Review: As ever with Bass=Win, we are expecting a set of party starting anthems as Rico Tubbs lands for a wavy new release. The title track 'Circles' is a very tasty creation indeed, combining an unusual vocal layer with almost niche-like drum bubbles and pulsating bass textures below. This also comes complete with a vibrant MPH rethink, pitching up the vocal and allowing his jazz-ready chord structures to bring a whole different angle to the composition. Finally, 'Home Workout' links more bouncy bass tones with a more minimal drum arrangement, using the same vocal from the title track but in a completely different light.
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: The Bass=Win project has been setting pace for quite a few years now, with projects spanning the full length of electronic dance music. We are here now to have a quick look at their latest 'Bass = Win Breaks' compilation, featuring 16 absolute heaters. Heavyweight bass names including Rico Tubbs, Future Wildstyle and a tonne more make solid appearances, but the obvious highlights of this compilation for us have to include Mafia Kiss's swampy rework of Flow State's 'Bad Man Tune', featuring electric vocals from Tippa Irie. Other highlights include Mij Mack's super clean remix of 'Bullets' from Rico Tubbs and of course Atomic Hooligan's break heavy rework of 'If We Try' from Reset!, also known as 'The Love Anthem'.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!