Review: Italian producer and 808-aficionado Aquadrop joins Top Billin with a bass-heavy track featuring vocals by Rayna. With releases on Mad Decent, Main Course and Seclusiasis, and the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Baauer constantly spinning his tracks, Aquadrop's reputation stands before him, and he doesn't disappoint. Mango-sweet and full of hot, tropical vibes, "Bloko Bloko" kicks off in a dancehall style before dropping down deep to a severe bassline pounding set to shake thousands of asses. Remixes in this pack come from Philly's street bass kings Starkey and Dev79, tropical ghettomaster Douster and Australian newcomer Gucci Boo The Ghost Producer, all adding their individual twists to this tasty little cocktail. Party like it's Christmas in July!
Review: New from Top Billin', Cincinati's Bawz kills it on this excellent taste of deep and wonked electro madness. Using a sly yet commanding vocal hook from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's "White Lines", Bawz constructs an intense acid-throwback bassline around Percolator-style synth stabs and a Dutch-style beat. While Aussie breaks king Nick Thayer gets busy on the bass for his remix - adding a simply filthy distorted bassline - Moombahton king Edo slows things down and adds some trademark climbing, high-pitched synth squeaks.
Review: Another week, another top bass release from Dutch fellas Top Billin. This time, however, they've really pulled out the stops, finding possibly Japan's best (only?) bass-fiend, Keisuke Ito aka Broken Haze. Mixing up everything from bass and house to electro and dubstep, this EP is really on fire. Highlights include "Battles Of Empires" which sees ravey pitch-bent synths married to stomping reggaeton, the video game-meets-moombahton fest that is "Lightning Flash" and the bouncy tropical synth workout, "Air Castles".
Review: New on perennially fresh electro label Top Billin, Campbell & Detnum lend a wobbly and blitzed vibe to new smasher "Bit of That". Mainlining on a tight, squelchy and minimal sound, the pair casually drop roughly chopped fragments of conversation over the tune in a dangerously hypnotic way, making for a cool and very quirky electro nugget. Schenk lends it a popping overhaul complete with some epic chords, while Roby Howler fuses mainroom intensity with ghetto house energy on his radically altered mix.
Review: Following on from DJ Tray's dope first instalment in this series, it's now the turn of his older brother Clubheadsliim, who turns in five cuts of dirty ghetto music like the true vet he is. "I'm A Freak" kinda says it all in the title - it being a total rump-shakin', hyped jump-up track. "Ass In The Air" is creepy electro-trap, "Like This" is a sparse 'hip n b' homage to pole dancers everywhere, "Back It Up" is an orgy of vocal samples and hardcore rave chaos and finally "Fight" is a testosterone-fuelled call to arms (bassy ones too!).
Review: Newcomer DJ Dats debuts on Top Billin with some marvelous house infusions that go beyond the typical 4/4 framework to land on majestic and unexplored terrains. "Allowance Trax", for example, merges all the best elements of house, techno, acid ad, yes, balearica - while "Spirit Of Da Hauz" transforms a banging Chicago house groove into a synth-heavy daydream fuelled by wholesome bass and rhythm. "Wants To Feel" is the absolute analogue cure, stepping up with another fine injection of 303-laden melodies that just seem to fit ever so well with the dreamier, more spacey side of synth-house. Bangers!
Review: Out on future-bass and wonky electro label Top Billin, Parisian duo Moms and Amazinggaijin get heavy on a moombahton/slow dubstep tip with "Sabro". With updated reggaeton-patterned drums carrying a huge, metallic lead sound, this will easily find itself in amongst recent tunes from Munchi and Dillon Francis. US producer Jay Fay brings a little Baile funk flavour to his mix, while Ann Arbor's Subvader flips the script by dropping a cool, calm and very charming version that's an absolute must for fans of modern boogie.
Review: We'd love to say that the MF stands for Michael Flatley but with a name like DJ Venum, and sounds as bad-ass as these, we're a bit too scared to. So we'll just explain how the title track is one of the most twisted ghetto-house tunes you'll hear this year; wonky, loopy and creepy it's tendency towards techno is abundant (and pummelling). The same gritty mechanical soul can be found throughout; "The Ride Track" sounds like squat party techno pitched down ten per cent and "Bath Salts" tips a nod to Detroit. And just when you think it's too dark, "Now Party Break" takes a jingly soul snippet and lays it over a clunky double-kick house shuffle with sophistication and tenderness. Maybe we can say Michael Flatley after all?
Review: Wonky, mashed-up progressive sounds from Montreal's Dooze Jackers, with their latest EP on Top Billin. Hot on the heels of collaborations with Le Petit Belge, and releases on Ro10 Musik, Simma and Rogue Industries. Here they drop 3 ultra unique tracks that will rock it in electro, fidget, and prog sets. Squelching synth lines, funky beats, and twisted vocal samples run throughout 'Zoo', "Euh", and 'Kissing'. Our pick of the pack is the Kia Kaio cut of 'Zoo'. If you want something outside the box to throw in the mix, look no further.