Review: Following a series of sludgy numbers on the likes of Subworld Audio and Sub Garden comes this Substantial debut from Nottingham low-rider The Cosmos. His sounds as spacious and dizzyingly deep as his name, each cut marches through the fog with purpose. "Whale Blubber" is a woozy halftime bass banquet, "Flames N Fire" is all wobble and wave while "Beating The Block" bounces with badman badinage and "Twisted Ankle" swivels and jives and with a weirdo wonk that's tailored for the darkest of hours. The cosmos is never ending...
Review: It's that time again, as the infamous PAR imprint returns for their yearly Christmas compilation, showcasing their extensively versatile roster and variety of musical styles. This year is a collection of returns and debuts, as we see Killjoy, Deadbeat, Dr Cryptic, KXVU, Moony, Jakebob amongst others all make solid return appearances. Some of our favorites include the haunting sounds of Dallen's grimey roller 'Time', the catchy 4x4 riffs and rhythms of Kind Hydra's 'Bass Trap' and skippy arrangement and aggressive synth design on 'Trigga' from the elusive Rotti. There aren't many labels that can boast such an extensive yet versatile roster and yet remain so assured in as many different areas of UK bass music.
Nicky Boy Floyd - "Triple Double" - (4:44) 140 BPM
Saanen - "Messed Dub" - (5:04) 140 BPM
Yin Yang Audio - "Jutsu" - (5:15) 140 BPM
Aztek & Muhla - "Fsake" - (3:36) 140 BPM
JTATA - "Tactile" - (5:01) 140 BPM
Forslab - "Mechanism" - (5:05) 140 BPM
Nomad - "Twitch Fingers" - (5:02) 140 BPM
Dziga - "Inchain" - (4:41) 140 BPM
The Cosmos - "Insomnia" - (2:24) 140 BPM
Review: Flying straight out of Croydon, one of 2017's most impressive dubstep imprints: Dubtribu return for a fantastic end of year compilation. This 14 tracker sums up everything you need to know about the label, it's dark it's dangerous and it's incredibly weighty. From start to finish this compilation explores the vast distance of dubsteps boundaries, from the haunting vocals of 'Disappear' by Platypus to the wonky rhythms of Nicky Boy Floyd's 'Triple Double' and back around to the neuro inspired sounds of 'Jutsu' by the magnificent Yin Yang Audio. Highlights for us include the dubwise inspired sounds of Nomad's 'Twitch Fingers' and the spooky LFO's of 'Insomnia' by Nottingham based up & comer 'The Cosmos'.
Review: Top talent spotters in the Bass game; Project Allout are back with a new squad of bass-making talent, as well as whole host of established names that project helped to launch to the outer stratospheres in recent years. It's the third edition of their legendary Lengerz series packed with 39 tracks straight from the legion of Lengdom and as we've come to expect from the Steel City boys, they're covering the full gully side of the 125 to 140bpm spectrum; from the eski angst of Arkham's "Jacotanu" the tripped out video game Trap of Creep N00m's "419" to the Pulse X style 808 bass tones of Dubzta's "Energy".... there is even a bit of donk in there via Casement's Young Team. Put it this way, if you are a fan of basslines that make your face look like you're chewing lemons then there is something in hear for you!
Highlights here at Juno HQ include the skaggy chirps on Dead Beat UK's "Baghead VIP", Livsey's TC inspired "Tap Ho" and newcomer Cole slowing the pace but not the intensity with the earth shattering "Mud".
There's a reason why these compilations hang around the top of our charts for years on end, it's because they are jam packed with silly amounts of exclusive A-sides. You don't need to be an Oxbridge educated economist to realise that few labels in the game can boast bang per buck like this!