Review: Birmingham blunderbuss K Motionz teams up with Spectre-affiliate Subsonic for two KO collabos and a series of solo originals."Worlds" is a brash roughhouser with savage sandpaper scuffing your very soul while "Sewer" takes us deep underground for a splash in the harmonic sonic slurry. Elsewhere Mr Motionz gets trippy on the humanised bass gurgles of "Diversion" and twisted on the multi-bass hits and tripletty swing of "Load while Subsonic whips up some serious string theatre on "Escape" while "Wun Style" shuts us down with true distorted drama. Titanic.
Review: Wobble Infectious Digital is a jump up label based in Antwerp, you can hear it's Belgian influence in the tracks which very much cherry pick elements form the full dnb spectrum to create something of a superior quality. Here we have a killer collection of collaborations which delve into the deeper, darker side of the dancefloor style. 'Garon' sets the president for the calibre of the EP, a glitchy shuffling break makes the body of the track which is fleshed out with a pulsating wobble the dirtiest of floors can get down too. 'Rickity Wrekt' is packed with metalic clashes and broken beeps but the stand out section is the bubbling low end. 'Wait Till' warns you of the long, almost vertical drop with its wild horn, akin to a run away ghost train, with understated jungle samples and pounding sub this one is a banger. 'Drop Top' mixes a slow, hip hop break with freaky sci-fi elements, and a deafeningly high pitch.
Review: Carving his sound with a cleaver and cauterising it with molten bass lava on labels such as Smoke Signal, Murky and Murda, Operate makes his debut on Young Guns and he's brought along a few mates for the ride. The range is instant and high impact from his solo stuff alone; the cosmic contrast on "Fireproof", the wonky, woozy staccato bass, dizzy drums and talkbox textures of "Shapeshifters" and graveyard paranoia of "Calysto". Co-lab wise Subsonic saddles up for the gnarliest jump up cut of the collection ("Tremors") while Kanine collides for the head-turning "Regulate" which nods at the past with a primal warhead attitude. Badness.
Review: Stompz continues to stamp his way into the game with this sickeningly heavy Digital Terror debut. Six tracks in total, each one as dangerous and unruly as the next. Highlights include the weirded out off-beat bass funk of "Bumba", the deep-seeded jungle devilry of "Skullbash" and the staccato drama, paranoid air and unwieldly toxicity of the title "Automata"... But that's only half of the visceral showcase on here. Dig deep and handle with caution!
Review: Next up from the CruCast family we see them get busy on VIP duty, welcoming back the enigmatic sounds of SubSonic for two very vibrant production edits. We kick off with the VIP mix of 'Love', an original steeped in vocal sauce and hard hitting synthesizer work, seeing the VIP let the leash off the LFO rates and letting them run wild inna dance. On the flipside we jump into the lethal bass switch ups and grizzly melodic grooves of the 'Touchdown' VIP mix. This is CruCast dynamite and we can most certainly expect to hear these two warblers in abundance as soon as we return to the rave!
Review: Subsonic is absolutely on it with this release. Courtesy of Octave Recordings, Silent Ninja is a release that's anything but silent, in fact it's the utter lack of silence which makes this such a strong release. 'Tell Dem' is the standout tune, a wobbly collection of sines and subs which taken together form an arrangement that's equal parts heavy and equal parts funky, a tried and tested combination that always goes down well in the club. The other three land more on the jump-up side of the spectrum and the title tune is representative of that sound, with big ol' bass stabs punctuating a tight collection of hits and knocks. Top release.
Review: Usually spotted on Samurai Bass, Stafford's Subsonic jumps aboard the good ship Subway Soundz with four disgusting battle tracks. All of which pack serious infectious bass riffs: "Shaolin" is all about the 97 style wobble, "Crunchy Nut" is a cross between a swarm of killer bees and a grumpy young Clipz, "Destroy" makes you feel like you're stuck in a metal tube while kids are kicking footballs really hard at the walls outside (in the nicest possible way) while "Bingo" goes for an early 2000s BBK style drama jam. Full house!
Review: Insanity jams: Subsonic & Fraksure collide for five pieces of pure mayhem. "The Maze" is almost operatic with its strings and its screaming bass riff, "Born Killer" shoots lazers so hard and fast you'll be in need of new trousers while "Sound Killa" causes sub murderation with its foggy, droning intro and ruthlessly lean subby drop. Elsewhere "The Beast" balances an incredible hammer horror score sample with a vicious sandpaper riff while "Apocalypse" gives us a finite date on human extinction with soaring reeses and a riff that guarantees nightmares. Epic scenes.
Review: VIPS in the hole! Low Down Deep revisit a couple of recent bangers with some straight up fire updates that have been massive for the Low Down Deep crew. First up is last year's killer funk tear-up "Do Your Thang" from Subsonic with a bassline that now tells more of a story instead of hammers one single message. There's more than a touch of old Zinc to this. Flip for Jayline's "North Pole Cold VIP" where the two tone basslines merge with each other much more mischievously and the added cymbal splashes on the drums give a new burst of energy. Powerful stuff.
Review: Expecting a booty call? How about a call from your mum? Maybe you're waiting for a call about a new job? Well it ain't gonna happen because they've all the "Wrong Number" and we have Tsuki to blame. Four reasons to never call anyone again, Tsuki once again reminds us how wide his range is; "Wrong Number" is so heavy and rolling it could flatten a phonebook, "Run" rasps with such sinewy high tones it could rip a phonebook up by its own bare hands, "Restart" is so fat it could eat three phone books (without so much as a splash of vinegar) while "Back To You" (with Subsonic) is such emotional fire it could burn down a whole warehouse of phonebooks. Play the numbers game...
Review: As champions of the UK bassline sound, the CruCast roster continues to impress on all angles as they unleash the third edition of their 'We Are Crucast' series, showcasing some of the most heavyweight releases they have landed over the course of 2020. The roster is pretty sensational to say the least, with the likes of AC Slater, Darkzy, P Money, Zero, Skepsis, TS7, Zero, Cajama and more all making notable appearances throughout. The project as a whole is a top quality representation of where the sound of UK bassline is currently at, with our personal favourites including the techy blips and vibrant subs of MPH's '116', alongside the stripped back bass warbles of Corrupt (UK)'s 'Strange Things' alongside the sultry vocal lines of Raas. Top stuff all around!