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: 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: 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!
Real (feat Wongo & Contessa Stutz) - (5:28) 124 BPM
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: With a title like "Piano Cannon" you'd be forgiven in thinking Taiki and Low Steppa have cooked up a house cut of such funky proportions you'd think it was gilded by Morillo's mum herself. But no; the pianos barely get a look-in as the two hot-to-trot producers lay down a shuffling, mildly broken house shuffled coded with computer bleepery where the full emphasis on dark missions rather than any OTT evangelism. "Lazer" maintains the chugging spirit as we're peppered with tripped FX over another heads-down UKG style beat and some slippery low-end dynamics.
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: Two premiere league UK bass enthusiasts Low Steppa and Taiki Nulight get their jack on for AC Slater?s Night Bass: ?Nose Powder? punches with a simple-but-deadly one note bassline technique. Warping, morphing and twisting all the way until we hit the classic garage chords on the breakdown; this guarantees hype on the floor. ?Nu Jam? rolls with slightly deeper feels as brushed hi-hats slink and slide over a slightly subtler bassline while an ominous sub hums with venom beneath. Killer.
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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Now let's be honest, is there anything that can stop the Night Bass train it it's tracks? It appears not as they continue their star studded ride with this latest project from MNNR, who gets seriously busy across two powerful originals. The first of these takes the title track role and goes by the name of 'Scared To Death', which brings together shuffling, sharpened bass creations and catchy vocal slices, topped with bubbling drum structures to add that dash of sauce. On the flip we are treated to another heater in 'Lazers', which, unironically uses lazer-like siren tones to form an alarming bass lead. Perfect for the ravers!
Review: It's been a hot minute since we heard from Phlegmatic Dogs, but they are back in major style as they return to the ever-impressive Night Bass imprint for an explosive two track EP project entitled 'No Cats'. We kick off with 'Cuatrocats' which brings energy through squelchy bass waves and perfectly processed 4x4 drum patterns in typical Phlegmatic fashion. On the flip we are introduced to 'Bounce', which takes a more techy experimental route, with subtle subs rolling lose amidst heavily attacking bass stabs and yet more precise drum design. A great return for the Dogs!
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: A.C. Slater's Night Bass is a wildly successful, internationally renowned institution for ground breaking, forward-thinking dance music that's spearheading an underground movement across the U.S.A. The Los Angeles based imprint now serves up another one by label staple Jay Robinson: the ascendant Welshman who has previously appeared on Bingo Bass, Cr2 and Mau5trap. His new effort is "Pushing" featuring the captivating vocals of Ina Bravo - this bass driven tech house jam is so infectious. This is supported by second original offering "Wrong About You" - another vocal track which explores classic U.S. house aesthetic with a modern, and yes bass driven, twist!
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: 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: There we were, thoroughly enjoying Welsh DJ Jay Robinson's brand of doomy bass heavy house, when he disappears for ages! Now he's back with all fists flying on the Fight Music EP. There are three ferociously pissed off tunes here for the harder dancefloors out there. Opener "Dogfight" ducks and weaves with instrumental breaks, big breaks and some seriously growling bass. Elsewhere "Kombat Dub" is a taught and techy affair littered with video game samples and finally "Choker" is a straight out thumper with a bassline that's more likely to chew your leg off than ever fetch your paper!
Review: These guys are a self-professed Muscovite 'musical tandem' who specialise in deep house and garage with old skool flavours. Here they've teamed up with the Night Bass crew to unveil the Weegle EP. Russians know toughness and these guys are no exception delivering three dancefloor pulverisers for our listening pleasure. The title track is peak time mayhem, with a catchy ghetto chorus married to the skippiest beats and crunchiest bass you've ever heard. Elsewhere "Next Level" is a UKF with extra punishing bottom end and lastly "High Volume" delivers the wobble with nowhere to hide.
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: 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: 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!
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: There is no doubting that at the moment, Notion is one of the biggest names in bass music worldwide, as we see him here link up with AC Slater's legendary Night Bass imprint for three tracks of pure fire. We begin our delving into this one with a trip through the title track 'Deadly Weapon', which is a nuclear strike of an original, packing a punch between it's hard hitting synth designs and sharp brass melodies. Next, the crunchy drum work of 'Trap Bitch' whirls into play, which takes a more subtle approach, focusing on large scale sub bass and vocal slices. Finally, we finish up with the shuffling synthesizer rolls of 'Slug 45', rounding up a very impressive body of work.
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.
Review: It's safe to say that Kry Wolf now has a rather impressive catalogue behind him, and nothing but quality under his belt. The man behind the Sounds Of Sumo label drops his latest release for Night Bass and it seems like the perfect place for his wondrous bass cuts. "Temper" is a slow, shape-shifting beast with a rattling percussion hook that wraps perfectly around the tune's knotted swarms of swamp bass, whereas "Flashlight" unleashes a bit of four-to-the-floor beneath a sea of rave sirens and purring bass tones. "Wavvves" feels like the last piece of hardcore continuum, a break-heavy, pseudo jungle killer to tie this man's bass experimentalism in the best possible way. Hot!
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: 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: 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: 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.