Review: Australian producer Galtier debuts on Car Crash Set with an impressive pair of contemporary techno tracks with nods to the UK end of the bass spectrum and Detroit styles. "Ring Twice" is a no-nonsense slice of 4/4 with dry stabs, granite rhythms and simmering bass with the arid atmosphere of a Terrence Dixon production and recomposes it with a big-room sensibility. "Shaped" is a different beast, taking sparse, swung 133bpm drums, abstract whistles and subdued chords and wrapping them up into a package that is part ghetto house, part dub techno. Fans of Blawan, Bambounou and Tessela take note.
Review: GRRL returns to Car Crash Set with an extended EP of multi-faceted bass flavours that we're honestly quite into. The producer wastes no time in introductions or small talk and gets straight to the point with the machinegun percussion track that is "Warmup", followed by the comparatively housier 'Hands", and back then back to the violence again through "Do It". 'Whoa" is the killer in the mix, the tune bound for the rewind, and "Drop Ha" will satisfy fans of DJ Funk and the like. "Workouts itself" is loose but extremely effective at making you dance, and "Cooldown" feels like its natural continuation.
Review: Don't let the novelty, yet awesome name fool you - Ill Cosby has got some serious tropical skills and flexes them with all his might on the excellent "Lo Oyen". A bubbly, multi-percussion worker which uses some huge claps and polyrhythmic sequencing to craft something that'll prove fiery on any dancefloor. Emvee adds a Latin/Reggaeton feel with some grimey strings, while Palms Out's Dubbel Dutch gets busy on another Ill Cosby tune, "Kalakuta". which features the maddest sax lines since Guido's massive "Sex Sax".
Review: After a run of really well received original releases, J Shadow returns again with another highly experimental journey into future tech on this explosive two track selection courtesy of Car Crash Set. We begin by taking a look at the robotic expanses of the highly intuitive 'Hypnagogia', which weaves electronic creations together with stuttered industrial drum styles and unpredictable percussive stutters. On the flip side we are gifted 'IOK-1', a more breaksy driven composition, bringing some additional flavour, combining bleeps and blips with grinding moogy sub work in a really expansive composition.
Review: New on Car Crash Set, Australian producer James Arctic lives up to his name with these two new chilly yet thrilling bass/jack house winners. "Green Lagoon" recalls Addison Groove thanks to its icy use of crisp 808 drums and whispy atmospheres, while "Ollie North" is a very hype sweat-fest featuring bouncing basslines and sharp snares.
Review: Defining all the correct moves in the current bass music climate, Lindo Man comes correct with an emotive flurry of stepping business that leans heavy on lush synths and intricate drum programming. There's a whiff of juke about the looping sample tricks, but realised through a smoother pallete of sounds on the quick fire "M6". As a fitting counterpart, "Shackle" continues the same theme but in a marginally slower template, with a touch more space afforded for dubby swathes of chord to echo out into a healthy bed of feedback while the beats remain slick and slender to the last.
Review: Rippling rhythms, crackling white noise and muffled, hissing beats dominate for the most part of Mak & Pasteman's delectable "What Love Is". Setting the tone for their release on Car Crash Set, the pair go in with the deep, heavy rhythms, pulsing beats, hissing percussion and eerie vocal which hides behind the rest of the music somehow. A midway breakdown adds a brief moment of melancholy reflection before we return to the main tune. "So Much" continues in much the same manner, with sparse beats in a gentle, humming soundscape, broken by a labored groan and dripping SFX and pattering percussion. A must buy, right here, right now.
Review: As the title suggests, this split EP from Mak and Pasteman is something of a throwback to simpler times. More specifically, it offers up a quartet of cuts inspired by the halcyon days of UK garage. Mak's deep and delicious "Work On You" apes late '90s two-step, throwing in some New Jersey garage and Todd Edwards-ish vocal stabs. Pasteman's "Beggin It" goes for more of a 4/4 flex -complete with warped dark garage bassline - while Mak's bass-heavy, breakdown happy "Cameo" is bursting with chiming melodies. Best of all, though, is Pasteman's "Thinking of You", which mixes classic US house and early garage to superb effect.
Review: This extraordinary nine-track package from Mexico's Mekha compromises four original tracks and five remixes. First of all is two minute outing "Process" - a minimal, haunting intro with almost painful humming, which introduces us to the sparse experimentalism that will ensue. "Aneurism" is a deep, dubbed out piece with deftly placed beats, occasional bleeps and quirky SFX. Dsve remixes this, adding in a swishing vocal and booming bass, whilst Kupas Vampire Slaya mix is an exercise in disorientating 8-bit bleeps. "Cortex Feedback" is a more menacing piece with remixes from DMR, MHV and The Raging Sea Unconscious mix, with the original rounding things off.
Review: Over the past few years, a lot of bass music has shifted its focus towards a deep retro house sound. Meja, a 20-year-old from Paris, certainly fits into this category; "Glass" is a killer slice of deep, brooding and raw jackin' house that gives the likes of Maetrik a run for his money. Up next, "Trucks" is a gentler affair that goes even deeper still, with moonlight synths and clippity-clop percussion along the way. A promising young talent - bravo.
Review: Car Crash Set present another fresh producer in the form of Mentalcut, delivering four tracks of contemporary bass heavy trap instrumentals, fused with the luxurious analogue boogie styles. "Burswood" kicks things off with buttery bass and diamond pads stitched together with spindly snare rolls, while "Maylands" combines a triumphant horn solo, elastic chords and glistening hi-hats. "Ardath" switches things up with its shimmering key stabs and water droplet synths, while "Love Child" rounds things off placing threadbare percussion against a 70s lounge-soul backdrop, but without compromising on the rhythmic prowess. If you've ever wondered what a collaboration between Lunice and Dam Funk would sound like, look no further.
Review: Mike G brings us "Throw Back" on Car Crash Set and in doing so unleashes a load of heavily reverbed, bass heavy beats on us with brutal force. The title track is all chopped up lyrics on frenzied loop, with pulsing beats and driving b-line adding further pressure to the proceedings. Pounding and pumping for the duration, this one's for the heads. "Disco Radio" again focuses on a distorted vocal with booming subs, hollow bongo beats and surging synths adding to the Hessle Audio meets Night Slugs style atmosphere.