Review: The thing we have truly grown to love about the super-consistent In:flux Audio imprint above all else, is their incredible versatility, shifting seamlessly between dubstep and 4x4 whenever they find the bangers to display. This latest four tracker from Sample Junkie takes a hardcore-influenced approach, with the demonic rave chords and explosive synthesizer whams of 'Get Fucked' kicking us off with a bang. Next, the electronic bass manoeuvres of squelching arrangements of 'How I Flow' arrive to send the dance into a daze before we jump into the remixes. First up, RRRitalin gives 'How I Flow' an even more hardcore relick, with JAKAZiD then donking the hell out of 'Get Fucked' for a rave-inspired stroke of genius!
Review: As one of the most prominent forces in the northern world of niche bassline music, Chip Butty have delivered us yet another tasty feeding of 4x4 heat here as they bring in Sample Junkie for three explosive original creations on 'Chips & Curry Sauce'. We kick off the party with the ominous synth layerings and scattered beats of 'Odin', before taking the grooves down a more neurotic route on 'Bad Boy Trip'. From here we move into the last of the three tracks entitled 'Get Wrecked', which between a contrasting triplet based intro and sharp LFO led 4x4 breakdown provides the project with the perfect final touches.
Review: The unstoppable In:Flux Audio continues its path to glory with this raunchy six-tracker from the young Sample Junkie. He has only put out a handful of tunes thus far, but the way these bangers are sounding on the speakers means that the name Sample Junkies should be here to stay. "Aku" and "Yes Jah" kick the release off with a boisterous, mean-faced swarm of wobble bass and percussive pyrotechnics, while "Snake Charmer" manages to drop a blockade of chunky 4/4 beats into the equation, thanks to the help of Hurtdeer. There's two remixes of "Aku", the first being an extremely hardcore bit of techno-step from Hadean and the second, from Reso, a flow of nu-school d&b to life all the heads onto the dancefloor; Dave Skywalker reworks "Yes Jah" into one of the nuttiest, most audacious reinterpretations of bro-step that we've heard this year - watch out for those jungle breaks!
Review: The In:flux Audio imprint is a project we have a very fond set of feelings towards, primarily due to their fantastic levels of consistency and their rewarding of long term label associates. A perfect example of that is this latest compilation entitled 'Sample Junkie Presents', in which one of their longest standing artists has been given free reign over the tracklisting, which pulls in artists such as Thorpey, Kanji Kinetic, founders: Tik&Borrow and more. For us the highlights on this one are clear, with Coxon's experimental 4x4 roller 'Loose Control' hitting the spot before King Hydra's epic 'Soundboy' original brings a substantial level of grit to proceedings. Fantastic work as per.
Review: The guys at In:Flux really do deserve a lot of credit for their tireless contributions to the UK bass scene over the last few months, having made themselves one of the most prominent Northern imprints within the wide span of the genre. We are here to celebrate and enjoy this compilation celebrating five years of activity from the label. They pull out all the stocks for sure, inviting the likes of Brent Kilner, Pavv, Pelikann, Dr Oscillator, J69 and more to join in the party, with our specific highlights coming from Tik&Borrow themselves, the leading forces behind the project. We look forward to many more years of the In:Flux wave continuing to run!
Review: LW Recordings have thrown a serious party on their latest 'Sublime Bass' compilation, collecting together some of the most sought after names in the bass scene for a 25 track tearout. This tenth edition of the release serious sees the likes of X5 Dubs, Sample Junkie, Tengu, Killjoy, Priceless and a tonne of other highly talented producers come together for a real multigenre showcase. Our favourites would have to be the smooth yet grimey collaborative sounds of 'Fractals' from Kareful and LTHL, the futuristic hardcore rolls of Sekt-87's 'Gangster' and of course the violent dubstep flavours of 'Depth' from Sirius.
Review: Following Wolfe and Pavv, old bashy big beak Pelikann steps up for the new V/A compilation. Hand-picking his current floor-fired faves from the freshest of the forefront, highlights hurl and heave from every nook, crook and cranny. The brutal bombardment of WATSN's "123UH", the toxic slurry bass of Odd Nature's "Bait", the breakneck steps and broken glass bass of Brent Kilner's "Never See Me" are just some the rude, crude floor-punches... And that's before we get to Pelikann collaboration with with Tik&Borrow in the form of the sweary, bashy tribal slammer "Giv A Fuk". No zeroes... Only heroes. Big up Pelikann each and every.
Review: In:Flux let rip with a second massive V/A album of the year and it's an all-out bass riot featuring some of the label's most exciting names and affiliates as they tear each other's cuts apart and rebuild them in their own unique (and consistently gully) ways. Highlights include the spring two-step savagery Pavv's own VIP "Don't Look", the sci-fi spookiness and graveyard bass of Tik&Borrow's take on "Jah Victory", KXVU's tripped out wave-synth take on Pelikann's "Laughing Cow" and Pelikann's jacking bassline take on "No 6". Not a dull moment, In:flux aren't messing around mate.
Review: If we're talking bass, then In:Flux Audio surely has to be in the running for most prolific label of 2016. The unstoppable collective is always full of tricks up their sleeves, and this Selection Box compilation is exactly the sort of thing we wanted to hear from them; a rough and packed collection of their best and most definitive moments of last year. From pseudo jungle, weird, amorphic dubstep, and killer speed-house, there isn't much that sounds wring with this release, and even the most demanding of bass-heads are likely to find something that they'll churn out week after week, floor after floor.
Review: Tik&Borrow's In:Flux Audio label has developed its strong reputation not least due to the duo's discerning ears. A new Get Fluxed comp always means more of their expertly curated selections. This time round there are 12 cuts that provide something for everyone on a bass tip. Highlights includes the buzzsaw breakbeats of T&B's own "Junction Box", the sinister afterhours garage of "Too Close" by Connerz and heady, dub-tech mayhem of Joedan's "High Times". Also an extra shout-out goes to the digi-dancehall roof-raiser "Get Funky" by King Hydra.
Review: Has bassline ever been more influential than it is currently across the UK? I think most people would struggle to argue otherwise. To celebrate this, bassline heavyweights DJQ, Jamie Duggan, Skepsis and Darkzy join forces for an allstar compilation album, including a selection of full tracks and exclusive mixes. The full project includes exclusive drops from the likes of Champion, Shanti, DJQ, Flava D, TQD, Preditah, Bushbaby, Darkzy, Bru-C and many more. You are going to struggle to find a more comprehensive bassline selection this year!