Review: Here we get taken all the way to Miami (musically at least) by the Hot Cakes crew, courtesy of 601 vs Deep Impact. "Going Out" is pure Miami bass attack - all laser ghetto beats and electro snap. The addition of trancey synth riffs only adds to the good vibes. Back up track "Raggamuffin" meanwhile, is tough big breaks and a fatneck wobble bass attack. Throw in some 4 x 4 thump and you're quids in!
Review: The Hot Cakes label is dishing out nothing but stone-cold classics as of late, and this latest coup from Bradley Drop, Proxxy and DJ Lantern is another small step towards their total domination of the nu-school breakbeat space! "Music Takes Control" is the only track residing on this effective little EP, but it's got enough vibes in it to see the entire night through; kicking off with lush progressive house chords, the tune develops into a fine-ass breaks bombshell filled with soul and funk throughout its entire arrangement - a big tune for the big-room deejay.
Review: The hills are alive with the "Sound Of Music"... When we say hills, we mean clubs. And when we say "Sound Of Music" we mean the latest banger from one of the breaks' scene's most prolific ambassadors - Deekline. Balancing his boldest rave palette with a cheeky big room soundset, he ably balances the most classic detuned synth sounds with the currently huge Garrix-ish tightly plucked drop style. Throw in some smouldering kicks and you have yourself yet another Deekline winner. And when we say winner we mean "essential release".
Review: Ever the generous sort, Deekline's "Sound Of Music" comes in two forms; one ravey/big room jam and this one - a massive ravey/trap jam. Rattling and shaking with blistering breakbeats and myriad motifs to the early '90s, the Hot Cakes maestro then shoves us into a gnarly trapist dynamic where vocals are chiselled so sharp you could shave your short and curlies from them. You'll be hard-pushed to find a better balance of old and new in one tune this month.
Review: Disco Cakes' sugar-sweet edible audio series continues with label boss Deekline. "Good Life" is a bouncy retake on the Inner City classic with added breakbeats, and "Feelin" is a slinky two-step whirling dervish. "Scootch", meanwhile, takes the peaktime route with added electro attitude while "Need U" takes Disclosure by the scruff of their necks and gives them a boost of booty steroids.
Review: As two of the most popular and versatile producers currently working in and around the realms of UK bass music, it's an absolute pleasure to see two powerhouses in Deekline and Fish team up for a hard hitting creation on Hot Cakes. In all honesty 'Sugar & Spice' isn't what you would particularly expect from either producer, but works so well it's untrue, from the hardcore influenced vocal slices, to the well designed breakbeat sampling and the luscious harmonic structure of the whole piece. Keep an eye out for an unexpected switch up however, as both Deekline and Fish work well to keep us on our toes.
Review: After a brief break, Deekline returns to the well renowned Hot Cakes imprint, this time accompanied by Specimen A for a boisterous four tracker. Right out the gate on the title track 'Run Da Riddim' we are treated to a bag of explosive bass oscillations, later to be coupled with highly energized electro elements. From here 'Lift Me Up' draws a combo of fidget and deep house arrangement themes, whilst 'I Believed' delves down a more breakbeat inspired avenue. The EP then rounds of in style with 'Like This' which is a weighty electronic roller, playing host to MC PSG's skippy vocal presence
Review: Bass hero Deekline is back with more dancefloor ammo courtesy of the raucous "Flute Ting" on his Hot Cakes label. It's a beast of a thing with eccentric Asian flutes samples getting freaky with stark ghetto bass rhythms, crazy breakdowns and hypey vocals from RTKAL. If that doesn't satisfy, Tim Healey unites with Atomic Drop to provide a blistering fidget house rework (is it too early for a revival?). Boss sounds.
Review: Defkline is one of the alternate monikers used by breakstep pioneer Deekline (of I Don't Smoke fame). This Londoner never rests - running no less than six labels including Hot Cakes. Here on "Push Dat" he's having a bit of throwaway fun taking the riff from '90s superhit Push The Feeling On by Nightcrawlers and mixing it in both 2-step and housey styles. Sure to conjure up smiles in clubs everywhere.
Review: The Hot Cakes bossman dons his darker alter ego for two booty-slapping breaks jams. "Bass Shaker" is all about the Public Enemy vocal samples, a very well-known Lafayette Afro Rock Band horn sample and a series of classic breakbeats. "My Love" flips the sexy switch by way of a Mary J Blige vocal, slinky garage elements and a buxom b-boy bassline that ensures the chaps are just as charmed as the ladies. Shake that bass!
Review: The poorly pseudonymed players Defkline and Polo get their mitts on Alex Care's "Too Close", giving it two royal club makeovers. Taking the track that's largely famous for being on Microsoft's latest advert, the breakbeat mix eschews the dubstep bass of the original in favour of spiky acid stabs, lush keys and a mild electro twang to the bass. Very well played. Meanwhile on the dubstep version we find a much more drama-drenched vibe as the duo add more emphasis on Alex's emotional vocal chords and even throw in a little acoustic guitar plucks before the big old wobble kicks in. Which version is best? Well it's "Too Close" to say!
Review: Ever listened to Switch's "I Still Love You" and thought 'this could do with raving up a tad'? Defkline and Red Polo obviously have, and they were wise to do so. Think 'end of the night hug-athon', think 'peak of the set, lighters up time', think 'turn the dancefloor into one massive smile', this cheeky remix ticks more boxes than a professional box-ticker and is likely to bring a grin to your groovers. Fancy turning that grin into a creased up ugly bass face? Slam in the screaming dubstep remix by Sonwah Fresh.
Review: Not one week from their last Disco Cakes release, Defkline and Red Polo return on sister label Hot Cakes for another pair of rambunctious party bangers. "Oh Sevre! Look What You Done" sees the pair rework Julio Bashmore's ubiquitous hit "Au Seve" to fine effect across two versions. The "Breakbeat Garage" version does exactly what it says on the tin, cutting up that infectious bassline and giving it a touch more bite, while the drum & bass mix ramps things with a crazy tempo and thick subs. If such a thing is possible, Defkline & Red Polo have actually improved on the original.
Professional Raver (feat Rubi Dan) - (3:47) 130 BPM
Review: So happy were Hot Cakes with Firestar Soundsystem's previous single that they immediately demanded a follow-up. Here they've duly obliged with the Booty Shake EP and it's a corker! This time round we get four original cuts: the fierce ghetto badness of the title track, the epic build ups of 4x4 monster "Big Ting Vibe", the heavy grit ragga breaks of "Bass Fight" and the party-friendly funky break-step of "Professional Raver".
Review: The Hot Cakes rampage continues here as they employ the services of Future Flex for an explosive new single by the name of 'Power Moves'. It proves to be pure rave dynamite as colourful electronic synth leads smash away above crisply processed 4x4 kick snare combos whilst being drizzled with expertly timed vocal slices and expansive horn bridges. This one also comes complete with a VIP mix, twisting the track up yet another level.
Review: Booty-smoking breaks science from Florida, as emerging player Jaco Garner steps up to the ever-ready Hot Cakes brand for two massive slices of big bass boldness. First up "This My Ish", a Gwen Stefani-sampling lesson in 808 majesty. "Shake It Like That", meanwhile, takes Robin Thicke and gives him a straight-up dancefloor chop-slap by way of a heady mid-range hook and more juicy low-end luxury. Delicious.
Review: Jolly jokers of the bass music world, Hot Cakes, go in on Duck Sauce's smash hit single of September 2010 "Barbara Streisand" and transform it into a more recognisably British household name, the tongue-in-cheek ditty "Barbara Windsor". Sensproof gives it a good dose of dubstep on the remix, with frantic Doctor P style screeches and synth manipulations to test even the rowdiest and rambunctious of teenagers. KL2 & PuRe SX then provide us with a breaks remix which pairs a stern, pumping beat with the ubiquitous, catchy vocal hook of the title and some hyped up edits along the way.