Review: US producer (Spank Rock, Kid Sister etc) XXXChange clearly believes in the old maxim of quality not quantity, as his releases are relatively few and far between. Last heard on his Backbeat single for Kitsune, he's now back at home on T&A with a brand new two-tracker. "PWNY" is a killer fusion of old skool electro and future bass music featuring trancey synths, stop-start rhythms and chants. "Penguin Party" sees him enlist the help of Ghostdad for a rousing, M.I.A-esque peak-time scorcher.
Review: Did you know that T&A have major beef with you? Luckily it's in the form of "Fresh Meat", a beefy selection of label newcomers, each of them peddling a dance-smashing slo-mo sound. Germany's So Shifty takes reggaeton to dark, stark place, Rico Tubbs swaps moombahton's high-end tweaks for classic acid, Ackeejuice Rockers inject the 110 sound with raw euphoria while Nanoworld conclude on an evil ragga bleep flex. Get fresh!
Review: Des McMahon is a bass producer from Philadelphia who is currently setting things ablaze in the US right now. This new autobiographical EP from the self-proclaimed "ginger beat wizard" boasts five original productions that are sure to boost his current ascent even further. "Gringo Juice" is big-room stuff - a chunky moombahton riddim with hysteria-inducing melodies, an absolutely bonkers breakdown and even some cheeky, "Good Life" stabs. Other highlights include the trancier "Albino Ass Slap", the spaced-out dubstep of "Hallucinations" and Rex Riot's unique take on the blissed out "The Come Down".
Review: It's probably best we deal with the strange title before we get chewing on this rather ace album. Heavenz 2 Murgatroyd was a saying made famous by Snagglepuss, a character often spotted in the original Yogi Bear cartoons. Now we know this we can listen to Wax Romeo's uncompromising variety of bass flavours without any distractions. Which is good because there's heaps to take in. From the deep, driving contemporary take on early Chicago house ("Minti") to savage, snarling dubstep ("Foxycutioner") to slo-mo butt-shaking booty-soul ("I Don't Need U") this is a consistent collection of vibrant bottom end styles delivered with funk, humour and expert production skills.
Review: Released the same week as their mini album, The Sea Remixes sees D.C trio Misun go under the knife in various shapes and sizes from horizontally-inclined downtempo to searing, roof-raising electro. Singer Misun Wojcik's vocals are very Florence in their delivery, and they seem to work well over all kinds of genres. The best, though, are the mellower, deeper, more reflective reworks such as Billy The Gent's slow n' sludgy version of "My Time" or, if you fancy a nice bit of weird, Gavin Holland's warped and whimsical take on "Coffee". An intriguing listen full of surprises...
Review: There's a strong chance you might not know what jorts are. We certainly didn't. Turns out their shorts made of jeans. Fashion lesson over, let's have a listen at this shall we? What's interesting about this collaboration is the backgrounds of each artist; hip-hop, trance and Baltimore club. As you can expect, the end result is truly unique. We mean properly unique - there's nothing else like this EP going around. Kuduro style tempos, hard dance flavour stabs, dubstep drops, downtempo vibes. Each of the four cuts on offer here are truly melting pot material. Dangerously Marmite but listening is essential...
Review: New from T&A Records, Canadian club-killers Smalltown DJs smash it in a dancehall/electro style with "Loving The Vibe", which mixes Trigga Nom's fresh, rootsy flow with a wobbly beat and some hard-rocking tropical snares. Among the excellent remixes included, it's hard to pick a favourite between the punchy Bmore/breaks makeover from Deekline and Lars Moston's subtle bass refix
Review: Known best for his production work with Spank Rock, Kele and Kid Sister, XXXChange has kept his remixes and originals held back for a while now. However, he's back out front on this new release on Tittsworth and Ayres' T&A label. On a heavy electro tip throughout, title tune "Bounce" flips Bmore rhythms with a touch of dubstep crunch while the excellent "Scrying Over You" is an astral delight, rendered via some trippy arpeggios and tasteful filtering. Possibly best of the bunch though is the hyper-fast old-skool Dutch raver "Panic Panic", which kills it in a brutally minimal way.
Review: A splinter project from hardcore American D&B outfit Evol Intent, Bro Safari brings a whole new intensity to Moombahton with this killer EP on T&A. "Avalon" for example piles on the bass around that distinctive reggaeton drum pattern, a trick repeated on the pounding "The Clap" which keeps the elements refreshingly simple - chopped, detuned vocals, thick 808 kicks and short LFO squeaks all structured into a sure fire floor-worker. "Cold Turkey" takes a rare trip into the higher bpms, while mixes from Jay Fay and Codes maintain the levels of tweaked-out lunacy that runs through this heavy release.
Review: New on Tittsworth and Ayres' T&A label, Southern duo Clicks and Whistles drop a hazy, low slung bass gem in the form of "Neva Get Caught". With a crunky, purple vibe to the slow pitch-shifting pads and a 808 kit straight out of Girl Unit's folder, "Neva Get Caught" is a big winner, as is the accompanying "Raw Passion" which sits nicely against recent releases from Joy O and Pearson Sound. Mixes from the label bosses, as well as are dark banger from Starks & Nacey, make this a hugely essential bass release.
Review: One half of production duo Team Canada, Grandtheft throws out a pair of blinding, club-shaped revisions of post-2000 hip-hop classics on this new release on T&A. "Gangsta Musik" chops the acapella from Camron & Juelz Santana's "Dipset Anthem" and layers it over a spectacular tropical house beat, with some subtle wobble added for good effect, while Ludacris' "Splash Waterfalls" gets a smart revisit on "Splash". Speeding up the beats whilst keeping both the original's cheek and glacial cool makes it a true DJ treat and a effortless party starter,
Review: Having already made his debut on T&A with "Shottas", Dominican-born producer Munchi is back for a second bite of the cherry with this remix package. Among those making use of Mr. Lexx's deep booming vocal tone include Alvaro, who constructs a thin, tropical beat to wrap it around, while Bertonbeats makes use of the original's skanking sections to get his dubstep fully on. FFF get brilliantly hectic by speeding things up to an insane degree, adding the Amen beat for good measure, while Nguzungguzu drops a perfect minimal Bmore reworking that will leave you simply breathless. Seek out further mixes included here too from Unsub, Harikari, Shaun D and the mighty Schlachtofbronx.