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.
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.
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.
30 Sep 15
Review: Having previously had "The Bells" remixed by Girl Unit among others, Welsh funky merchants CRST return with a lean, stripped down VIP of "The Bells" which absolutely smacks you round the face with raw, focused club energy. With pitch perfect snares and motorik chords they really keep the funk fresh on a tune that clearly going to get a lot of love in the next few months. "Saturday Tingz" is just as vital - sampling some huge female vocals and chopping them over a highly percussive beat which CRST skilfully reduce down to a minimal stomp for breakdowns. Highly recommended!
30 Sep 15
Review: Atlanta's Distal drops a pair of future-bass winners on the Car Crash Set label, with the title tune leaning heavily on the techno side with a signature shifting arpeggio acting as a mainstay while the beats shift between moody half-step and full-on tech-stomp. In a Pearson Sound-style, "We Are VCR" is a chilly 808 'n' claps fest, topped off with some deliriously wonked-out leads twisting away in the background.
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.
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.
08 Jul 16
Review: The sparse and multi-faceted sounds of Computer Graphics return to Car Crash Set after three years away from the label. Best categorised under the wider house umbrella, these two tunes are best described as playful and experimental dance tracks. "Prospekt", is wobbly and off-kilter, but the sounds are fresh and summery enough to be enjoyed by passive listeners other than the house heads. "Experiment" is more of a broken groove, and although there is a 4/4 beat to push the track ahead, the sounds and quirkiness of the percussion render this a delight not just for dancing but also for listening and vibing out. Tip!