Review: Rinse FM favourite A Motion is back delivering a unique, forward-looking fusion of classic speed garage and two-step. The You Know EP features four new bangers in this ilk, all peppered with further sonic elements. The spartan title-track mixes melodic wobble bass and floaty female vocals, "Close Your Eyes" features mean bass growls under hypnotic vocals melodies, "Locked" introduces spacey rave pads and "What You Do" integrates '90s house organs with raw tw-step friskiness. Fierce!
Review: Brighton's own 877 get back to business with a fantastic project alongside the rapidly rising local sounds of Affiliate. The title track 'Breathe' takes an awesome approach, combining breaksy drum patterns, euphoric rolling subs and the beautiful vocals of London's Dakota Sixx to create a cascading cocktail of dancefloor dynamite. Next up 'Feelin' is a very creative piece of production, with perfectly crafted bass synths waving left to right creating an awesome sense of depth. Of course Majora's remix of 'Breathe' is on point as the RKS veteran strips back the instrumentation for a complete funky rework, complete with rapid percussion and weighty bass design.
Review: Allmostt continues his nomadic flex with a new EP for the 877 label. His music can only be described as a hybrid of UK bass and funky tech house a-la Claude Von Stroke, and this latest four-tracker might well be some of his most refined work. "Push" would work on any floor and in any kind of set, whether techno or dubstep, but our favourite cut has to be "Obessive Compulsive" for its choppy percussion twists and snappy vocals - the kinda banger Boddika would deliver in a set. Be sure to also check "Neurotic" for its '90s vibes thanks to those prophetic vocals...and those kick drums!
Review: 877 Records are a British outfit who specialise in the more bass-heavy end of the tech-house game and, along with labels like Black Butter, these guys are single-handedly taking on the bigger boys like Swamp 81. That's because each one of these EPs is a total killer on the dance floor, and this latest collaborative effort by Allmostt and company is effective and absolutely screaming to get mixed up on a pair of CDJs. "Vowels" sees Allmostt himself drop some snare-driven house on us like a pile of bricks, and this is followed by the more wonky, disjointed groove of "Juice Box", alongside Pelikann. Our man teams up with Lace on "Blendr", and here we have something a little different, a more swamped-out kind house tune that uses its few elements to create a full and penetrating DJ tool, but "WB2" has to be the EPs oddest and most daring tune, where Allmostt and Kodu lay down some utterly filthy vibes that recall the techno of Boddika and Jon Convex. Killah!
Review: Bristol bassman Bromley steps up to 877 with two originals that purr with understated, techy menace. Spacious and just the right amount of twisted, fans of Mak & Pasteman, Wen and My Nu Leng will instantly connect:. "Related" is a two-step hummer that ploughs through the low end soundcape with a well-oiled mechanical flow, while "Check" comes complete with pads so icy they could reverse global warming. Remix-wise Hostage adds a steppy, militant swing and additional bass gurgles while Sly-One adds a whole new line of synth textures before stripping the vibe right back to its bare rhythmic bones. This will relate with a lot of dancefloors and DJs right now.
Review: Over the years we feel that the 877 imprint has played a pretty crucial role in the overall evolution of bass music nationwide, holding some of the most talked about releases of the last ten years within their catalogue. This latest outing showcases their ability to advance with the times as Dan Miles lands firstly with the shuffling drum designs and haunted vocal processing of 'Chord'. The syncopated rhythms and skippy textures of the title track 'Sly' then combine eclectic soundscapes with intricate grooves for a wavy second feature, followed by the moogy arpeggios and stiff kicks of 'Lip Service'. Finally, the crunchy drum designs and warbling bass tones of 'Salt Riddim' see us out in style.
Review: As far as labels go within the bass scene's largened expanse, We definitely feel that 877 are one of the leading lights in introducing new faces, regardless of notoriety, judging only on the vibes they bring to the table. For this high quality creation, they smash together the illustrious vocal presence of Magugu with Deech's subtle funky arrangements, creating something truly masterful. On remix duty, Killjoy steps out of the fold to conjure up a truly fantastic recreation, focussing his compositional structure on dark, grinding bass moogs and enticing drum designs, perfect for setting the dance alight.
Review: First introduced to the world via Roska's Kicks And Snares label last year, Bristol type Distro has since gravitated towards Brighton and the South Coast's bass evangelists 877. The East Side EP is Distro's second for the label and unlike his debut, which featured My Nu Leng Teng and Flava D, the four tracks are all his own work. With the freedom to fully express himself, Distro lets rip with the title track emerging in calm fashion before dropping straight into a hard as nails funky drum flex augmented by a vicious bassline. From here Distro veers off into steppier territory for the other three tracks, with the immense sub action of "Someone Say" really standing out.
Review: Brighton bass evangelists 877 have the likes of GoldFFinch and My Nu Leng amongst their roster and can now boast the addition of the hotly tipped Distro too. Featuring the moody garage-flecked "Pinnacle" and the deep, wobble-heavy 4x4 of the title track, Flava D also remixes the latter into end-of-the-world speed garage. However, it's the thrilling collision of Bristolian heroes Distro and My Nu Leng on the big-beat-meets-disco-in-bass-town shenanigans of "Sleepless" that's getting the real hype from the likes of B Traits and Monki right now. On fire!
Review: Bristol bass badboy DISTRO is back on the unstoppable 877 imprint with nothing but new flavours, bringing through the absolute heat-o! The lead tune "Soundboy Killer" is all guns blazing, churning out the snares alongside some dutty, dubwise vocal samples and mystical melodic infusions that make this a true dub-stepper. "WMPI" is a similar sort of beast, except here the groove is very much based on the 'bashment' end of the scale, blowing out the speakers with a keen aggression and some fiery-mannered beat-crafting. All killer, no filler!
Review: Dom re-ups the 877 machine for the year with an absolute stinker of a tune. The type of track you could play in a garage, techno, house or bassline set, it's just a beast that twists and warps with a paranoid maniacal bass spiral. "Night Trek" shares a similarly twisted aesthetic but with more sci-fi bubbles and a wry classic electro feel. Both designed to do nothing but blow minds, these will cause damage.
Review: It's always a pleasure to see a label as established and foundational to bass music as 877 put out a new project, especially when it goes hand in hand with pushing one of the most exciting up and comers in UK funky to the next level. Drumwork, previously of the alias: RVB, touches down for two powerful originals, the first of which goes by the name of 'Freak' and is a techy funky inspired hybrid, focussing on exciting rhythmic movements and precise minimalism. On the flip side, we score big as we dive into 'Touch', a very carnival sounding belter, full the brim wit explosive percussive leads and syncopated Kudruro drum designs. Drumwork therefore makes a fantastic addition to the 877 team, as the label continues to surge forward with innovative and unique releases.
Review: Following on from the incredible reception of their previous funky release, 877 are at it again with another bag of fun as Fish & Lucent join forces here for a very weighty single indeed. As an original, 'So Strong' is a certified rave rocker, driven by it's hard hitting lead synthesizer instrument, laying amidst scattered, choppy drum work, destined to drive the dance into delirium. It does not come alone however, as Wheeto joins us first on remix duty, re-thinking the track into a bouncy bassline brawler, before Ali McK & Jhuttz give it a grimey overhaul. Spicy stuff!
Review: Hostage, the Edinburgh-based beat-maker, has appeared on countless labels over the last few years and his style is in a continuous state of flux, hopping from funky electro house to jittering bass music with utter ease and pure charisma. He appears herein courtesy of the UK's 877 crew and this time he's in a technoid mood with "Bladderwrack", a gnarly fusion of dubstep wobble bass and straight-ahead four-to-the-floor. For seconds you got "Touchdown", a relatively more bumping affair thanks to its swinging drums, and also "Red" which takes a slamming kick-snare and spills another thick layer of distorted bass all over it.
Review: Every time a new Hostage EP drops we're confronted with a new set of tones, styles and genres, but we love the fact that this man can pretty much make any sort of dance music. This new EP for 877 Records is a delightful blend of techno and everything else; "Dali" itself is a house-centric techno track with a UK edge, "Last Breath" is a modern reinterpretation of UK harder, "NRG" is straight-up techno with a soulful vocal edge, and "Pramface" slithers its chuggy 4/4 on a leash made of tricky percussion and minimalistic melodies.
Review: Horror bass, it's a thing. Well, it certainly is if you ask Hostage, its chief proponent. Here on the "Tetralogy EP" this Scots producer continues the course already set by his recent Bladderwrack EP also for 877, with dark house blending with more techno elements and dubby wobble too. Highlights include the sinister strings and cowbell bounce of "Grunt", the harder tribal-tech of "Ruff" and EP standout, the creepy house thumper, "Bang Bang".
Review: For those who don't know, Hypho is a rising talent in the bass game and his quest to reach the top level has gotten closer thanks to this latest injection of low frequencies for the 877 label. "Wartime" is the perfect lead tune, a string-led pseudo grime instrumental with a perfectly executed percussive rhythm, and "Pinch" follows a similar path thanks to its slithering beats. There is a collaboration with Squane on "Hack", a futuristic grime roller with a mean collection of beats and hollow melodies, which is followed by Majora's remix of "Wartime", a more uplifting version of the tune, and a Vital Techniques reinterpretation of "Pinch". Smoking bangers guaranteed!
Review: With releases from the likes of Hot Cakes Bass and Punks already under his belt, ascending bass star Hypho is on a roll. Having settled at the mighty 877 towers of late, here we he shares his latest with Squane. There are four originals here that really stretch the boundaries of bass. "Way Beyond Boundaries" fuses rat-tat-rat drums with acidic 303 squelches, "Neurological Senses" features eccentric arpeggios and kitchen sink percussion and the gentle "Hope" is pure bliss. Squane delivers the cool urban techno hybrid "Bog" (remixed by Hypho) and he returns the favour by reworking Hope into a ghetto-fuelled banger.
Review: Scottish soundboys Bryan and Batosz follow in the footsteps of My Nu Leng, Hostage, Distro and Transcode with their 877 label debut. Three tracks of premium bass that lend themselves perfectly to tech, deep, breaks, house and dubstep sets, it's an all-out dancefloor demolition; "Kosa" rumbles with understated warped low end messages and an unrelenting kicks, "Conduct" is all about the dagger-sharp steps while "Fallout" hammers home with a 4/4 so crunchy, toxic and industrial environmentalists are rumoured to be setting up a petition to ban it. Good luck to them.
Review: Following up great releases by the likes of Distro, Affiliate and Negativ, Brighton bass and garage experts 877 return with local man of many talents: KXVU. He joins the team with his take on dark and minimal UK funky. He is co-founder of the renowned Southpoint label and is a prolific producer in his own right. From the bombastic bounce of lead track "Jaguar" ( which receives a killer rework by Italian Lorenzo BITW that lunges right for the jugular!) to the fierce and frantic bass attack of "Sukai" - we believe this talented young artist has found his truly comfort zone sonically.
Review: Majora aka Daniel Evans-Jones is back on the unbeatable 877 imprint with a new bag of hybrid dance killahs, primed and ready for the modern ear! "Salt No Vinegar" is a bizarre groove that barely contains its wavy synths with broken bursts of drums and percussion, while "Loose Like" ups the tempo with a burst of distorted low frequencies and militant percussion stabs, leaving Drum Thing to remix "Salt No Vinegar" into a much smoother, more polished kind of tech-house burner.
Review: It's been way too long since we've heard from Polish duo Negativ. Thankfully they're back with a full force EP on another UK label, 887. The VIP mix of "Stealth" starts proceedings with a bang - dark tropical beats with a muscular bass bounce and even a cheeky hardcore break. Elsewhere "Ritual" sounds like Gary Numan's synth guys at a breaks night in Fabric and "Havoc" wraps things up with moody FX, evil bass stabs and tough, tense beats. Great to have them back.
Review: Negativ are two Polish producers currently based in Warsaw and London. Originating from completely different musical backgrounds, they joined their forces in 2012 and have been steadily working on new material since then. The release consists of two originals including a collaboration with the legend Dread Mc coming out on UK bass imprint 877. "Break It Down" channels the heyday of early noughties n-skool breaks with its minimal broken beats and funky sub bass snarl that alternates with a razor sharp arpeggio for dramatic effect. Second offering "Killa" is much more evocative and atmospheric: this one is where they really shine and the breaks on this one are reminiscent of early rave until it takes a bold u-urn and introduces more electro style rhythms accompanied by dark [pads and addictive synth textures. Keep your eyes on these guys as they're onto big things!
Review: Wise words from Dread MC, even wiser beats from Bristol's Notion & Young H. Chunky 4x4 garage with strong house tendencies thrown into the mix, "Money & Drugs" is an all-out dancefloor riot with catchy vocals, a deadly second drop and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars. For added screwface appeal jump on Killjoy's Birmingham-sounding remix where the bassline is twisted up just a few additional notches for added mischief. Blurry.
Review: 877 Records come from the same school of thought as labels like Swamp81, Hessle Audio, or even Hotflush Recordings, but the imprint has always managed to keep at a safe distance from all the hype and nonsense surrounding the 'bass' world. This time they've got newcomer Saidwho to throw down some knowledge in the form of three heavy-as-hell cuts that sit somewhere between house, techno and pure bass-weight. "Overkill", "We Are One", and "Play it" are all shining examples that formulas are overrated, and that one doesn't have to follow any rules to come up with powerful, hard-hitting dance music with a UK test. Luckily, 877 know how to pick up this sort of talent. Tip!
Review: Bristol's SaidWho is back on 877 Records with more of his dark and bass heavy productions. Following his last release with them, he has been a busy man, firing off releases with the likes of Southpoint and also maintaining his other alias: James Mannion. This EP showcases the darker and weirder side of underground music. Tectonic style darkside futurism on the title track, while "Warpaint" gets some seriously funky riddims happening in classic Ramadanman style until "Night Cap" gets proper street sound with its grimy, wonky basslines in full effect.
Review: Selekta releases have been pretty scarce of late so it's a thrill to see him finally return with two fierce new tunes to drop. Once again released through 877, these new joints are bound to take him to the next level. Brimming with energy, "Nang" is a speedy 4x4 assault, equal parts vitriolic and visceral, and it'll certainly get you moving. "Touch" on the other hand, is a moodier beast, all thumping jack beats, 303s and snarling bass. Flava D also joins the party, turning the title track into a slammin' wobble-heavy banger.
Review: Jump-starting his musical escapades with an EP for Four40, Skelecta makes his return and lands utterly upright on the UK's 877 with something of an anthem in the making. "Big Bad Wolf" is a collaborative effort with the one like Hybrid Theory and the duo have cooked up quite the jacker, where Dubfire-style percussion meets warped vocal shots and a militant groove. "Yuandai" is considerably more UK in nature thaks to its stepping rhythm, and "Shells", too, takes care of the grime vibes. Top stuff!
Review: New debutant for UK label 877, and this time the badman in question is the fresh-faced Skelecta, a producer who clearly understands the inner mechanics of house and garage badness. "Flavour" jacks up the house thanks to a glitchy selection of drums and a cold, pounding bassline that's reminiscent of 90s Artwork business, whereas "Pain In My Heart" goes for the suave approach with the help of some progressive bass science and a little bit of digital melody for the heart and soul. Bless.
Review: Paranoid garage vibes abound as Slave City's Transcode lays down three deep shuffling bubblers. "Move It" bumps with an iced-out My Nu Leng vibe, all slick, minimal and moody. The EP title track "Prometheus" takes us down an even dark route as the beat pound with more of a house heaviness and the bass is more spaced out, unpredictable and densely layered. "Tell Me" closes the show with sweet shards of light by way a perfectly executed vocal snippet, laid gracefully over yet another warped and twisted low-end.
Review: Young H rushes through the place like a man on a mission, and 877 Records is there to contain the hazardous levels of low frequencie that this man is capable of whipping up. "Strip Again" is the tune, and Dread MC is the man to guide its hybrid framework with some utter vocal truth; pulling in all sorts of influences, from jungle to grime, and even old-school acid house, this is a tune capable of satisfying even the most demanding of bass junkie - those rave stabs! There's a remix from Murder He Wrote off the back of it, and the man manages to twist up the groove good and proper, injecting a fine level of garage power to an already blasting piece of UK dance music. TIP!