Review: Popular interest in UK garage may have taken a dip over the years but Ultra Bass Records are here to keep the torch burning with a 'massive 2-Step UK Garage rinser' by Londoners 99dB & Martin Carr. "Another Night" features smooth synth work and silky textured vocals that deal with typical jack the lad shenanigans. Remix-wise, B1G PR0J3CT turns in an epic 2-step joint, Scott & Nick deliver some uplifting piano house warmth and Impact & MC Kane drop some old skool Ayia Napa vibes. Finally Lamont Dex ends with some lush and dreamy house emotions. Safe.
Review: Abeyance is becoming a very well-known producer with taste for the darker seductive sides of bass music. Hailing from the Midlands, she recently impressed with her Nina Wilde collaboration, Pretty Girls, and now she's back with "Don't Let Me Stay" this time recruiting the vocals of Official Nancie. The original is a smooth and velvety late garage-pop gem that gets beefed up with tougher beats in her own VIP mix. There are four impressive mixes, the best of which include 9BAR's monstrously good bass growler and Thom's blissed out synth-step confection of a mix.
Review: When we see the name Adam Hyjek pop up on our charts, our minds aren't restricted to one genre or style of dance music. Instead, we associate the producer with everything that's even remotely house-related and, in fact, he has produced plenty of wonderful tunes across the deep, progressive, tech, and even funky strains of the most beloved form of club music. Here, "Why Do I Still" heads into clear garage waters, guided by the seductive voice of Sanna Hartfield, in what is an ultra sexy tune for this new Ultra Bass tune. Remix A comes from Wayne H, who injects a heavier house flow into the mix, while remix B is from Style Of Tigers, and what we have is a gentle, stripped-back Chicago bomb. There's a sultry radio edit, too.
Review: Ultra Bass continue their impressive run in 2018 with this smooth selection from Blackboxx encompassing a more emotive style of release. We kick off with the garage inspired melodics of the title track "New Ghost". This one is as satisfying as they come as marine-like percussive rolls run wild amidst beautiful vocal slices and emotional harmonics. Next up we move into 'Midnight Swims' which carries on where the previous track left off. Lashings of relaxing atmospherics and soft drum arrangements make this one a pleasure to take in. Finally we round off with the halftime design of "Closer" which is almost Phaeleh like in it's stripped back majesty. Fantastic work on this one!
Review: This latest missive from Denver's Ultra Bass sees Bracknell duo Coity & Rykennon on a mission to revive 'the golden days of garage music'. The original take of "Lover" cleverly infuses the traditional open hi-hats, chopped vocals and plinky-plonk organ riffs of vintage garage with a more pumping, muscled-up house vibe -complete with epic breakdown. Their VIP mix ups a gear into speedier territory with a looser, lower bassline, whilst Thorn wraps things up with the piano laden, multi rhythmic deep cut that's easily the EPs stand out mix.
Review: Ultra Bass are ecstatic to present a new banger, "When I Get You Home", by Birmingham heroes Collabor8. Roping in the smooth, emotional RnB vocals of Jay Harvey the track is an uplifting slice of sleek and warm pop-garage. If that's too commercial for you, then they've kindly submitted an "alternative mix" too, which strips things down to shuffle beats and old skool stabs. Elsewhere Thorn's mix opts for a more underground sound featuring a cool ascending riff and Dominic Bullock delivers an infectious moody house rework.
For Your Love (Wegert & Green remix) - (6:27) 122 BPM
Review: For those of a certain vintage, this single from Australian producer Cue Up will stir memories of sticky, Naked Music style San Francisco deep house, and early UK garage. It's a warm, humid and appealing blend, with glistening guitar solos, drifting female vocals and thickset bass giving "For Your Love" an attractively summery vibe. The first remix comes from S Jay, who emphasizes the skipping US garage percussion and beefs up the bassline in an attempt to illicit a wilder dancefloor response. Wagert and Green close proceedings, lacing the hazy guitar solos over a deep and woozy house groove.
Review: It's now time to get busy with some seriously refreshing UKG flavours, courtesy of the ever dependable Ultra Bass imprint. For this two tracker they bring in the vibrant, colourful sounds of D Selektah, who gets busy on the title track 'Inuff'. Rather than a straight tear out piece of garage production, this one takes a more stripped back, floaty nature, focussing in it's uplifting atmospheric structures and subtle sub textures. On remix duty, Royal Flush steps in and takes it one leap further as he shuffles up the drums even further, adding an extra layer of skip to the overall rhythm, whilst twisting the original melodies up into something brand new! Very tasty stuff indeed.
Review: For Italian DJ Danilo De Santo's latest release, it's a case of subliminal by name and nature. The title track is a peak time affair. Led by up tempo drums and acrid 303 undercurrents, its insistent stabs and rolling groove are sure to work well in big rooms. The addition of rolling snares and screeching sirens augments its effectiveness and also suggests that De Santo's production was influenced by the tough, tribal house of New York label Subliminal. On "Revelation", De Santo favours a similar approach, with rolling drums, crashing snares and the kind of high-pitched, screeching sirens that suggest a major air offensive is taking place in the middle of the dance floor.
Review: Here Ultra Bass provide four fresh takes on newcomers Digital Pilgrim's dope jam "I Need U". Billed as a '2-step sniper', the original mix recalls the 2-step glory days with extra bottom end for a bit more of a contemporary edge. Elsewhere Thorn turns in some seriously skippy futuristic speed garage on his mix, Tuffculture brings the heaviness for some deep and slammin' tough house and finally Kenny Mitchell's Deep Tilt version takes us into slower more cerebral territory - with dreamy '90s chill out vibes fusing with a thumping, skippy heart beat. One for the heart and the head.
Review: Crazy bass alert! Wai & Urvin June aim to concoct only the most forward thinking of tunes and here on "Better Get There" they achieve their goal in spades. The original track is deliciously warped deep 2step featuring the remarkable call -and -response vocals of Doug Sure interwoven between meltdown bleeps, fizzes and escalating synths. Remix-wise, Thorn goes straight for solid 4/4 speed garage, ELROSE goes for a classy, cocktail house sound, whilst Style Of Tigers deliver a sultry and slinky late night rework.
Review: Ultra Bass is a label that has been gaining steady ground with its UKF-flecked bass-house bangers. Here David Eliza adopts the well-rounded soulful tones of vocalist Jael for the synth washed break-step jam "Amazin'" and the deeper, housier "The Ride". Standout remixes here include Rare Candy's sumptuous poolside rerub of the latter and Tommy Mc's deliciously dirty basement garage rework of the former.
Review: Richard Grey has some history in house music, having played a part in developing the "French touch" style in the latter half of the 1990s. He's been active ever since (often under a dizzying array of aliases), though Positive Vibes is his first EP under his most famous pseudonym for almost 18 months. The track itself is something of a big room banger - a chunk of UK garage-influenced rave revivalism full of hands-in-the-air stabs, sub-bothering bass and ragga vocal samples. It comes backed with a strong remix package, from the bumpin', bass-driven thump of Rare Candy's speed garage-inspired take (think Armand Van Helden's Dark Garage Mix of 'Spin Spin Sugar'), to the bubbly, organ-laden two-step rework from ASMR and Lamont Dex.
Review: The Ultra Bass label provides us with some ultra bassline house here, replete with drunken vocals, emotional synths and grooves you can dance all night to. J Jean and Lace last turned up on the Kiko label together with two techier productions, while here the two embrace liquid flow over spliced rhythms. "Old Times" is deep and upbeat with a break down that's almost anthemic, while "I Don't Mind" is a sleek new age house track with sprinklings of UK garage.
Review: Speed garage is alive and Jekyll proves this with his Day By Day EP, a collection of four moody tracks that bring you on a journey from start to finish. The Leeds based artist (by way of Otley) is known to his Mum as Jamie Peters. He serves up a dark and swing-fuelled shuffle on the title track, which is full of all the mandatory MC shout-outs and rewinds. "Cold Feelings" is equally brooding with its roaring sub bass contrasted by euphoric house keys: but Double 99 or Tuff Jam this 'ain't kids! "Don't Call Me Baby" however, does sound more like the aforementioned, circa '97: this classic UK sound's heyday that he genuinely brings you back to. Finally, Peters hammers the message home in nasty, druggy basement style glory on "My City" much like he has previously for the likes of Criminal Hype or 124 Recordings. Brock wine!
Review: Ultra Bass recently released an epic label compilation, The Ultra Underground Vol 2, however rather than sit back and bask in the glory, they're already knocking out even more jams. The latest of which is "Take Me Away" - a collaboration between producer Junior UK and London singer/songwriter Martin Carr (not he of Boo Radleys fame, mind), and the original mix is big, summery Euro-dance with its eyes on the top ten. Also, our picks for remixes include Thorn's slinky late-night-stepper, Rare Candy's 90s-style house cut and Underheadz's garage-wobble hybrid.
Review: Self-proclaimed 'all round diamond geezer', Junior UK has teamed with long time cohort, Martin Carr, for a new jam, "Break Me Down" on the forward thinking imprint Ultra Bass. The tune at one turn is classic 2-step, then vocal anthem with electro-tinged bass, and an uber slick soulful house payoff. Remix-wise Elrose goes retro piano-led funky house, Rare Candy are all about the percolating warehouse bass and euphoric breakdowns, full Spektrum explodes in skippy, technicolour 8 bit-step and 2 Rotten Scoundrels wrap things up nicely with a sparse, killer jam.
Kris Jay & Saundra Wilson - "Desire" - (5:40) 138 BPM
Bad Boi - (5:21) 132 BPM
Haters - (4:59) 138 BPM
Review: After a brief break, Kris Jay makes a highly anticipated full appearance on the super impressive Ultra Bass imprint, and we can safely say you are in for a treat on this one. We kick off with the grinding LFO's and catchy vocal leads of 'Desire' which features the wonderful voice of Saundra Wilson. There one feels like a real nostalgic throwback. On the flip side we move into the UKG inspired rhythmics of 'Bad Boi' which brings metallic synths and skippy drum shuffles together to intertwine with stunning results
Review: We were super excited to see Laurelle make an exciting return to Ultra Bass, especially when we learned it was to be an official remix project for 'All Eyes On You', pushing together some impressive modernised garage vibes. The first remix comes courtesy of Soulecta, who brings some serious UKG heat from the off, converting the drop into a old school moogy lead driven madness. On the flip side, Major Key also gets to work, working shuffling rhythms alongside Laurelle's stunning vocal performance. Wonderful stuff here!
Review: Mr. Spring is back with another feelgood release for the summer nights! Three tracks of pure house music for the soul. "My Life" takes us back to reminisce on the glorious organ house of the 90's, while title track "Sweet Talk" ups the tempo for a jacking dancefloor skit. Finally "Time to Love" grooves it up with the piano floorfiller vibes. Ultra Bass Records bring to the table the best house and garage tunes from the most talented producers from across the globe. Certainly one to watch in 2017.
Give Me Love (T.E Project Piano mix) - (5:32) 124 BPM
Give Me Love (Mr Spring 90's mix) - (6:25) 130 BPM
Review: Polish funky house producer Mr Spring has appeared previously on Pogo House Records and Ultra Bass Records and is undoubtedly influenced by early to mid-nineties house sensibilities. The blissed out uplifting vibes and soaring diva vocals on "Give Me Love (organ mix)" remind us of commercial house legends Livin Joy while the "T.E. Project Piano Mix" reminds us of more of a certain classic by Sandy B. "Mr Spring 90s Mix" says it all really; and probably the most decent effort on here, nailing that classic U.S. Style vocal house sound.
Review: Nuendo clearly likes to keep himself busy. This outing on Ultra Bass is the "mysterious Australian" producer's seventh - and presumably final - E.P of 2016. "Secrets" is a UK bass-house influenced affair, with cascading electronics, electro-influenced riffs, deep house chords and an attention-grabbing vocal crowding around pulverizing sub-bass thrusts and bouncy, garage-influenced drums. Nuendo's original is accompanied by a quartet of remixes, which veer from turn-of-the-millennium two-step revivalism (Adam Hyjek's tasty rework) to bouncy UK funky (Lewis Low's bass-heavy tweak), via jaunty broken beats (Thorn's interpretation). Michael Luke's piano-heavy re-fix is pretty darn tasty, too.
Review: Smooth and slinky tech house from mysterious Australian producer. "Sunshine" channels the soulful vibe kind reminiscent of classic Innervisions releases with its uplifting pianos, emotive strings but that killer bassline is more Hot Creations, if you know what we mean! Speaking of which Sam Oakey aka UK's Oaki really gets on the Jamie Jones vibe with his killer remix up next; bass even gets quite the upgrade. Things get mixed up a bit by Thorn's sweet 2-step makeover, calling to mind classic MJ Cole while another garage legend Matt 'Jam' Lamont lends another credible hand on the remix and given he's all about bassline house these days: he hammers it home in true style.
Review: Original Soundbwoys touch down on one of the UK's leading house outlets, Ultra Bass, for their debut EP. "Get High", as the name suggests, is a stepping house track with one hell of a wobbling bass weaving its way left, right and centre, while "Ghetto Blasta" chucks in a fine selection of swinging garage drums into the mix, and "Give It Up" has something of an electro touch to it thanks to that bassline reminiscent of Mr Oizo. Dancefloor bruisers!
Review: Rare Candy previously featured on a handful of up and coming UK labels such as Nu Wave, but this time it's up to Ultra Bass to deliver the goods! "Somewhere (Back To 98)" does exactly what it says on the tin. Shuffling garage drums, sultry female vocals and few dashes of ravey chords to send you spinning away all night long. Rare Candy's own club mix of the track is more melodic and a touch more uplifting thanks to those sweet piano keys, while the rare roots mix heads deeper down the bass wormhole with some truly old-school garage drums.
Review: Frenchman-in-London and Puresound broadcaster Monsieur Rude Jude makes his Ultra Bass EP debut two serious dancefloor delights. "Murdame" takes the grimey route thanks to the able spits of Tim Gustave and Jude's well-positioned drum work. "Speed Demon", meanwhile, takes us 140mph down the bassline fast lane, tail gating anything in its path. Proper white knuckle business, just how we like it.
Review: Ultra Bass are on fire right now, rustling up all kinds of new talent. Here they proudly present a new artist, Smoki, who delivers two new unique tracks that are bound to get peoples attention. "Nobody" is deep and luxuriant speedy 2step, all warm Fender Rhodes chords and deep, sunkissed vibes. "Sit There" meanwhile ups the energy for a more pulsating, yet still smooth, housier jaunt.
Review: Ultra Bass make a very wavy start to 2019 here as they get ready to unleash this potent three track selection from Terror Tone and Plain English. They kick this one off with the original mix of 'Mad Ting', which is a UK funky roller to the highest degree., being packed with exciting rhythmic flavours and well layered vocal breakouts from Plain English. On remix Duty, Murder He Wrote leaps into action with two seperate redesigns of the track, the first of which is a vibrant overhaul, stuffed with unique rhythmic flair. As well as this, MHR supplies us with a punchy dub mix, perfect for double dropping in the dance.
Review: Ultra Bass Records proudly boasts of uniting the many disparate strands of bass music, delivering bass-heavy, four-to-the-floor music influenced by UK funky, UKG, "bassline" and modern bass-house. This expansive EP, featuring tracks from a range of artists on the roster, offers an excellent introduction to their approach. There's much to admire, from the classic speed garage revivalism of Lamont Dex's warehouse-friendly "Subversive" and Style of Tigers' deliciously sweet "Back Talker" (all cut-up vocals and tactile organ stabs), to the pulverising D&B bassline, fizzing electronics and booming beats of Hon Solo's "Love No (Bassline Mix)".
Review: Hailing from unlikely new bass capital Denver, Colorado, Ultra Bass have already made quite an impression internationally and to mark their 10th release they have unveiled another label compilation. Boasting '19 monster house and garage tracks straight from underground scenes across the globe', this collection really does perfectly capture the temperature of the scene right now. Highlights include the merciless big bass house steamroller "Feel It", the tropical doom-house tip of "2015 Crew 4 Real" and the bonkers hypo-step of "Magical".