Review: Liondub are celebrating a decade of existence and they're doing a three-part compilation series covering the past, present and future of the label. By definition, then, these series' feature plenty of talent from all across the spectrum and time period of the genre. One of our favourite of the 26 cuts is Bou's VIP of Keep Away, a deliciously double-bass infused number that is both funky and heavy, the ideal combination, and he's flipped up the arrangement here with some precisely placed note changes. There are also features from Vital, Euphonique, Dutta, Marcus Visionary and more, with the overall vibe being one of toughness and power. Top stuff.
We Want A Piece Of The Pie (Reprise version) - (4:34) 135 BPM
Review: Due to its largely improvised nature and high quality threshold, Septimus's sole album, "We Want a Piece of the Pie", has long been something of a collector's item, with original vinyl copies changing hands for eye-watering sums online. Happily, Cultures of Soul has licensed it and here presents the first official digital download reissue. Sitting somewhere between the jazz-funk antics of Weather Report, early '80s soul, jazz-rock and high-paced disco funk, each of the eight tracks was recorded live at one of the umpteen gigs the band performed around Boston in the late '70s and early '80s. That straight-to-tape approach not only captures the energy of their live performances, but also the ludicrously high quality of the band's musicianship.
Review: If you know anything about jungle and D&B, you'll know Boomah... Arguably one of the most distinctive vocals in the game, his harmonies are so warm and genuine they pretty much hug you as they fly out of the speakers. Here we find him at his most emphatic and eclectic, covering all bass bases in true style. Highlights include the sprightly summer roller "Spread A Little Love" the classic hardcore rave breaks "Forward Ever" and the gritty, metallic dubstep joint "Unstoppable", but to be honest this is best enjoyed as the full album it's written as: a shiny mirror reflecting the most exciting sounds of bass music's never-ending narrative.