Review: Prague's Meanbucket have snapped up some raw new talent in the shape of Dutch producer 618. This here is his debut release and with one listen it makes it clear why he's created a buzz for himself. "What You Do" is a brutal booty bass assault with serious juke overtones, while "Amsterdammed" applies heavy bass to the kind of techno heard in Berlin in the good old days. Remix wise, the title track become minimal hip-house by Boeboe, thumping house by Embryo Planet, freq bending electro by Seymour Bits and incredible dark electro-house by Veit B.
Review: Allmostt delivers the goods once again with the single, "Rice N Peas", which receives three remixes designed for the club. The original is the straightest of all productions, breaking down into a percussive solo of mutated metallic hits and warped Clavinets. Crown Duels offer a bass-heavy dancehall remake, while Pelikan's footwork-tinged remix is worthy of a credit on the next Need For Speed video game. Roby Howler & Sunko then complete the EP with a remix which sounds like a ragga version of Jessie Rose's "Touch My Horn" on steroids.
Review: For beats that sound like they've been thrown into a blender then used as fuel in a engine that won't start, take a listen to DJ Edgar's remix of "Machete Bass". Other remixes of the track include a woofing Fuuku Sartoria mix and Nobel Normcore's gutter raving rework. Both The Clerk and Smoothies take on "Dojoji" with the former offsetting chipmunk vocals with deep bass, while the latter is provides an alarm ringing meltdown that's as loaded as a Major Lazer production.
Review: Jersey jack maestro Kiff should be well on your radar by now, thanks to his appearances on the Mad Decent blog last year. It's not hard to see why Diplo repped him... "Street Fighter" is a tooth-bearing battle between bass, dubstep and a kind of trap-like electro, complete with all manner of samples from the classic Street Fighter video game. The forward-facing remixes are equally uncompromising; Nadus gives us an insane, loopy ghetto-tech rub, Ckrono & SleSSh dish up some merry-go-round electro badness and Top Billin provide the best rub with an 808-munching lesson in raw, stripped back trap. Hadouken!
Review: Dryman returns to the inimitable Meanbucket label with a rip-roaring remix EP. "Human Distribution" and "So Much Love" receive a proper treatment from a diverse bunch of producers, most notably by Bad Mojo with his techy, filthy house stomper on the former, and by DJ Tuco's neo-jungle movements on the latter. It's something which everyone can dig their fangs into and get seriously twisted over on the dancefloor. Dryman's on a cool run as of late, don't miss it!
Review: From the off, "Raindance" comes on like "Township Funk" given the UK Funky treatment - all Mujava synth stabs, electro-marimba melodies, snappy beats and bassbin-abusing bottom end bounce. While it lacks the instantly addictive feel of DJ Mujava's now-standard tune, it offers a deeper alternative for those bored of its ubiquitous vibes. The unlikely-named Ckrono Moonbahton provides the first of the obligatory remixes, slowing the pace successfully to give the darting melodies a chance to breathe. Trusty takes the opposite approach, inserting a nuclear warhead up the track's rear end. The result is a thunderstorm of old skool rave pianos, hectic beats and rush-inducing riffery.
Review: Meanbucket must surely be Prague's number one label for all things bass-related, and they've had an impressive run of form as of late, releasing plenty of house, pseudo garage and just generally an impressive line of tunes. Roby Howler steps up to mark the label's 26th release so far, and the dude comes in with a fine mixture of broken beats assortments. "Naney Club" is a straight-up hybrid sitting on the fence that separates breakbeat, dubstep and garage - those sirens sound as explosive as ever on the speakers! "Village Kilah" is a stop-start killer with huge waves of wobble bass and plenty of vicious percussive flex to hold its parts together. Fresh and recommended!
Review: Despite its "Breathless" title, you would be hard pushed to have successfully held your breadth for the duration of Leslie Lello's musical exile. His last release was back in 2014, so do the math! Anyway now he of Trash-Dance fame is back with this impressive two-track single on DJ Tuco's Meanbucket imprint. The title track is deliciously retro tech-house with vintage Detroit vibes all over it. On the digital flip though, we get the hazy stoner chillwave/RnB of "Love Deserve" in all its slow motion glory. Good to have this guy back.
Review: NYC-born but now based in Berlin, Naifian steps up to helm this fourth release from Czech label Meanbucket. With tropical UKF and garage very much an influence, the title tune wields a deft and slinky clap-led rhythm and some anthemic organ chords. Former Bmore party rocker DJ Donna Summer works out a powerful 4/4 mix that's loaded with abrasive, feedback-like sounds while DJ Tuco rearranges the distinctive organ riff into a ghetto house weapon.
Review: Meanbucket is the sort of independent imprint that finds all sorts of talent from all corners of the globe. The Prague-based label has found a new member in Nobel X Tuco, a producer who has the ability to blend house and bass with utter ease, as if the two genres had been created to work in tandem. "Hamco", for instance, dips in and out of tech-house while blasting out sprays of grime bass, and the title track "Scr33nshot" is a broken, fiery UK funky tune with rippling vocal samples and bouncing kicks. The remix of the former comes from Sha Sha Kimbo who dissolves the cut further into grime territories, while the latter is touched by Ase Manual who goes for a bouncy, stripped back percussion approach in the same school of thought as the Hessle foundation.
Review: Make way for Lithuanian Ophex who, after a respectable stretch of remixes, has finally delivered his virgin debut single. Naturally it's been worth the wait; "Appetite Appeal" sits comfortably across a range of styles thanks to its hip-swinging Afrobeat, old school house references, infectious groove and substantial bottom end. The remixes have been very wisely selected too - each one highlighting an aspect of the original and twisting the elements to create an entire unique reversion. Boogaloo's version pitches down the original, adds more Reese flavoured basses and comes out sounding very similar to a DirtyBird joint. DJ Kiff's "Jersey Club" mix rides roughshod with just a smidgeon of Baltimore badness while Lucid finishes the set with the most oddball of interpretations that includes all manner of found sounds and wild twists and turns.
Review: Meanbucket's twenty-fifth outing comes from newcomer Placido Elmtree and the Prague-based label adds another stellar new producer to their fast-growing catalogue. "Triangles", as the name already suggests, is an angular sort of tune, shaped and carved by spiky percussion, stripped back breaks and a growling bass. "Get It Right" is more of a UK funky number, pushed and driven forwards by wobbly low-ends and a tribal backdrop of kicks and percussion shots. Effective and deadly.
Review: Prague-based bass label Meanbucket scored a bit of a hit last year with Roby Howler's "Naney Club". The digital flipside of that single was "Village Killah", a wobble-heavy percussive workout. Here they revisit this overlooked gem with a selection of new mixes. First up, Lazy Flow delivers a hyper house workout that skips into Juke territory towards the end. Elsewhere SBSTRD delivers a heavy bass stepper full of menacing breakbeats and finally there's an instrumental version of Lazy Flow's mix, where the lack of vocals highlights the song's serious potential.
Review: We love us some super clean bass music here at JunoDownload, and that is exactly what we have stumbled upon here as SBSTRD lands on Meanbucket for a twelve track rinseout, exploring multiple different exciting areas of bass as a whole. From the incredible soundscaping of 'Anhedonia' and high energy juke rolls of 'In Love', to the shuffling break drums of 'Coolie Dip' and experimental 140BPM flavours of 'Stop', this one really does take us on one hell of a journey. For us the real stand out single from the whole project had to be the super grimey flips and unpredictable drum arrangements of 'Maxwell Trak', which features Maxwell and promises to give you some serious on-set energy.