Review: Rolling in with some fresh, urban-edged sounds are the Tumble Audio crew, represented on this occasion by Ali MCK & IYZ, with Killjoy and Coldplast taking up the rear on remix duties. For those who like their funky but with attitude, this is the release for you. 'Driver' has those trademark, afrobeat influenced drums but follows through with a punchy, monochromatic bottom end that cuts right the way through the track. 'London's Calling' goes down a more murky, bassline influenced route but keeps those wonderful, funky drum lines to make a wicked blend of tones. The remixes follow and that's the release tied up - banging stuff.
Review: Tumble Audio is what you would call a truly "UK" label. This is because it deals in just about any strain of British dance music, and from garage, through to dubstep, and post-bass, it always delivers the goods in style. This time it's Archive with five smoking riddims from the depths of underground, and "Keep Guard", along with "Ghana Police" are what you would call true hybrids - the beats are harsh and stepping, while the low frequencies dominate the groove. "Gully", once again, proves that 'bass' music really is a thing by chucking in just about any genre imaginable that falls on the hardcore continuum, and there's even a few remixes of "Keep Guard", one stripped-down Burial-like reinterpretation by Bromley, and heavy-stepping version by Sly-one.
Review: Birmingham's James Black may have done a runner to Australia but at least under his artist name, Arctic, he delivers a subtle a nod to his home country's current climate. Here he delivers four slammers (and a VIP mix) of prime bass music including the 4 x 4 rattler "Takin It Back", the psychedelic mayhem of the skippy garage rave of the title track and the fizzy, 8-bit wobble-fountain of "Inside (Arctic mix)".
Review: Some things in life are certain: death, taxes, the Spanish announcer's table smashing upside your face in the ring and Arctic laying down frosty-fingered licks each and every time. Genuinely; the switch and droned out toxic bass on the lead track will KO any floor. The same can be said for the glacier cathedral riddim on "Sister Abigail" and the classic hardcore breaks and ominous bass of the paranoid roller "A Little Bit More Reese". Cold.
Review: 808's for breakfast, rollers for dinner. If those two elements float your boat then look no further than the latest Tumble Audio epic from Arma. As a project 'Big Tom' is a selection of bouncy bass heavy creations, all focussed around intense rhythmic ideals. The title track itself is a mesh of carnival flavours and drums whilst 'Trippi' plays with more subtle funky drum influences. Next up we have 'Hit The Club' which is a 4x4 housey stomper, leading perfectly into the final track 'Elevate' which brings together fantastic vocal chops and rolling drums for the perfect round off.
Review: This new EP from Birmingham's bass bastion Bassboy sees him leap artistically from his early days of RnB cut-ups. He's been pushing his sound more towards an off-kilter garage sound of late, though here things begin brightly with "Rainbows" - an infectious fusion of fizzy garage-pop and brutal bottom end. However elsewhere the perky "Colours" benefits from some heavy tribal thump and "Once Upon A Time" is an orgy of nasty 4x4 and 90s vocal snippets and pads aplenty. DJ Direct also appears to add some serious muscle to the title track too.
Review: The lead track on this EP by Bristolian producer Boofy perfectly captures his take on instrumental grime, with a tune that is a wreck of nerves laced with paranoid synths. 'Warzone' begins where the last track ends and ups the ante on sinister mechanical beats and apocalyptic atmosphere. There are two remixes too: Hi5ghost goes for demented hard beats and Nativ keeps it simple with some classic tropical 4x4 action.
Review: Notts' finest Tumble Audio reach Macau, China for a supreme slice of soul-powered UKG from the one like Burnie. Gutsy, glitchy and laced with just the right amount of bass, it's an absolute end-of-night gem. Remix-wise we're spoilt for choice as Lorenzo adds a little rolling jack, Boycott add a little moody sense of drama while Nuvaman applies a little footwork fire. All spaces, bases and basses covered.
Review: One of the most exciting representers of UKG's darker, techier, more mischievous underbelly, Deadbeat UK steps up to Tumble once again with four straight up dancefloor-minded thug-outs. The title track switches from robust 4/4 to slinky two-step while a guttural bassline gurgles dirty limericks down your lugholes. "Shapeshifer" wriggles with more of a tubular, metallic snake-bass feel. "Pagans" is rough enough to melt bricks while "Bleak" jumps and bumps with a tightly punctuated hook that's as clipped, direct and unforgiving as a Boer war sergeant major.
Review: Steel City producer Deadbeat may not be releasing tunes on labels with such irreverent titles as Off Me Nut Records, but he's still bringing the bass like no other. The "Good 2 To Me EP" is pure 3am, hands-in-the-air fodder and we're not complaining. There are three tracks here covering rolling, ravey, bassline ("Good To Me"), Deep wobble nastiness ("Wheel It Up) and dubby brain-melt 4x4 ("Clear MY Mind"). Also featured is Deadbeat's heavy-as-you-like hyper remix of Killjoy's "Nothing Sweet".
Review: Nottingham's Tumble Audio are back with a serious bang, alongside none other than Hungarian dubstep legend DJ Madd. His brand new track 'Badman Talkin' is a dancehall inspired masterpiece, encompassing grinding subs, breakbeat snippits and choppy patois vocals. This release and it's remixes has been receiving top notch DJ support from top carnival selectors such as Toddla T, particularly the Archive half time rethink. Murder He Wrote and Tony Quattro get involved with fabulously funky recreations of the original track, both with their own unique grooves and instrumentation. It's been a top year for the Tumble Audio gang and this is a fantastic way to sign the year off in style.
Review: Nottingham record label and club night Tumble Audio seems dedicated to the sounds of UK funky and bassline; good on them we say! This time they recruit NYC bas-shead Doctor Jeep who has previously released on the Gotham City's notorious Trouble & Bass imprint, so you know what you're in for! The title track begins with some funky breaks accompanied by the said strings in all their exotic, Middle Eastern flavour before that massive bassline drops. As its name would suggest, "Pitch Black" is a lot nastier and explores some seriously mean sub bass frequencies and sinister atmospherics but some funky percussion soon joins in on the mix. Finally "Phantasma" goes out all guns blazing with its booming, bouncing sub assault and exotic drums.
Review: Nottingham based giants Tumble Audio have gained quite the reputation in the north as an innovative bass movement, both through their incredibly popular events and of course the music they release. Here we see Exit99 get busy on his garage inspired breakbeat hybrid 'Ravers' before diving into the stripped back skippy vibes of 'Step Away'. On remix duty, Coldpast pulls together a nostalgic reboot of 'Ravers', whilst Smuttlee comes through with an innovative dancehall overhaul of 'Step Away'. It looks like Tumble have done it again as they continue their dominant run of popular bass releases.
Review: Bristol's Fish likes to keep everyone guessing about where he's going next. As a junglist he's brought some serious fiyah but lately he's also dropped bass and house and well, you name it. The Square Waved EP mixes all them genres up and more. The title track is a fierce, carnival-tinged dubby monster and "Brick Top" is proper nasty urban 4 x 4 with real geezer samples and heavy bass. Remix-wise "Bad Luck On Dem" gets turned into deep tropical bass by Jook10, a UK-style jack-fest by Fish himself and proper mind-melting 4 x 4 by Rossi B & Luca.
Review: Two blisteringly fresh originals, one VIP, two remixes; Hadean comes correct with his debut EP. An all-out UK bass assault, "The Raid" sums up his skills; what appears to be a linear, sinewy mid-range bass strutter quickly develops into a multi-bassline face off where new sounds bombard on every bar. "Stompa VIP" updates his Chip Butty banger from last year with mischievous grit while "Brandy" teases us with sexy synths and vocal echoes before plunging us back into Hadean's toxic bass message. With added remixes from the currently unavoidable Pelikann and Holy Goof. Get raiding.
Review: "Blow", by Two Tons (aka Joedan and Kontent) pays homage to the Johnny Deep movie of the same name - pure as the driven snow. It's also a tune that'll shake your speaker cones, with its rattling rhythms and positively sub-maximal bottom end. Joedan ups the wobble factor on his VIP mix, whilst "Dnt Gve A Fck" is a neon-lit, late night roller. Joedan appears again, this time with his own "No Verse Two" - all sparse tropical beats and grime verses courtesy of MC Shantie. Boom!
Review: Nottingham's Killjoy claims he makes 'grimey UK bass music'. We think he's selling himself short with both his name and self-description - these tunes are more likely to bring joy to a party and they cover a bit more musical ground too. "Memories" takes a 4x4 wobble groove and applies some classy funk for good measure. Sticking with the wobble bass, "Tangle", goes harder and even throws in some string stabs, while the dubby "Inaudible Badness" takes us to more tropical climes.
Review: Within UK bass culture, Tumble Audio have gone on to achieve veteran status, both as an events company and as a highly innovative independent label. For their latest release, co-founder Killjoy is back amongst the madness with a crazy four tracker. The title track 'Delusions' is a tasty 4x4 number, incorporating lethal synthesis and sharp drum processing. Following this we hear the more UKG influenced stylings of 'Drifting' and explosive funky arrangements of 'Gangrene'. Finally the EP rounds off with the choppy 808 led triplets of 'Club Fade 95', after successfully traversing a huge spectrum of UK bass music themes.
Review: Killyjoy's back and he's brandishing an ode to the girls of his hometown Nottingham. "Gyalist Riddim" proves that wobble ain't dead yet, with the original and its three mixes going heavy on the full on fat low end. The title track adds some serious snare roll chaos to the mix, whilst Deadbeat adds a slammin' 4x4 twist. Asa & Sorrow keep it hard and underground and Doctor Jeep wraps up the package with some deliciously doomy tropical vibes.
Review: We are absolutely loving the fact that Tumble Audio are back to their best, following a couple of very tidy release drops over the past few weeks. They return for another weighty drop here as label OG and all around bass badman: Killjoy returns for a monstrous creation in 'Shadow Breaks'. This title combines sizzling bass synthesizer presses with a lively selection of constantly expanding drumwork and breathy percussive stabs to generate a certified party starter. We also take in the funky-inspired arrangement of 'The Evil' and the super experimental melodic explorations of 'Accidents Don't Happen' before rounding the EP out. Excellent work as per from the Nottingham natives!
Review: After that recent appearance for Roska Kicks & Snares, we knew we'd be hearing more of Leda Stray. We didn't know, however, that the material would be this sick nor did we hear the same sort of diversity from the producer. This is some puristic bass material, with "Astray" leading the way on the bass front, and his collaborston with CK - "Stand Off" - continuing that same sort of stepperz style. Nu-school bass wizard Geiom coms through with a broken, grime-ready remix of "Astray", while Motu's own version shreds the groove down to a minimal, skeletal experiment with a bubbling bass surfacing from its underbelly.
Review: Label regular Killjoy teams up with Lenkemz for a new track and selection of remixes on the incorrigible Tumble Audio. The original mix of "Wesley Snipes" features the grimey vocal talent Slick Don on the mic, and you also get an instrumental to tool up into your DJ set. Majora steps up for a funky house remix compete with gargling bassline and a whole artillery of choppy percussion shots, whereas Spooky goes in with some killer half-step vibes reminiscent of something on Deep Medi or played by Mala or Coki, for that matter. Check it - essential doesn't even cover it.
Review: Liverpool bass man Lucent isn't known for his gentle compassion when delivering dancefloor punishment, and there's no change on his latest four-track assault, "Place Burn Down". The fans of course can't get enough of it and who can blame them? This EP once again highlights this producer's meticulous eye for detail and originality without ever appearing soft. Highlights include the epic eponymous opener, which is a hybrid of 4 x 4, electro-house fizz and MC Shantie's verbal fire. Elsewhere carnival trumpet stabs are about in the breakin' "Warpin'" and the 22nd century electronic dance mayhem of "The Future". Boom!
Review: Lyka taps into two perennial dance music favourites on this latest Tumble Audio bass drop; attractive women and sampling Yello. The title track on Buff Girls see Lyka lay down plenty of sampled chirpsing amidst mangled bits of the classic "Oh Yeah" by the Swiss band, resulting in a harsh, aggressive dancefloor shootout. It's also party dynamite. Elsewhere "Trips & Whispers" is like a 4x4 horror movie theme (remixed in a trippy fashion by Timbah), and Lunar Leng is all scattershot beats and eccentric samples. The latter is also remixed into a ferocious sub-aquatic frenzy by Sergic. Vicious.
Review: Getting plenty of radio play over the last few months, Nativ's long awaited EP finally drops on us like a pile of bricks on the continuously on-point Tumble Audio. Quick-firing percussion pellets, shuffled house beats and swirling concoctions of bass delight throughout. "Dizzy" is our personal favourite but be sure to check Arctic Shadow and Jook10 on remix duties for the title track.
Review: Cold like winter. Cold like your soul if you're not physically and spiritually wounded by the depth and space at play on the lead cut on this titanic b2b between Southpoint affiliates Noble & JFO's. "Cold" does more damage than an open bar tab on results night. Elsewhere "Delta" digs deep into sub harmonics over a classically chiselled grime step while "Natural" hammers out with a rifle-like staccato riddim that switches slickly and sickly into mad spacious dubstep and acid technoid sections. Next level Tumblage.
Review: Tumble Audio has been providing us with seriously killer bass music for a few years now, and here they celebrate reaching their tenth release by recruiting Roadman Joel to curate a selection of the kind of seriously heavy tunes you might expect to hear at one of their many label nights. There's a whopping 18 tracks on here covering a wide spectrum of British urban dance music, including Majora's ridiculously amazing tribal UKF monster "T&C's", A Motion's ghetto 2-step hybrid "Back In Your Love" and Sentiment's wobble-heavy tropical jam, "Change You".
Review: Bristol bass brutality: Sentiment makes his Tumble Audio debut with a package that comprises three originals and two heavyweight remixes. "Fomo" is a bounty of dynamics and designs as bass textures from the last 10 years of grime, dubstep and trap fuse and fight one another. "7 Looks Better Than 8" is much more a straight-up icy grime piece (think Asa & Sorrow's introspective style) while "Flexin" opts for a sci-fi grime bounce similar to that of another fellow Bristolian, Joker. Remix-wise Chimpo chows down on some serious space cake while Killjoy throws in a little 4/4 UKG strut. Nice.
Review: Turbo two-step from Nottingham filth-flinger Sergic: "Need U Now" has urgency coded deep into every element. Flexing around a deftly diced vocal sample with an array of basses grunting and fronting, it's a seriously effective example of how 4x4 mentality and energy can be harnessed in more of a broken drum arrangement. We need this now more than ever.
Review: On this formidable four-tracker for Tumble Audio, would-be Jedi Master Sergic channels the spirit of the Cantina Band (that's the alien band from Star Wars, fact fans) for an all-out, light saber-wielding aural assault on the senses. "Jedi" itself boasts a warning from Obi-Wan himself over the kind of robust, darkside grime rhythm over which Darth Maul would clearly approve. Sergic's remix of Majora's "Boss Key" delivers more of the same unsettling mind tricks, while Filthy Vicars revisit the classic days of 8-Bar grime on their rolling, darting rework of "Bulletproof". If that's not enough to get the Jedi juices flowing, the EP also features a dancefloor-bating remix of the same track from I Killed Kenny, loaded with serious low end pressure.
Review: As one of the first labels of the modern era to shine a light on newschool bass music, we often feel that Tumble Audio as an imprint gets nowhere near the level of respect they deserve. This latest release from Sergic is an excellent showing from them as he gets busy with some seriously cool old school flavours as 'Notts Badboy' embodies the niche spirit with a rapid fire barrage of catchy LFO melodies and a constantly shifting soundscape, driven by pulsating 4x4 drum structures and well placed vocal slices. It's a great job from all involved!
Review: Nottingham/Leeds duo, Sergic and Lyka arrive in fine style here with their debut release on their own label Tumble Audio. "Bulletproof" is a pumping, breaky beast that sounds like bullets bouncing off the armour of an angry robot. Meanwhile "Shame' is all skippy beats, housey percussion and dubby bass, while "Glod" ups the tempo for some wobbly 4 x 4 fun.
Review: Skue-K is getting more and more airtime over the last year, appearing more often and on more quality labels, such as Project Allout and the present Tumble Audio. The producer likes to go for the harsher strains of UK bass, deploying some naughty levels of mutant bass amid fast-paced garage beats and house drums. "Criminals", as the name suggests, delivers a load of machete bass for the peak time hours, with "Full Whip" providing more of the same drug, for added effect; Brent Kilner twists up the low frequencies to create an all-out bass attack from an aerial position. Careful with these explosives, son!
Review: The S.O.B.A.D crew descend on Nottingham with a whole armoury of hybrid bass/beat hurters. Sly One do all the driving as "My Name" slaps with a UK take on juke beats as a fork-tongued lava rap from TK Wonder whips up a dramatic frenzy. "TMB" sees the trio taking us on an even techier tip with its loopy, hypnotic vocal loop while crew mates Distro & Archive give UK funky a dark, demented update for today's paranoid times. Final S.O.B.A.D member Bromley winds down the trip by completely stripping "My Name" back down to a classic electro breaks groove. Block rocking.
Review: North England's Timbah is back with a vengeance on Tumble Audio, and he means business with this tight new three-tracker! The title track "No Bootlegs" is a neo-grime monster, packed with enough sleaze to blow your speakers out, but "Lemonhead Delight" and "No Tux" are no less menacing - power tracks built strictly for floor domination. Sentiment remixes "No Tux" into a deeper, less jagged half-step tune, while Checan transforms "Lemonhead Delight" into an electro-fuelled, UKG stepper - big!
Review: TMSV specialises in all things bass-related, an artist who is capable of producing pretty much any sort of dance music that travels at the speed of sound and drags frequencies lower than the underground itself. The Artikal casual lands on Tumble Audio with this monster of an EP, filed with dubwise dread throughout, and that manages to wield an impressive amount of jungle out of its more dubstep-centric beats; "Expensive Suit" is a good example of that, but even "Nuh Tek Diss" has enough break-ridden charm to please all sorts of corner-dwelling head-nodders. A bodacious selection of remixes from the likes of Archive, Murder He Wrote and Hypho add to the nastiness, and make this one hell of an EP.
Review: Charismatic Tumble selector Joel hits the road once again with a collection of sinewy UKG, future bass, twisted house and barbed wire grime. Highlights fall of every track like an ill-fitting suit with gully gems such as the weirded out wobbles of Joedan & Kontent?s ?Ruggish?, Killjoy?s vitalising squelch funk on ?Public Enemy?, and premium sexytime silk in the form of Taz?s ?Lonely? and gossamer two-step soul by way of Spekktrum?s ?Talk To Me?. What with it being exactly a year since the last Roadman collection, we?re hoping Tumble turn this into an annual affair.
Review: It's time for somewhat of an explosive apperance on this one as we see the highly anticipated return of Roadman Joel who again gets busy alongside his compadres at Tumble Audio for one of the biggest and baddest bass music selections on road. As ever with a Tumble compilation, the genre range is exceptional, from Sergic's breaksy brilliance on 'The Prince' to the super cold speed garage episode in 'Jawnz' and the grimey, tech infused drum slices of 'No Bootlegs' from Timbah. This a fantastic project from start to finish, with our two main highlights being Leda Stray's super funky pulser in 'Ashtray', Rame's lively vocal appearance of Ali McK & IYZ's 'An Again', and the acidic expressions of Arctic's 'A Little Bit More Reese'.