Review: It's been a while since Starr last treated us to his low-end primed tech funk but boy is he making up for lost time. Operating on a cool-hand breakbeat flex, everything about the four originals on this SOS EP swings with a winning groove touch; "1031" hits with a "Who's Afraid Of Detroit" style groove but an even juicier twist on the bass, both "Plucked" and "Ethereal" take similar approaches but with delicately pinched elements and an overall iced-out electro feel while "Your Love" takes us on a much ravier trip with big rusty amens and a looped up rave vocal raising the hype by a factor of 10. Complete with a chunky-bottomed 4/4 remix of "1031" from Marc Spence, it's another surefire success for all parties involved - especially you.
Review: Imagine a rave circa 92. Now imagine that in the haziest, cloudiest, most physically relaxed way possible. That's the sound of this EP. "Do Right" rushes you through time on an ageless craft of rave elements. "Breakage" follows the dreamy theme with proggy vocal snippets whirling through the cirrus while "Dumbshow" has a darker warehouse-feel while retaining it soft edges. After something with just a touch more punch? Jump on the toughened groove "Enough", Murder He Wrote's wobble-drone 4/4 remix then wash it down with a glass of amen delight a la Denham Audio. Ravers, breakers, tech and house heads should all take note right here.
Review: Bad boy bass man Phrixus is back with mighty fury on Sounds Of Sumo, and he's open for business as usual, rolling out the punches and the low-frequency weight. This seven-tracker has everything you'd possibly want from a UK bass release, with the majority of the tunes dipping and diving in and out of pseudo grime sways, peaks of house and even a little wobble step in the low-end. Remixes come from Kiri, Croft and Fritz Carlton.
Review: Sounds Of Sumo. The most reliable source of UK bass music over the last three years, and a label that invariably manages to surface new and exciting talent from the street. They've done it again this time with a new collaboration between Tri3e and Kiri, two slick, young gun-slingers who offer up a scorching house tune in "I Want", followed by a similarly smooth and attractive piece of four-to-the-floor, pseudo garage on "Okeh". The former is remixed into a tribal sort of bass dance by Phrixus, and into a hypnotic house hybrid by Tony Goods. Mark Starr retouches and revamps "Okeh" by adding in a bubbling layer of squelch-bass and a dusty percussion racket.
Review: Murder He Wrote might not have that many bangers to his name in terms of volume, but the fledgling producer can sure conjure up some bass power with his very own 'bass house' moves. "Still Crooked" features Maddie Ellerby on the vocals in what turns out to be a delicious pseudo garage cut with Ibizian kind of flavours, while "Sirens" is darker, nastier and more tribal - not to mention even a little bit more on the acidic side! We're also very much into the "DS9 Riddim" for its subtle swings of jungle, but it's Murder He Wrote's general style and outlook that we're really starting to appreciate. Watch out for this guy on the bass charts!
Review: Having previously touched down on Olovo Records with the Energy EP last year, Russian upstart RNBWS makes the move to Sounds Of Sumo with an assured five tracker of fluid, richly produced sounds that bring in influence from a multitude of places. The title track comes replete with vocals from Doreen, merging with the brooding synth work to achieve a mood aligned with Snow Ghosts or other such crossover songwriting electronics. There are rougher break-inflected tones lurking in "Captivity" and playful steppy electro tropes aplenty on "Neon Birds", while Wheezie is on hand to drop a more rowdy confection over his remix of "Captivity".
Review: Hot on the heels of his appearances on Sprung and Bunk, Ankerman ram-raids the Sumo HQ with his armoured bass tank. Loaded with precision classic electro style drums and an eye for the dubbier dynamics, both "Elichibo" and "Serve" shake with timeless shuffles and spacious depths. Looking for a trippier sensation? Jump straight on the super-wonked "Walk Out" while "Onids" takes the concept of two-step and fires it to another galaxy. Remix-wise Boxia rams a whole barrel of techno down the gullet of "Elichibo" while "Kingsin" flips "Walk Out" into a dubby piece of future acid house. Beefy.
Review: Somepoe finally returns to the excellent Sounds Of Sumo, home to the likes of Kry Wolf and Tommy Kid, with six-pronged bass attacks spanning UKG, house and even a dash of r&b. "Trembles (Everytime U Smile)" is a stepping garage rhythm complete with wailing, instantly seductive female vocals, while "Pinar" is odder, slower and more haphazard on the beat structure. The title track "Skull Dance" is an uplifting bass nugget with a half-step beat and cinematic melodies, whereas "About To Go" returns to garage territories thanks to its straighter kicks and repetitive vocal samples. There's two remixes within, the first is a touch up of "Trembles" by Karnak, who strips the vocals down and injects more of a house vibe; Mark Spence rewires "About To Go" into a slamming house jacker with a heavy kick and neat melodic swirls.
Review: Minty freshness from Salzburg's Demuja on Kry Wolf's evergreen SOS label. The title (and Majora's remix) track dives head first into the beat scene with a broken drum arrangement and synth tones so icy and unforgiving you'd be forgiven to think they're from Detroit. "Listen" follows with a much warmer synthetic salvo and classic house vocal snippets while "Square" is straight up jacking house that wouldn't go amiss in a Sneak or Farina showdown. Finally we hit "Just The Drums" wherein the switchy, sketchy samples and jitters wrap themselves around the beats so tightly they become the rhythm themselves.
Review: Currently celebrating their fifth birthday, Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo is an imprint that knows it's on fire right now. This latest release sees them get behind 19 year-old Phrixus from Leeds, a young producer obsessed with all things bass. The three originals here all reveal a talent with real potential -from the minimal ghetto grind of "Ghost" and the jazz tom-tom attack of "Mood 2" to the moody dubstep of "Recluse". Remix-wise She's Drunk delivers a deliciously deep and percussive take on the title track and Mood 2 is pumped up into a clap-happy, peak time joint by Mendoza.
Review: Relative newcomer Majora, is a producer who loves division - he divided his time between Bath and Bristol and his sound between 'house, grime and garage'. He doesn't seem to extend this philosophy to record labels though, as he seems to be happy residing with Sounds Of Sumo, who give us a new release package. The title track is thick, gloopy jazz-step meets wobble (turned into heavy 4x4 by Spoils and campy speed garage by Conducta) and "Tech Leopard" takes things even deeper for a deliciously tropical head-nodder (turned raucous carnival jam by Doctor Jeep). Boom!
Review: Kry Wolf's Sounds Of Sumo celebrate five years of prize fighting with this superb 14-track newness of an opus. With cuts from some of the label's most distinctive members and new faces alike, the collection seeps freshness from every twist and turn... Bondax's silky two-step twist of Mak & Pasteman's "Heat", Somepoe's super-sharp-stepper "Late Night Bootie", the deep dubby tech squiggles of Tony Goods' "2 Scoops", Tee Circus's dangerously overweight warp session "Plus 8". The list goes on. Versatile, creative and overwhelmingly funky, here's to another five years.
Review: Berlin's Mendoza has teamed with Sounds of Sumo for his latest ghetto-tinged bomb, "The 9 Years of Fame". The sizzling title track, which manages to marry pad-heavy 90s rave and tropical bass 'choruses', has already been hyped by Monki on her Radio 1 show. It's also remixed into a killer rolling bassline house by labelmate Sui Generis. Elsewhere "Dggr" is bassy and melodic UKF and "Apollo" is an excellent slice of smoky late night house.
Review: After a few outings on Holland's Rush Hour and Field Recordings respectively, Sui Generis steps up to Sounds Of Sumo with another dose of airy, excursive house. Title track "You Got Me" is the choice cut here, where shuffling percussion shots meet grizzled low-end in a fight to the death. Be sure to also check "Bright Night" for a true lesson in jackin', and NY legend DJ Q's remix of the title track - top notch funk stompers!
Review: Sounds Of Sumo is fast becoming a prized name within the bass music spectrum, and it's thanks to the label's ability to find new and exciting producers from all over the globe. Majora, a newcomer with just a string of releases to his name, drops two hot new floor-nfillers backed by a even more scorching selection of remixers. "Exactly" and "Don't Watch" are both at the crossroads between house and bass, where Majora proceeds to deliver a slap-funk 4/4 groove over gnarly percussion shots. Over to the remixes, Flava D, Tanka and Boean all have a go at "Exactly", the former of whom gives us the standout, a gnarly, shuffling garage tune for the peak-time hours.
Review: According to the blurb provided by Sounds of Sumo, Tapok is a "mysterious new artist". Whoever he or she is, the revivalist two-step garage fare offered up on this debut EP is rather tasty. Opener "Freedom" is particularly potent, with sub-bothering bass and cut-up female vocal samples riding a snappy but punishing two-step rhythm. "Just Say No" is a little sweeter, with jaunty organ keys, a bouncier groove and an early Todd Edwards feel to the production. The 4/4 inclined "Summer Magic" is excellent, too, with humid strings and swirling chords providing a little sun-kissed beauty. The package also contains a superb old skool jungle rub of "Freedom" by Kingsin, and a tropical tinged bruk-up rework of "Just Say No" by the Ange Numa Crew.
Review: Dirtybird-affiliate Mark Starr continues to surge to the top with his heady bass fusions... Taking the best elements of booty-bass, ghetto-tech, techno and acid house, there's a stark minimal muscle funk that will resonate across all playlist flavours. Highlights include the smouldering, slinky 808 breakbeat riddim of "Lush", the chiselled low-end beef of "Some Of This" and the superb use of sexy, far-away vocals on "Some Of This". Complete with remixes from Panda, Sepehr, Pete Graham & Marc Spence, Druid Cloak and Panda, Sounds Of Sumo have gone to town in every possible direction. Essential.
Review: 22 year-old Finnish producer Somepoe has already graduated from the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, has had a string of hot singles and guest mixed on Radio1. He doesn't mess about, and here on the Leave The House EP, neither do his tunes. Bass is the order of the day, but often playful like the sped up RnB munchkin vocals on the loop heavy "Baby HA". Elsewhere the title track shows us his penchant for deep sultry house and "Places" fuses trippy house and '90s swing vibes perfectly, although Nightwave also nails with his roof raisin' jackin' bassline remix.
Review: UK bass nutters Panda, are pretty mysterious but their music is certainly gaining fame from all angles, landing with a bump on Sounds Of Sumo for three-tracker packed with an arsenal of remixes. "Rewind", "That Girl" and "We Breathe" are all mutant numbers with a shed load of low-end and general dread but the remixes manage to morph the originals into utter floor filth. Check the Tomb Crew piece especially - large...
Review: Tommy Kid touches down on Sounds Of Sumo for his second EP on the bass-oriented label and delivers seven tracks and remixes of pure, unadulterated nu-garage house fury! The first, "Jetlag", contains the funkiest chords known to man; "Bouncing Drops" is a gorgeous sci-fi roller of a tune and "I Know" goes all twisted with metallic cowbells and glorious, hissing percussion. "Easy Street (VIP)" is edgier and more urban, adding raved-out chords to a puritan dubstep groove, making it the sure winner of the lot. As for the remixes, CDBL transforms "Jetlag" into a sinister, Dubfire-reminiscent tech-roller, whilst Mark Starr shapes "I Know" into a broken, old-school house affair, and Kingsin adds a hip-hop twist to "Bouncing Drops". Impressive vibes from the Sumo crew!
Review: Sounds Of Sumo have been working hard to establish themselves as a digital-only concern around the roster of Kry Wolf and Whole Sick amongst others, cultivating an up to the minute tributary of the bass music spring. Now their latest signing sees fresh skills aplenty dropping from CDBL, whose lean and limber update of garage reflects the times admirably, not least on opening track "Wake Up" with its catchy bassline and string-laden build-ups. "That Trick" does sneak some old-school breakbeat fun and games into the mix, as well as a light touch of Mo Wax beatdown atmospherics, whereas "Wanted" goes all out on the 2-step swing and some Tim Wright-esque electro grind. With a pair of remixes included for good measure, it's an all round winning package of contemporary beat science.
Review: After a string of successful releases with Symbols Recordings, Jason Burns switches allegiance to Sounds Of Sumo for this newie. The label may be different, but the sound is that familiar blend of retro RnB samples, trap and of course, lots of bass. On the remix front it's a photo finish between Jook 10's raw warehouse rework and Oscar Luweez's cheeky 90s pastiche.
Review: Sounds Of Sumo label bosses Kry Wolf return to their home imprint with a bold new sound in the form of Concrete; eschewing their usually lighter take on bass music, the title track is a dark combination of wobble bass and dub atmospherics, held together with some steely techno rhythms which comes across like Objekt's "Cactus", while "Bluffin" combines more abstract beats with ghetto house-inspired vocal samples and dubby stabs. Woz is tapped up to remix the title track, being considerably more sparing with the savage bass and rearranging its rhythms into something altogether more angular; Benton's remix of "Bluffin" is classic SOS, providing a bouncy piece of bass-heavy garage house.
Review: Having previously contributed acclaimed cuts to Wolf Music and Pets Recordings releases, Squarehead makes his debut on Sounds of Sumo. In keeping with his previous output, Close is full of the sort of bouncy, retro-futurist garage fare that's so popular right now; all of the original tracks here are fantastic examples of the sound, from the MK vibes of the title track, to the sparkling pianos of "Part Deux" and bumpin' late night deepness of "Unreal". Remix-wise, head straight for the basement-bothering boom-bap business of CDBL's almighty tweak of "Close".
Review: You can count on Sounds Of Sumo to bring you the finest bass excursions but this time we have a very special remix pack from Nottingham's PY & Kadabrah. The original of "Black Magic" drops a hefty dosage of bass beats on top of the sexiest vocals we've heard in a while for a proper drum flex workout. Kry Wolf transforms the original into a rolling tech-house bomb; Tanka goes all deep and gorgeous, Murlo heads down the UK funky route with some wonderful drum re-wiring, while Real ties things off in 00's garage style - watch out for those vocal samples!
Review: Tee Circus returns to Sounds Of Sumo with an even ruder pair of tracks than those on his previous EP on the label; "MBH" is a tough piece of with a steely bassline and clipped 808 drums, while "The Wanderer" ups the squelch factor on the bassline to deliver a demented piece of UK funky with tweaked out vocals and incessant snare rushes. The release is completed with a pair of tasty remixes; Kry Wolf offers a tough tech-bass roller with fat bass stabs, tumbling percussion and cosmic synths, while Piri Piri turns in a sparse juke-inspired refix of "The Wanderer", whose crazed 808 cowbell and abstract sounds sound like Addison Groove on acid - worth the price of admission alone.
Review: Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, HxdB aka hexadecibel, is a producer on a mission to deliver forward-thinking bass music to the world. Judging by this, his latest EP, he's right on track. "Up", takes sparse garage beats and elevates them with spacey rave synths, killer staccato rhythms and claps, into a heavenly slice of dancefloor gold. "Stylish Cadaver" is an awesome excursion into tropical riddims, high-pitched vocals and apocalyptic synth chords. Bwana and Grenier provide rain-kissed and synth-drenched mixes respectively. Remixes of the title track come from Pasteman who evokes the spirit of Copacabana in his version and Bassmynt who's mix is all about trippy garage.
Review: After the well-received "A Little Louder" EP, plus his hook-up with the mighty Tomb Crew for Top Billin' ("I Go Sick"), Justin Reid-Simms (aka Whole Sick) drops another seriously sick EP for Sounds of Sumo. Title-tune "Do The Do" is a seriously addictive mix of looped vocals over a hybrid house/garage beat, with some rogue piano stabs keeping it bubbly, while "Thinkin Bout U" is leans on a more UKF vibe, complete with ghostly detuned vocal stabs and some crunchy leads. Kry Wolf and Diamond Bass both weigh in with some top remixes of "Do The Do", while Wool takes "Think Bout U" on a deep and dubby voyage.
Review: Following up their last epic dancefloor bomb by label bosses Wool & Vortex, Sounds Of Sumo get deep down and utterly trippy with this extensive selection of bass bullets. Four original tracks, and six remixes, each cut is textured with all manner of fine-tuned noises, whooshes and rises. "Mami" leads from the front; a moombhaton inspired number with a speedy tempo and splintered vocal sample, it gets down to business quicker than you can say 'Lord Sugar'. "Postal" follows with a heavy Miami bass twang while "Lead Slipper" is a riveting take on both breakbeat and bashment. "You Seem" finishes the set with a far more subdued, future garage flavoured vibe. And that's all before we get to the remixes!
Review: We know about the boy who cried wolf. But have you heard the one about the boy who cried Kry Wolf? No, neither have we. But dropping this bottom end savvy b-boy workout will certainly keep the wolves from your door for a while. Elsewhere you'll find "Under My Skin", a bashy, darker number with an incessant rhythm and some nifty finger clicks and handclaps. There's plenty to chat about on the remix tip, too: Mak & Pasteman turn "Black & Blue" into a Guy Called Gerald flavoured acid house joint, Daniel Haaksman massages "Under My Skin" into a hypnotic Made To Play style mode while Real delivers a slice of two-step so sexy you'll want to marry it.
Review: London producer and DJ Tee Circus has already been receiving heavy support from Redlight and Monki on Rinse FM for "Plus 8" - a sleek yet effective bass winner that mixes rude acid swing with straight-ahead snares and hats - and for the more robust garage shuffle of "Flying Gangsta". As well as excellent mixes from Hidden Cat and Viers, incredible funky mentalists Jook 10 give "Plus 8" a filled-out UKF groove that simply shines.
Review: Wool & Vortex's killer "Erotic Dancer" sees release on their ever dependable Sounds Of Sumo imprint, arriving replete with a raft of choice remixes. The original cut has an irresistible vocal, which rides smoothly atop a rock hard kick drum, splashing hats and phat bass line. This is backed by an altogether grubbier Dub version (our pick of the lot actually!) as well as refreshingly varies remixes from Grizzy alumnus Wafa and B-Ju, Piri Piri and Sonora. Another original cut in the shape of "Living The Dream" rounds off a frankly impressive package.
Review: In its original form, "Friends" is a track full of glorious contrasts. At times, it feels like an emotion-rich, melody-heavy tribute to touchy-feely dancefloor classics. At others, it stimulates the hips and feet with bleep-laden rhythms pitched somewhere between tropical, future garage and post-dubstep beats. The deeper, more atmospheric "Nothing" redresses the balance slightly, before "Effed Up" drags us kicking and screaming towards the dancefloor with some particularly pulsating garage grooves. Of the six accompanying remixes, it's the unashamedly positive vibes of Daniel Klauser that really hits the spit - though Sleverance's retro-futurist rave-up is also worth a listen.
Review: Mak & Pasteman deliver their long awaited debut for Sounds Of Sumo, with an EP that cannily blurs the lines between bass, dubstep and UK funky to spectacular effect. "Chakra" takes an Indian string sample and combines it with a growling bassline and funky snare rhythm, whilst "Move Something" is a fast moving bass roller with warm synth buildup and sweet vocals that recall Joy Orbison's early cuts. "Get With The Program" meanwhile sees the pair deliver a late night groover which filter a 90s house spirit through old school jungle rhythms, whilst "Heat" takes furious vocal pitching and melds it with a percussive masterclass to create a unique take on the big room sound. The EP comes with an embarrassment of remix related riches, from Tommy Kid, Bondax, Click and Kingsin, with CDBL's furious reworking of "Chakra" and Real's melodically rich reworking of "Heat", (which recalls James Blake at his finest) standing out for praise.
Review: Straight out of Paris, Tommy Kid makes his debut for Sound of Sumo with this very large EP of murky bass treats. Title tune "East Street" recalls Boddika's spacey dub textures and crisp beats, while the more heavy-hitting "Foot Control" doses you up with sub-punishing bass wrapped around a chilly tropical-tech beat. "Alarm Riddim" is the real party starter though, with an upfront and jacking beat weaved into schizophrenic melodies and cloudy pads. With an extensive set of class remixes also on offer, our favourites so far are Misterweeks' hazy house rejig of "East Street" and Arcade's brilliantly twitchy UKF rerub of "Pump Up The Bass", but others from Kingsin, Squarehead Pasteman and more are all well worth investigating.
Review: Making quite a name for themselves with mixes of Canblaster, Reset!, Udachi and even Lady Gaga, as well as DJ support from the top tier of (such as A-Trak, Zinc, Roska, Lil Silva and Sub Focus), Sound of Sumo bosses Kry Wolf take a simple sax line and chop it to perfection on "Lost In Treme". In a Baltimore Club style, they sync the chopped samples up with heavy kicks to create a sparse yet hugely powerful sound, switching up octaves and adding misty keys on the process. "Begging You" is also included and is a straight up UKF banger, while mixes of both tunes from Dave Spoon, Mr Tickle and Unitz all shine on this excellent single.
Review: A producer who has been a go-to guy for fans of forward-thinking bass and garage for the past year, Submerse builds on the excellent momentum of his solo releases (as well as his hook-ups with Resketch) with this delicious Bento Box EP. Whether he's mining shivery R&B textures on the tear-jerkin' "Move On", creating hyped house/dubstep fusions on "Need To Know" or truly mind-bending wobblers like the appropriately named "Monster", Submerse is simply on stunning form just now.
Review: Sounds of Sumo present this rather stush remix package from the intriguingly monikered Whole Sick, which has already been gaining favour with electro house cognoscenti Crookers, Douster, DJ Ma1 and Brenmar. Arcade, First Down and Click all serve up remixes of a "Little Longer" - it's the mutant late night bass of First Down's version that ticks our boxes - while Murlo, Mak & Pasteman and First Down (again) tweak "Voodoo". Tropical rhythms abound!
Review: Having initially started out making faster, D&B style beats, UK duo Kingsin have settled nicely into a more 2-step/technoid groove, as this exciting new EP on Sounds Of Sumo shows. The chilly minimal-step of "Amazon Boogie" is an entrancing opener, while "Come Find Me" is a creeped-out compression fest mixing Bernard Herrmann strings and lush tropical percussion at around 130 BPM. The title tune is pure UK bass goodness, in the mould of Ikonika or early Joy O, and the outstandingly icy "War Den" rounds off the set with a nod to their D&B roots - a gnarly, fast tech beat bubbling under a sub-sonic bass with loads of dubby vocals swirling around the mix for good measure.
Review: Someone who could well be a major player on the UK bass scene in the coming months - with releases forthcoming on Trouble & Bass and Top Billin - Whole Sick drops some fine and firey beats on this new EP via Sounds of Sumo. "A Little Louder" is a must for Sinden/Foamo fans with a winning mix of classic pianos, punchy, tropical drums and 90s vocal hooks. "Voodoo" builds on that formula magnificently, and has "anthem" written all over it, while "Episodes" is a more placid yet still hugely vital dancehall-themed raver.