Review: Bass=Win has been Terry Hooligan's baby since day one, a label on which he has released chest-pounding bass music both from himself and new and exciting talents from around the globe. This time he's scouted another debutant, Alisky, and the young 'un comes through with "Without Your Touch", a pseudo house joint sparked into life by the bubbly bassline surrounding it and the vocals emanating from its core. There are two remixes within, the first being a wobbly garage tune-up by Rico Tubbs, and the second one sees PRXZM twist the house out into storming, machine-like dubstep with plenty of fire power.
Review: Few labels state a clearer manifesto than Bass=Win. And they seem to be on quite the mission at the moment. One of several label compilations available this month (covering both dubstep and breakbeat) we're treated to five brusque bangers, each laced with barbed bottom end charm we've come to expect. It's nice to see the return of Atomic Hooligan who let rip with a hefty 4/4 and a cool Boogie Down Productions sample. Further on we find a dash of Turbo-style techno finding its way in the mix via K-Theory's "Get It Right", but done in a filthy B=W fashion. Another highlight comes in the form of Rico Tubbs and Will Power's brick-munching power house remix of Tomb Crew's ragga-tinged "Inna Dat".
Review: Bass =Win get mucky in the halftime dance with a Finnish artist Ddog who's either a newcomer or a clever alter ego for longstanding B=W affiliate Rico Tubbs. Either way, both cuts bang: "Anthem" is pure sludge and wonk with big bruised bass melting over the swaggering half-tempo beats. "Burning The Way" goes for more of a breathy ravey texture where breaks flutter in from all sides and no sides at the same time. Very contemporary. Very playable.
Review: As a label and forward thinking underground music project, we are always excited to see new music hit our shelves from the Bass=Win team. This time they have another fresh present for us courtesy of Demon Tweaks & Coolman who combined in serious style here for 'Hold On'. This one takes on the form of a neuroticly futurstic UKG roller, topped with crispy effected vocals and choppy bass leads. We are also gifted a very cool remix addition from man of the minute: Albzzy, who reworks the track into his signature stripped back bassline style, adding an additional touch of finesse.
Review: It's possibly the only Anglo/Finnish bass label in the world, but somehow co-owners Rico Tubbs and Terry Hooligan make Bass=Win work. Here they present Flow State's nine minute 90s house-pop epic "Bad Man Tune". With wonky Gypsy Woman organ stabs and a ragga MC (Tippa Irie), the tune could be a rave-pop act on an old episode of The Word, or thinking about it, it's not that far off the theme tune either. Also appearing is Mafia Kiss who delivers a harder, dubstep-informed remix that you wouldn't want to meet down a dark alley.
Review: Savagery abounds on Bass=Win as Fog steps up with a quad of unashamed shock-outs. The middle finger waggling "Disrespect" kicks with treacle-trap 808s beats while screaming with a dubstep mid-range bass. "Granades" is more of the same heady nastiness but with more a scream in the riff as it rises with insanity. "Vybes" is much more stark and sleeker with more minimalism and funk than aggression. "Why I'm In The Hood" finishes the set with a swaggering synth-horn hook that's got more menace than a 20 man gang scrap.
Review: Despite the name, Yorkshire's premier junglist, Future Wildstyle, looks to the past a lot for inspiration. "Ultrafunkula" is all about early-'90s hardcore breaks, ragga MCs and rave horns, but just cos its old, it don't mean it aint good! Jet setting bassline hero Rico Tubbs steps in to add some pumping peak time 4x4 vibes on his excellent rework. "Started Again" is a much more contemporary wobble bass assault, and "This Style" throws some cool turntablism into the mix.
Review: Forward-looking Sheffield duo Future Wildstyle tore up the rulebook when they recently began producing together. The results have created quite a stir and one thing they really make a point on is that the tunes have got to work off the dancefloor too. With the Hyper Vibes EP they didn't make 'straight up club bangers', providing instead three killer tunes that work everywhere. The title track features mean and moody start-stop beats and jazzy piano stabs, the DnB-influenced "Bad Man" lays on the dub pretty thick and finally "Make Them Bounce" is a rip-snorting j-tek monster. Boom!
Review: Heavy ghetto vibez be rulin' here on this deep brain crushing EP from this forward-looking Yorkshire crew. The EP features four bruising cuts that don't mess about and don't do boring neither. Opener "Once Again" features chants, US strip bar footwork rhythms and even a rave-era breakdown. Elsewhere "Hotter Than Hot" features hypey beats and wobble-informed basslines, Original Big Up lays the Amen breaks on thick and fast, mixing it up with some dubby Rasta attitude. Lastly "Tun It Up" references melodic hardcore, with hands-in-air keyboard melodies and stop/start breaks.
Review: Grand Ruckus are a duo that aim to 'combine Golden Era Hip Hop, Upfront electro, Dub Step and Breakbeat'. It's a tall order, but they achieve their goal with aplomb on "Too Nice"; a gruff, hip hop anthem that speeds up into electro-skip midway through, the more dubstep influenced "6 Milli" and the heavy ghetto wobble of "Descender". B-Tek remixes the title track into a killer staccato electro-dubstep monster, whilst Concrank take it in a more bleepy direction. Finally Juttla remixes "6 Mili" in a booty-dub style.
Review: A lot of people write into Juno and ask how much producers get paid. We'll never tell but we can give you a ball park... Terry Hooligan has a loft just for grooves. He's got another loft for the usual gubbins one might stash in an attic, loft or roof space and he's got a second one specifically for grooves just like this insanely funky-borderline-punky electro shock out. Nagging, pumping and full of silly fills; just when you think it can't bang any harder, in whooshes a downtempo moombahton drop before the mentalism ensues. Do the eclectic spread of remixes meet up to these high standards? Why of course they do. Apparently Terry is chatting to his builder mate to install groove lofts in the house of 601, Kraymer and Aerotonic as you read this very review!
Thank You For The Music (Notixx remix) - (4:41) 150 BPM
Review: Terry Hooligan's Bass=Win imprint looks down under for inspiration as Sydney-based Damien Williams steps up for his label debut. A cool fusion of string-surged soul and street-charged trap, "Thank You For The Music" is a unique blend that's likely to create major dancefloor huggage when dropped at the right time. On remix-flex we find LAOS dusting off his best range of amens for a rub that's reminiscent of High Contrast's best material while Notixx gets lively on a more traditional dubstep jam. One sparkling original and two startlingly creative remixes. Bass=Win = Win!
Review: The founder of Midlands bass institution Stealth summons the spirit of a million parties with this high energy romp. Stomping with a ruthless, percussive 4/4, it's all about the bassline that warps and wails so hard it turns itself inside out. Jordan's executed the vocal loop really well, too, making it a percussive feature that builds the tune to silly levels of insanity. Remix-wise Rebel Sonix flips the switch for a Miami bass glitch workout, giving it a whole new suit of slo-mo arms. Win, indeed.
Review: Bass = Win equals guaranteed funky house delight and this time it's a right showdown with a full remix EP of the "Baby" track by Orkidea, Rico Tubbs and Heavyweight, three label regulars who know all about body-rocking goodness. Jayceooh, Rare Candy, Desto and Daddy Flix all turn in the goods, ranging from housier to more half-step territories, but our favourite has to be Desto's neo-jungle reinterpretation, a cut which glides between footwork and d&b with pure ease and utter grace. Tight little bag, this one!
Review: Little is known about emerging bass fiends Pyramid Juke right now, but with beats that bang as exceptionally as this, their anonymity isn't likely to last. Kicking it old school with the synths, but utterly new school with the beats, arrangement and addictive bassline, this rocks with confidence and sits at a very comfortable tempo too. Naturally, it being a Bass=Win release, there's a plethora of stonking remixes on offer, too. AMPR & Rico Tubbs take the tempo even lower and add a serious swagger to the beats along with a screaming bassline that will melt faces at a thousands paces. Meanwhile I Killed Kenny adds more of a tropical flavour before dropping with some drum work that could almost be old school hardcore. Reilly Steel & Jaws Da Jormungand bring the show to an almighty close with a rub that sounds like it really was made in 1992. Think A Guy Called Gerald but trippier. A very interesting package; there's no maybes about it!
Review: Ralston isn't exactly a fledgling artist anymore; his music has been getting plenty of attention from the right kind of circles, and each new release sees the producer mature in both style and ideas. This new EP for Bass=Win is spear-headed by the excellent "Choose One", a garage banger with a subtle jungle sensibility, and this is followed by the equally magnificent, albeit more aggressive tones of "Pump Up". "Twilight Zone" has that inimitable UK garage swing, but it's a house track through and through, supported by a bouncier, more bass-fuelled VIP mix. BIG!
Review: Although named after a cop in Miami Vice, Rico Tubbs actually hails from the decidedly less sunkissed Finland. He's been rocking raving electro tunes for nearly ten years now, and he's back again with a new bass-fuelled anthem, "The Return". It's a hyper collage of 4x4, bassline, wobble, garage and '90s samples - in other words proper dancefloor ammunition. Remixes come from the Ed Banger-style TJH87, the deep and dark bassline of Kepikei and the cut up party chaos of Kraymer.
Review: Finnish Anglophile Rico Tubbs' love affair with the ravey sounds of '90s UK is still sizzling, with "Babylon Fall" incorporating lots of the best elements of British rave fom the last 20 years. The title track is a rolling 4 x 4 goliath, full of heavy bass, filtered rave keyboard stabs and pitched up vocals. Elsewhere we get hyper dubby breaks (Slick Shoota mix), retro speed garage (Jack The Hustler mix) and a totally mental wobble assault courtesy of Phatworld's mix.
Review: Rico Tubbs runs London's Bass=Win with Terry Hooligan and returns with more street level low end theories here on the Re-Animated EP: a bunch of stellar remixes from their most recent releases. Starting off with the bombastic, ragga-inflected Reese devastation of "Bullets" (Mij Mack remix), "Ghost Rider" (Papuga remix) goes for some modern funky house flavour in the tradition of the legendary Michael Gray (Full Intention) while "Rolling Proper" (YYVNG remix) does exactly what it says on the tin with this deep down and dirty UK funky throwdown.
Review: Much like his namesake, Finland's bass underdog, Rico Tubbs, proves that he packs just as much of a punch Don Johnson in Miami Vice, and then some. Here he references more American culture with Ghost Rider, the flaming skeleton biker. However, it's less retro America and more sweaty UK warehouse - fusing hands-in-air piano stabs with gurgling low basslines and skippy beats. Dr Cryptic's mix perfectly captures that gurn-fest moment when it feels like the sky is literally attacking you. Elsewhere Thijs Haal delivers the hardest mix here, whilst Ampr drops to half time for some robo dubstep fun.
Review: Following the piano-licking brockage of "Total Recall", Rico continues on his old school escapades with this rat packing euphoria piece "Sweet Time" where a heavenly hook and soulful vocal ensure full thrust of the arms while a gully drop and slo-mo breaks ensure full thrust of bass face. Remix-wise none other than Ellis Dee joins the BW fray with a soaring mid-noughties Hospital-esque drum & bass refix while Sirmo shuts down the show with stinking 4x4 gurgler. Sweet.
Review: We were very excited to see the second edition of Bass=Win's 'Re-Animated' series appear into the stores alongside the original compositions of Rico Tubbs. For this project we are graced with three electrifying bass remixes. We kick of with Thorpey's gritty rework of 'Punchy' which pushes sine-heavy synths alongside mega punchy kick-snare combos. Wulflock then lays out his speed garage inspired recreation of 'Rolling Propa' which brings together high-pitched lead synths and speedy rhythmic prowess. We then round up with Tik&Borrow's lethal overhaul of 'Energy' which features some evil synth work alongside intense drum selection.
Review: After a brief break, Rico Tubbs makes a seriously high profile return to the Bass=Win roster for a nasty three track project by the name of "Trouble Shooter". The title track kicks everything off and this one is designed to scat out any party for certain. Come the breakdown we are introduced to aggressive horn stabs and rapid fire synth movement, quite the switch up from the more laid back vocal led introduction. We also get "Dawn Of The Dead" which is a garage-inspired shell out, complete with smooth lead vocals and grinding bass textures below. Soulecta steps forward on remix duty for this one with his UKG recreation of "Trouble Shooter" which works perfectly to tie the EP up in style.
Review: Long-time partners in crime: Rico coaxes Terry back into the studio for a straight-up party jam comprising "Big Fun" style keys, MC samples, horns, synth horns and a rip-your-arm-off bass house drop. "One & Only" continues the contrast game with its crafty balance of sassy vocal UKG soul and early 2000s breakbeat garage badness. Complete with chicken-dancing 4x4 bass womp and detuned synth versions, they've got every corner covered.
Review: Rico Tubbs & Terry Hooligan are the Bass=Win Soundsystem. The story goes that while touring in the early days of seminal act Atomic Hooligan, Terry met Rico in his native Finland and they hit it off immediately. The Bass=Win Soundsystem is here and it's massive! This is their first collaboration in recorded form but this EP marks a special point in history for both the guys and their label. The EP draws heavily from garage, rave, breakbeat and bass music. There is three versions of "One and Only" whilst "Bring The Horns" does exactly that.
Review: You know those really stompy 4/4 bass tunes that could have easily been produced since 2005 and always work on the dancefloor? This. Strutting speed garage drums, a paranoid bassline that rises and rises without a care for your sanity and cheeky vocal chops ensure this Finnish creation's golden bullet status. Hey, it's not called "Big Bad Tune" for no reason. Remix-wise Matt Craig softens the blow just a tad for groove's sake while Teknian & ZeroZero and 1point5 lay down rubs of "Red Sun". The former deliver a crisp D&B refix, the latter go all My Nu Leng with a heads-down warpy house twist. Badness.
Review: Terry Hooligan and Rico Tubbs' Bass = Win imprint invites Sheffield's Steve Brooke to the late night party and, like all good sesh gremlins, he's come packing a-grade supplies. "Tragic Dream" hits with a deep smoky bass prang feel, "Get Excited" sexes up the dance with just a little sinister undertone while the slinky, chunk-jacked "I Realized" gets you so buzzed up you won't sleep for a week. We're all winners here.