Review: Pronounced "adverb", this solo American producer lays down some beautifully textured and very glitched out bass-step on this release for Car Crash Set. "Lust" rips apart its atmospheric opening with a torrent of fierce leads, while "Colourful Eyes" sounds on a par with Rustie's sci-fi voyaging. Check out the maximal joys of "Sugar Glaze" as an excellent first step into the world of +Verb.
Review: The young Knowledge Is Power imprint returns with a sultry VA compilation, put together with a noticeable care and attention to detail, and spanning just about every genre worth vibing to at the moment. We got a selection of new talent, too, with the likes of $D$ making his debut with "St Dreamer", a trap-leaning experiment sampling Mobb Deep, followed by Drime's gritty, grime-filtered "M Dance" riddim. Aranha's "Radium" is deep and subby, recalling some neo-stepperz business, while Rafe's "Direct Circuit" pushes the grime stabs out, and Umpah's "South Weezy" takes that same inspiration on some next sci-fi tip - TIP!
Review: Belgium's busy Pelican Fly label has been dropping bombs of all shapes and sizes over the last five or so years, and they show no sign of stopping or slowing down if this new scorcher by 1180 is anything to go by. While his previous - and debut - release for the label was a harsh, aggressive shade of trance, this new single "Lick It" verges onto the juke end of the bass spectrum. With a fluttering vocal with the vocal "work it"on repeat, 1180 launches a fiery, stuttering groove boasting a stop-start flex that is bound to cause some serious uproar in the dancehall - just wait for that bass to drop, son! Jeez...
Review: When 123MRK's Noname EP dropped in 2011 creating waves all around the dubstep and bass music scene. Moulding the sound of his generation into a style all his own, the Frenchman suddenly found himself held aloft as an innovator as well as simply a producer of sounds. This remixed release of his seminal EP was a lofty undertaking and the finished item features remixes from some of the future dubstep scene's brightest young stars alongside long-time innovators. From Liar's metalic, lo-fi flavours to Troy Gunner's understated clicks and swirls; ViLLAGE's heart-pounding house remodelling to Heblank's old-school twist, even the likes of Pixelord and ReSketch play their garage-influenced hands to create an all-new modern-day canvas of what exactly bass music is right at this moment. It can never be truly defined, but this is a pretty good encyclopedia.
Review: Every now and then a producer comes along who changes the game with a forward thinking new approach to a familiar sound. Hailing from Leeds Dan Smith, aka 1Point5, is gearing up to be one of those guys. This, his latest for In:Flux, boasts three fresh new jams - the dubby, percussive moodiness of the title track, quirky, skippy 4 x 4 of "Brock 2000", a collaboration with GLVR, and the wobble/2-step mash up "Sun Comes Up". There are also three remixes, the best of which is the distorted crunch of Tik&Borrow's pounding rework.
Review: More UK-leaning hybrid house from the Project Allout collective, and it looks like we have a brave newcomer on the scene in 1Thirty! The young bass-slinger opens with the wobbly garage swings of "Brain Zap", followed by the equally off-kilter yet sexy and utterly danceable bass waves of "Throttle". "Warped Steel" is more on the two-step end of the game, thanks to its sporadic beats and stop-start motion, but the man's collaboration with Karl Vincent on "Revolt" is what'll surely get the floor rockin' sideways. Yes, yes - pull up!
Review: Well established Croatian dubsmith presents his most diverse and boundary-pushing body of work to date: Brainstorm. A genre-defying project that applies his grimy, unforgiving tightly textured funk in a number of tempos and contexts, this is an album that seamlessly takes us from the light, loose-limbed 125 styles of "Ground Zero" to the brutal steppy D&B funk of "Clap Back" in the flick of a switch. Other brain-bending moments include the steady dub kicks and pranged out tones of "Acid Dust", the dusty jazz key strikes on "You Knw Wsp" and the pulverising halftime punch of "Shocker". The only shocker here would be to sleep on this... Easily one of Macabre Unit Digital's boldest and most boundary-less releases to date.
Review: Having already gained interest from some compilation appearances, the Unmade EP is actually the first release proper from this San Francisco outfit. Night Bass have to really trust an artist to put out their records and thankfully 219 Boys don't let them down. There are three spacey and imaginative takes on bass music here, starting with the cheeky Les Grossman-sampling melodic house opener "FYOF". Next is "Unmake" which is a slinky slice of sauntering tech-funk, before "Risk" drives things harder bringing some heavy underground vibes into the mix.