Review: 18 months have passed since Bristol beatcamp Durkle Disco last compiled a "Definitions" EP. Once again the quality and levels of talent are high as Boycott busses up the best dynamics of trap, grime and dubstep for a lean, mean slaying machine they call "HK '87", Daffy & Gundam's "Bio Schematics" continues the stripped back prangish tones Durkle have made their signature with the equally alarming "Bio Schematics". Deeper into the EP we hit purring 808 soul from Denham Audio before getting the chop from Unkey on the icy stepper "Karate Club". Black belt business.
Review: The fresh-faced Daffy & Unkey duo make their debut on Bristol's Durkle Disco for the label's twelfth outing with four raucous neo-dubstep cuts. The first, "Hustlin'" is a true head jerker, all high-speed and revved up to the max for teeth grinding; "Night Terrors" is swamped, squelching on the bottom-end and utterly nasty, while Unkey goes in alone with the broken, clap-heavy beast that is "Come To Bury You". There's also two further rewirings of "Hustlin", one by Glacci and the other by Arcane Soul.
Review: Nu-dubstep spcialist Durkham Audio returns to Durkle Disco with some grimey disco-leaning vibes that blend just about all of the UK's best and more cut-throat sounds. "Masta Blastah" is a dirty, broken arrangement of hefty bass, stripped-back percussion, and bashment vocals, served to you on one fat groove! There's remixes, too, with Caski, Bromley and Mani Festo all dropping their own, bass-heavy, reinterpretations. Killah style!
Review: Bristol continues to lead the way when it comes to mutant strains of bass music, as this debut EP from newcomer Lamont on the city's Durkle Disco imprint proves. "Far Away" is a strong debut, with sharp synth strings, exotic sitars and subtle chords riding jaunty sub-bass and hard-to-pigeonhole post-dubstep beats (somewhere between 2-step garage and dubstep). The remix package is particularly strong, too, with Zed Bias delivering a warped and heavy two-step interpretation, and Foresaken dropping a sparse but intense, bruk-meets-breakcore rework. Throw in similarly impressive remixes from Hi5Ghost (discordant vocal samples and skittering beats) and Oh91 (grime-meets-two-step), and you've got an excellent EP.
Review: Turbo two-step with minimal muscle. "Saracen" joins the dots between the Bristol beatsmith's dubstep roots and his current penchant for the lighter side of the dance. Dig deeper for "Day Z", a grime-referenced eskibeat slapper with a bass texture that has a life of its own. For added pleasure Durkle Disco have thrown in a remix from fellow west countryman Majora; a much deeper, 4/4 jam that drops into a dark alley bass bubbles mid-way, it's a great transitional tool for house DJs looking to murk the flow for a spell.
Review: Next up on Bristol's Durkle Disco imprint, rising London based producer Nick Marks aka Mani Festo steps up with his debut solo release. Featuring three weighty cuts, it draws on his early hardcore and jungle influences on the title track and "Kreuzberg Riddim", both breakbeat-driven dancefloor smashers. "No Number" channels classic dub and early dubstep stylings, from the hypnotic bass to the pirate radio vocal samples. While the name may be relatively new, Mani has been putting in work for a while: he's released on Swamp 81 whilst also making numerous guest appearances on Rinse FM. Fallout is bound to cement Mani Festo's name as one to watch in 2017.
Review: It hasn't exactly taken Otik a very long time to build up an impressive catalogue of warped bass tunes and, thanks to releases for the likes of Infinite Machine and Tessier-Ashpool, the producer is now a string contender among the very best in the low-frequency game. "Acne Downs" starts off this new EP for Durkle Disco, and it's a mix of the best elements from the broken beat and garage subgenres, leaving Caski's remix to dub the mix down into outer space. "Big Bad Wolf" is a grime stepper in all senses of the phrase, a murky, curbside killer backed by some menacing London-style vocal slayings.
Review: Although its name and type font suggest that its music ought to be showered in '70s disco glitter and flared jeans, Bristol's Durkle Disco actually deals in militant bass sketches by a wide spectrum of young talent from around the globe. As they usually do, Durkle have put together a compilation, except that this latest one represents more of a house flavour compared to some of their recent outings. The opener "Armed" by Body Trouble is actually a seriously fitting piece of stutter house to what unfolds further on in the release; you should check out Unkey's broken garage on "Pho Par", the gorgeous neobass swirls of "Broken" by Jubley, and Lamont's house grime in the string-led "Other Side".