Review: Bournemouth badmen Audio Sleaze follow up last year's "Lifeforms" with a full EP and it's riddled with high-spec production wallop. "Cydrone" playfully teases with a real pearler of a bassline that never quite rips out but makes for a better groove because of it. "Rinse It" follows, and with much more of a Hench-like attitude. "The Unknown" keeps the grit-coloured shades on and rides low underneath all manner of trippy loops and processed twists and turns. "The Guardian" serves up a whole new, much warmer twist on the croaky bassline while "Age Of Sound" finishes on a deeper, more rhythm-heavy note. Audio splendour...
Review: Weighing in at seven tracks, this is more of an album than it is a humble EP. And, as with all previous Bassclash releases, the standards are high and the sounds are savage to say the least. The title track says it all; an angular halfstepper with tightly processed tops on the bass frequency, it's fine tuned to create the ultimate dancefloor murkery. "Reflexion" plays the deeper, moodier counterpart. Sludgy, swampy and at points darned scary, it's the perfect balance of flavours. And that's before we get to the solo work and remixes on offer too. They didn't call it "Whopper" for nothing!
Review: With only a handful of releases to his name, this second generation Croydon ambassador is already showing promise. As with all recent Bassclash releases, it's a generous offering; weighing in at six cuts, Curzed has time to really show his strengths as a twisted bass maestro. Each track's a gem and, if dropped properly, will demand a reload, but for the ultimate screwface and moshpit head directly to the trippy mutated two-step of "Snake Smasher" or the demented laser session "T600"... It's not named after the Terminator for nothing!
Review: Since launching in 2010, DJ Snipaz Bassclash records has racked up quite a back catalogue of releases. Here, the dubstep/grime DJ/producer gathers together some label highlights. The original CD version of this release was mixed; this, though, presents the same cuts in DJ-friendly, unmixed form. For those with a passion for wobble-powered bass music, there's plenty to enjoy, from the cyber-skank of Vermin's "Wired" and twisted rhythms of Matta's "Chest Rocker", to the marching beats of Requake's "Lazy Ladies" and the jungle/dubstep mash-up business of JKL and Devious' bowel-destroying "Battle For The Mind".
Review: UK label Bassclash opened its doors two years ago, pushing a particularly heavy strain of the dubstep sound. This release, by Muk of "No Hats, No Trainers" fame, takes that sound to new depths of frequencies. The title track "Dutty Gal" nestles somewhere between feel good reggae and dubstep, whilst the rest of the single eschews most of the former to concentrate on dark n heavy dubstep. The stand out tracks on the EP are probably the saucy "Gash" (featuring head nodding hip-hop beats and a sample of a porn star exclaiming "I've been a bad girl!") and the maniacal video game-sampling of "Gems".