Review: Bass music heavyweights Night Bass make another fantastic addition to this years release listings with a heated three tracker from San Francisco's own 219 Boys. The title track for this EP is an animated bass adventure, full of swerving bass synths and intricate rhythmic ideas. Following his we have "Back Down" which takes a more techy approach, focussing on low end moogy oscillations and a stream of choppy vocal samples. Finally we move into the jukey drums and fidgety synths movement of 'Strizzy'. This one is a certified roller and a great way to round up a quality EP.
Review: Having already gained interest from some compilation appearances, the Unmade EP is actually the first release proper from this San Francisco outfit. Night Bass have to really trust an artist to put out their records and thankfully 219 Boys don't let them down. There are three spacey and imaginative takes on bass music here, starting with the cheeky Les Grossman-sampling melodic house opener "FYOF". Next is "Unmake" which is a slinky slice of sauntering tech-funk, before "Risk" drives things harder bringing some heavy underground vibes into the mix.
Review: What a crazy trip it's been for AC Slater. Having bubbled away in all kinds of genres from hardcore to electro in the 2000s, having set up Night Bass just two years ago, he's created a distinctive and hugely successful sound that's so distinctive it's often described as the Night Bass sound. With his debut album Outsiders he galvanises and develops the sound even more as he ranges from the classic bass burping UK influenced jackers we know and love him for ("Ring The Alarm", All About The Paper", "Dope Slinger") to a much more soulful, sensual palette and flexes his deeper side ("Take Off", "Come Back") With splashes of UK garage ("Another You") and total alien grit ("Jaws"), this is the Night Bass bossman really digging into his own sound, his own crew and his movement.
Review: Aaron Clevenger aka AC Slater returns to Californian low-end specialists Night Bass, with a brand new three track EP ahead of his performance at the legendary Coachella festival in the Colorado Valley in April. This also follows up his debut album Outsiders for the label last year. "I Wanna Show You" sees the Party Like Us boss push his bass driven tech-sound sound forward. On "Amen Tribe" and "Can't Come Down" (featuring YoungLyxx) we see the Los Angeles native thrown down yet more sleazy deep tech bounce that's sure to cause some heat on the dancefloor.
Review: The first edition of AC Slater's 'Outsiders Remixed' release was met with a fantastic response from fans and DJ's across the globe. We were super excited therefore to see the second edition hit the shelves in such quick pursuit. This time we see Phlegmatic Dogs get their teeth stuck into 'Jaws' for a punchy rework, Kastle pull together a futuristic garage recreation of 'Come Back' and JackBeats step up for a fidgety overhaul of 'Another You'. The EP is then rounded off in style with Taiki Nulight's gritty 4x4 redesign of 'All About Paper'. Night Bass have done it yet again it seems!
Review: It's safe to say that AC Slater has become one of the most influential names in worldwide bass music, both as a producer and as the driving force behind the infamous 'Night Bass' imprint. He makes his return to the homeworld with this brand new four tracker entitled 'Outsiders Remixed Pt 1', where we see the Night Bass collective rework classic tracks from AC's 'Outsiders' album.
To start off Sinden gets to work with a vibrant fidgety refurbishment of 'Misfit', originally featuring PVC and Herve. Next up Jay Robinson gets to work shuffling up 'Taking Off' and Riddim Commision gets busy with Jamakabi's intense vocal performance on 'Big Riddim'. Finally we are treated to Petey Clicks putting together his emotive recreation of 'Dealer' featuring credits from Tchami and Rome Fortune.
Review: The Night Bass rampage marches forward again as founder and front runner of the American bass scene: AC Slater touches down across three tracks of fire. For the title track 'Free Your Soul', we hear AC join forces with Young Lyxx for a vibrant 4x4 stomper, encapsulating the exact sound Night Bass represents. It all gets a bit more techy next as we are introducing to the jittery lead synthesis alongside the gloopy LFOs and sharp drum designs of 'IFU'. On the final recording, we are very excited to see Armanni Reign and TS7 join the party with some vibrant contributions towards 'Step Back', an acidic roller, perfect for the dance
Review: As one of the leading forces in worldwide bass music, AC Slater returns to his home imprint of Night Bass to unveil a fabulous selection of remixes, working directly off his critically acclaimed 'Hi8' album project. The line up is spicy to say the least, with the likes of Flava D, Sammy Virji, DALCO, NuKid, CID and more all getting involved for one the biggest remix projects bass music has ever seen. The two real standouts for us come from two brits however, as Bushbaby's colourful relick of 'Attitude' from AC & Taiki Nulight immediately catches our ears, alongside Drinks On Me's smooth and well thought out overhaul of 'Every Pigeon Is a Dove', featuring the wonderful vocal layers of Murkage Dave.
Review: It's been a long time coming, but after a long run of exciting single drop, Night Bass founder and all around dance music legend: AC Slater lands on his home imprint for a brand new album project. The project features the previously released single 'Final Fantasy' but as a club mix alongside a bag of incredible collaborative additions, including Dread MC, Jay Robinson, Chris Lorenzo, Murkage Dave, Taiki Nulight and more. With twelve tracks of the highest quality, AC has really set the bar super high, with particular highlights including the high energy collaboration with Jack Beats, Sinden and Flowdan entitled 'Boss Like That', along with the tasty house tones of 'Feeling Awake'.
Review: Next up, the Night Bass reign continues to pour, dispersing wavy music left right and centre as the founder himself returns home for a fantastic new garage single by the name of 'Final Fantasy'. This one is an instant hit, as Kaleena Zanders gets busy with some incredibly catchy vocal lines over some smooth, silky 4x4 flavours from AC Slater, making for the perfect combo. This single also comes complete with a bag of fantastic remixes, with Jay Robinson turning the original into a bouncy party piece, Steady Rock providing some nostalgic house flavours and Turno bringing forward a wicked drums interpretation, packed with catchy synth leads and lively rhythms!
Review: On the other side of the great, giant pond, the cause of bass music has never pushed more so than by LA's AC Slater and his Night Bass label. Sometimes its output can be raucous and underground, but sometimes the label can be commercial too. Either way the output is always totally lit. "Come Back" is strictly in the latter camp, a hook up with Shift K3Y, it has resulted in a super infectious and uplifting banger, with rolling bass, skippy beats and more build ups and break downs than you can shake a stick at!
Review: Flinging double negatives like a clown hurls custard pies, AC Slater builds on Night Bass's generous debut release with his second full-fat EP of the year. With a sound and attitude that's been cemented into the bass scene psyche for a decade, you know what to expect from him: BS-free floor-fire with added humour... And that's exactly what we get. "The Chirp" is a Dirtybird-level jacker, "Skywalker OG" taps deeper into the classic house roots with an air of late 90s Van Helden, "Waterverb" flips the trap bird before dropping into some seriously silky 4/4 wobble while "Not No Love Song" vibes with classic rave synths and a speed garage style drop that's not, not, amazing.
Review: ooohhh - the calculating Night Bass imprint returns to some quick fire action thanks to this naughty VA comp - and the results are as impressive as they are, well, booty-shaking. There's a whole line of stars in the making here, with peeps like AC Slater, Phlegmatic Dogs and Petey Clicks all offering their various new strains of high-grade bass mutations. In fact, much like the label's wider catalogue, these future-minded bangers are a mixed race fo sorts; from speedy garage to teched-out house and dubstep, there's something in here for all lovers of the UK ting. Yes, yes!
Review: In the 90s AC Slater was the totally ripped jock in Saved By the Bell, but now however, it's the name of an LA bass maniac. Arriving on his own mighty Night Bass Label, My Peoples is a two track EP that continues to bring the sub-heavy heat to the USA. The title track is a storming 4 x 4 thumper with hip-hop samples and a stop-start dynamic that'll stop you resting on your laurels. Next up "Psycho" is a throwback to the deep and jazzy garage/house of the 90s - imagine vintage Van Helden with a firecracker in his tracksuit!
Review: American bass music is always produced big and tough. Hailing from LA, AC Slater's Night Bass label excels at this particular breed of shizzle. Here Slater shares a release with Taiki Nulight who presents "Super Doopah Legend" - a sizzling anthem with ascending/descending bass riffs, comedy vocal samples, build-ups and a general ghetto bounce. Slater himself also provides "Head Knockin", a strong 4 x 4 vehicle, featuring weird low squelches and dubbed-out lasers. Another quality joint from Night Bass then.
Review: It's quite difficult in today's bass scene to see Bassboy's name and not get excited, whether it be for one of his super entertaining Instagram track builds or a new EP such as this. He teams up with the legendary Night Bass imprint for a sizzling four track selection, kicking off with the gritty LFO rolls of the title track 'Hollywood', which is chased up the super colourful UKG struts of 'So Good'. Following this, 'Sweet 'n' Sour' switches the EP back onto a more gritty pass with his hardened bass synths running riot, before the moogy plucks of 'Vibesy' finish everything up with a serious dash of spice.
Review: Previously spotted on Night Bass compilations, Bijou makes his EP debut on the label with the dark and dank "G-Code", a firing quartet of big boy bass antics. The title track digs deep into our inner gangster with its pushed jacking groove and catchy sample, "1000 Bitches" lets the dogs out with a barking mad groaner that's laced with some really trippy FX and twisted trap vox, "Get Up" takes more of a house route that switches up with a classic breakbeat breakdown. Finally we hit the "Afterparty" where Bijou condones some seriously mischievous behaviour over a mean snake-like riddim. This hits the g-spot alright.
Review: The Night Bass rampage continues to rage as they bring in Bijou for this exciting four track selection, packing a serious punch. The title track 'Super Phat' is a heavyweight collaboration with Ushi Qute, working her impactful vocals into a high pressure build up, landing on a synth driven madness of a breakdown. To follow we have the super punchy drum work of 'Do Not Disturb' alongside the distorted devisings of 'Expert'. The EP is rounded off with some major flare as the shuffling synths and hard hitting drum designs of 'Better Than That' run riot.
Review: Phoenix-based DJ Blossom has been performing at the Night Bass Arizona shows for years, so A.C. Slater & Co. are beyond excited to introduce her first release on the Los Angeles-based label. The EP blasts off with the title track, featuring high energy vocals from TT The Artist. "DYTAM" keeps the vibe rolling along with a darker U.K. funky/bassline vibe, then leading into "Anime" 'a fidgety bass banger' with a grimy low end and featuring guest bars by Outlaw.
Review: The Night Bass train continues to roll out furiously as they employ the services of five brand new faces across their brand new compilation 'Night Bass Freshmen'. Being one of the most popular bass labels in the UK, the standard is set very high and everyone steps up to the mark, kicking off with Blossom's vibrant 4x4 belter 'Go'. We then move into Nukid's highly experimental electro balad in 'Front2Back' before landing on the techy bass rolls of 'The Burbs' from Jordan Burns. Next up, Kendoll with his slightly acidic stomper in 'Stop Calling Me' before we round of the EP with some minimalist UK Bass from the rapidly rising duo of Nubass & Deppz.
Review: Releasing music from the likes of Sinden, AC Slater, Jack Beats and Herve over the years, the Night Bass label out of the UK have worked with a who's-who of club music specialists. Both Blossom and Shdws have delivered on their own individual releases for Night Bass in the past with the label choosing a three-track collaborative split release as their return. Shdws' solo effort sees darker tones of 80s synthwave and vocals meet with warbling metallic bass lines, tech house drums and skipping rhythms. Teamed up with Blossom, the pair trip through a circus of synths, trippy vocals and out of shape rave to straight up dub and two step. Mind Games gonna make you trip.
Review: A decade ago dance music was turned on its head by fidget house duo, Crookers. When the spectre of cheesiness loomed one half, Bot, jumped ship. Ever since he has pursued the noble route of producing underground house and bass, helping found Main Course in the process. Here he is with If U Feel, his latest missive - a skippy ghetto-tinged electro-house romp that boats some elastic basslines and the sultry vocals of Kaleena Zanders. An instrumental is also included for those wanting electronic purity, and there's a bonus track too - the deeper, jackin' grind of "Just Say".
Review: According to his bio, Bot is of the future. Half man, half-machine; fully Italian. Fair enough: bring it on, we say! Formerly one half of Crookers and now stepping out on his own, bass renegade Andrea Fratangelo is now based in Los Angeles (by way of London) and delivers us the Balut EP, a collaboration with Tony Quattro. First track "Balut" is a bleepy and stripped, swing fuelled house jam for eager, early evening dancefloors. Fans of Will Clarke or the Dirtybird sound will definitely dig this. "Guess Who" features a massive white noise build up and referee whistles before the massive bass induced drop, on this tough late night house excursion for freaks.
Review: What a journey the last year has been for Bushbaby, whilst undergoing a serious evolution in his sound, he has landed some of the biggest releases in UK dance music this year. He now touches down on the almighty Night Bass for his latest conquest, that being his extremely tech heavy 'Naughty Pleasure' EP. The title track itself is a super smooth 4x4 roller, driven by tight electronic bass tones and minimalist drum grooves, followed by a crunchy, metallic collaboration with the ever ready Inkline entitled 'Walk Away'. Finally, we finish up with our favourite of the bunch in 'Secret', a nostalgic twist up, livened up by its use of classic organ chords and a smooth final touch.
Review: No messing around on this one: the man-machine Lorenzo lays down a severe groove and gives it the grave name it deserves. Spiked-out, siren-loaded and prone to switching, "Foot & Mouth" is the type of gully tune we all need as we come down from a hot, sticky summer. "Nightmares" follows suit with a similarly detuned feel to the bassline, all paranoid, weirded out and non-standard... The main strength that's got Chris to his premiership position in the first place.
Review: Following on from a wicked feature on the last Night Bass four track compilation, we here see the full return of Corrupt, who joins the team with three very vibrant originals. We kick off with the smooth, piercing sub maneuvers and sharp drum designs of the title track 'Real Mob' before 'They Can't Do It' hurtles into view, featuring some wicked additional work from 'Natz'. Finally, we take a peek at the VIP mix of 'Shook', a track which is packed with some seriously electrifying energy, driven by its lethal synthesizer runs and punchy drum production. The Night Bass rampage continues!
Review: The prolific producer, Destructo, however hasn't released a solo effort in nearly a year. Now he's back in the game hooking up with Night Bass label mate Wax Motif and MC Vanilla Ace for their 'heavy g-house anthem', "Beatdown". The tune is lean and mean electro-house jam with a menacing bounce and a hint of wobbly nastiness in its infectious bottom end. Label captain AC Slater also steps up to deliver a more searing bassline remix. No dancefloor gets out alive with this one.
Review: Dillon Nathaniel refers to himself as a 'manipulator of frequencies'. As this release for AC Slater's label demonstrates, it's not a bad description of his music. The title track fuses glitchy undercurrents with a throbbing bass and rolling snares, while on "Flex the Frequency" the LA -based producer moves in a similar direction, using powerful bass tones. "Body Like" is not quite as forceful, and sees Nathaniel add some sweeping chords and high-pitched vocal samples to his sound. However, this release is all about his manipulation of the low end - and on "Going Up" a throbbing bass provides the backing for chopped up vocals.
Review: Here we see two bass heavy super powers combine as the immovable force of Night Bass team up with bass queen Flava D for a very highly anticipated project by the name of 'Spicy Noodles'. The title track kicks off with some serious flare as winding catchy synth melodies roam freely above chunky drum designs and lethal subwork to match. Next up, the more minimalized arrangement of 'Acting Skank', a techy roller dressed with expertly utilized vocal slices and electronic bass leads. Finally we finish up the project with 'Pickpocket', another minimal skanker, this time driven by the percussive clicks and subtle synth work, along with a top draw guest vocal from Brighton's PVC. Excellent stuff.
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Review: Bass music legend Herve appears here for Los Angeles centered Night Bass imprint, who are up to really impressive things at the moment. As the label themselves point out, the EP 'radiates energy from the glory days of "fidget house" but with totally modern production.' And indeed it really calls to mind the likes of Switch and Jesse Rose back in the day. The bouncy title track "Real" features Wongo and some mad vocal skills from Contessa Stuto, a crazy hoover breakdown and a rolling bass line. "That's the Way I Feel" is more stripped back and drugged out, with its bumpy bassline and groovy hi toms doing most of the work, until that addictive piano breakdown comes rushing in and stuttering about the place.
Review: Californian duo Kairos (aka Eric Yandall and Sascha Nowlin) are literally smokin' right now with their unique take on bass music burning up dancefloors left, right and centre. Following on from fellow American producer Petey Clicks, they too release an EP on the ever-savvy Night Bass. "Hotfire" features four tracks that draw on a wide range of influences, including UK garage and wobble on "I Need You", party breaks on "Pivotal" and even good old fidget house on "Yesterday".
Review: Those who dismiss out of hand the stateside rise of EDM are missing out. For every Guetta or Harris, there's a producer discovering, and making, proper dance music too. Californian duo Hotfire (Eric Yandall and Sascha Nowlin) are a perfect example, making cool UK style bass music whilst hailing from San Diego. "Tough Break" is bouncy, bleepy mechanical funk at its finest, "The Fuegs" is fusion of a clever raw, arpeggiated electro and deep percussive house, whilst "Modish" wraps things up with some skippy, if subdued, garage beats and laser rhythms.
Review: The Night Bass party continues to rock out here as we introduce their latest project, seeing Hotfire drive himself into the limelight across four techy bass bangers. The title track 'Do Or Die' is a bouncy, 808 driven crunch, with vocal slices providing quirky rhythmic movement throughout. Following this, the darkened sub tones and shimmering drum work of 'Dangerous' step into the field, with the minimal jackin' production themes of 'Criminal' not far behind. The finishing move comes via 'Relax', a smooth, moody roller, brought to life by its bright drum movement and vocal inputs.
Review: Jack Beats return to Night Bass with two of the most prime cuts imaginable. "Modulate" is almost techno in its mindset as the stripped back groove bumps and flexes until a warped bassline worms its way into the mix rising, teasing and melting into the groove. "Pump" maintains the heat with depth plunge bass tones that spiral so low you'll feel the need to pull up your trousers. Arguably two of Jack Beats' best bangers since they emerged almost 10 years ago.
Review: London's Jack Beats (aka Niall Dailly & Ben Geffin), are, if not quite wise old elders of the bassline scene, then certainly one of the genre's more established acts. Here they are back with a two pronged attack: "Work It" provides a deep acid bassline, a solid 4/4 groove and hip-house vocals whilst "Intermission" stands out with its combination of a rap vocal, heavy wobble bass and synthy atmospherics.
Review: London duo Jack Beats return for Los Angeles' Night Bass imprint which continues to go from strength to strength with some killer releases lately by the likes of Herve, AC Slater and Sinden. Getting straight down to business on the late night sleaze of the title track (which features the sickest slap funk bassline you'll hear this year) beneath an electric, neon lit arrangement. There is also "Mercury" which builds into a groovy bass-driven shuffle optimised for maximum dancefloor impact. As the label put it "This is Jack Beats at the top of their game" and we certainly agree.
Review: It's kinda crazy to look back and see just how much music the Night Bass label put out between 2015 and the beginning of 2017. It's an unfathomable amount of releases for such a young label and, the thing is, it's all pretty damn hot, too! Jack Beats is the project from Niall Dailly and Ben Griffin, who are back with the second landing of the Body Work series, and kicking things off with a bit of a gangsta flex thanks to "The Lean", a cold-hearted London bombshell propelled into motion by some dutty grime vocals, and a menacing groove. "Formula3000" brings in Taiki Nulight for a bigger, badder flow of break-ridden, bass filth - just the sort we vibe to.
Review: Night Bass is very protective of Welsh wonder kid Jay Robinson, whom they have helped nurture from the get go. So, it's no wonder that they're thrilled to announce this latest three track EP from the guy (his forth in total for the label). "Hussle" sees producer JM help contribute to this thumpin' big room gritty house monster. Next up "Heiss" is bouncy tech house with extra bottom end and finally the best of the lot is sleazy growler "SWYMGY", which also features labelmate Dillon Nathaniel on extra production duties.
Review: One of the most prolific and consistent basssmiths in the house/tech/broken beat axis, Robinson continues to raise the profile with four more mischief-making collaborations; Pelikann joins in for a little Python rattling on the twisted bass throw-down "Gettuh", NIQW and Ami Carmine collide with Jay for a little dirty soul shaking on "Right Back" while GAWP is onside for the a sweet strutting house groove that's tickled with a riff that's reminiscent of mid 2000s Get Physical material. Finally we have the epic stripped back jacker "Oblivious" with Vanilla Ace that drops into an immense hood-heaving mid-section and cowbell popping groove. Jay: 1 / World: 0 It's a knockout.