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The Brighton based 'Jalapeno' imprint has been the life and soul of the party for the last few years now, with recent releases continuing to impress, injecting some serious soul into the south coast. This time around they bring forward The Allergies for a vibrant two track EP, kicking off with 'Can't Keep Working This Hard'. As a composition, it's funk-o-meter is unrivalled, pulling in deliciously crunchy grooves with some top draw vocal work. On the flip, Andy Cooper joins the jamboree with some smooth rap vocals layered over the rawcus composition of 'Run It Back', bringing together top draw basslines and classic drum design
Southpoint's sizzling with frayed bass naughtiness once again with latest young member Freddie Martin. As proved by recent cuts such as "Carnage" (on Southpoint) and "What" (on Saucy), Martin bounces in the fault lines between bassline, breaks, garage with a low end mutant that never sits still. "Limbo" slams, "Feel" twists a gurgling gutter kicking jam into a vocal daydream while "The Truth" sees him teaming up with fellow Southpoint success Bushbaby for a balls-out breakbeat sandpaper bass jam. Trust us; you'll be feeling this.
Let the funk reign true as we listen through this awesome new EP project from Cheshire, courtesy of the fantastic Lowtemp imprint. As a five track project 'Take The Cake' resonates smoothness, with every track sounding clean as a whistle. Let's kick off with 'The Crocodile' which is a jazzy ode to modern breakbeat whilst the scattered drum arrangements of 'Burning Up' allow Megan Hamilton's vocals room to play. The dubsteppy bass synths and sharp snare stabs on 'Liquid Smooth' follow before we land on the incredibly groovy saxophone syncopation of 'Where Are You'. Finally we round off with the title track 'Take The Cake', which features some seriously soulful vocal inputs from Brittney Jay, along with suave horn riffing and crispy percussive design.
All around hot-shot production voice Stickybuds makes his return to release with his brand new compilation project entitled 'Take A Stand'. Westwood Recordings have struck gold with this one as Stickybuds lays down a selection of high energy compositions, ranging from drum and bass to dancehall and back to dub reggae. There is some serious quality on display here, but for us the immediate highlights have to be the dubwise pressure and rootsy switches of 'Heavy Load' in collaboration with Prince Alla, along with the tearout neuro sounds of 'The Firestarter' featuring Blackout JA. This is a great album project, showcasing real versatility as a producer.
As breakbeat's progression continues to enhance, we take a closer look at this corner of a two track drop from Row-Ex, courtesy of Spektra. Known for his production prowess, he demonstrates some serious compositional skills on 'Hands To Up', using scattered synth patterns to emulate the rhythms and movements of a scratch DJ in full flow, with some really cool results. On the flip, 'Keep Dancing' is an additional slab of electro flavour, pulling together hardcore drum rolls and acidic lead bass synths to conjure up some nostalgic grooves.
The Raw Tactics discography has always been an impressive one, and the catalogue has just been improved again with the release of this brand new new three track project from Fork & Knife. Here we have been treated to a sumptuous slice of techno intertwined with bass themes, as the title track combines glitched out arpeggios with rolling drum work and distorted 808 subs, resulting in a really groovy overall composition. On the flip side we are then treated to some more creative energy with 'Canyon'. This is a grimey stinger, incorporating beautiful organic woodwind motifs with scattered drum punches, lively bird sounds and explosive horn stabs, for a really well thought out arrangement. This is definitely an EP with a wide range of sounds, perfect for numerous DJ's to slide into the mix.
It seems as if there is no stopping the fire that LW Recordings have lit as they put together yet another heavyweight compilation, this time featuring 25 absolute stormers from some of the waviest faces in the scene. Stylistically, the LP ranges quite drastically from neurotic breakbeat rhythms and hardstyle bassline to more chilled out UKG themes and unusual 2 steppy flavours. For us the immediate highlights are quite obvious, those being Gosize's euphoric breakbeat adventure in the emotive chords and perfectly crafted breaks of 'Take Me To Heaven', along with Nadine's dancefloor heavy rework of 'Riff' by Nubass. A special mention has to also go to TBFM & Chilllito for their incredibly smooth 'Did You Really Care' creation.
Elektroshok are at it again alongside long term label favourite: The Brainkiller, who returns to the release roster for his brand new single 'Wisdom'. A wash of dark atmospherics run riot around the heavily structured introduction, before descending into a dubstep infused electro meltdown come the drop. Stuttering bass leads writhe away whilst subtle melodies roll into play from the rest of the instrumentation, generating something very cool indeed.
The funk invasion into electronic dance music has been a thing of beauty, the Glitch Hop Community making a prime example of that here on Mastaryte's new three track selection. We begin with the jazzy riffs and choppy drum patterns of 'Squibly Bop' before heading on a growling bassy adventure amidst the piping horns of 'Funksplotation'. We then finish the EP up with the crunchy drum design and ultra melodic piano riffs of 'Cruisy Dooby' which rounds everything off in some serious style.
The Hot Cakes rampage continues here as they employ the services of Future Flex for an explosive new single by the name of 'Power Moves'. It proves to be pure rave dynamite as colourful electronic synth leads smash away above crisply processed 4x4 kick snare combos whilst being drizzled with expertly timed vocal slices and expansive horn bridges. This one also comes complete with a VIP mix, twisting the track up yet another level.
Electro infused bass heavy goodness? Yes please! For this selection Grand C steps up alongside the Adapted imprint for a four track wash out, pulling together some seriously cool musical themes and sound design. We begin with the stuttered bass chops of 'Guacamole' before hitting up the more subtle, acidic synth sounds on 'Job Centre Jive'. Next up, 'Network' which is fuelled by growling bass sounds, grinding away in the lower frequencies before finishing up on 'Swish' featuring an amazing vocal performance from James Lyons. Great stuff!
Crimes Of The Future continues to demonstrate its expertise in the field of modern day electro and wave-based music with this incredible one off missive from an unlikely super group. N.O.I.A, Rubicon and Rude 66 join forces for the bright and bold "Morning Bells," which stirs up a generous dose of Italo, techno and electro in a cauldron and serves it through a massive wall of synth-powered sound. Who else to remix such a concoction but Timothy J. Fairplay then? The multi-faceted London producer stays true to the original's dazzling colour and simply beefs up the beats for a cracking alternative mix to the original.
For this brand new feature length Album project, B.O.S.E readies his wits and sharpens his productive spears, making ready for a scintillating spectacle as 14 tracks of electro fire come to fruition. The constant themes of the album are that of 80's synth pop, with electronic synth machines playing out drums and melodies on 'Planet Miami', 'Miami Got The Bass' and 'Bass Is The Place To Rock The Place'. There is also a constant breaksy theme running riot, as 'Bass In Your Mutha Fuckin' Face' and 'Hip Shakin' Bass'. The album screams retro electro, with our highlights being the hardcore rolls of the title track 'Evolution' and of course the vibrant arrangements of 'Miami ABC's'.
Altered Roads is the new label of Etch aka Zak Brashill of Bristol. He's again looking down different avenues in terms of sonic diversity, tempo and functionality with disregard for preconception. From the space time continuum of "Lost Orbit" (Chrome Drum VIP), the jagged and angular groove of "Beggars Belief' (which is a distant cousin of Etch's 2015 release on Wisdom Teeth 'Toxin") plus the dusty and bombastic breaks of "Paging Dr. Octagon" creating a feeling of tension and suspense - this is perfect mood lighting for early evening dancefloors.
FUTURE FLEX - Power Moves (Hot Cakes)
FREDDIE MARTIN - Feel (Southpoint)
VARIOUS - Sublime Breaks & Beats Vol 11 (LW Recordings)
CHESHIRE - Take The Cake (Lowtemp)
STICKYBUDS - Take A Stand (Westwood Recordings)
MASTARYTE - Horny As Funk II (Glitch Hop Community)
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