Review: Two names we are extremely fond of link up for this one as we see Phossa land for another solo outing on the incredibly consistent White Peach Records, giving us four system-ready slaps. We kick off with the title track 'Touch', an emotive ball of chiming melodic lines and sharp drum work, followed by almost R&G hybrid vocal slices and unpredictable percussive explosions of 'Lotus'. Next, the euphoric lead synths and crunchy drum designs of 'Untitled' provide us with more emotional harmonics, with the more mysterious arpeggio-based structures and super-swingy rhythmic layouts of 'Static' rounding off the EP in style!
Review: So at this point in time, it's hard to imagine Alix Perez making a stale tune, as he lands here on the wonderful 1985 music for another twisted collection of heaters. We kick this one off with a look at the spooky overtones and warbling synthesizer growls of 'Ravana', before the shivering LFO designs and glitchy melodic plucks of 'Lifeline' stutter into play. Next, 'Post-Mortem' arrives with more lethal reese bass action driving the stripped back drumwork forward in a blaze of system energy, before rounding off with the catchy arpeggiator flexes of 'Ends' alongside Headland. What a project this is!
Review: Rightly so, Paul Woolford sees his Special Request project stamped and approved by R&S with this fully sick Spectral Frequency EP. Lifting the title-track from the Zero Fucks compilation Woolford released last year, this insane banger of experimental jungle comes backed by a sidewinding beatless version in "Inverse Frequency". The EP sees two new numbers in the bassline driven bliss of "No Other Way To Say It" and the uplifting arpeggios of "Family Doggo" that offers some respite in techno from the bonafide mad breaks of "Spectral Frequency". Undeniably good. Tip!
Review: The Glue EP by Irish power duo features two new tracks embodying the same dramatic and evocative vibes from their recent, highly acclaimed self titled album. The title track here unashamedly explores rave nostalgia, with its tough breakbeats, euphoric chord progressions and gated vocal samples taking you all the way back to '92. "Metro" uses phased acid house style drum patterns with roaring rave synth leads on this slow burning but heavily building dancefloor destroyer. Finally "DLR" soundtracks those divine moments of truth loved up in the chill-out tent, with this emotive ambient house cut with a nice tint of 303 acid for good measure that's reminiscent of classics by Orbital et al.
Review: It's been a little while since we last heard from Mikey B, but what a way to make a return and kick off 2020 as he lands on the illustrious CruCast for a spicy four track selection. The first track that rolls into view is the title track 'White Lies', which alongside the fantastic vocal lines of Paige Eliza sees Mikey unleash an awesome display of original niche flavour with flavoursome synth melodies and choppy vocal prowess, followed up gnarly bass tones of 'No One Else' and catchy harmonic slices of 'Highs & Lows'. Finally, we finish up this wicked selection with a look at 'Commander', a grit-heavy 4x4 roller, designed to turn any dance to a ruckus. Excellent stuff!
Review: 2019 was a massive year for Pets Recordings with an impressive late run of releases from artists like Truncate, Mathias Kaden and Psychemagik. Belgian producer Beton opens the Polish label's 2020 account with this Dockside single, some three years after his debut opus via Pets Recordings back in 2017. Launching his own label Trek U that same year, with a release on Twin Turbo in 2018, too, Beton resurfaces with the sound of breaks and nostalgic rave in "Dockside", with its raw kick drum and liquid bass a super combi alongside playful synths and melodies. "Transmodal" on the flip looks towards old school trance and breaks again with touches of acid and cathedral atmospheres in this snare-heavy trip through the abyss.
Review: For this latest tasty link we see Nova land on Plantpower for a selection of super nostalgic dubstep jams, channeling the more introspective ends of the genre into two potent original creations. We kick off with the glittering percussive inputs and breezy chord pushes of 'Caffeine Dub' which casts images of early Anti-Social Music sets into our minds with it's delicacy and subtle delights. On the flip, we dive into a much more percussive design as 'Reincarnate' brings forward bouncy congas and choppy rhythmic maneuvers to inject some OG dubstep energy into the dance! It's a fantastic two tracker and a top quality tribute to dubsteps origins!
Review: Next up from Breaka we see a return to the home imprint known as Breaka Recordings for a fantastic three set release, showcasing a fantastically refreshing set of originals. We begin with the super bouncy drum work and pleasing harmonic structures of 'Liquid Gold', combining subtle break inputs with catchy piano riffs and encapsulating vocal drives to create something wonderful. Next, 'Ease Up' links together punchy drums with shimmering rave chords and smooth subs to bring us something extremely different, alongside the super fresh pad designs and sweeping atmospheric feelings of 'Steeze Flex' to round us off with a dash of finesse.
Review: The Project Allout wave continues to gain in momentum as they welcome back the incredibly consistent Joedan across four tracks of highly energetic and flavoursome dancefloor beats. We kick off with the post-funky influences and niche-style bassline influxes of the title track 'Impending Doom', before 'Chest Plate' strips things back for a carnival-ready drum roller. The vibes then switch up into a more experimental display next as the unusual bass manoeuvres of 'Lift Off' arrive to add some serious differentiation, before rounding up on tribal-sounding percussive influxes and simple melodies of 'Turned My Back', making it the perfect sign off!
Review: Well this sure is a combo to get excited about as the futuristic production stylings of MungK find a home on the super consistent Instigate Recordings for three weighty new originals. We kick off with the very well named 'Acid' a moog-heavy pulsating thrill ride of synthetic experimentation over swampy, pulsating 140 drum work. From here, 'Glitch' arrives with a fabulous display of floaty pad textures and grizzly 808 bass kicks topped with distant rave chords, followed up by the interesting drum designs and bubbling synth melodies of 'Modular' to round off another impressive body of work from all involved.
Review: It's common knowledge at this point that Bicep really is a generational talent when it comes to production. The impact of 'Glue' was off the scale and it's clear to see he has no intention of slowing down as we dive into another monumental single, this time taking the title of 'Atlas'. As ever, we witness pure melodic mastery as we are greeted by an array of spacey, emotional pad textures floating around the background, whilst popping arpeggios and shuffling drum beats breathe effortlessly across the front of the mix. When this is then coupled with pulsating sub lines and stunning vocal switches drenched in luscious big room reverb units, we sure are in for an absolute treat.
Review: Are there many better pleasures in the dubstep world than seeing a new Crucial Recordings drop? When we then see that Sleeper and Youngsta are back in collaboration, it becomes really hard to contain our excitement. We kick this one off with the jittery synthesizer pulls and spacious drum designs of 'Systematic Error', one hell of a title track and a perfect way to set the tone. Next up, the weighty sub smashes and eerie melodic moogs of 'Hello', followed closely the stunning harmonic structures and gnarly synthesizer grooves of 'Iridescence', which when coupled with subtle percussive rhythmic action provides us with the perfect outro. Lovely!
Review: All the aspects you could possibly want from two London legends of the scene here in Paul Woolford's Special Request mixes of Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Erol Alkan. This extra special suite follows previous remixes of the same single from Mano le Tough, Matrixxman and Machine Woman of Alkan's latest solo release for Phantasy Sound. Like the aforementioned, Woolford's Special Request project opts for the synthesized rave chords and deeper melodies of "Spectrum", with the 'Kaleidoscope' mix plunging deeper into bassline territory while the 'Double Vision' mix goes hard on the phasers for a stripped back dub version of hissing snares and white noise. Arpeggio heaven.
Review: It's pretty clear that Vital Techniques have not let the lockdown period slow down their inspiring work ethic as they get busy sourcing four explosive remixes to their vibrant collaboration with MC Pean entitled 'Bun Up The Ting'. We kick off with J69's old school niche bassline rethink, adding extensive wobbly bass designs and high energy drum runs into proceedings, followed by Soulecta's nostalgic UKG flip, perfect for the sunshine. Next, Danny T & Tradesman switch it up with a crunchy grime recreation before Sublow Hz sends the acapella into the jump up blender for the final overhaul, giving this project a fantastic amount of variety from start to finish.
Review: Two years on from an impressive first appearance on Lobster Theremin, Luz1e transfers to Shall Not Fade and notches up another rock solid label debut. She hits the ground round running with title track "Ridin", a bustling chunk of ghetto-house influenced breakbeat deepness full of warm chords and cut-up vocal snippets, before joining the dots between two-step garage, breakbeat and drowsy deepness on the arguably even better "Hyperfunk (Deep Break Cut)". She reaches for the alien, acid style electronics on the dreamy ghetto-tech rush of "Damn Boi", while "Early Reflections" is another ear-catching trip into woozy, glassy-eyed breakbeat territory complete with glacial pads and redlined analogue bass.
Review: Having struggled to find his niche during the early part of his career, things started looking up for Randomer when he popped up on Numbers back in 2011 with the bombastic blends of acid house and techno that made up his impressive Real Talk EP. Since then, he's impressively flitted between techno and bass music, and here delivers an all-out techno assault for Clone's occasional Basement Series. There's a real no-nonsese feel to the relentless kick-drums and cut-up vocal samples of "Stupid Things I Do", which comes in "New School" and "Old School" mix formats (the latter including some looser techno breakbeats, and thus being our pick). The EP also includes two formidable percussion workouts, which deliver driving drums and booming basslines.
Review: As we've enjoyed watching Livity Sound mint an array of new artists to its label like Forest Drive West, Laurel Halo and Leif, it's also been fresh names like Toma Kami, Two Shell, and now Kouslin, that are keeping Livity's undercurrent in motion. Given a full debut, Kouslin emerges from the 2010s with 2020 Vision, supplying Livity Sound with four shaded bassline dubs, diving into various forms of sub-aqueous melody, tribal rhythms and far-flung, trippy percussion. Find touches of rave, trance and bleep culture in "Ice" with more references to dubstep and streetwise Bristol spook in the EP's lead track and "The Beast Of Bolsover". Clear.
Review: Benjamin Damage returns to 50 Weapons for another ripper and he means business on this one! Aqueous melodies, dubbed-out beats and just the right level of bass feed into a strong techno backbone; "Up" is a warehouse banger with seductive loops, and "Acid Bath" is a straight tool bumper for the peak hours, but it's "Splash" that really impresses, finishing things off with some much needed - albeit subtle - jackin action.
Review: JRMS is a new project between newcomer Joseph Cardone and Massimo Di Lena, a veteran who has released on Cadenza and Royal Oak. Issued on Peggy Gou's label, the project sees the duo deliver a pared back, gritty take on house music. The title track is a shuffling, drum-heavy track featuring repurposed rave stabs and a powerful sub-bass. "Shake" sees them take on board electro influences, with a squelchy low end supporting shuffling drums. Meanwhile on "3", the pair drop a percussive rhythm track that underpins detuned squelches and tight claps. Changing tact again, they deliver the tripped out "Solo", which is sure to work for DJs who like to play deeper.
Review: London's Modern Ruin hadn't been messing around since their first release, and now the label are back with a hot collaboration between Slime's BSN Posse, and newcomer Stayhigh in what could possibly be one of the label's most soulful and seductive slice of bass weight, as of yet. The opener by BSN Posse, "All My Dreams" is a gorgeous bit of sliding drums and placid vocals, and the follower by Stayhigh, "You're Not Alone", follows in a similar vein except there is more energy and more of a rise in momentum. Check all these cuts out; the moral of the story is that these guys are just simply good at making sidewalk bass music with an elegant, maybe eve jazzy edge.
Review: ONEPUF are back at it again, bringing us yet another super tasty breaks inspired original as they employ the talents of Private caller for two super crunchy original creations. We kick off with a look at 'Let Me Know' which combines an organ driven, reverby introduction with lethal 808 drones and shimmering vocal scatters on its breakdown. On the flip side, the tempo is dramatically decreased to allow the hardcore influences of 'Want Me' to shine through in serious style, with scatty chord stutters and subtle breakbeat lines shimmering away, bringing a touch of nostalgia to this wicked two track selection.
Review: Bass as a genre is clearly undergoing a period of rapid expansion, with new-found influence from sounds as far apart as techno and dubstep. This latest drop from Homage sees Will Hofbauer lay down some super smooth tech-influenced creations, kicking off with the delightfully delicate 'Caned', which also comes complete with a choppy UKG rethink from Desert Sound Colony. Next up, 'Whiplash' provides us with a more time-dance style take of proceedings, followed by lastly by the moogy bass tones and glittering arpeggios of 'Rocks Off'. Lovely stuff!
Review: We really hope everyone out there is enjoying this new wave of UKG as much as we are here at Juno Download. The sunshine flavours are extremely prominent at the moment, especially within this wonderful new release from Matt Jam Lamont and Echelon, who deliver a fabulous four track selection to the newly launched Undagrnd Freqz imprint. With these two featuring on every track, we are also given four guest features, the first of which comes from Aki on the incredibly vibrant sub rolls and vocal slices of 'Every Step'. This is followed by the wonderful Shosh getting involved on the more mellow moogy bass rolls of 'Let U Know' before Yemi arrives with a bag of melodic punch with his inputs to 'Treat Ting Me'. Finally, the ever-ready Smokey Bubblin' B arrives with a typically colourful sack of energy, providing the perfect touches to round us off in style!
Review: For this latest offering from Mawimbi, we welcome Burland who arrives on the scene ready for action with four super original creations, all rotating around a central funky theme. We kick off with a top notch collaboration with Zongo Abongo who layers his super authentic vocal flows over colourful percussive rhythms with some amazing results. Next up, 'Agbekor' lands with another bag of rhythmic power, driven by it's insistent grooves and sharp drum processing, before 'Riffin' On The Bow' picks up the pace with a quicker yet more minimal approach. Finally, Burland slows it right down with more fabulous vocal work and groovy, irresistible drum maneuvers on 'Me So Love Ya'.
Review: Throughout 2020 we have seen a lot of lines between genres crossing, with 140 music and the bassline, garage, funky debacle being good examples. Today however we are checking out possibly the most exciting genre-meshing this year as On1 unleashes the drill to UKG hybridization of his new project, kicking off with the pulsating 808 sub pressure and skippy hi-hat expressions of 'Makita'. Next, the breathy bass poundings and tenacious snare rolls of 'Ryobi' arrive in style, before we finish off the journey through this one with a look at 'Terra'. We would say this is the most drill-like of the bunch as a wave of synthetic melodic sweeps are greeted with shuffling drums and yet more of those engulfing sub slaps, making this one the perfect way to round off a very exciting trio of originals.
Review: Emerging back in 2014 for pioneering German label Project Mooncircle, Yip Wong aka Deft, later hooked up with 20/20 London for a trilogy of releases that culminated in Deft's 2019 debut album Cracks. Exploding into 2020 furthermore, Deft arrives on the newly established Hooversound Recordings for its second release. A booming and bombastic four-track exploding from all sides, this is serious stuff; from the epic orchestral strings and wiley flexin vocals of "ESKILUSIVE" to the snapping, future Detroit electro of "BURNA". Frenetic rhythms with heavy hitting staccato beats conjure up a storm of roughneck percussion in "NEW YORKS FINEST VIP" with a funkier, more liquid dubstep number landing firm in "KOOVER IN '92". Relentless and uncompromising club music. TIP.
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique) - (5:04) 152 BPM
Bad From Mi Born (feat Rider Shafique - Eusebeia Truth & Rights remix) - (4:50) 152 BPM
Review: From first glance it would appear that Earthtrak have stumbled upon a serious gem of a release with this one as they welcome in stunning production abilities of Obeah for three tracks of pure bassweight. We begin by examining the title track 'Dead In This Ting' which sees the legendary Trim get involved with a typically exceptional vocal performance, using his deeper tones and skippy flows to toast his way through a stunning instrumental display. To follow, 'Bad From Mi Born' arrives which features another well matched vocal collaboration from the critically acclaimed Rider Shafique, who unleashes a system-ready performance to match Obeah's system-busting production. Finally, Eusebeia Truth & Rights provide us with a more jungle influenced rethink of 'Bad From Mi Born', adding a final additional twist to this killer release.
Review: It's time to dive deep into the realms of experimental tech on this one as we are introduced to this hard hitting four track compilation from the K7 imprint, showcasing 4x4 creativity at its very finest. We kick off with Laurel Halo's fabulous 'Sweetie', a moody rolling tech adventure, packed with percussive melodics. Next, Ikonika returns with her OG mix of 'Bodied' which plays off both grimey and techno themes, followed by the hypnotic synthesizer ramblings of 'Cricoid' from Rrose. Finally, it gets very tribal indeed as Nick Leon ventures forth with the Amazonian rhythms and rhythmic twists of 'Pelican Dub'.