24 Jan 12
Played by: Smutlee
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.
24 Jan 13
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.
26 Jun 12
Played by: DJ CURE (Aufect Recordings), Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), BIZT, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, D3ADL1NE, Konnekt - HOT N HEAVY, Juno Recommends Bass
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.
10 Sep 12
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.
17 Apr 12
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.
24 Apr 12
Played by: Sounds of Sumo
Review: One first listen, "Dwell" could be something you'd play to an old hippy splashing out on a bit of time in a floatation tank; all deep wafting pads and subaquatic cries and cosmic twinkles. Then you listen a little closer and you realise there's a full-on funky two-step riddim riding roughshod in the background. Crisp soothing ambience coupled with crafty drums - "Dwell" really does what its cogitative moniker suggests. "Fall Apart" plays the ideal foil to such a brooding lead cut. Again, it's garage, but a twisted, distorted, fractured garage where sprightly synths and the processed vocal carry class, while the lolloping, off-kilter rhythms add weight and progression. Don't dwell on this for too long.
05 Nov 12
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.
30 Sep 15
Review: Car Crash Set, a label ever ahead of the curve, present the debut from US production duo Celoso. On the strength of "Already Know", the pair have a bright future ahead of them; combining lithe ghettotech beats, effervescent R&B influenced synth work and a vocal hook that gets right under your skin, it's an example of how to combine several well worn tropes and come up with something fresh. Meanwhile, Tectonic's Distal steps up to provide a typically hard to pin down remix; taking in juke and dubstep, his version of the title track places the chopped up vocal on top of some jackhammer kicks and an almost eastern melody, whose laid back feel is entirely at odds with the frantic rhythmic flow.