey sounds of '90s UK is still sizzling, with "Babylon Fall" incorporating lots of the best elements of British rave fom the last 20 years. The title track is a rolling 4 x 4 goliath, full of heavy bass, filtered rave keyboard stabs and pitched up vocals. Elsewhere we get hyper dubby breaks (Slick Shoota mix), retro speed garage (Jack The Hustler mix) and a totally mental wobble assault courtesy of Phatworld's mix.
Review: Although named after a cop in Miami Vice, Rico Tubbs actually hails from the decidedly less sunkissed Finland. He's been rocking raving electro tunes for nearly ten years now, and he's back again with a new bass-fuelled anthem, "The Return". It's a hyper collage of 4x4, bassline, wobble, garage and '90s samples - in other words proper dancefloor ammunition. Remixes come from the Ed Banger-style TJH87, the deep and dark bassline of Kepikei and the cut up party chaos of Kraymer.
Review: Finland-based funky experimentalist Rico Tubbs has pulled out all the stops in his latest dancefloor-shaking journey. From hardcore jungle, wobble and garage to dubstep and even funky house, there's a bit of everything mashed up in here, as long as it's got a decent bouncy beat and a hook fit for the hungriest dancefloor inhabitants. Channelling early Rustie and Doorly, there's no denying that this is a fun release. Each track as mad as the last, with samples from '90s mixtapes, dub soundsystems and what are potentially spaceships, if Tubbs isn't manhandling some dance tent at a major festival in 2014, the world will be missing out.
Review: You know those really stompy 4/4 bass tunes that could have easily been produced since 2005 and always work on the dancefloor? This. Strutting speed garage drums, a paranoid bassline that rises and rises without a care for your sanity and cheeky vocal chops ensure this Finnish creation's golden bullet status. Hey, it's not called "Big Bad Tune" for no reason. Remix-wise Matt Craig softens the blow just a tad for groove's sake while Teknian & ZeroZero and 1point5 lay down rubs of "Red Sun". The former deliver a crisp D&B refix, the latter go all My Nu Leng with a heads-down warpy house twist. Badness.
Review: Bass=Win baron Tubbs has never been shy of a co-lab or two. But going head to head against himself? This is a whole new level in low-end schizophrenia. Dusting off his old Infekto gloves (and recruiting the lyrical skills of Steppa Style), Rico expertly repurposes the well known guitar riff from Barrington Levy's "Murderer" and flips it into a timeless energetic breaks track. Reminiscent of the 'Stylers back around the early thousands, this will slap several shades of sweaty from any skank-minded dance.
Review: Did you know that T&A have major beef with you? Luckily it's in the form of "Fresh Meat", a beefy selection of label newcomers, each of them peddling a dance-smashing slo-mo sound. Germany's So Shifty takes reggaeton to dark, stark place, Rico Tubbs swaps moombahton's high-end tweaks for classic acid, Ackeejuice Rockers inject the 110 sound with raw euphoria while Nanoworld conclude on an evil ragga bleep flex. Get fresh!
Review: Long-running LA label Party Like Us Records (PLUR!) serve up a fine helping of Scandinavian dancefloor business from Finnish basstronaut Rico Tubbs. One of the most chameleonic talents currently working with bassline-led music, Riku Pentii is on fine form with his two original contributions to "the decidedly-noble" Iron Hearts EP. Up first, the title track pairs hoover bass with breakbeats, stabs and OG rave vocals and will appeal to anyone that likes to hear "Charly" by Prodigy in the dance, whilst "Totem" veers off into bassline heavy speed garage territory. Remixes of both tracks come from Skapes and Petey Clicks & Stranger respectively and offer something tougher.