Review: It has been a brief minute since we heard from the Maraki team, who have clearly been keeping busy, plotting away for their next compilation project behind closed doors. Here we see just what they have building up to as they unveil a monumental second edition of their 'Spaces' series. This kicks of with Axel Boy's hard hitting original in 'Feel It Deep' which fuses potent bass synths with stunning vocal lines perfectly. Next up, Zero bring his unique sound design into full flow on 'Broken' before Document One get busy with a highly sought after D&B rethink of Bushbaby's 'Sonder'. Finally, we see the introduction of Greed & BTW who team up with the legendary vocals of Dread MC for their crunchy roller 'Enemy'.
Review: Maraki continue their storming output rate here with an extraordinary four track bonanza by the name of 'Spaces'. This compilation sees them pull together some of their favourite artists, who all shell down in typical fashion. We begin with Skue-K's absolute stormer 'Loco' which has been tearing the festival circuit to pieces. Following this, Bushbaby steps up with a piece of neurotic genius as the apocalyptic horns and outstanding synth designs of 'Sonder' run wild. Following this Zero & Vellum step up for their reesey war anthem entitled 'Untitled DJ Weapon' before FineArt finishes up the release in style with his VIP of 'Lighter Crew', one of the most well received bassline originals of 2018.
Review: As one of the leading forces in bass music in the UK, it's always a monumental moment to hear that My Nu Leng have put together a new release. This project sees them take a seat on their own 'Maraki' imprint, showcasing their multigenre influences perfectly. The title track 'Junctions' is a perfect example of this, bringing together pounding UK bass themes with crunchy breakbeat additions, perfect for adding a bit of flavour to any dance. To follow this 'Super 8' kicks back with a bag of moogy bass energy, before Takura and Holy Goof join the party for some tearout antics on 'Gully'. Finally, we hear Madi Lane join forces with the Bristol based duo on 'Turn Around', a breaksy roller, packed with spacey emotional energy and smooth harmonies, rounding off this EP with a touch of class.
Review: Ah, what fantastic news it is to find My Nu Leng returning to their home imprint of Maraki as they lay everything on the table for their brand new five track project, taking the name 'Alter'. We begin with a look at the hardcore inspired chord stutters and well timed vocal samples of MC GQ on 'Spaced', followed in similar fashion by the gritty sub shivers of 'Echoes', which also features additional work from Takura. The more house influenced vibes continue as we dip into the rave-ready melodies of 'City Lights', before DRS joins the party for a grittier original in 'Sinking Sand'. We round off with the ballad-like structure of 'Signal', which rounds up a very mature selection from the Bristol based duo.
Review: As a label project, Maraki have gone from strength to strength over the last year or so, bringing together some top draw release projects from some of the most powerful artists working in and around the bass scene. Here we seem them introduce the legendary DJQ to the label, with his long awaited recreation of 'Senses' alongside the wavy vocal presence of Iyamah'. DJQ sends this one to the bassline chopper in typical style, pushing of lively synth leads and crispy drum arrangements, allowing Iyamah's vocal to shine. He makes a very welcome addition to the Maraki roster.
Review: It's been a brief minute since we took in a drop from the Maraki team, who return to releasing here with the third edition of their hailed 'Spaces' EP series. We kick off with co-founder My Nu Leng joining forces with S.P.Y for a hardcore inspired melting pot of breaksy drum lines and pulsating bass stabs entitled 'Feel It'. Next, Freddie Martin makes his return with 'Do Your Thing', a typically raucous experiment, combining smooth drumlines with unpredictable melodic structures for excellent listening. From here, NuBass arrives on the scene with the metallic synthesizer fluctuations of 'Titanic' to add a different direction to the show, followed finally by the incredibly groovy bass sweeps of Tony Wonka's 'Break', a perfect ending to a well thought out tracklisting.
Review: It's been a short while since we last saw Notion touch down with a full body of work, but my oh my was it worth the wait as he touches down on My Nu Leng & FineArt's 'Maraki' for a top class display. The EP kicks off with the stunning vocal work and rawcus synthesizer run outs of 'Dreams', which leads perfectly into the title track 'Shook'. For this one, Freddie Martin joins the party on guest vocal duty, adding something special to another top quality composition from Notion. Next up, we jump into a groovy little roller by the name of 'Pirate', which uses subtle bass drones to drive itself forward, before we finish up on the alien bass tones of 'Connect'.
Review: After seriously successful releases with the likes of Bushbaby and Barely Royal, My Nu Leng & Fineart's Maraki imprint returns for a slugfest in Skue-K's 'Loco'. This one is destined to demolish the dances as the lethal high end synth tones combine with explosive drum patterns and catchy vocal slices to create something very special indeed. This tops off an impressive year so far for Maraki with some serious releases under their belt.