Review: 601 are breaking their relative silence since their We Do Bass album three years ago. We've had the odd appearance here and there, but this is their first proper single since. They've not lost their mojo though, far from it - "Ubad" is one of the most badass slices of laser-ghetto breaks they've ever done. "Protest Dirty" on the other hand goes into more epic territory - with ominous, rumbling bass, intense beats and incessant vocal snippets. A welcome return.
Review: Punks continue their 2018 hot streak with this one as they pull in a heavyweight collaboration between long standing flag flyer Alex Session and the stunning vocal presence of Ciara Haidar. It's safe to say the pair intertwine their contributions perfectly as Session's crispy breakbeat arrangements provide the perfect base for Haidar's angelic performance. This one is an instant favourite for us and one you can expect to hear in the dance.
Review: It looks like Punks are at it again. This time London's Alex Session steps forward alongside the fantastic Graziella on 'Move'. This one is built for the dances for certain, taking in styles similar to that of 2008-2010 crack-house fused with more modern darkened UK bass sounds. Punks have had a fantastic run of bringing new artists to the forefront of bass music, and that trend appears set to continue into 2018 with fantastic original recordings such as this!
Review: After a string of really popular releases, both Punks and Alex Session return again, but this time in the passenger seat as the well received single 'Move' featuring Graziella gets three massive overhauls. The first is a stick of dancefloor dynamite as Bor & Mar get to work switching the track's compositional structure to a 4x4 belter, complete with quirky percussive syncopations and monstrous lead synths. Next up, Das Kapital gets super tribal with his drum heavy rework before we finish the EP up with Isenberg's breakbeat blast off, completely reformatting the track with an explosive overhaul.
Review: The Stanton Warriors-run Punks imprint is back with Welsh act Aloka who serves us with two cuts of razor sharp breaks. "Typo" is definitely inspired by dubstep with its dark aesthetics and low frequency pressure and ragga-style vocal samples. Brooklyn's Doctor Jeep gets on board for a remix of the track which gets more of a hands in the hair party starting vibes with more bass pressure and druggy whirry melodies to whip the crowd into a frenzy.
Review: The summer season may be wrapping up soon, but there's no easing of the pace for the Stanton Warriors, as their label schedule keeps on delivering the heavy stuff. France producer Badjokes is chomping at the bit to unleash two slices of nastiness, and who are we to stop him? "Hurry Up" is the sound of the sleaziest strip joint in Atlanta - all half-time booty bounce and sharp trap beats. The standout track though is the positively evil, fizz-bass electro beast, "Work On", a truly game-changing jam.
Review: The Stanton Warriors must never sleep, what with all their own DJ and production commitments as well as the running of their Punks label. Here they've found the time to discover a whole new swathe of fresh talent, enough to fill this mini comp at least. Barely Royal & Bunnie are up first with the dubby electronic UKG weirdness of "Blessing", Pelikann goes for raw ghetto vibes on the Drop It Like Its Hot-style "1,2,3,4". Crawford, meanwhile delivers the mechanical repetitiveness of "Life" and Monikr closes with the spatial minimalism of "Head Down Low".
Review: The Beatslappaz breaks and drops have come primarily in the form of EPs for the Rump Shaker imprint, but it;s clear they intend to branch out onto different territories thanks to this latest cascade of dance floor nastiness for the Punks label. "Ready 4 More" is a club tune that could be enjoyed by all sorts of dancers and shakers, mashing up jagged juke beats with a firm house sensibility, and even a little electro love. "The Drop", as it's suggested from its honest name, is all about the percussive build-ups and the sudden, party-friendly beat drops that render this tune a true DJ weapon.
Review: Stanton Warriors were pleasantly surprised when a demo from Brazil arrived on their doorstep. The demo was from none other than Bombo Rosa, possibly Brazil's only break beat-style act, and so impressed were the Warriors that they signed the guys to their very own Punks label. Their first release for them, Make It Bang, is a jaw-dropping short, sharp introductory jab in the solar plexus. Sounding like nothing else around right now, the track is four and a half minutes of stop-start dirty breaks with a red blooded Latin twist. A dancefloor monster if ever we heard one!
Review: Punks continue their exceptional run of releases in 2018 with this breaksy banquet from Bombo Rosa. As a composition, 'Rochina' is a darkened rhythmic experiment, layering crunchy percussive lines and atmospheric pitch bends together alongside pounding sub patterns and emotive horns, generating a demonic vibe destined to derail any dance. Punks continue to impress and have to be seen as one of the most impressive bass music labels of 2018 so far!
Straight Up (feat Dash Villz & Rider Shafique - radio edit) - (4:00) 124 BPM
Review: Bromley's "Straight Up" was always going to be a tune worth remixing. You can hear it from the instrumental mix on here; its sparse, barren, techno-like arrangement is sublime on its own, but can easily accommodate a little extra meat around the bones. The original tune was produced alongside Dread MC, Dash Villz and Rider Shafique, and Mafia Kiss are the first to transform its nu-skool dancehall flex into more of a traditional bassline stepper. Aloka transform the Bristol producer's tune into another majestic, grime-ridden techno experiment, and you even get a radio edit for good measure. Biff!
Review: Stanton Warriors' recent DJ sets have all featured an almighty monster that has towered above the other tracks to provide the motherload of dancefloor pyromania. That track is "Burn Down" by Bromley. Clocking in at nearly five minutes, it's a minimally percussive dancehall-infused bass jam that possess soulful anthemic qualities. On the digital flipside Distro rocks up and turns in absolute killer remix that adds more cowbells and synths to the mix. Next level sounds.
Review: Alongside the likes of Sly-One, Archive and Distro, Bromley is a stalwart of Bristol's growing bass scene. Right here is some sinister riddims with the ubiquitous Dread MC on vocals alongside the sultry sounds of Grove. Taim's remix here of "Burn Down" is as wonky, bumpy and sinister as you'd expect while Archives rendition goes for a pitched down junglist vibe with its vicious breaks sure to get an action from the crowd.?
Review: References to 'ammunition' in dance music journalism can sometimes be overused, however it's more than justified with Common Underground's 27 Calibre, and not just because of the bullets on the cover. Stanton Warriors peerless breaks label Punks just has this knack of supplying a regular stream of dancefloor bombs that make a DJs life so much easier. This one's no exception either, being a veritable feast of ghetto cowbell bounce and infectious ascending/descending bass. Boom!
Review: Following his mates Sly One and Bromley, SOBAD fam Distro makes his debut with the on-point beat splicers Punks. With the help of My Nu Leng affiliate Dread MC "The Drum" sets the message clear: big thumps and uncompromised weight. "Killdem" takes us even deeper into the dance with 22nd century jungle blend of stuttering drums and iced out atmospheres. "Stomp" shuts up shop with grime undertones and tech overtones. Serious breaks horse power.
Review: Distro's escapades continue with this fine remix EP of the recent "The Drum", and it's clear that the artist is now getting the recognition that he deserves. This EP comes through on the Punks label, of course, and these reinterpretations sound every bit as fiery as the originals - tongue-twisted and pleasantly surprised we are at the pleasant roughness to behold! Distro's pal, Sly-One, turns "The Drum" into a beat-heavy, percussion muscle with Dread MC's vocals riding shotgun, whereas Archive's version is slower, morphed, juked-up, and rounded off by a few heavy successions of jungle breaks. Tough.
Review: The unyielding force of Punks continuous its killing spree as they return with a brand new bag of official remixes for Donkong's classic "Animals". First up Karol Tip steps forward with his clean vocal chop heavy edit, complete with tight percussive patterns to match. Next up Aurbs steps up with a more funky inspired overhaul, focussing on bouncy snare arrangements and samba-esque rhythms. Finally Green Ketchup ties the EP together with his fidget rethink. This one packs a real punch as multiple heavyweight bass synths lay waste amidst vibrant 4x4 movements.
Review: There's no stopping Stanton Warriors' Punks label this summer, with heavy dancefloor artillery arriving on a seemingly weekly basis. This latest missive though, is particularly special. Punks resident beat maker Marten Horger has joined forces with bass obsessed act Donkong to create one-track monster, "Feel". Clocking in at four and a half minutes, the track is like nothing else around: a moody fusion of breaks, electro, trap and deep bassy bounce, which will guarantee unforgettable hands-in-the-air moments at festivals from here to Timbuktu!
Review: Pump it up! Flatmate go from nought-to-fully inflated in 10 seconds flat on this firing debut for Stanton Warriors Punks. A tight balance of thundering mid 2000s style electro rasping bass and smooth wavy R&B on the breakdown, it's tailored for some serious mind-bending and pant-dropping on all bass floors this summer. Brighton's Hot Goods brings equal levels of mischief to his broken drum electroid version. Time to get wavy.
Review: Hybrid Theory and the Stanton Warriors, both ridiculously talented when it comes to pounding, cerebral breakbeat and electro-minded house, are herein remixed by a pair of relative newcomers in what is surely a pair of summer keepers...that is if you're up for turning your dancefloor into a state of utter euphoria. Tru Fonix transforms "Under The Lights" from pleasant banger into deadly party bomb, made all the more real by the tune's grizzly percussion drops and chunky low-ends; Francois and Louis Benton's version goes for the jugular with its swinging, penetrative curbside bass that will undoubtedly receive the rewind treatment in an excessive manner. Naughty.
Under The Lights (instrumental mix) - (5:27) 127 BPM
Review: A powerhouse tag team of full bass proportions; Punks bossmen Stanton Warriors and Four40 founders Hybrid Theory collide for a truly royal broken beat rumble. Solid beat swagger, groaning less-is-more bass, a nagging riff and soaring uplift in the synth and vocal hooks, this smacks hard and memorably with the sharp signature of both acts involved. Comes complete with an instrumental for the deeper heads.
Review: The 21 year old Manchester dubstep wunderkind Hypho is back on esteemed UK bass imprint Punks run by Stanton Warriors. He offers up "Fiyah" firstly, which is dark and dystopian street level futurism: plain and simple! Second offering "Scatter" shows more restraint but is equally as powerful in its exploration of sci-fi bass therapy; only difference is that these aliens are smoking some serious kush! This young gun really is one to watch.
Review: Cross your hatches then batten them down with gorilla glue... Southpoint alumni Inkline makes his Punks debut with this fugly broken drum fusion where the riff is saying UKG, the groove screams house while the percussive textures have a touch of the technoid to their flavour. Swaggering with a powerful breaks push, it ticks so many boxes four box factories have started business in the UK since Inkline made this record. Aurbs remix needs a strong-armed salute and all; rolling and sinister it suddenly drops into a jazz feel that's so deft you won't even realise your trousers have fallen down. On point.
Review: "Sunglasses, Champagne and jewellery" what more could anyone ask from life? Well, maybe some killer beats too and here Badjokes duly obliges with two ribcage rattling collaborations for bass fiends everywhere. First up we get "Champagne" (featuring Jay Robinson) and its aforementioned lifestyle mantra set to razor sharp ghetto/booty beats and harsh bass attacks. "Drop Down Low" meanwhile, pursues a hip-hop/trap route with descending stabs that dance around a stop/start strip club groove. All killer, no filler.
Review: Since starting out back in 2012, young UK producer Joey McCrilley has rocketed to the top of many people's one to watch lists. Here he maintains momentum by dropping a cheeky two-track single. First up is "Lights Out" which is a remarkable slice of haunted late-night-jungle beats and sounds. On the digital flipside, "What's Up" is a tough and skippy breakbeat jam. Full, bassy and chromium plated, this guy's productions are gonna be around for a long time.
Review: What a year it has been for the now immovable force known as Punks, who have continued to release banger after banger throughout the course of the year. Here we see them return yet again in similar style with two heaters, the first being a euphoric blend of wide introductory synths and stuttered reesey chops which takes the name 'Destination'. On the flip, we are able to tuck into another sumptuous delight by the name of 'Crazy', which is again packed to the very brim with a collection of crunchy grooves, creative vocal manoeuvres and sharp drum work.
Review: Already home to the likes of Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs and Sly-One, Punks Records now unveil their latest signing, the mysterious Leda Stray. Having already picked up some heavy support from Radio 1, Kiss FM and Rinse FM this single is a runaway smash. There are two intense call to arms, or dancefloors at least, on here. First up is "The Oracle", which is a phenomenal slice of sassy late night garage with an added tropical skippiness. "The Vision" meanwhile, is dark, diva-led, laser breaks. All in all a welcome new talent indeed.
Review: There are no holidays to be had at Punks HQ this year, what with the release of their BBQ Beats comp and a new single from Left/Right +Jacq. Following on from the huge Can't Stop, this new jam, "Lies" will only keep the hype coming. The original is pure cinematic gothic vibes with brooding bass hums and morbid vocals. The remixes are livelier affairs however - Billy Kenny drops the BPMs a tad for his riotously sleazy tech-bass monster of mix. A tough act to follow, but Aloka brings it with a remix full of stark drum and bass-meets-breaks mayhem.