Review: The Crucast collective continue to set pace with this one as they employ the services of bassline legend: BASSBOY for a highly energetic four track bonanza. Right from the off on the title track 'Find Me' we are introducing to electric lead synths partnered up with angelic vocals from Aria. From here we sweep into the creative sound design and twisted basslines of 'Fall'. Next we move into the smooth jazzy chords introductions of 'Incomplete' finishing off with sub heavy rolling synths and crafted vocal distortion of 'Fire'. This a great box of bass music from one of the most consistent in the game!
Review: Midlands shelling: Birmingham's Bassboy and Nottingham's Bru-C collide for some instant classic bassline naughtiness. Bassboy's riff keeps it lean and harmonic with just the right amount of prang while Bru C shells and shuts down with definite defiance. Stamped with approval but on-point Crucast crew, this is already massive. Are you going to shell? DEFINITELY.
Review: It's all going a bit mental within the CruCast release schedule right now as they see bassline legend Jamie Duggan return to their roster alongside Booda for a two track single blast off. We begin the project with 'Introduction', a sumptuous helping of bassline heat, built around stripped back arrangements and lethal bass designs, coupled with orchestrally led intros. To follow up, grime and bassline vocal master Slick Don joins the rave with his explosive input on 'Havin' It', another skippy stormer indeed.
Review: There are few success stories within the UK bass scene as potent as that of Bru-C, who has risen to the pinnacle of bassline MC status. With this EP he teams up with the infamous sounds of Skepsis and Darkzy for a destructive selection of four instant anthems. The whole project is spot on, from the catchy rhythms and harmonic vocal melodies on Take It Slow and the jump up stylings of Hide The Ting alongside Window Kid to the high pace skippy arrangement of ?Set Pace? and singalong vocals of Affiliation. Bru-C has outdone himself on this one!
Review: Cru-Cast is the music platform that has rapidly expanded into the world of events, with a focus on raucous basslines across bassline, D&B and more, it's been shelling venues up and down the UK for a couple of years now. The label side is part of the same offensive and Bru-C is the soldier in command today, a grime MC who can flip between genres easier than more, a skill he shows off here on his debut LP Original Sounds. 'Snakes & Ladders' featuring Bou and Ella Knight is a highlight for sure, as the potent Bou maintains his usual prowess but this time on a lighter tip, Ella's vocals coming into play in a sick way and Bru-C's bars tying the whole thing together a flourish. Skepsis makes an appearance, as do Jamie Duggan, Chromatic, Simula and more.
Review: The rampaging fire known collectively as CruCast rages on as the team unveil another monstrous addition to the release roster with this killer four track exploration from Cajama. The journey begins with a look into the spicy synth lead rhythms and sharp drum creations of 'Exemption', before moving into the more scatty, robotic synthetic voicings of 'Without Me'. Following this, the party just continues to amplify as the synthesis grows even more expressive across the highly energetic arrangement of 'Leave Me', before we start to the see the project draw to a close on the more stripped back, precise lfo snipes of 'Down With You'. You can expect to hear all four of these originals mashing up dances nationwide.
Review: Darkzy is Nottingham based DJ Elliott Fisher, who has had releases on top bass labels such as Project Allout, Deeprot, InFlux and Southpoint. This new one is for UK bass music institution Crucast entitled the Dark Nightz EP. From the fiercely wonky bassline antics of "Running Back To You", the the grimey dancefloor vibes of "Ur Eyez" and the proud UK garage influence of the storming "Me & You" he then merges pop sensibilities with dubstep on "Simplicity" featuring London based chanteuse Georgia Lowe on vocals.
Review: It seems to have been a hot minute since we last heard anything from Darkzy, who as ever has been smashing an incredible run of live performances in the meantime. He returns here to CruCast as they unveil an official remix selection EP for 'Spell It Out' alongside Lo. Firstly, let us dive into the big room synthesizer smacks of Lumm's riddim tearout rethink, before Subsonic provides us with a super punchy half-time overhaul. Next, Cooky gives the original a bassline makeover, followed by Yozhi's nostalgic garage chop and Bookey's brain scattering d&b recreation. Tasty!
Review: Darksky is back on rising UK imprint Crucast with his third helping of freaky bass mutants. There's four mixes of "Whats Going On" inside: the opening Drum & Bass remix is, as you'd expect, a nutty blend of violent, nu-school jungle breaks backed by Bru C's grime slewings; Thorpey's version dissolves the groove down to a frenetic bundle of sped-up garage beats; Pelikann comes through correct with a rampant garage version of his own, this one peppered with some hardcore rave stabs; Pavv closes the EP off in fine style thanks to one final twist of bass for the dancehall. Party-loaded killers for the masses!
Review: Following on from the massive release of Darkzy & Example's long awaited bass collaboration, we see the CruCast team do what they do best as they bring together three very powerful remix projects from some of the most exciting names in their respective fields. We kick everything off with Kanine's potent jump up refix, reworking the vocal amidst skippy junglist drums and a super catchy lead synth. Bassline legend Wittyboy steps up to the plate next with his gnarly rethink, focussing on aggy bass designs, which is chased up in style by Mind Of A Dragon's typically inspiring UKG twissup. Excellent work as per!
Review: UK producer Distinkt is on some next level vibes with this new one-track bullet for the shady Crucast mandem, and he's mixing up genres like it's 2001. "China Town" sounds more Brixton than Shanghai; the tune is full of pace and dark, ominous bass frequencies, driven by a quick-firing 4/4 groove that manages to mould percussion and bass with the upmost skill and tactic. Badman ting.
Review: After an incredible showing at Boomtown with their already renowned takeover performance, the Crucast collective return here with an explosive collab between bassline veterans DJ Q & Jamie Duggan. This one is packed with energy as a collection of bass sounds run riot, bouncing off each other and creating some real rave dynamite. The unnerving vocal additions add something really special to this one as Q & Duggan continue on their 2018 killing spree.
Review: Now when we saw the lineup for the latest CruCast selection, it was a pretty excitable moment here at Juno Download HQ as we see DJQ, Jamie Duggan and Booda link up for a spicy three tracker on the ever-ready CruCast imprint. The title track 'Sirens' is an original we can see tearing raves to pieces come the end of lockdown, with its viscous synth designs, satanic horn stabs and rolling drum patterns giving us some seriously energetic vibes. Next, 'Chimes' arrives with a more niche approach, using warbling LFO's to give us a bit of a different feeling, before 'Melody' lets loose more grizzly bass thwacks and jumping rhythms to see out the project in style. This one also comes complete with an official speed garage edit of 'Melody' for good measure!
Review: It's been one hell of a year for CruCast, with a bag of mega events ticked off, the majority of their front running artists hitting major success and a tonne of exciting new school talent rising through the ranks. This new project from Dommix shows just how strong their arsenal is, with the twisted metal-like bass sounds of 'Ready' getting us off to a flying start. The skippy drum work and continued synthesizer madness of 'Like It' then follows before title track 'Monster' uses yet more naughty sound design to cause a serious ruckus. Finally, the EP closes out with the potent leads of 'Hot One', putting the finishing touches on a super consistent body of work.
Review: CruCast's excellent run of top quality releases is set to continue as they welcome the man of the minute: Eloquin, a producer whose stock has shot up since the start of 2020. We kick off his brand new four track selection with the whistling synth runs and sharp snare processing of 'Gotcha' before seeing Purple Velvet Curtains join the party for some well placed vocal additions on 'Carnage'. Next, 'Movin' provides with scattered drum expressions and grizzly synthesizer runs before 'Destructive' sees MPH arrive on collaborative duty for a classic UK bass bruk. Wicked work from all involved!