Review: Earlier this year Cookie Monsta had a pop at our mums. Now he's having a go at the dog. Is anyone safe when Nottingham's naughtiest is at the controls? That's a rhetorical question; with his level of cage-rattling basslines and tongue-in-cheek sample abuse, no one is safe. "Blame It On The Dog" is a classic half-step swagger-jam with cool reverse techniques on the bass melody while "Big Booty Bass" is armed with a more fractious low-end and some really interesting textures created with the vocal samples. Both absolutely kill it.
Review: The Circus performer and compadre of Flux Pavilion and Doctor P steps up with an ear-crushing, stomach-flipping four track EP of epic proportions. Expect smashing mid-range mayhem, with screeching synths and wobbly basslines in abundance. The title track has a cartoon-like feel, with the growling vocal screaming "me want cookie" over vertiginous bass wobbles. "Frontline" juxtaposes "Sweetshop" style screams over throbbing, taught synths reminiscent of Noisia's "Stigma" before "You Can Do It" takes over, with its aggressive punch and kick tactics. Final track "R0807 D06" draws it all together with a series of robotic shudders, percussive hisses and ear-splitting rumbles.
Review: The follow up to ubiquitous, much referenced, heavily remixed and frequently circulated anthem of 2010 "Sweet Shop", Circus owner Doctor P comes up with another future classic on his own imprint. Imagine piping Rusko-style synth warblings, whippet screeches, a sprinkling of High Rankin's eccentricity and vocals which are straight out of Fresh's Kryptonite "Chacruna", and that's "Big Boss". "Black Books" is less Bernard Black and more Manny gone mad, with a rave-referencing intro, bouncing beats, bleepy progressions and sense that something's about to explode. A sure fire hit on the dancefloor, no doubt.
Review: Easily one of dubstep's most exciting success stories in 2013, Brown & Gammon continue to infuse the genre with the funkiest possible ingredients. As the name suggests, "West Coast" is all about the swooning, funky synth lines. One part French filters, three parts Compton, and coated with a lush vocal from Sierra Kay, it's a stunning jam that will sing way beyond conventional dubstep dancefloors. With a tasty instrumental thrown in for good measure, this covers some serious ground. Go coastal today.
Review: Along with his more D&B-slanted aliases Slum Dogz and Picto, Shaun "Doctor P" Brockhurst has become a dubstep icon, thanks to releases on Circus (co-founded with Flux Pavillion and Swan-E). Here, he reaches for that old standard, the Tetris theme, and wreaks absolute havoc with it. Dropping from the straight chiptune rendering of the original into a fierce metallic beat 'n' wobble riff, he arranges it sweetly, toying with the tune in short bursts amongst the carnage of the amped-up snares and bass noise. Expect this to get dropped simply everywhere very very soon.
Review: Swedish duo Daleri rose to fame two years ago with their "Epic Mashleg" that aped EDM's foibles with timely tongue-in-cheek charm... But it's their original material that's kept them on our radar. Here they make an appearance on Flux and Doctor P's Circus with an obese glitch riddim that's riddled with chops and wriggles with a serious hop. With shades of tightly plucked guitar and talkbox melting vox, Daleria are swaggering hard right now.
Review: Bristol bass duo Diskord have picked up serious heat since first entering the fray a year ago. And it's really not hard to understand why; their fusion of trap, dubstep and future bass bubbles with creativity, attention to detail and, most importantly, serious drama - just the vocal sample on this alone is a fine example of their deft derring-do. Dynamically arranged to insight hype on every twist and turn, this 150BPM jam will resonate with DJs from all corners of the ever-evolving bass universe.
Review: It's party time, Cookie Monsta's holding court and he's packing more than just a few tasty nibbles. Slamming and jamming on a wonked-out triplet riddim, there's a raw sense of mischief that reminds us of the fun and no-frills sense of rebellion Circus was originally founded on. Big grins abound as the middy bass chops and slaps with seasick frequency flickers and party-chant samples lace the fills with silliness. A genuinely fun record, Cookie Monsta's smashed it. Party on dudes!
The McMash Clan & Kate Mullins - "Requiem" (FuntCase Erebus remix) - (4:06) 116 BPM
Review: Curated in celebration of this year's Miami attack, Flux and P deliver a multi-direction four-track attack that showcases just how pies the label has its grubby fingers in. The boss's shake-up of "Bada Bing" is the epitome of the label's past and future as metallic, ready-shreddy electro fuses with swaggering dubstep halfsteps. Cookie Monsta's take on "The Sound Of Science" is equally retro-future with its potty mouthed sonics shattering all windows in a five mile radius. Diskord's take on "Exostomp", meanwhile, fuses trap flavours, juicy funk glitches and dubstep with equal measures of raw aggression and silky synths. Finally Funtcase flips the switch with a killer D&B version of "Requiem" that nods deftly at the likes of Hazard and Majistrate. Heavy.
Review: One of Doctor P's biggest tracks since "Sweet Shop", "Going Gorillas" was a clean sweep across all bass DJs's playlists last summer. And there's a strong chance this new version will, too... Raiding the finest properties of trap and glitch, he's lowered the tempo to a stately 100 BPM moombah style and thrown in all manner of detailed twists with both humour and high levels of funk. Familiar enough to instantly cause dancefloor chaos, different enough to ensure a whole new lifespan, "Going Gorillas" is a tune that just won't quit.
Review: More proper UK bass from Shoreditch's Circus Records. Cookie Monsta from Nottingham delivers some peak time dubstep on "Dem GirlZz" that would make even Skrillex stand up and notice. He might be from the Midlands but this is some proper U.S. style bass insanity that the EDM crowd will be absolutely mental for. The bassline on this one is epic, and speaks profanity at you while awash in trippy sci-fi sound design. "Darkside 666" however is more on the drum and bass tip and reminiscent of old DJ Zinc vibes with its grinding sub bass and tech-step rhythm.