Review: This one is a bit of a whopper. With 43 unmixed tracks to choose from and two bonus DJ mixes from curator Jay Cunning, there's plenty for fans of 140 BPM plus bass music to sink their teeth into. The tracklist reads like a who's who of the breaks, jungle and breakbeat garage scene, with stalwarts Ellis Dee, I.D, High Rankin and DJ Twista joined by a welter of lesser-known artists (601, Aries, Gella) for an all-out assault on the senses. From hardcore revivalism and early jungle roughness to bhangra-flecked beats and electro-breaks madness, Bass Selection Volume 1 has it all - if you're looking for speaker-shaking heaviness, you really can't go wrong.
Review: Massive collaboration business at Asbo HQ as the one and only Vinyl Junkie invites friends over for some straight-up jungle fun. "Fade Away" sees him teaming up with Bristol's Rachael E.C at the controls and David Boomah on the mic. As always, David is the star of the show with his distinctive dulcets spreading wise vibes throughout the skank-packed roller. Looking for something a little darker? Look no further than his Sanxion co-piloted stepper "Rolling Ice Cubes". With a heavy twist of 95 in the mix, there's some real head-bending science going on here.
Review: Switch! Asbo rev up the remix engine with this killer trio of versions. First up is Jinx who goes back to 2013 and VIPs up one of his earliest Asbo releases "This Goes Out". Smoothing out the original's bouncy charm for something a bit heavier and sub soaked, it's less of a VIP and more of a complete rebuild. Elsewhere Subcriminal adds some searing bass lasers and a hip slinking wiggle to Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's sweet reggae skanking "That Girl" before DJ Westy finalises with another 2013 flexback as he lets DJ Choppah get his blades out on his ever toasty "Natty Dread". Wheel up...
The Flashback Project & SANXION - "Searching For The Sun" (SANXION remix) - (5:19) 150 BPM
The Flashback Project & NINJULA - "Searching For The Sun" (NINJULA remix) - (5:34) 110 BPM
Review: Rave OG Flashback isn't just a pedigree banger merchant, but also a fine telepathist as he reads all of our minds with "Searching For The Sun". While summer doesn't seem any closer, we're certainly a lot hotter under the collar thanks to these classic 2011 style dubstep oscillations. Remix-wise Sanxion adds some crisp vocal euphoria while Ninjula lowers the tempo for more of a sultry swagger. Feel the sunshine!
Review: Asbo and sister imprint Anti-Social collide to curate the ultimate break compendium: 26 of both label's strongest tracks (and, let's face it, all their releases are pretty hefty) here we find ourselves smacked by the ageless amen magic (Ricky Tuff's remix of the classic "Stamina"), iced out by sudden synth blasts (Westy's "Jungle Law"), massaged by abyssal subs (Cloak's "Stereo") and given nonstop nightmares by the dark designs of Sterling Sound's "Predator". Other highlights include the paranoid stretches and bends of Durban's "Dark Room" and Symptom's neuro-slapper "Transmission". Trust us; this collection isn't messing around.
Review: Fifty tracks from Ghetto Dub. We'll repeat that; FIFTY tracks right here from the Bristol badassery stable! Fresh from the stashes of SR, Kumarachi, Aries, Vinyl Junkie, Conrad Subs, Octo Pi and many more on-point junglists across the generations, many of these tracks are brand new and all of them are heavier than a night down the Weight Watchers. Highlights include Conrad Sub's skanky groaner "Good As Gold", Jaguar Paw's utter filth session "Southside", Jay Aftermath's gnarly tech/soundsystem hybrid "The Jungle" and the pure rave purrs of Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Outlandish"... But that's not even touching the sides of the fifty track attack. Dig deep and get rolling.
Review: 48 tracks? Asbo you are truly spoiling us. The quality is as high as the quantity too; a selection of Asbo classics and brand new flavours we're taken from smooth silky rolling soul such as Westy's "Making Moves" and jazzy V-style thunder like Savannah's "Glide Away" to hurricane amen depth (Dawn Raid, Gold Dubs & Jinx - "Old Fashioned") and classic mid 90s style jump-up ruffage (Cabin Fever's remix of "Raw Dogs") via warm-as-toast dub soul a la Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Talk Too Much" and Daffy's beautiful "Love Dub". And that's only an eighth of killer cuts on here. Easily one of the best tenners a junglist can invest this month.
Review: Any jungle is festival jungle when dropped at the right time, but if you're looking for out-and-out skanky bumpers that guarantee arena meltdowns look no further as Vinyl Junkie and Rachael EC have selected 48 (yes 48) cuts that promise to raise all kinds of bodily temperatures, noises and movements. Serum's wobble-funk "Rat Trap VIP", Rob Blaze's system-slaying "Sound Boy", DJ Hybrid's Headz-style drone bass snake-wrestler, the iconic rave vocal emotion on Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion's "Ninja Bizznizz", Billy Bunter's chaotic dancehall skanker "Killa Sound".... We could list the highlights for days on end. An epic collection.
Review: Longstanding Bristol breaks brand Warehouse Wax rediscover the 2014 sounds of "Poison Me". With Maria Milewska's vocals adding a soaring, emotional touch, it taps into a groove that will sit happily in both breaks and D&B sets. Remixers include Galvatron (fidgety acid), Madcap (Ray Keith style subby jungle) and Lucas (rolling drum & bass that wouldn't go amiss in a Bukem set). Also included are two new originals "Oblivious" (classic mid-'90s hardcore homage vibes) and "Radiate" (a waspy, metallic Botchit flavour with a "Playing With Knives" reference). Poisonous!
Review: Silky skanks abound as Vinyl Junkie and Sanxion enlist the dulcet skills of Bushman. Coming on strong in a similar way to Darrison, Bushman elevates with instant soul and authentic reggae dynamics throughout. Remix-wise Westy adds a deeper twist as he removes a lot of the original instrumentation while the 140 Remix takes us right back to Zinc's classic "138 Trek" era of garage breaks. Stop talking, start playing.