Review: As 2017 has progressed, AC Slater's own Night Bass imprint have solidified themselves as a leading force in the world of underground bass music. This time around they call upon the services of Sydney's own 'Wax Motif' for a fantastic 2 tracker. The title track and A Side is a dancefloor driven monster, with electrifying bass synths and punchy drums cascading across the mix perfectly. The B Side 'Mental' which comes in collaboration with RICCI is more of a techy roller, focussing on catchy percussive rhythms and subtle sub patterns. This is a great way to round off the year for the LA based label who have consistently moved up from strength to strength throughout the year.
Review: AC Slater's Night Bass imprint has everybody waiting on the next announcement at the moment, and with such an impressive run of releases, who can blame anybody? The latest in this long line of highly anticipated projects comes from Moscow's own Volak. This two tracker is full of power and production precision. The title track is awesome, flitting between slightly bitcrushed synth leads and well rounded drum arrangements. On the B-side, Faith In You is a solid accompaniment which features fantastic string sampling and additional production credits from Tony B.
Review: The Night Bass crew promised an 'epic selection of new tracks...a colorful mix of styles' for the second installment of their This Is Night Bass series, and they haven't let us down. The nine sizzlers included here really do capture a snapshot of here the bass scene is currently at. Highlights include the doomy house of "Bodyback", the raw techy disco of Sinden & Bot's "Grit Manis" and the brooding jacker "Shotgun" by Landis & LaPace.
Review: Boy, it's their instalment of the This Is Night Bass series and, as always, it's a tight and severely jam-packed bag of pure bass-ridden quality. The rhythm carrying the best part of the release is one that locks into 4/4 mode, but the melodies, low frequencies and vocals contain something seriously UK about them. In fact, if you're looking for purist British house music with a garage flavour then you'v hit the right spot; it's as if these guys have tele transported back to 2000/2001, when the roots of dubstep were being laid-down from the foundations of garage and bassline. YES.
Review: AC Slater's Los Angeles-based Night Bass label has been turning the US on its head what with all the real UK bass flavours they've been serving up. They've now made it to the fourth instalment of the mighty This Is Night Bass series, and once again it's sizzling with energy. There are eight tracks this time including the heavy stomp of Aussie Yolanda Be Cool & Wongo's "Roosevelt", Sinden's gloriously dark "God" and the deep jackin' grooves of Bijou's "Cant' See Us". Night Bass then, bringing quality to the masses.
Review: It has to be said that the combining of the terms 'night' and 'bass' does create an extra heady image of nefarious nocturnal shenanigans. Night Bass is a Los Angeles party, the popularity of which proves that America, currently in the early throes of EDM mania, is starting to look deeper for their dancefloor kicks. This compilation, featuring both new and established talent, captures their scene perfectly - highlights including the atmospheric tech-house meets bassline joint "Wild Fire" by Jack Beats, the sparse clickety-clack heavy bass house of "Gloom" by Jay Robinson and Taiki Nulight's staccato hip-house-step bouncer "Checking Out Time".
Review: Night Bass are wasting absolutely no time this year, as they here bring forward the second edition of their 'Night Bass Freshmen' series, showcasing the new, up and coming artists that are going to be working with the Night Bass imprint in the future. We see six originals make the tracklisting for this one, with artists such as SQWAD, Qlank, SODF and Double Agent all providing us with absolute heaters. For us however, the clear highlights for this project have to include the tech infused brilliance of 'Bad Blood' from Hot Goods, and of course Sammy Legs' super bouncy roller in 'Hi-Def'.
Review: LA's Night Bass imprint is contributing significantly to the US' newfound love for dance music that takes low frequencies to new extremes. As such, the label have opted to launch the fifth instalment of the This Is Night Bass series and, as you'd expect there's all sorts of bangers ready-made for dancehall gun-slinging in here! Tagged as bass doesn't do it justice though; Volac's opening "Wait A Minute" is basically a house tune that meets Drake-like r&b vocals, with the same going for Bijou's and Sinden's own 4/4, bass-filtered killers. Petey Click's "U NO I" takes the electro house framework to new and bruising levels, whereas Astronomar manages to strip it back down to tech-house territories on "100 MPH". Jay Robsinson, Dillon Nathanie and the 219 Boys are all the same wave-length, which is impressive given the fact that each one of these artists caters to a particularly niche shade of nu-school house. SUMMER ANTHEMS ABOUND.
Review: The team behind the Nightbass movement continue their incredible journey through 2018 here with yet another solid compilation, really pushing the Night Bass sound right through to the year's end. This project is made up on 9 original records, including top draw creations from the likes of AC Slater, Bijou, Cause & Affect, Taiki Nulight, Bassboy and more, making up a spectacular line up to say the least. For us the instant highlights on this one have to include 'The Freq' from 219 Boys and 'Church (feat Dances with White Girls)' from Sinden & Petey Clicks, both of which encapsulate the darkened futuristic bass stylings of Night Bass perfectly!
Review: The phenomenon that is AC Slater's Night Bass: a label, a party, a collective of like-minded spirits, a movement... In the space of a few years, they've dominated the low end game on a global scale. Their debut remix collection is another bedpost notch as they take each other's favourite tracks and versionise the dickens out of one another. Highlights include Phlegmatic Dogs' warped bass, slo-mo break-charged twist of "Gonna Be Mine", Petey Clicks jack-happy slapper take on "Nose Powder" and Landis LaPace's technoid shake up of "Guttural". File under heavyweight.
Review: There aren't many labels operating within the spheres of bass music that are able to keep pace with the freight train that is Night Bass, who seem to be dropping a top draw release every three weeks at least. This latest project sees them compile the second edition of 'Night Bass Remixed', featuring some heavyweight recreations from the likes of APEXAPE, 219 Boys, Proxy and a bag more high profile names. For us, the immediate stand outs on this one have to come from Codes & Stranger who rework the magnificent 'Big Riddim' featuring Jamakabi, along with Taiki Nulight's powerful overhaul of the classic 'Keepmastik' from Phlegmatic Dogs.
Dillon Nathaniel - "Can't See Me" - (6:46) 125 BPM
Review: The guys at Nightbass have had truly sensational year, with top quality releases flowing out of the camp left, right and centre. As a label, AC Slater's outfit has developed into one of the most forward thinking projects currently rolling out across the bass music expanse and this compilation showcases just how far they have moved forward. The tracklisting contains a monstrous host, featuring the likes of Flava D, Shift K3y, Jack Beats, Cause & Affect and many more heavy hitters. For us the immediate standouts have to come from Jay Robinson firstly, who's acidic roller 'The Return' hits home heavily, alongside Phlegmatic Dogs, who's classic 'Cuatrocats' adds major weight to the selection. Awesome stuff and a top quality signout.
Review: If there is one thing that the legendary imprint known as Night Bass is able to do time and time again, it's step up to the occasion as they here bring together a fantastic 7 track compilation project, showcasing the best of their new school roster additions. This release showcases such a fantastic array of styles, from the crunchy drum switches of 'French Prince' from Movenchy, the rolling percussive stutters of 'Killers' from NuKid and Jordan Burns to Gerry Gonza's deeper 'Make My Eyes Roll Back' alongside Bekah. We also hear fantastic contributions from the likes of Kendoll with an electronic powerhouse entitled 'Denial', along with heaters from Shdws, MNNR, Tombz, Hotel Garuda and Julius Jetson, making this one a must have for bass fans worldwide.
Review: The rampage of the Night Bass crew continues as they bring together this incredibly vibrant breaks infused EP from Tombz. We begin with the softened introductory atmospherics on 'Deep In The Night', before descending into expertly crafted 4x4 rhythms and growling reesey leads. Up next, 'Sweat', featuring some intense vocal work from 'Jimmy Wit An H'. This one is a fidgety throwback, focusing on bouncy synthesis and rolling drumwork, inciting tribal grooves. We round the EP off with the deeper house inspired arrangement of the title track 'Sick', which focuses on moody leads and stuttered drum selections. This is another great product from the Night Bass collective, who again appear unable to put a foot wrong!
Sinden - "Swervin In A Lex" (feat Young Lyxx) - (4:26) 126 BPM
Dillon Nathaniel - "Can't See Me" - (6:46) 125 BPM
219 Boys - "Hooked Up" - (4:36) 126 BPM
Codes - "Brand New Drop" - (3:11) 125 BPM
Review: The rampage of the Night Bass collective shows no sign of slowing any time soon as they roll out another top draw compilation, this one consisting of six heaters under the name of 'Summer Phrases 2018'. Taiki Nulight and Hadean kick off proceedings with their tearout roller in 'No Attention', with 219 Boys following up on some sublow flavours in 'Hooked Up'. Codes then provides some techy tastings on 'Brand New Drop' before Bijou teams up with Davonyea Marcel for the experimental stylings of 'On Read'. Sinden & Dillon Nathaniel finish up the EP in style with their explosive outings on 'Swervin In A Lex' and 'Can't See Me'. Another top draw outing for the Night Bass camp.
Review: For Brighton producer Taiki Nulight, he couldn't be more excited to release on Los Angeles-based Night Bass. This is a culmination of years of DJing and collaborating. His last LP Murky Manor was the soundscape of his life to date, claiming it was so important for him as an artist to do a full album - one that showcased the full depth and breadth of his sound. The themes continue on the Soundwave EP. The moody bounce of the title track and its druggy vocals, the intoxicating late night shuffle of "Lil Mama" and crossing over into minimal tech house on the tunneling "Turn It Up" - this one is fierce!
Review: Taiki Nulight's recent antic on Night Bass are steadily earning our attention and praise, not least because of their sheer carelessness for all the latest trends and sub-genre-fascination. The producer, who comes out of an excellent recent appearance alongside Low Steppa, goes dirty and loud with a no-nonsense, jungle-ridden bass monster built strictly for the dance floor. "Dominos", on the other hand, is a UK house bastard boasting a steady bit of beats, but an utterly deranged pile of sonics. It's one for the heads.
Review: Long term Night Bass flag flyer Taiki Nulight returns to the ever-impressive imprint with his long awaited Broken Ribs' EP, which is stuffed to the brim with bass heavy goodies. We begin with the title track which is a dancefloor weapon, from the high intensity build ups of the intro to the incredibly unique synth design of the breakdown. Next we move into the more stripped back 4/4 arrangements of 'U Know' before landing on the highly anticipated sub heavy collaboration with Inkline entitled 'Cynic'. Finally the EP rounds up with it's second collaboration, this time with Stranger, as the pair pull together a selection of weird and wonderful synth sounds and skippy drum patterns resulting in a high energy banger.
Taiki Nulight & Cause & Affect - "What You Gonna Do" - (4:11) 127 BPM
Villan Dub - (3:49) 127 BPM
Review: Within the UK Bass scene, there are few who can be held in higher acclaim that Brighton's own Taiki Nulight, who has been at the forefront of bass music for pretty much the entirety of the scene's modern existence. This album showcases everything that the man is about, from the UKG inspired flavours of the title track 'Murky Manor', to the more futuristic and experimental stylings of 'Iconic', alongside Dread MC. Other highlights include the circular percussive movements of the 'The Business', the tearout tones of 'Primal' and of course the three high profile collaborations alongside fellow bass heavyweights: AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo and Cause & Affect.
Review: The Night Bass crew just keep on throwing out KO punches. Hot on the heels of the label boss AC Slater's debut album Outsiders and the killer V/A "Summer Phases" EP comes this rampant four-tracker from UK machine twister Taiki Nulight. It's some of his deadliest material, too; "Dead End" is drunken wobbler where the bass leads you down some very dark pathways, "Horn Porn" (a collabo with the ubiquitous Lorenzo) is a high frequency flexing soul-shaker with a series of system-slapping drums while "Everybody In The Club" (with Mikey B) adds a little off-beat ruffage with a seriously aggy hornets-nest bassline. "Trippin' Up" closes the show with one of Taiki's heaviest designs to date. Broken, groaning, gnarly and metallic, Taiki's taking no prisoners today mate.
Review: Two of the most prominent faces on the Night Bass roster, Petey Clicks and former fidget house man, Sinden, have teamed up to deliver two punishing (in a good way) bangers. The title track gives a little UK 4x4 twist to a classic underground US house sound, whilst "Heartbeat" goes all out for the retro approach, with old skool organ stabs and wailing pitched-up diva vocals. Label boss AC Slater then delivers an utterly mesmerising electro-bass rejig of the title track and Hotfire injects some serious bottom end into their version of "Heartbeat". Ace sounds!
Review: The Nightbass rampage continues to roam into new territory here as they get busy with a super experimental collaboration. Primarily known for his catchy 140 grime flows, Capo Lee joins the party with a potent vocal appearance alongside messers Sinden and Lo'99 on 'Natural High'. This one is set to cause major damage in the dances as Capo's smooth vocal presence sits perfectly atop stripped back drum designs and potent sub pressure. This one comes complete with two remixes, with Proxy sending the original to the distortion choppin block and Bijou reworking the track into a super techy roller. Great stuff again from the Nightbass camp.
Review: Sinden and DJ Q touch down on Night Bass which, unsurprisingly, means a barrel-full of dread-out low frequencies and crafty dance moves. The two-tracker kicks off with "Bigger Than Jaws", unleashing a sidewinder of a bass, all wobbly and grime-friendly, filtered through a bumpy garage riddim for maximum floor damage. "The Original" is even nuttier in its apparoach and harmonic mannerisms, unloading some pure mutant bass over chilly rave stabs and another magnetic drum rhythm that's utterly club-friendly. Badass!
Review: Originally a pioneer of fidget house with Herve and Switch, Graeme Sinden recently relocated to Los Angeles to regain his mojo. However, despite the ubiquitous EDM that surrounds him there, his sound still stays true to the good old UK. Here on the Crystal Maze EP he presents four sizzling new cuts - the dubby garage of the title track, the bouncey hip-house of "Southern Rhythm", the trippy bleeps of booty joint "To The Ground" and the badass wobble attack "To The Ground".
Review: It's been somewhat of a quiet start to the year for Shift K3y, who has been one of the most prominent figures in UK Dance music over the past few years, constantly pushing out original material laced with intense creativity. This EP see's him return to his tip top best as 'To The Floor' shuffles into play with it's unique, crunchy synthesized leads and bubbling 4x4 rhythms bringing a serious dose of dancefloor energy. On the flip, we are joined in collaboration mode by the legendary Taiki Nulight, one of Night Bass's most consistent flag flyers. He gets busy the hard hitting jacking drums and hypnotic percussive loops that inhabit 'SC4RY'.
Review: Since smashing his way into the centre of bass music in the UK, Shift K3y is yet to disappoint with a single release. His latest project sees him join forces with the goliath Night Bass imprint for three absolute stormers. We begin with the tear out tones of the title track 'Bite', before jumping into the more samba inspired funky rhythms of 'Cowbell'. We then round of with 'Don't Look Back', a sharp piece of certified dancefloor danger.
Review: For those in the know on the bassline scene, Welsh DJ Jay Robinson has been a hot name to watch for a while now. Always fine-tuning his brand of doomy bass heavy house, his latest single, 1987 has already picked up support from the likes of My Nu Leng, Shadow Child, Toddla T and Herve. "Carnage" and "Guttural" kick things off with vintage samples and bouncy bass, "Throwback" is all about the epic breakdowns, the deep and nasty "Shutdown" is an EP highlight and "The End" fuses dubstep and hip-hop to devastating effect
Review: The quality of Dave Ralston's recent productions have seen him become a staple on the UK bass scene, releasing through Night Bass and getting plays on Rinse FM and Radio 1. His last proper release was with Henderson last year, so it's good to get a new solo EP from him at last. "We Rock This" harks back to the days when hip-hop and house used get along better, being a skippy garage/4 x 4 jam with some cool MCing on top. On the digital flipside we have the deeper, housier drum -heavy afterhours gem, "All Night Long".
Review: LA based label Night Bass have for a long time now been pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music through exciting sound design and style. Their latest release, courtesy of Proxy, sees the boundaries of rhythm pushed out further than ever before with a vibesy two tracker. First of all we hear the sounds of "Stupid" which is a reesey roller coupled with heavily syncopated clicky synth leads. The shuffled theme continues on "Serious" which has a more stripped back, sub-heavy arrangement.
Review: Is it house? Is it bass? Who cares - it's a new EP from Proxy courtesy of the ever-impressive Night Bass household! The Turbo Recordings regular steps up large and in charge through "Sirenade", a minimalistic bass grenade backed by a swarm of noxious synths that sound more like alarm bells, and that is followed-up by a rather odd but utterly banging hybrid in the form of "I Feel", probably the best example of something worthy enough of moving the scene forwards. Last but not least, "Magic Word" uses the power of the vocal chop to slice and dice its way through a set of sparse but effective bass mortars and, of course, a much needed house groove. There's something brewing here - don't miss it!
Review: Great to know that despite all the wonted EDM Stateside, the likes of Petey Clicks in LA is keeping it real. "My House" is a tough, attitude-heavy slice of stomping wobble with the kind of bass that'll rattle your bones. If the UK vibes seem strong with this one it might be down to the influence of Sinden who collaborates with Clicks here on "Feels", a banger that adds chipmunk vocals and breakbeats to the mix in killer effect.
Review: Night Bass head honcho Petey Clicks is Los Angeles's chief exponent of filthy, UK-style bass music. Here he shows us why, with two left-right jabs of tough love dance music. "Home" is where the heaviness is, featuring a relentless distorted bass pulse and rolling tropical drums. "Here 2 Kill" meanwhile is gloriously updated Good Life-style ravey house, complete with diva wails and snare rolls and classic cymbal splashes. Back to the future has never sounded so good.
Review: Anglophile US producer Petey Clicks has made a name for himself with his impressively authentic take on underground UK bass sounds. He does so with his own unique twist of course, and this can be heard throughout. "Trash" starts things in a lairy mood with speedy 2-step beats, nasty bass and raw vocals. From there "If Ya" slams some raw tribal house into the mix, "Like Body" is lean muscular 4x4 and "The One" is a diva-garage anthem in the making.
Review: If there's one thing we can all agree on it's this: Petey Clicks needs to release music on much more of a regular then he currently does. These two jacking bass house tracks remind us exactly why... "VA To LA" slides us some gully gossip in the form of a grunting high end bassline and a clattering groove that bites down and refuses to let go. "Awake" takes us deeper down the rave rabbit hole with a classically-informed detuned synth riff, a twisted two-step and an amenised breakdown that's heavy enough to power a time machine (1.21 gigawatts) and take us all the way back to 92. Woke yet?
Review: LA based imprint: Night Bass have been one of the most impressive labels within dance music over the last couple of years, and that trend continues with their latest EP project alongside Petey Clicks. This four-track project kicks off with the title track 'Club Heads', which is a ball of super electronic sounding synth instrumentation with sharp 4x4 drums below. Next up we have the super experimental distortion of 'Paid' along with the unpredictable synth melodies and explosive percussive design of 'Parrin'. Finally we finish up with fidget-inspired crunchy bass instruments of 'Bass & Tweeters' which ties the EP up with a real spark.
Review: It's been a very exciting year for NuBass so far, who seems to be able to do no wrong as he continues to expand both his fanbase and catalogue with hard hitting releases dropping left, right and centre. We here see him touch down on the legendary Night Bass imprint across four absolute heaters, including the unique synth riffs of the title track 'Fuego'. This is followed by the pounding dancefloor flavours within 'Trippin', before a weighty collaboration with Hot Goods rolls into place by the name of 'Dead Prez'. Finally, Purple Velvet Curtains joins the party with yet another smashing vocal introduction, as the futuristic techy tones of 'Dusk' wade into view.