Review: Finland's Top Billin fulfill their New Year resolutions by releasing their now traditional two January compilations. Hot on the heels of their 'Best Of 2012' collection, label co-founder Sir Nenis presents this assortment of bangers that didn't manage to fit on to any particular release last year. The quality's still right up there though, and highlights include the Chicago-ish stomp of "Cherry Lotion" by Fisky, haunted hip-house booty track "Ghetto Starr" by Top Billin and DJ Venum, the Inner City on downers vibe of "Yo" by Harkan and the melancholic retro rave of "Feel Good" by Fobator.
Whole Sick & Tomb Crew - "I Go Sick" - (4:52) 132 BPM
Top Billin & Wolfhaus - "Heart Of The Traitor" - (4:27) 140 BPM
Mega Banton & Kush Arora - "Shake Sitten" (Kush Arora's china white instrumental) - (9:04) 122 BPM
Review: Cripes! Top Billin' doesn't seem to even stop for Christmas! This latest is a compilation of their best releases from 2012, and considering their pretty hefty back catalogue, they had their work cut out for them. Boasting a whopping 25 tracks, the album's highlights include the Tropical campery of "Phil So Real", the glorious "Always Got My Back", the Future bass exoticism of "I Told Ya", the sparse and dreamy drum machine and soft pad heaven of "Find Your Love", the sci-fi ghetto beats of "Work It", the badass old skool house of "House Girl" and "Motion Elements (Snuff Crew remix)" and the blissed out Italo-disco ish "Shake Sitten (Kush Arora remix)".
Sandwich Island Bass - "Herbalists Vocal Up" (feat Little Freddy) - (2:46)
Dazed Dog - "Moombahwine" (feat Mystic Dan) - (5:26)
Jon Kwest - "That Go" - (4:29)
B-Stee & Archi - "Bad Bwoy" - (4:16)
Tactic - "Come In Di Dance" - (4:46)
Big Boss - "Vato Loco" - (4:05)
Obeyah - "Bell Up" - (5:18)
Cam Jus - "Water Fire Riddim" - (3:10)
Dface - "Physical Appearance" - (4:40)
Cy Kosis - "Sick" - (4:27)
Photo Romance - "Hellraizer" - (4:54)
DJ Melo - "Galaxy Rays" - (3:35) 144 BPM
Review: Top Billin are back with another of their fine collections of all things bass. This one purports to being all about the moombahton but, as a label they've always sided with the less cheesy side of things, so don't expect anything too EDM. Highlights of this 13-track opus include Euro-trance-hop opener, "Street Codes", the frankly weird "Moobahwine", the nasty synth driven reaggaeton of "Come In Di Dance", the repetitive and minimal "Bell Up" and the fizzy laser attack of "Galaxy Rays". Top Billin does it again.
Review: Collected and compiled by Top Billing head honcho Sir Nenis, "Premium Crates " pulls together a fantastic set of club-rocking nuggets ranging from uplifting house tracks to dirty bass workers. On a typically woozy and wonky TB vibe, Borussia's "The Magic Hornet" combines rock-solid bottom end rhythms with hypnagogic melodies and Elektropusher's "Greezly" features the kind of tweaked synth madness Mr Oizo would approve of. Elsewhere, Bmore producer Emynd comes in with the charging stomp of "Toot It Up" - sounding like a follow-up to Debonair Samir's seminal "Samir's Theme" - and John Roman's mix of Milt Mortez' "Pluto" is simply too huge for words. Have fun exploring all fifteen essential tracks.
Review: Top Billin deliver the goods yet again with this absolute smash on their own imprint, featuring vocals from Virus Syndicate. The original mix is pretty much the perfect combination of UK funky and electro house, featuring a satisfyingly heavy bassline, a bit of funky swing in the snappy rhythm and some of the best flow from Virus Syndicate to date. Say Wut's remix takes a lighter approach than the original, taking away the huge bassline, and pushing things in a funky direction, with the jangling percussion and hollow synth melody providing just as effective a backdrop to the vocals as the massive original, whilst Killahurtz's remix provides an impressive big room reworking which sees Top Billin's original and raises it with its abrasive bassline. Despite these huge remixes on offer, Top Billin should be applauded for capping the collection off with a remix from juke heroes DJ Rashad and DJ Earl which pushes the tempo up to 150bpm without breaking a sweat, offering a machinegun MPC workout that is perhaps the highlight of the EP.