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: Bristol's Actraiser drops a big, brash and bouncy set of deep funky riddims on this latest EP for Car Crash Set. Lead tune "Kong Riddim" is a dark, cavernous gem with an infectious set of UKF drums anchoring floating pads and subtle, echoed synth leads. "Adventure Island" on the other hand is heavier on the congas and the stacked snares, while "Bubblun" brings a joyous 2-step rhythm out to play and nestles it around spacey pads and female vocals shots. Quality modern funky to be ignored at your peril.
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: 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.
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!
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: 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: A truly mesmerising house tune from San Francisco's Cosmic Revenge, backed with some equally ace mixes from Ratcatcher and Beat Connection, making for a very strong single indeed from Car Crash Set. A delirious mixture of subtle pads, trippy arpeggios and laid back 808 drums characterises CR's original, which Ratcatcher (who previously collaborated with Doc Daneeka as Rodski) exploits for his minimal/tropical reworking. Beat Connection (who've just recently toured with Toro Y Moi) add a little more jacking skank to their version, boosting the spacey, sub-aquatic chords as well for good measure. Smart, forward thinking house at every turn.
Review: The latest in Car Crash Set's "No Northwest" series sees Vancouver's Daega Sound share the spotlight with Seattle's Kid Smpl for some deep and moody tech winners, including DS' tech-step menacer "Legion" and his equally crystalline and reverb-soaked half-stepper "Winter's Horse". Kid Smpl gets deeper and trippier on "Timber" and almost nails Sigur Ros' aquatic swoon on the excellent "Over".
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.
Review: Space trap meets cosmic juke by way of DJ Beeso updates his slim-but-satisfying repertoire with four more out-of-this-world cuts. "Hypnotic" lives up to its name with its woozy sample play and shuffling beats, "Searching" is a fizzy acid juke workout while "In Love2" takes us on a bumpy trip to a new universe with wavy, grainy synths. Finally "Zajj Lid2" brings the EP to a house-tinged close with dreamy vocal textures floppy softly to a hazy 4/4. Trippy yisting!
Review: Mysterious Japanese newcomer Doppio revs up to pole position with the militant, mechanical mastery of "Crash". All race-car traces, twisted engines and militant kicks, it should come with its own reinforced seatbelts. "Caxis" continues the rifle-like kicks with added industrial strength sheet-metal slaps. Finally "Carnival" takes elements of both (the kicks of "Crash" and metal clangs and bashes of "Caxis") and ties them together with ice-cold 22nd century bridges. Racy.
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".