Review: It's been well over two years since US imprint Sublimated Sounds last explored the outer reaches of the known universe. It's been well over six months since they put out any music full stop. This epic 21-track collection more than makes up for lost time, though. Running the gamut from deep dungeon dubstep (Karnage's "Yaza") to rolling, percussive, UKG-minded jams (Ghostmode's "Midknight") by way of straight-up filth steppers (Ohyra's "Vile Rebirth", Reamz' "Old School Days"), this documents where both the label and where bass music at large are at, where they've been and, most importantly, where everything is headed. Ready for take off?
Augusto Gagliardi & GastoM - "Xperiment" - (6:12) 124 BPM
Sonic Dust - "Dive Into The Change" - (8:44) 123 BPM
De Nis - "Life At Sea" - (6:16) 123 BPM
Review: This 13-track compilation is, as the title suggests, the 17th in the series from Piston Recordings, a Bonzai sub-label specialising in deeper house sounds. As such, many of you will have a good idea what to expect already - but for anyone who's just wandered in, deep house from the more electronic side is the order of the day generally, thankfully without things ever getting overly glitchy or pointlessly self-indulgent and introspective. Suave's delicate, garage-tinged 'Good Times', Rafael Malhern's Fingers-esque 'Another Day' and L-Gil's vaguely disquieting 4am throbber 'The Chord' are among the highlights from a very worthwhile collection.
Review: While most of us have never heard of Winston, fellow dusty-fingered record collectors hold him in high esteem. On his contribution to Z Records' essential "Under The Influence" series it's easy to see why. His selections are uniformly superb and, bar a handful of cuts, almost unknown to anyone outside the serious collecting community. For proof, check the celebratory, slap-bass propelled disco-funk of Doug Payne and Polygon's "Holiday", the heady, high-octane disco thrills of Expose's "I Just Wanna Dance With You", the low-slung early funk-rap headiness of Jungle Band's "Jungleland (Part 2)" and the wickedly percussive salsa-disco heaviness of Suave's "Salsa Gon Gitcha". In other words, it's a killer collection of top-notch cuts that you'll never have heard before. What's not to like?