Review: It's been a long time coming, but after a long run of exciting single drop, Night Bass founder and all around dance music legend: AC Slater lands on his home imprint for a brand new album project. The project features the previously released single 'Final Fantasy' but as a club mix alongside a bag of incredible collaborative additions, including Dread MC, Jay Robinson, Chris Lorenzo, Murkage Dave, Taiki Nulight and more. With twelve tracks of the highest quality, AC has really set the bar super high, with particular highlights including the high energy collaboration with Jack Beats, Sinden and Flowdan entitled 'Boss Like That', along with the tasty house tones of 'Feeling Awake'.
Review: Got your freak flag? Well fly it high, baby, Tru Funk are kicking off the year with five slick and simple nu funk nuggets that ooze sample magic while riding with their own original flavour. Label newcomer Bezum ignites proceedings with a fruity flute jam while Father Funk follows in hot pursuit on a smoother west coast style attitude and a very sneaky vocal sample. Funkanizer provide the halftime sounds with a wah-wah guitar-snapping block party joint while Robinson Groove and Telephunken bring up the rear, the former boasting a flute-fuelled p-funk homage, the latter a brazen Hammond basher. Each one of them will set your floor off in style.
Jay Robinson & Supabeatz - "Screech" - (4:25) 128 BPM
Star Eyes & Pharaoh - "Cry Baby" - (5:07) 128 BPM
Review: Four huge funky/garage house tunes come out of their corners fighting on this latest volume of Trouble & Bass' EP series. Label boss Drop The Lime kicks things off in style with the clattering snares of "Thwomp Stomp" - one of the most apt names for a tune in a long time. While DTL's contribution is kept deliberately bare, Baobinga's "Make It Drop" is riddled with looped hip-hop vocals, with the beat cutting perfectly into a half-step for the verses. Star Eyes & Pharaoh lace "Cry Baby" with female vocals and plenty of low-filter bass, while the chopped and pitch-shifted vocals of Jay Robinson & Supabeatz's "Screech" is probably the highlight - thoroughly unique sounds and as funky as hell!
FooR, Killa P, Irah & Long Range - "Black Bandana" - (4:28) 134 BPM
Don't Judge Me (feat Dekar Da Don) - (4:52) 138 BPM
FooR, Evil B vs B Live - "Hooligans" - (3:29) 135 BPM
Cafe Del Paar - (4:12) 132 BPM
Everybody's Free - (5:38) 132 BPM
The First (continuous DJ mix 2) - (46:56) 132 BPM
Review: FooR celebrate four years in the business. They are are a UK collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. The four-piece have also become UK garage's fastest rising stars on the live circuit, and are being championed by some of the scene's biggest names 'Friends Of FooR' was their first commercially available mixtape, following 2017's Pure Garage mix album. Hailing from Southampton and fronted by Gavin Foord, Aki, MC Jukie and Tyrone - they have all been friends for 15 years - literally since they were kids. Once they hit their teens they started making music together and then throwing parties, first locally, and then across the south coast.
Review: If FooR were to put together a studio album, where else could it be other than their legendary home imprint of YosH. As an album 'Friends Of FooR' is a collection of high profile collaborations from the bass house giants, including both production features and high energy vocal additions. Our favourites include the swordplay duo with Endor, the skippy house textures of 'Bad Man' alongside Jay Robinson and Dekar artist' and of course the triple threat rinse out of 'Black Bandana' which features Killa P, Irah and Long Range.
Allen Ginsberg with Marc Ribot & Bill Frisell & Michael Blair - "The End" - (2:06) 126 BPM
I Am A Victim Of Telephone - (1:34) 123 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Herman Wright & Bob Dorough - "The Echoing Green" - (1:26) 150 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Janet Zeitz & Cyril Caster & Bob Dorough - "The Lamb" - (1:14) 78 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Janet Zeitz, Cyril Caster & Bob Dorough - "(A) Little Boy Lost (B) Little Boy Found" - (1:08) 60 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Janet Zeitz & Cyril Caster & Bob Dorough & Don Cherry - "Laughing Song" - (1:26) 96 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Jon Sholle & Bob Dorough - "The Sick Rose" - (1:41) 101 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Peter Orlovsky & Jon Sholle & Herman Wright - "Nurse's Song" (experience) - (2:11) 111 BPM
City Midnight Junk Strains (For Frank OaHara) - (4:47) 112 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Peter Hornbeck & Jon Meyer - "A Cradle Song" - (5:03) 118 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Peter Hornbeck & Jon Sholle - "Infant Joy" - (2:19) 106 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Peter Hornbeck & Jon Meyer & Jon Sholle - "The Fly" - (0:46) 70 BPM
Allen Ginsberg & Arthur Russell - "Voice Of The Bard" - (1:14) 120 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Alan Senauke - "School Boy" - (3:52) 159 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Peter Orlovsky & Bob Dylan & David Amram & Arthur Russell & Perry Robinson & Jon Sholle & Happy Traum & Moruga - "A Dream" - (6:17) 148 BPM
Who Be Kind To - (7:22) 98 BPM
First Party At Ken Keseyas With Hellas Angels - (1:16) 144 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Jon Sholle & Arthur Russell & Alan Senauke & Jon Meyer & Peter Hornbeck & Reverend Adjari & Buddhist Chorus - "Pacific High Studio Mantraas (Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum)" - (5:27) 139 BPM
Allen Ginsberg & Philip Glass - "Wichita Vortex Sutra" (part 3) - (7:43) 74 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Steven Taylor & Gregory Corso & Peter Orlovsky - "Nurse's Song (Innocence)" - (7:19) 82 BPM
Pull My Daisy - (1:38) 105 BPM
Allen Ginsberg & The Clash - "Capitol Air" - (6:08) 134 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Ralph Carney & Bill Frisell & Marc Ribot & Steve Swallow - "Written In My Dreams By W.C Williams" - (2:16) 132 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Steven Taylor & Jon Sholle & David Mansfield & Arthur Russell - "CIA Dope Calypso" - (3:29) 77 BPM
Allen Ginsberg With Bob Dylan & Peter Orlovsky & Anne Waldman & David Amram & Perry Robinson & Jon Sholle & Happy Traum & Surya & Moruga - "Vomit Express" - (6:37) 128 BPM
Please Master - (4:55) 112 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Rudolph Grey & Elvin Jones - "The Little Fish Devours The Big Fish" - (5:01) 99 BPM
Prayer Blues - (5:59) 76 BPM
Allen Ginsberg & The Gluons - "Birdbrain" - (6:43) 67 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Jon Sholle & David Mansfield & Steven Taylor - "Gospel Noble Truths" - (4:42) 131 BPM
Hum Bom - (2:59) 99 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Bob Dylan & Steven Taylor & David Mansfield & Arthur Rosato - "Airplane Bllues" - (4:25) 111 BPM
On Neal's Ashes - (0:46) 157 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Bob Dylan & David Amram & Jon Sholle & Steven Taylor & Mondrian String Quartet - "September On Jessore Road" - (10:36) 139 BPM
Allen Ginsberg with Arthur Russell & Jon Sholle & Steven Taylor - "Father Death Blues" - (3:45) 112 BPM
Allen Ginsberg & Steven Taylor - "Do The Meditation Rock" - (4:18) 92 BPM
Review: Straight out of Ipswich, J Robinson steps forward on the dub specialists imprint 'Tribe 12' with a fantastic extended LP, focussing down on everything deep and dangerous. With a full length project to play with, we see Robinson delve fully into the expansive realms of jungle, drum & bass and everything inbetween. Our personal favourites lay in the weighty rolling tech bass tones of 'Pogo', the militarised half time structure of 'Zugu' and the more out of the box Asian-influenced instrumentation and arrangement of 'Weeping Dub' which features additional work from Carbon. Overall this is a fantastic LP and a must purchase for any seasoned drum and bass follower!
Review: Tribe 12's label boss gets all mystical as we head deeper and deeper into the dub swamp. Leading from the off, the title track is a crisp groove that harnesses the power of bongos with candour and funk. Dark, but not deadly, it's a dancer rather than a nodder. "Tundra" meanwhile is an insanely tribal homage with drums hypnotically hammering a texture onto your brain and beyond, it's strictly for those deep, late night shamanic sessions we know you love to have. "Tsavo" is more your trad dubstep with a clock-strike half step and zoned out bass trippiness. A collabo with Gantz - "Spontanious" - is darker and slower again. Oozing out like the intro to an 80s video nasty, it's drama time!
Review: Night Bass are back with a vengeance in 2020. Following up last year's killer OC to LA EP for the label, rising Welshman Jay Robinson (Bingo Bass/Cr2/Mau5trap) returns with another bouncy bunch of jams here, including "LSD" which like its name suggests is indeed a mind altering affair - that's perfectly suited to getting weird at the afterhours. This deep, down and dirty bass-driven affair really nails that west coast sound once again. On the second offering "The Provider" he teams up with legendary New Jersey garage icon Todd Edwards for one seriously wonky and swing-fuelled party anthem with infectious vocals.
Review: "Sunglasses, Champagne and jewellery" what more could anyone ask from life? Well, maybe some killer beats too and here Badjokes duly obliges with two ribcage rattling collaborations for bass fiends everywhere. First up we get "Champagne" (featuring Jay Robinson) and its aforementioned lifestyle mantra set to razor sharp ghetto/booty beats and harsh bass attacks. "Drop Down Low" meanwhile, pursues a hip-hop/trap route with descending stabs that dance around a stop/start strip club groove. All killer, no filler.