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: It's just dawned on us that the Car Crash Set label has racked up a huge amount of releases by now, and they've gone from fledgling bass label, to a respectable powerhouse for new talents coming off the street! This time we have a newcomer, Duolo, who unleashes a three-headed attack on us; the first gun slinger is "White Dingo", a curbside banger made up of a gunshot percussion and raucous sonics, followed swiftly and aggressively by "Zeta Type A" and its jagged chords spewing out of broken beats. On the other hand, "Cryo" puts up a little jungle dance, and its bouncy stop-start riddim is filled with all sorts of breaks; last but not least, Cosby injects even more merciless gunshot trickery into his remix of "White Dingo".
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: 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.
Review: Car Crash Set welcome Cos BV back to their catalogue this week, although the producer is only back on executive terms, while the spotlight is taken by an interesting set of remixers. His "Knife" tune is remixed and rewired by all sorts of capable bass junkies, including his and 214's excellent dub version, a bundle of bass and irate vibrations, Ezekiel's killer broken beat cut, and the warm house waves provided by the Love Bites reinterpretation. Not one to miss from both label and artist!
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: 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!
Review: A label on a roll following great releases from CRST, 214, Mistamen and Kingthing Car Crash Set continue with these two new tropical heaters from Cardopusher. "Tarradella Nights" keeps things bubbly thanks to some distant and trippy organ sounds as well as a Balearic-meets-bruk out beat that's so good that it's just left to simmer and build rather than be disrupted with gimmicky fills or drops. "All Bellaca Parties" starts with a set of high-pitched 606 drum hits, a la Ramadanman, and quickly winds in some excellent urgent synths - fantastic stuff.
Review: Cos BV's Sunset EP boasts four tracks that seem to be culled from the soundtrack to a long lost 80s movie. Opener "Rock To The Rhythm" is a pumped up sun-kissed synth disco argument between an over distorted kick drum and super cheery keyboard riffs, "Palms Sway In The Evening Breeze" is indeed a breezy mellow jam with shimmering Fender Rhodes ripples, swimming pool synths and atmospherics galore. "Sundown" is an edgier cut full of 808s and an air of mistrust (the drug deal scene basically) and "Speed Dial" is a menagerie of twisted and broken old soul loops. Badass!
Review: New from the good people at Car Crash Set, QP's "Sol Jerk" thunders in at a +130bpm tempo for glorious some footwerk-inspired 808 patterns, which get nicely offset by a sloping half-step snare and some brutally lean synth stabs. HxDB focuses more on the half-step while adding some killer rogue Balkan sounds to this delirious makeover, while Cosmic Revenge adds some Miami flavour.
Review: Pronounced "adverb", this solo American producer lays down some beautifully textured and very glitched out bass-step on this release for Car Crash Set. "Lust" rips apart its atmospheric opening with a torrent of fierce leads, while "Colourful Eyes" sounds on a par with Rustie's sci-fi voyaging. Check out the maximal joys of "Sugar Glaze" as an excellent first step into the world of +Verb.
Review: Car Crash Set is up with some crazy new sounds by their new badboy, Secundus. The young producer has done nothing but impress since he's landed on the imprint, instilling his own version of grime and nu-bass with great effect. This six-pack EP is a lesson in bass-making, twisting and winding all sorts of sci-fi sounds with a wide range of beats and breaks. This is a continuation of the UK hardcore continuum, along the lines of the Chicago footwork equation and, yes, the TRAP virus that has afflicted masses of dancers over the last few years. Quality assured.