Review: London's Lobster Boy are back with a promising upstart in the form of Boeke. While not much is known of him/her as yet, expect to be hearing good things after the world gets a listen to "Pronto", a slamming latin techno exercise with infectious syncopated rhythm, tribal chants and and heck load of bass, of course. Second offering "Favela" leaves nothing to the imagination: this one getting some proper old school Baile funk vibes happening: which will blow the doors right off! Rolling bass, chopped up vocals and some more sick bongos to keep the kids dancing.
Review: Mouth is the follow up release to last year's Pronto release on Lobster Boy, and has already won support from the likes of BBC 1's Annie Mac and Danny Tenaglia. It's not hard to understand why this EP has such widespread appeal; on "Zombie" Boeke deploys tribal drums and insistent bursts of percussion as a backdrop for a series of repetitive vocal loops. "Galera" is in a similar vein but is more noisy and abrasive, as sirens and wild riffs build and build. Last but certainly not least is the title track; peppered with noisy stabs, siren riffs and incessant vocals, its relentless rhythm will ensure that it becomes a party staple over the summer season.
I'll Be Waiting (Lobster Boy mix) - (5:35) 126 BPM
Review: Bristol boy Redlight is back on Lobster Boy. The London label serves up his killer new remix of "I'll Be Waiting" with a bit of help from Liv Dawson (Tapestry: Disclosure's label) and Kojo Funds aka Golden Boy. With its tough riddims and absolutely bass driven attitude, this firestarter is bound to make dancefloors go totally mental in 2017! Honorable mention to Dawson's fabulous vocals which are supported by Funds' on point rhyming and Lobster Boy's assorted blurps and bleeps.. plus the odd police siren or two for good measure!
Review: Mak and Pasteman should not be categorised as being 'bass artists'. A better way to coin their styles would be to say that they make pretty fierce and excellent DANCE music. This latest collaboration on Lobster Boy seems them in a surprising techno mood, which at first is more contained and steady on the breaks through "Call 2 Me", before turning all hawkish and German on us through the highly recommended banger that is "Le Freak". Solid.
Review: "Ambience" from the creatively restless Mele surfaces courtesy of yet another new home, Lobster Boy. The reluctance to be held down to one style is also pleasingly present too, with Mele delivering two new bass bombs, with the title track's carnival-esque fusion of deep tribal beats, diva vocals and absurd breakdown, as well as the quirky, helium laser attack of "UFOZ". Typical Mele - always ahead of the pack.
Review: Quadrants main man and Merseyside's finest Mele is back with Queens Day: no doubt a tribute to Amsterdam's best party of the year and what a fitting soundtrack it is. A Latin-esque Carnival flavoured track that crosses over with bass music splendidly. Those whistles and steel drums are pretty sick, but just wait for that drop! Second track "Body Thing" continues on with the Latin festive vibes; those steel drums go even more ballistic with even more funk, this track could easily mix well with some summery big room tech house for monstrous effect.
Review: It's been a while since we've been graced with the presence of some bass science from Mella Dee, his last appearance coming from Scucci Manucci's household, and we were heavily impressed with those particular excursions. "Here" sets the scene nicely with its subtle, distant pseudo breaks in the intro, beats that become unleashed after the first drop, and gel into a heavy bass groove. The title track "Trellick" is like a rework of an old-school jungle tune - more bass and more high-tec, of course - whereas "Keep On" has grime running through its system, and although the jungle breaks are still very much alive, the texture and sequence of the low-ends tells another story. Recommended!
Review: Yeah boy! We hadn't heard or seen from garage legend MJ Cole in a good while, and every time we see a new EP from the man pop onto our laps, we find it difficult to stay still in our seats. Sadly, this latest appearance on Lobster Boy is a brief one, with the excellent "Alcatraz" being the only tune on offer; however, it does satisfy our every need through some rough, pounding house beats, and de-tuned vocal samples that simply call to the dance floor. It's a tune that pretty much any DJ on the planet can enjoy, and tool it up to just about anything. Heavy, as expected.
Review: Redlight isn't messing around, that's for damn sure. The Bristolian has already released on Mercury and Polydor, two major majors, and now he's back up on Lobster Boy with a new album! The "Intro" sets the scene perfectly to an LP that explores the various shades of house and club music, a start that falls neatly into a funky, seductive bassline house number in "Gold Teeth". "Lessons" offers listeners a bit more of a classic house sound, while cuts such as "Lion Jungle" - which features none other than Prodigy - verge onto more UK-centric, hip-hop-filtered sounds, and others like "Threshold" drop us into pop / r&b territories. The latter is particularly suited to radio playback, and it's no wonder why this guy has been released on such big labels.
Review: Bristol bass man Redlight takes a one-way trip from the '90s and polishes up his finest set of grills while en route. Following a similar hooky vocal structure from 2014's summer smash, "Gold Teeth" is fronted by a sultry fem-bot listing disparate ingredients to a futuristic rockstar life. What's more, she's backed by a super-slinky booty bass breakbeat groove that pops and wriggles with full-bodied classic electro panache. Sweeter than lemonade.
Review: London's Redlight delivers the first single from his new album X Colour which will be released very soon on Lobster Boy. Following up the hit singles "Threshold" and "Metronome", "Blood Moon" is a driving and adrenalised electro house jam that has a sick bassline and welcome surefire artillery for any serious DJs arsenal in the vein of D. Ramirez or more recently Will Clarke. This young gun is definitely one to watch!
Review: It's Friday so that means another taster from Redlight's upcoming Templates Mixtape Vol 1. is here. According to the Lobster Boy main man, "Toasty" is a "cheeky little belter" and bodes well for the overall mixtape. Driven forward by Redlight's trademark feel-good basslines and crisp drum programming, there is a gal-force energy to "Toasty" that the dancefloor will immediately resonate with.
Review: Bass batboy Redlight is back on Lobster Boy with another one of his devious, juke-ridden floor-shakers for the dance-prone corner dweller. "Bossman" is a one-track champion, but it rides low and mighty enough to beat an LP hands-down; the groove is a syncopated burst of metallic percussion shots bound together by a deep, lonesome bassline that is accompanied by a dark, minimal melodic rift. Heavy n' deep.
Review: It's business as usual from London's Lobster Boy label. Bristol bad boy Redlight teams up with the sultry vocals of Roses Gabor for a dirty, late night bass driven ditty on "Metronome". There's just as much bump and shuffle as there is low end on this unashamedly UK track. And just wait until you hear that absolutely mental drop. Represent!
Review: The latest release on Redlight's Lobster Boy label comes from Bristol's Sly One. While most acts from the city take influence from its smoky, dub-heavy musical roots, this trio appear to have cast their gaze back to 90s techno. The title track, with its heavy, gained drums, noisy analogue riffs and crashing percussion, sounds like a mixture of Neil Landstrumm's early work for Peacefrog and Relief-style jacking. There is a similar approach on "Air Punching"; on this occasion, shrill riffs underpin cheeky hardcore-style vocal samples that speed up and down over crashing break beats. It's a racuous, colorful release that reaffirms Sly One's status as purveyors of party techno.
Review: Oof! New house magic from the Lobster Boy label, brought to you by newcomer Studio 6! Two easy reasons to check this EP out and hit the download button upon instant listen: first and foremost, this is the label to check and follow if you're into club-centric funky house with a touch of the old-school, and these dudes always scout the best new talent out there. Secondly, "Fruit Machine" is an instant hit of euphoria, a bouncy rush of four-to-the-floor that simply goes the groove totally right by perfecting the balance between techy, funky and sexy; there's an instrumental mix on here as well as that blazing original cut!
Review: Body poppers get your fine behinds down to the front.. Woz is back from his WxT excursion with some serious classical electro vibes in the form of "Grains". Sitting somewhere between classic Lee Coombes and Man Parrish, it's a stripped back neck snapper of the leanest proportions that taps deep into break culture while strutting into the future. "Celsius" flips the vibe but maintains the stripped-back, groove-focused attitude as we're locked deep into an MAW style percussive swing charged by the organ and vocal hook. Hypnotic.