Review: It's that time of the year again as we welcome back the wonderful Night Bass crew for the 10th edition of their 'This Is Night Bass' series, featuring some of the biggest and most popular names the scene has to offer. The tracklist boasts a fabulous combination of established talent and newcomers, as we see the likes of Taiki Nulight, NuBass, Dommix, The Sponges, CAPOZZi, Sage Armstrong, Sqwad and more join forces to create a sumptuous collection. Our highlights have to include Riddim Commission's super smooth 'In My Soul', alongside the groovy horns of 'Funky Soul', from Nicky Genesis, Jace Mek's techy influxes on 'Bring It Back' and the stripped back debut of Tengu with 'Bad Girls'.
Review: Tengu are a House/Garage and Bass Music Duo from Worthing/Brighton Kenny Mckay and Chris Merison. House and bass music merge to dramatic effect much like Mele can on "Murda Murda" featuring the on-point rhyming of Dread MC, while LST joins the duo on "Mad For The Tune" which gets some serious wonk and wobble on with this right party starter. Finally, "Objection" gets some grime influence into the mix to dirty street level effect: beware!
Review: Southpoint alumni Tengu makes his debut on the seemingly turbo-charged Four40 with two wedges of raw bass danger; "Tough" lives up to its name with abrasive industrial strength bass textures ripping and rubbing all over a classical speed garage drum arrangement. You probably won't be surprise when we tell you "Evil Ting" also lives to its name. This time the grotty bass and prang aesthetic is splattered all over a sweet and sassy UKG two-step with demolition-ready results. Get your lengs out Tengu mates.
Review: The southern bass scene has been one of the most exciting things to watch over the last two years of its growth as artists such as Tengu have risen to the forefront of the genre. Here we see the dynamic duo team up with Four40 for a shellshocker of an EP, featuring two originals and a storming remix. The title track 'Right To Kill' has been highly anticipated for release for a long while, and it's no wonder why as it's lethal lead synths and super punchy drums carve their way through any dance. We also hear a weighty collaboration with Hybrid theory by the name of 'Slippin' before jumping into their remix of 'Right To Kill' which adds a whole new dimension of finesse to an already stacked release.
Review: Representing the south coast massive, duo Tengu have been crafting premier league house/garage/bass jams for a few years now. "Dirtyyy" is probably their toughest club banger yet, with swollen bass undulations and tropical rhythms a plenty. Forbid also steps in to add some more rolling housier vibes to the tune before the guys return with Albzzy for a low slung DJ tool, all sparse 4 x 4 drums and haunting synths. Rounding things the pair are joined by Karl Vincent for the hard-hitting "Kaifeng" which shows us just how fun the dark side of speed garage can be.
Review: Debutant destruction: Low Pitched continue to knock seven shades of bass out of the dance with a four-piece EP from four artists we'll be hearing a lot more of in future. From the chop-slapping grunts of fast-rising Tengu's "Crimson Peak" to Genick & Strange Contents' bitter-bass barks on "Monologue" via the purring space bass and struts and tightly plucked lead tones of Slmn Ghst's "Dawgs Dem" and harmonic hair-raising of Hestia's "Baby", the message is clear: there's a new generation of bass producers about to dent the future with level upping badness. Check!
Review: Tengu and Nina Wilde are on some mad flex right here, bursting through the charts like a pair of dementors on speed; this new collaboration on Illegal Bass feels like exactly the right territory for their pair in hazy, summery 2017 gust. "Loop Machine" is part house, part grime monster, whereas "Go" focusses particularly on the latter thanks to its pulsating flow of grizzly bass and sharp, jump-up drums for the head-nodding souljahs. Big, big tunage right here!
Review: Hot to trot vibes machine FooR goes balls-deep on this epic 50+ track compendium. Bulging at the seams with slinky two-steps, stinking basslines and every essential element in between, it's an incredible collection of on-point bass music cuts spun around the UKG / bass house axis. Those with a soulful interest should instantly fall for cuts like Thorn's "In 2 Deep", anthem-addicts need to know about Foor's own heavenly synth/guttural bass jam "Lift Me Up", bass-devoted breakers will go giddy for "Don't Hold Back", gully munchers will chow down heartily on Tyrone's "Ravin Face" while DJs in need of more of a classical deep roll-out should be smitten by Tengu's "Evil Ting". And that's not even scratching the surface - this is a true trove of future talent and shadowy sonic skill. Golly gosh YosH.
Review: Marcus nasty: The man, the myth, the legend. A pivotal figure behind the emergence of Grime and UK Funky sounds, there is no one better placed to compile and present a comprehensive collection of the latest evolutions of the House & Garage sound. Curiously enough, the package drops on Dallas imprint Audiophile XXL, as Americas biggest dance music Europhiles the Texans constantly have their ear to the ground and are no strangers to good old fashioned British basslines!
Superabound with dance floor ammunition and A-list names, it is an all killer no filler collection. Wittyboy & Tengu hook up on "Bioshock" with a bassline so harsh it will leave you with a sore throat. LR Groove drifts into more traditional tech-house territory on epic track "The Journey". Brent Kilner rattles he ribcage with a 2017 take on the Sheffield Niche nightclub sound. There are too many standout tracks to mention and in all honesty we have a lot of music to focus on but we would seriously rinse this day and night for the next fortnight if we could.