Review: Now this most certainly is a treat as we jump into a fiery new compilation and mix project from the Hot Cakes team, who invite the sounds of Lady Waks inside for a feature length exploration into breaks and bass music. It's a truly all star cast for this one as we dive into original creations from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Jay Robinson, Them&Us, Benny Page, Deeklike & Ed Solo, Origin8 & Propa, alongside many many more. Featuring fifty-nine outstanding breakbeat epics alongside a full length studio mix from Lady Waks, this is a perfect showcasing of the breaks and D&B sound in 2021, with highlights including the smooth soundscaping of Firestar Soundsystem's 'Pressure', the intense vocal pressure of 'Trigger' from Phibes and of course the nostalgic drum rolls of 'Boom Baby' from Slip 187 & Rax. Incredible stuff!
Review: As ever, Punks have only gone and delivered a bombshell with this one as they unveil the third edition of their super celebrated 'BBQ Beats' series, featuring 20 outstanding break-inspired original creations. The roster for this one is pretty outstanding as we see the likes of Taim, Aurbs, Leda Stray, Jay Robinson, Plump DJs, Mafia Kiss and a tonne more join forces with label founders: Stanton Warriors for a fantastic display. Although this one really is jam packed, our immediate standouts would have to include the subtle subs and percussive licks of 'Love Theory' from Aylen, alongside Daze Prism's super techy 'Further', a spicy original indeed. Amazing work overall.
Review: New State have the honour and privilege of unveiling this extremely hard hitting original collection from the living legends: Stanton Warriors, with their new album project 'Dance Floor'. The album from start to finish gives an excellent showcase of what is going in bass music worldwide, with a selection of originals from their in house label: Punks and more. From listening through, our highlights have to include the subtle, techy flavours of Foundry's 'About Your Love' remix, featuring Lily Mckenzie, along with the punchy collaboration with Taiki Nulight entitled 'Beat Up' and of course Left/Right's spooky rethink of the title track 'Rise'.
Review: Something of a meeting of minds here, as house hero Huxley takes on this collaboration between breaks stalwarts the Stantons and Kosheen singer Sian Evans. The fruit of this heavy-hitting three-way, served up in simple Huxley Remix and Huxley Extended Remix rubs that clock in at 2:42 and 6:50 respectively, is a surprisingly old school-sounding houser with driving 4/4s and proper 90s Ibiza-style hands-in-the-air pianos providing the perfect accompaniment to the big room drama of Ms Evans' vocal. Expect to be hearing this one a lot over the summer, particularly during those full-on peaktime moments.
Pop Ya Cork (Technasia dub remix) - (7:00) 127 BPM
Review: Some of you probably know about Riva Starr's past as a breakbeat producer under the name of Madox. Well, at the time, one of the dirtiest tracks ever produced came in the form of "Pop Ya Cork" by London's Stanton Warriors. The Snatch! Records boss thought it was about time to bring it back to life with Technasia main man Charles Siegling on the remix job. The Frenchman's main remix is a funky and tough rolling tech house tool for the main room, while the dub remix is more stripped back and bass driven for functional use.
Review: One of Shambhala's most revered and friendliest neighbourhoods Fractal Forest celebrate 20 years of leftcentric bassline hurly burly with another resplendent all-star cast compilation. Ranging from the snake-like sleazing and horn melting funk of Opiou's "Ginger Lizard" and the organ melting sassiness of Neighbour's "Summertime Girls" to outright Krafty Kuts classics ("We Do This") and zippy bumpers from the Stanton Warriors ("Walking") via powerful full fat funk such as Gramatik's "Future Crypto" and A Skillz almighty brass band blazing classic "Dead Ringer", this whole collection represents one of North America's wildest, warmest and vibiest parties. Here's to another 20 years of Fractal fire.
Review: It's been a massive 2018 for Punks, who have continuously been putting out banger after banger. Nothing sums up the level at which they have been performing better than the second edition of their BBQ Beats compilation, this time featuring high profile appearances from the likes of Stanton Warriors, Nixon, Donkong, Plump DJ's and many more. For us the instant standouts have to be Wes Smith with his super groovy 'Rave On' composition along with Outlord's dubwise breakbeat fusion in 'Down The House'. A special shout has to go to Beatslappaz for their stomping contribution in 'The Drop', which is also an instant piece of rave dynamite.
Review: Pure carnival chaos: the Stantons drop one of their biggest tunes in years in the form of "Colima". Stampy, percussive, switching with a wily sense of mischief, loaded with funk but underpinned with serious levels of bass, this is an absolute killer of a tune that began denting dances earlier this summer and will continue to for a long time to come. Warrior level: trumpet melter.
Review: Hybrid Theory and the Stanton Warriors, both ridiculously talented when it comes to pounding, cerebral breakbeat and electro-minded house, are herein remixed by a pair of relative newcomers in what is surely a pair of summer keepers...that is if you're up for turning your dancefloor into a state of utter euphoria. Tru Fonix transforms "Under The Lights" from pleasant banger into deadly party bomb, made all the more real by the tune's grizzly percussion drops and chunky low-ends; Francois and Louis Benton's version goes for the jugular with its swinging, penetrative curbside bass that will undoubtedly receive the rewind treatment in an excessive manner. Naughty.
Review: Despite all the recent setbacks, London's stronger than ever right now and what better way to prove it than with the totally lit LDN Selection - a sizzling new collection compiled and mixed by the mighty Plump DJs for the Punks label? The set kicks off with the leftfield tropical trap of 1 "jungle" by Mace before embark on an electric journey over the course of 24 more tracks. More highlights include the insane hands-in-the-air stadium ghetto of Stanton Warriors' "Walking" and the crunchy bassline house of "Roll Easy" by Signal:Noize. All tracks are available both individually and woven into a cool one hour DJ mix. Best of both worlds, nuff said.
Review: There is no stopping Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley when they are performing under their infamous Stanton Warriors moniker. The UK breakbeat champions have been a solid presence on our charts since day 1, and they simply have NOT ceased to deliver new and innovative forms of dance music. "Keep On Doing" comes through on their own Punks imprint, and it's a mighty old rave-up of a track that's driven by charging r&b vocals and big-room, bog beats. A sure hit with the duo's closest fan-base.
Review: People talk about passing trends, and what's hype now versus ten years ago, but UK breakbeat dons, the Stanton Warriors, have never gone away. Their style of dance music is ultimately based on samples and many different styles of dance, so these guys have always reinvented themselves, constantly dipping and diving their breaks into new, unexplored territories. For this new EP, out on the Punks imprint, they team up with Night Bass' Jay Robison for a one-track heart-melter. It's hard to categorise "Bang", but if we had to describe it to you it would have to fall under the enlarged 'electro' remit, showering its listeners with cool waves of bass and a pseudo-dubstep arrangement that manages to sit somewhere between 4/4 and half-step - which is quite an achievement in and of itself. If vocals aren't your thing, then there's an instrumental cut to get stuck into, of course.
Still Here (Fred V & Grafix remix) - (4:14) 130 BPM
Still Here (Vanilla Ace remix) - (6:55) 124 BPM
Still Here (Rektchordz remix) - (6:31) 125 BPM
Still Here (Mafia Kiss remix) - (5:01) 130 BPM
Still Here (Stantons Shambhala mix) - (5:07) 128 BPM
Review: One of the Stanton Warriors' most iconic and romantic tunes to date: 12 years old and "Still Here" remains one of bass music's finest torch songs. Right now, though, that torch is been amplified into an entire volcano of freshness courtesy of an array of talent artists: Fred V & Grafix add some seriously euphoric D&B theatre, Vanilla Ace updates the original's lingering keys and rolling groove with a thumping house arrangement, Rektchordz get lively on a naughty tech house tip while Mafia Kiss subverts the groove on a deeper twist with various subtle references to the original along the way. Finally the Stantons themselves lay down the previously dubplate-only Shambhala festival version. Can you feel it?
Under The Lights (instrumental mix) - (5:27) 127 BPM
Review: A powerhouse tag team of full bass proportions; Punks bossmen Stanton Warriors and Four40 founders Hybrid Theory collide for a truly royal broken beat rumble. Solid beat swagger, groaning less-is-more bass, a nagging riff and soaring uplift in the synth and vocal hooks, this smacks hard and memorably with the sharp signature of both acts involved. Comes complete with an instrumental for the deeper heads.
Review: Originally appearing as a 'cowbell frenzy' on the Rebel Bass LP, "Get Low" now re-emerges remixed to high heaven. It was always a standout on the Stanton Warriors' album, but now it really shines in a variety of styles. Treasure Fingers goes for smooth and deep retro house, whilst The Vanguard Project's furious DnB version is hauntingly evocative. Elsewhere UFO shamelessly go for a commercial trap (with some Robin S) floor filling version and Infrakt deliver some merciless kick drums in a harder ghetto bass styleee.
Review: UK breakbeat legends the Stanton Warriors are back on their own beloved Punks imprint with a new single entitled "Hoping" which gets a bunch of seriously kick ass remixes. First up is Stuttgart, Germany's Marten Harrger with his rendition; hard garage/2 step if we've ever heard it! Bristol's Jay Robinson is up next and takes the track down a darker and wonkier route; loved this one! The Left/Right remix is definitely the fiercest effort on offer, with some serious bass and a relentless shuffle. Finally it's over to The Vanguard Project who give the track some serious stadium drum and bass flavour that would make even Sigma stand up and notice.
Review: Stanton Warriors have been on a mission to bring us the finest broken beat and heavy bass on Punks Music since 2001. Here the debut volume of the their new 'Punks Selection' series is curated by Mafia Kiss and focuses in 'on the deeper/stripped sounding side of the label's roster'. There is a whopping 22 track featured, as well as a one-hour DJ mix. Highlights include the urgent, haunted bounce of "The Oracle" by Leda Stray, the sultry, late night breakbeats of "K2" by Aloka and the scattershot ghetto beats of "Check Me Out" by Sly One.
Review: Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley's partnership is one of the most consistent and reliable in bass music. 18 years and still delivering pristine low-end grooves, Rebel Bass summarises their current command of garage, house, breakbeat and beyond; from the down-pitched vocal coating of "Loving Me Wrong" to the classic house evangelism of "Hoping" by way of the cowbell frenzy of "Get Low" and the slower, organic "Speakers Moving", while each cut is individually primed for late night floor-flattening sassiness the track arrangement also works perfectly as a deliciously rolling album. Their strongest, slickest body of work to date. Rebellious with a cause.