Review: For this very exciting six track selection, the team at Top Billin have arranged a tight collection of the weird and undefinable, yet somehow manage to release a cohesive body of work at the same time. Firstly, the booming bass drums, choppy breaks and subby leads of TRDV's 'Deadlines' take the lead, followed by a funky garage fusion by the name of 'Submarine's from Murder He Wrote. Next up, we move further into the stripped back garage themes as Tony Quatro unleashes the lethal subs of 'September' before the bouncy carnival drum work of Pl4net Dust's 'Daebak' is let loose. The flavours then take another unexpected turn as a Rodigan vocal sample gives way to a moody breaks driven original from Garneau entitled 'WH1', before funky feels of Niklavz round everything up smartly in 'Soundboy Notifications'.
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: The Main Course label keeps getting stronger and stronger, a powerful beast that offers consistently high levels of bass and more. This is the third chapter of their Year compilations and, once again, we're presented with a heavy assortment of gnarly rhythms from players like Kid Kamillon, Damn Kids, Kito, Three Mike B. The thing is, if you're looking for a good dose of contemporary base that sits all under one hefty compilation, you've pretty much struck gold with this.
Review: Iconic UK DJ Deekline is revered by bass lovers for being head of the London/Brighton Hot Cakes collective of producers, promoters and DJs. Here he returns with the second instalment of his remarkable Bass Wars series and its 21 sizzling future jams are guaranteed to spin your minds as well as your legs. Highlights include his own sci-fi trap reworking of "Pump Up The Volume", the insanely funky dubstep/4 x 4 hybrid "Can You Feel Dat" by Peep Dis and the soaring melancholia of the old skool rave anthem "I Can't Wait" again by Deekline. Totally boss.
Review: Two bass stalwarts from either side of the pond we call the Atlantic collide to create a six-sided breaks beast that leaves very little stone unturned. "Deep In The Jungle" pays homage to the classic rolling Botchit sound with timeless darkness. Elsewhere we get shattered by synths on Tony's classic electro-minded "Liberty Plaza", we get soaked by subs on Deekline's "I Can't Wait" and we go back to the mid zeroes for a lean, mean Get Physical-style tech hook on "3 Mins To Midnight". With sounds like these you kind of have to hope that Deekline and Tony remain in the jungle for a very long time.
Review: According to his bio, Bot is of the future. Half man, half-machine; fully Italian. Fair enough: bring it on, we say! Formerly one half of Crookers and now stepping out on his own, bass renegade Andrea Fratangelo is now based in Los Angeles (by way of London) and delivers us the Balut EP, a collaboration with Tony Quattro. First track "Balut" is a bleepy and stripped, swing fuelled house jam for eager, early evening dancefloors. Fans of Will Clarke or the Dirtybird sound will definitely dig this. "Guess Who" features a massive white noise build up and referee whistles before the massive bass induced drop, on this tough late night house excursion for freaks.
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.
Review: This is it! Trouble & Bass's final release... Going out on a high, Drop The Lime ties the many tendrils of his hugely influential imprint in one 25-track strong set. The result isn't just a celebration of T&B's successes, but the development of bass music at large and how it's irreparably dented US club culture for the better. Timeless highlights include AC Slater's epic speed garage slapdown twist of Mathhead, Supra1's jiggling wobblefest twist of Little Jinder and the proto-tropical fusions of The Boogaloo Crew. A genuinely historic document: high five to Trouble & Bass for all the good times.
Review: Biblical badness from T&B mainstays Doctor Jeep and Tony Quattro. Jeep goes in first with two stark originals; "Creator" pays homage to the big guy upstairs with an ace lesson in vocal splicing, gritty 4/4 pumps and epic snare rolls. "Torpedo" follows on a steppier, tribal vibe while Quattro closes the show with a sweet homage to both jump up D&B and ghetto-tek. Firing on all cylinders, T&B continue to lead rather than follow.
Review: The one like Tony Quattro returns to Trouble & Bass with a scorcher of a three-tracker. We don't really know how to describe his sound apart from absolutely banging - all three tunes are total winners but the prime cut has to be the title track, which features a jittering, gnarly, oscillating electrolyte bassline penetrating through the mix like a dagger. Check it!
Review: It's pretty fair to say that our Tony likes New York. A lot! This latest arrival from the on-fire Trouble & Bass imprint eschews the hazy trapisms of recent releases and goes for the party jugular. Pumping and housey, "New York Anthem" features some of the deepest bass frequencies know to man. For "Forth & Seek" Quattro enlists the help of Doctor Jeep and B Ames for some saucy breakbeat mayhem.