Review: Despite being signed to AC Slater's Party Like Us label in LA, Petey Clicks makes very UK indebted bass music. This is a good thing as his productions are quite unique as a result. Here we get two new bangers -short and sweet- that are all about keeping the heat on, delivering electric body jams. "Bae" is the deeper of the two - with meaty retro house organs, speed garage hi-hats and pitched up RnB vocal snippets. However it's all about "Do U", with its relentlessly rolling percussion and nagging bassline, is one mean tropical bass roof raiser. Take that, EDM!
Review: Signed to AC Slater's Party Like Us label, L.A.-based producer Petey Clicks has been bravely pioneering the sound of bass Stateside for years now. Hats off to him what with the goliath of EDM to contend with over there. Still, his skills are many and he's doing just fine thank you. "N Luv" is a great example of his work: an immaculately produced soulful garage gem built around layers of percussion, a honey-voiced female singer and a deep, swishy ecstasy-fuelled synth riff. Label boss Slater also provides a mix, opting for harder and wobblier 4 x 4 nastiness. Class!
Review: If you're after the latest cutting edge UKG, you might be surprised to find it a bit further afield. This Boston, US duo appeared on a Party Like Us comp a while back and now they proudly return to the label with their own two track single. "Phases" sees rat-tat-tat snare rolls, hissy hi-hats and bowel-shakingly low bass jostling with warped vocals snippets and elegant piano/synth stabs for a mind-blowingly futuristic take on British urban garage. "That Fing" continues these vibes but swaps the depth of the previous tracks for the highs of peak time madness. Essential bass music.
Review: Ahead of the imminent release of his much-anticipated debut album, UK funky megalith DJ Q drops a tantalising taste of things to come. With Robbie Rue on the mic, "Soundboy Connection" sounds like a UK Funky-era update of Groove Armada's "Superstylin" - all electro house pulses, UK funky bass and midtempo 4/4 shuffle. "Heaven" is a classic chunk of wide-eyed UK funky goodness (check those classic US garage organs and vocal cut-ups), while "Wreck It" is a ballsy romp through swinging bass-house territory. AC Slater lends a hand on "Oh Yeah", a rave-ready chunk of bassline-propelled peaktime goodness. A handy acapella of Rue's vocals from "Soundboy Connection" completes an impressive package.
Review: Known for his moombahton beats (as rocked by Diplo, Nadastrom and Dillon Francis), producer Jose Guerrero (aka ETC!ETC!) picks up the tempo on this new EP on Party Like Us. Shaping an excellent tropical-house beat on the delirious title tune, Guerrero is bound to smash it for fans of amped-up and slightly wonky rave-step. Getting back to his slower bashment grooves though, he links up with LeDoom for the epic "Jester" and brings in some drilling dubstep stabs on the Whiskey Pete-aided "Future Shock".
Review: Following the success of recent debut EP, Telling You, Holy Goof is back with more ammo courtesy of a new four tracker named after his own locale, "Midland Line". Already getting heat from Rinse FM, it's heavy on the bottom end and this perky 134 bpm stormer marries hard 4 x 4 vibes with throbbin' wobble, strings. Stabs and loopy vocals. Elsewhere, "Saving All My Love" delivers some snarling bass and laser zaps, while "Oi" continues the menacing atmosphere, furthermore Notion joins the party with synthy banger, "Buss".
Review: With a title like Party Animals Volume 3 - not to mention a label name such as Party Like Us - it's pretty obvious what we can expect from this UK funky single! As expected, "Energize" is a party-friendly whirlwind of scattergun beats, constipation-curing sub-bass, silly rave riffage and sped-up hardcore vocal samples. If that sounds a little hectic, that's because it is - though there's no denying the impact it would make on UK funky floors if dropped at the right time. If you consider yourself - or your crowd - to be party animals, dive in.
Review: The inimitable Hybrid Theory drops quite a number on the Party Like Us imprint, providing what quite possibly some of his freakiest material to date. "Take Me Up" is the bomb here, where HT lashes in a bunch of abrasive snares of a broken house beat that's strictly for the floor - those seductive vocals riding over it are the cherry on the cake. Check "Drege" too, whose low end is about as gnarly as we've heard from the man.
Review: The UK's Nativ comes through with the upmost correctness on the Party Like Us imprint. The dude has released on a myriad of labels including Deafmuted Records, and this time it's a badboy four-tracker in his familiarly on-point vein. "Brukout" is a blend between DJ Hazard-style D&B, grime and even a touch of house thanks to its funky 4/4 kicks. "Dusk" is another tribal-fuelled percussion monster, while "U Got Me" is something of a funky house number thanks to the female vocals riding all over it. Flava D's remix of "Brukout" pushes the speed up and cranks the bass into considerably nastier levels.
Review: After a delicious mix for FACT last yeat, the infamous R1 Ryders are back in action on Party Like Us - and yes, they've certainly brought the funk back with them! "Rollercoaster" kicks things off with a sweltering bass line and some raucous, filtered two-step beats. "Freq" is more of an electro, mutant bass monster sounding something like Coki at his angriest and "On My Own" takes a comparatively lighter approach to its deadly dubstep workout. Last but not least, "Slo Mo" drops its weight into a squeaking, bleeped-out frenzy of quasi-4/4 beats and mesmerising harmonics. Ya dig?
Review: Finland-based funky experimentalist Rico Tubbs has pulled out all the stops in his latest dancefloor-shaking journey. From hardcore jungle, wobble and garage to dubstep and even funky house, there's a bit of everything mashed up in here, as long as it's got a decent bouncy beat and a hook fit for the hungriest dancefloor inhabitants. Channelling early Rustie and Doorly, there's no denying that this is a fun release. Each track as mad as the last, with samples from '90s mixtapes, dub soundsystems and what are potentially spaceships, if Tubbs isn't manhandling some dance tent at a major festival in 2014, the world will be missing out.
Review: Following his recent stint on the esteemed Arcade Pony label, this former partner of Malente is back continuing his solo quest, this time on Party Like Us. Although still rooted in garage and bass, his sound is ever more streamlined, and more mature too. He's not lost his edge though: "Hyer" is big and rolling with peak time breaks and a smattering of warped, jazzy garage. Elsewhere we get growling wobble "Slung" and the distorted retro house of "Turn" before proceedings wrap up with the euphoric, hands in the air melodies of "With You".
Review: AC Slater's Los Angeles bass HQ, Party Like Us, is back with some major bass action courtesy of this sizzling EP by the mysterious Signal:Noise. It's a pretty heavy calling card too, with four crushing productions to choose from. Starting with the deep rolling bass and snare frenzy of the absolutely huge title track, further choice cuts include the distorted mechanical wobble of "Rudeboy Bust" and the warped 2-step of "Tomorrow". Intense, but in the best possible way.
Review: Long-running LA label Party Like Us Records (PLUR!) serve up a fine helping of Scandinavian dancefloor business from Finnish basstronaut Rico Tubbs. One of the most chameleonic talents currently working with bassline-led music, Riku Pentii is on fine form with his two original contributions to "the decidedly-noble" Iron Hearts EP. Up first, the title track pairs hoover bass with breakbeats, stabs and OG rave vocals and will appeal to anyone that likes to hear "Charly" by Prodigy in the dance, whilst "Totem" veers off into bassline heavy speed garage territory. Remixes of both tracks come from Skapes and Petey Clicks & Stranger respectively and offer something tougher.