Tommy Kid - "Suspect" (Galtier remix) - (4:42) 119 BPM
Mad:AM - "Wait" (Krizzli remix) - (5:00) 65 BPM
Review: Future Parisian rhythms; [Re]Sources [re]mix the debut document that came our way this time last year and instantly won them friends such as Monki, Woz and Roska. First up She's Drunk gets busy on "Pulse", playing havoc with the space-travelling breakbeat with funky mischief. Galtier kicks it old school with classic rave samples and breakbeats over the still-haunting bleep hook of "Suspect" while Krizzli shuts things down with a twisted jungle take on "Wait". Steppy stop-starts with well chiselled gnashers, it chomps up the drama with a great sense of dark momentum before dropping you into the dreamiest of pads. Game changer.
Review: When is an intro not an intro? When it's an "Untro". Igniting Chaams' second EP with serious widescreen intent, there's so much going on from the sparkling churchy melody to the dubsteppy bass to the sudden switch to deep, dark tribal tub-thumping. Dizzying. "Run Til Ruin" takes us on more of a sci-fi flex with big Vangelis synths cascading over a gritty 808 bass-out. Chaams' final original of the EP brings us back to reality softly with a Champagne Drip style waterfall of shiny elements and major chords. Complete with two remixes - Celestial Trax's graveyard stomper shake up of "Untro" and Distal's deep sea shake down of "Siest" - [RE]Sources have kickstarted the year in the most chaaming fashion.
Review: Dehousy has been a touch sporadic with his releasing output, with only one release to his name on Conquistadores, but here is proudly surfacing on the French (Re)Sources label with an extended EP of sparse broken breats and cavernous walls of sonics. "Unknown Fluids" itself is a thing of beauty, where dubbed-out drones meet lonesome percussion shots, but we're also vibing "On The Edge" and Trap Door's remix of the same track, a strangely angelic sequence of sounds amid the darkness and menace of the groove. Tight!
Review: Dehousy is sometimes described as a house producer, but this categorisation is only true in the broadest sense. As "Break", one of the tracks on his new release demonstrates, the French DJ takes a broad, free-wheeling approach to dance music. The result is an irresistibly funky, drum-heavy workout that takes in hypnotic chants, gut-busting bass and centres on a stepping rhythm. "Stage 2" is similarly vivid, with Dehousy throwing Middle Eastern chants and organic percussion into an arrangement that veers from stepping into 4/4s. Rounding off this fine release is Addison Groove's frenetic take on the title track.
Review: After outings on Sound Pellegrino and No Brainer among others, Douster lands on his feet for the fledgling (Re)Sources label with a raucous new four-tracker. "Raptor" is more animal than track thanks to its rolling flurries of sharp percussion; "RZ" and "YZ" are both nasty, stripped-back bombs with enough chills to carry you through a storm, while "Ninja" takes an almost D&B tempo, flips it on its head and comes out all guns blazing with some proper beat flexing. More from Douster, please!
Review: One could almost argue that the (Re)Sources imprint is just about the most resourceful UK indie to be jumping about in our charts as of late. The fledgling imprint has managed to carve its own path between post-dubstep antics and techno slashing over the years, and it's thanks to new talent such as Fatal Walima, the newcomer in question. Walima very much has his own strain of bass art going on here; tunes like "Azraq" or "War" have taken the heart of grime and placed it one something different, newer and more at the cutting-edge of UK bass experimentation. Stop and start dig riddims dominate this fiery EP, and it even branches out into a bit of 4/4 thanks to remixes from the likes of Joseph Marinetti, Tarquin and Douster. YESSS.
Review: Goldhammer steps up to the (Re)Sources label with a debut EP of broken house and funky two-step. "I Need You" is a break-ridden floor-shaker with a lovely set of chopped-up vocals and floaty melodies, while "Come We Go" stutters its way though ravey terrain thanks to its vintage keys and sporadic beats - a true ride back to the early 90s! Last but not least, "Run This" heads into a more futuristic mode, where jungle breaks meets rolling, acidic basslines. Pure fire!
Review: After notable appearances on Slime and Hot N Heavy, Parisian bass buster Hybu slides over to the emergent [re]sources label, also based in the French capital. The vibe on Antimatiere is a slippery one, even just on the title track as it moves from a tense 4/4 intro into a dextrous 2-step roller that maximises on a stripped down drum set and brooding bass rubs. "Euthanasie" meanwhile channels the spirit of dub techno in its opening tones before edging itself up into a break-encrusted rave jam for modern times. On the remixes, Mella Dee turns "Antimatiere" into a taut broken techno romp, while Blume simmers "Euthanasie" into a hovering percussive workout that sustains an icy tension throughout.
Path To Exctatic Life (Pixelord remix) - (4:44) 125 BPM
Review: Rolling deep with Paris's subversive M-Town Clew, French grime beat carver Lil Crack unleashes his generous (Re)Sources debut. Resonating with the Spookys and Sh?ms of the scene, there's a crisp iciness while still retaining a level of groove and funk: "Inner Fight"'s eerie insistency and steel yard clangs on the rhythm, the wavy barbed dream of "Path To Ecstatic Life" or the paranoid, twisted rises and peaks of "Clausevitz Abstraction". Lil Crack...Moorish.
Review: Right about now it's time to jump into some truly exciting original bass music as Mamboussa steps forward with a very interesting self-entitled body of work, showcasing a range of vibrant production styles. We take a look at 'Open' first, with its rolling percussive leads and constantly rotating soundscapes. Next, we dive into 'Nen Ability, a funky breakbeat hybrid, smashing together distorted expanses and tight drum selections. Finally, 'Swan' breaks into the picture with is unusual structure, perfect for sending the dance in a different direction. This project also comes complete with four official remixes, as Lil Crack and Akito jump in to the mix with 'Swan', alongside Jaymie Silk's emotional recreation of 'Open' and Jesza's juke-like rethink of 'Nen Ability'.
John Vitesse - "Bloom Doom" (Vocals By Oklou) - (3:46) 136 BPM
Review: The (Re)Sources label is still relatively young in terms of releases and artists, but they've already instilled a sense of reliability from our viewpoint, particularly for the diversity AND quality of their output, whether that be house, techno, or straight-up bass. This is their first compilation yet, an eight-track spew of all sorts of forward-thinking beats named Club Hexagon Vol.1. Chaams' opener is a twisted pile of bass and morphing samples, and other stand-outs include the techno-minded "Diamonds Foot" by Sheas Drunk, Tommy Kid's gunshot ride "Shanghai", and the moody, deep bass weight of "Bloom Doom" by John Vitesse. Hold tight for the second chapter!