Review: One could almost argue that the (Re)Sources imprint is just about the most resourceful UK indie to be jumping about in our charts as of late. The fledgling imprint has managed to carve its own path between post-dubstep antics and techno slashing over the years, and it's thanks to new talent such as Fatal Walima, the newcomer in question. Walima very much has his own strain of bass art going on here; tunes like "Azraq" or "War" have taken the heart of grime and placed it one something different, newer and more at the cutting-edge of UK bass experimentation. Stop and start dig riddims dominate this fiery EP, and it even branches out into a bit of 4/4 thanks to remixes from the likes of Joseph Marinetti, Tarquin and Douster. YESSS.
Review: After notable appearances on Slime and Hot N Heavy, Parisian bass buster Hybu slides over to the emergent [re]sources label, also based in the French capital. The vibe on Antimatiere is a slippery one, even just on the title track as it moves from a tense 4/4 intro into a dextrous 2-step roller that maximises on a stripped down drum set and brooding bass rubs. "Euthanasie" meanwhile channels the spirit of dub techno in its opening tones before edging itself up into a break-encrusted rave jam for modern times. On the remixes, Mella Dee turns "Antimatiere" into a taut broken techno romp, while Blume simmers "Euthanasie" into a hovering percussive workout that sustains an icy tension throughout.
Review: Future Parisian rhythms; [Re]Sources [re]mix the debut document that came our way this time last year and instantly won them friends such as Monki, Woz and Roska. First up She's Drunk gets busy on "Pulse", playing havoc with the space-travelling breakbeat with funky mischief. Galtier kicks it old school with classic rave samples and breakbeats over the still-haunting bleep hook of "Suspect" while Krizzli shuts things down with a twisted jungle take on "Wait". Steppy stop-starts with well chiselled gnashers, it chomps up the drama with a great sense of dark momentum before dropping you into the dreamiest of pads. Game changer.
Review: The (Re)Sources label is still relatively young in terms of releases and artists, but they've already instilled a sense of reliability from our viewpoint, particularly for the diversity AND quality of their output, whether that be house, techno, or straight-up bass. This is their first compilation yet, an eight-track spew of all sorts of forward-thinking beats named Club Hexagon Vol.1. Chaams' opener is a twisted pile of bass and morphing samples, and other stand-outs include the techno-minded "Diamonds Foot" by Sheas Drunk, Tommy Kid's gunshot ride "Shanghai", and the moody, deep bass weight of "Bloom Doom" by John Vitesse. Hold tight for the second chapter!
Review: Right about now it's time to jump into some truly exciting original bass music as Mamboussa steps forward with a very interesting self-entitled body of work, showcasing a range of vibrant production styles. We take a look at 'Open' first, with its rolling percussive leads and constantly rotating soundscapes. Next, we dive into 'Nen Ability, a funky breakbeat hybrid, smashing together distorted expanses and tight drum selections. Finally, 'Swan' breaks into the picture with is unusual structure, perfect for sending the dance in a different direction. This project also comes complete with four official remixes, as Lil Crack and Akito jump in to the mix with 'Swan', alongside Jaymie Silk's emotional recreation of 'Open' and Jesza's juke-like rethink of 'Nen Ability'.